Good Comics Out August 7: And So They Leave Us

Tomorrow’s good comics are all about departures. It’s the second and final volume of the didn’t-live-long-enough Saucer Country with Volume 2: The Reticulan Candidate (Vertigo/DC, $16.99). The blend of politics and alien encounters by Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly may have been a little too odd or a little too realistic to catch on with readers.

Also ending is the Viz series about manga creators, Bakuman (Book 20, $9.99). While it had its problems, the struggles of the young artists really grew on me, and I loved learning more about the behind-the-scenes aspects of the Japanese comic business. I haven’t read this volume yet, but I’m greatly anticipating it. (And you can currently get it at Amazon at 40% off!)

I have read Vertical’s manga release this week, another historical story by Osamu Tezuka. The Twin Knights ($13.95) is a sequel to his better-known Princess Knight, a classic early shojo. It’s crazy but imaginative, a unique take on fairy tales.

Last but certainly not least is a decadent tale of the collapse of society, The Strange Tale of Panorama Island (Last Gasp, $24.95). It’s for adults only, but it’s a gorgeous ruin, a depraved vision of a private island playground set in the 1920s.

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