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Gravitation, vol. 6

This latest installment continues to deliver the outrageous humor and angst we’ve come to expect from Gravitation. The boys from Bad Luck are sent to compete on an “Iron Chef”-style cooking show, despite Shuichi’s total lack of cooking skills. To…

Eerie Queerie

Introduction First things first: this series is both unashamedly silly and unashamedly all about the pretty boys. Despite my general appetite for manga, and awareness of the penchant for wacky hijinks, this series surprised me numerous times as just how…

Eerie Queerie, vol. 1

Eerie Queerie follows the adventures of one Mitsuo, a loner high school student who has the misfortune of also being a medium. Due to his gentle nature, he’s prone to being taken over by any strong-willed ghost in the vicinity.…

Eerie Queerie, vol. 2

The second volume contains both my favorite moments thus far and some of the more bizarre (and vaguely unsettling) plot twists that have lead to my marveling at the boundaries Japanese comics push. On a school field trip, Mitsuo, Hasunuma,…

Eerie Queerie, vol. 3

In the third volume, matters get even more bizarre. Mitsuo and friends, including the enslaved ghost Kanau from volume 2, are all helping Mikuni prepare for the temple’s new year festivals and rituals. When another medium, the darkly handsome Itsuki,…

Eerie Queerie, vol. 4

I must admit, by the end of this series I am less enamored of its wackiness and more overwhelmed by its creepiness. I still root for the lovers to finally admit their feelings, and the series inane hilarity has its…

Tokyo Babylon

Introduction Tokyo Babylon is one of CLAMP’s earlier works, and though it sets the stage for the team’s apocalyptic X/1999 series, it also stands on its own. Tokyo Babylon follows the adventures of Sumeragi Subaru, the head of Sumeragi clan…

Tokyo Babylon, vol. 1

In this volume, we are introduced to our cast of characters — and though Hokuto is hit by the Exposition Fairy in a fairly obvious way, once we get all the explanations of who’s who out of the way, the…

Tokyo Babylon, vol. 2

The opening pages of volume 2 reaffirm that CLAMP are masters of dramatic layout, pulling out all of the cinematic stops they can to create drama with just a few lines of dialogue and powerful images. The sequence here follows…

Kill Me, Kiss Me, vol. 1

“In the history of bad ideas, I am now convinced most of them involve cross-dressing.” So speaks Tae, the heroine of Kill Me, Kiss Me, an entertaining new manhwa (Korean print comic). This title plays on gender stereotypes and teenage…

Confidential Confessions, vol. 1

Confidential Confessions is a departure from your average shoujo manga; there’s no comedy of errors, no magic, and harsh realities intrude on romance. Following in the tradition of teen “problem” novels about drugs, sexual assault, and suicide, this series tackles…

Fake

Introduction Imagine your typical buddy cop show: one detective, blunt to a fault and with a high opinion of himself, is saddled with a naive but well-meaning partner. After the expected whining about rookies and rank, the two men maneuver…

Fake, vol. 1

The first volume introduces us to the darkly handsome Dee and the endearing Ryo. Intrigued by his new partner’s shy manner and modesty, the out-as-bisexual Dee immediately starts needling Ryo about his sexuality and, in the tradition of wacky romances,…

Fake, vol. 2

Volume two finds Dee and Ryo taking a much needed vacation in England. Dee has anticipated the ultimate seduction — candles, wine, moonlight — until pesky Bikky and Carol crash the party (as they are wont to do) and Ryo…

Fake, vol. 3

In volume three, installments continue to take a more serious turn, though the slapstick humor, most notably in Dee and Bikky’s antagonistic bickering, is still very evident. Dee and Ryo end up with one of the most chilling investigations to…

Fake, vol. 4

The fourth installment, pardon the bad pun, starts out with a bang, literally. A bomber is threatening Bikky’s school, but without any warning or logic that the police can piece together. Nothing is ever simple for Dee and Ryo–they end…

Fake, vol. 5

The fifth volume marks a darker chapter– all is not wine and roses. A case lands on our pair’s plate that at first appears routine, if a bit gruesome ΓΈ a couple murdered in their home, no immediate motive, no…

Fake, vol. 6

Like a ghoul out of a particularly grisly urban legend, a killer is haunting the streets of New York, stalking young girls until finally murdering them and chopping off their hand as souvenirs. The entire department is called in to…

Fake, vol. 7

Fake‘s final volume starts out with Dee and Ryo being dragged into an FBI witness protection case — their witness being an informant on the mob who also just happens to be the wife of Ryo’s parents’ killer. Neither partner…

Gravitation, vol. 1-2

By now you’ve probably heard something about shonen-ai, the manga genre that translates as “boys’ love”. Shonen-ai is usually written by women, for women; it involves beautiful boys experiencing some kind of love for a member of their own gender,…