Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Review: WE NEVER LEARN Volume 1

WE NEVER LEARN, VOL. 1
VIZ MEDIA – @VIZMedia

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

MANGAKA: Taishi Tsutsui
TRANSLATION: Camellia Nieh
LETTERS: Erika Terriquez
EDITORS: John Bae; David Brothers
ISBN: 978-1-9747-0302-9; paperback (December 2018); Rated “T+” for “Teen Plus”
192pp, B&W, $9.99 U.S., $12.99 CAN, £6.99 U.K.

We Never Learn is a manga from creator Taishi Tsutsui.  The series focuses on a group of high school students struggling to overcome their worst subjects on top of managing crushes and burgeoning romance.  VIZ Media is publishing an English language edition of the manga in a series of graphic novels.  The series will be published bimonthly under VIZ's “Shonen Jump” imprint.

We Never Learn, Vol. 1 (Genius and [ x ] Are Two Sides of the Same Coin; Chapter 1 to 7) introduces Nariyuki Yuiga, a high school senior from an impoverished family.  He is eager to secure a full scholarship, known as “the Special VIP Recommendation,” to college before he graduates high school. His principal agrees to give it to him, but there is one stipulation.

Nariyuki must tutor the two smartest girls in school, Rizu Ogata and Fumino Furuhashi, and make sure they get into their target colleges.  However, each girl wants to focus on a subject area in which she is not at all good!

The We Never Learn manga is a high school romantic comedy.  Because most of the lead characters are female, one might assume that this is a shojo manga – comics for teen girls, but it can appeal to both male and female readers – teen and older.

We Never Learn Graphic Novel Volume 1 will remind readers of such shonen romantic comedies as the recent Nisekoi: False Love and the classic Strawberry 100%.  Like such manga, We Never Learn has at its center, a male character, who gets caught in a relationship circle that includes two girls, at least in the beginning.  We Never Learn has, to start, an attractive love triangle.

We Never Learn, like Nisekoi, has three nice characters to start the love triangle.  Both girls are really smart, and are also pretty (of course).  At first, Taishi Tsutsui focuses on the two girls' area of expertise, but with each chapter, we start to see more of their personalities.  There is some fanservice in the form of a bikini shots and boob grabbing, but this series will thrive the more we like these characters.  Well, this is a good start, and I think we will be looking forward to each new volume of We Never Learn.

8.5 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Review: PROXIMA CENTAURI #1

PROXIMA CENTAURI No. 1 (OF 6)
IMAGE COMICS – @ImageComics

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

CARTOONIST: Farel Dalrymple
BACK COVER: Wes Craig
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (June 13, 2018 – Diamond ID: APR180475)

Rated T+ / Teen Plus

Proxima Centauri is a new miniseries written, drawn, colored, and lettered by Farel Dalrymple (Omega the Unknown).  On Image Comics' website, this six-issue comic book is described as a “psychedelic science fantasy action comic book drama.”

Proxima Centauri #1 opens 4.243 light-years from Earth on “Proxima Centauri,” the manufactured, Jupiter-sized, dimensional nexus sphere orbiting a red dwarf star.  “The Scientist” Duke Herzog, Dr. EXT the Time Traveler, the ghost M. Parasol, Shakey the Space Wizard, and Dhog Dahog are among the beings held captive in this “confounding spectral zone.”

One of the captives, however, is determined to escape.  He is the teenage wizard adventurer, Sherwood Breadcoat, and he hopes to find a way back to his brother, Orson.  While trying to escape, Sherwood will have to deal with his confusing emotions, alien creatures, and all sorts of unknown, fantastic dangers... and maybe even more.

I have been interested in reading a comic book featuring the work of cartoonist Farel Dalrymple for over a decade.  I had not heard of Proxima Centauri or had not paid attention to it until comic book writer, author, and screenwriter, Warren Ellis, mentioned Dalrymple and Promixa Centauri in a recent edition of his email/digital newsletter (“Orbital Operations”).  Ellis compared Dalrymple to the legendary comics creator, the late master, Jean “Moebius” Giraud.  As an admirer of all thing Moebius, I had to pick up at least the first issue.

Proxima Centuari #1 reminds me of Moebius' dream comics.  I love the art and graphical storytelling here, which is a graphics package of splash pages, half-splashes, double-page spreads, grids, narrative illustrations, collage-like pages, etc.  The drawings, colors, and lettering form one graphic unit, a stream of consciousness in the language of the comic book.

I am intrigued and invigorated, and I am still trying to figure it out.  Still, I recommend this just for the way Dalrymple is telling the story, and Proxima Centauri #1 is so damn beautiful to behold.

8 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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