Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Yaoi Manga Review: TEN COUNT Volume 2

TEN COUNT, VOL. 2
SUBLIME MANGA – @SuBLimeManga

MANGAKA: Rihito Takarai
TRANSLATION: Adrienne Beck
LETTERS: NRP Studios
ISBN: 978-1-4215-8803-2; paperback (November 2016); Rated “M” for “Mature”
186pp, B&W, $12.99 U.S., $14.99 CAN, £8.99 UK

Ten Count is a yaoi manga from manga creator, Rihito Takarai.  Yaoi manga is a subset of boys' love (or BL) manga, which depicts amorous situations between male romantic leads.  Yaoi manga usually features explicit depictions of sex between those male leads.   Ten Count focuses on the developing relationship between two men, Tadaomi Shirotani, a corporate secretary who is a germaphobe, and Riku Kurose, the counselor and clinical psychotherapist who tries to help him.

Shirotani was opening his heart to Kurose, and the latter's 10-step program was helping the former.  Then, Kurose told Shirotani that their sessions were over.  As Ten Count, Vol. 2 (Chapters 7 to 12) opens, both are dealing with the repercussions of Kurose's decision.  In a state of shock, Shirotani has withdrawn into his home and refuses to leave – even for work.  When Kurose texts him and asks to see him, Shirotani will discover the secrets behind Kurose's actions.

[This volume includes the Ten Count bonus stories, “Kurose, Shirotani, and Clothing” and “Kurose, Shirotani, and (If There Were) Honorifics.”]

I wrote in my review of the first volume that it was okay that there was no sex in the first six chapters of Ten Count.  Sometimes, even yaoi manga is good at quietly building romance over a slow simmer of narrative.

That said, Ten Count Volume 2 is one of the most intensely sexual comic books that I have ever read.  I can say that creator Rihito Takarai surprises me by how she makes masturbation seem as sweet as a first kiss.  This kind of true romance will leave the reader breathless.  Still, the relationship between Shirotani and Kurose remains a fragile thing, intense orgasms aside.  The simmering will continue in future chapters of Ten Count, which I highly recommend.

A+

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux


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Monday, November 28, 2016

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Manga Review: Mobile Suit Gundam: THUNDERBOLT Volume 1

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT, VOL. 1
VIZ MEDIA – @VIZMedia

STORY/ART: Yasuo Ohtagaki
ORIGINAL CONCEPT: Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino
TRANSLATION: Joe Yamazaki
ENGLISH ADAPTATION: Stan!
LETTERS: Evan Waldinger
ISBN: 978-1-4215-9055-4; paperback (November 2016); Rated “T+” for “Older Teen”
248pp, B&W, $14.99 U.S., $19.99 CAN, £9.99 UK

Mobile Suit Gundam was an anime series that was first broadcast in 1979 and 1980.  It is set in the year 2079, also known as “Universal Century year 0079,” according to the “Gundam Calendar.”  The series chronicled a conflict between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon, which declared independence from the Earth Federation.  The result is Zeon's war of independence, the “One Year War,” which affects every continent on Earth and nearly every space colony and lunar settlement.  The smaller Zeon has a tactical advantage through its use of a new type of humanoid weapon called the “mobile suit.”

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt is a manga set in this classic science fiction universe and apparently takes place simultaneously with the events depicted in the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime.  Created by mangaka Yasuo Ohtagaki, this manga focuses on two rival mobile suit pilots bent on destroying each other.

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt, Vol. 1 (Chapters 1 to 9) opens to find the Earth Federation trying to retake the Thunderbolt Sector, an area of space that is scarred by the wreckage of destroyed colonies.  However, Federation mobile suits are being picked off by a deadly Zeon sniper, Chief Petty Officer Daryl Lorenz.  Someone has to stop Lorenz and Federation ace, Io Fleming, is the man.  When he gets the latest in Federation tech, a Gundam, Io succeeds where other Federation pilots have failed.

