Library Loot #17: Sci-Fi Comics & Japanese Thrillers

I’m so excited to share my library haul today, y’all! Each of these books totally swept me away with their premises and I’m looking forward to reading through them in May! The comics are something that I plan on devouring before going out of town this weekend. They just look too damn goo to sit on. Also, since they are comics, they are much easier to read in a short amount of time. If you are a reader of comics or thrillers, and like science-fiction or Japanese fiction, prepare to watch your TBRs bloom!

I’ll be sharing the comics first and then the thrillers. The genre within each section shall be the respective title’s GR link for anyone interested in checking those out.

Eclipse Volume One by Zack Kaplan & Giovanni Timpano, Chris Northrop (artists)

Eclipse is a post-apocalyptic graphic novel series about a universe where an enigmatic solar event has transformed all of the sun’s light into deadly sacrificial rays. The few survivors that remain reside within cities that are entirely nocturnal. Within this setting, a killer arises using the sunlight as a vicious weapon to burn his victims. When his next target is the daughter of a highly influential mogul, her safety fall upon the shoulders of a disenchanted solar engineer, which makes total and complete sense, right?

Letter 44 Volume One: Escape Velocity by Charles Soule & Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque (artist)

Letter 44 is a first contact graphic novel series about a new president as he’s being inaugurated into office. He hopes to tackle serious issues such as war, and the failing economy and health care system. However, when he finds a letter left behind by his predecessor, the new president realises that the priorities have far more at stake than he could imagined. Seven years ago, NASA discovered an alien presence and has kept it a secret from the entire world. When a stealth mission is sent out to make first-contact, the president realises that this discovery could make him the most powerful person on the planet.

The Lady Killer by Masako Togawa

The Lady Killer is an #OwnVoices Japanese crime thriller about a dude named Ichirō Honda. By day he’s a devoted husband and a hard worker. Yet, when the night arrives, he moves through shadows in the dark underworld of Tokyo’s cabaret bars and seedy nightclubs searching for vulnerable women to seduce. When a trail of bodies begins to follow behind his debauched behaviour, he realises that he’s been caught in a terrifying trap.

Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama

Seventeen is an #OwnVoices Japanese investigative thriller that alternates between two time periods: 1985 and 2003. It is about a reporter named Kazumasa Yūki that thrived on power struggles and office politics and who covered an unimaginable horrific disaster that became a once-in-a-lifetime scoop in the mid-1980s. Flashing forward to nearly twenty years later, Yūki recalls all of the intensity and the chaos that had occurred during that event many years ago as he prepares to finally make good on a promise he gave to an old friend, a promise that is the key to solving the mind-blowing mystery from his past.

Out of the small book stack, I’ll probably begin with The Lady Killer, assuming I can get to it before it’s due back to the library! It sounds very provocative and psychological, and completely like something that I would devour quickly.

Do any of these books or comics sound interesting to you? Please, come chat with me in the comments!

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