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Monday, October 18, 2010

Ghost Busters!

Okay, okay, I lied.  This post has nothing to do with Slimer, Gozer, or even Peter Venkman PHD.  Instead, we are going to give you a few other names to list in your rolodex under "E" for excorcism.  Check out the following titles for my recommendations.

Hellblazer: City of Demons -

I may be in the minority on this one, but John Constantine has always been my favorite Alan Moore creation.  He is a cynical detective wizard with all of the street smarts of Luke Cage and none of the pretense of Dr. Strange.  Last Wednesday, a mini-series penned by Si Spencer debuted with line-work by the incomparable Sean Murphy (of Joe the Barbarian fame).   In all honesty, if Murphy were going to draw an entire issue of Constantine standing outside of a bar, smoking a cigarette, I'd buy two copies.  I can't get enough of either the character or the artist. Looking past the artwork (if that's possible), the first issue of the five-part story sets some interesting wheels in motion.  I am eager to see where it leads.  Be sure to pick it up now, so you can follow along on Constantine's trip to the City of Demons.

Kekkaishi -

By night, junior high student Yoshimori Sumimura is a "kekkaishi" - a demon-hunter who specializes in creating magical barriers around his prey. By day, Yoshimori's got some other demons to battle: an addiction to sweets and a seriously crotchety grandfather! Yoshimori's pretty 16-year-old neighbour and childhood friend, Tokine Yukimura, is also a kekkaishi, but their families are feuding over who is the true practitioner of the art. Yoshimori couldn't care less about catching demons...until he realizes that his apathetic attitude is taking a toll on his friendship with Tokine. Just as he decides to take matters into his own hands, a couple of amphibious demons and the pesky ghost of a pastry-chef show up to complicate matters!

Mushishi -

Some live in the deep darkness behind your eyelids. Some eat silence. Some thoughtlessly kill. Some simply drive men mad. Shortly after life emerged from the primordial ooze, these deadly creatures, mushi, came into terrifying being. And they still exist and wreak havoc in the world today. Ginko, a young man with a sardonic smile, has the knowledge and skill to save those plagued by mushi . . . perhaps.

- Ryan

*Blurbs taken from back of books

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