Welcome to Manga Bookshelf’s first Pick of the Week!
This feature is exactly as it sounds–a weekly spotlight on a single manga or manhwa title. Picks may be chosen from among the week’s new releases, or whatever else I’ve been enjoying in the moment.
Buy this book – This week’s pick falls into the first category. It’s the final volume of a series I’ve followed ravenously for quite some time, Han SeungHee and Jeon JinSeok’s One Thousand and One Nights, published by Yen Press.
Though originally I declined to categorize this series as boys’ love (much like Akimi Yashida’s Banana Fish), it has certainly earned that title over the past few volumes. It also has the distinction of being one of the few in its genre I’ve ever encountered that was written by a male author.
This overtly homoerotic take on the tales of Scheherazade (“Sehara” in this retelling) is dark, violent, and melodramatic at times. It is also intensely beautiful, and one of the most tender love stories I’ve read in quite a while. My enjoyment of this series is quite well-documented, most recently in last week’s installment of Off the Shelf.
Originally published in English by ICE Kunion, the series is available in its entirety from Yen Press. Do take a look. And don’t let the unattractive cover art fool you. It’s gorgeous, through and through.
For a list of what may be shipping to your local store this week, check out new releases at Boston’s Comicopia.
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