Ryuko: Hard Crime

Story and art by Eldo Yoshimizu Published by Titan Comics (2019) Length: 2 Volumes Even the term “frenzy” wouldn’t suffice in describing the turbulence of Eldo Yoshimizu’s Ryuko. The first manga in Titan Comics’ “Hard Crime Series”, Yoshimizu’s tale of tragedy, betrayal and redemption is filled to the brim with abstract motion and unnerving violence. … Continue reading Ryuko: Hard Crime

Australiana in Comics: Deep Breaths

Story and art by Chris Gooch  Published by Top Shelf Productions Length: 215 Pages There is so much value to be found in mundanity. Within these quieter moments of living, the most profound introspection can occur, guided by pervading feelings of frustration, contentedness, or indifference. Chris Gooch’s Deep Breaths gives us an opportunity to relive these instances, but … Continue reading Australiana in Comics: Deep Breaths

Spinning Review

Story and art by Tillie Walden  Originally published by First Second   Length: 1 Volume (400 Pages) Spinning presents a captivating look into the turbulent life of author (and then teenager) Tillie Walden, whose childhood revolves around the competitive figure skating scene. It explores the process of a passion slowly fading, acting as a lens … Continue reading Spinning Review

Pokemon: The Implications of Fading out a National Dex

In this year’s E3 Nintendo Treehouse, Pokemon director Junichi Masuda announced one of Pokemon's most divisive feature in the upcoming Sword and Shield games; that is, not all of the previous Pokemon will be present within this new generation. While a lot of speculation has surfaced regarding this statement, with some fearing certain Pokemon may … Continue reading Pokemon: The Implications of Fading out a National Dex

The Enigma of Amigara Fault: Classics of Horror

Story and art by Junji Itou  Originally publisher: Shogakukan Length: One Shot  While horror has been a genre present throughout the history of manga, it was only with the rise of alternative/adult manga that a diverse range of titles aimed to terrify became prevalent in the mainstream. Contemporary authors like Kazuo Umezu (The Drifting Classroom) … Continue reading The Enigma of Amigara Fault: Classics of Horror

Lulu Anew: Tell my family Adieu? (Review)

Story and art by Étienne Davodeau Publisher: NBM Publishing (2012) Length: 158 Pages Much like Disappearance Diary, Lulu Anew promises a deeply introspective experience, one that explores the soul-sucking mundanity of domestic life, and the mindset one must possess to drop it all. Unfortunately, that insight is never truly given. While I commend the piece … Continue reading Lulu Anew: Tell my family Adieu? (Review)