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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lloyd's Pick of the Month


Yokai are the monsters, demons, and spirits of Japanese folklore, such as the shape-changing kitsune, the obakeneko demon cats, and the evil oni ogres. Usagi faces all these and more when a desperate woman begs for his help in finding her kidnapped husband. Tracing the abducted man to an old castle, Usagi finds the ruins haunted by creatures of Japanese legend and discovers that they are amassing for a great raid on the countryside! Fortunately, Usagi is joined by Sasuke the Demon Queller, who is also fighting to prevent the invasion, but things aren't always as they seem, especially when dealing with the supernatural! Completely self-contained story. The rabbit ronin turns twenty-five, and Dark Horse celebrates with the first-ever Usagi Yojimbo original graphic novel, fully hand-painted, written, and lettered by creator Stan Sakai! Usagi Yojimbo is a 2009 Eisner Award nominee for Best Continuing Series.

This series is one of all-time favorites. USAGI YOJIMBO is classic in the sense that the stories withstand the test of time. This is a series for readers from the ages of 6 to 60. I never grow tired of reading it. A great read of historical fiction all done by one man. This story is a perfect jumping on point for new readers, & long time USAGI fans. If you like samurai films &/or Japanese horror stories, this is a book for you.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Picks of the Week 05/12/10

Siege #4

 THE MARVEL BLOCKBUSTER OF THE YEAR!! This double-sized finale brings the Dark Reign to a shattering conclusion and brings with it the bombastic new HEROIC AGE. Every single page of this book is a shocker: Lives are changed. Heroes fall. Deaths. Revenge. Villain comeuppance. And when the dust settles, who will be in charge of the Marvel Universe?? You will find out here and only here. This is the one they will be talking about.

Astonishing X-Men Xenogenesis #1

The superstar team of Warren Ellis and Kaare Andrews (SPIDER-MAN: REIGN) take X-Men into the Heroic Age!
Something's happening in the tiny East African city of Mbangwi. Something that requires immediate investigation.  A newborn sprouts metal electrodes and explodes, taking out an entire hospital.  Is this the first wave of mutant rebirth that the X-Men have been praying for...or something very, very different?  Something sinister?


The most anticipated series of 2010 is here! Superstar writer Grant Morrison tackles his most ambitious project to date with THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE, a special six-part series that chronicles the return of the original man behind Batman's cape and cowl! Each issue spans a different era of time and features the dynamic artwork of one of today's artistic juggernauts, starting with Chris Sprouse (TOM STRONG) on the extra-sized issue #1.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Jen's Pick

Kabuki Vol. 1 Circle of Blood TP

Collecting all six issues of the first Kabuki series plus the hard to find prequel one-shot with new pages of art from scenes that for space reasons were left out of the original story. It also includes in-depth notes and story analysis about the subtext of the story. Circle of Blood recounts the origins of the government operative known as Kabuki who works in Japan's near future, It's an exploration of the relationship between Japan's government and organized crime on a truly epic scale!

This is one of the first comics I even read; I was first attracted by the watercolor-style artwork, but soon learned that there was an intricate story behind that beautiful art.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

An End to Segregation Pt. 2

At the start of the week, we suggested some TankĊbon 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