The invasion Border has been preparing for is here, and Neighbor gates begin opening up all over the city. Destruction of one type of neighbor Trion soldier gives way to a “new model,” one that has a very hard outer shell and that can sense trion-users and black triggers in the area. Yuma and Osamu work together to stop the new warriors, but Border’s ban on Yuma’s use of his black trigger deployment hampers his abilities. That is, until Border caves in the face of daunting odds and lets Yuma attack with his full strength. Meanwhile, Chika helps students escape from the school they all attended, and it’s going to be a close call in getting them all out before the Neighbors attack!
Illustrated by Bex Glendining
In this title, readers are presented with details of the life of sculptor Mary Edmonia Lewis, a woman of Native American and African American descent. Her educational journey was distinctly and full of prejudice and false assumptions, so she wasn’t allow to finish college. She felt drawn to sculpting, and tried to find a teacher under whom she could apprentice. After several re-elections, she finally found someone who would train her in the art of bust-making. When buying busts became less fashionable, she moved to Rome to fully immerse herself in the art form. While in Rome, she was criticized for spending money on piano lessons and attending parties of the elite, but, arguably, she had to associate herself worth the people who were more likely to buy sculptures. Her most famous work is the Death of Cleopatra, which was almost lost to time and weather when it was placed outside the entrance to a horse racing track.
The angel Gabriel graduated school in Heaven as a Valedictorian, eager to begin her work helping people. But, a new requirement has angels finishing out their schooling on Earth in public high schools. Hitting the mortal realm was Gabriel's undoing. She discovered leisure activities, like video games, and now she has no motivation to attend school at all. She's in danger of failing all of her classes and being sent back to Heaven in disgrace. Gabriel's unlikely friend, Vignette, is a demon who lives in the same building and is trying extra hard to be evil. However, Gabriel's lackluster attitude outshines Vigne's in evilness, and Vigne often finds herself helping Gabriel in a most angelic way.
It turns out Futaba’s firework show admission to Tai-Chan worked out in the end, as the two decide to start dating. The second trimester starts, and the two have to navigate how to be boyfriend and girlfriend at school. To complicate things, Yagihara has decided she wants to be better friends with Tai-Chan. She has a reputation for stealing boyfriends, so Masumi and Futaba question the two about their budding friendship. This leads to Yagihara bearing her soul about how misinterpreted she’s been her whole life.
Volume four gives us the resolution of the Black Moon story arc and introduces us to a pretty interesting character: Black Lady, the awakened adult form of Chibi Usa. Black Lady is the Queen of Darkness, one of Wiseman's most precious warriors, and she is determined to steal the Mystical Silver Crystal of the past and present from Sailor Moon and Neo Queen Serenity. She plans on doing this by launching several more monoliths of Black Beguiling Crystal into the planet's surface, something Prince Demand warms could destroy the Earth. Black Lady also captures Tuxedo Mask and makes him fight against Sailor Moon, something that nearly causes Sailor Moon to give up. But the power of the Mystical Silver Crystal protects the Earth and the Crystal Palace with the slumbering Neo Queen Serenity and the other Moon Kingdom warriors inside. It takes all that Sailor Moon has, and some sacrifices from other Sailor Soldiers, to bring Wiseman to task.
Odessa is another entry in a dotted landscape of post-apocalyptic stories. In it, a world-destroying earthquake ravages California and most of the Western United States. There are rumors that anything East of the Mississippi River is relatively untouched. For her seventeenth birthday, Virginia receives a package from her mother, who left the family eight years ago. The package sparks a fierce need in Ginny to set out and find her mother. While her father would much rather leave it all in the past, he begrudgingly understands Ginny's need for answers will take her on this journey. Ginny sets out on the dangerous journey south into the gang-torn California Straight, with some unwanted taggers-on as well. Ginny's two younger brothers, Wes and Harry, decide that she doesn't get to be the only one who wants to know what happened to their mother. The three undertake a perilous journey full of scavenging, biker gangs, jinxed-up cannibals, and plenty of scoundrels.
Adaptation of the novel by the same name. Illustrated by Celia Moscote.
19-year old Juliet has a summer internship set up with Portland author Harlow Brisbane, creator of a modern feminist handbook that Juliet finds inspiring. Just before leaving the Bronx and departing on this journey, Juliet comes out to her Puerto Rican family, to mixed success. Her mother thinks it’s all a phase, even though Juliet has been dating her current girlfriend for a year. With that goodbye plaguing her, Juliet takes off on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance, of learning about the diversity of queer culture, and confronting white fragility and racism.
Freya’s anger is overwhelming, and she needs a productive outlet. She decides to help the men protecting the fort on the edge of Tyr, currently under siege from Sigurd. She hopes to keep their spirits up until the reinforcements can arrive, which might be days away. With their superior numbers, well trained archers, and deadly trebuchets, it will take a miracle, or a thoughtful plan, to save the fifty remaining soldiers from the Sigurdian forces and keep the fort from breach. But, working against them is a spy who is feeding the Sigurdians information on their weaknesses. Which of these brave souls could be betraying their prince?
Black Panther (2016), Vol 3: A Nation under our feet, part 3, illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze and Chris Sprouse
T’Challa and Shuri take on the two prongs of this Wakandan Civil War, but one at a time. First, T’Challa gets the philosopher Changamire to see how his teachings have led to this moment, and Changamire gives T’Challa some other advice about kingship that sticks with him. Then T'Challa and Shuri go after Tetu and Zenzi, and they must win over the men Zenzi is controlling with her powers. With Tetu out of the picture, Zenzi flees the country, presumably to regroup and come back to wage new war against T'Challa. Now, the only thing left is to confront the Midnight Angels, the fallen Dora Milaji, and have them come to terms with their choices and what they are demanding.
This edition collects volumes 1-2 of the original run of Mermaid Saga.
Mana is the hope of her village, which is entirely made of older ladies. One day, Yuta comes to the village and disrupts their entire way of life. Yuta is a centuries old young man who gained immortality by eating the flesh of a mermaid, and is now questing for a way to reverse his immortality. He uncovers the real reason the village is protecting Mana, and instead of letting them get away with their sinister plan, he breaks her out and steals her away from the older ladies. The rest of the volume is comprised of other adventures of Yuta and Mana as Yuta tries to find more mermaids who could potentially help him become mortal.
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