I am vaguely familiar with Mobile Suit Gundam, mostly from seeing images and art related to it has a media and merchandising franchise.  I was a little reluctant to read the Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt manga when I received a copy-for-review of the first volume from VIZ Media.  Now, I can say that the manga has made me interested in learning more about Mobile Suit Gundam.

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Volume 1 offers classic mecha action that is as good as any mecha comics that I have read in the past.  Yasuo Ohtagaki puts the reader right into the action with battle and local space area maps.  He shoves the reader inside the mobile suits and all over the debris field that is Thunderbolt Sector.  Troop movement and mobile suit simulations make it easier to understand the position and status of chaotic battles.

Readers do not have to worry about shallow characters.  I am surprised at how deep Ohtagaki gets into the characters' relationships and especially their pasts.  So, especially because this is the beginning, I heartily recommend that readers enter Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt now.  I am willing to say that I think the series is worthy even after only one volume.

A

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


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Book Review: Stepping to a New Day

STEPPING TO A NEW DAY
HARPERCOLLINS/William Morrow – @HarperCollins; @WmMorrowBks

AUTHOR: Beverly Jenkins
ISBN: 978-0-06-241263-8; paperback (June 8, 2016)
302pp, B&W, $14.99 U.S., $18.50 CAN

Stepping to a New Day is a 2016 novel from bestselling author, Beverly Jenkins.  A William Morrow paperback original, this is the seventh novel in Jenkins' “Blessings” series.  Set in the fictional small town of Henry Adams, Stepping to a New Day welcomes a newcomer, finds a prodigal son creeping back into town, and witnesses a good-woman-done-wrong find a good man.

In Henry Adams, Kansas, you cannot start over without stirring things up, and that is what Genevieve “Gen” Gibbs has done.  She is a new person with a new attitude, and that irritates her soon-to-be ex-beau, Clay, who prefers the doormat version of Ms. Gibbs.  Gen would like to find someone who appreciates the “new” her; then, Terrence “T.C.” Barbour appears in her life.

T.C. discovers that this tiny Kansas town is so vastly different from his native Oakland, California.  However, helping his divorced nephew, Gary Clark, work through single fatherhood with his two teen daughters, Leah and Tiffany, is just the change T.C. needs.  Driving a limo for the most powerful woman in Henry Adams, Bernadine Brown, brings T.C. into contact with Genevieve.  When the two find themselves connecting, they become the talk of the town, but the return of Gen's ex-husband, Riley Curry, could ruin everything.

I had heard of author Beverly Jenkins, although I had never read her work.  When William Morrow offered a copy of Stepping to a New Day to reviewers, I picked it up because I love stories set in small towns that Norman Rockwell or Walt Disney could love.

Stepping to a New Day could be one of those holiday movie on Lifetime or Hallmark, but with a dash of Tyler Perry.  Why do mention Tyler Perry?  Beverly Jenkins is African-American.  Henry Adams is based upon the small townships founded in Kansas in the 1880s by freed slaves.  The town has African-American, Latino, and White citizens, and some of this novel's subplots resemble melodrama one can find in a Tyler Perry movie.  [See Reverend Paula's trip home.]

It's a wonderful life in Henry Adams, which is kind of like Mayberry with Black people.  The characters in Stepping to a New Day are endearing and the storytelling goes down like comfort food.  A kind of non-denominational Christian God is regularly called upon by many of the characters.  Redemption and forgiveness are served in big bowls.  No, this isn't William Faulkner small town, but prose fiction pot roast can be as enjoyable as great American novel filet mignon.  I can't wait for the next Blessings novel, and I hope to share the good news with you.

