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Howard the Duck, iss. 1

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Howard the Duck‘s new tagline: “trapped in a world he’s grown accustomed to” has multiple meanings—the series’ first tagline was “trapped in a world he never made!”. Fans will understand it as an evolution of the character, one that will not mimic Steve Gerber’s…

Girls Und Panzer, vols. 1 & 2

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Most high school girls spend their time studying, making friends, or carousing with cute boys. The girls of Ooarai Academy, however, have chosen to enlist in the school’s revitalized tankery club to practice World War II-style tank combat with reverence and…

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 1

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Assassination Classroom is exquisitely bizarre. One day, an alien being who looks like Pac-Man with tentacles destroys the Moon and threatens to do the same to Earth. Thanks to mysterious circumstances and an agreement with the Japanese government, the alien postpones his…

My Neighbor Seki, vol. 1

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The beauty of the “slice of life” genre is that a multitude of content can be contained within a simple premise. If I tell you that Azumanga Daioh and Lucky Star are each about a small group of high school girls and their everyday routines,…

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,…

Monsters! and Other Stories

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From cave paintings to Medieval stained glass windows to silent movies, wordless stories have long been a part of our culture. In recent times, they seem to have lost some of their appeal as creators have struggled to produce quality stories. Thankfully,…

ZooDotCom

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Created by Matt McCray, ZooDotCom is a webcomic-turned-graphic novel that follows a group of animals who have been forced to become the zoo’s new IT department. As McCray’s tagline goes, “and you thought your office was a zoo!” This broad premise allows…

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…

Sanctuary, vol. 1: Fresh Meat

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When a boorish male panda is found beaten to death the day after his much-touted arrival at a mysterious, isolated wildlife sanctuary, suspicion immediately falls on the new neighbors he went out of his way to offend. But as the…

Dragon Ball Full Color: Saiyan Arc, vol. 1

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Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball series is a cherished classic with fans of all ages around the world. Toriyama’s epic battle scenes, memorable characters, and distinct, pun-based humor make Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z necessary additions to any library’s core manga collection. Volume one of the Saiyan Arc—the…

Aron’s Absurd Armada, vol. 1

Aron’s Absurd Armada, Volume 1

Captain Aron isn’t your typical pirate: he’s too good-looking and not scruffy enough, he doesn’t appear to have any awesome swashbuckling skills, he seems rather dimwitted at times, and he is more interested in exploring than acquiring pirate treasure. All this could be…

Dust Bunny

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Budding metropolis Structure City was burned to the ground in 1995, killing the entire population, save for 500 people. The survivors knew they must find a new home, leading them to seek shelter underground. Those with traits more conducive to nocturnal life survived…

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…

Down. Set. Fight!

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Have you ever seen a professional football team’s mascot get into a fight? If not, have you ever thought it would be funny if they did? Luckily for you, there’s Down. Set. Fight! In their newest graphic novel, Chris Sims,…

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…