A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{May 6, 2012}   Comics and manga of the week (38 & 39)

Welcome to the Calgary Expo edition of Comics and manga of the week!

Animal Man, volume 1 by Jeff Lemire

  • Animal Man, who can take on aspects of animals, discovers that his young daughter has powers much greater than his own and that the dark forces of the rot wish to twist those powers to their own ends. A brilliant and gruesome reinvention of Animal Man by Canadian Jeff Lemire.

Batman & Robin, volume 3: Batman & Robin Must Die by Grant Morrison

  • Just as Dick and Damian are getting to the bottom of the Joker and the Black Gloves plots, the real Batman returns. I may be in the minority but I prefered this Batman in Robin and I’m sad to see their series come to an end.

Chew, volume 5: Major League by John Layman and Rob Guillory

  • Tony and his partner Colby are fired from the FDA and transfered to the Traffic Division and the USDA respectively. Surprisingly, Tony loves his new job… until he is kidnapped and his power to taste the past is used to write a sex expose on famous baseball players. Meanwhile Tony’s daughter Olive has joined forces with his worst enemy to develop her own powers, which may be even greater than her father’s.

Girls with Slingshots, volume 1 & 2 by Danielle Corsetto

  • This is one of my favorite webcomics so I was thrilled to get my hands on paper copies. I was laughing to myself all night in my hotel room. You can read the comic here.

Good Morning by Ritsu Natsumizu

  • I call this one “that straight boy is going to break your heart”. Two entertaining stories about “straight” men who cannot resist their adorable male collegues.

Mass Effect: Invasion by Mac Walters and John Jackson Miller

  • This comic reveals how Aria, the feared criminal leader of Omega station, lost Omega to Cerberus. Very exciting and it fills in some gaps between the second and third games.

Max Overacts, volume 1: Hold on to your Stubs by Canaan Grall

  • A Calvin & Hobbes-ish comic about a boy who hopes to become an actor and succeeds in driving everyone around him crazy. A lot of good fun. You can read the webcomic here.

Never Learn Anything from History by Kate Beaton

  • This is Beaton’s first collection of comics for her site, Hark! A Vagrant. A hilarious look at history and litterature. Plus Beaton drew a caricature of me in it! ^_^

Parfait-tic!, volume 20 (French) by Nagamu Nanaji

  • Fuko is devastated by her breakup with Daiya. She has decided to forget about love and put all her energies into her future, into her dream of becoming a hairdresser. But it isn’t easy to move on when Daiya and his cousin Ichi (who has not given up on his feelings for Fuko) are never far away.

Parmi Eux, volume 6 (French) by Hisaya Nakajo

  • Mizuki has been masquerading as a boy in an all-boys’ school for almost a year now. But her identity is in danger again. Her school is organizing a Christmas ball with a nearby all-girls’ school. There are fewer girls than boys and Mizuki is roped into “playing” a girl during the ball. Will she be able to maintain her disguise? One of my favorite shojo manga in a beautiful new edition.

The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci

  • I finally completed my Minx collection! I’ve read this one before but it’s well worth a re-read. It deals with outsiders, art and finding yourself. Just one of the many wonderful titles in DC’s sadly defunct Minx line.

Sailor Moon, volume 4 by Naoko Takeuchi

  • Sailor Moon and her friends discover the truth of Chibi-Usa’s origins and the terrible fate of her kingdom. Ah nostalgia! The dialogue is terrible but I can’t help but be charmed.

Strobe Edge, volume 6 (French) by Io Sakisaka

  • Ren has broken up with his girlfriend, but though both he and Ninako have feelings, neither is ready to make a move. With Ren free, Ando becomes even more desperate to get Ninako to return his feelings. A very sweet, romantic shojo manga.

The Stuff of Legend, volume 3: A Jester’s Tale by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith

  • The toys continue their dangerous journey into the dark in search of their boy. But the group has been split up and they all face mortal danger. This volume focuses on the Jester’s search for his lost princess and on his mysterious and deadly doppleganger, Laughing Ghost. A beautiful and unique fantasy for children and adults alike.

Vinland Saga, volume 3 (French) by Makoto Yukimura

  • The author of Planetes brings us to the past this time to explore the viking invasions of England in the 11th century. It is a hard, violent world but Yukimura brings real humanity to it. If you enjoy Northlanders by Brian Wood, you should definitely check out this meticulously researched series.

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

  • A brilliant and adorable all-ages sci-fi story about a girl who steps through a portal to another world to save a friend. It will appeal to fans of Amulet and Bones.

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