mysteries and thrillers

Black Widow: Forever Red

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Meet Ana Orlova—as a child she was the subject of secret Russian military experiments run by the Red Room (the same group that trained Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow) until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D.…

Abolitionista!

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Human trafficking is a very serious issue. In comics and in film, we always expect the hero to save the day. Frank Castle and Liam Neeson wage one-man wars against vile criminals, but sadly, the real world is a much…

She-Hulk, vols. 1-2

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Superhero comics have to go a long way to impress me, and it’s not just because this site is called No Flying No Tights. The dramas and conflicts of superheroes are oftentimes so rote and formulaic that they can blend together…

Void’s Enigmatic Mansion, Vol. 1

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“Be careful what you wish for.” This familiar adage—and errant humanity’s tendency to ignore it—serves as the central theme of this Victorian-flavored horror manhwa set in a seven-story apartment building owned by the titular Mr. Void. In a departure from…

JUDGE, vols. 1-4

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Yoshiki Tonogai has returned to torture teens once more in this judicial follow-up to Doubt. Previously, Tonogai’s victims were united by their interest in a mobile phone game called Rabbit Doubt. Their love of the game inevitably doomed them to participate in a real life version, created by a…

Deadman Wonderland, vol. 1

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When 14-year-old Ganta Igarashii’s entire class is killed by a flying man all dressed in red, Ganta is sentenced to death for the crime. The manner of his execution will be Deadman Wonderland, a giant privatized prison that also serves as a tourist…

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…

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…

Doubt, vol. 2

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Warning: this review contains spoilers. A good mystery has to end on a high note. Ideally, all the clues scattered throughout the narrative should come together to form a plausible finale. Unfortunately, Doubt leaves a great deal to be desired as its chaotic and…

Doubt, vol. 1

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Doubt, vol. 1 is a lengthy whodunit that pits six teenagers against each other in a life-or-death situation modeled after a popular cell phone game. The manga calls to mind character-driven thrillers like Saw, building an intricate mystery and connecting the victims beyond…

The Clockwork Sky, vol. 1

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In 1895, twelve-year-old Sally is shunted off to her brooding inventor uncle, Erasmus Croach. Escaping his mansion becomes the spunky girl’s top priority and, luckily for Sally, no locks can restrain her for long. Her freedom could give her the…

Until Death Do Us Part, vol. 5

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    After falling into an ambush plotted by the criminal mastermind known only as The Wiseman, assassin-turned-vigilante Mamoru Hijikata finds his confidence completely shot. Were it not for the intervention of tween psychic Haruka Tooyama, he would be dead.…

The Heart of Thomas

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  Moto Hagio helped define the Boys’ Love genre back in the 1970s as one of the “Showa 24,” female mangaka who told the kinds of stories they wanted to read and, in doing so, jump-started shojo publishing. This epic…