B+

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


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Monday, November 21, 2016

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Review: BLACK PANTHER Volume 2 #2

BLACK PANTHER, VOL. 2 No. 2
MARVEL COMICS – @Marvel

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

WRITER: Christopher Priest with Joe Quesada
ARTIST: Mark Texeira with Alitha Martinez
COLORS: Avalon Color
LETTERS: Rich S and Comicraft’s Siobhan Hanna
COVER: Mark Texeira
VARIANT COVER: Bruce Timm
EDITORS: Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti
EIC: Bob Harras
32pp, Color, $2.50 US, $3.50 CAN (December 1998)

“Invasion”

When I learned that former Marvel Comics editor and writer, Christopher Priest (once known as Jim Owsley), was returning to comic books, I was excited.  Priest has been announced as the new writer of DC Comics' Deathstroke comic book series, beginning some time later this year.  The news started me thinking about one of Priest's more notable runs in comic books.

Beginning in 1998, Joe Quesada and his partners at Event Comics (including inker Jimmy Palmiotti) oversaw a Marvel Comics imprint dubbed “Marvel Knights.”  One of the characters that received the “Marvel Knights” treatment was Black Panther.  Christopher Priest wrote this new Black Panther series (Volume 2) with story contributions from Quesada.  Artist Mark Texeira drew the first four issues of Priest's run.

Marvel Comics' the Black Panther, also known as T’Challa, is the first black superhero to appear in mainstream American comic books.  Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, the Black Panther first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 (cover dated: July 1966).

For Black Panther Vol. 2, Priest used characters from the 1990-91 miniseries, Black Panther: Panther’s Rage.  He also introduced new characters, in particularly Everett K. Ross, an attorney in the Office of the Chief of Protocol at the U.S. State Department.  Priest's story revolves around Black Panther's trip to the United States to investigate “The Tomorrow Fund,” a charity he established.  There has not only been financial irregularity at the charity, but there has also been a death related to the charity, that of a young girl who was the face of The Tomorrow Fun.  The story of Black Panther Vol. 2 is narrated via flashback by Everett K. Ross to his State Department boss, Nikki Adams.

Black Panther Vol. 2 #2 (“Invasion”) opens in an apartment in the Leslie N. Hill Housing Project, where Black Panther and his entourage has decided to make their base of operations while in New York City.  Ross, the State Department's liaison to T'Challa, is still without his pants and has found himself in the company of Mephisto.  Meanwhile, Black Panther is beating and intimidating his way through the city in order to find out how a child connected to his charity ended up dead.  The answer is a lot closer to home than T'Challa realizes.

Christopher Priest has stated that he used Everett K. Ross to bridge a gap between the African culture in which much of the Black Panther mythos is based and Marvel Comics’ predominantly white readership.  I don't need that bridge, neither as a longtime comic book reader nor as an African-American.  As I have previously stated, I think comic books have maintained a “predominantly white readership” for a number of reasons.  That includes substandard marketing, advertising, and public relations, to say nothing of the publishing and editorial policies regarding who is hired and assigned to create comics.  However, I have encountered many comic book readers who are predominantly of European extraction i.e. “white boys,” who really liked Priest's Black Panther and still fondly remember the series.

I think Priest's decision to tell the story via Ross is a kind of genius move.  He uses Ross to bring levity to the series, and in Ross, Priest has fashioned a funny guy and a truly likable character.  His misadventures are a kind of after-dinner mint to the main story, Black Panther's quest for answers regarding The Tomorrow Fund, which Priest tells in the spirit of blaxploitation movies.

It is a tale of woe and urban decay and of crime and betrayal.  Priest depicts Black people hurting other people for money and power, and “the Man” is not to blame.  Also, the trouble of Mother Africa, in this case, Black Panther's home country of Wakanda, are intimately connected to the scandal of The Tomorrow Fun.

It is odd that I am not that crazy about the style of Mark Texeira's art for Black Panther Vol. 2.  Still, his graphical storytelling is picture perfect for Priest's multifaceted script.  It even works in the comic scenes featuring Ross.  Texeira's art works in spite of itself; at least, it seems that way to me...

After reading Black Panther Vol. 2 #2, I am ready to read Priest's Deathstroke.  I am also anxious to read more of this series.

