I want a bean feast

The latest Previews catalog has me in a Veruca Salt kind of head space.

David Petersen’s splendid Mouse Guard (Archaia) concludes with issue #6, but the solicitation text describes it as “the first Mouse Guard series,” all but promising there will be more.

I hadn’t noticed that Housui Yamazaki, who provides illustrations for the excellent Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, has his own book, Mail, also coming out from Dark Horse. This demands further investigation, particularly since the protagonist from Mail will apparently cross over into KCDS. (I don’t like typing “cross over” when discussing manga, but I’ll reserve judgment.)

As I like Hiroki Endo’s Eden: It’s an Endless World!, and I’m also a fan of collections of shorts, chances seem good I’ll also like Endo’s Tanpeshu, also from Dark Horse.

DC – Wildstorm gives me the opportunity to enjoy a comic written by Gail Simone without having to try and wade through seventy-three different crossovers with the debut of Tranquility.

DC – Vertigo revives a book I enjoyed a lot, Sandman Mystery Theatre, with a five-issue mini-series, Sleep of Reason. Based on the pages shown in Previews, I’m not entirely sold on the art by Eric Nguyen, but I love the protagonists in this series.

Do you like Masaki Segawa’s Basilisk? Del Rey gives you the opportunity to read the novel that inspired it, The Kouga Ninja Scrolls.

Evil Twin Comics unleases another Giant-Sized Thing on the comics-reading public with the second collection of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s excellent Action Philosophers!

Dave Carter notes that the singles of the second volume of Linda Medley’s marvelous Castle Waiting (Fantagraphics) series aren’t doing that well, despite strong sales of the beautiful collection of the first. Fantagraphics gives you the opportunity to correct this sorry state of affairs with the December release of the fourth issue.

Go! Comi rolls out its seventh title, Train + Train by Hideyuki Kurata and Tomomasa Takuma. (In the future, all manga publishers will have a book with “train” in the title.)

I’ve heard a lot of good things about SoHee Park’s Goong (Ice Kunion), a look at what Korea would be like if the monarchy was still in place.

Last Gasp, publisher of Barefoot Gen, offers another look at life in Hiroshima after the bomb with Fumiyo Kouno’s Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms.

If Marvel’s current efforts at politically observant super-heroics make you roll your eyes, you might find respite in Essential Defenders Vol. 2, which includes mosst of Steve Gerber’s mind-bending Headmen arc. It strikes me as idiotic not to include the entire arc in one place, which this book just misses. It has Defenders 15-39 and Giant-Size Defenders 1-5, but not #40 and Annual #1, the conclusion of Steve Gerber’s deranged masterpiece of deformed craniums, clown cults, and women in prison.

NBM offers two books that go onto my must-buy list. The first is the paperback edition of the eighth installment of Rick Geary’s superb Treasury of Victorian Murder series, Madeleine Smith. The second is Nicolas De Crécy’s Glacial Period. De Crécy contributed a marvelous short to Fanfare/Ponent Mon’s Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators, and I’ve been hoping to see more of his work in English.

Oni Press rolls out Maintenance, a new ongoing series from Jim Massey and Robbi Rodriguez. I reviewed a preview copy earlier this week; the book looks like it will be a lot of fun.

Seven Seas unveils another licensed title, Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl, a gender-bending comedy by Satoru Akahori and Yukimaru Katsura. If you’ve been waiting for some shôjo-ai to come your way, now’s your chance.

Tokyopop – Blu promises that Tarako Kotobuki’s Love Pistols is “too crazy to be believed.” Human evolution isn’t just for monkeys any more, people.

6 Responses to I want a bean feast

  1. John Jakala says:

    That is too bad about the Headman storyline being cut short in ESSENTIAL DEFENDERS VOL. 2. Especially since ESSENTIAL DEFENDERS VOL. 3 will contain stories that are hardly as essential.

    Still, that is a lot of absurd Defenders action for 17 bucks!

  2. Huff says:

    Shit, Yûnagi no machi got licenced by Last Gasp? This is a bit of a suprise, but a very, very nice one. I encourage everyone to pick it up; really a nice set of short stories (two actually) that never get overly heavy handed, instead just looking at people trying to live their lives. Amazing art too.
    I’m liking Darkhorse’s new willingness to licence short story collection by their established artists. Most of Endo’s shorts I’ve encountered are great, though unlike Samura’s Ohikkoshi pretty much in line with Eden.

  3. David Welsh says:

    John: It is a really generous collection, and I’m probably being nitpicky. Plus, it has the terror of Tapping Tommy! And it strongly suggests that there will be a third, though the series did fall all to hell after #50 and didn’t get good again until the Seven-Fingered Hand. And that story might be better described as “good.”

    Huff: I’m really excited about the Last Gasp book. I’m sure I’ll pick up the Endo collection too, as I’m very fond of Eden, which sometimes seems like a collection of inter-related shorts itself.

  4. Jog says:

    Just seconding the Fumiyo Kouno love – Yûnagi no machi is an excellent book, from what I’ve read. I wasn’t even aware that the last 1/3 of it was scanlated…

  5. Huff says:

    Jog-It isn’t…I’m just kind of assuming that Kouno didn’t drop the ball with the last part of the second story; hence the Media Arts Award. Wonder if they can get it much attention though…

  6. Anonymous says:

    “Cream buns and doughnuts and fruitcake with no nuts…”

    Yes. More Mouse Guard is in the works.


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