Manga Monday

Soooo many goodies this week, running the gamut from fantasy to horror; from super heroes to the supernatural. For specific callouts, there the latest volume of My Hero Academia, featuring the supposed favorite to succeed All Might, Lemillion. I added this immediately to my library and can’t wait to get started on it! Black Torch also hit the list. Although Volume 1 seems to be getting the promotional push, all three volumes are priced the same on Amazon this week, a bonus whether you are just starting or continuing the series. Joe Hill’s Thumbprint is the one horror/psychological GN entry, but if you need a palate cleanser, you might give the whimsical, if supernatural Ghosts a try. Enjoy!

1.Joe HillJoe Hill's Thumbprint
by Hill, Joe; Ciaramella, Jason; Malhotra, Vic
Right on the edge of $8, but if this is your first Kobo purchase, you can subtract $5 and get for $3. Contemporary premise: Private Mallory Grennan had done terrible things as an Abu Ghraib prison worker. After being discharged from the army, Mal thought she was leaving her sins behind to start a new life back home. But some things can't be left behind -- some things don't want to be left behind.
2.The Dungeon of Black Company Vol. 2The Dungeon of Black Company Vol. 2
by Youhei Yasumura
Kinji's got the worst luck in the universe. Right after he hit the big time on Earth, he got transported to another world. Forced to toil for corporate overlords in the depths of a perilous dungeon, there's no scheme he won't try to strike it rich. After a 'promotion' to the most dangerous unit in the company, Kinji reluctantly teams up with Shia, a bona fide Hero and a true believer in the company cause. With the help of a hero, a lizardman, and a hungry dragon, he just might be able to survive long enough to make his fortune!
by Raina Telgemeier
Much to her dismay, Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake - and her own.
4.Black Clover: Gold and Black Sparks Vol. 14Black Clover: Gold and Black Sparks Vol. 14
by Yūki Tabata
Asta and his teammates move on to the second round of the Royal Knights Selection Test, but have they finally met their match? They'll have to go all-out if they hope to beat teams made up of some of the strongest Magic Knights in the Clover Kingdom!
5.Kingdom Hearts Vol. 1Kingdom HeartsVol. 1
by Shiro Amano
After a terrible storm shatters the peace of his tropical island home, a young boy named Sora is set adrift from his world and his friends, Riku and Kairi. Meanwhile, Disney Castle is in an uproar when it is discovered that King Mickey has gone missing, leaving it up to Court Wizard Donald and Captain Goofy to find him! When Sora, in search of his friends, and Donald and Goofy, in search of their king, cross paths, their fateful encounter will change the destiny of the universe forever!
6.The Promised Neverland: The Forbidden Game Vol 8The Promised Neverland: The Forbidden Game Vol 8
by Kaiu Shirai
With their guide working against them, Emma and Ray find themselves surrounded by deadly demons in an unfamiliar forest. They’ll have to learn how to fight quickly to have any hope of surviving and making their way to Goldy Pond. But what awaits them there...?
7.Black Torch, Vol. 1Black Torch, Vol. 1
by Tsuyoshi Takaki
Actually, each book in this 3-book series is on sale this week. You can get each volume for $6.29 a piece or the whole series for $18.87. The series follows Jiro, a member of an elite espionage squad, who has fused with a cat spirit (mononoke) and gained exceptional powers. He and his squad are drawn into humanity's hidden war against the spirit world.
8.My Hero Academia, Vol. 17: Lemillion My Hero Academia, Vol. 17: Lemillion
by Kohei Horikoshi
The raid on the Hassaikai gang is in full swing, and the heroes plunge into the darkness toward their ultimate confrontation. Lemillion engages Overhaul in an attempt to rescue Eri, and the battle reaches a new level of intensity. Midoriya is desperate to help his mentor, but what fate has Nighteye foreseen for them all in this clash? And does the key to Midoriya’s survival lie in Eri herself?
8.Radiant, Vol. 1Radiant, Vol. 1
by Tony Valente
Another 3-book series for under $20 ($19.57). Seth has big goals of defeating Nemeses, but first he must earn the trust of the very villagers he wants to protect—not an easy task when those who use magic are just as feared as the Nemeses they fight. Even worse, Seth can barely control his monstrous powers! It’ll take more than brute strength—although it’ll take that too—to get Seth’s quest out of the boonies and into the big time!
10.The Seven Deadly Sins Issue 30The Seven Deadly Sins Issue 30
by Nakaba Suzuki
When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth – the Sins were framed by the king’s guard, the Holy Knights – too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne! Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn’t even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins’ strength been exaggerated…?
11.BAKI: Volume 1BAKI: Volume 1
by Keisuke Itagaki
Currently, a 12-volume series, each one priced at $4.99. Soon to be a Netflix anime. One by one the world's deadliest death row convicts come to Tokyo to get a ""taste of defeat"". Finally, they meet face to face in the underground martial arts arena. With over 60 million copies printed, the BAKI series spans 4 completed series with a 5th on the way, all following Baki Hanma on his various quest to defeat his father.
12.Future Diary, Vol. 6Future Diary, Vol. 6
by Sakae Esuno
There are 9 volumes in this series, each $4.99. Volume 1 really sets the mood and builds the world, but sometimes it helps to start in the middle of a series. If you like the action and are curious about how the characters got this point, you can always start over. The story so far: Yuno and Yukiteru have disappeared, causing worry among Yukiteru's friends at school. Wit the help of the police, Aru and the others find him in an old abandoned hotel, where he's being held prisoner! But things get worse when Yukiteru learns that the eighth diary holder is sending new attackers to destroy his diary...with a very special delivery method!

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