MJ: I have a number of favorites to choose from this week, which would normally cause me a bit of angst. But if I’m being honest with myself, there’s very little in the wide world of comics that could, for me, trump a new volume of something as gloriously addictive as Goong—the only series among Yen Press’ collection of Ice Kunion manhwa acquisitions still running (to my recollection). I love this fabulously dramatic soap-opera more than I can possibly say, and I simply can’t wait to read its newest volume. Happily, too, this series is being released in chunky omnibus format, so I’ll be able to enjoy a nice, substantial fix. Thanks, Yen Press, for continuing to offer up this series! Gimme, gimme.
ANNA: Goong also makes me happy! But I have to go with Gundam: The Origin Vol. 3 Ramba Ral. This is the only book on this week’s list that I felt compelled to pre-order and I’m eagerly awaiting this volume. The hardcover and deluxe presentation of this series make it a real treat.
SEAN: There’s a lot of really nice books out this week, including some intriguing debuts and personal favorites. But I’ll go with Vol. 5 of A Bride’s Story. I’d been somewhat lukewarm about the series to start, mostly as I just find it hard to get inside the head of its female lead. But with the action switching to a pair of rambunctious twins, things picked up and also got much funnier, while keeping the warmth and heart from prior books. Definitely can’t wait to read this.
ASH: Wow, this is a great week for manga, so it really is hard to choose! Since the most recent volumes of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin and A Bride’s Story have already been mentioned (both of which I’m looking forward to a great deal), I’ll put my vote in for the first part of Hikaru Asada and Takahiro Seguchi’s Sickness Unto Death. I don’t really know much about the series, but Vertical has a habit of publishing some very intriguing manga, so it has caught my interest.
MICHELLE: It’s Goong all the way for me! This series has been on hiatus for a full two years, so I am INTENSELY grateful to Yen for bringing it back to finish its run and for scheduling subsequent releases at four-month intervals! This omnibus covers material from volumes 17-18 of the original Korean release, so if my math is right, the rest of the volumes on Yen’s schedule will take us not only through the conclusion of the series (volume 27), but through the extra 28th volume, as well.
What looks good to you this week?
Sara K. saysSeptember 24, 2013 at 7:51 am
*evil cackle* Just wait until you read the part where Chae-Kyung becomes a K-Pop singing sensation, Prince Shin decides to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk, and Yul gets abducted by alieans … whoops, I shouldn’t have spoiled all of the :P
At least you can look forward to future volumes of Goong. The final volume has already been published in Chinese and … well, I hope they publish Salon H into a language I can read, because based on what little I know, it seems like it might be just as fun as Goong.
Melinda Beasi saysSeptember 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm
You probably have a better shot than we do. Nobody seems interested in putting out manhwa in English anymore, at least not in North America. :(
Marie saysSeptember 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm
Yen is doing a digital release with Goong too. Though the Ebooks are single volume which confused me for a second. Hmm, I wonder if I should try it. A long series might be nice and I don’t read enough Korean comics.
Melinda Beasi saysSeptember 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm
Well, even the print volumes were single-volume at first, so it may be that the digital releases are going to be the same?