Adapted by HereLee, illustrated by SUMPUL
Rashta’s former owner confronts her at a New Years celebration, contradicting the Emperor, who assured everyone upon Rashta’s arrival that she was not a slave. As the rumors fly, Rashta tries to fabricate different rumors about a duchess in court so that attention will be moved off of her. But, her former slaver isn’t finished with her, as he reveals he is raising a child she birthed while on his estate. He and Rashta enter into a tenuous partnership where she pays him with jewels to raise the child but also do some of her dirty work. Empress Navier continues her pen-pal relationship with Prince Heinrey, reluctant to bring their friendship into public because of his reputation as a womanizer. Heinrey invites his friend, Count Ergi, to join him, and it becomes clear the two are up to something nefarious, although Navier hasn’t figured out what just yet. For her birthday Sovieshu, the Emperor, suggests a trip for just the two of them to the imperial villa, but Navier is still suspicious of any affection Sovieshu shows her after taking on a mistress.
Illustrated by Mengo Yokoyari
The twins are about to begin school at a prestigious academy for teens who are part of Japan’s entertainment industry, but in order to do so, they need to contracted entertainers. Ruby is determined to become an idol, but Aqua wants to protect her from that devastating industry. To help keep away from predatory agencies, Aqua convinces their adoptive mother, Miyako, to sign Ruby to Strawberry Productions as their first idol since Ai. Aqua’s contract comes from his constant mentor, Director Gotanda. Once they begin school, Aqua reconnects with Kana Arima, the genius child actor he starred alongside in volume one. She once again wants Aqua to join her on screen, this time for a campy tv drama where the studio is pushing male models and ruining her career. From this roll, Aqua now finds himself a reluctant contestant on a dating show!
Vol 4: Robin, illustrated by Gabriel Picolo
Picking up right where Beast Boy Loves Raven left off, the teens survive a night in the wilderness hiding from H.I.V.E., but they won’t last long on their own. Max calls her mother, Natalia, and they find a vacation rental in Georgia where they can lay low and avoid Slade. At the house, Natalia helps each teen train their individual powers for better control and to use them to their advantage. Gar decides it’s time to make up with his parents, and he calls them down to the Georgia coast to confront them about what they were doing and what they know about H.I.V.E.. Unknown to them, Damien’s adoptive brother, Dick Grayson, tracks his brother to the beach house and wants to stay and help them out, which enrages Damien. The two decide to settle it over some friendly challenges: hacking, parkour, target practice, and batarang throwing. The group also soon find out that Slade is interested in a girl in L. A., so they pack up and try to get to her before he does.
Hiromi has grown up to become a dreaded corporate drone, not a superhero he wishes he could be. But one night, he finds himself stepping up to save a little girl from being attacked by a strange monster, and he transforms and had magical powers! But as he catches his reflection in a building, he’s transformed into a magical girl! Thankfully for him, his friend from work, who has been trying corporate drone work for fun, is actually secretly very wealthy and perhaps connected to some sort of military organization (don’t worry about it). He’s also determined to keep Hiromi’s secret and help him fight these terrible goo monsters that keep materializing.
The French people grow increasingly unruly as a nation-wide food shortage gets worse, and it’s clear that the nobility and the royal family has not suffered in the slightest. The king also fires the Minister of Finance, who the people believed to be their advocate to the monarchy. They take up whatever arms they can find and flood the streets, causing the king to send his troops into the streets as well Oscar leads a reluctant group of soldiers who do not wish to March against the people, but Oscar assures her men that they will not harm the citoyens. Fighting breaks out, and Oscar makes the difficult decision to turn her forces against the French troops who started the bloodshed. She then marches on The Bastille and leads a people’s takeover. As the people decide whether they need the monarchy or not, Fersen sneaks back into France and tries to get the royal family out and into Austria. The plan fails, and the people are disgusted that Louis would abandon the fatherland. They imprison the royal family, sentence Louis to death, separate Marie from her children, and eventually put her on trial, where her missteps from the past volumes are brought against her as proof that she cared little for the people of France.
