Upcoming 10/8/2008

Quick, general observation about this week’s ComicList: if I was a retailer and had to deal with the unholy crap-load of variant covers and repeat printings from Marvel, I think I’d just bag it all and convert my space into a Tim Hortons franchise.

I may have mentioned, just casually, in passing, that I’m kind of fond of Setona Mizushiro’s After School Nightmare (Go! Comi). Or I may have mentioned it so often that your temples throb at the repetition. I’ll just note that the ninth volume arrives tomorrow, which leaves just one more, and the withdrawal process is going to be very ugly indeed. Gird yourselves.

But there’s always new crack arriving, and it’s always better when it’s classic Tezuka crack. I swear that the first volume of Black Jack (Vertical) has been on the ComicList three times now, but I don’t really care. Some things bear repeating, like the phrase “a genius surgeon who never acquired his license due to his clashes with the medical establishment.”

In composing the last two Flipped columns, I think I should be complimented for my restraint in highlighting only one goofy series about a school club and the surly girl who doesn’t really want to be a member. Of course, nothing’s to stop me from pointing towards Kiyoko Arai’s very funny Beauty Pop (Viz) in the confines of my own blog. The ninth volume of this makeover comedy arrives Wednesday.

And if I haven’t mentioned it lately, Hikaru No Go (Viz), written by Yumi Hotta and drawn by Takeshi Obata, is one of my very favorite shônen series, partly because it’s about a board game and is still riveting, partly because I love Obata’s illustrations, and partly because the characters are great. The thirteenth volume arrives Wednesday. (Is it weird or just coincidental that two of my favorite shônen series – Hikaru and Fullmetal Alchemist – are both written by women?)

9 Responses to Upcoming 10/8/2008

  1. jun says:

    I believe Kekkaishi is, too, and though I’ve not read it, I’ve heard very good things about it.

  2. davidpwelsh says:

    You’re quite right, and it’s definitely up near the top of John Jakala’s favorites. I think Kate Dacey’s quite fond if it too.

  3. Eva says:

    I’d swear we share a brain. And, yes, Kekkaishi is awesome.

  4. Guilty as charged, David! I’m almost as crazy about Kekkaishi as John Jakala; I just don’t have access to a scanner to prove it.

    And yes, Eva, we’re going to have to write a column one of these days called “Stuff Only Eva and Kate Are Buying.” Kaze Hikaru and Kekkaishi both need more love from the mangasphere.

  5. jun says:

    I’m buying Kekkaishi! I just haven’t started reading it yet. 🙂

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  7. John Jakala says:

    My ears are burning!

    Yes, Kekkaishi‘s creator Yellow Tanabe is a woman (something I missed initially). And I have no idea if her gender is a factor or not, but I’ve noticed that Tanabe frequently subverts familiar shonen formulae in interesting ways.

  8. davidpwelsh says:

    Speaking of Kaze Hikaru, I have to admit that the first few chapters didn’t move me. I found the characters hard to distinguish from one another and the plot kind of crude. But given that Kate and Eva both like it, I’m guessing I should give it another chance?

  9. Kaze Hikaru takes a while to get going–the early chapters are a tough slog. Once the story gets rolling, however, it really grows on you.

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