Illustrations by Hikaru Miyoshi
Older brother Albert uncovers a plot to distribute opium to the masses, and proves his worth in discreetly taking out the organization without embarrassing any of the nobles who may be involved. He is rewarded with an appointment to the head of a secret military organization, MI6. William decides that the way they have been going about things has been too slow to affect change in the country, so he stages scene with a terrible noble in order to erode confidence in the nobility as a ruling class. While on the ship setting the stage, William meets a curious individual whose power of deduction could prove useful in his plans. The strange young man is none other than Sherlock Holmes. The last third of this volume follows Sherlock in his quest to find a new flatmate, and we are introduced to the famous Dr. Watson.
Illustrated by Sean Phillips
This series is a classic Hollywood murder mystery. Charlie wakes up after a raging party, and he finds the star of his movie dead in her living room. He quickly erases all trace of himself and flees back home. Later, he finds out the studio staged her after he left to make it look like a suicide, and the lie eats away at Charlie. He tells his friend Gil, who also can't stand what the studio is doing. Gil and Charlie have a tenuous relationship - it was originally Gil's idea to have Charlie report Gil as a Commie during the Red Scare, and now Gil feeds Charlie ideas and dialogue for scripts so they can split the money. Ever since WW2, Charlie can’t write like he used to, but his name is still respected in Hollywood. The studio recasts the leading lady role, but Charlie is still unsettled by the whole affair, and he stumbles upon a few clues that drag him into the mystery even more.
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.
This series is impossible to summarize and review without spoiling, so if you don't mind, feel free to read on.
Satoru succeeds in saving Hinazuki from disappearing on what he calls X day, but she instead disappears the day after. He discovers she is missing when his mom, a news reporter, is asked to keep the disappearance secret again, just like when he was twelve the first time. Before he can do anything about all of this, his revival is over, and he is pulled back to when he is twenty-nine. The police are searching for him as the main suspect in the murder he was trying to stop in volume one. Airi, his coworker, gives him a place to stay for the night, but this pulls her in to the real murderer's crosshairs. Just as Satoru is backed into a corner, Revival happens again, and he is taken back to two days before X-day. This time, he's come up with a very different plan to save Hinazuki.
Legoshi and the drama department are invited to join in with creating floats and other designs for the Festival of the Meteor, the day animals commemorate the meteor that brought about the extinction of the dinosaurs. since they have plenty of experience making backdrops for the plays. Legoshi runs into the rabbit, Haru, again, and can't explain the magnetism he has towards her. Is it predatory? does he like her? Later, the students go out into the city below their school, and they inadvertently find themselves at the steps of the Black Market - a place that sells herbivore meat to carnivores in an attempt to help them keep their urges in check. Legoshi is separated from his friends, and he is forced to confront his nature as a carnivore, and really look at the attraction he has to Haru.
Illustrated by DaNi
Octavia (Vee) and Eldora (El) are high school seniors in the town of Shudder-to-Think, Pennsylvania. Their coal-mining town is plagued with sinkholes full of fire that filled the coal mines ages ago, and the holes and soot claim many lives throughout the town. Nevertheless, people can't seem to leave Shudder-to-Think, guilty of leaving their dead behind in shoddily marked graves empty of inhabitants, swallowed by even more sinkholes. Aside from the soul-sink that is the town, something else strange is going on that seems to affect townspeople intermittently - they forget whole swaths of time, hours, days, or more, and can't account for their whereabouts nor their actions. Vee and El enlist the the help of the local witch, who knows more about all of these strange phenomenon that she lets on. The truth is horrifying, and each victim of the forgetting disorder is faced with a pivotal choice - to keep forgetting, or to face the horrible truth of the nature of their town.
Illustrated by Dean Ormston, David Rubín, and Max Fiumar
Presented in this oversized, library edition is two stories from the universe of Black Hammer: Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil, and Doctor Andromeda and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows.
The first story follows Lucy Weber as she tries to piece together what happened with her dad. Ten years ago, her father, Black Hammer, and many other heroes, disappeared when they were fighting "Anti-God." Most believe the heroes were killed in the explosion, but Doctor Andromeda and Lucy have reason to believe that the heroes were transported somewhere else, and she uses her journalism experience to put together clues. Her trail leads her to needing to find Sherlock Frankenstein, one of the major super-villains of Spiral City.
The second story details how Doctor Andromeda discovered the Para-Zone and was able to harness its energy to give him super power. The U. S. Government was particularly keen on his development as a potential weapon to help in the fight against Hitler. One day, Doctor Andromeda discovers that there is intelligent life out there, and he rushes off to meet it. He makes a huge mistake that costs him his family, and he many years trying to right the wrongs he's committed against his wife and only son.
Illustrated by Sango Harukawa
Atsushi Nakajima, an outcasted orphan, stumbles along the banks of a river, hoping someone comes along so he can rob them and buy some food. He ends up saving someone who has jumped in the river, trying to commit suicide. Turns out, the man he saved, Osamu Dazai, has a penchant for committing suicide but never fully goes through with it. He also works for the Armed Detective Agency, a group where everyone has a special ability. Dazai is on a mission to hunt down a deadly tiger loose in the area. Nakajima is invited to join the employment rolls of Detective Agency, and the two take on missions that would otherwise baffle the police.
Illustrations by Hikaru Miyoshi
This story follows the young life of James Moriarty, the acclaimed nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. This James is loosely based on the Professor of Doyle's works - he's a math professor, and he is a mastermind of crime. As a child, James and his younger brother, Louis, were adopted by the wealthy Moriarty family, but the parents and youngest Moriarty brother never treat them like equals. The eldest Moriarty, Albert, first met James and Louis at the orphanage, and want nothing more than to be a true family.
Now a young man, James has a Crime Consulting Agency where he uses his intellect to punish the nobles of England who are abusing those of lower status. His ultimate goal is to make-over the British Empire and the world into a casteless system where all can be on equal footing. Along with his brothers, Moriarty breaks down the nobility one mysterious case at a time.
Legoshi was sent to secure flowers from the Garden Club, but he ends up helping Haru, the white rabbit who is the club's only member. Rumors abound about how forward Haru is, and Legoshi finds out they are true before scurrying away without the flowers. Then, it's time for the opening of the plan, starring the Red Deer Louis, everyone's favorite actor. Louis is nursing a foot injury, but the show must go on. He self-medicates to get through the first show, but as the curtain drops on the performance, so does Louis. The doctor prohibits him from acting in the second show, so he is replaced by Bill, a tiger, which means Legoshi has to play Bill's part! Four years in Drama Club, and Legoshi has never been on stage!
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