Adapted by Mutsumi Okubashi
Williams slays a wyvern and manages to become a Paladin as a reward. Since the lord of Whitesails has no men or resources to help the people of Beast Woods, William uses his money and influence to put together a band of mercenaries and trades folk who can fight back the beasts but also establish the villages as trading outposts. William becomes an unofficial lord of Beast Woods. On one of their quests, they run into a formidable chimera who lures them into a trap and decimates the group, even with William’s strength and skill. Will spirals into doubt and panic as he believes he is leading people into situations that are too dangerous.
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 moth keeper by k. o’neill
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.
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.
Asadora vol 6 by naoki urasawa
Asa continues to be the only means of defense against the creature lurking off Japan’s coast. The Japanese government fears if the Americans become involved, they might try to drop a nuclear bomb on it, which will cause even more suffering for the people of Japan. Instead, Asa is given a transistor radio and a coded phrase that will let her know when to spring into action. She’s to listen to it between classes, after school, and take turns sleeping and listening with Yasuga. Asa’s friend, Sho, is now training thoroughly for the next Olympics. His father and brothers have him running all day up to the marathon event of the Olympics. They map out a course for him and angrily keep him on pace with the lead runner, an athlete from Ethiopia. Yone and Miyako finally come clean about their dreams: to become a professional singer for Yone, and to become a professional wrestler for Miyako.
Mamo by sas milledge
Jo sets out one day to find someone who can help with the poltergeist in her attic and her ailing mother. She finds Orla, the granddaughter of the last witch of Haresden. Orla has no intention of being sucked back into Haresden’s problems, but Jo is pretty convincing. Orla agrees to fix her problems, but discovers that the magic is off in Haresden because of her late grandmother. She wasn’t buried properly, so her bones have been spread all over the town, causing chaos with the fae spirits and engendering magical problems across the countryside. Orla enlists the help of Jo in gathering all of the bones and setting the magic right again, but the two get more than they both bargained for.
Vol 1: Past Mistakes, written and illustrated by Zdarsky.
Miles Dallas can't stand anything to do with The Domain and the whole superhero universe run by Singular, a mega corporation that screwed his dad, Syd, out of all rights to the character he created decades ago. Miles thinks Syd should fight for some more of the profits that are coming out of these mega-movies and all the merchandising. When an older copy of the rights paperwork is found by a Singular worker, they learn that Syd might actually have more of a stake in his creations than he originally thought! Meanwhile, Miles is trying to climb out from under loan sharks and find another writing job since he's been kicked to the curb. Getting what the family is owed is going to take all of them working together - something the Dallases haven't been great at!
Wynd vol 3 by james tynion iv
Vol 3: The Throne in the Sky, illustrated by Michael Dialynas
Our heroic band of kids is on the run, including from Duke Yadriel, who was supposed to be their savior! So now, humans, faeries, and those pesky vampires are wanting to overtake the group for a variety of reasons. The most terrifying presently is General Eks, a ruthless faery who believes the children are responsible for the destruction of an entire city. A suggestion is thrown out that they take the mountain pass to avoid being tracked, but this terrifies Merien. Faeries aren't built to withstand such extreme temperatures, which might be good for evading Eks, but not for their friend. While refreshing themselves at a mountain hot springs, the kids are picked up by Strawberry, a seemingly-friendly giant, who takes them to the ruins of an ancient city. Merien and Wynd discuss using his likeness to the Winged Ones to win allies, but Wynd still rejects the notion that he's descended from the original creators of the world.
High schoolers Taiyo Asano and Mutsumi Yozakura have been friends since childhood. She's an aloof girl with few friends, but she was supportive of Asano through the loss of his family in a tragic accient. But, Mutsumi has a pretty over-protective family, and when her older brother notices them getting too close for his comfort, he tries to eliminate Asano. Other family members save him and bring him to the Yozakura family home, where they reveal Mutsumi is actually the head of a secret spy family, where everyone but she has supernatural powers and a knack for killing. The family uses their powers to keep Mutsumi safe from other spy families, and they have an important question of Asano - in or out? Asano decides to build his skill and fight to keep Mutsumi safe, but to do so, he has to marry her!
Adapted and illustrated by RINO
Ariadna was murdered in her previous life and awakens as the daughter of a tyrannical emperor in another world. She still retains all of her memories but can’t speak. Her father means to kill her just like he has all his other children, but because she doesn’t cry out when he seizes her throat, he spares her life out of curiosity. Over time, Ari learns more about her father, how he became emperor at a young age and systematically began conquering other kingdoms; how he keeps princesses and other noble ladies in a harem but disposed of them easily; and how ruthless he can be to everyone except Ari. She also finds another person with supernatural abilities who can read her mind and hear the adult thoughts she has as she’s trapped inside a baby’s body.
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