Adapted and illustrated by Yoshinori Kisaragi
Sometime in the near future, humans willingly submitted to the installation of “Your Forma” devices - thin, string-like machines implanted in the brain that record everything the user interacts with. This was initially used to combat an outbreak of encephaitis, but it became a normal part of everyday life very quickly. Inspector Echika is with the Electronic Crimes Division of Interpol, and she’s a diver - someone who connects to another human's "your forma" and dives through the Mnemosynes of their brain to look for clues in solving crimes. She’s so gifted at this that she often burns out her Belayers - the aides who help a diver from going too deep into another person’s memories. Echika has newly been paired with Harold Lucraft, who is actually an Amicus - an advanced android, whose particular processing speeds can match hers. The main problem now? Echika hates Amici. But the two have been forced together on one of the biggest cases of Echika’s career: they must find the source of a machine-viral outbreak that causes its victims to hallucinate and believe they are in a blizzard.
Illustrated by Hitotsu Yokoshima
Ichijo is a disciplined detective working for the Metropolitan Police Department. He and his entire squad are stumped when a full train of 300+ passengers is killed by mysterious circumstances - all of their vital organs and bones have been taken from their bodies, and what’s left is a leaky shell of flesh. As he and his partners investigate, he comes face-to-face with a supernatural creature that is twice as tall as him and behaves like an insect. Ichijo is saved from being killed by a humanoid in a powerful suit. Away from all this fighting and murdering, a young man named Yusuke has returned home for a moment before it’s off to traveling again. He crosses paths with Detective Ichijo several times — the last being at the scene of yet another murder. Yusuke wants nothing more than to save his college friend from becoming the next victim of these powerful beings, but he’ll need more than his vagabond ways to best the super-human strength of the unidentified life form.
Illustrated by Dev Pramanik, colored by Alex Guimarães
With the death of his father Paulus, Leto ascends to the throne of his dukedom, and his first order of business is getting to the bottom of the accident that killed his father. Duncan Idaho proves to be instrumental in exposing the culprit who drugged the bull that killed Paulus. After that, Duncan becomes a trusted person in Leto's court. The Harkonnens continue to stoke the flames against the Atredies, and they waste no time making all manner of suggestions to the new Emperor, Shaddam IV. One of Leto's many enemies frame him for violating the peace that must be maintained inside the Heighliner, and Leto spends his first visit to the Emperial Palace trying to clear his name. Back on Arrakis, Pardot Kynes continues his work with the Fremen to try to make Dune into a lush paradise. He has been accepted into the Fremen society as a prophet, and has fathered a child, Liet, with is Fremen wife.
Sanko and Avekian have a new ship, the Moja, but it has no furnishings. Their helpful doggo interface has found them what is basically a floating interstellar IKEA, and the three set off shopping. While picking out all manner of comfort, Shimada Death catches up with them and explains the nature of the Fleshbots who help run the store. Sanko theorizes that there has to be a place on board where the robots go to “die”, which is probably full of bones. Sanko and Shimada go check it out and find enough for their mutual benefit. Sanko narrowly escapes being blown up with the shopping ship but makes it back in time to make his favorite Meapswich - meatball spaghetti sandwich. In another part of the Galaxy, Hajime Damemaru, another powerful being, is pursued by Photosfere, the dastardly corporation running most of the galaxy.
Book 2: Muad'Dib, adapted by Brian K. Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, illustrated by Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín
Paul and Jessica are trying to survive in the terrifying desert of Arrakis. They are equipped with stillsuits, which help keep them from dying of dehydration, but they also have to be careful not to attract the giant sandworms nor the attention of the Harkonens, who are still looking for them or any survivors from their hostile takeover in volume one. The two search for the Fremen and hope to win them to their cause against the Harkonens, who are sure to make like difficult for them as they have before.
Struggling manga artist Ichiro could really use an assistant or some sleep. Or both. When his publisher sends over a strange, attractive young lady with no experience to assist, Ichiro is about to drop from exhaustion and takes her on despite her lack of experience. Shiori turns out to be fantastic at shading, landscapes, backgrounds, you name it! He can hardly make pages fast enough for her! But this otherworldly beauty is actually from another world, and her strange customs get Ichiro in trouble when he accidentally becomes her mate! While she looks for a way out of her ancestral traditions, they decide to try taking it slow with dating and being co-workers.
Illustrated by Tri Vuong
It's starts as just another day for Grandpa of going to the store to get more tomatoes for Grandma's best Spaghetti, but when a machine boy falls to Earth, Grandpa must summon his karate skills of his youth to save everyone. He ends up awaking the heart of the metal boy, who goes on to train with Grandma in the karate arts. Machine Boy loves helping others, even if it's mostly rescuing cats from trees, and listening to his favorite crime-fighting superhero band. A little piece of Machine Boy breaks off and becomes fairly sentient, and Machine Boy keeps him as a pet, but the piece quickly outgrows the hiding place and then turns into a ravenous machine-eating robot who begins to devour parts of the city. Machine Boy, an unlikely friend from school, and the super band team up to get the robot under control and save the city.
Adapted by David M. Booher, illustrated by Zoe Thorogood, colored by Chris O'Halloran
Honeysuckle and her girlfriend Yolanda are so excited to be finally moving in together. As they pack up the car with all of Yolanda’s things, the dark storm clouds over Boulder open up and let down a deluge - of razor sharp, nail-like crystals that pierce those out in the open. And this isn’t an isolated incident. Over the next few days, the sky drops more crystals all over Colorado, and other parts of the world. Honeysuckle traverses the somewhat post-apocalyptic landscape for survivors and for some answers to what has happened to the clouds.
Vol 2: The Enemy Delusion, illustrated by Eric Zawadzki
The adventure continues right where we left off - Zahn and Sera have stolen a piece of technology from the house of El, but the can't figure out how to unlock more than its surface-level recordings to what, Sera assumes, is more information on the genetic manipulation Lara did to her. Later, Zahn and his classmates are analyzing the damage from an earthquake to a vital system. Zahn proposes rerouting the system to share the resources with the lower caste, and he's punished instead of applauded. Elsewhere, Sera is likewise reprimanded for proposing a new strategy to fighting deadly pests in the upper atmosphere of the planet. Zahn gives the group of dissenters, Midnight, the idea to go after the structure his classmates were just working to fix, but they are planning to take the attack too far, and he fears how many people might be in danger.
While watching the news, Takemichi finds out his middle school girlfriend and her brother are killed by a fierce gang, the Tokyo Manji. He goes about his day, has another horrible time at work, and his on his way back home, he falls onto the subway tracks and gets transported back to his middle-school self. He comes back in time to be jumped into the Tokyo Manji gang with a few of his friends. He runs into Hinata, his girlfriend, and is determined to use this time-jump power to save her. Later, he finds Naoto, Hinata’s little brother, and he becomes connected to Takemichi’s power to time leap between present day and his past. The two of them must work together to stop the gang and save everyone.
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