A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{November 27, 2011}   Comics and manga of the week (15)

This edition actually covers two weeks worth of reading. A sign of Nanowrimo taking over my life. All will be back to normal soon.

All Rounder Meguru, volume 1 (French) by Hiroki Endou

  • This manga combines my love of sports manga (a kind of MMA known as Shooto in this case) with fascinating characters and the brilliance that is Hiroki Endou. A must read.

Angel Heart, volume 33 (French) by Tsukasa Hojo

  • The final volume of the first season of Hojo’s current series sees Xiang-Ying romanced by a rich young man. Is this the end of City Hunter?

Batman: Streets of Gotham, volume 2: Leviathan by Paul Dini

  • I’ve really been enjoying Dick Grayson’s stint as Batman; he brings a new personality to the cowl and the dynamic between him and Damian is quite interesting. T0 make things better, Dini offers us some truly dark and thrilling stories about the seedy underbelly of Gotham.

D.Gray-Man, volume 21 by Katsura Hoshino

  • The shit has hit the fan. Horrible discoveries have been made about Kanda and Allen, and they face terrible decisions which may mean the end of the Dark Order and even the human race.

Gate 7, volume 1 (French) by Clamp

  • I have mixed feelings about Clamp but this new series has the feel and esthetic of xxxHollic so though I don’t yet see where this is going, I already have high hopes.

Great Place High School, volume 3 by Naduki Koujima

  • A cute but unisnpired BL series that takes place in a High School and has perhaps drawn on a bit too long.

Hikaru no Go, volume 1 (French) by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata

  • After Fruits Basket, I continue revisiting some old favorites. This is probably the best series about a board game that you will read.

House of Mystery, volume 4: The Beauty of Decay by Matthew Sturges

House of Mystery, volume 5: Under New Management by Matthew Sturges

House of Mystery, volume 6: Safe as Houses by Matthew Sturges

  • Some of the mysteries of the house are elucidated, though few of the answers are pleasant and the cost is great.

Kings of Shogi, volume 3 (French) by Masaru Katori and Jiro Ando

  • Young Shion continues her progress in the world of professional shogi, this time participating in a tournament that included amateurs, professionals, men and women. Can she win? But at what cost?

Queen & Country, volume 2 by Greg Rucka

Queen & Country, volume 3 by Greg Rucka

Queen & Country, volume 4 by Greg Rucka

  • I love Greg Rucka. I might be a little in love with Greg Rucka. He writes better female characters than any other man in the business (though Terry Moore is a close second). His 007, Tara Chace will have you on the edge of your chair.

Rabbit Man, Tiger Man, volume 2 by Akira Honma

  • I cannot explain my fondness for BL staring yakuza but there you have it. This is a charming, if not particularly remarkable offering to the genre.

Une Sacree Mamie, volume 2 (French) by Yoshichi Shimada and Saburo Ishikawa

  • Based on the autobiography of a boy living in poverty shortly after WWII with his clever and enterprising grandmother. Uplifting and well executed.

Sailor V, volume 2 by Naoko Takeuchi

  • This second and last volume of Sailor V leads into the Sailor Moon manga. Pure camp, but worth it if only for the nostalgia.

Shinjuku Fever, volume 1 (French) by Mitsurou Kubo

  • Can a boy whose only talent is cheering on losing teams, give the inhabitants of Shinjuku a little hope and courage? Promising, but I haven’t been charmed yet.

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