Saga, vol. 4

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If you haven’t read Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga so far, the fourth volume might be a jarring entry point; the opening pulls no punches. The first image is of a naked woman, legs spread, giving birth. You…

Gyo 2-in-1 Deluxe Edition

First published in Japan in 2002 and translated into English in 2003, Junji Ito’s Gyo has been re-released this April in a deluxe hardback 2-in-1 edition by Viz Media. Designed to complement Ito’s classic Uzumaki, the handsome matte cover opens…

Midnight Secretary, vol. 1

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Kaya is an exceptional secretary. She definitely looks the part, with her hair pulled back in a tight bun and fake glasses to hide her “baby face,” and she’ll do whatever it takes to support her boss. When she is…

Alex + Ada, vol. 2

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The second volume of Alex + Ada picks up right where the first volume left off with no summation to remind the reader of what had transpired (a pet peeve of mine). So, readers, read volume 1 first. Ada is…

My Love Story!!, vols. 1-3

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Takeo Goda is the best thing to happen to shojo manga. He is a towering, muscular super-athlete, and characters like him are usually nowhere to be found in sparkly romances. His main love interest, the bubbly dessert cook Rinko Yamato,…

The Devil Is A Part-Timer!, vol. 1

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One of the shows on my top ten anime list is called I Couldn’t Become A Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided To Get A Job. It explores an idea that’s rarely seen in fantasy fiction: what happens to the adventurers after the villain has…