A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{April 22, 2012}   Comics and manga of the week (37)

20th Century Boys, volume 20 by Naoki Urasawa

  • The Kenji faction proceeds with it’s plan to assassinate the Friend but all does not go as expected (when does it ever?). Meanwhile Maruo finally meets Kanna’s mother who tells her side of the story and tests a vaccine that may save all of humanity from the Friends’ virus… on herself. Urasawa’s amazing sci-fi thriller is almost finished but he still has many surprises up his sleeve.

Black Butler, volume 9 by Yana Toboso

  • A new storyline begins in this volume, this time a locked-room murder mystery. It’s quite well executed and as usual, I love Toboso’s art (especially the clothing!).

Blue Sheep Reverie, volume 5 by Makoto Tateno

  • I can’t for the life of me figure out why I continue to read this. The dialogue is so cheesy! The plot is a mess and even the romance isn’t worth it. In this volumes all of Akatsuki is threatened by a band of ruthless government assassins.

Cat’s Eye, volume 14 & 15 (French) by Tsukasa Hojo

  • The three female art thieves known as Cat’s Eye have nearly reached their goal: finding their father, the artist Heinz. Afterwards Hitomi will finally be able to give up crime and marry Toshi but she no longer knows if she loves him more as herself or as Cat’s Eye.

Countdown Days, volume 2 by Karakara Kemuri

  • This is a quirky little manga about two deceased young men on the trail of a man who has been killing guardian angels. I found myself laughing a lot and also feeling sorry for the sad pasts of both the heroes and the villains.

Happy, volume 9 & 10 (French) by Naoki Urasawa

  • Miyuki competes in the US open against some of the greatest tennis players in the world. She makes incredible progress but the public continues to be against her (because of the machinations of the detestable Choko). This is a great manga but I get so angry about Choko’s evil actions!

Ichigenme… The First Class is Civil Law volume 1 & 2 by Fumi Yoshinaga

  • This is an old favorite about the friendship and eventual love between a serious law student and the son of a rich politician forced to study the law. I’ve read it a douzen times. It is full of wonderful characters and quirky humour all illustrated with Yoshinaga’s evocative art. I will grant that most BL is cheesy and cannot come close to portraying the lives of actual gay men but this one comes closer than most.

Obaka-chan, volume 3 (French) by Zakuri Sato

  • After Shin broke her heart, Neiro accepted to go out with Tokio. Only they have no idea how to go about it. Meanwhile, the president of the student council is plotting to get Shin and Neiro back together on the school trip. Wacky, romantic fun.

X-Factor, volume 13: Hard Labor by Peter David

  • X-Factor remains my favorite Marvel series but this volume featuring the birth of Rahne’s child which is desired but every cat or dog themed god and demon was a bit odd (and I had just been discussing how tired I was of the whole mystical pregnancy storyline). I didn’t care for the art in issue 220 either. Still, I’m curious to see where David is going with this.

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