This week in new hardcovers: A friendly Death roams among the mortals, a woman with no memory falls into a conflict of universal magic, the fraught end for the Gzilt, and more, plus collections of Joe Golem, Finder, Tellos, and the Dark Knight as well as anthologies involving green sci-fi, the secrets of the woods, and life after global catastrophe.
by Kim Harrison
"For centuries, the woods have been a pivotal part of the wonder and danger of fairy tales, for once you enter anything can happen. Elves, druids, fairies—who knows what you will find once you dare step into the forest? The tales here include an original Hollows novella, Million-Dollar Baby, about Trent Kalamack's secret elven quest in Pale Demon; two original short stories, "Pet Shop Boys" and "Temson Woods," that explore just what happens when humanity and the supernatural collide; and two novelettes, "Spider Silk" and "Grace," set in new worlds of imagination and adventure. Into the Woods also contains all of the previously published Hollows short stories—together in one volume for the very first time." Harper Voyager, 528 pages, Oct 9.
by Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling
"If the melt-down, flood, plague, the third World War, new Ice Age, Rapture, alien invasion, clamp-down, meteor, or something else entirely hit today, what would tomorrow look like? Some of the biggest names in YA and adult literature answer that very question in this short story anthology, each story exploring the lives of teen protagonists raised in catastrophe's wake—whether set in the days after the change, or decades far in the future. New York Times bestselling authors Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Susan Beth Pfeffer, Carrie Ryan, Beth Revis, and Jane Yolen are among the many popular and award-winning storytellers lending their talents to this original and spellbinding anthology." Hyperion Book CH, 384 pages, Oct 9.
by David Finch, Various (Illustrator)
The New 52. "The Dark Knight continues his crusade as defender of Gotham City, taking on his greatest foes during a breakout at Arkham Asylum. But when his enemies gain powers and abilities far beyond their normal capacities, the Caped Crusader's crusade may finally be at an end!" DC Comics, 208 pages, Oct 9.
by Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator)
"The first story introduces the young, pale, perky, and genuinely likable Death. One day in every century, Death walks the Earth to better understand those to whom she will be the final visitor. Today is that day. As a young mortal girl named Didi, Death befriends a teenager and helps a 250-year old homeless woman find her missing heart. What follows is a sincere musing on love, life and (of course) death. In the second story, a rising star of the music world wrestles with revealing her true sexual orientation just as her lover is lured into the realm of Death that Death herself should make an appearance. A practical, honest, and intelligent story that illuminates "the miracle of death." This new hardcover collects the DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING and DEATH: THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE miniseries." Vertigo, 320 pages, Oct 9.
by Christopher Golden, Mike Mignola (Author, Artist)
"After a seance gone horribly wrong, strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits abduct the aging psychic Orlov the Conjuror, sending his young assistant Molly McHugh racing through the canals of a submerged Manhattan. As Molly flees her captors through a sunken city full of scavengers, her one hope comes in the form of two strange men: Simon Church, a Victorian-era detective kept alive by clockwork gears and magic, and his assistant, Joe, whose mysterious past is hinted at in dreams of stone and witches. This deluxe, limited-edition, slipcased hardcover edition of Mignola and Golden's Joe Golem features multiple illustrations by Hellboy artist Mike Mignola plus a signature plate signed by the creators." Dark Horse, 312 pages, Oct 9.
by Chris Roberson, Rich Ellis
"Em, a young woman, arrives at a hospital in Portland, Oregon, with no memory of her past. A year later, she has rebuilt her life, only to find her existence thrown into turmoil after she inherits a magical shop and is drawn into a supernatural conflict between beings that not only represent, but are, fundamental elements of the universe itself!" IDW Publishing, 148 pages, Oct 9.
by Carla Speed McNeil (Author, Artist), Rachel Edidin (Editor)
Finder. "Since 1996, Finder has set the bar for science-fiction storytelling, with a lush, intricate world and compelling characters. Finder: Talisman is the story of a book - the book beloved by misfits and castaways, once glimpsed and forever longed for - and of Marcie, the kid who never gives up her search for magic and meaning. Now, the fan-favorite story is collected in a new, oversized hardcover edition!" Dark Horse, 96 pages, Oct 9.
by Todd Dezago, Craig Rousseau, Thor Badendyck, Ciro Tota, Mauricet, & more
"Collecting all the rest! This massive, oversized volume collects all other Tellos material beyond Todd DeZago and Mike Weiringo's original ten-issue masterpiece! With artists Howard Porter, Eric Wolfe Hanson, Carlo Barberi, Dave Tata, and European superstar Crisse, this book contains Maiden Voyage, The Last Heist, Sons and Moons and the three-issue, Tales of Tellos." Image Comics, 240 pages, Oct 9.
by Charles Burns
"Much has happened since we last saw Doug, the Tintin-like hero from X'ed Out. Confessing his past to an unidentified woman, Doug struggles to recall the mysterious incident that left his life shattered, an incident that may have involved his disturbed and now-absent girlfriend, Sarah, and her menacing ex-boyfriend. Doug warily seeks answers in a nightmarish alternate world that is a distorted mirror of our own, where he is a lowly employee that carts supplies around the Hive. The second part of Charles Burns's riveting trilogy, this graphic narrative will delight and surpass the expectations of his fans." Pantheon, 56 pages, Oct 9.
by Iain M. Banks
"The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, provably, the End Days for the Gzilt civilization. An ancient people, organized on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilizations; they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence. Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted - dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago. It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilization are likely to prove its most perilous." Orbit, 528 pages, Oct 9.