Upcoming 4/23/2008

Some highlights from the ComicList for Wednesday, April 23, 2008:

It’s Go! Comi for the win this week, with new volumes of three of my favorite series arriving simultaneously.

I’ve almost run out of good things to say about Setona Mizushiro’s After School Nightmare, which is probably one of the best Japanese comics currently in release, and certainly one of the best examples of the shôjo category. The cover of the seventh volume, due tomorrow, is particularly creepy for regular readers of the series.

While the second volume of Yuu Asami’s A.I. Revolution didn’t have quite the same feeling of discovery I found in the first, it was still a lovely reading experience. It’s got a sweetly old-fashioned feel as it explores the relationship between humans and robots. The robots are hunky, the humans are quirky, the stories are comforting and varied, and the art is gorgeous.

Train + Train, by Hideyuki Kurata and Tomomasa Takuma, got off to something of a weak start, but it’s become one of my favorites over its six-volume run. Likeable kids Arena and Reiichi get more education than they bargained for as they travel across a teaching planet on the “Special Train,” learning lessons in the form of dangerous missions. I’m not sure Takuma ever fully realizes the visual possibilities of this set-up, but the development of characters and themes is strong.

4 Responses to Upcoming 4/23/2008

  1. […] a Go!Comi week for David Welsh, who finds three favorites among this week’s new […]

  2. I had the same reaction to volume two of A.I. Revolution: I enjoyed its “sweetly old-fashioned feel,” too, but it didn’t quite engage me to the same degree as the first volume, which really bowled me over.

    BTW, I don’t know if you saw the announcement that Tokyopop will be publishing Jyu-Oh-Sei this summer, but Lillian Diaz-Pryzbyl’s pitch for it sounded right up your alley: angsty sci-fi with beautiful illustrations. Oh, and twins–surely Keiko Takemiya would approve!

  3. davidpwelsh says:

    Oooh, thanks for pointing out Jyu-Oh-Sei! (And doesn’t Takemiya’s approval rest on what precisely those twins get up to?)

  4. […] glazed over on a lot of the manga announcements that came out of the New York Comic-Con, but when Kate Dacey takes the time to point out a title, and when it’s a title that Lillian Diaz-Pryzbl heartily […]

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