Hudi's always had health problems, stemming from the removal of a lung when he was really young. His health concerns are compounded by his weight, and his doctor advices his parents to get him into sports. But, Hudi would much rather tell jokes and make people laugh than run or diet. Enter Chunky, Hudi’s imaginary mascot, here to cheer on Hudi as he tries out several sports: baseball, where he can only get on base if he's struck by the ball; soccer, where he has some success using his large stature in the role of goalie; swimming, which he really enjoyed until he hurt his thumb and can't get it wet; and football, where the agression of the sport clashes with Hudi's jovial nature. Complicating things is a strained relationship with his father, who is extremely athletic.
Louie is a fierce, passionate high schooler who cares deeply for her struggling small town. Southborough is a tourist destination made famous by a sasquatch sighting decades ago. Businesses have depended upon the tourist income for survival, but traffic to Southborough has slowed in recent years. The town has become a target for a tech mogul who begins buying up businesses and properties as a future headquarters location. Louie’ dads own Squatch Burger, a local eatery, and the latest target of Start-up.com’s land grab. Louie makes it her mission to save her dads’ business, and her entire town, from disappearing forever.
Hot off of her successful acquisition of her first Stella, the Folger family is on the way to get a dog for Anya. They have no success at a pet store (completely stocked with agency dogs and run by the agency), so Yor and Anya try a pet expo while Loid gets feigns a bathroom emergency in order to slip away to his handler. Loid finds out that a foreign minister is in the country for peace talks, and there is a terrorist plot to blow up the meeting using highly trained — what else? — dogs! Anya, with her telepathic ability, accidentally discovers one of the terrorists’ lairs, but one of the highly trained dogs comes to her rescue. Anya sees brief glimpses inside the dog’s mind, and she realizes that this dog has a special ability! In their own separate ways, Yor, Loid with the agency, and Anya with the dog work against them terrorists in the name of World Peace.
Tatsu, The Immortal Dragon is back at his antics. He's brandishing a bottle of bug spray against The Black Bullet - a cockroach - who has been sent by an unknown enemy group. Later, he takes a gig serving food in a restaurant to some really jumpy gentlemen who are probably still in the business. Bargain hunting at the supermarket is made even more entertaining when a down-and-out mob boss' wife takes a job as a checker and double charges Tatsu for an item. Tatsu tries to help his wife Miku relax after several long days at work, and he of course takes it to the Nth degree. A touching reunion with his former boss allows The Immortal Dragon to show his domestic side to the fearsome former head of the Yakuza Crime family.
Vol 2: Murder on the Rockport Limited! by Clint, Griffin, Justin, and Travis McElroy, illustrated by Carey Pietsch
Your adventure zone friends are back with an Agatha Christie vibe. The three are officially part of the Bureau of Balance as "Reclaimers" - tasked with finding ridiculously powerful magical items and bringing them back to the Bureau to be destroyed. Their next assignment is to figure out where another reclaimer went wrong in obtaining one of the powerful magical objects. This lands them on the Rockport Limited, an express train with heightened security and relatively few passengers. They get assistance from Angus, the World’s Greatest Detective, and a fourth grader. Together, they must solve the murder mystery aboard the train, obtain the overpowered magical item, and have a hilarious time doing it.
Yor’s brother Yuri comes to visit after he heard through the grape vine that she’s been married for a year. It turns out, Yuri is part of the secret police, and his number one target is the super spy, Twilight! Loid is back to training Anya to win stella awards through academics, but Anya hates studying. He tries to get her into a community service project at a recovery hospital because that’s another way to earn stellas, but Anya proves to be horrible at that as well. On their way out, she hears a little boy drowning in the physical therapy pool, and saving his life earns her her first Stella! The bonus chapter has Yor trying to hide a gunshot wound in her butt, a souvenir from her latest assassin job, but her pain comes across to Loid as her being unsatisfied with him. He tries to win her over by taking her on a wonderful date, all the while Yor deals with her pain.
After an initial wait-list scare, The Forger family finds out that Anya did indeed make it into the prestigious Eden Academy! Loid is briefed by his handler that Desmond, his target, only socializes with elite scholars who receive 8 Stella awards. Loid is unsure Anya will be up to that academically, so he puts in place "Plan B," ensure Anya and Desmond's younger son, Damien, end up in the same class and become fast friends. That would have worked if Damian wasn't a little brat and a bully to whom Anya stands up for herself and her new friend. Punching someone in the face is probably not a great way to become friends! What's worse, tutoring Anya is proving to be extremely difficult and taxing for Loid, so even Plan A is falling apart. Top all of this with Yor's brother coming over for dinner, and it's no wonder Loid has lots of mission anxiety! A delightful bonus story is also included, where the Forger family goes to the aquarium, and Loid can't seem to stop taking missions during a staffing shortage at the Agency. This threatens to undermine his appearance as a dedicated family man.
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.
Volume two has even more adventures in the life of a yakuza hit man trying to carry out his duties as a househusband. In this volume, we see The Immortal Dragon attend fitness classes and punish himself fiercely for accidentally entering the women’s locker room. He also puts a serious hit on laundry stains. The cops following him into a birthday party have to eat some serious crow (and cake) when they find out the herbs he's been growing and distributing really are basil and oregano, not street oregano. Also presented is another installment in the adventures of Gin the cat, which really could be another hilarious and entertaining series on its own.
Fun, short chapters show how a former Yakuza hit man adjusts to life as a Househusband and accomplishes normal life tasks, but old habits die hard. Hunting for bargains becomes a life or death situation. A broken toy's "body" needs to be buried 6 feet down to destroy the evidence. But the Immortal Dragon can't fully leave the Yakuza. It isn't long before current gang members recognize him, but rather than sucking him back into the life, others always get dragged along on househusband duties.
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