Two manga heavyweights team up for a tale of time travel, love, bloodshed, and sacrifice in "King of Wolves" from Dark Horse. What do you get when you combine the art of Kentaro Miura ("Berserk") and the storytelling of Buronson ("Fist of the North Star")? A great one-shot manga for fans of shonen action and historical drama.
This week we explore the monolithic cyber-labyrinths below Manga Island with Tsutomo Nihei's "Blame!" Known for his work on the Wolverine "Snikt" comic, Tokyopop now brings us "Blame!" and Nihei's unique style to manga shelves.
Harold Sakuishi sends us to rock and roll Japanese high school in "Beck." With realistic guitars,high school drama and comedy, and a patchwork dog thrown into the mix, "Beck" delivers a page turning tale of growing up. Rockers, students, and rocker/students past and present should turn it up to 11 and jam to this week's Calling Manga Island.
The world of Original English Manga will never be the same as Felipe Smith's "MBQ" comes charging on the comics scene, bringing with it a cast of characters for the everyman, a comic artist on the edge and more urban drama and comedy than one volume should contain.
Fans of the genre know that the original "Vampire Hunder D" movie ushered in the anime wave of the early 1990s. Now, the original novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi is finally available with art by Yoshitaka Amano. Tony takes a look at the first book in the 13-part series.
This week Tony takes a look at the classic manga "Grey," which takes readers on a journey to a bleak, apocalyptic future world that sees our hero Grey existing simply to survive and kill. Created by Yoshihsa Tagami, the series features highly detailed that mixes retro and futuristic tech.
This week Tony takes a look at the very popular manga "GTO," otherwise known as Great Teacher Onizuka. Created by Tohru Fujisawa, the series takes a humorous look at high school life in Japan, making it perfect summer reading while school's out.
Tony takes a look at the cold war era Manga series "Cyborg 009" by Shotaro Ishinomori and released through Tokyopop. Seeing as how this series began publication in 1963, "Cyborg 009" provides a different look at Manga compared to more contemporary product.
This week Tony takes a look at the funny side of Manga with Eiji Nonaka's hillarious "Cromartie High School." "Cromartie High School" follows an honor roll student named Takashi Kamiyama who's enrolled in one of the worst high schools in Tokyo.