A

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

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Comics Review: WHO KILLED KURT COBAIN?

WHO KILLED KURT COBAIN?
IDW PUBLISHING – @IDWPublishing

CARTOONIST: Nicolas Otero
TRANSLATION: Ivanka Hahnenberger
LETTERS: Troy Little
ISBN:  978-1-63140-726-0; hardcover (October 2016)
152pp, Color, $24.99 U.S.

IDW Publishing recently published a new hardcover, full-color graphic novel, entitled Who Killed Kurt Cobain?: The Story of Boddah.  This is an English language release of the French graphic novel,  Le Roman de Boddah, written and drawn by Nicolas Otero and published earlier this year by Editions GlĂ©nat.  Otero's graphic novel is a comic book adaptation of the French novel, Le Roman de Boddah (2013), by author Heloise Guay de Bellissen.

Who Killed Kurt Cobain? is a work of fiction that recounts real-life events from the life of Kurt Cobain.  For those who don't know, Cobain was the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band, Nirvana.  This musical trio exploded onto the American music scene in late 1991 with the album, Nevermind.  Less than two and a half years later, Cobain committed suicide in April 1994.  [Dave Grohl, the founder of the Grammy-winning rock band, Foo Fighters, was Nirvana's drummer, and Krist Novoselic was the band's bassist.]

Cobain allegedly had an imaginary friend named “Boddah,” to whom he supposedly addressed a suicide note.  In Who Killed Kurt Cobain?, the readers see the rise and fall and the highs and lows of Kurt Cobain through the eyes of Boddah.  Cobain becomes modern rock's greatest icon in a journey that begins in the dark clubs of Seattle before rocketing the young musician onto the world stage.  The journey to rock immortality then plummets through a torrent of drug abuse; a dysfunctional marriage to fellow musician, Courtney Love; and self-loathing and depression before the final stop, self-destruction and suicide.

Who killed Kurt Cobain?  Unless Perry Mason knows something else, then, the answer is Kurt Cobain.  I have not read Heloise Guay de Bellissen's novel upon which this comic book is based (nor do I plan to), so I will focus on what I think Nicolas Otero attempts to do in the graphic novel, Who Killed Kurt Cobain?

It seems as if Otero tries to fabricate a time line of events – what happened in Cobain's life – and then presents them in a murky, impressionistic haze to reflect the fictional Cobain's state of mind.  I think Otero also tries to fabricate Cobain's interior life – his thoughts, creativity, imagination, delusions, illusions, etc, which he also presents in a murky, impressionistic haze.  The narrative is shocking and even confrontational, but the meaning or purpose of the series of events depicted is oblique.

Who Killed Kurt Cobain?  I don't care.  I hate to go hard on this graphic novel, especially because I am reviewing a copy IDW Publishing generously sent me.  I try not to bum-rush or be too harsh on books I receive as review copies, but I am not really interested in Who Killed Kurt Cobain?, the graphic novel or the real-life question.

I was and still am a huge fan of Nirvana and Kurt Cobain the musician and singer-songwriter.  I don't remember the date, but sometime in or around September 1991, an employee at Paradise Records (which has been closed for almost two decades) in Baton Rouge, LA, just off the northern side of the campus of Louisiana State University, recommended Nevermind to me because I was looking for rock music outside the mainstream.  I bought Nevermind and immediately brought it home, and after the first listen, I was a fan.

I was shocked and hurt upon learning of Cobain's death, but whatever went down with his death was and is beyond my control.  I loved Nirvana because I thought the music was good – real good, and like Paul McCartney, I don't just like genres of music, I like good music.

Who Killed Kurt Cobain? is not a bad graphic novel.  I suspect some people find it quite intriguing; otherwise, IDW would never have published a snazzy hardcover, full-color edition of it.  In this work, Nicolas Otero is ambitious and thoughtful.  This work just ain't for me... not anymore.  There are, however, readers who want comic books about real-life rock musicians or ones that feature fictional versions of them, and Who Killed Kurt Cobain? may be something they want to read.

