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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Manga

This batch features a cursed class, a monster hunter called the One-Eyed Wolf, a puppy centric queer rom-com, a collection of psychedelic short stories by Keiichi Koike, and a prequel to one of the most influential manga of all time.

 

ANOTHER 2001 HC

(W) Yukito Ayatsuji (A) Hiro Kiyohara


It has been three years since the calamity of 1998 that claimed the lives of many students in Yomiyama North Middle's class 3-3. After being placed into the cursed class, Sou Hiratsuka will have to work alongside class of 1998 survivor Mei Misaki in order to avert a new disaster. But as mysterious accidents and deaths pile up despite their countermeasures, the pair will be forced to reckon with Yomiyama North's deepest mysteries...

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Why this caught my eye:

The art is honestly the major draw, but the mystery/thriller element does sound interesting damn if I don't want to know what the calamity of 1998 was.

 

WOLF NEVER SLEEPS GN VOL 01

(W) Taga Kiichi (A) Gonbe Shinkawa


Seeking strength and glory, the adventurer Lecan challenges monster and maze alike. Until one day, he finds a mysterious black hole leading to another world! But even in a different world, the path of the One-Eyed Wolf remains unchanged. The only question is can he survive the new world?

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Why this caught my eye:

Sometimes these solicits are just vague enough and the art on the cover is nice enough that I feel like I should just give it a shot.

 

PUPPY LOVE

(W) Tsuchida Haru


Inukai works at a company where he's exploited and unappreciated, but one day he stops at a pet shop and meets a gentle clerk named Hoshi. Playing with cute dogs and the soothing conversation with Hoshi makes Inukai decide to quit his job and change his life situation so he can have a dog of his own. A memory comes to Hoshi suddenly, and he blurts out, "I'm the reincarnation of a dog you helped when you were a boy!" A fluffy love story between a mysterious pet shop clerk and a mistreated corporate drone!

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Why this caught my eye:

A romantic queer comedy with a cute dog centric theme is kinda too cute to pass on.

 

ATOM BEGINNING GN VOL 01

(W) Osamu Tezuka, Masami Yuuki (A/CA) Tetsuro Kasahara


Prequel to one of the most influential manga of all time: Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka! Astro boy has spawned multiple anime adaptations, video games, and more! A sci-fi manga about the turbulent lives of two robotics engineering students and their latest revolutionary project: the unassuming yet insanely strong A106, or "Six."

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Why this caught my eye:

I saw the trailer for the anime a while back and and it looked like fun. This is also sorta giving me some Mega Man vibes that I greatly appreciate.

 

HEAVENS DOOR EXTRA WORKS GN

(W) Keiichi Koike (A) Keiichi Koike


A sci-fi manga collection of psychedelic short stories by Keiichi Koike. A drug in paper form! This is his first full-length book published in English.


"A magnificent ronin, a warrior without a master, one of the few authors to resist the cynical formatting of the current manga industry..." -Mobius


Contents:

KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR

3000 Leagues in Search of Mother

Lazarus Franco's 4 A.M.

The Ronin and the Sea

Looper

Kenbo's Diary

Sponge Generation

Airway

Stereo Scope

Horizon

Landed


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Why this caught my eye:

Late on spotlighting this one, but I caught a good review at TCJ a while back and the art is pretty great.

 

That's it for this batch, we'll hit up some comedy on the next round!

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