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!
Satoru is a 29-year-old man trying to make it as a manga artist but stuck delivering pizza instead. He can’t get to the deeper emotions his characters need because he’s bottled up so much tragedy from his childhood. Then, his pushy mother shows up and invites herself to live with him. Satoru has these inexplicable occurrences he calls “revival” - he relives a moment 1-5 minutes prior and has to figure out who he’s supposed to save. Sometimes it’s a runaway truck, sometimes it’s kids playing in abandon buildings. When tragedy strikes close to home, he begs revival to send him back far enough to fix it, and he’s sent back much more than five minutes! Now, Satoru has to figure out how to change enough to prevent several murders.
Darting through the abandoned halls after dark, herbivore Tem desperately tries to outrun his carnivore pursuer. Tem's luck runs out in Lecture Hall 2, where he is brutally murdered. The next day, fellow members of the Drama Club cast suspicion on Legoshi, a large Grey Wolf. Little does everyone know, Legoshi and Tem were actually close friends, and Legoshi has to weather the fear and hate cast at him with the grief he feels at losing his friend. Yes, he is a carnivore, but he has been fighting his blood-lust all his life. That, and he doesn't want to be expelled, nor break the law, both of which would happen if a carnivore was caught snacking on a classmate.
Illustrated and adapted by Rafael Albuquerque
The Neil Gaiman Library is a series of graphic novels by Dark Horse Comics that partners fantastic artists who adapt a short story by Gaiman. Every Comic Con, I see a shelf full of new ones and I scoop them all up. Gaiman has appeal to comicbook readers thanks to his creation of The Sandman, and he also appeals to novel readers thanks to Coraline, American Gods, Stardust, The Graveyard Book (which was adapted into a fantastic graphic novel), and many others. The books in this series are that same blend of gothic and fantasy that readers enjoy from Gaiman's other works, and they showcase art by some fantastic creators.
Fans may know Albuquerque from his run of various characters in the DC franchise, but most recently, Albuquerque has been tapped to work on a Dark Horse art book for The Witcher 3, an increasingly popular video game.
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