In Dragon, the Count show’s his fiercely protective side when a delivery mix up leaves a rare dragon egg, about to hatch, in the hands of a pet owner expecting a lizard. He manages to wrangle Orcot into helping him break in to retrieve the legendary creature before it hatches — D is insistent that they don’t want to see what happens in they fail in their mission. In Dice, a pickpocket finds his luck with one of D’s “stray cats” by his side–but will his newfound wealth make him forget just where his luck came from? Delicious features one of the creepier stories of the entire series. When a popular pop idol, Evangelin Blue, seems to commit suicide on the eve of her wedding, her distraught fiance and the woman he once loved fall under the influence of what appears to be a mermaid. The catch? The mermaid is a dead ringer for the lost Evangelin. Destruction brings the series back to its lesson-giving purpose when Orcot visits the shop only to get transported into a dreamscape (or is it real?) where all of the extinct species linger. At first astounded, he soon learns he’s there to defend humanity’s interference in the world versus allowing the natural order.

Pet Shop of Horrors, vol. 2
ISBN: 1591823641
By Matsuri Akino
Tokyopop, 2004

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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