Looking forward

May 15, 2007

DC’s Minx imprint hits comics shops this week with the arrival of The Plain Janes, written by popular young-adult novelist Cecil Castellucci and illustrated by Jim (Street Angel) Rugg. Early critical reaction has been generally positive, if not rapturous, but I’m looking forward to it. The recent wave of young-adult novelists entering the graphic novel arena is starting to make me feel like I should read more novels for young adults. I mean, I love to read younger than my demographic in comics, so why not prose?

And while some of Minx honcho Karen Berger’s early interviews on the imprint indicated that she might not realize that DC published manga, the CMX imprint adds another appealing title to its roster with Apothecarius Argentum by Tomomi Yamashita. MangaCast’s Ed Chavez previewed it recently, and I reviewed it for CWN a while ago.

I fear that we are nearing the end of Takako Shigematsu’s Tenshi Ja Nai!! (Go! Comi). The seventh volume ships this week, and I think there’s only one more after this. But hey, it’s not like there’s a shortage of somewhat mean-spirited, showbiz-set romantic comedies to fill the void.