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


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Image Comics Orders Second Printings for Mark Millar's "Reborn"

REBORN HITS BIG, SENT BACK TO PRINT

Issue #1 and #2 both go back to press

Image Comics has fast-tracked the first two issues of the breakout hit series from Mark Millar (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Greg Capullo (Batman) for more printings in order to keep up with the skyrocketing customer demand.

REBORN #1 asks: Where do you go when you die? Not heaven or hell; somewhere else. Somewhere you have to fight to survive. Somewhere the people from the past are waiting for you—the good and the bad.

In REBORN #2 the epic sci-fi fantasy story continues. After her death, Bonnie is reborn in Adystria and has a sword thrust into her hand. As the evils within the Dark Lands get stronger, she is Adystria's only hope: their savior.

REBORN remains available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

The following will be available on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, November 21st, 2016:

REBORN #1, 3rd printing (Diamond Code OCT168148)
REBORN #2, 2nd printing (Diamond Code OCT168210)
REBORN #3 Cover A by Capullo (Diamond Code OCT160627)
REBORN #3 CVR B Capullo Sketch variant (Diamond Code OCT160628)
REBORN #3 CVR C by Capullo (Diamond Code OCT160629)
REBORN #3 CVR D by Garner (Diamond Code OCT160630)


ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Yaoi Review: BLUE MORNING Volume 6

BLUE MORNING, VOL. 6
SUBLIME – @SuBLimeManga (Chara Comics)

CARTOONIST: Shoko Hidaka
TRANSLATION: Jocelyne Allen
LETTERS: NRP Studios
COVER: Shoko Hidaka with Shawn Carrico
ISBN: 978-1-4215-8806-3; paperback (September 2016) Rated “M” for “Mature”
250pp, B&W, $12.99 U.S., $14.99 CAN, £8.99 UK

Blue Morning is a series of yaoi manga graphic novels from creator Shoko Hidaka.  Yaoi manga features love stories in which the romantic leads are males.  A subset of boys’ love (BL) manga, yaoi can also feature explicit depictions of sex.  Blue Morning focuses on Akihito, the heir to a viscount-ship, and Katsuragi, his very capable butler, to whom Akihito is attracted.

After the death of his father, Akinao Kuze, 10-year-old Akihito Kuze moves into the Kuze mansion, as he prepares to inherit his late father’s viscount-ship.  There, he meets the Kuze family butler, Tomoyuki Katsuragi, who is tasked with raising Akihito.  By the time he is 17-years-old, Akihito finds himself relentlessly drawn to Katsuragi, but also frustrated by the distance between them.

As Blue Morning, Vol. 6 (Chapters 28 to 33) opens, Akihito and Katsuragi make love, but then move apart.  Katsuragi begins to run the household and business affairs of Soemon Ishizaki, the father of Akihito's best friend, Soichiro.  Then, it is announced that Akihito will leave to obtain treatment for a long ailment (which he is feigning).  However, Akihito does plan on leaving to study abroad, so will this planned departure be the thing that forces Akihito and Katsuragi back together?

The Blue Morning manga is a romantic period drama, but is also something of a domestic drama.  I have compared it to being something like a comic book version of one of those Merchant-Ivory films from the 1980s and 1990s.

Much of Blue Morning Volume 6 is about character drama; people talk, but talk around those with whom they are familiar or have a romantic relationship.  While this series begins and ends with intimacy, creator Shoko Hidaka uses everything else to play with the big “if,” which is the question of whether the romantic leads will ever truly unite.  I like this series; it is a good one, but the story is ready to be resolved.  I don't see it remaining a quality manga past a seventh volume.

A-

www.SuBLimeManga.com

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


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Monday, November 14, 2016

DC Comics from Diamond Distributors for November 16, 2016

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