Category Archives: Weekly Roundups

This Week at Manga Village ** 3/26/08

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The Manga Village reviewers have been working hard this week to give you another great batch of reviews. Charles Tan starts us off with a tour of the Museum of Terror: Tomie Volume 1 from Dark Horse. John’s all packed for another delivery from Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Volume 4 also from Dark Horse. Lissa Pattillo finds out how Boys Be Volume 1 from Tokyopop. Dan Polley gets a last shot at Golgo 13 Volume 13 from Viz. And, going for the three-peat, I catch a class at Monkey High! Volume 1 from Viz.

We’ve also got our weekly picks up from everyone except for John. He’s probably off raiding Akihabara no doubt, like any good otaku. Think he’ll bring something for his wonderful editor? No, I didn’t think so either. But what we are hoping for are some great stories about his time there, so keep watching for them!

This Week at Manga Village ** 3/19/08

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Another week, and another round of reviews. What have we got? John Thomas teaches us Death Note: How to Read Vol 13 from Viz. Then Lissa Pattillo satisfys that BL desire by casting a Crimson Spell Vol 1 from Kitty Media. I blast off for one last trip to Andromeda Stories Vol 3, for the end of this sci-fi classic from Vertical, Inc. Dan Polly also takes a trip, this time to Miki Falls: Winter Vol 4 for the conclusion of the teen romance from Harper Collins Publishers. Charles Tan gets a part time job with Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol 1 from Dark Horse.

Then, we make our weekly picks from this week’s manga. It’s a smaller list, but the distribution between publishers is more even. There are still some good books coming out, including two novels translated by our reviewer John Thomas! So come get your read on with us!

This Week at Manga Village ** 3/12/08

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This week at Manga Village, we’ve got another batch of reviews for you. John Thomas is getting small with is review of Minima Volume 1 from Del Rey. Things aren’t looking so divine to Dan Polley with his review of My Heavenly Hockey Club Volume 3 also from Del Rey. Charles Tan, on the other hand, kicks it with Eyeshield 21 Volume 2 from Viz. I’d like to flip mine off though, with Volume 1 of Switch from Viz. Don’t “hulk out” until you read the review of it though.

We’ve also got our picks from the new releases this month. There’s shojo, shonen, a touch of seinen with a sprinkle of old school, and a side order of BL, so come check them out!

Kids Comic List ** 3/12/08

It’s another interesting mix of books this week. I never expected Dark Horse to have any comics for younger audiences. The Harvey Comics Classics is rated for 10+, right on the border. And someone explain to me why we needed *another* Teen Titans book? Didn’t the “babies” phenomenon go out with the 80’s? And Gumby’s back!

ARCHIE COMICS
Archie & Friends #117, $2.25
Archie Digest #242, $2.49
Sonic The Hedgehog #186, $2.25

DARK HORSE COMICS
Harvey Comics Classics TP Vol 03 Hot Stuff, $19.95

DC COMICS/JOHNNY DC
Legion Of Super Heroes In The 31st Century #12, $2.25
Tiny Titans #2, $2.25

IDW
Doctor Who #2, $3.99 ** Recommends **

MARVEL COMICS
Avengers Fairy Tales #1 (of 4), $2.99 ** Recommends **
Marvel Adventures Hulk #9, $2.99
Marvel Comics Presents #7, $3.99

SCHOLASTIC INC.
Goosebumps Horrorland SC Vol 01 Revenge Of Living Dummy, $5.99

WILDCARD INK
Gumby TP Vol 1 (resolicited), $12.95

RECOMMENDATIONS

Doctor Who #2Doctor Who #2 : This is a new series based on the current Doctor played by David Tennent, with last series’ companion Martha Jones. The stories are written by show’s story editor Gary Russell and are definitely written for a younger audience. You can see a preview of the first issue here. The first issue is a self contained story withe last page leading into the next issue. If you or your child has enjoyed the 10th Doctor on the Sci-Fi/BBC America Channel, then definitely pick these books up.

Avengers Fairy Tales #1Avengers Fairy Tales #1: This is the third series of fairy tales that Marvel has done with their characters. The first was X-men, and then Spiderman, and now it’s the Avengers turn. They use fairy tales and myths from all over the world, and the stories are usually appropriate to the characters used. I like the X-men series I got last year. The stories are enjoyable in themselves, but take on a greater meaning if you know the characters. This is another that both young and old will enjoy.

