A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{May 13, 2012}   Comics and manga of the week (40)

Americus by MK Reed & Jonathan Hill

  • When his small town of Americus presures the library to ban his favorite fantasy series, young bookworm Neil decides to take a stand. What librarian would complain about an anti-censorship comic, especially one so nicely drawn and told?

Billy Bat, volume 1 & 2 (French) by Naoki Urasawa

  • A young Japanese-American comic artist discovers that his character, Billy Bat, may be based on something far more ancient. He returns to post-war Japan learn more and gets caught up in murder and mysterious prophesies. Urasawa’s new series is still at its beginings so I’m not sure what’s going on yet, but I’m already hooked.

Dc: The New Frontier, volume 1 & 2 by Darwin Cooker

  • Another re-read, this time a reimagining of DC’s superheroes in the 40s and the 50s. Beautiful art and hard questions. I especially love Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter in this series.

Heartbroken Chocolatier, volume 4 (French) by Setona Mizushiro

  • A bitter-sweet story about the lives and loves of the employees of a chocolate shop. I’m always impressed by Mizushiro’s beautiful art and complex characters. This is a very normal, every day story compared to some of her other series but it’s still captivating.

Koibana, volume 2 (French) by Nagamu Nanaji

  • Hanabi still can’t stand the many boys who populate her school, but she finds herself oddly drawn to Chikai Uno. Could it be love? I like Nanaji, her previous series, Parafait Tic, was a great shojo but I can’t read Koibana without thinking “You are a vain arrogant jerk Chikai Uno!”

Ma Copine est Fan de Yaoi, volume 1 (French) by Rize Shinba and Pentabu

  • Taiga falls for a woman at his part time job. When he asks her out, she warns him that she is a fan of yaoi. He claims he doesn’t care, not knowing what yaoi is. A cute little series, full of humour born of little misunderstandings. As a fan of BL, I appreciate that this isn’t just about laughing at the titular yaoi fan.

Mitsuko Attitude, volume 1 (French) by Mamoru Kurihara

  • After Mitsuko is orphaned, she moves in with her aunt and uncle. She soon discovers that her new family has some very strange habits. A very bizarre manga. This is how I looked while reading it: o_O

Northlanders, volume 6: Thor’s Daughter and Other Stories by Brian Wood

  • Three very different stories about Northlanders: the first about the siege of Paris, the second about a lonely, desperate hunter and the third about a daughter who must claim her birthright by the sword. This last was my favorite, both for the female-centric plot and the gorgeous art. Wood’s historical series never lets me down.

Prince of Persia by Jordan Mechner et al.

  • This comic based on the video game series of the same is beautiful and colourful full of princes, betrayal, war and love. And peacocks. Don’t forget the peacocks. Different time periods weave together to create this complex story. It is a bit confusing at first but it’s well worth finishing.

The Story of Saiunkoku, volume 7 by Kairi Yura and Sai Yukino

  • Shurei and Eigetsu continue to work hard to prove themselves worthy of their new duties as civil servants, but it seems that someone is working activly to discredit them. Can they clear their names and prove that women desreve the right to be civil servants? A smart, fun shojo about a young woman working hard to attain her dreams.

Veena et les Spectres du Temps (French) by Eric Theriault

  • I honestly can’t tell you what this was about. There is time travel and ghosts and genies. All the stories are tied together by the presence of Veena, a young Vietnamese woman living in Montreal. The rest is a little confused, honestly. Nice art though, that’s what first drew me to it.

Vinland Saga, volume 4 by Makoto Yukimura

  • More vikings! King Sven continues his invasion of England but his son, a timid, girlish prince has been captured by the enemy. Thorfinn who is almost of an age with the prince must free him and help bring him back to his father though they must travel through hostile lands and pityless weather.

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