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This Week’s Manga: Holy Assassination!

This Week's Manga

BatmangaIt’s the first Tuesday of the month, and publishers have manga to release! If you haven’t been following the weekly releases, DC finally has the first volume of Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga collected, and perfectly timed for landing under the Christmas tree. It’s mix of Batman action and 60s insanity will be a double treat for Batman/manga fans. Or just something for non-Batman fans to laugh at. For not so laughing material, Vertical Comics releases volume 12 of Knights of Sidonia, their popular sci-fi series. This series will be caught up with the Japanese release with its next volume. Fans will then have to endure a long and excruciating wait to get their next fix. Can they hold out?

Assassination Classroom 1Viz Media has the lion’s share of titles this week with their shonen and shojo titles making landfall. Assassination Classroom, the title about an alien threatening to destroy the Earth that takes on a class of middle school misfits is finally out. I’m seriously considering this one. New in shojo is Yukarism, a gender-bending, time-traveling title by Chika Shiomi. I will pick up the first volume of any series by her. She is one of the few mangaka I have that much trust in. The final volume of the romance title for more mature readers, Happy Marriage?!, is out this week as is the final  volume of Millennium Snow. I’ve been holding off on reading volume 3. I’ve been torn over reading more and knowing it’s gonna end again, and I don’t want it too! But all good things must, right?

Full list per Diamond Distributors:

New Lone Wolf And Cub Volume 3 TP, $13.99

Batman The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Volume 1 TP, $14.99

Sankarea Volume 10 GN, $10.99

Pokemon Black And White Volume 19 GN, $4.99
Pokemon XY Volume 1 GN, $4.99

Alice In The Country Of Joker The Nightmare Trilogy Volume 2 GN, $13.99

From The New World Volume 6 GN, $10.95
Knights Of Sidonia Volume 12 GN, $12.95

Assassination Classroom Volume 1 GN, $9.99
Dragon Ball 3-In-1 Edition Volume 7 TP, $14.99
Food Wars Shokugeki No Soma Volume 3 GN, $9.99
Happy Marriage Volume 9 GN, $9.99
Honey Blood Volume 2 GN, $9.99
Kimi Ni Todoke Volume 20 GN, $9.99
Millennium Snow Volume 4 GN, $9.99
Naruto Volume 68 GN, $9.99
Nura Rise Of The Yokai Clan Volume 24 GN, $9.99
Seraph Of The End Vampire Reign Volume 3 GN, $9.99
Toriko Volume 25 GN, $9.99
Vampire Knight Fleeting Dreams SC, $14.99
Voice Over Seiyu Academy Volume 8 GN, $9.99
Yukarism Volume 1 GN, $9.99

Why Quality Control Matters

I don’t know if it’s just me, or if I’m the only person left reading this manga, and I don’t want to beat on CMX, since they have been making inroads for bringing out new, good manga, but this has really been bothering me.

One of the series’ CMX is releasing is King of Cards, a kind of shojo version of Yu Gi Oh!, but not really. It’s a good series, with enough tweaks to make it different from the other card game manga. Well, I finally got around to reading Volume 2. I got King of Cards Volume 2about 2/3 of the way through the book, right at the climax of the main game of the book. It’s the page where the heroine stands up, proclaiming “I Win!”, but her opponent just smirks and…it immediately repeats the last 20 pages, coming back to that same page, but on the next page the action picks up several more pages in! I have no idea what happened! Why Manami didn’t win! Why she and her cousin were looking at playing her opponent again!!! Why?! Why right there?!?!
King of Cards: Volume 2

I stopped reading, since is seemed kind of pointless to go on without knowing what happened to get to that page. I then did the one thing that seemed logical. I contacted CMX and explained my situation. It’s not like it was my fault, and I couldn’t return it. I preordered it through Previews. A few days later I got a reply back, apologizing for the error and offering to send me a replacement as I requested. All I want to do is finish the story. A week after my email, I get a package in the mail, or a brand spanking new King of Cards Volume 2. I turn to the place where the printing error was…..and this one has the same error! I emailed CMX again, telling them of the problem. They apologized again, thanked me for letting them know, and that seems to be the end of it.

But, I’m still in the same situation. I can’t finish reading the story. I searched around online, and didn’t find anyone else complaining of this problem. I couldn’t find anything on Volume 2 beyond sale items. I found one preview for volume 2, but that was it. So, am I the only one reading this series? Did no one else get to the end to notice the printing error? Or am I the unluckiest person on the planet to have gotten two books with the exact same printing error in twice?

When I contacted CMX about this, it didn’t seem too concerned about it, so I don’t know if they really didn’t know, or just didn’t care. This is really frustrating to me. I don’t quite know what to do, since I don’t know if it’s just me. I don’t want to buy another copy. I certainly won’t find one in my local bookstore or LCS. It’s not popular enough to get stocked. And I don’t want to try online only to find I get the same printing error AGAIN. If anyone has any suggestions, or has a good copy, please let know.