A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{July 29, 2012}   Comics and manga of the week (51)

20th Century Boys, volume 21 by Naoki Urasawa

  • Things are coming to a head in Urusawa’s sci-fi thriller. The Friend is preparing to destroy all of Tokyo, the only question is when. Will the rebels be able to save the city? There is one volume left and I look forward to seeing how this plays out.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

  • Jin is the only Chinese-American in his new school. When a boy from Taiwan joins his class, he doesn’t want to be associated with him at first. He has enough trouble fitting in. Jin just wants to be an all-american boy. In a parallel story, Yang tells us the legend of the Monkey King. As the comic goes on, we find that both Jin and the Monkey King must accept themselves as they are. A great YA comic.

Cosplay Cops, volume 4 (French) by Nao Doumoto

  • Female cop Rikka is faced with another rape case: a High School girl is accusing one of her acquaintances of raping her and demanding money in reparation. She doesn’t know who to believe. This manga remains one of my guilty pleasures but I take back everything good I said about Rika’s boyfriend. He doesn’t deserve her.

Je ne suis pas un ange, volume 1 (French) by Ai Yazawa

  • Midori is starting high school in a newly built school. Always cheerful and friendly, she is nominated for the student council. But when she falls for the soft-hearted, tough-looking president, will she be able to keep her smile. A sweet romantic comedy by one of my favorite shoujo manga authors.

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