Out tomorrow in comic shops are most of Yen Press’ April releases.
|Black Butler Book 9||High School of the Dead Book 6||Durarara Book 2|
The best-known is Black Butler Book 9, a Victorian horror fantasy involving the immensely handsome servant of the title fighting bad guys. In this volume, the Queen has requested a banquet for a mysterious guest and other exotic visitors. This series seems to feature the kind of ridiculous exaggeration where official courtesans introduce themselves with a swordfight, only to be placated with gourmet cream puffs.
Also with its fans is Highschool of the Dead Book 6, a fanservice title with busty zombie fighters. Students battle to stay alive, this time in a shopping mall. (Shades of the classic film!)
Durarara Book 2 is fun to say, and it’s full of crazy character types. This volume promises gang fights and a headless motorcycle rider.
|Higurashi When They Cry Book 18||The Betrayal Knows My Name Book 3||Black God Book 16|
Higurashi When They Cry Book 18 finishes up the “Atonement Arc”; future volumes will be double-sized omnibus editions. This one has a murder plot revealed in scrapbooks, which makes me wonder why anyone would put such evidence down in print? Not a great jumping on point, but there’s paranoia, insanity, and hey! The cover has a fight with a cleaver and a baseball bat!
The Betrayal Knows My Name Book 3 is oversized, both in format and length. It’s another supernatural revenge story with beautiful boys and a historical bent, involving something called “the Zweilt”.
Still to come (next week?) is Black God Book 16, a battle manga involving supernatural guardians of the universe. This one’s interesting because it’s created by Koreans for a Japanese audience (so it’s still right-to-left).