A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{October 21, 2012}   Comics and manga of the week (63)

Not many titles this week but they were all amazing.

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade by Allan Heinberg

  • Wiccan of the Young Avengers decides to find the Scarlet Witch, who he suspects to be his real mother. But his search puts him at odds with the X-Men, the Avengers and Doctor Doom. The Young Avengers are one of my favorite super hero teams and this mini series really captures everything I love about the them. Plus Billy (Wiccan) and Teddy (Hulkling) finally kiss “on screen”. ❤

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

  • Anya immigrated from Russia when she was five and now she wants nothing more than to be an ordinary American teen. But one day she falls down a well and encounters the ghost of a girl who died 90 years ago. At first it seemed cool to have a friend no one could see but Anya soon realizes that Emily has some dark secrets. A truly spooky tale beautifully executed in gray scale.

Hikaru no Go, volume 23 (French) by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata

  • We’ve finally reached the final volume. Hikaru has been made the captain of the Japanese team against all expectations. His match against the Korean captain takes up the entire volume. The conclusion of the series is somewhat open ended, suggesting Hikaru’s (and all his friends’) long future in the world of Go. There are also two bonus chapters: Akira’s second game against Hikaru from Sai’s perspective and an adorable story about 2 11-year-old insei facing off against Hikaru and Akira. It ends on a high point as every good series should but I’m still going to miss these characters.

Saga, volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

  • Saga is a sci-fi epic about two star-crossed lovers and their newborn daughter trying to survive in a war-torn universe. Combine this premise with Vaughan’s amazing writing and characters and Staples’ amazing art and you get one of my favorite series this year.  Also, there’s giant hairless lie-detecting cat. Just saying.

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