Author Archive for Jennifer Webb

Gravitation, vol. 3

Volume 2 of Maki Murakami’s soap opera/comedy Gravitation ended on an appropriately soap operatic note with the arrival of Eiri Yuki’s fiancee from an arranged marriage. How much of a rival will innocent country girl Ayaka be? How will she…

Gravitation, vol. 4

Volume four of this slapstick-meets-soap-opera series features events so dramatic even the author expresses surprise in one of her breezy side-notes. The major development? Taki, lead singer of our hero’s arch-rivals ASK, corners Shuichi in a subway station and (with…

Gravitation, vol. 5

After the trauma of the previous volume, Gravitation‘s fifth installment offers its characters a welcome respite. Shuichi, who has moved in with Yuki (whether Yuki likes it or not), is delighted and confused by his lover’s attentive behavior. Yuki has…

Gravitation, vol. 6

This latest installment continues to deliver the outrageous humor and angst we’ve come to expect from Gravitation. The boys from Bad Luck are sent to compete on an “Iron Chef”-style cooking show, despite Shuichi’s total lack of cooking skills. To…

Confidential Confessions, vol. 1

Confidential Confessions is a departure from your average shoujo manga; there’s no comedy of errors, no magic, and harsh realities intrude on romance. Following in the tradition of teen “problem” novels about drugs, sexual assault, and suicide, this series tackles…

Gravitation, vol. 1-2

By now you’ve probably heard something about shonen-ai, the manga genre that translates as “boys’ love”. Shonen-ai is usually written by women, for women; it involves beautiful boys experiencing some kind of love for a member of their own gender,…

Please Save My Earth, vol. 1

Alice’s family has just moved to Tokyo, taking Alice away from the countryside she loves. It’s not just that she misses the trees and flowers; Alice has an unusual relationship with nature. Plants respond to her, almost as if she…

WJHC: On the Air!

Jane Smith Fisher is a woman with a mission. Her object: a really good comic for all ages. I’m full of admiration for Fisher, who spent the last six years finding creative ways to put her comics in readers’ hands.…

Boys Over Flowers, vols. 1-2

Tsukushi Makino has arrived at Eitoku Academy, the prestigious hothouse where the flowers of society (the children of the super-rich) are nurtured. Or so her parents believe. Eitoku is more like a jungle where predators rule. The F4, Eitoku’s four…

Fables, vol. 2: Animal Farm

In the first volume of this Eisner-nominated series, we learned that our beloved fairy-tale characters had been driven from their magical lands by the Adversary and forced to take refuge in the mundane world- Manhattan, to be exact. Those who…

Preacher, vol. 1: Gone to Texas

Ah, Preacher. It’s a comic to make the censors’ heads explode: profanity (heaps), violence (extra-gory), sex (various flavors), blasphemy (but of course!), and other sins too numerous to mention. As its many fans will attest, Preacher also features intelligent writing,…

Captain Gravity

If you know something about the history of American comics, you’ll recognize the scene on the cover of Captain Gravity: a superhero delivering a knock-out punch to an evil Nazi henchman. Captain Gravity is a fun superhero adventure, but it’s…