A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{October 23, 2011}   Comics and manga of the week (12)

It’s the New York Comic Con edition of comics and manga of the week! (It’s a double week so check behind the cut for a very long list.)

It was an amazing con where I got to meet Terry Moore, Peter David, Amanda Connor and best of all Greg Rucka (he was one of the nicest men I’ve ever met)!!!

20th Century Boys, volume 17 by Naoki Urasawa

  • My favorite dystopian suspense manga continues.

52, volume 1 by Greg Rucka, Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Mark Waid and Keith Giffen

  • With Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman out of commission, the DC universe’s other heroes must pick up the slack. This series saw the introduction of Batwoman and Renee Montoya as the new Question which makes it worth reading even without all the action and mystery.

Black Butler, volume 7 by Yana Toboso

  • This is a particularly eerie volume of Toboso’s manga about Queen Victoria’s boy enforcer and his demonic butler.

A Bride’s Story, volume 2 by Kaori Mori

  • Mori’s tale of family life on the silk road remains beautiful and enlightening. This volume adds some battle and excitement to the mix.

A Calvacade of Boys, volume 1 by Tim Fish

A Calvacade of Boys, volume 2 by Tim Fish

A Calvacade of Boys, volume 3 by Tim Fish

  • When I bought this, Tim Fish told me it was a soap opera and he was right. But it’s an engaging and addictive soap opera.

Catwoman, volume 2: Crooked Little Town by Ed Brubaker

Catwoman, volume 3: Relentless by Ed Brubaker

Catwoman, volume 4: Wild Ride by Ed Brubaker

  • After her aparent demise, Catwoman returns to the East End and tries to save her old neighbourhood in her own way. Brubaker should always write Catwoman.

Chew, volume 2: International Flavor by John Layman and Rob Guillory

  • The investigations of Tony Chu, the police officer with the power to see the history of anything he eats, continues. This volume is as good as the first but I remind you that it is not for the faint of stomach.

Cross Game, volume 5 by Mitsuru Adachi

  • This story of baseball, loss and love takes a few more twists.

The Gorgeous Life of Strawberry-chan by Ai Morinaga

  • I do not have the words to describe this silly manga about a frog and his owner except, maybe, disturbing.

Kingyo Used Books, volume 4 by Seimu Yoshizaki

  • This exploration of the history and love of manga is quite insightful (and it makes me want to scour used manga stores for the classics) though probably not the place to start for a new manga reader.

Mini Marvels Ultimate Collection by Chris Giarusso

  • A fun, all-ages send-up of our favorite Marvel heroes.

Northlanders, volume 3: Blood in the Snow by Brian Wood

  • Wood’s intimate examination of the wartorn life of the vikings and their victims continues. Especially notable are the 3 danish women who defend a fort on their own and the return of Sven from the first volume.

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

  • A beautiful, sketchbook journal of a young girls life in New York. It reminded me a bit of the P.L.A.I.N. Janes, though it was artistically more experimental.

Poison Cherry Drive by Motori Modoru

  • Poison Cherry Drive is an (odd) organization that promises to do anything to help out young, beautiful virgin men. There first client has been raped and has developped a phobia for naked men. They set out to cure him and take his revenge.

Sense and Sexuality by You Higahino

  • Two Taisho era men challenge each other to seduce other men when really who they want is each other.

Stumptown by Greg Rucka

  • Dex, a private investigator with a gambling problem, is hired to (blackmailed into?) find her client’s granddaughter Charlotte. The investigation turns out to be more complicated and dangerous than she could imagine. I loved this comic and I cannot wait for more.

Tiny Titans, volume 5: Field Trippin’ by Art Baltazar & Franco

  • An adorable all-ages comic starring the Teen Titans.

The Unwritten, volume 4: Leviathan by Mike Carey

  • Tom enters Melville’s classic Moby Dick in search of the source of his powers over litterature.

X-23, volume 1: The Killing Dream by Marjorie Liu

  • Liu looks at the consequences of X-23’s participation in Cyclops’ death squad X-Force. But my favorite part was Gambit. ^_^

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