fantasy

Nine Tenths: The Slider

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Nine Tenths: The SIider is a slim, self-published volume that contains the promise of a story whose writer hopes it will one day become a film. As such, it can be read as a pitch: 42 of its 82 pages, a full…

Are You Alice?, vols. 3-5

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Something is rotten in the state of Wonderland. Ever since the Alice in Wonderland story was mysteriously disrupted, the White Rabbit has been trying to piece it all together again. Determined and dangerous, he kidnaps people from our world to…

Ranma 1/2: 2-in-1 Edition, vol. 1

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Though Ranma ½ ended in 1996, VIZ Media has rereleased the landmark manga with cleaner artwork, a revamped script, and the original right-to-left reading format. A higher quality printing with crisp, bright pages will appeal to both existing fans and…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Books 4-6

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The continued popularity and cross-media saturation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise has involved a bit of unappealing revisionism, but few can quibble with IDW Publishing’s reimagined series. Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo are still a loveable bunch with individual…

Battling Boy: The Rise of Aurora West

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In last year’s Battling Boy, Aurora West was the scene-stealer, so it’s fitting that she’s getting her own story, serialized through First Second. The daughter of Arcopolis’s late science hero, Haggard West, the gritty Aurora has a room full of secrets and a calling…

Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki

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Based on the critically-acclaimed feature film, the manga adaptation of Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki is every bit as stunning and complex as the movie. Taking place over thirteen years, this is the bittersweet tale of a mother who gives up everything…

Sacrifice

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Perhaps it is appropriate to the story that some of the plotting of Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose’s Sacrifice is muddled and leads to confusion. After all, it’s a story about how one suicidal teenager’s epilepsy catapults him into the…

Finder: Talisman

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Marcie: “It’s not fair!” Lynne: “So? So? Look, Mars. This is not soccer. This is dealing with people who have power over you… There are no rules and there is no ‘fair.’” Marcie: “But…” Lynne: “If you want your book,…

Soul Eater Soul Art

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Atsushi Okubo’s Soul Eater Soul Art is, as its title indicates, an art book composed of Soul Eater art. This book is comprised of a combination of content from different sources, including tankoban volume covers, sticker designs from the Japanese DVD releases, paint marker…

Santa versus Dracula

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It’s the happiest time of the year: Santa and his elves are in high gear preparing to bring joy to children all around the world, when an old enemy makes a surprise appearance. Now it’s a battle to the undeath as Dracula and…

Blood Lad, vols. 1-4

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Staz Charlie Blood is a vampire descended from a noble family. His heritage awards him great strength, which he has used to become a territory boss for the East Demon World. Regardless, none of these things particularly interest Staz; pop culture and video…

Inu X Boku SS, vols. 1-2

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Ririchiyo Shirakiin has just moved into the exclusive apartment building Maison de Ayakashi, a.k.a. Ayakashi Hall. Ayakashi Hall caters to those from old, rich families who are genetic throwbacks to the ayakashi—mythical creatures with whom their ancestors intermarried. The building provides Secret Service bodyguards…

Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice

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Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice spins a familiar-yet-compelling story of orphans, prophecies, and magic. Neither its plot points nor its steampunk setting break new ground, but the customary pieces are assembled skillfully. Mystic breaks away from the pack of similar tales by the strength…