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Heroman, vols. 1-2

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Co-created and written by Marvel’s Stan Lee, Heroman combines the best of American superhero stories and shonen manga tropes into a fun, action-packed gateway manga series for tweens and younger teens. In volume one, readers are introduced to Joey Jones, a…

Atomcat

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I’m a die-hard Tezuka fan. I’ve read the entire Phoenix saga, all the Dororo that’s out there, a healthy number of Blackjacks, and the beautiful, timeless epic that is Apollo’s Song. I’ve been on a pilgrimage to the Kyoto International…

Kitaro

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In his introduction, Matt Alt describes Kitaro as “quite possibly the single most famous Japanese manga series you’ve never heard of, even if you happen to be a manga fan.” In this series, Mizuki transforms classic yokai monsters from Japanese folklore into modern,…

Shugo Chara Chan!, vol. 1-3

Warning: I’m far enough out of the intended age range for the audience of these books, but I will keep this review as fair as possible knowing that fact. Story- There’s no contiguous story in these three volumes. At max…

Yotsuba&!, vol. 1

If you’ve been wondering where to find a manga title that really is for all ages, then look no further. This hilarious and madcap series from Kyohiko Azuma, creator of Azumanga Daioh, is exactly what you want. Yotsuba&! (the title…