Happy Saturday, everyone! I recently recorded a BookTube video where I chatted about some of my bad reading habits. You can check that out here if you so wish! In that video, I mentioned that one of my biggest unhealthy habits is stress-book-shopping. As I prepare for my return to university, I have been feeling immensely stressed out and nervous.
So, to take my mind off this new life development, Sir Betrothed and I ventured to a local comic shop, where we found some awesome graphic novels and manga to sink our teeth and imagination into! I am here today, to share our haul with you.
Below you will find the title, author/artist, genre, and brief snippet of what the reads are about.
Southern Bastards Volumes 1-3 by Jason Aaron (author) & Jason Latour (artist)
- Image Comics, Mystery
- The series follows an angry old man named Earl Tubb who lives in Craw County Alabama; home of Boss BBW, the state champion foot ball team, and a shit ton of corrupt bastards. Armed with a giant ass stick, old man Tubbs is determined to combat corruption in this southern tiny town.
- These comics are all Sir Betrothed’s picks. He loves eccentric, violent-as-fuck comics.
Moonshine Volume 1 by Brian Azzarello (author) & Eduardo Risso (artist)
- Image Comics, Horror, Prohibition Era
- The same duo who created the comic series 100 Bullets
- Set during Prohibition, and deep in the backwoods of Appalachia, Moonshine tells the story of Lou Pirlo who’s a city-slick “torpedo” sent from NYC to negotiate a deal with the best moonshiner in West Virginia. Lou figures it for milk run — how hard could it be to set-up moonshine shipments from a few ass-backward hillbillies? What Lou doesn’t figure out is that Holt is just as cunning and just as ruthless as any NYC crime boss and Lou is in way over his head. Not only will Holt do anything to protect his illicit booze operation, he will stop at nothing to protect a much darker family secret…a bloody, supernatural secret that must never become exposed…
- The artwork looked fabulous and the premise sounded quite intriguing.
Toshiro by Jai Nitz
- Dark Horse Comics, Steampunk Horror
- The mechano-samurai, Toshiro, travels to a Victorian clockwork world. Once there he battled horrors too dark for humankind. With a mysterious partner, a world-famous adventurer named Quicksilver Bob, Toshiro must face the greatest foe Earth has ever seen: the soul-stealing, zombie-creating jellyfish from beyond.
- Steampunk horror involving a mechano-samurai warrior? SOLD.
Batman: Knightfall Part Three: Knightsend by Lots of People
- DC Comics, Batman, Superheroes
- GoodReads page for author & artist information.
- This is the final collected volume for the Bane arc in the Batman
- I didn’t realise there was a third collected volume until I found it at the comic shop. Knightfall is one of my favourite Batman arcs of all-time, so naturally I had to have this.
Chew Volumes 2-4 by John Layman (author) & Rob Guillory (artist)
- Image Comics, Crime Fiction, Dystopian
- Tony Chu is a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he’s a hell of a detective, if he doesn’t mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why.
- My full review for volume one.
- I adored the first trade paperback volume of this series so much, even though it grossed me out a bit. I am excited to continue with the series to see how Tony Chu continues to hunt down the criminals of this unusual world.
Drifters Volume 5 by Kohta Hirano
- Seinen, Adventure, Fantasy
- Same mangaka who wrote the Hellsing manga series.
- Imagine a world of magic, full of elves and hobbits and dragons and orcs. Inside this world of magic and wonder there is a great war being waged, using warriors from human history as chess pieces in a bloody, endless battle. Hirano’s new concept gathers famous warriors throughout history and puts them on both sides of good and evil — and then turns them loose in a bloody melee of madness!
- This is such an interesting manga series and I have been trying to stay on top of the volumes as they release.
Millennium Snow Omnibus Volumes 1 & 2 by Bisco Hatori
- Shōjo, Romance, Fantasy
- Same mangaka who wrote the Ouran High School Host Club manga series.
- Seventeen-year-old Chiyuki Matsuoka was born with heart problems and her doctors say she won’t live to see the next snow. Toya is an 18-year-old vampire who hates blood and refuses to make the traditional partnership with a human, whose life-giving blood would keep them both alive for a thousand years.
- I have heard that this is a classic in the shōjo genre, so I picked up the entire series, which consists of two omnibus volumes, or four single volumes.
Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis & Perfect Blue: Awaken from a Dream by Yoshikazu Takeuchi
- Light Novel, Seinen, Psychological Thriller, Horror
- The first is the original novel that Satoshi Kon’s anime film of the same name, Perfect Blue¸ is an adaptation of. The second is a collection of short stories from the same universe.
- Kirigoe Mima is in the third year of her career as a pure and innocent pop idol. Feeling like something big needs to change, she plans to give her image a major update. When the new Mima is revealed–complete with a sexy outfit and a risqué photo book–one of her most obsessive fans refuses to accept her transformation. To restore Mima to the innocent girl of her debut, he puts a terrifying plan to action that throws her life into chaos and mortal peril.
- I loved the film, so I definitely had to have the novel that inspired it.
The Gods Lie. by Kaori Ozaki
- Shōjo, Drama, Slice-of-Life
- Natsuru Nanao, a 6th grader who lives alone with his mother, strikes up an unlikely friendship with the reserved and driven Rio Suzumura. Natsuru plays hooky from soccer camp that summer, and, instead of telling the truth to his mother, he spends all his time with Rio and her kid brother at their rickety house, where a dark secret threatens to upend their fragile happiness.
- I have had my eye on this stand-alone manga for a while, and I have heard that the story is simple, short, and heart-breaking—all things that I enjoy immensely.
To Your Eternity Volume 3 by Yoshitoki Ōima
- Shōnen, Fantasy
- Same mangaka who wrote the A Silent Voice manga series.
- A lonely boy wandering the desolate tundra meets a wolf and the two become fast friends who grow to depend on each other for survival in the harsh environment. But the boy has a history, and the wolf is more than meets the eye…
- This series does a great job of expressing the process of literal intelligent evolution of an organism, which then plays a part in their physical evolution. Even though it has a few shortcomings, I like the series and am curious to see where it will go.
Your Name. – Another Side: Earthbound by Arata Kanoh, Makoto Shinkai (Original Story)
- Light Novel, Science-Fantasy
- The novel is a side story that tells the tale of your name. from the perspective of Mitsuha’s friends and family as they deal with her weird new quirks, while trying to avoid disaster.
- My full review for your name.
- I fucking loved the novel for your name. I am ready to return to the world, especially if it is through a fresh new lens.
That does it for my comics and manga haul! Have y’all read any of these books or want to? Did you enjoy them? Please share chat with me in the comments!