Review: A Bride’s Story Vol. 3

Serialized in Harta (2008-Present)

Published in the U.S. by YEN Press (2011-Present)

Story & Art by Kaoru Mori

Summary: A Bride’s Story tells the tale of a beautiful young bride in nineteenth-century Asia. At the age of twenty, Amir is sent to a neighboring town to be wed. But her surprise at learning her new husband, Karluk, is eight years younger than her is quickly replaced by a deep affection for the boy and his family. Though she hails from just beyond the mountains, Amir’s clan had very different customs, foods, and clothes from what Karluk is used to. As the two of them learn more about each other through their day-to-day lives, the bond of respect and love grows stronger. [YEN Press]
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Review: Something Wikkid This Way Comes: The Manga

Published by Yen Press (2012)

Originally created by Nicole Peeler, Adapted  -story and art- by Cassandra Jean

Summary: Capitola, Moo, and Shar are the halfling ladies of Triptych: supernatural private investigators who get paid to clean up paranormal messes. Normally Cappie doesn’t take human classes, but who can resist a priest, missing Catholic school girls, and a creature that may or may not be the Prince of Darkness? Enjoy Cassandra Jean’s manga adaptation of Nicole Peeler’s hilarious short story originally published by Orbit! [Official Synopsis] Continue reading

Review: Seraphim 266613336 Wing

Serialized in Animage (1994-1996)

Published in the U.S. by Dark Horse Comics (2015)

Story by Mamoru Oshii, Art by Satoshi Kon

Summary: The signs were there, if anyone had read them. By the time they noticed, it was too late.

It began on the cusp of the twenty-first century. An unknown disease appeared from deep inside Eurasia, then spread uncontrollably until it decimated the continent. Continue reading

Review: A Bride’s Story Vol. 1

Serialized in Harta (2008-Present)

Published in the U.S. by YEN Press (2011-Present)

Story & Art by Kaoru Mori

Summary: A Bride’s Story tells the tale of a beautiful young bride in nineteenth-century Asia. At the age of twenty, Amir is sent to a neighboring town to be wed. But her surprise at learning her new husband, Karluk, is eight years younger than her is quickly replaced by a deep affection for the boy and his family. Though she hails from just beyond the mountains, Amir’s clan had very different customs, foods, and clothes from what Karluk is used to. As the two of them learn more about each other through their day-to-day lives, the bond of respect and love grows stronger. [YEN Press] Continue reading

Review: Red Sonja

(Dynamite – 2017)

Writer: Amy Chu

Illustrator: Carlos Gomez

Colorer: Mohan

Letterer: Simon Bowland

Hey everyone. I’m coming back at you with Red Sonja # 1. So let’s jump in.

Not being too familiar with the comic series, I got to read this comic as a blank slate. And that was kind of fun. As a new reader, I was able to leave this issue excited to see what comes next, and can’t wait for issue number two. But getting there was a little bit of a rollercoaster ride. Continue reading

Review: Shadow Star Vol. 2

Serialized in Afternoon (1998-2003)

Story & Art by Mohiro Kitoh

Published in the U.S. by Dark Horse Comics (2001-2005; Incomplete Run)

Summary: “From a dying planet shall come the children of light…”

While on vacation on a small island, young Shiina Tamai dives under the water near an old shrine and discovers an unearthly starfish-like creature. She nearly drowns but is rescued by the silent, wide-eyed little animal, who Shiina befriends and names Hoshimaru. To Shiina’s surprise and delight, the creature changes shape, lets Shiina stand on him, and the two fly off into the clouds. But what looks to be a young girl’s ultimate fantasy soon takes a darker turn as Shiina and Hoshimaru become entangled in a struggle between rival extraterrestrial factions who battle in the skies upon huge alien beasts called Shadow Dragons, with the fate of Earth hanging in the balance. [Dark Horse] Continue reading

Review: Jaco The Galactic Patrolman – The Complete Series

Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump (2013)

Published in U.S. by VIZ Media (2015)

Story and Art by Akira Toriyama

Summary: Retired scientist Omori lives alone on a deserted island while continuing his research into time-travel. His quiet life is interrupted when galactic patrolman Jaco crash-lands and decides to move in with him. This agent from space claims to be an elite, but sometimes it can be a little hard to believe. Can Jaco get along with the old man long enough to save the Earth from a dangerous threat? [From the back of the book.] Continue reading

Review: Revolutionaries #1

(IDW -2017)

Writer: John Barber
Art: Fico Ossio
Colors: Sebastian Cheng
Letters Tom B Long
Regular Cover: Tradd Moore & Felipe Sobreiro

From the aftermath of IDW’s REVOLUTION crossover event comes REVOLUTIONARIES #1, and the future begins here with this brand new ongoing series from The REVOLUTION creative team of John Barber and Fico Ossio. A sudden burst of Dire Wraith-like energy sets in motion a spellbinding confrontation between Mayday’s (Ayana Jones) new squad, ROM, Major Bludd and the Oktober Guard; and it provides the catalyst to bring an unlikely new team togetherÖ The REVOLOUTIONARIES! But the secrets they might uncover could well have ominous ramifications for the world, and even the entire universe itself! Continue reading

Review: The Ocean Meets the Sky

Serialization in Tsubomi (2011)

Story and Art by Keito Koume

Summary: A girl stumbles upon and accidentally awakens a robot that has been asleep for 15 years. [MyAnimeList.net]

Review: The Ocean Meets the Sky is a fantastical little one-shot that isn’t very long but manages to pack quite the punch in its 30-odd pages of story. It focuses on Tanako Umi, a 15-year old girl who discovers a robot that also looks like a 15 year old girl and has been hidden away in a school and asleep for the last 15 years. Continue reading