Illustrated by Flaviano, colored by Rico Renzi
Jessica, Eddie, and Marcel start off still trapped in Las Vegas, having learned some secrets to Jess’ lineage. Meanwhile, all over Earth, people aren’t dying like they’re supposed to, as the Reapers are not there to collect the newly departed and the Afterlife is thrown into chaos from Jess’ revelations. Despite not being able to return to the Afterlife, the three find some other figures straight out of Greek Mythology, including the Three Fates that tell Jess how she can fix everything by taking up the mantel she clearly doesn’t want. To make things a little more messy, an embodied form of Life gets entangled with Jess’ mom and tries to pay her a good deal of money for a special necklace in her possession.
Illustrated by Yusuke Nomura
Team Z has been fighting hard against Team V and has tied the score up 3-3 even though they're down a member, but suddenly, Nagi decides that he doesn't want to take all of his orders from Mikage, and he starts to become aware of his massive talents, include his unnatural speed. Isagi, at first, can't account of Nagi in his spacial awareness because Nagi becomes very unpredictable, but then Isagi has his own awakening and realizes that Nagi is seeing the best moves, and Isagi can counter him before he makes them. Once the game is over, Team Z is sequestered to strength training and not allowed to touch a soccer ball until the rest of the wings are done with their elimination tournaments, but Ego wastes no time in setting up the next round of trials, and revealing some secrets to how the first round's brackets were set up.
Adapted by Aki
Asahi is leading the humans to war against the Draconians, all under the banner of saving a kidnapped Ruri. The fight is over before it begins thanks to the overwhelming strength of the Draconian fighters. Ruri still hasn’t confessed her true identity to the king, so Asahi’s repetitive accusation of kidnapping a human named Ruri bewilders most of the dragon court. After a botched attempt to escape the castle, Asahi starts to see what the world is like without her magic charming everyone, but she still doesn’t understand why people aren’t falling over themselves to help her. Ruri finally gets a moment of sweet closure by lecturing Asahi about her gullibility, but it may take several years of hard labor on Draconia’s prolific farm to sort everything out.
Adapted by Mutsumi Okubashi
Through William’s efforts, the town of Torch Point has begun to thrive and accept people from all over the world. The latest group of refugees are a group of dwarves who have been wandering after their home in the Rust Mountain was seized by a fierce dragon. William welcomed them but hopes an increase in people doesn’t lead to an increase in crime. He sets the dwarves to work building things and helping around town so as to reduce their likelihood of resorting to crime to survive. He also notices one among them who stands out due to his bravery, his preferential treatment from other dwarves, and his conviction. William decided to take the young dwarf as his squire and train him to be a great warrior. It turns out, Al, the dwarf, is a direct descendant from the last king of the dwarves! While patrolling for reported sightings of undead, William gets another visit from Stagnate, the God of Death, but this time as a warning not to go after the dragon of Rust Mountain who destroyed the dwarves' civilization.
Illustrated by Alexandre Tefenkgi, colored by Lee Loughridge
In a time after the apocalypse, Mezzy is part of the Wasteland Rangers, a group that is part boy-scouts, part doomsday-preppers. She, however, is determined to find her way to the fabled Oasis where everything will be plentiful. Along the way, she takes refuge from pursuing Rangers in a giant tower, where she meets Maceo. Maceo is an inventive young person with tons of television entertainment options, a tape recorder where he records messages to his quarantined (and dead) parents, and loads of vending machines full of candy and treats. He tries to entice Mezzy to stay, but she refuses. Instead, Maceo packs up a giant pile of his belongings, gives one last message to his parents, and follows Mezzy out into the Wasteland, despite her refusal to travel together. Over the next few weeks, Mezzy constantly saves Maceo from wasteland disasters and reluctantly teaches him how to survive, but Maceo shares his hoard of treasures and helps Mezzy understand what it means to live.
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