Chise and Alice Christmas shop in London, and both are stuck when it comes to finding a present for their masters. While walking around, they run into two men from Alice’s past, which prompts Alice to share some of her tragic backstory with Chise. When Chise returns home, she finds Elias is fairly miffed about her leaving without asking, but it turns out, he has been keeping tabs on her through her necklace and a contraption that can see her but not hear anything. Chise initially admonishes Elias for spying on her and not trusting her, but she comes to understand his fears for her safety and wellbeing.
Sora and Tsuga are taken in by an old man in Tokyo, and he teaches them how to make the perfect croquette, then demands they work for their "room" he's giving them. The man believes Sora to be his long-lost son. At first, they think he’s crazy and senile, but he turns out to have a reason for taking them in, and he admits that thinking Sora was his son was a ruse. Yuushin has no place to let his anger explode now that Sora has left, so he takes up boxing again and is determined to take the pro licensing test. The test is in Tokyo, so of course the three meet again, but the only one happy to see anyone is Tsuga.
Ellipses Howell (or El to her friends) lives outside The Dome and works in a comicbook store that sells vintage titles from before The Event. The Crossover Event was an unexplained phenomenon that ripped a hole in our reality and let superheroes and other fictional characters spill out into Denver, Colorado. One of the supers put up a force field to not only keep the other superstars in, but to protect them from the outside world that is now bent on destroying them. This field is now known as The Dome. Ryan is the son of a baptist minister who has been chosen to fulfill a special mission with almost no details as to what he’s expected to do, just that he is the only one who can do it. With shop owner Otto, the three rescue a young comicbook girl and try to get her back to her parents, but they’ll have to go into The Dome - and the war zone - to do it.
Haru is kidnapped and taken to the headquarters of the Shishi-Gumi, a gang of Lions who must satisfy their terrible Boos with animals who only have pure white fur. Legoshi is determined to save her, especially when it becomes clear that no one else will attempt a rescue or stand up to the Shishi-Gumi (including the Mayor). Legoshi enters the black market and tries to find out more about the gang, like where their headquarters is, when Gohin, the helpful panda psychologist, steps in and decides to help Legoshi on what is essentially a suicide mission. While Haru is in the clutches of the terrible boss lion, she goes through a few scenes in her life that showcase why she is the way she is with males at school.
Onodera is a former detective whose partner, Kajita, was assassinated after their patrol car’s brakes were tampered with, and he’s spent the last three years trying to prove Kajita was not killed from a car crash. A dirty cop who has connections with The Undertaker, a deadly hitman, wants nothing more than for Onodera to stop his digging, so he calls in The Undertaker to finish the job. The only problem? Undertaker’s precious kitty has died, leaving him incapacitated with grief. One fateful night, The Undertaker and his target find each other at a cat bar, and nothing is as easy as it seems.
This story follows four young men who are inexplicably very smooth and confident. But, upon a closer look, each is constantly making small mistakes or misunderstanding folks. These small embarrassments are usually played off in a manner that makes onlookers continue to think highly of each one. At the end, life brings them all together in a happen-stance meeting at a small pet cafe.
Illustrated by Humberto Ramos
Peter has finally retaken his body after having his brain swapped with that of Doc Ock for several months. He “reawakenes” to a completed Ph.D, his own research business, Parker Industries, a girlfriend who isn’t Mary Jane, and loads of other surprises. Black Cat is completely ticked off at him for being caputured and humiliated; Electro’s powers are going wonky, and he blames the experiments Spider-Man (Doc Ock) ran on him. J. Jonah Jameson has to resign as Mayor of New York and blames Spidey. So, there’s a lot going against Peter! An encounter with the beings who killed the Watcher gives Peter a peculiar insight - the spider that bit him and gave him his powers also bit a girl, and she’s been holed up in a bunker for ten years, unable to leave under the threat of Morlund coming back and destroying everything. But, she just might be the one to get Peter out of this grave predicament with all these people wanting his hide!
A little while ago, an octopus-like alien took a giant chunk out of the moon. He's sent the world into chaos, and has promised to do the same to the Earth. He can fly and move at Mach 20, and traditional weapons do hardly any damage against him even if they do connect. He's decided to settle on Earth for the time being, and has asked to become the teacher of Class 3-E at a middle school - the class of all the academically struggling, misfit, not-involved students who are critically behind their peers school-wise. Since Koro-Sensei (as the students name him based on a pun meaning "can't be killed) is stationery to the classroom, the government has deputized all of the students in 3-E and given them one mission: kill their teacher before graduation, the date he plans on destroying the Earth. But, Koro-Sensei also cares deeply about each one of his students, as he connects with them personally and tries to beef up their academic skills. Some of the students have reservations about trying to kill one of the most caring teachers they've ever had. That's until another student rejoins the class -- one who's been out on suspension for violence, and who has a disturbing dream of killing a teacher.
Vol 1: The finely woven thread, illustrated by Phil Noto
Natasha takes odd jobs in between missions for S.H.I.E.L.D. because she needs the money. She and her lawyer discuss the intricate web of safe houses as well as the trust funds she has set up that she must pay to maintain. Natasha is doing all of this to atone for her passed actions, so the implication is she is paying into trust funds that benefit the families of those she assassinated. She accepts various jobs to rescue folks, foil assassination attempts, and other feats of espionage, but she’s gotten too comfortable. She’s started to miss signs of danger, signs that someone has it in for her.
Futaba and Taichi discuss their future plans, specifically what colleges they'd like to attend. Futaba confesses that she would like to do something with flowers, but also knows she's currently not very skilled with growing things. She tells Taichi that she would like it if they could go to college together, but this life-altering decision isn't often one to make based off of a relationship. Masumi runs in to Toma's sister-in-law, Akiko, and the two have a very meaningful conversation about happiness and being accepted by other people. Masumi admits to being a lesbian, and asks if Akiko would be able to accept such a confession from her on child, or even Toma. At the end of the school's festival day, Mami Yagihara convinces Toma to let her do his makeup, in a totally manly way of course. Mami confesses her love for Toma, but says she wants to be friends and not let her feelings spoil their ability to hang out. Toma tells Mami who he's in love with, but there's an eavesdropper who makes sure Toma's confession isn't private.
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