Review: Let’s Lagoon Ch.51

(Young Magazine 2007-Present)

Written and Illustrated by Takeshi Okazaki

Summary: Yamada wakes up on an uninhabited island after falling off the cruise ship his class was on in the middle of the ocean during a thick fog. Alone, he begins building a raft and finding ways to survive until he discovers a female classmate has washed ashore as well. The two learn to survive together until one of their teachers washes ashore and generates animosity between the three of them. After nearly two weeks of living on this island Yamada is swept up by a fog only to regain consciousness while being rescued in the middle of the ocean 15 minutes after he had originally fallen overboard. What is this new reality Yamada finds himself in? No one believes him about the island he stayed upon with his classmate Imaise Chika and their teacher Shibata. But when Shibata shows up unscathed and with no memories of what happened it’s now up to Yamada to discover the truth for himself and find the missing Imaise. Continue reading

Review: Star Trek Boldly Go #3

(IDW Publishing – 2016)
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Tony Shasteen
Colors: David Mastrolonardo
Letters: Andworld Design
Regular Cover: George Caltsoundas

Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Endeavor pursue a deadly alien threat in Star Trek Boldly Go #3, a cybernetic race unlike anything they’ve encountered beforeÖ but a foe that’s also well known to Star Trek fans – the Borg! Following on from the events of the blockbusting Star Trek Beyond movie, Kirk is now interim Captain of the Endeavor, with some of the Enterprise’s crew either in new roles, reassigned, or deciding their future on other worlds. Continue reading

Review: Monster Musume Ch. 47

(Seven Seas -2013)

Story & Art by Okayado

Storyline Ongoing

Summary: It’s every day life with Monster Girls in this ecchi comedy, telling the harrowing tale of a young man named Kimihito Kurusu who builds a harem of young, attractive girls with animalistic features. From a Lamia (half-snake, half human) to a Centaur (half-horse, half-human) and more. Continue reading

Review: A.D. After Death Book One

(Image Comics 2016)

Written by Scott Snyder

Illustrated by Jeff Lemire

Lettered by Steve Wands

There are sure things in the realm of comics and literature.  Some authors and artists you pick up because their name is on a book.  That’s the simple truth of it.  For all of the admonitions of elementary school librarians, we judge books by their covers.  And often when we’re paging through PREVIEWS magazine, or browsing the over-packed shelves of our local shops, it’s the art or the name on the cover that makes us pick it up. Continue reading

Review: Attack on Titan Ch. 86

(Kodansha 2009)

Story & Art by Hajime Isayama

Storyline Ongoing

Summary: In an alternate telling of the history of the world, mankind has been pushed back behind walls where for the last 100 years they’ve been protected from monsters known as Titans. One day these Titans appeared again and brought one of those walls crashing down – the result almost sent humanity into extinction. This is the story of the last remnants of mankind. Continue reading

Review: Red Sprite Ch. 1

Shonen Jump (2016)

Story and Art by Tomohiro Yagi

Summary: Tatsu Frampt is a young boy living in an orphanage along with a score of other kids who’ve been isolated from society for a unique illness that only they have. With metal growing out of their hands, these children are overseen by a man named Duran who suffers from the same illness. All that comes crashing down in a barrage of bullets when the orphanage is attacked and soldiers come looking for the children. Tatsu’s world is changed forever when he learns the truth of his illness and the reasons behind the military’s hunt for his friends… Continue reading

Review: Triggerman #2

(Hard Case Crime/Titan Comics – 2016)

Original Story by Walter Hill

Adapted by Matz

Art by Jef

Translated by Edward Gauvin

“Story so far…serving a life sentence for his violent criminal past, mafia gunman, Roy ‘Triggerman’ Nash, finds himself abruptly free from his prison cell and tasked with one final job, but all this straight-shooting mobster really cares about is Lena Dorsey, the woman he was forced to leave behind…” Continue reading

Review: Star Trek: Boldly Go #2

(IDW Publishing – 2016)
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Tony Shasteen
Colors: David Mastrolonardo
Letters: Andworld Design
Regular Cover: George Caltsoundas

Spinning out from the events of the Star Trek Beyond movie, IDW Publishing’s Star Trek Boldly Go #2 continues the adventures of Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise after they have been reassigned to new star ships and new roles. Now, many months later, Kirk and his new crew on the USS Endeavor have discovered a new threat to the Federation, one with an ominous message: Resistance is futile! Continue reading

Review: Love Rush Ch. 1

Shonen Jump (2016)

Story and Art by Ryohei Yamamoto

Summary: Reiji Hakuba is your normal, everyday average high school senior.. except for one tiny detail. He’s been diagnosed with an excessively rare genetic disorder called the ‘ubermale gene’. Which causes girls in droves to see him as a super stud rather than what he really is by creating an optical illusion around his body. So while Reiji only has eyes for one girl all other girls have eyes for him. How will Reiji pull himself out of this one? Continue reading

Review: Transformers Revolution #1

 

(IDW – 2016)

Writer: John Barber

Artist: Andrew Griffith
Colors: Thomas Deer
Letters: Gilberto Lazcand
Regular Cover: Marcelo Matere

Thundercracker and Buster the dog must race to the rescue in Transformers REVOLUTION #1, as former Earth Defence Command Director Marissa Faireborn battles to save the President from the Dire Wraiths. IDW Publishingís major crossover REVOLUTION event now bring us the most unlikely alliance of all between Transformer, dog, droids, and humans, as the fight to contain Ore 13 and stop the Dire Wraiths reaches the White House itself! Continue reading