Askelaad and his forces, including Thorfinn, have become entwined with the Danish forces laying siege to England in the early 1000s. They first try to invade London, but a turncoat Viking is helping fortify London’s channel. Askelaad sends Thorfinn to bring back the head of this traitor, Thorkell, but Thorfinn only succeeds in cutting off a few fingers. Askelaad’s forces then save the Danish prince from being captured by Thorkell, and all they can think about is the reward from the king for saving his son. Askelaad leads his men into Wales where he has some allies, and we learn more about his lineage, which is impressive and surprising. Thorfinn is assigned to guard the prince, but Thorfinn can’t get over how weak and feminine this prince is.
Based on Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka
A beloved robot and a man are murdered and have their bodies staged in similar manners, but what do they have to do with each other? Enter Geischt, one of Europol’s best detectives, who happens to also be a sentient robot. He discovers that someone or something is out to destroy the world’s seven best robots, and he’s one of them. The first target was a wilderness loving gentle giant. Another target is a fierce killing machine who has a second life as a Butler fit an eccentric movie score composer who wants nothing to do with a destructive menace. Geischt suspects another target is a robot skilled at hand-to-hand combat and adoptive father to many children. Geischt must fighter out who the remaining targets are and how to stop the killer before all of them, including himself, are destroyed.
Illustrated by Takeshi Obata
Light, a high-achieving student with lots of future prospects, finds a strange notebook on his way home from school one day. Upon touching it, he can see Ryuk, a Shinigami, or god of death. Ryuk explains the basics of this notebook, which is a Death Note: if the person in possession of the Death Note writes a person’s name while picturing them in their head, they will die of a heart attack within minutes. Light decides to try the Note out on a couple of “deserving” criminals - ones who have committed some pretty violent offenses. After discovering what he can do with the Note, Light puts himself on a path to rid the world of evil. It doesn’t take long before people begin to notice; the news media and citizens gossiping about all the deaths believe it’s Kira, a god of death wreaking vengeance on the world. It also doesn’t take long until the police get involved. A crack detective-by-hobby, similar to Sherlock Holmes, takes on the case and helps the Japanese Police continue their investigation. With this young ace on his tail, Light has to be extra careful about how he conducts his Death Note business.
Illustrated by Steph C.
Jessica Cruz is a high school junior with lots of difficult decisions to make. She has to decide to renew her DACA status, something that will put a target on her back but might help keep her undocumented parents safe. She has to fill out college applications and hope her own undocumented status won’t jeopardize her goals. She helps her family around the house as much as she can, and she has landed a prestigious museum fellowship. All of this leaves little room for friends and hanging out. When her father is taken away by ICE agents, Jessica finds herself stuck between two warring Aztec gods - one says she should be a bridge for her family and friends and lean on them, the other tells her to take action against ICE and save her father by using her anger to fuel her.
Nightfall enlists Twilight’s help on a new mission: retrieve a painting from a private collection that may have some secrets that could rekindle the war. In order to get their hands on it, they have to win an underground tennis tournament full of tricks and cheating. Nightfall has some ulterior motives though, and hopes to win Twilight over with her amazing skills so he leaves Yor behind. After the tournament, Nightfall challenges Yor to a tennis match in order to continue to prove her point, but Yor ends of shattering Nightfall’s racket! After tennis is over, it’s back to Anya trying to befriend Damien. The Imperial Scholar mixer is coming up, and without eight Stella Stars, neither Anya not Damien will have an invite, which also means Twilight won’t have a chance to meet and introduce himself to his main mission’s target. It’s time to take matters into his own hands!
Citizens of the Great Tokyo Empire are somewhat struggling to survive, and they violently take over rescue ships and any other humanitarian aide. It’s all in the name of their new savior and emperor, Akira, who blesses them with his presence at least once a day. His right-hand-man, Tetsuo, is really calling all the shots as Akira doesn’t seem to care about ruling over tons of people. On the other side of the destroyed Neo-Tokyo is Lady Mikago’s temple, where she welcomes in refugees and all sorts of folk, and blesses them with her presence at least two times a day. Caught in the middle of these two factions is everyone else: Kei and Chiyoko, who are trying to keep Number 27 (Masaru) and Number 25 (Kikuyo) safe, the Colonel, who also wants the kids safe but is also trying to stop Akira and Tetsuo, and a number of other loose factions trying to keep alive in this barren, desolate city.
In the previous volume, Chise stopped a little dragon from going on a destroying an auction house and killing lots of people, but the cost is that she is now suffering from a dragon's curse. According to Elias, there are no known ways to break the curse. Chise tries to console him by reminding him she has a shortened life as a Sleigh Beggy anyway, but Elias is consumed with trying to find a way to save her. The two are visited by Marielle, a witch with a very special coven who claim they can break Chise's curse, but there's a price: Chise will have to join the coven. Chise visits the witches to figure out if they're telling the truth or not, and Elias is consumed with worry that he might lose her forever.
Illustrated by Manuel Preitano
Willow loves her broken community of Down River in Gotham, and she often is found at protests trying to get City Hall’s attention. Her mom is a brilliant professor fighting brain cancer, so out of desperation, Willow gets mixed up coordinating an illegal gambling ring for her mom’s former friend, E. Nigma. Willow enjoys the work and the money that allows her to secure treatment for her mom, but her friends notice she’s slipping away and not as involved in saving the community anymore. One night, Killer Croc attacks Willow, telling her he’s protecting Down River from E. Nigma and warns her to stop helping him. The attack leaves Willow with special powers and the ability to talk to dogs. She discovers Poison Ivy has been working with E. Nigma to lower property values in Down River to make gentrification more attainable, but Willow draws the line when the next target is her favorite delicatessen.
A fishing boat off the coast capsizes as a result of an encounter with the Monster, so it’s go time for Asa and Kasuga! That is, when Agent A-Kura can get back to his car after it was towed for illegal parking. Yone wants to bring Asa along for her talent agency audition for moral support, but Asa has to find Kasuga and get the plane up in the air as soon as possible. Kasuga's gone missing - he's off chasing a no-good reporter who has taken roles of photos of Asa, their plane, and their supply of munitions. Then, Asa’s little brother comes down with a sickness and A-Kura offers to take him to the doctor. Nakaido is frantically searching through the notes of Professor Yodogawa for anything that might be helpful, and when he thinks he might be close to the creature’s weakness, he goes up in the plane with Asa in Kasuga’s place.
Illustrated by Lisa Sterle
New girl Becca worries about making friends in her new town and new high school in Richmond, a suburb of San Francisco. When she saves the day for popular Marley, she's brought into the circle of the most popular girls in school. Becca soon discovers the secret to this tight-knit group: Marley, Arianna, and Mandy are werewolves, and they prey on skeezy boys who use unscrupulous means to seduce girls at parties. They bring Becca into the fold, and there are a lot of rules to being part of the squad. At one party, Becca goes too far with her super-human strength, and her actions jeopardize the entire pack. The FBI get involved in trying to solve the various murders in the Bay Area, and the solid moral rules the pack had in place start to crumble.
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