Author Archive for Sheli Hays

Dawn of the Arcana, vol. 1

Dawn of the Arcana is indisputably shojo, but it sidesteps some of the most common tropes to deliver a story that may surprise the reader. The story starts by introducing us to the warring countries of Senan and Belquat. Nations…

Pandora Hearts, vol. 1

Pandora Hearts, vol. 1 needs you to keep up. You will be introduced to a new world, a huge cast, and a mysterious dimension with its own set of rules that aren’t explained until a third of the way through…

Classic Fantastic: Hellboy

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Classic Fantastic is our series of features on the classics of the format — please check out our other picks for the most important titles, in terms of appeal, innovation, and storytelling, that every library should own. What’s it about?…

Astronaut Academy, vol. 2: Re-Entry

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It’s time again to start the school year at that most prestigious school, Astronaut Academy. The timing couldn’t be better, since Hakata Soy, our mysterious hero, needs a distraction after getting some sad summer news from his crush, Princess Boots.…

Classic Fantastic: Atomic Robo

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Classic Fantastic is our series of features on the classics of the format — please check out our other picks for the most important titles, in terms of appeal, innovation, and storytelling, that every library should own. What’s it about?…

Memorial, vol. 1

How do you feel about reading? If you’re relatively keen on it, you’re going to want to look at Memorial. Let’s step back and take a look at what we have. A woman stumbles into a hospital, knowing nothing about…

One Piece: Color Walk 2

One Piece is hands down one of the most impressive comic accomplishments in the modern age. We can go through the numbers, saying that it’s the best selling manga series of all time. Or that Eiichiro Oda has been doing…

Second Thoughts

I was actually putting off reviewing this title. I read it once. Then I read it again. By now, I’ve actually read it several times. Second Thoughts is a brief slice-of-life comic. In it, we meet two couples, both at…

Classic Fantastic: Preacher

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Classic Fantastic is our series of features on the classics of the format — please check out our other picks for the most important titles, in terms of appeal, innovation, and storytelling, that every library should own. What’s it about?…

Ozma of Oz

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There are some titles that I don’t want to review. I just want to tell you to go buy them, read them, and come back here so we can celebrate them together. Ozma of Oz is definitely one of those…

Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale

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Forget Sorrow is a story that will let you do anything but. The title a translation of Belle Yang’s given name, Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale tells the Yang family story throughout different time periods. The structure of the book…

Classic Fantastic: Fear Agent

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Out of all of the Classic Fantastic’s that we’ve got in our queue, Fear Agent is a relatively fresh title. It only concluded slightly shy of two years ago. While that might make you think our vetting process is light,…

Polterguys, vol. 1

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Polterguys is an unpretentious success of a story. Featuring Bree, ever-driven in her fervent studies to become a doctor, the story amps up when Bree learns five wayward ghosts already occupy her college house. I was ready to assume a…

Genetiks

How long do you need to think about whether or not you should give away the rights to your DNA? Oh, that’s right, no time at all. Well, Thomas Hale isn’t as smart as you are. He decided that selling…

Ichiro

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This is a good book. Don’t let my pithy commentary and safe comments about the art let you forget this fact: Ichiro is an impressive accomplishment. To a point, I understood the craze that American Born Chinese got. It was…

The Homeland Directive

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So, Venditti does it again with this great [photoshop] premise that makes you question all of these inner workings [photoshop] of the government. Right when you think it can’t get any more [photoshop] twisted, he’ll push the narrative a little…