Author Archive for Jenny Ertel

Jiu Jiu, vols. 1-2

When the death of her beloved twin brother drives young demon hunter Takamichi to shut down emotionally, her father makes her take responsibility for a pair of abandoned half-demon wolf pups. Caring for anything, let alone two adorable, defenseless balls…

Five Pounds & Screaming

After well over a year with no success, newlyweds Ben and Eliza are ecstatic to finally get pregnant, but they soon discover that preparing for a new baby involves a lot more than just decorating the nursery and stocking up…

What a Wonderful World!, vols. 1-2

“This world that we live in is gentle yet sad, fun yet sorrowful, strong yet ephemeral…but as long as you’re alive, something good is bound to happen. I’m sure of it.” This philosophical two-volume slice-of-life tale lets its focus pass…

Lychee Light Club

From their secret base in the belly of a sprawling, pollution-spewing industrial park, the boys of the Lychee Light Club work to fulfill their fourteen-year-old megalomaniac leader’s glorious vision of eternal youth, devoting themselves to the construction of a mechanical…

Honey Darling

Walking home one night from his dead-end job at a pachinko parlor, 21-year-old Chihiro is bemoaning his lack of ambition and direction in life when he surrenders to the plaintive cries of an abandoned kitten and acquires a four-legged roommate.…

14 Nights, volume 1

Cynical hedonist Nikita Koshkin is 27, overweight, and unfulfilled, both in his job at the local public health department and in his love life. After his doctor refuses to give him a prescription for the phantom pains he still suffers…

Durarara!!, vols. 1-2

Durarara 1

Fifteen-year-old Mikado Ryuugamine has grown tired of his quiet, uneventful life in his hometown. So, when his childhood friend Masaomi Kida suggests he transfer to the latter’s high school in Tokyo’s vibrant Ikebukuro district, Mikado jumps at the chance to…

Cowboy Ninja Viking, vol. 1

Cowboy Ninja Viking 1

Five years ago, the secret government program that turned mental-patient Duncan into a triple-threat weapon in the War on Terror was shut down following a mysterious incident ominously referred to as “San Cristobal.” Like the other “triplets” in the defunct…

Blacksad: A Silent Hell

Blacksad - A Silent Hell

When a friend’s research for an article on the New Orleans blues scene lands private investigator John Blacksad a job looking for a missing musician, the whiskered detective’s persistence takes him deep into the city’s secret-filled shadows, puttingĀ the old adage…

Gate 7, Volume 2

High school transfer Chikahito has barely spent a day with his mysterious new Kyoto roommates before he again finds himself spectator to a magical battle featuring his pint-sized cheerleader, Hana. Although intervention from another powerful runt postpones the showdown, plenty…

Three Men in a Boat

Jerome K. Jerome’s novel Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) is an occasionally awkward yet much beloved comedy classic. Sadly, this graphic adaptation inverts that ratio, serving up more awkwardness than affection-inspiring amusement. Originally intended…

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vols. 1-27

Fullmetal Alchemist 1

When their beloved mother dies, precocious young Edward and Alphonse Elric resolve to do anything to bring her back, even breaking equilibrium-bound alchemy’s greatest taboo. But when the crackling energy from their transmutation circle fades, their mother’s still dead, Ed’s…

Tenken

In a land still purging itself of the poisons of a past “dirty war,” people seek hope and comfort in tradition. As the busy festival season starts, construction worker Manaka finds himself drawn to Kishima, a capable yet secretive young…

Tesoro

Themes of food and family link these collected early works of Natsume Ono. The first thing anyone notices when reading Ono (Ristorante Paradiso, Gente, not simple, House of Five Leaves) is her unique, big-headed, hollow-eyed, scrawny-legged figure art and her…

Trigun: Badlands Rumble

Twenty years after his cohorts on a bank heist turn on him, revenge-minded Gasback catches up with his betrayers…and finds his plans undermined by the same goofy, spiky-haired, interfering young peacenik-with-a-price-on-his-head who saved his life during the robbery and let…

The Innocent

After being executed for a murder he didn’t commit, New York detective Johnny Wright wakes up before an irritable angel and learns he’s been given the chance to earn another shot at life by helping other innocents. But Johnny’s desire…

Finder: Voice

Finder Voice

Rachel Grosvenor needs to win official clan acceptance if she wants to help support her mixed-blood, fringe-dwelling family and safeguard her youngest sister’s future. So when her ring–and only official proof of clan eligibility–is stolen in a mugging, she goes…