This Week at Manga Village ** 3/06/08

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This week we’re cooking up the sweets at Manga Village! Dan Polley is serving up some shojo with Kitchen Princess Vol. 5 from Del Rey Manga. Charles Tan is ready with a cure if you eat too much with Death Note Vol. 2 from Viz. Or you can hit the streets to work off some of that good eating with John Thomas and his review of Tekkon Kinkrete from Viz. Pass the time running with some Andromeda Stories Vol 2 from Vertical by me.

Then, check out our latest picks from the manga coming out this week. As usual, we have an all-you-can-eat buffet of picks to satisfy your manga hunger.

Kids Comic List ** 3/5/08

It’s a small list this week, as I have a feeling most weeks will be. Younger readers are not a target audience for comic and manga publishers. No money=no market. Unless it’s got a cartoon/TV show running on the air.

ARCHIE COMICS
Betty & Veronica #234, $2.25
Betty & Veronica Digest #182, $2.49
Jugheads Double Digest #138, $3.69
Sabrina Vol 2 #92, $2.25

CAPSTONE PRESS
Graphic Library GN Amelia Earhart, $7.95
Graphic Library GN Challenger Explosion, $7.95
Graphic Library GN First Moon Landing, $7.95
Graphic Library GN Jobs & Wozniak And Personal Computer, $7.95

DC COMICS
Cartoon Network Action Pack #23, $2.25

EUREKA PRODUCTIONS
Graphic Classics Vol 15 Fantasy Classics, $11.95

IDW PUBLISHING
Doctor Who Classics #4 (Joe Corroney and Dave Gibbons covers), $3.99

MARVEL COMICS
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #37, $2.99

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Doctor Who Classics #4: These reprints of stories from Doctor Who Weekly(soon to be Doctor Who Classics #4Monthly) magazine are perfect for the child who likes good action and sci-fi. These stories follow the adventures of the 4th Doctor, as played by Tom Baker. The stories were serialized, so every one ends on a cliff hanger. But with 6-7 chapters per issue, you don’t have to be left hanging for longer than a turn of the page. Every chapter has a lot of action, and, as the stories were written for younger children are only marginally scary, as the TV series was/is. There is no blood, but skeletons do pop up a bit. I highly recommend these stories, which are enjoyable to both kids and adults, especially those of us that remember watching the 4th Doctor on PBS in the late 70’s-early 80’s.

Cartoon Network Action Pack #23: This series from DC featuresCartoon Network Action Pack #23 short adventures from most of the Cartoon Network original shows. Powerpuff Girls, Camp Lazlo, Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends, Johnny Bravo, My Gym Partner is a Monkey, and the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, just to name a few, are all in this mini-anthology type comic. While I don’t care for the content of the comic itself, I hate the CN Originals, I can’t deny my kids like to watch them. So probably do all their friends, so having a comic that feeds that interest is a good way to foster an interest in comics. And I just like TV tie-ins in general.

This Week at Manga Village ** 2/27/08

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We’ve got another week of “something for everyone” at Manga Village! For the Manly Man, Dan Polley shoots out a review of Golgo 13 Vol 12 from Viz. For some sweet shojo goodness, Lissa Pattillo goes to the Yume Kira Dream Shoppe from Viz. Charles Tan continues the horror with Uzumaki Vol 2 from Viz while John Thomas takes a flight on All Nippon Airline: Paradise at 30,000 Feet for some Yaoi comedy from Digital Manga Publishing. I’ve got some good anti-hero action in Togari Vol 5 from Viz. 4 out of 5 reviewer prefer Viz Media this week.

Over in the columns, we give our Picks for the week, and then Charles Tan explains Why he Loves Sports Manga. Come check out these and our other columns and reviews. Everyone’s welcome at Manga Village.

This Week at Manga Village ** 2/20/08

Horror, fantasy, ninjas, cars and some BL are all waiting for you at the Manga Village! This week, Charles Tan gives his take on Uzumaki Vol 1 from Viz. Dan Polley, another new addition (Yay!) brings the tale of ninjas in love with Tail of the Moon Vol 8 from Viz. Lissa Pattillo has some sweet boy lovin’ with You and Harujion from June/DMP.  Finally, it’s me with some magical land romping in Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden vol 6 from Viz.

Over in our columns, John Thomas throws his hat into the debate and asks “What is Manga?” Check it out, and then tell us what you think in the comments section. We love to get comments. Then we give our Weekly Picks in Pick ‘n’ Mix, and a little news in our new News column.

Thanks for dropping by and enjoy your stay!

Kids Comic List ** 2/20/08

There’s a lot of comics for teens and adults, and there’s a lot of manga for teens and adults. But what about the kids to ‘tweens? There’s not a lot, but they are out there. Starting this week, I’m going to be listing these books, and spotlighting the ones I recommend.

