ASH: It’s a somewhat smaller batch of manga shipping this week, but there’s still a nice variety from which to choose. But I’ll admit, the release I’m most excited about is the Massive anthology of gay manga from Fantagraphics which technically came out last week. Featuring interviews, essays, and the work of nine of some of the most well-know creators of gay manga, it’s a groundbreaking collection that shouldn’t be missed for anyone interested in this underrepresented genre in English.
MICHELLE: I’m all for the publication of Massive, but if I’m honest with myself, the release I’m most looking forward to is volume 9 of Shinobu Ohtaka’s Magi. This has quickly become one of my favorite shounen manga being released currently, and I’ve been quite impressed by it so far.
ANNA: There isn’t really anything shipping this week that appeals to me, so just I’m going to go with my latest purchases from Viz Media’s digital manga store. One Punch Man volumes 4 and 5! This series is so hilarious, I am perplexed as to why it is available only in digital format.
SEAN: Massive is the worthy title, but I’m picking Magi as well. We’re starting a new arc, which generally means an increase in comedy. Can’t wait.
MJ: I’ll bring things full circle here by going back to Massive. I’ve been really pleased with Fantagraphics’ commitment to bringing us types of manga that are underrepresented in the English-language market, and Massive falls decidedly into that category. It isn’t the first volume of gay manga we’ve seen over here, but it’s the first volume (to my knowledge) dedicated to bringing us work from a variety of creators, which is something I’m certainly looking forward to. I’m sure that I’m not alone in this. It’s definitely my pick this week.
What looks good to you this week?