Graphic Classics: Edgar Allan Poe (4th Edition) by Edgar Allan Poe
(Eureka Productions 15 May 2010 / $12.95) - Product Description: Graphic Classics: Edgar Allan Poe returns in a revised 4th Edition, with 40 new pages of content! New comics adaptations include The Pit and the Pendulum by David Hontiveros and Carlo Vergara, and William Wilson by Rafael Nieves and Dan Dougherty. The Raven returns in a revised adaptation by J.B. Bonivert, with Annabel Lee by the same artist as a new companion piece. Plus, The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, and four more terrifying tales. (Source: Eureka Productions)
Solomon's Thieves by Jordan Mechner
(First Second 11 May 2010 / $12.99) - Product Description: On the run from the law . . . in 14th century France. Life as a Templar Knight returning from the Crusades is dull— bread, beans, and lots and lots of walking. But after Martin stumbles upon his lost love (now married—to someone else), things begin to get more interesting very quickly. There's a vast conspiracy afoot to destroy the Templar Order and steal their treasure. Soon, Martin finds himself one of the only Templars out of prison—and out for revenge!
A swashbuckling story of betrayal, adventure, and an epic swindle, Solomon's Thieves is the first volume in a trilogy written by Jordan Mechner (the creator of the acclaimed Prince of Persia video games) and illustrated by LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland. (Source: First Second)
Black Jack, Volume 11 by Osamu Tezuka
(Vertical 25 May 2010 / $16.95) - Product Description: Black Jack is a mysterious and charismatic genius surgeon who travels the world performing amazing and impossible medical feats. Through highly trained, he freelances without a license because he distains the medical establishment. This leads to run-ins with the authorities and unscrupulous, sometimes criminal, individuals. Because Black Jack keeps his true motives secret, his ethics are perceived as questionable and he is considered a selfish, uncaring devil.
The Black Jack series is told in short stories. Volume 11 will contain 15 stories, each running approximately 20 pages in length. This eleventh volume includes the following stories:
Black Jack is ill. After hundreds of operations Black Jack's health and career hangs in the balance. The good doctor has come down with a condition that might force him into retirement and the medical world is now on baited breath as they wait to hear whether Black Jack will ever return to the operating table again.
The Only Means of Living: While in Paris Black Jack is witness to a horrible jet accident. A passenger jet burst aflame upon landing at Paris' Orly International Airport and the doctor is called to the scene to treat the wife of a passenger he was to meet.
The Dog Whispers: Young love meets a tragic ending, when a young woman while rushing on her way to work is struck dead by a commuter train. Her boyfriend Tadaaki is so distraught by the thought of being left alone he wishes he could only hear his darling Sayori's voice once again. (Source: Vertical)
Twin Spica, Volume: 01 by Kou Yaginuma
(Vertical 04 May 2010 / $10.95) - Product Description: Mission: 01 contains the first four chapters of Twin Spica and three additional short stories set in the world of the property.
In a Tokyo in the not too distant future a young girl studies deligently with ambitions of soon attending space academy. If things work out just right, her future may very well be among the stars as well. And yet, every time she looks up to the stars with tremendous hope for the future, there is a sense of melancholy in her heart. A sadness surrounds Asumi, as the very concept of space exploration has profoundly changed her life for as long as she can remember.
But she is not alone...A young man wearing a lion's mask is always beside her. He speaks of the constellations and galaxies as if he they were like home. He knows what it is like to love the stars--slightly bitter and yet always so warm and inviting. Truth is he has gone through much of Asumi is just experiencing. And now in spirit he will forever be with Asumi guiding her on her path to space where she hopes to be reunited with the spirits of not only her space traveler friend, but the mother she lost more than ten years ago.
The Fireworks of 2015:Yaginuma's debut comic is the pilot story in the Twin Spica universe, detailing a world a five years before the events in the series. Set in a time between Asumi's adventures in Tokyo Space School and after the tragic the Lion Shuttle accident, we are introduced to Asumi and her guardian angel Lion. Like Asumi, Lion has a strong connection to the stars but there is someone very special to him on Earth that he cannot say good-bye to yet.Â
Asumi:Five years after the Lion Shuttle tragedy and the Kamogawa household face another sad event--the passing on Asumi's mother. Gravely injured in the accident, she has been on life-support all this time. In a series of dreams, Asumi not only meets and walks with her mother but sends her off to the stars.
Yet Another Spica:In a short story exclusive to this release, Mr. Yaginuma details his own real life Twin Spica moment, where he believes encounters a living version of Asumi! (see review)
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