Vol 2: A Fairy Tale of New York, illustrated by Terry and Rachel Dodson
Claire and her family adjust to her life as the modern-day Adventureman incarnation, and that means getting sucked into dastardly plots. Claire meets a Chris, Central Park buggy driver who a descendant of the Crossdraw Kid. The Kid is a title passed down from generation to generation, and Chris' grandpa was one of Adventureman's former allies. The two try to figure out why the ghosts of New York Past have been way more active and violent. Just as these ghosts kick up their ghastly ways, Claire is running out of the serum that gives her the Adventureman powers, so it's up to her family to discover the formula while still making it in time for son Tommy's opening night of A Christmas Carol.
The Atelier is busy preparing spells and selling their goods at the Silver Eve festival. While out and about, Tetia stumbles upon a young boy who is avoiding the festival guards. She uses her sand tent to hide them both, and discovers that he is the crown prince of the kingdom, Eolio! He's slipped away from his bodyguards to more fully enjoy the festival, but he also fantasizes about being a witch. Tetia and Eolio switch cloaks for a while and walk around the various stalls. In another part of the festival, Agott sets her new spells on fire after learning the Head Librarian of the Tower of Tombs, her mother, will not be attending the festival and won't see her in the Silver Eve Procession. In another place, Coco and Tartah try to figure out how they can get into the procession as they are being forced to work with the Brimmed Hats and their former friend, Cuestas. They also find Dagda and realize that a seal has been inked on his chest - a counter clock seal, which is setting him back a day but only temporarily staving off his life-threatening injuries.
Vol 1: Leaping into the Light, illustrated by Bruno Redondo, Rick Leonardi, Neil Edwards, Adriano Lucas, Scott Hanna, Andy Lanning, lettered by Wes Abbott
Dick Grayson returns to his beloved city of Blüdhaven to find that the city has elected a Zucco as mayor. He is instantly on edge because a Zucco murdered his parents years ago. At the same time, Grayson has inherited quite a bit of money, so after some introspection, he decides to use it for the homeless in the city, starting with inviting lots of hungry folks to grab slices of pizza. During the celebratory mood, Dick's wallet gets swiped. He enlists Barbara Gordon, aka Oracle aka Batgirl, with her enormous repertour of tech gadgets and knowhow, to help him track down the wallet-snatcher AND figure out why a Zucco is mayor. Along with all of this is the introduction a new villain, so Nightwing and Batgirl have their hands full in this adventure!
Denji goes head-to-head with the Bat demon, and it’s one of his first solo fights where he can really let loose with his powers. He discovers new things about the chainsaws that protrude from his body when he fights. Afterward, true to her word, the blood demon, Power, helps Denji obtain his ultimate goal - she lets him touch her boobs. But, Denji is completely unsatisfied and thrown off for days. He discovers he may have been happier during the pursuit of his goal than he was when he finally obtains it. But, his next assignment is to take down the Gun Devil, who has killed over a million people across the world in a few short minutes. If Denji succeeds and doesn’t die, his boss, a girl he actually kind of likes, will give him a new reward of Denji’s choosing. That is, if they make it out of a cursed hotel, where they seem to be stuck on the 8th floor.
In a little village on the Kirisaki mountains, an oni searches for food and raids the villagers' crops out of necessity. Meanwhile, a serpent yokai they call Venom has taken up residence in the village shrine, and they must make peace with the hungry and angry Hulk Oni to help vanquish the snake devil. We move forward in time to modern day Japan where a teen girl named Mariko has just learned that her family history was hidden from her, and that a powerful oni is after her for her blood. Mariko sets off on a journey to rediscover her past and save the only family she has left.
Illustrated and adapted by Whale
While waiting to get accepted into college, Eunha is sucked into the world of a book she's previously read. The character she has become is destined to be killed by her fiancé, so Eunha/Raeliana is determined to figure out a way to stave off her terrible fate. She uses her knowledge of the world to find a man above the station of her would-be fiancé and enters into a contract (outwardly a sort of engagement) with him instead. Raeliana comes to live with her new beau, the Duke Noah Wynknight, who is one of the main characters of the story and the king’s brother. She knows all about his plans and many of his secrets, which she uses to her advantage, but finds out very quickly some of her schemes might come back to haunt her.
Being a moth keeper means having the fate of the whole Night village on your shoulders. Knowing this, Anya takes the oath anyway and sets about training to become the next moth keeper. She is responsible with guiding the moths out of their home, made from a covered tree stump, but getting them back in by sunrise. The moths then pollinate the most important tree in the village, which will also induce a multitude of other desert plants to grow and sprout flowers. One night, Anya decides she isn’t satisfied with just knowing what life is like in the Night village. She visits the villages of creatures who thrive in daylight. Her exhaustion the next night leads to the moths flying away from her sight, and it's up to her and the power of other moon creatures to get the moths back before the tree withers from lack of pollination.
In the skies above Japan, a passenger plane starts to free-fall. But, somehow, everyone on board makes it to the ground safely! In this uncertain time after major forces in the world have made their wars, super-human Choujin have made their marks as heroes and villains, wreaking havoc or saving everyone. As is the case with the passenger plane, a choujin saved everyone. But when high schoolers Tokio and Azuma are accosted on their way home and forcibly made into choujin, they now have to navigate their new powers and decide for themselves who they will be.
Illustrated by Carola Borelli, Gab Contreras, and Tom Chu
Three sisters - Rose, Poppy, and Violet - try to solve the mystery of the murder of their mother, Jasmine. Jasmine and Rose ran a flower shop together, but previously, Jasmine hunted Nazis in World War II, and even brought home an older pistol as a trophy. She trained all of her daughters to be fighters, even to regard each other as competitors and enemies, in order to strengthen them for the violent world they would grow into. Now, Poppy is married with two kids, Violet has a successful modeling career, and none of them speak to each other nor use the fighting skills they honed. But, they come together and try to follow leads faster than the detective on the case so they can deliver their own brand of justice to whoever murdered their mother.
Illustrated by Wataru Kubota
Hodaka had run away from his isolated island in favor of the alluring big city of Tokyo. But the city is not kind to a young teen with no work experience and no ID. On the boat ride in to Tokyo, Hodaka met a man who runs a gossip tabloid, so Hodaka reaches out to him for help when he can’t find anywhere else to go. Hodaka’s life changes when he meets a girl working at a local fast food restaurant. She gives the starving Hodaka a burger, and he comes to find out that she can summon the sun from behind rain clouds. For the next several rainy months, Hodaka and Hina market a profitable business of charging for Hina's services to people who desperately need sunshine and can pay for it.
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