Good Comics Out November 24: Goodbye, Del Rey, and a Manga Flood

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.

Troublemaker Book 2 cover
Troublemaker Book 2
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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.

10 Responses to “Good Comics Out November 24: Goodbye, Del Rey, and a Manga Flood”

  1. Joshua Says:

    Do you have a link for what Viz is releasing this week? I was going to try to answer your question but I realized that I didn’t actually know what was coming from Viz…visiting their website was no help at all. Their New Releases page doesn’t show anything with a street date after 11/16.

  2. David Oakes Says:

    Don’t forget the second issue of “Avengers vs Pet Avengers”. You can’t go wrong with Iron Frog.

    But yeah, a lot of the rest of the week seems transitional: JSA has set up their new “Let’s run a city” status quo, but hasn’t started doing it yet. JLA/99 got the two teams in the same place, but they – literally – took the stage at different times. And Batman and Robin #17 seems to be written by both Paul Cornell (yea!) and Peter Tomasi (eh), depending on which preview you read.

    Still, Iron Frog.

  3. Johanna Says:

    According to the list I use, Viz isn’t releasing anything this week. They usually release at the beginning of the month, not the end. Based on just titles I’m tracking, their next release date is December 7, with older-skewing titles (like Ooku 5 and 20th Century Boys 12) due out December 21.

    David, I’m finding the Pet Avengers stuff disappointing. The stories just don’t have the whimsy I want. The ideas are neat, but what’s on the page… just doesn’t work for me.

  4. Joshua Says:

    Oops, I meant Tokyopop, not Viz… ok, I found a list of 11/24 comics and I see the Tokyopop releases. It looks like the only thing I’m following is Sgt Frog, which I still find amusing.

  5. Jim Kosmicki Says:

    I’m reading a lot less manga these days, and it’s probably because of the increased conservatism. Most of what I read in the past was the more out-there titles, and that is not what’s being published these days. Nobody really wants to take a risk, which I can understand. What i do read tends to be more expensive and from publishers like Vertical or D&Q.

  6. Johanna Says:

    Excellent point, Jim. As business tightens, the more diverse material is the first to go.

  7. ~chris Says:

    I’ve not read Evanovich’s novels, but I too love Joëlle Jones’s art. Also, I too am trying to economize, so I’m waiting and hoping that Dark Horse will release these books in softcover. Is it just me, or are more graphic novels initially coming out in hardcover these days (e.g., Christina Weir & Nunzio DeFilippis’s “All Saints Day”, Adrian Tomine’s “Scenes From an Impending Marriage,” Joss & Zack Whedon and Chris Samnee’s “Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale, and “Scott Chantler’s “Two Generals”)?

  8. ~chris Says:

    … “Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale,” and Scott Chantler’s “Two Generals”).

    And “All Saints Day” is also Dove McHargue & Kate Kasenow’s.

  9. Johanna Says:

    Hardcovers are preferred by libraries, so if a company expects to have significant purchases in that market, they may want to consider it. It also seems more like a major book release that way.

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