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Sunday, May 9, 2010

An End to Segregation Pt. 2

At the start of the week, we suggested some Tankōbon volumes for comic readers.  Today, we offer up some comics for manga fans.

1. Bone - cartoonist Jeff Smith manages mythic, epic, and comedic in the same book

 After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert.  One by one, they find their way into a deep forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures.  It will be the longest - but funniest - year of their lives.

If you know how to read, there's no reason you won't enjoy this book.  Heck, even if you can't read, the artwork is great!  It's the one thing that can make everyone happy.  Not even rainbows can do that.

2. Runaways - Marvel's Costco comic

At some point in their lives, all young people believe their parents are evil... but what if they really are?

Meet Alex, Karolina, Gert, Chase, Molly and Nico - whose lives are about to take an unexpected turn.  When these six young friends discover their parents are all secretly super-powered villains, the shocked teens find strength in one another.  Together, they run away from home and straight into the adventure of their lives - vowing to turn the tables on their evil legacy.

It's got a witch, an alien lesbian, a mutant, mad scientist, a strategist, a time-traveler, and a dinosaur.  That's just the good guys! If you have an interest in any of the aforementioned, treat your heroes like toilet paper and get them in bulk. Marvel covers more genres in one book than I can count (I can count to 7).

3. All Star Superman - Superman has cancer?!

Okay, so maybe I lied.  He doesn't have cancer, it's much more complicated than that (he's an alien, after all), but he is dying.  When someone finds out they are terminally ill, you think of them going sky diving and swimming with sharks.  What about someone who is capable of flying to the sun?  What does Superman do when he learns the cells in his body are dying?  You'll have to read to find out!

This story captures a feeling of hope and optimism that is almost infectious.  At the same time, it is a very sobering and emotionally rewarding read.  It is a strange juxtaposition of feelings that makes this the best Superman story out there.  If you are a person who feels feelings, check this one out. We'll hug you when you're done.

4. Scott Pilgrim - comedy, action, romance.... and super-powered Vegans!

Scott Pilgrim's life is so awesome.  He's 23 years old, in a rock band, "between jobs," and dating a cute high school girl.  Everything's fantastic until a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties.  But the path to Ms. Flowers isn't covered in rose petals.  Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends stand in the way between Scott and true happiness.  Can Scott beat the bad guys and get the girl without turning his precious little life upside-down?

If you are a member of the 8 bit generation, this series was made for you. Read it before the movie comes out. Learn about the subspace highway and air juggling your enemies. Thank us later.

5. Heavy Liquid - gritty, urban, futuristic, stylish, and some other hip adjectives

It's the ultimate high. Men kill for it.  Governments vie to possess it. And it rests in the hands of a man known simply as "S." It's called Heavy Liquid - and it's going to change the world.

Heavy Liquid is a different kind of trip - a high-speed chase through the back alleys of the world's seediest cities... and the darkest recesses of the mind. 

If I had something snappy to say here, I would. But I don't... I'm sorry.

Be sure to ask us where to find these great choices the next time your in the store.  Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more!

*** Blurb's were taken from the books covers or sleeves.

- Ryan

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