In the second volume, Yuna struggles with whether she should tell Rio about her feelings. This decision is even more difficult after Yuna finds out he has been in love with Akari since before their parents got married and forced them to become siblings. She ends up telling him in the hopes that his rejection will help her get over her feelings, knowing full well he won't be able to fall in love with her. The second half of the novel focuses more on Akari and the lessons she's learning from Yuna's bravery. However, this is out of character for Akari, and she ends up making unsafe decisions that cause everyone else to worry about her. The volume ends with Akari thinking she might be over her childhood crush, just in time to have a crush on someone else.
Illustrated by Mike Deodato, Ramon Villalobos, Mark Bagley, Julian Totino Tedesco, Jim Cheung
Also written by Mark Waid, Charles Soule, Ryan North, Dan Slott, James Robinson, Al Ewing, Chip Zdarsky
In this cosmic event, The Avengers, some X-Men, and assorted heroes from all over the New York Area come together to figure out who shot Uatu, the Watcher who lives on the moon and sits idly by while the events in multiple realities play out. Aaron explains Uatu's tragic past and why he was doomed to always watch, rarely interfere, even when it came to his own death. This story also has the impetus for Lady Thor down the road, as Nick Fury whispers something in Thor's ear that makes him unworthy to hold Mjolnir. There are other Universe-defining events, including the passing of the Man on the Wall station to a new hero.
Theo is a mechanic who loves to read and dreams of going on adventures. He’s loved by all and lives in a town full of pollution. One day, while visiting a junk heap he affectionately calls “Island of Dreams”, Theo finds Mia, a small girl with one wing torn off. Theo brings her home and cares for her, and she can’t remember anything about her life. He sets to work building a new wing to replace hers, and they read stories at night. One day, while testing a prototype, Mia and Theo are attacked. Theo has many gadgets made to protect them, including a hot sauce bomb and instant-dry that stiffens the bad guys’ clothing, but the bad guys aren’t messing around with kiddy things, and they shoot Theo in the shoulder. Mia becomes enraged and calls forth a cat-like specter who attacks the bad guys. She falls into a comatose state and runs a really high fever, the only cure for which is with the Sage of the Forest. Wounded as he may be, Theo is determined to fetch the medicine and save Mia again.
Illustrated by Eduardo Ferigato
In this story, we follow Amala, a warrior of the Kingdom of Arcadia. She joins forces with hero Brycemere to take out the big bad. But, Amala has a mind of her own and that's NOT a good thing. As it turns out, he's a player, and she's an NPC, and she fights against the player character no matter how many times he reloads from the save point. Amala's creator, Rebecca, tries to fix Amala, but for better or worse, Rebecca put too much of her own self into the character, and thus accidentally created A.I. Amala transcends to different levels of existence in a sort of Steven Spielberg's A. I. type-feel.
We're back with Yukko and Alice, where Pokko-Chan is stuck outside the gate with all the voracious cats. In this volume, we learn why the Fury Road wannabees look like that - because they WERE watching Fury Road when everyone got shrunk! We also get a bit of an understanding why everyone in this area has shrunken, and Alice was behind it all along. We are also introduced to someone Alice seems to hate - Iosef, who is unaffected by Alice's shrink powers, and can control the animals.
llustrated by Jason Smith, colored by Harry Saxon, lettered by Zakk Saam
Vagrant Queen is an interesting story about Elida, a runaway child queen turned outlaw. She is continuously hunted by the revolutionary Imperial forces that destroyed the monarchy. One of the hunters is a former count, now admiral, Lazaro, who is obsessed with finding a mind-controlling Bezoar that was made by Elida's family centuries ago. Along for the ride is Isaac, Elida's frenemy and adventure-buddy who is from a strange planet called Earth. Together, the two have to toppled Lazaro's plans to brainwash the entire kingdom of Arriopa.
Vol 1, Firepower, illustrated by Chris Samnee
For anyone worried about what Robert Kirkman would be doing after The Walking Dead, fear no more!
Fire Power follows the story of Owen as he searches for answers to who his parents are. He has sought knowledge at temples around China before landing at the Temple of the Flaming Fist, where he meets master Wei Lun, a hysterical and wise old man who is trying to relearn the power of the Fire Fist. At the temple, Owen meets Ling Zan, a sympathetic lady who shows kindness to Owen when none of the other disciples will. At the Temple, there are several mysteries, including a dragon guarded 24/7, and a Scorched Earth clan determined to free it. Owen shows his ultimate loyalty during a conflict with the Scorched Earth in the Flaming Fists' mission to keep the dragon contained. At the end of the novel, we flash forward 15 years, where the rest of the this story presumably will happen.
Illustrated by Eric Gapstur, Phil Hester, and Ryan Cody
From this description, it's going to sound like Image is letting Jeff Lemire do whatever the heck he wants, but hear me out.
In Family Tree, Meg, a young girl, is slowly transforming into a tree (I know!), and her single mother, Loretta, is trying desperately to figure out what's wrong with her, and why her teenage son is acting up again. When they decide to take Meg to the doctor, they are met by a clan of crazies who want to kill them, and then their action-movie-star grandpa comes to rescue them, slinging shotguns and bowling people over. They get to a doctor in Manhattan and Judd, the grandfather, reveals a little more about what happened to Loretta's husband, Judd's son, when she though he'd abandoned the family. Turns out, he was turning into a tree as well!
In this volume, we get our resolution to the Kamoshida storyline from volume one, we add a new character to the group, our group gets a name, and they start broadening their outlook on this whole morality police thing. Similarly to volume one, the main conflict in this series centers around not nice adults doing bad things to people who are basically children. Our next big bad seems to be an artist who verbally abuses and exhausts his apprentices until they can't take it anymore and quit. One of the apprentices has asked Ann, our new member of the team, to model for him. This would be a perfect opportunity for the Phantom Thieves to take out another jerk adult!
In this very cute, romance slice of life, shy and unconfident Futaba enlists the help of Taichi, a boy she barely knows, because he's friends with Tomo, her crush. Taichi gives Futaba accidental advice in his clumsy efforts to help be a match-maker, and realizes by the end of volume 1 that he might have a crush on Futaba! Oh what could go wrong? VIZ' website mentions that this is a love "quadrangle" so that leads me to believe that subsequent volumes will introduce yet another individual to get mixed up in this hub-hub.
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