A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{June 16, 2013}   Comics and manga of the week (95 & 96)

janeA Devil and her Love Song, volume 9 by Miyoshi Tomori

  • Kurosu, now nicknamed Eros, continues to try to win Maria’s heart, much to Shin’s annoyance. But when Shin decides to return to music and show his true feelings for Maria. Of course, everything goes wrong. This a unique, charming and beautifully drawn shoujo manga. I look forward to every volume.

Jane, le renard et moi (French) by Isabelle Arsenault and Fanny Britt

  • A simple, beautiful graphic novel about a young girl plagued by bullying. She is saved by the story of Jane Eyre (parts of which are weaved into the narrative), a friendly wolf at camp and by friendship. Britt’s illustrations are absolutely beautiful and though the story can be harsh and hits very close to home for many of us, it is gently and beautifully told. Highly recommended.

Slam Dunk, volume 28 by Takehiko Inoue

  • Hanamichi is now the one person who can turn the game around and win his team the national championship. The excitement and intensity is still there and I honestly love this series but I have to wonder how many more volumes Inoue can keep a single game going. Seeing as the series finishes at volume 31, my guess is 3 more.

Skip Beat, volume 31 by Yoshiki Nakamura

  • Ren’s role as the serial killer BJ is bringing out his darker side and memories he would rather forget. Only Kyoko can save him from himself. Meanwhile she is starting work on a new TV show and is being pursued by an increasing number of men… though she still hasn’t noticed. This manga is as much fun as ever but I’m looking forward to the Cain Heel/BJ storyline wrapping up.

Sleeping Moon, volume 1 by Kano Miyamoto

  • Akihito returns to his ancestral home to uncover the secret of the curse plaguing his family, one that leads all directly descended males to an early grave. He finds ghosts, time slips and two attractive young men. Miyamoto is one of my favorite BL writers and this story promises to be interesting though it took me a bit of time to get into it. Readers hoping for romance or more will have to be patient however, very little happens in this volume.

The Transformers: Robots in Disguise, volume 3 by John Barber

  • What was even happening in this volume? The first issue is about Orion Pax (who you might know as Optimus Prime) is caught on a planet in some kind of time loop and… oh, you just try to figure it out. After that it is back to the politics and the election that Starscream might actually win. The shit is about to hit the fan on Cybertron. And Arcee kicks some serious ass. Not the best volume of Robots in Disguise but it seems to be going in interesting places.

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