Hot Off the Press!

This week’s highlights, with commentary from the NFNT gang:

07 Ghost Volume 1 (Viz, 9781421549941)

Jenny: Yay, 07 Ghost has been license-rescued! The art’s a little difficult to make out sometimes, but it still looks cool and the mix of fantasy, action, pseudo-Catholicism, martial matters, and emotional content makes it a decent read. I’m just excited that I’ll actually get to find out what happens after volume 3, the last one Go!Comi put out before they took all their toys and went home without telling anybody. Now if only the rest of their dangling catalogue could be as lucky…

Cross Game Volume 8 (Viz, 9781421537726)

Jenny: Cross Game’s final volume!! I’m so excited!! Baseball and heart and humor and healing, all rolled together in the most wonderful of ways. I can’t wait!

Dance Class Volume 3: African Folk Dance Fever (Papercutz, 9781597073639)

Snow: I’m excited for Dance Class #3: African Folk Dance Fever. As a life-long student of ballet and modern dance, I love how perfectly that series captures the funny aspects of life in a dance studio, rather than just being serious or girly, which too many dance books are.

Nabari No Ou Volume 12 (Yen Press, 9780316204835)

Jenny: I’ve been catching up on Nabari no Ou and pretty much want to read all the rest of them right now. The series’ visuals are attractive and unique, with their fragile, gangly figures, and the emotional involvement on the part of the reader is considerable (tears are not an impossibility). Modern-day ninja clans compete for control of a secret art that happens to have manifested in the person of an apathetic middle-schooler. Watching him slowly let go of his apathy to help a kindred soul is lovely and heartbreaking and good. Whatever Kamatani writes after this, I will read.

Black Lagoon – Complete Series (Funimation)

Jenny: I’ve only seen the first disc or two of Black Lagoon (TV-MA–for violence and language, I would assume), but so far it’s a fun, wild ride and I plan on finishing it (it’s next up in my Netflix queue, actually). A kidnapped salary man left out to dry by his employer decides to join his captor’s gang of gun-toting, torpedo-boat-driving, snark-delivering smugglers. Revy may appease the male viewers with her extreme Daisy Dukes and ample bosom, but she’s a more-than-happy-to-shoot-first-and-not-bother-with-the-questions kind of woman and not to be underestimated, and I enjoy the tension of instability she brings to the show.

Hellsing Ultimate – Set 2 (Funimation)

Jenny: Hellsing Ultimate (also TV-MA) is violent, insane, and addicting. The Ultimate series trumps the original for me in that it a.) follows the equally violent, insane books more closely and b.) has a much bigger budget, resulting in very pretty violent insanity. I’ve been waiting for the series to finish up since Geneon went sadly under (again, yay for license rescues!) and plan to watch the remaining OVAs in a blood-drenched, laughter-punctuated spree. Muahahaha.

Sgt. Frog – Season 3 (Funimation)

Jenny: Sgt. Frog is ridiculous fun best consumed in small doses. He’s such an idiot, I kinda love him.

Tenchi in Tokyo (Funimation)

Allen: There’s a series I haven’t seen in a long time. Its one of the first harem comedies I’ve seen that revolves around women from different planets converging on an average guy and complicating his life. Wait, that’s the plot of all harem comedies isn’t it. Still, an enjoyable series!

Children Who Chase Lost Voices (Sentai)

Jenny: Makoto Shinkai makes some often melancholic, always beautiful anime, so there’s no way I’m going to miss Children Who Chase Lost Voices.

AND NOW FOR THE COMPLETE LIST

 

The following list of new releases is compiled from Diamond Comic Distributors’ complete weekly shipping list and Anime News Network’s Releases encyclopedia

Graphic Novels

Ape Entertainment

  • RICHIE RICH GEMS DIGEST GN SPECIAL COLLECTION

Arcana

  • CHAMPIONS OF THE WILD WEIRD WEST GN
  • EVIL TREE GN

Archaia

  • CITY IN THE DESERT HC VOL 01
  • HOPELESS MAINE HC VOL 01

Dark Horse

  • BLOOD BLOCKADE BATTLEFRONT TP VOL 03
  • CRIME DOES NOT PAY ARCHIVES HC VOL 03
  • LOBSTER JOHNSON TP VOL 02 BURNING HAND
  • SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 12

DC

  • BLUE BEETLE TP VOL 01 METAMORPHOSIS
  • FABLES WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND HC
  • GREEN LANTERN SECTOR 2814 TP VOL 01
  • HELLBLAZER TP VOL 04 THE FAMILY MAN NEW ED
  • SCALPED TP VOL 10 TRAILS END
  • SUPERMAN HC VOL 01 WHAT PRICE TOMORROW
  • YOUNG JUSTICE TP VOL 02 TRAINING DAY

