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…

Seconds

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I remember loving Scott Pilgrim initially, then feeling beaten down by the hype that started building around it over the course of subsequent volumes (and looking back on it, six is kind of a lot!), rolling my eyes profusely while…

The Other Side of the Wall

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The Berlin Wall holds great metaphorical power as the literal embodiment of the insurmountable divide between Eastern—communist Europe—and Western—democratic Europe—after World War II. It’s fertile ground for stories of heroism and survival, persistence and perseverance, tales of families torn apart…

Explorer: The Hidden Doors, vol. 3

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The latest Explorer anthology explores the concept of doors and what’s behind them in a series of shorts that are by turns humorous, fantastical, sad, and inspiring. Kazu Kibuishi opens the anthology with “Asteria Crane,” a mysterious story about a…

47 Ronin

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The tale of the 47 Ronin has been enshrined in the Japanese cultural canon and will forever be regarded as the principal exemplar of the definition of honor, dignity, and bushido. These 47 loyal retainers, who risked lives and livelihoods…

Spike: A Dark Place

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Spike. William the Bloody. Killer of Two Slayers, on-and-off lover of one. Master of a ship of sentient space bugs. In this volume, one of the most popular characters in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe has his own…

Zombillenium, vol. 2: Human Resources

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A mix of dark humor and inventive paranormal situations made the first volume of Zombillenium stand out. Author, illustrator, and translator, Arthur De Pins, is not afraid to explore the different ethical values of zombies, demons, and other varieties of…