Staff Pick of the Week 7/5/18

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  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls - Volume 1 by Akiko Higashimura

For those lamenting the end of Princess Jellyfish, never fear - the over 30 lady squad is here! A bit of a departure from the otaku women of Jellyfish, Tarareba Girls captures the essence of women who are feeling cornered by societal expectations and in this case, it’s getting married before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Rinko, script writer and protagonist, doesn’t want to see her career and marriage prospects taken over by 20 somethings and decides to become proactive about finding a husband before 2020.  Along with her friends Koyuki and Kaori, Rinko starts going to disastrous dating mixers and begins to question whether her self-worth should be tied up with her job or with her ability to be in a relationship.

I love this manga for tackling the hard adult questions I don’t feel most manga or even American comics get to very often. What is love and does it matter if you already love your job? Does someone need someone else to feel complete or can they just throw themselves into work and hope they don’t get aged out by younger competitors? I think Higashimura has a great story to work with and I can’t wait for more volumes!

Arriving 7/4/18

Arriving 7/4/18

The "holiday" has effected the the actual size of this week, but also increased it's overall density. We finally see what happens in BATMAN #50 and how that rolls out into the new CATWOMAN ongoing from Joelle Jones. Plus across the street we have Ta-Nehisi taking over CAPTAIN AMERICA.

Plus debuts of COSMIC GHOST RIDER, NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL and new issues of IMMORTAL HULK and PAPER GIRLS!

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Arriving 6/6/18

Arriving 6/6/18

This is another *TECHNICALLY* small week, but like has some ***BIG*** new comics!

After a month of build up we have Scott Snyder and Jimmy Cheung taking over JUSTICE LEAGUE, and if history has anything to say about it, this is a run not to miss! Plus Al Ewing begins the most radical take on Bruce Banner in history with IMMORTAL HULK, Mark Waid takes over DOCTOR STRANGE and the countdown to #batrimony marches on with new BATMAN.

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Arriving 5/30/18

Arriving 5/30/18

If you were to weigh this week, it would be small. But luckily objective measures of reality are by no means a way to measure quality of the work held within the physical object that is measured!

We have new SAGA, DOOMSDAY CLOCK, the final BARRIER, Brian Michael Bendis begins his Superman take over with MAN OF STEEL and if you saw SOLO already and need more the first issue of the new LANDO book hits this week!

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Arriving 5/9/18

Arriving 5/9/18

Hopefully everyone has recovered from FCBD alright, because comics don't stop. If you picked up Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin's BARRIER on Saturday and need more you are in luck! Starting this week, and through the rest of the month, you can get the rest of the story! Plus we have the final issue of BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT, the next CALEXIT plus new RUNAWAYS and HIGHEST HOUSE!

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Staff Pick of the Week 4/18

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Inio Asano is a creator that has a long history of making some of the most effecting comics I have ever been lucky enough to come by. First discovering SOLANIN when I was working at a different book store and having it absolutely destroy me with it's subtly and genuine depictions of it's characters and a twist that comes from nowhere, just as it would it reality.

Following Asano's career has been one of the most rewarding in my long life of following comics. The range is staggering, shifting effortlessly from the psychological horror of NIJIGHARA HOLOGRAPH to the absurd yet genuine depiction of surviving trauma in GOODNIGHT PUNPUN. Anytime someone tales the time to translate the work to English is an occasion to celebrate.

Luckily, this week, we are blessed with the first installment of one of the longer works in Asano's oeuvre, DEAD DEAD DEMONS DEDEDEDE DESTRUCTION. While not as heavy as some if their previous work, it still is just as meaningful in the world we experience day to day.

We see a world where Japan has been invaded by an alien force, and after four years everything is juast as different as it has not changed at all. While the Self Defense Force try's futility to retake their home, a group of high school kids does what they can while also living their lives like everything is normal. A grand metaphor for having the end of everything looming but you still have to live your life like it the end will never come.

The TL;DR/Elevator Pitch is if TREES were also a high school drama.

Staff Pick of the Week 3/28/18

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Mike Carey and Peter Gross, who previously worked together on THE UNWRITTEN over at Vertigo after pretty illustrative careers independently, join forces once again for a brand new dark fantasy.

There is a fair number of similarities between this and UNWRITTEN, both are the stories of young people with destinies larger than they can fathom at the outset and a connection to a world separate from their own that the series will spend the length of it's run exploring.

Highest House finds it's own identity in leaning into the creators strengths. Mike Carey writes a dense and rewarding script with lavish fantasy flourishes in a world that feels fully formed the moment we walk in to it. The fullness of the setting lays equally at the feet for Peter Gross who gets to do the best work of his career afforded by the larger format of the book, plus Gross seems to have been holding out in the past on his layouts as this is some top tier design happening on these pages.

Issue #2 released this week if you are looking to have a longer read and want to get into some thoughtful, gorgeous fantasy work.

Arriving 3/28/18

Arriving 3/28/18

This is another "small" week in size, but holy gawd is there so "big" comic booking to be had this week!

We see the apocalyptic conclusion to the blockbusting DARK NIGHTS METAL alongside the highly anticipated next issues of DOOMSDAY CLOCK. Plus the conclusion decades in the making with Jason Lutes' BERLIN #22, DAYS OF HATE from Ales Kot and the second issue of Mike Carey and Peter Gross' HIGHEST HOUSE.

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