A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{April 1, 2012}   Comics and manga of the week (33)

Bride’s Story, Volume 3 by Kaoru Mori

  • Mr. Smith continues his research trip across Asia. While waiting for his guide, he meets a young woman named Talas and becomes caught up in her small family’s struggle for survival and independence.

Hikaru no Go, volume 11 to 17 (French) by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata

  • Hikaru begins his career as a professional Go player. Meanwhile Sai, the ghost of an ancient go player who has haunted and taught him for over 2 years, wonders about his place in the world and how much longer he will be able to stay. Volume 17 ends the Sai arc.

Kings of Shogi, Volume 5 by Masaru Katori and Jiro Ando

  • More manga about board games! The organisers of the open shogi tournament seem to up to no good, Shion continues to be targeted by her parent’s murderer and Ayumi’s secret is in danger of being revealed!

Rachel Rising, Volume 1 by Terry Moore

  • I met Terry Moore in New York last year and when I told him that I was looking forward to his new series, he warned me that it would be scarier than his previous ones. And he was right: it is deliciously eerie. I love it. Rachel wakes up in a grave with no memory of what happened and a mysterious woman is pushing people to murder. But I will say no more for fear of spoiling something. Trust me, Moore’s writing, his art and his female characters are always worth it. Also, I love that Rachel named her cat Euclid.

Uglies, Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld, Devin Grayson and Steven Cummings

  • Shay lives in a world where everyone is an Ugly until they get plastic surgery and become a Pretty. But Shay isn’t sure she wants to give up her individuality for a committee’s idea of beauty. Based on Westerfeld’s Uglies series, this comic looks at the story from a different POV. Well done though with far more narration than I like in my comics.

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