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Ballad of a Shinigami Vol. 1 (Ballad of Shinigami) by K-Ske Hasegawa (CMX 09 June 2009 / $9.99) - Product Description: Momo is a shinigami (a Grim Reaper), the messenger of death. Unlike the scary dark cloaked man holding a sickle, she is draped in gleaming white--her gown, sickle, hair and all. Accompanied by a black cat named Daniel, Momo takes up a mission to convey human souls to the Great Beyond. She appears before dying people and relieves them from their mortal fears, but she also comforts those who suffer the anguish of losing loved ones in tragedies. (Source: CMX)

The Dresden Files: Storm Front Vol. 1 The Gathering Storm by Jim Butcher, Adapted by Mark Powers (Del Rey/Dabel Brothers 02 June 2009 / $22.95) - From publicity material: If circumstances surrounding a crime defy the ordinary and evidence points to a suspect who is anything but human, the men and women of the Chicago Police Department call in the one guy who can handle bizarre and often brutal phenomena. Harry Dresden is a wizard who knows firsthand that the everyday world is actually full of strange and magical things--most of which don't play well with humans.

Now the cops have turned to Dresden to investigate a horrifying double murder committed with black magic. Never one to turn down a paycheck, Dresden also takes on another case--to find a missing husband who has quite likely been dabbling in sorcery. As Dresden tries to solve the seemingly unrelated cases, he is confronted with all the Windy City can blow at him, from the mob to mages and all creatures in between. (see review)

Graphic Classics Volume 17: Science Fiction Classics by (Eureka Productions 15 June 2009 / $17.95) - Product Description: The first full-color volume in the Graphic Classics series features an all-new comics adaptation of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds" by Rich Rainey and Micah Farritor. Also E.M. Forster's dark vision of the future "The Machine Stops", illustrated by Ellen Lindner. Plus stories by Jules Verne, Stanley Weinbaum, Lord Dunsany and Arthur Conan Doyle, with art by Brad Teare, George Sellas, Roger Langridge, Johnny Ryan and Hunt Emerson. (see review)

The Class from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler (Scholastic 01 June 2009 / $3.99) - Product Description: It's another scary day at the Black Lagoon . . . for the new teacher, Mrs. Green.

There's a new class coming for the first day of school and Mrs. Green is worried. Is it true that the class is really weird and that they put their last three teachers into early retirement? Will the students really turn into horrible ghouls as soon as they get to school?

Will Mrs. Green really need her ultimate survival kit to teach the class or tame the class? (Source: Scholastic)

The New Kid from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler (Scholastic 01 June 2009 / $3.99) - Product Description:

It's another scary day at the Black Lagoon. . . .

The class is expecting a new kid who comes from far away and Hubie is worried. What if the new kid is from Mars? What if he has purple eyebrows, green antennae, and blue skin? What if he's really coming to take over the world? Or worse, what if he's a body snatcher!

Wherever the new kid is from, whatever the new kid is, one thing is certain, he'll fit in fine at the Black Lagoon.

(Source: Scholastic)

Future Diary Volume 2 by Esuno Sakae (TokyoPop 01 June 2009 / $10.99) - Fr0m back of book: Yukiteru, Yuno, and Kurusu band together to prevent the battle of Future Diaries from getting out of hand. But when Yukiteru discovers a dark secret about Yuno that changes everything, will he still be able to trust her?

Now wary of his new "friends", Yukiteru joins them on an investigation of a priestess form a temple who seems to have mysterious powers. As new Diary owners show up, each with their own ambitions, who, in this dark and desolate world, is friend and who is foe? (Source: TokyoPop)

JYU-OH-SEI Volume 3 (Jyu Oh Sei) by Natsumi Itsuki (TokyoPop 09 June 2009 / $14.99) - Product Description: In his confrontation with Third, Thor discovers Third's reason for being dropped onto Kimaera: he was one of the rebels under Thor's father's plots to overthrow Odine. With the help of Third, Thor survives to become the Top of the Orchre Ring, the first Caucasian to rule a different skin colored ring. (Source: TokyoPop)

Mamotte Shugogetten Volume 5 by Minene Sakurano (TokyoPop 11 June 2009 / $14.99) - Product Description: Kiryuu is lonely and insecure because no one ever wants her, and her duties make her give her master unpleasant challenges. And to top it off, her master's family usually hates her, too. However, this makes it easier for her to say good bye when her duties are fulfilled or does it? (Source: TokyoPop)

Pixie Volume 2 by Mathieu Mariolle (TokyoPop 09 June 2009 / $12.99) - Product Description: Ael, Balor, and Ervynn find themselves deep underwater, where Ael has dreamed them - the group finds itself mysteriously able to breathe. Ervynn, however, is sucked into a whirlpool. Meanwhile, back in the virgin forest, no one knows where they've gone. In an attempt to assuage Pixie and Emrys, the pixies reveal that Sierra and Somnambulia are one and the same world, and that the city of Earis lies a difficult days march away at the edge of the woods, a secret the Elazul elders kept from the rest of the tribe. (Source: TokyoPop)

takeru: OPERA SUSANOH SWORD OF THE DEVIL Volume 1 by Kazuki Nakashima (TokyoPop 09 June 2009 / $10.99) - Product Description: There is a legend that speaks of a powerful sword hidden and sealed in Jagara-Mogara. It is said that when the spirits of Light, Water, and Earth come together, the seal of this sword will be broken, and the sword will be immortalized. This is the sword of Susanoh. Upon pursuing the sword, Izumo, Kumaso and Oguna arrive at the nation of Jagara, where they confront a darkness that envelops anyone seeking the sword of Susanoh, including these three who are destined to find it. (Source: TokyoPop)

Warcraft: Legends Volume 4 by Christie Golden (TokyoPop 09 June 2009 / $10.99) - Product Description: Some of the world's best manga creators join together to bring the world of Warcraft to life as never before! Between these covers lie tales of adventure, treachery, humor and bravery. Told from both Alliance and Horde point of view, these stories have entertained the likes of travelers, soldiers and thieves in taverns, inns and camps all throughout Azeroth. They have endured the trials of time and have earned the title of legend. Whether this is your first journey into Azeroth, or merely the latest in a long line of visits, this collection will not soon be forgotten! (Source: TokyoPop)

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