ARCHIE COMICS
Archie #582, $2.25
Archie Double Digest #186, $3.69
Veronica #187, $2.25

BONGO
Simpsons Comics #139, $2.99

DC COMICS/CMX
Cartoon Network Action Pack #22, $2.25
MAD Kids #10, $4.99
MAD Magazine #487, $4.99
Palette Of 12 Secret Colors Vol 02, $9.99 **Spotlight**
Scooby Doo #129, $2.25

IMAGE COMICS
Lions Tigers & Bears TP Vol 02, $14.99 **Spotlight**

JACK LAKE PRODUCTIONS INC
Classic Illus Jr #505 Sleeping Beauty, $5.99
Classic Illus Jr #506 Three Little Pigs, $5.99
Classic Illus Jr #507 Jack & The Beanstalk, $5.99
Classic Illus Jr #510 Little Red Riding Hood, $5.99
Classics Illustrated Frankenstein, $9.99
Classics Illustrated Gullivers Travels, $9.99
Classics Illustrated Huckleberry Finn, $9.99
Classics Illustrated Tale Of Two Cities, $9.99

MARVEL COMICS
Marvel Adventures Avengers #21, $2.99
Marvel Adventures Two-In-One #8, $4.99

PAPERCUTZ
Classics Illustrated HC Vol 01 Great Expectations, $9.95
Hardy Boys GN Vol 12 Dude Ranch O Death, $7.95
Hardy Boys HC Vol 12 Dude Ranch O Death, $12.95

RANDOM HOUSE
Garfield Large & In Charge TP Vol 45, $12.00

I have two titles to spotlight this week.

CMXPalette of 12 Secret Colors Vol 2. It is rated for Everyone, and is about a girl named Cello. She wants to be a Palette, and magic user that can take color from something (usually a partner bird they received) and apply it to other things. Cello, unfortunately, isn’t very good at it. The series follows Cello as she tries to get through school with her friend, and the school’s doctor, who is always having to clean up after Cello’s mistakes. It’s a nice series for younger children. There’s some excitement and adventure, but no fighting or battles. The art compliments the stories by being simple but entertaining.

ImageLions, Tigers & Bears TP Vol 2. This is a collection of the 4 issue comic series from Image. It’s about a boy who was given a set of stuffed animals called the Night Pride; a tiger, black panther, white tiger and lion. These stuffed animals have a secret; they can come to life at night. They protect children from the Beasties, creatures the come out of closets and under beds to eat children. This second volume picks where the first left off. The future of the Stuffed Animal kingdom has been saved, but a new danger threatens Joey, Courtney, and the very existance of the Stuffed Animal Kingdom! I really enjoyed both volumes of this series. The art looks like animation cells and it just fantastic. It was that and the big cats that drew me to the series. Young reader will enjoy it too I think, with leads 8-9 years old, fighting against the age old fear of the “monster in the closet”.

This Week at Manga Village ** 2/13/08

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The latest round of reviews are up at Manga Village. As well as our usual reviewers, we’d like to welcome a new addition: Michael Aronson. He’ll be contribution articles as well as reviews.

Our reviews this week cover the spectrum of manga. We start off with some BL, Poison Cherry Drive from Kitty Media reviewed by Lissa Pattillo. Michael Aronson looks at The Astro Boy Essays from Stonebridge Press. John Thomas goes for the odd jobs with Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol. 1 from Dark Horse. Charles Tan and I get into the swordplay with Ruruoni Kenshin (VIZBig Edition) Vol. 1 from Viz, and The Guin Saga: The Seven Magi Vol. 2 from Verticle.

Then, check out our weekly picks of the new releases coming out this week. Like our reviews, our picks cover the manga spectrum. Then, check out Manga in the Philippines, and see what it’s like to be a manga lover in the Philippines.

This Week at Manga Village ** 2/06/08

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It’s time to check the results of another week at Manga Village! And in honor of Super Tuesday that just passed, we’ve got some reviews that fit political life. Charles Tan starts off with the classic political drama Eagle: The Making of an Asian-American President Book One from Viz. This is definitely worth a look in light of the current campaigns. If you can find it. Do some womanizing with Lissa Pattillo’s review of Ral Omega Grad Vol 1 from Viz, and then face the conseqences with Nana Vol 8 from Viz. reviewed by me. And finally, get rid of that pesky rival with a visit from Hell Girl Vol 1 from Del Rey reviewed by John Thomas. If you’re in politics, you know you’re going to Hell anyway….

Check out what we recommend to pick up this week in our Picks ‘n’ Mix column.

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