Comic Review: World of Warcraft: Ashbringer #1

World of Warcraft: Ashbringer #1
Written by Micky Neilson
Art by Ludo Lullabi and Tony Washington
Published by WildStorm

Review by Jilly Gee

The first of a four-part miniseries titled Ashbringer, this comic shows readers the life of Alexandros Mograine, starting from the time that he first picks up the object that would become part of the legendary Ashbringer sword.  Highlord Mograine worked with other humans and dwarves, trying to find a way to stop the Scourge and their plague from turning everyone into undead.  Not just a story about being all heroic and saving humankind, Highlord Mograine also has his faults, as a father who shows favortism, as a human who cannot separate the "not-as-bad" undead from the "really bad" undead and forces the same punishment on them all.
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Book Review: Animus

Animus
Written by Seonna Hong with Shenne Hahn
Images and story by Seonna Hong
Published by Baby Tattoo
ISBN-10:  0972938850
ISBN-13:  9780972938853

Review by Jilly Gee

Labeled as a "moving pictures book" on its cover rather than a "pop-up book" and closer to the size of a paperback than the more common textbook-sized pop-up books for children, Animus appeals to adults just as much as to children, maybe even more so.  Instead of the bright colors or sparkly extras seen in the children’s section of bookstores, the protagonist wears ordinary, easy-on-the eyes outfits and wanders around in a world with realistic, earthy colors.  Though the colors may not be fantastical, this does not make the book feel any less magical than other pop-up books.  As could happen only only in a Disney movie, the adorable little girl that is the main character is inexplicably friends with all the woodland creatures and shops in a quaint town that readers are unlikely to see likes of in this day and age.
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Black Sun Silver Moon, Vol. 1

Black Sun Silver Moon
by Tomo Maeda
go! comi

Review by Tom Good

I never expected I’d have a good reason to use the phrase “cute zombie story,” but it fits Black Sun Silver Moon. Teenage boy Taki works as an assistant to Shikimi, a silver-eyed priest who also has silver hair, though he is only 28 years old. They have a typical comedic master/apprentice relationship, except for the fact that the work also involves late night zombie-slaying sessions in local cemeteries. The tone is more silly than scary, more like Chibi Vampire than Resident Evil.
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Graphic Novel Review: Too Cool to be Forgotten

Too Cool to be Forgotten
Story and Art: Alex Robinson
Published by Top Shelf Productions
ISBN-10: 1-891830-98-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-891830-98-3

Review by Kris

I’m pretty sure high school was a pretty traumatic time in most peoples lives. I know it played a huge part, in both good and bad, in my life and changed me forever. I think the only people who weren’t traumatized by their high school experience were the jocks, cheerleaders, etc. In Alex Robinson’s Too Cool to be Forgotten Andy Wicks has to relive his high school days.
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Yaoi Review: breath vol. 1

breath vol. 1
Story and Art: Chifumi Ochi
Published by Yaoi Generation
ISBN-13: 978-0-9821880-0-2

Review by Kris

Review originally appeared at Manic About Manga at http://www.manicaboutmanga.com. Check it out!

One evening while hanging out in his favorite gay bar Yanagi meets the man of his dreams. The man is simply gorgeous and is totally wasted so he doesn’t resist any of Yanagi’s come ons. The two hit a love hotel for a night of hot, sweaty, fluid-filled, passionate sex. It turns out that the mystery man is ultra sensitive and is still a virgin, which turns Yanagi on even more. When morning comes and sobriety has set in the sexy mystery man seems to be someone completely different than the sexy man from the night before. This man is disgusted with what happened and books out of the room before Yanagi was even dressed, leaving behind his jacket.
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Yaoi Review: A Gentleman’s Kiss vol. 2

A Gentleman’s Kiss vol. 2
Story and Art: Shinri Fuwa
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-582-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-582-7

Review by I-hsiu Lin

To recap my previous review, rival yakuza heirs and successful club owners, Homura Yasobe and Touji Karasuma are secretly lovers. However, a host, Kyoya finds out about their affair and decides to step up his plans to make Homura fall for him. That ended the first volume. In the second volume, Touji has plans of his own with a sudden marriage proposal to a daughter of one of the yakuza leaders in Homura’s group. What is really going on? Touji is still in love with Homura who can’t even face him. Instead, he turns to Kyoya. To kill time or to seek support?
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Manga Review: Time Stranger Kyoko vol. 1

Time Stranger Kyoko vol. 1
Story and Art: Arina Tanemura
Published by VIZ Media
ISBN-10: 1-4215-1797-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-4215-1797-1

Review by Kris

In the 30th century Earth has become one harmonious place to live. Kyoko Suomi is the princess of Earth, but she craves anonymity. She attends a normal high school and has normal friends who all think that she’s a normal high school student. Kyoko is supposed to be presented to the people of Earth as the princess on her 16th birthday. Of course Kyoko has no desire to be princess. She has a twin sister who is just as capable but there is one slight problem holding back Ui (Kyoko’s twin). It seems that Ui is trapped in time and the only way she can be saved is with the help of Kyoko. The king offers Kyoko her freedom if she can find twelve sacred stones and twelve telepaths. Once the task is done Ui can wake and take her place on the throne.
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Yaoi Review: A Gentleman’s Kiss vol. 1

A Gentleman’s Kiss vol. 1
Story and Art: Shinri Fuwa
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-581-x
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-581-0

Review by I-hsiu Lin

Homura Yasobe is an owner of several successful clubs as well as heir to a yakuza faction. It just so happens that his lover of four years, Touji Karasuma is also heir to a rival group. In legal and illegal transactions, Yasobe and Karasuma are enemies. However, behind close doors, Homura and Touji meet secretly. It will not bode well for either of them if anyone finds out that the potential heirs to the rival yakuza are in bed with each other. Homura moves out to avoid such issues…at least that was what he hoped for until one of his hosts discovers Touji….

Or more like Touji discovers the host.
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Novel Review: The Confessions of Max Tivoli


Story by Andrew Sean Greer
Published by Picador, imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN10: 0312423810
ISBN13: 9780312423810

Review by Linda Yau

Although, their plot may sound similar – The Confessions of Max Tivoli is not the same as The Curious Case of Benjamen Button. I kid you not, although this might be an attraction to read a plot alike book. Both have protagonists that ages backward, and I believe that is where the similarities end. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I have read The Confessions Of Max Tivoli.
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Manga Review: Sugar Princess vol. 1

Sugar Princess vol. 1
Story and Art: Hisaya Nakajo
Published by VIZ Media
ISBN-10: 1-4215-1930-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-4215-1930-2

Review by Kris

Every once in a while you come across a book that really endearing. For me Sugar Princess is one of those stories.

One day Maya Kurinoki decided to take her little brother to the local ice skating rink. Her little brother had never been ice-skating before so to give him a little confidence she decides to try a double axel. To Maya’s surprise she landed the jump, sort of. It so happens that the local ice skating coach witnesses Maya’s miraculous jump and scouts her. She was a bit suspicious but shows up at the rink anyway. The coach was indeed serious about being a coach and wanting her to skate. He is looking for a partner for one of his skaters. Shun Kano was a pairs skater at one time but recently he’s been a soloist. Of course Shun is a very handsome high school student.
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