Vol 2: The Moon-King
After the dangerous runaway liftoff from the end of volume 1, the aethernauts, the professor, and the king make it to the moon. The ship has sustained some damages from leaving Earth’s atmosphere, and they’ll have to slingshot around the moon using the moon's gravity if they want to get back to Earth. However, the aether has other plans for them and pulls them to the surface of the moon. On the dark side of the moon, they will have 14 days of lunar daylight before descending into 14 days of lunar night. The lunar day brings about melted snow and provides a thin atmosphere, so the crew sets about repairing the ship. More discoveries on the moon help in repairs and preparing them to return without the balloon that helped them float in Earth’s atmosphere. But, many of these discoveries are too alluring for the king, and he decides to explore on while the rest of the crew returns to Earth.
MNGR João da Silva is assigned to the Homestead mining colony on Titan after their previous MNGR becomes suddenly ill, and the station returns another unprofitable quarter. What he finds is a station on the brink of exploding, with tensions high between the Terran management and their Titan workers. The Titans were genetically modified long ago to be stronger and larger than Terrans, able to withstand the harsh conditions on Titan. João decides that what the workers need are trackers so that he can analyze immense amounts of data to figure out where the inefficiencies lie. The Union workers, through their liaison Titan Phoebe Mackintosh, disagree with João’s assessment whole-heartedly, and instead assert that the station needs upgraded machinery. Phoebe and João try to work together to save Homestead, while others decide a violent coup will fix the problems of the mining colony, and finally bring liberation to all Titan.
Mona is plagued by depression, anxiety, some lack of self-confidence, and many other mental health issues that so many teenagers suffer from. She calls her depression and doubts her “Matter.” To begin with, Mona's best friend moves away to Hawai'i, and she makes a new friend who has just enrolled in her school. Mona is also a violinist and loves to draw, but her Matter constantly tells her she's not talented enough. Throughout the narrative, Mona learns to cope with her Matter invading her thoughts and sabotaging her social interactions. She uses therapy, art, and writing to understand with and change her self-doubt into positivity.
Vol 1: The Space Race of 1869
After a tragic science experiment claims the life of a family member, Séraphin his father find themselves in the castle of the King of Bavaria, working with a small crew on an engine powered by the legendary substance known as Aether. But there is more involved than just science and engineering in this tale of political intrigue and invention. Séraphin recognizes someone in the castle as a person who tried to sabotage everything, but none of the adults believe him. Instead, Séraphin and his new friends swear to protect the project and the King as the Knights of the Aether.
This volume is a collection of short stories, some of which have been published before, or the first time published for a majority of them. Like much of Ito's other work, these stories are creepy and capitalize on our sense of propriety to give us the heebie-jeebies. In "Billions Alone," there are people being sewn together. "The human chair" has a creepily obsessive love story. "Venus in the blind spot," this volume's namesake, was one of the more creative stories surrounding a woman who disappears when she gets too close to men who adore her. Then, there's "The licking woman," with a monster who has a poisonous tongue. The story of "Master Umezz and me," gives us a glimpse into Ito's own life and his inspiration for writing horror stories. In "How love came to Professor Kirida," an obsessed student violates Kirida's privacy and wishes. "The Enigma of Amigara Fault," tells of weirdly alluring holes that are shaped for specific people. This collection is rounded out with "Keepsake," where a baby is mysteriously born to a dead woman inside her casket.
Illustrated by Andy Ristaino
In this entry of Science Comics, artist and writer attempt to break down a complicated system and explain it with clever illustrations, narrated by bacteria found throughout the digestive system. Readers are taken through the major areas of digestion: the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and the rectum. Other organs discussed are the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and appendix. Vomit, burping, and farting are also explained as products and necessary functions of digestion.
Katie is the successful head chef of a restaurant named Seconds. Everyone loves the food. But Katie is unsatisfied with her life. All her friends who were with her when she opened Seconds have moved on with their lives, and Katie is surrounded by young-ins she barely knows. She’s working on a new restaurant in a beautiful old building that’s in a not so great part of town, hoping a fresh start on her own will help with her mood. One night, Katie is visited by a strange girl who offers Katie a way to undo some of her past mistakes, but this becomes a slippery slope with major consequences.
Illustrated by Sonia Liao
Disclaimer: This graphic novel is part of the An Ember in the Ashes series, I haven’t read any of them, so I went into this completely blind.
Helene, Elias, and Tavi are part of an elite group of soldiers-in-training sent on a mission to steal an extremely deadly poison from a remote island. They aren’t the only team there, as the Blackcliff Academy sends teams to this island as a rite of passage. The island is well guarded, and the leader there expects the onslaughts because the Academy often sends students on this mission.
Illustrated by Stephen Byrne
Mera is the princess of Xebel, a kingdom stuck under the thumb of Atlantis. While fighting and demonstrating against the Atlanteans, Mera is also trying to prove that she can rule her kingdom without Larken, the man her father is forcing her to marry. When her father gives Larken a mission to kill the missing Atlantean prince to secure his place on the Xebel throne, Mera decides to take the mission upon herself. But, Arthur turns out to be a nice person, not at all the heartless Atlantean she assumed he would be.
Illustrated by Michael Sloan
In the Fall of 2016, the Aldabaan family receives word that they have been approved to travel from Jordan to the United States. Brothers Ibrahim and Issa are able to emigrate with their families, but they are leaving behind their mother and another brother and family. This is after they have all fled war-torn Syria. The eldest son, Naji, can't wait for the family to start their new lives in the United States, but the political climate has Ibrahim and his wife, Adeebah, unsure of what they're going in to. Once in Connecticut, they receive help from IRIS, a refugee resettlement agency, and told that they need to become self-sufficient within four months. The whole family adjusts to oddities of America, such as basements and Life Alert. Naji and his sister, Amal, start school and are treated as outcasts. The family constantly wonders if they've really left behind the worse life.
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