SEAN: There’s so much stuff coming out this week that it’s simply impossible to narrow it down. So I apologize to the 87 other Shojo Beat titles I’m passing up this time. But I have to go with the 2nd volume of Shigeru Mizuki’s Showa, which does a fantastic job of showing just how appalling and grueling to everyone involved the Second World War really was, and also what a personal toll it took on Mizuki himself, even if he does try to present it as comedically as possible. One of the best manga history/biographies I’ve ever read.
MICHELLE: I, too, have had a hard time making a pick this week. I narrowed it down to two, but in the end the 16th volume of Natsume’s Book of Friends (thoroughly excellent though it truly is) got edged out by volume 71 of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece. I mean, the fact that it’s still genuinely fun and exciting at volume freakin’ 71 surely qualifies it as a masterpiece, right?!
ASH: Well, since Sean has Showa covered, I think I’ll take this opportunity to pick one of this week’s debut titles: New Lone Wolf & Cub. Same author but with a different illustrator than the original, I know a lot of people who are excited for this series.
ANNA: There are so many good things coming out this week! I think I’ll have to highlight the rerelease of Millennium Snow just because it is so rare for a mangaka to go back and finish an unfinished series. (Excuse me for a minute while I give CLAMP the stinkeye over X/1999). I enjoyed Millennium Snow when it first came out, so the new omnibus followed by a third volume sounds like a treat to me.
MJ: I’m interested in pretty much everything that’s been mentioned so far, and had figured I’d put my vote behind the long-awaited third volume of Millennium Snow. But since Anna has taken care of that so nicely, I’ll give a little shout-out to the latest volume of Vertical’s Knights of Sidonia. I’ve been a fan of this beautifully-drawn, emotionally frenetic series since the beginning, and I’m always thrilled to pick up a new volume.
What looks good to you this week?