Battle Angel Alita v7: Angel of Chaos
Reviewed by Michael Aronson

A new supporting cast and a massive confrontation bump this volume of Alita up from the previous one. It’s not an absolutely smooth ride, but it continues to thrust the series in exciting new directions while building on every subplot and character that have come before. The introduction of Lou, Alita’s handler and tech support, gives readers their first view of Tiphares, the sky city of elitists who take advantage of the citizens on the earth below,...
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Vagabond v3
Reviewed by Michael Aronson

Though the pacing of Vagabond is always slow, the tension and drama also take a breather for volume three. Takezo, the vagrant warrior whose lust for combat borders on suicide, has undergone a transformation since the second volume. Unfortunately, the transformation is only nominal, as he now goes by the name of Miyamoto Musashi, after his hometown. Different name, same unlikable bullheaded attitude. The problem isn’t with the characterization...
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POP FICTION: SEVEN OF THE BEST FROM TOKYOPOP
Reported by Craig Johnson

NEW FOR 2007: CHAIN MAIL: Addicted to You by Hiroshi Ishizaki (trade paperback; in-stores January 2007; suspense) Four disillusioned Tokyo teenagers who have never met are suddenly drawn together by a mysterious chain mail message sent to their cell phones. Written from each character's point of view, CHAIN MAIL carries the reader on a suspenseful adventure juxtaposing teenage angst against a colorful Tokyo backdrop in an unforgettable tale that...
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MY-HiME v1
Reviewed by Ryan Huston

Synopsis: When Fuuka Academy is attacked by strange creatures called Orphans, the school sets up a special task force of its female members--called HiMEs--who must team up with a unique "Key" to battle these invaders! Yuuichi Tate is the new boy in town, thrilled to be at a new school. But he soon discovers that he's the Key for not just one but two HiMEs! Two highly competitive, rival schoolgirls. One overzealous boy. And that's just the start of...
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VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES BLEACH ON DVD
Reported by Craig Johnson

Action Packed Supernatural Adventure Of A Teen Who Sees Ghosts San Francisco, CA, November 28, 2006 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the highly anticipated DVD release of the newest sensation to captivate millions of anime fans nationwide – BLEACH. VIZ Media will release the first DVD volume of the supernatural action...
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Mangaka America
Reviewed by Michael Aronson

Mangaka America is a beautiful and unique beast in the comic industry, one that seeks to celebrate as much as educate about a new breed to the medium: western comic creators who’ve adopted distinctly eastern styles of art. Twelve up-and-coming artists show off their dazzling display of diversity as well as their own views on the art process and appreciation of Japanese culture, while commenting about the worldwide comic book industry. As an art...
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Battle Angel Alita v6: Angel of Death
Reviewed by Michael Aronson

As usual, Alita’s quest makes massive progress in this, the sixth volume. More alone than ever, due to all the destruction that follows in her wake (and yes, this is a much more successful version of Trigun), Alita finds herself broken in quite a few ways, most notably literally. In order to be restored, she has to make a deal, and the deal involves a few of the key factors on her own personal agenda. Isn’t it lovely when business and pleasure...
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The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga v1
Reviewed by Kelvin Green

Such is the quantity and variety of content in this book that it's going to be difficult to review in any detail; you get over five hundred pages of comic goodness for your money here, and it's all pretty good stuff (although purists beware; the majority of the content is not from Japan). It's not all to my particular tastes, but the eclectic nature of the book is one of its strengths, I think; suffice to say that there's going to be something in...
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3 December 2006
Battle Angel Alita v7: Angel of Chaos

1 December 2006
Vagabond v3




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