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{October 3, 2011}   Comics and manga of the week (9)

Ab Irato, volume 1: Riel (French) by Thierry Labrosse

  • The beginning of a thrilling sci-fi adventure taking place in Montreal a hundred years from now. Labrosse tells me that we can expect the second volume early next year. (He also drew a gorgeous sketch in my book. I know you’re jealous ;))

The Authority: Human on the Inside by John Ridley

  • A one shot Authority story about a man trying to destroy the furture and with it all hope, and in the process create a rift between the members of the Authority.

Daughters of the Dragon by Justin Gray

  • Misty Knight and Colleen Wing are cool, two kick ass women and Marvel would do well to put out more comics staring them. This one in particular was not as satisfying as I’d hoped but at least their involnerable new receptionist is good for a laugh.

A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

  • A manga autobiography of Tatsumi’s life, this is also a wonderful history of manga and of the major events in the post-war period. It is worth the read, all 800+ pages of it.

Un Drôle de père (a.k.a. Bunny Drop), volume 8 (French)by Yumi Unita

  • Daikichi has been raising his deceased grandfather’s illigitimate daughter (yes that makes her his aunt) for over 10 years now. She is now 16, meeting her birth mother for the first time and starting to fall in love but it isn’t a love that can be returned. Unita’s beautiful, simple illustrations perfectly capture the mood.

Fruits Basket, volume 16 (French) by Natsuki Takaya

Fruits Basket, volume 17 (French) by Natsuki Takaya

  • Yes, more Fruits Basket. I still love it. There will be yet more though I fear I am nearing the end.

Happy, volume 8 (French) by Naoki Urasawa

  • This story of a a tennis player struggling to pay off her brother’s debts and support her three young siblings despite being hated by the public and constantly sabotaged by her competitors is so good that I struggleed to read it despite the fact that the pages in my copy were printed out of order.

House of Mystery, volume 3: The Space Between by Matthew Sturges

  • Some of the secrets of the house and its occupants are revealed but greater mysteries remain. Beautiful and poetic.

Mass Effect, volume 2: Evolution by Mac Walters

  • If you loved the Mass Effect games as much as I did, you will enjoy this comics which reveals the past of the mysterious Illusive man.

Northlanders, volume 2: The Cross and the Hammer by Brian Wood

  • An Irishman wanders the countryside, murdering the Norse conquerors. He is persued by what I can only term a medieval profiler. The ending may surprise you.

Parmi Eux (a.k.a. Hanazakari no kimitachi he), volume 4 (French) by Hisaya Nakajo

  • A young girl joins an all-boys school in disguise to be close to the man she has loved from afar. Hijinx ensue. It’s a great series but honestly it is worth it for the sexy and hilarious Umeda alone.

Sailor Moon, volume 1 by Naoko Takeuchi

Sailor V, volume 1 by Naoko Takeuchi

  • This is pure cheese and the plot barely holds up to scrutiny but I admit that I love it. It’s pure nostalgia for a manga fan of my generation.

Scalped, volume 2: Casino Boogie by Jason Aaron

  • F.B.I. Agent Dashiel Bad Horse continues his undercover work on the rez where he grew up. Red Crow’s casino is about to open and there is sure to be violence in its wake.

The Secret History of the Authority, volume 2: Hawksmoor by Mike Costa

  • This book explores the origins of the fascinating Hawksmoor, the king of cities.

xxxHolic, volume 17 by Clamp

  • My favorite Clamp series is slowly winding to an end but continues to be a beautiful and sad interpretation of Japanese folklore. This series crosses over with Tsubasa Chronicles but I admit not to have read much of the later series so I can’t tell you in what ways.
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