It’s a slower week at Midtown Comics, but Melinda, Michelle, and Sean have no trouble making their picks. See below!
MELINDA: Though I know I need to be reading Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (Help me out here, Dark Horse, would ya? I need some digital action on this title. ETA: My apologies to Dark Horse, I’ve been informed they do have this on their iPad app—don’t know how I missed it!) my thoughts this week are all Dororo all the time. I fell in love with this title back when I was still scared to approach Tezuka and nothing could make me happier than to see it get an omnibus release. This is a fairly creepy, action-packed title, but what really drew me in is how freaking moving it is, which was absolutely not what I expected at the time. If you missed this title when it was first released, don’t miss it again. It’s a must-read for any manga fan.
MICHELLE: I’ll chime in to second the Dororo recommendation, and probably for similar reasons: most Tezuka available prior to Dororo daunted me with its Importance, but this shounen adventure story was completely approachable, and therefore a perfect introduction to Tezuka’s oeuvre. I’m happy to see it get a new release!
SEAN: Gosh, what could my pick be? Ahem. My pick this week is the 12th volume of Dark Horse’s horror manga The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service. As with most horror manga I read, there’s another reason besides ‘scares’, and that’s the cast. Everyone in this cast is appealing, even the characters with less depth, and they all have a great sense of humor, something needed when you are dealing with corpses all the time. That said, there are a lot of graphically unsettling images in this series as well. It’s not a wacky horror comedy, it’s a wry horror manga with occasional funny lines. As you may have gathered by the fact that it’s been 18 months since the last volume, this is not as best-selling as Gantz or Berserk. Let’s change that, it deserves more love.
Readers, what looks good to you this week?