- Posted by Johanna on November 23, 2010 at 8:43 am
- Category: Shopping Guide
Well, actually, it’s a bit tough to live up to the title this week. The only things that caught my notice were a graphic novel and a whole flood of manga.
Dark Horse is releasing the Troublemaker sequel. Book 2 ($17.99) is the same slim size (112 pages) and price as the first book, which caused some negative reviews from readers used to Janet Evanovich’s prose novels. It remains to be seen if they’re turned off enough to not buy this installment. Me, I love Joelle Jones’ art, so I’ll be checking it out.
Meanwhile, since it’s the last week of the month, three major manga publishers release all their books. I’ll expect to see Viz next week, but in the meantime, Tokyopop has 14 books and Yen 13. I’m a little worried that I’m not interested in any of them. Are my tastes growing up, is this a reaction to feeling overloaded already (and so not looking for any new books to try), or does this mark a change in books chosen for translation? Any thoughts? Are you more or less interested in the manga coming out these days compared to a year or two ago?
Of more significance — I believe that Del Rey’s seven titles mark the end of their imprint, since Kodansha takes over December 1, which is next week. (Yargh! Where does the time go?) From that batch, I reviewed I Am Here! and Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei Book 8. Del Rey Manga, I’ll miss your upscale quality and diverse line. Here’s hoping the Kodansha change brings good news.
In terms of superhero comics, there are two more goodbyes. Madame Xanadu ends its run with issue #29, while the final Ex Machina collection, Term Limits, wraps up the storyline with issues #45-50. Goodbye, WildStorm.
To balance that, the Batwoman series launches with a zero issue by J.H. Williams III and Amy Reeder (fresh from Madame Xanadu) that should be a good introduction for new readers.
From Marvel, I’ll be buying Thor: The Mighty Avenger #6 even though it’s on a countdown to death. (Final issue: #8.) I don’t care, it’s one of their best comics, so I’m going to enjoy it while I can.