Author Archive for Jennifer Webb

The First, vol. 3: Sinister Motives

In an interview at the back of Sinister Motives, Barbara Kesel describes the CrossGen universe as a Buckmister Sphere: “a round shape built of interlocking triangles.” The individual titles (The First, Meridian, Scion, Sojourn, Mystic, and many others) are points…

Maison Ikkoku, vol. 1

How can Yusaku Godai ever pass his exams living in a nuthouse like Maison Ikkoku? Between Mrs. Inchinose’s snooping, sexpot Akemi’s teasing, and Mr. Yotsuya’s mooching, Yusako’s academic life is going down the tubes. He’s just about to move out–really,…

Iron Wok Jan, vol. 1

“Parsnip Battle!!!!! Mwah hah hah hah hah hah!!!!!!!!” Oh, pardon me. I was having an Iron Chef moment. If you’re a fan of that show, I should warn you that Iron Wok Jan! has nothing to do with eccentric Japanese…

Cardcaptor Sakura, vol. 1

Sakura Kinomoto is a cute, bubbly, normal fourth-grader. That is, she was until the day she opened a mysterious old book and awakened a powerful magic. Now she’s a cute, bubbly fourth-grader with a secret mission: to find and capture…

The Last Knight

Will Eisner is a giant in the comics field, having turned his hand to many different kinds of stories over the years. It’s easy to see why he’s so revered, even in a work as brief as The Last Knight.…

GoGirl!, vol. 1

It’s a great time to be a girl comics fan. Between shojo manga (Japanese comics written for girls) and the current generation of kick-ass heroines, girls have more comics choices than ever before. That said, GoGirl! is still unique. Trina…

Marmalade Boy, vol. 1

Imagine this: you’re a perfectly normal teenage girl. Your parents go on a cruise. They meet another couple–and fall in love! Divorce is hard enough under normal circumstances, but Miki Koishikawa thinks her parents have gone crazy–they want to keep…

Love Hina, vol. 1

Poor Keitaro Urashima! All he’s ever wanted was to get into prestigious Tokyo University. Well, that and a girlfriend. In fact, the two goals seem to be connected: Keitaro once promised his childhood crush that they’d go to Tokyo U.…

Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz

OK, let me see if I’ve got this straight. Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz is the manga version of a movie based on a show. Taking place after the show’s timeline (and after other Gundam Wing manga titles), Endless Waltz reunites…

Mars, vol. 1

I’ll admit it: up until recently, I knew nothing about manga. In my ignorance, I assumed it was all cute little creatures and cartoon-style battles. Then I read CLAMP’s amazing series, Clover, and my eyes were opened. Mars is another…

Magic Pickle

Children’s fantasy is full of talking creatures: animals, insects, even trees! So isn’t it time vegetables had their say? In Magic Pickle, Scott Morse reveals a shocking secret: a bunch of produce has, er, gone bad and is planning to…

Hopeless Savages, vol. 1

Dirk Hopeless and Nikki Savage were the king and queen of punk rock. They lived fast, broke all the rules, and incited youthful rebellion. Then they cleaned up, got married, and had kids. Now, the Hopeless-Savages are a loving family…