Long Hot Summer

Long Hot Summer is the story of Steve, sort of. Here’s what I know about Steve: He’s 22 and he’s a mod. That’s about all I can tell you. The description on the back cover tells me it’s 1988, but…

Steady Beat, vol. 1

It’s tough living in the shadow of a perfect older sister. As any younger sibling can tell you, it’s not so much that one is better than the other, but that an older sister or brother simply got there first.…

Crossroad, vol. 1

In a world of step-families, honorary siblings and friends who become family, the definition of the requisite components for a family unit is breaking down. With more and more families straining, shattering and then recombining, the children of these rotating…

Crossroad, vol. 2

On the first day of her junior year, Kajitsu attends a Life Instruction class where she meets Akai, substitute calligraphy teacher and part-time councilor. Kajitsu finds Akai very attractive and as she opens up more and more to Akai, he warns…

Crossroad, vol. 3

While on their date, Kajitsu confesses to Akai that making memories with someone she knows is leaving is too painful for her and ending the date giving him a quick kiss on the cheek.  Upon returning home, she tells Natsu…

Azumanga Daioh

Azumanga Daioh: The Manga came first. Then there was Azumanga Daioh: The Animation. Please note the helpful explanatory titles.This is not your typical manga and the anime is not your typical animation. Azumanga Daioh was published in short bursts. Think…

Robin/Batgirl: Fresh Blood

This trade follows directly after the events in War Games. I wasn’t the biggest fan of that series, and I think that Willingham took his characters in some dubious directions. I am, however, appreciating how he is playing out the…