This week in new hardcovers: An inquisitor hunts his most dangerous enemy, an old mentor bent on enslaving demons; Bilbo sings a eulogy to his youth in Middle-earth; a failed chosen one overcomes his village's rejection when a raiding army threatens his people; a collection of tales of sea kings and witches, princesses and giant pink snakes; and an onslaught of rings seeks Kyle Rayner, threatening turmoil among all the Lantern corps.
by Dan Abnett
The Bequin Trilogy. "Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor returns to action to hunt the most dangerous enemy he has ever encountered, a disgraced inquisitor, driven by obsession to bind daemons to his will and consort with heretics. For Ravenor, this is more than just a manhunt; it is personal. This foe was once his greatest ally and most trusted friend: his old mentor, Gregor Eisenhorn." Games Workshop, 320 pages, Oct 23.
by J.R.R. Tolkien, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
"Bilbo's Last Song is considered by many to be Tolkien's epilogue to his classic work The Lord of the Rings. As Bilbo Baggins takes his final voyage to the Undying Lands, he must say goodbye to Middle-earth. Poignant and lyrical, the song is both a longing to set forth on his ultimate journey and a tender farewell to friends left behind. Pauline Baynes's jewel-like illustrations lushly depict both this final voyage and scenes from The Hobbit, as Bilbo remembers his first journey while he prepares for his last." Alfred A. Knopf, 32 pages, Oct 23.
by Tony Bedard, Tyler Kirkham, Batt
The New 52 - Green Lantern - New Guardians Vol. 1. "Green Lantern Kyle Rayner finds himself at odds with the Guardians of the Universe when rings from all the separate Lantern Corps come to claim him. But the other Corps aren't too keen on the Green Lanterns "stealing" their rings! Writer Tony Bedard pens a new chapter in the Green Lantern mythos with a team of renegade Lanterns consisting of members from each corps!" DC Comics, 160 pages, Oct 23.
by Lewis Trondheim, Kim Thompson
Vol. 1. "Within his tiny village, Ralph Azham is considered an insolent good-for-nothing layabout, a virtual pariah — particularly since he was supposed to be a Chosen One. (Things didn't work out.) Yet his odd azure coloration and a few unique abilities (he can predict births and deaths) suggest that there may be more to him than meets the eye. And when the terrifying Horde stages one of its regular raids on his village, Ralph takes the young Raoul under his wing and sets out for a series of adventures... Trondheim is already well known to fantasy buffs for the worldwide success Dungeon, the complex set of interlocking series he created with fellow cartoonist Joann Sfar and a raft of artists. While Ralph Azham works within the same genre, this is a far more tightly focused, single-character-starring new series for which Trondheim is solely responsible — that is, except for the stunningly rich coloring, provided by his longtime collaborator Brigitte Findakly working in hand-executed watercolors for the first time in over a decade. Witty and fleet-footed like all of Trondheim's work, madly inventive in terms of characters, creatures, and events," Fantagraphics, 96 pages, Oct 24.
by Joan Aiken
"These fairytales are like no others. The Winter Sleepwalker and Other Stories will introduce you to sea kings and witches, princesses and giant pink snakes. From Martian monsters dumped on Earth to football played in space, there's magic and mystery on every page - both in the spellbinding stories and Quentin Blake's masterfully atmospheric illustrations. This is a classic collection: witty, original and endlessly enjoyable..." Jonathan Cape, 128 pages, Oct 25.