Upcoming 10/29/2008

This week’s ComicList offers a happy hodgepodge of choices, from cross-cultural curiosities to comic strips to creepy classics. (It also allows for a lot of alliteration.)

First and foremost is the fourth volume of Adam Warren’s razor-sharp but still endearing super-hero and fan-service parody, Empowered (Dark Horse). Rarely is the enduring fortitude of the human spirit celebrated with such enthusiastic bad taste.

I can rarely resist a travelogue comic, and Enrico Casarosa’s The Venice Chronicles (AdHouse) looks like an extremely pretty one.

A new volume of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s old-school horror manga, Parasyte (Del Rey) is always a welcome arrival, and the fifth installment shows up Wednesday.

As much as I enjoy Vertical’s manga releases, I’ve missed the design genius of Chip Kidd. I can kind of get over it thanks to the arrival of Kidd’s Bat-Manga! (Pantheon).

While I strongly suspect The Venice Chronicles will be much more to my narrative-friendly tastes, I’m sure there will be much to admire in Yuichi Yokoyama’s Travel (PictureBox).

I’ve heard nothing but raves about the anime adaptation of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and I keep meaning to put it in the queue, but I’m just not that much of an anime geek. And besides, I tend to like to read the manga first. (Except in the case of Inu Yasha, because that series is like 75 volumes long, so I’ll stick with the animated version for now.) But thanks to Yen Press for launching the series this week. Yen is also delivering the second volume of Satoko Kiyuduki’s four-panel fairy tale, Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro. I really enjoyed the first volume, so this is another welcome arrival.

6 Responses to Upcoming 10/29/2008

  1. Huff says:

    I completely forgot about the Haruhi manga. Since most manga adaptations of anime tend to be quick cash-ins, I think I’ll avoid this. The show is quite fun though. People tend to overate it and exaggerate its depth (there really isn’t a whole lot to its post-modern aspects beyond a surface level) but as pure entertainment it definitely delivers.

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  3. Mitch H. says:

    Yeah, uh, Haruhi was originally a light-novel series. Manga-of-anime-of-light-novel is something I’d expect to be pretty weak tea, like ADV’s Louie the Rune Soldier manga. Since they’re also releasing the light novels, I’m going for those, the same way I read the Good Witch of the West light novels in preference over the GNs. Which was a good, if frustrating decision, BTW. The Good Witch light novels are fairly nifty – better than the anime adaptation, at least. Shame TokyoPop’s fallen down on their light novel line the way they have. I’d be all over a third volume of Good Witch or the fourth volume of the Full Metal Panic light novels.

  4. I enjoyed the Haruhi anime, although I didn’t realize until after I watched it that the US DVD release presents the episodes in chronological order, rather than the non-chronological order in which they originally aired. It’s still pretty good, but when I was reading about it afterward, I realized how much more effective it would have been in the original order. What a strange choice. So, uh, if you want the full experience, you can look up the non-chronological order on Wikipedia and swap the discs in and out while watching. Yeah, that sounds fun.

  5. davidpwelsh says:

    Given my short attention span for anything, that might actually work for me, Matthew. I’m never able to sit down and watch a whole DVD of episodes of anything, or very rarely.

  6. Huff says:

    I’ve always been wary about light novels, since Tokyopop isn’t exactly known for quality translations, which becomes much more important when you take pictures away. Then again, I doubt light-novels feature complex prose to begin with. Still, I’m considering buying the Haruhi novels, though I imagine that they won’t be as effective as the anime given the nature of the story (similar to Kino’s Journey).

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