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Invincible, vol. 2: Eight is Enough

Robert Kirkman’s excellent series just keeps getting better with this next installment, though in this volume the story takes a dark, gory turn that guarantees this title a place in the teen collection. Mark Grayson continues to grow up a…

Tokyo Babylon, vol. 3

While this series continues to focus on Subaru’s caseload, clues are starting to mount pointing to that fact that Seishiro has another more threatening agenda. In this volume, CLAMP hints at the X/1999 future as Subaru gets entangled with a…

Tokyo Babylon, vol. 4

This volume is split into two tales. In the first, Subaru encounters a grief-stricken mother seeking revenge for her child’s murder. Certain he can help her by summoning the spirit of her lost daughter, Subaru raises her ghost to allow…

Tokyo Babylon, vol. 5

Events start hurtling toward violence and sadness with volume five. The first two shorter tales concentrate on how ignorance and being so wrapped up in your own world leaves you blind to other’s troubles. Subaru meets a kind older man…

Wish

Introduction CLAMP, that group of 5 women masters of the manga format, are also some of the most prolific creators currently working in Japan. They tackle everything they do with intelligence and a great sense of drama, and happily, they…

Wish, vol. 1

An angel, Kohaku, is rescued from being tangled in a tree by an unsuspecting but chivalrous doctor, Shuichiro. Once freed, Kohaku proclaims that Shuichiro can have a wish granted for lending her aid. Unfortunately, Shuichiro cannot think of a single…

Wish, vol. 2

All of the introductions of Volume 1 out of the way, the story starts to really take off in Volume 2. Shuichiro, his usual calm slowly unsettled by his numerous heavenly and hellish houseguests, is attempting to figure out a…

Wish, vol. 3

With Volume 3, consequences start to pile up. Kohaku and Shuichiro sense that their time is limited, and almost unconsciously, each tries to extend it. Hisui advises Kohaku to consider her feelings carefully — does she want to stay with…

Wish, vol. 4

Given all the rules and forbidden passions launched in Wish, it’s difficult to imagine a happy or satisfactory ending being possible! And yet, CLAMP manages to resolve this melodrama of Heaven and Hell with a satisfying, if open, finish. Kohaku,…

Testament

Testament is a work I was not expecting to adore for the very simple reason that I’m entirely unaware of most of the stories of the Old Testament. I have virtually no religious background and so even well-known stories are…

Hikaru No Go, vol. 1

What’s a 6th grader to do when he’s suddenly cohabiting his own body with a master Go player from the Heian period (think early medieval Europe in the West)? Well, basically, he plays go. Go is a game similar to…

Eerie Queerie

Introduction First things first: this series is both unashamedly silly and unashamedly all about the pretty boys. Despite my general appetite for manga, and awareness of the penchant for wacky hijinks, this series surprised me numerous times as just how…

Eerie Queerie, vol. 1

Eerie Queerie follows the adventures of one Mitsuo, a loner high school student who has the misfortune of also being a medium. Due to his gentle nature, he’s prone to being taken over by any strong-willed ghost in the vicinity.…

Eerie Queerie, vol. 2

The second volume contains both my favorite moments thus far and some of the more bizarre (and vaguely unsettling) plot twists that have lead to my marveling at the boundaries Japanese comics push. On a school field trip, Mitsuo, Hasunuma,…

Eerie Queerie, vol. 3

In the third volume, matters get even more bizarre. Mitsuo and friends, including the enslaved ghost Kanau from volume 2, are all helping Mikuni prepare for the temple’s new year festivals and rituals. When another medium, the darkly handsome Itsuki,…

Eerie Queerie, vol. 4

I must admit, by the end of this series I am less enamored of its wackiness and more overwhelmed by its creepiness. I still root for the lovers to finally admit their feelings, and the series inane hilarity has its…

Hawaiian Dick: Byrd of Paradise

Hawaiian Dick reminds me of those great 1950s crime dramas, full of speeding cars, jumpin’ jazz scores, and tough P.I.’s looking for balancing shaky moral ground. It’s full of great reaction shots, car chases, snappy dialogue, and a few zombies.…

Tokyo Babylon

Introduction Tokyo Babylon is one of CLAMP’s earlier works, and though it sets the stage for the team’s apocalyptic X/1999 series, it also stands on its own. Tokyo Babylon follows the adventures of Sumeragi Subaru, the head of Sumeragi clan…

Tokyo Babylon, vol. 1

In this volume, we are introduced to our cast of characters — and though Hokuto is hit by the Exposition Fairy in a fairly obvious way, once we get all the explanations of who’s who out of the way, the…