Digital Manga

  • BAD TEACHERS EQUATION GN VOL 05
  • SECRET THORNS GN
  • SLEEPLESS NIGHTS GN

Fantagraphics

  • CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS STOCKING HC
  • DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE BOX SET VOL 03 & 04
  • DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE HC VOL 04 HOUSE O/T HAUNTS
  • PRISON PIT GN VOL 04
  • WALT DISNEY DONALD DUCK HC VOL 02 XMAS SHACKTOWN

IDW

  • DOROTHY OF OZ PREQUEL TP
  • GHOSTBUSTERS ONGOING TP VOL 03 HAUNTED AMERICA
  • GI JOE DEEP TERROR TP
  • GODZILLA ONGOING TP VOL 01
  • OPUS COMPLETE SUNDAY STRIPS FROM 2003-2008 HC
  • STAR TREK ONGOING TP VOL 03
  • TORPEDO TP VOL 01

Image

  • GRIM LEAPER TP
  • ROCK BOTTOM HC
  • SHINKU TP VOL 01

Keenspot Entertainment

  • TWOKINDS TP VOL 01
  • TWOKINDS TP VOL 02

Kodansha

  • MISSIONS OF LOVE GN VOL 01

Lucidity Press

  • ANTHOLOGY PROJECT HC VOL 02

Marvel

  • AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS TP VOL 03
  • DEADPOOL MAX HC
  • FEAR ITSELF TP HULK DRACULA
  • MARVEL MASTERWORKS FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 14
  • NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS PREM HC VOL 04 AVX
  • SPIDER-MEN HC
  • TOY STORY DIGEST TP TALES FROM TOY CHEST
  • ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN DEATH OF SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC
  • X-MEN CURSE IS BROKEN TP

Nobrow

  • 17 X 23 SHOWCASE TP VOL 01

Papercutz

  • DANCE CLASS HC VOL 03 AFRICAN FOLK DANCE FEVER
  • ERNEST AND REBECCA HC VOL 03 GRANDPA BUG

Sparkplug

  • NURSE NURSE GN

Transfuzion

  • INFERNO SLEEP AND A FORGETTING TP

Viz

  • 07 GHOST GN VOL 01
  • CROSS GAME TP VOL 08
  • EXCEL SAGA TP VOL 24
  • INU YASHA VIZBIG ED GN VOL 13
  • NEON GENESIS EVANGELION 3-IN-1 ED VOL 01
  • RIN-NE GN VOL 10
  • STREET FIGHTER X SANRIO WORLD VIEW HC

Yen Press

  • ARONS ABSURD ARMADA OMNIBUS TP VOL 01
  • BUNNY DROP GN VOL 07
  • JAMES PATTERSON’S ZOO GN
  • MELANCHOLY OF SUZUMIYA HARUHI CHAN GN VOL 06
  • NABARI NO OU TP VOL 12
  • OMAMORI HIMARI GN VOL 09
  • SHOULDER A COFFIN KURO GN VOL 03
  • SOUL EATER NOT TP VOL 02
  • SOUL EATER TP VOL 11
  • SPICE AND WOLF GN VOL 07
  • START WITH A HAPPY ENDING GN VOL 01
  • UMINEKO WHEN THEY CRY GN VOL 01 LEGEND GOLDEN WITCH PART 1

Zenescope

  • MANKIND STORY OF ALL OF US TP VOL 01

Anime

Funimation

  • Black Lagoon  - Complete Series
  • Hellsing – Complete Series
  • Hellsing Ultimate – Set 2
  • Linebarrels of Iron – The Complete Series
  • Mass  Effect: Paragon Lost
  • Serial Experiments Lain – Complete Series
  • Sgt. Frog – Season 3
  • Tenchi in Tokyo –  The Complete Series

Media Blasters

  • Queen’s Blade –  Complete Collection
  • Optimum Releasing
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • My neighbor Totoro

Sentai

  • Children Who Chase Lost Voices

Viz

  • Bleach – Season 1 Box Set: The Substitute
  • Bleach – Season 2 Box Set: The Entry
  • Bleach – Season 3 Box Set: The Rescue
  • Bleach – Season 4 Box Set Part 1: The Bounty
  • Bleach – Season 4 Box Set Part 2: The Bounty

Keep in mind that titles are not always available from book vendors on the same dates as they are released in comic book stores, so not all of these will be available everywhere at the same time. Check with your vendors, just to be sure!

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