Virgil

December 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Virgil
Written by Steve Orlando, Art by J.D. Faith, and Colors by Chris Beckett
Image Comics, 96 pp.
Rating: Mature Readers

Virgil is a corrupt cop, working the mean streets of Jamaica. With his partner and childhood friend, Omar, and the rest of the force, he shakes down the local criminals, pockets the cash and drugs and leads a pretty good life. However, Virgil’s got a secret, his boyfriend Ervan. When his secret is discovered, Omar and his homophobic friends on the force turn on Virgil. Omar leads an attack on Virgil’s home, killing several of his friends, kidnapping Ervan, and leaving Virgil under a pile of corpses on the beach. Only, Virgil wasn’t dead, and now he’s out for revenge. As he tracks down Omar, Virgil must contend with corrupt, homophobic police and the criminals he once harassed. From writer Steve Orlando, and artist J.D. Faith comes the 2015 graphic novel, Virgil, a brutal tale of love and revenge.
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Ghost in the Shell 1.5 Human-Error Processor – Deluxe Edition

July 24, 2017 1 comment

Ghost in the Shell 1.5 Deluxe EditionGhost in the Shell 1.5 Human-Error Processor: Deluxe Edition
By Shirow Masamune, Translation & English Adaption by Frederik L. Schodt and Toren Smith, Additional Translation by Stephen Paul
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: Mature (18 +)

Released after Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface, Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor takes place between the the first and second Ghost in the Shell series and represents Shirow’s first, aborted attempt to continue the Ghost in the Shell franchise in manga form. As a result, Ghost in the Shell 1.5 is an unfinished project. It’s essentially a short story collection depicting several different investigations undertaken by a post-Kusanagi Section 9. Togusa and Batou become the main two characters, with several of the other supporting cast being fleshed out a bit here and there over the course of the volume.
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Princess Jellyfish, Vol. 2

July 10, 2017 1 comment

Princess Jellyfish, Vol. 2Princess Jellyfish, Vol. 2
By Akiko Higashimura, Translation by Sarah Alys Lindholm.
Kodansha Comics, 384 pp.
Rating: Teens (16 +)

Tsukimi and Kuranosuke struggle to find a way to keep Amars from being destroyed in the name of urban renewal and development! If that wasn’t bad enough, Tsukimi slowly begins to realize that she’s fallen in love with someone, a thing she never thought possible. Can Tsukimi confront a part of herself she never knew existed, while attempting to save her home? Akiko Higashimura’s brilliant series continues, with Princess Jellyfish, Vol. 2!
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Cosmic Commandos

June 30, 2017 Leave a comment

Cosmic CommandosCosmic Commandos
By Christopher Eliopoulos
Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Young Readers, 192 pp.
Rating: Young Readers (8 – 12)

From Christopher Eliopoulos, the writer of Marvel’s adorable Pet Avengers trilogy, comes the cute, light hearted adventure of twins Justin and Jeremy. When Jeremy finds a magic wish granting ring in his box of cereal, his favorite video game comes to life, but will he be able to defeat it and save the world, or will his frustration at being compared to his brother, Justin, drive an unreconcilable wedge between the two, dooming everyone? Find out, in Christopher Eliopoulos’ Cosmic Commandos!
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That Wolf-Boy is Mine, Vol. 1

June 26, 2017 Leave a comment

That Wolf-Boy is Mine, Vol. 1That Wolf-Boy is Mine, Vol. 1
By Yoko Nogiri, Translation by Alethea and Athena Nibley.
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: Teens (13 +)

After crossing classmates at her Tokyo school, Komugi finds herself a social pariah. Thankfully, her mom’s leaving town and offers Komugi a choice. Stay in Tokyo, or move to the countryside to live with her father. Komugi takes this opportunity to start over with a blank slate and a chance to make friends at her new school! Unfortunately for her, those friends harbor a secret of the supernatural kind which promise to make her life even far more complicated than it was before. From Yoko Nogiri, comes the romantic drama-comedy, That Wolf-Boy is Mine!
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Noragami: Stray Stories

June 19, 2017 1 comment

Noragami: Stray Stories
By Adachitoka, Translation by Alethea and Athena Nibley.
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: Older Teens (16 +)

From Adachitoka comes the first spin-off to the hit Noragami series, Noragami: Stray Stories! This single volume contains several short stand alone tales of Yato, Yukine, Hiyori and the rest of the cast. Throughout the volume Yato and co. find themselves sucked into weird, awkward, and downright silly situations. These range from answering a prayer from a suicidal office worker, Yato getting a stalker, and an encounter with a serial killer. Don’t let the set ups fool you, Adachitoka manages to take each one in a surprisingly light and engaging direction, making for a surprisingly enjoyable comedic read!
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Sweetness and Lightning, Vols. 1 + 2

June 12, 2017 3 comments

Sweetness and Lightning, Vol. 1Sweetness and Lightning, Vols. 1 + 2
By Gido Amagakure, Translation by Adam Lensenmayer
Kodansha Comics, 192 pp.
Rating: T (13+)

Following the death of his wife, and attempting to juggle his teaching job with raising Tsumugi, his daughter, Kohei’s cooking fell off as he relied on pre-packaged meals and take out food. With the help of a student of his, Kotori, that begins to change. Together, the three find happiness and friendship through the art of cooking. From Gido Amagakure comes the heart warming, Sweetness and Lightning, Vols. 1 + 2!
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