A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{September 23, 2012}   Comics and manga of the week (59)

20th Century Boys, volume 22 by Naoki Urasawa

  • Everything comes to a head in the final volume of Urasawa’s sci-fi thriller (but no worries, 21st Century Boys is still to come). The team must face down a deadly virus, a giant robot and the Friend while saving the people of Tokyo. How do they do it? Music, of course. Don’t roll you eyes. It works and it makes perfect sense in the context of the story.

Birds of Prey, volume 1: Trouble in Mind by Duane Swierczynski

  • I loved Gail Simone’s run on Birds of Prey so I admit I had some concerns about a new writter working with a new team (Black Canary is joined by Starling, Katana and Poison Ivy) but it works. Dina has to deal with putting together a team, dodging murder charges and a new mind control drug. Fun all around. 😉

The Five Leaves, volume 8 by Natsume Ono

  • The final volume of Ono’s samurai drama is everything I could have asked. The remaining storylines and mysteries are neatly tied up and we’re given a very satisfying ending for our group of lonely thieves and kidnappers. I highly recommend this series.

H2, volume 34 (French) by Mitsuru Adachi

  • This is the final volume of Adachi’s wonderful baseball series. The story of two best friends, rivals in in sports and in love, finally comes to a head in the semi-finals. Who will win? Who will get the girl? A beautiful ending that perfectly fit the tone of the series.

Journey Into Mystery, volume 1 & 2 by Kieron Gillen and Rob Rodi

  • Loki sacrificed himself to save Asgard. Or so it appeared. Nothing Loki does is ever simple and now he has returned in the body of a young boy and, though Thor champions his cause, the gods trust him less than ever. This is Loki as I love him: mischievious but not uncaring, doing both bad and good. I look forward to more of this series.

Paul dans le Métro (French) by Michel Rabagliati

  • A series of vignettes about life in Montreal, mostly taking place in the 70s but spanning Paul’s life. For someone who lives in the city it is wonderfully nostalgic; for those who don’t it’s a wonderful way to discover our city and our quirks. Rabagliati has been winning numerous awards for his Paul series and he deserve everyone of them.

X-Factor, volume 15: They Keep Killing Madrox by Peter David

  • While X-Factor tries, and fails, to deal with Madrox’s death, Madrox is killed over and over again in various parallel worlds. Each death propels him into a new world but he has no idea how to get back to his original world. An interesting twist on the rebirth of a superhero trope with David’s caracteristic humour and drama.

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