Saga, vol. 4

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If you haven’t read Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga so far, the fourth volume might be a jarring entry point; the opening pulls no punches. The first image is of a naked woman, legs spread, giving birth. You…

Gyo 2-in-1 Deluxe Edition

First published in Japan in 2002 and translated into English in 2003, Junji Ito’s Gyo has been re-released this April in a deluxe hardback 2-in-1 edition by Viz Media. Designed to complement Ito’s classic Uzumaki, the handsome matte cover opens…

Midnight Secretary, vol. 1

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Kaya is an exceptional secretary. She definitely looks the part, with her hair pulled back in a tight bun and fake glasses to hide her “baby face,” and she’ll do whatever it takes to support her boss. When she is…

Alex + Ada, vol. 2

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The second volume of Alex + Ada picks up right where the first volume left off with no summation to remind the reader of what had transpired (a pet peeve of mine). So, readers, read volume 1 first. Ada is…

My Love Story!!, vols. 1-3

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Takeo Goda is the best thing to happen to shojo manga. He is a towering, muscular super-athlete, and characters like him are usually nowhere to be found in sparkly romances. His main love interest, the bubbly dessert cook Rinko Yamato,…

The Devil Is A Part-Timer!, vol. 1

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One of the shows on my top ten anime list is called I Couldn’t Become A Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided To Get A Job. It explores an idea that’s rarely seen in fantasy fiction: what happens to the adventurers after the villain has…

Witch Buster Vol. 1-2

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Tasha Godspell arrives in a new town only to find himself immediately thrown into jail. There he meets a young girl named East, who tells him the townsfolk are suspicious because of an ongoing war between humans and witches. East then proceeds to break out of jail, fight off the Witch…