Many manga reviews

September 22, 2006

At Postmodern Barney, Dorian makes a strong case for toddler assassins and Akira Amano’s Reborn! (Viz – Shonen Jump Advanced).

Because my anticipation was not yet eager enough, Greg McElhatton reviews Eiji Otsuka and Housui Yamazaki’s Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (Dark Horse). Update: The weekly e-mail from the local comic shop says this will arrive next Wednesday. Huzzah!

At Completely Futile, Adam Stephanides looks at Risa Itoh’s Konnan de ikka, a four-panel gag strip that features, among other things, shinigami disguised as kittens. Why can’t I buy this right now?

At MangaCast, Jarred Pine peruses on-line previews of some Dark Horse titles including Seiho Takizawa’s Who Fighter with Heart of Darkness, Kim Young-Oh’s Banya: The Explosive Delivery Man, Hiroshi Hirata’s Satsuma Gishiden, and Hiroaki Samura’s Ohikkoshi.

Blogfonte’s Mitch H. isn’t especially impressed with Christopher Volger and Elmer Damaso’s Ravenskull (Seven Seas), where Ivanhoe meets Ladyhawke.

At Comics Worth Reading, Johanna Draper Carlson is impressed with Tania del Rio’s Sabrina the Teenaged Witch #78 (Archie Comics).

And while this has been up since Saturday, I’ve been meaning to mention the latest offering from Jeff Lester at Savage Critics, which includes comments on a goodly number of recent volumes of manga titles such as Beck, Death Note, Dragon Head, Golgo 13, and Monster, and debuts Abandon the Old in Tokyo and The Drifting Classroom.

Updated to add a couple of reviews from Dave Ferraro’s Comics-and-More. Ferraro and Patrick offer Double Take reviews of two excellent books, Kazuo Umezi’s The Drifting Classroom (Viz – Signature) and the seventh volume (the craziest yet) of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Death Note (Viz – Shonen Jump Advanced).

Free and easy

September 22, 2006

Queenie Chan follows up on some issues and clarifies others raised in her excellent LJ post of the other day. She raises some additional excellent points about consumer psychology and makes an argument about the kind of audience e-providers should be targeting:

“The holy grail of e-marketing is not capturing the money of the obsessed fans. It’s capturing the money of the vaguely interested people, in the hope that for a little money, they’ll find something that can convert them into paying fans. Because in the Internet age, if that ‘cheap alternative’ isn’t available to people, they’ll just download it for free.”

On the subject of products I probably wouldn’t even read for free, wow, Civil War #4 sounds just awful. And apparently Mark Millar strikes another blow against character diversity with a Nordic-clone death machine as his instrument. Yikes! (Spoilers abound at all of these links, obviously.)

If only I were in San Francisco, I could cleanse the mental palate by stopping by tonight’s signing at A Different Light, featuring Justin Hall, Andy Hartzell and Steve MacIsaac. Of the three, I’ve only read Hall’s work (he was at SPX last year), but I liked his comics a lot. And I’ll just have to catch up with the other two, won’t I?