Upcoming 6/16/2010

Time for a quick look at the current ComicList:

Fantagraphics reminds us that they’re more than just awesome, Matt Thorn-curated manga with Megan Kelso’s Artichoke Tales. Kelso’s previous big release is an excellent collection of short stories, The Squirrel Mother, also from Fantagraphics. This is Kelso’s first long-form effort, and I’m looking forward to seeing what she does with that length of narrative.

Viz has one of its Signature-heavy weeks with three enjoyable books:

  • The first volume of Kumiko Suekane’s I’m-not-sure-how-intentionally-hilarious tale of teen-aged clones of major historical figures, Afterschool Charisma
  • The third volume of Daisuke Igarashi’s environmental fable, Children of the Sea
  • The eighth ninth volume of Naoki Urasawa’s crazily entertaining 20th Century Boys.
  • 3 Responses to Upcoming 6/16/2010

    1. DanielBT says:

      Don’t you mean the 9th volume of 20th Century Boys? I just picked up the 8th a few weeks ago. At first, I thought they were speeding up the releases, but they just delayed the 8th volume by a month, so the cliffhanger ending wouldn’t feel so bad.

      This is one of those series that actually benefits from a quick release schedule, but because of its price (and suffering from Naruto/One Piece Nation), I doubt people would feel happy about overpaying for the next installment.

      Then again, given the roller-coaster ride the series goes through, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind getting their next fix.

      I’m always confused as to why critics say Pluto is the Manga equivalent to Watchmen, when 20th Century fills that role much better. Think about it – the villain creates an immense threat all for the purpose of banding humanity together under his “benevolent” rule, all in the guise of children’s entertainment. It also has subvertive shades of V for Vendetta, since the villain is always wearing a mask.

    2. davidpwelsh says:

      Quite right on it being the ninth! Sorry about that!

      I think Pluto is tonally similar to Watchmen in ways that 20th Century Boys isn’t, and that might be why people tend to draw the line between those two series. They both have that desire to overlay gravitas and “if this really happened…” prognostication onto a fantasy architecture. 20th seems more interested in telling its story than in commenting on its tropes.

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