Mid-30s geek type with a houseful of pets, books, DVDs, CDs, and manga
Collateral – Dear John is a digital comic created by Australians Matthew Nicholls and Lee Taylor following the lives of the Reid family, ordinary people struggling to survive in a world where superheroes actually exist. While the comic features superheroes, it is not a superhero comic; Nicholls and Taylor have chosen to focus on how average individuals cope with the destruction and chaos created by extraordinary conflicts. They write about everyday concerns such as unemployment, the safety of our children, the harshness of gossip, and the difficulties of adjusting as our children become adults with their own interests and lives.
Morning Glory Academy touts itself as an elite prep school located in New York that helps students reach their potential through encouraging independent thought, resilience, and self-sufficiency. Only the most exceptional individuals are chosen to join the student body, and families are strongly encouraged to cut all ties with those enrolled; however, something dark lurks inside the academy’s walls, and students begin to rebel against the teachers and other authority figures. What is Morning Glory’s real goal, and what is their real purpose in harboring young talent in one place?
Trigun Omnibus: Volume 1 follows the life and adventures of Vash the Stampede, a pacifistic gunslinger traveling through the harsh, post-apocalyptic world of Gunsmoke. Despite his devotion to protecting human life, Vash has a 60 billion double dollar bounty on his head, which draws every potential fortune hunter in the Wild West-like society to try to take him out. Unfortunately, these showdowns have a propensity to create massive property destruction, and the warmhearted blonde is considered a localized disaster by many insurance agencies! Things get more complicated when Bernardelli Insurance Agency assigns two agents, Meryl and Milly, to follow Vash and try to prevent any more claims since the “humanoid typhoon” is a force of nature.
No one would argue about Eric Chase having a rough life. His father, Captain Gordon “Cory” Chase, disappeared in the jungles of Vietnam in 1969, his only keepsake from his dad is a Marine forces patch sewed onto an old baby blanket converted into a superhero cape, and he suffered traumatic skull fractures plus other injuries falling from a tree when playing superheroes with his older brother, Nick, compelling their mother to discard the precious cape. Any one of these events could warp someone’s personality, but all of them together turn Eric into a paranoid, angry young man. He can’t hold down a steady job, keep his girlfriend, or even come up with the funds to rent a place of his own. But, when the old superhero cape of his childhood resurfaces, Eric reconnects with the secret ability embedded in his father’s military patch; however, instead of using his new powers for good, the angry man-child gives in to the urge to take revenge on those he thinks are most responsible for his suffering.
Alish Karr is an anomaly in the world of Adrahstea; rather than being demon, angel, or human, she is a unique human/angel hybrid with no memories of her past or even where she originated. Alish survives by working as an “outside consultant” for the Jericho Intelligence Bureau, but her job is on the line after yet another dead bounty when she loses control over a mysterious power that randomly takes over her body. She’s also involved with the son of Jericho’s demon governor, but she’s realized that her boy-toy is more into her than she’s into him. Where does Alish fit in her world, and how can she channel her inner power to avoid disastrous results?
Oreimo: Volume 4 opens with Kirino’s two worlds colliding when she runs into her best friend Ayase at a large doujinshi event in downtown Tokyo! Ayase knows nothing about Kirino’s otaku side, and it’s up to Kyousuke to save the day and try to keep his little sister’s popular school idol image intact. At the same time, how will Kirino’s new friends react when they learn she’s never mentioned them to her school pals? Can Ayase accept Kirino’s hobby, and will the girls still be friends at the end of the day?
I love manga, so I was excited to get to read Oreimo: Volume 4. While siscon (sister complex) isn’t my favorite genre, a female protagonist who is secretly into anime, manga, doujinshi, and adult games is something I can relate to personally, and I loved Kirino almost immediately; however, as creepy as he sometimes seems, Kyousuke took my heart as the top character in the volume with his desire and willingness to protect and aid his baby sister at whatever cost.
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*For mature readers
In the land of Tremont, the saying “When Nerr (the male god of love and sexuality) gets the Heir” means something is highly unlikely to happen. Nevertheless, when current heir to the throne Temmin is summoned to the capital on his 18th birthday for training to become king, he is instantly drawn the current Embodiment of Neya, the female half of the gods of love and sexuality, and no other woman can compare. The gods have complex rules, though, and Temmin’s lack of sexual experience prevents him from simply making an appointment at the Lovers' Temple. His only option is becoming a Supplicant, an official training position in the Temple lasting two years and two days, and accepting both Embodiments of the twin gods as his teachers; however, King Harsin, Temmin’s father, fears a prophecy that states the common people will benefit when the Heir devotes himself to the lovers, and he will do almost anything to stop his only son from bringing it to pass.
I honestly did not know what I was getting in Love Stories #1 from Image Comics. Based on the title, I thought I would be reading a girly comic involving relationships of various types and the ensuing hijinks. I ended up with demon-killing Norsemen and broken marriages in space . . . with aliens! Maybe it would have helped if I had known that the full title of the series is Love Stories (To Die For).