Saturday, April 30, 2016

Tokyo ESP, Volume 1, 2 & 3 by Hajime Segawa

Tokyo ESP, Volume 1: There’s a New Heroine in Town by Hajime Segawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 388 pages
Published October 12th 2015 by Vertical Comics
Source: purchase at amazon.ca

Tokyo ESP (Vol. 1)

My son is addicted to this series and I just had to give it a shot. It sounds very strange, and it is, but it also manages to be a fantastic piece of science fiction Japanese superhero manga at the same time! We start off with a flying penguin and glowing swarms of flying fish. The penguin seems to be chasing the fish and the daughter of a yakuza is secretly keeping him as a pet. When a person swallows, or rather when a fish enters a person, they get super powers. Rinka wakes up one day to find she can pass through solid objects, she meets a schoolmate, Azuma, who can transport and her father comes home from work with metal objects attached to him. Azuma wants to become a fighter for justice, help people, stop crime and tries to get Rinka to join him but she just wants to be human again. Then they meet a thief who can go invisible who frames them for her crimes and things just go all haywire from there. The yakuza get involved, the penguin has a power, Azuma has a secret past, beings from somewhere weird show up, oh my! What is going on? I love this!! Volume 2 is lined up ready and waiting!





Tokyo ESP, Volume 2: The Professor Appears by Hajime Segawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 388 pages
Published December 8th 2015 by Vertical Comics
Source: Purchase at amazon.ca

Tokyo ESP (Vol. 2)

There is a lot in these volumes! They are actually omnibus editions containing 2 volumes of the original Japanese editions and there are colour pages at the beginning and in the middle at the start of the second volume. We meet the Professor who is the leader of the bad guys and they terrorise Tokyo by sending a huge floating freighter over the city and dumping it. This leaves all our heroes busy rescuing people but they also have to face the fact that they can't save everyone and that realisation affects each of them in their own way. New powers are revealed and a fun episode with a superpowered hippo floating through the city encased in a blob of water. The second volume brings some new characters and mostly includes training with their new master, a panda who looks like Yoda when he takes his head off! There are political stirrings, family dynamics and a little romance blossoming. But the book ends on a heavy note with the bad guys recruiting. Love this series!!!





Tokyo ESP, Volume 3: The White Girl is Dead. Long Live the White Girl! by Hajime Segawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 422 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Vertical Comics
Source: Purchase amazon.ca

Tokyo ESP (Volume 3)

Whoa, my god! The first half is so intense! The series has become incredibly dark now with the superpower terrorists planning to take over the world. While on the other hand, the government has decided to outlaw all superpowers sending these people to an underground detention centre. It's an all-out civil war! Meanwhile, we find out the true story behind the Professor and the reasons behind his insanity giving us sympathy for his character. The intensity continues for the epic second half and sees the end of this story arc. It's all out war between the Professor's group and humanity. There is an end and one side sort of wins but everything is so unstable. Tokyo is now anarchy, those with superpowers equal those without and our group has taken on justice as a team full-time. The blurb for the next book tells us it will start one year, four months later. Need next book ....

Friday, April 29, 2016

Aliens 30th Anniversary: The Original Comics Series by Mark Verheiden

Aliens 30th Anniversary: The Original Comics Series by Mark Verheiden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 184 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Dark Horse Books
Orig. 1988
Source: egalley via Dark Horse

Absolutely outstanding! Originally written after the release of the movie Aliens this series continues the plot taking place some years after the movie's end concentrating on the characters Newt, Hicks and Bishop. This was considered part of Alien canon until the release of Alien 3, this now being the first time this original series has been reprinted. It's a fascinating story and an interesting look back now as an alternate history in the Alien saga. The black and white artwork is gorgeous and as described, in both the introduction and afterword, is done in a technique no longer used since the advent of digital illustration. Such exceptionally gorgeous art that made me enjoy looking at the book as much as reading it. A must have for Alien fandom. Contains issues #1-6 plus Dark Horse Presents #24.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fairy Girls, Vol. 2 by Boku

Fairy Girls, Vol. 2 by Boku
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Kodansha Comics
Source: Review copy from Penguin Random House Canada

Fairy Girls (Vol. 2)

