SEAN: Technically, this is the smallest week of the month. That does not mean there aren’t a lot of titles, just slightly less than the deluge of the other weeks.
I Am A Hero has been a long-awaited title here, and Dark Horse has it. It’s not just a zombie apocalypse manga, it’s a multiple award-winning zombie apocalypse manga, which runs in Big Comic Spirits (yes, that means it’s another seeming Viz title that went to Dark Horse – possibly for aesthetic reasons, like Gantz). This is an omnibus of the first two volumes.
MICHELLE: I’m eager to see reviews of this, as I can’t tell yet whether it’s something I’d like.
ANNA: I’m also intrigued by this series.
ASH: I’m very excited for this one, even considering that I’m a bit burned out on zombies.
SEAN: And while one popular title begins, another ends, as we see the last Lone Wolf and Cub omnibus, Vol. 12. But fear not, New Lone Wolf and Cub is still around.
ASH: I’m so glad that Lone Wolf and Cub is back in print in its entirety in an edition that doesn’t cause as much eyestrain.
SEAN: And we have a giant omnibus of the Evangelion spinoff Campus Apocalypse, which is a sort of shoujo-ish BL-ish mystery-ish take on the series. Ish.
ASH: Ish, eh?
SEAN: Kodansha theoretically gives us a 34th volume of Air Gear. I say theoretically as of all the titles that have sliding release dates, Air Gear’s has been the most egregious – don’t blame me if it’s delayed till August by next week.
Attack on Titan: Before the Fall turns out to be a much longer spinoff than I expected, as we’re at 7 volumes and still running.
Fairy Tail 53 continues… some plot, I guess, I’m about 20 volumes behind by now, alas. There will be fights and nudity, no doubt. The staple of all Shonen Magazine series.
And Tsubasa World Chronicle 2… I got nothin’, sorry. MJ?
MJ: I… don’t either. I admit I haven’t been reading this, and suddenly I’m feeling kinda guilty.
MICHELLE: I can’t remember whether I didn’t know this existed or whether I did and promptly forgot. Which is worse? I dunno; I guess I’ve still got CLAMP fatigue.
SEAN: Seven Seas has the 4th volume of dark romantic fantasy The Ancient Magus’ Bride, which I quite like.
ASH: As do I!
SEAN: And there’s a 3rd volume of awkward college romance Golden Time.
And also a 3rd of Monster Guy gag manga Merman In My Tub.
SubLime has a new debut, the first volume of Midnight Stranger, which apparently involves goat demons? I assume they’re sexy goat demons.
MJ: Goat demons do not sound promising.
ASH: Of course they’re sexy goat demons, Sean.
SEAN: Udon has the 3rd volume of Steins;Gate and its damned semicolon of awful.
Viz gives us a 58th volume of Case Closed, which is a lot.
And a 17th Itsuwaribito, which is another series that turns out to be much longer than I had originally expected.
There’s also a 17th Magi, but I’m absolutely delighted that it’s running this long. I still boggle this is written by the same person who gave us Sumomomo Momomo.
MICHELLE: It is?! I never noticed.
SEAN: Lastly, there’s a new manga debut with Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter, which I think is primarily for the PokeMarket, though I could be wrong.
As with many 2nd weeks of the month, it’s very much a hodgepodge of stuff. What catches your eye?