A lot of fun! This picks up where book two finishes and personally I'm much more comfortable with the world as I've now read Vol. 1-10 of the main series. I now have met Juvia in the main series so know who all four of the main characters are and the whole Fairy Tail gang makes cameos all over the place for lots of fanservice. The book starts off quick with the girls taking on a job vacation they thwart and is over too soon. Lots of fun! Then the rest of the book turns quite dark as Wendy is stalked and kidnapped along with the other girls, accidentally, by a black guild who wants nothing but to replicate the power of the dragon slayers to sell to the other dark guilds and become rich. Some lessons learnt here by a new character about the means not justifying the ends. Then the book ends with a silly bit of girly fun.! Loving this series with its focus on the girls in the lead but they never forget about their favourite guys and it's all a total Fairy Tail Fun Fest with some good side quests for the girls to solve without Natsu or Gray trying to steal the show. LOL

Fairy Tail Master's Edition, Vol. 2 by Hiro Mashima

Fairy Tail Master's Edition, Vol. 2 by Hiro Mashima
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 976 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Kodansha Comics
Source: Review copy from Penguin Random House Canada

Fairy Tail (Vol. 6-10)

This is just one of the best fantasy series out there and the omnibus editions are gorgeous and huge! I love the magazine size presentation which though making them hefty tomes also makes them a pure delight to read. Volume 2 Master's Edition contains Vol. 6 to 10 of the original series and covers a lot of story. I won't go into much detail so as not to spoil the plot but after finishing off the storyline from where things were left in vol. 5 a new story arc is started and completed within this edition involving an all out war between the Fairy Tail Guild and the Phantom Lord Guild. Natso finally meets another dragon slayer and three characters get storylines of their own giving us backgrounds on them and lots of character development: Lucy, Loki and Erza. Tons of battle action, some pretty dark storylines and of course plenty of humour and silliness. This is a very full book and even though you are binge reading 5 volumes in a row it took me several days to read the whole thing since there was so much coming at me; I needed to savour it all and not just gobble it up. So excited waiting for the next volume.

Your Lie In April 7 by Naoshi Arakawa

Your Lie In April 7 by Naoshi Arakawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Kodansha Comics
Source: Review copy from Penguin Random House Canada

Your Lie In April (7)

Oh my! Bittersweet and tear-jerking! This volume had me near tears. The overall theme throughout is loss. Kosei finally says goodbye to his mother through his music. This is an intense emotional part. Then the plot concentrates on his relationship with Kaori which is very sad but has lots of humour with them bickering all the time and uses lots of chibi. Then my favourite and most moving part has Tsubaki struggle with her feelings for Kosei. What an emotional ending that tugs at your heart-strings!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Nichijou: My Ordinary Life, Vol. 1 by Keiichi Arawi

Nichijou: My Ordinary Life, Vol. 1 by Keiichi Arawi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 200 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Vertical Comics

Nichijou: My Ordinary Life (Vol. 1)

I can't express how smitten I am with this. Extremely quirky with dry humour and subtle wit while the outrageous is happening. Not what I had expected from Japanese humour, at all. It's a slice of life high school story where most, though not all, of the characters, are girls. Not so much of a plot other than recurring day to day school issues. This is off-beat, strange humour and just the thing that tickles my funny bone. I adored it! The best part was when the principal goes at it with a deer in the school yard. One girl is a robot made by another girl who is a bit of a mad scientist. Another girl is quite normal but when she gets angry she takes out imaginary guns and shoots people in the head. There is a boy who is the eldest son of his family "The House of Something" and he dresses like an Edwardian man, comes to school with a manservant, riding upon a goat, but is really only the son of a farmer. There is a smart, book-reading girl who doesn't see the point of games and how she takes the fun out of it for everyone when forced to play makes me love her, as I feel the same way. LOL. Looking forward to reading the next volume.

Danganronpa: The Animation, Volume 1 by Spike Chunsoft

Danganronpa: The Animation, Volume 1 by Spike Chunsoft
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Dark Horse Manga
Source: egalley via edelweiss AND purchased print copy amazon.ca

Danganronpa: The Animation (Vol 1)

I had never heard of this before but was very excited to read it after seeing it. Monokuma, an evil robot teddy bear principal is probably the "Ultimate Weirdest Villain" ever! LOL. The plot of being locked up and each one gets killed has been done before (and I love these types of stories!), however, Danganronpa brings a crazy psycho, a bunch of kids who must kill each other, and a court case trial together after each death. The deaths are weird; as are the motley collection of students. The book concentrates a lot on character and obviously we're going to get to know those who stick around a lot better than the ones who die early, but also the court cases bring out character issues. I need to keep reading this series. So far, I'm hooked!