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Review: Solo Leveling Vol. 2

Jinwoo Sung is an E-rank hunter, the weakest hunter of them all. He makes a living to pay his mother’s hospital bills and sister’s tuition through dungeon raids. When he has a chance for a big payout, something goes very wrong.

Solo Leveling Vol. 2 has Sung exploring his new abilities and taking on a new dungeon raid.

Original Story: Chugong
Translation: Hye Young Im
Rewrite: J. Torres
Letterer: Abigail Blackman

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Ki Hong Lee Will Narrate Yen Audio’s Solo Leveling, Vol. 1

Solo Leveling Vol. 1

Yen Audio has announced that their first digital audiobook release, Solo Leveling Vol. 1 will be read by actor Ki Hong Lee. This debut publication in the Hachette Audio/Yen Press collaboration will release July 13, 2021, online wherever audiobooks are sold.

Solo Leveling is a Korean novel series by Chugong. Originating as a webnovel that boasted over 3 million readers, it is the basis of one of the world’s bestselling webcomics, and the popularity of the franchise only continues to grow. The highly anticipated English-language release of the SOLO LEVELING comic in print in March 2021 stands out as North America’s biggest graphic novel series debut of the year, according to NPD BookScan. This soon-to-release audiobook edition, as interpreted by Ki Hong Lee, adds yet another format for existing fandom to devour and to engage newcomers in the adventures of Jinwoo, the “weakest hunter of all mankind.”

Ki Hong Lee is perhaps best known as lead runner ‘Minho’ in the MAZE RUNNER film franchise. Lee also appeared in THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT, winner of Sundance’s best screenplay and Alfred P. Sloan prizes, alongside Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, and Olivia Thirlby, and Lee received rave reviews for his comedic work on the Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Raised in different cultures from Seoul to Auckland, Lee currently resides in Los Angeles, and is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment, Artists & Representatives, and United Talent Agency.

Yen Press announced its worldwide partnership with Hachette Audio to produce, sell, and distribute digital audiobooks in early 2021, to great acclaim by fans of the formats. Yen Press’s second release is slated for August, when the initial volume of the acclaimed light novel series SWORD ART ONLINE by author Reki Kawahara will be published as a digital audiobook. Voice casting for this upcoming release, as well the Fall releases OVERLORD by Kugane Maruyama and THE SAGA OF TANYA THE EVIL by Carlo Zen, will be announced in the near future. After these initial releases, it is expected that the Yen/Hachette Audio partnership will release regular seasonal adaptations.

Yen Press Has Two Releases for Free Comic Book Day 2021

Yen Press has two releases for this year’s Free Comic Book Day, a national event in which hundreds of comic book stores, independent bookstores, and libraries provide fans with free samples of the year’s hottest graphic novels and comics. For the event, Yen Press will produce free comics featuring samples of Solo Leveling, a graphic novel release of one of the most popular Korean webcomics, and Kyle’s Little Sister, an adorable middle-grade graphic novel from the JY imprint of Yen Press.

Solo Leveling

Story by Chugong
Art by DUBU(REDICEE STUDIO)

Known as the the Weakest Hunter of All Mankind, E-rank hunter Jinwoo Sung’s contribution to raids amounts to trying not to get killed. Unfortunately, between his mother’s hospital bills, his sister’s tuition, and his own lack of job prospects, he has no choice but to continue to put his life on the line. So when an opportunity arises for a bigger payout, he takes it…only to come face-to-face with a being whose power outranks anything he’s ever seen! With the party leader missing an arm and the only healer a quivering mess, can Jinwoo somehow find them a way out?

Solo Leveling

Kyle’s Little Sister

Story and Art by BonHyung Jeong

My name is Grace, not “Kyle’s little sister!”

Having a good-looking, friendly, outgoing older brother sucks—especially when you’re the total opposite, someone who likes staying home and playing video games. Your parents like him better (even if they deny it!), and everyone calls you “Kyle’s little sister” while looking disappointed that you’re not more like him. I was really hoping I’d get to go to a different middle school, but no such luck. At least I have my friends…until he finds a way to ruin that, too…! Argh! What do I have to do to get out of his shadow?!

Kyle’s Little Sister

Free Comic Book Day is scheduled to take place nationwide on August 14. 

Review: Solo Leveling Vol. 1

Jinwoo Sung is an E-rank hunter, the weakest hunter of them all. He makes a living to pay his mother’s hospital bills and sister’s tuition through dungeon raids. When he has a chance for a big payout, something goes very wrong.

Original Story: Chugong
Translation: Hye Young Im
Rewrite: J. Torres
Letterer: Abigail Blackman

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
comiXology
Kindle

Yen Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Yen Press Announces 13 New Manga and Light Novel Acquisitions

Yen Press, LLC announced its latest title acquisitions today, which include several manga – Cirque Du Freak: The Manga Omnibus Edition, Grim Reapder and Four Girlfriends Omnibus Edition, Interspecies Reviewers Comic Anthology: Darkness, The World’s Finest Assasin Reincarnated Into Another World, Adachi and Shimamura, Dear NOMAN, Golden Japanesque – Yokohama Karentan –, Mama Akuma, Mint Chocolate, Sasaki and Miyano, The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess, and the novel and comic adaptation of the highly-anticipated, Solo Leveling.

Cirque Du Freak: The Manga Omnibus Edition

Story and Darren Shan
Art by Takahiro Arai

Discover the manga adaptation of Darren Shan’s Cirque Du Freak, now back in a new omnibus form! Darren Shan was an average kid until destiny brought him to the Cirque du Freak. Now Darren’s been immersed into a shadowy world inhabited by vampires, werewolves, and strange creatures the likes of which he’s never imagined, and his life will be changed forever!

Cirque Du Freak, the manga adaptation of Darren Shan’s best-selling The Saga of Darren Shan vampire fiction series, was an early release by Yen Press originally published in 2009. This 2-in-1 omnibus edition collects the classic series with a larger trim size for a new generation of fans to enjoy.

Cirque Du Freak: The Manga Omnibus Edition

Grim Reaper and Four Girlfriends Omnibus Edition

Story by Shin Suyama
Art by CHuN

Kaoru Minaguchi is a “no-lifer” who sucks at school, can’t play sports, lacks any real talent, definitely doesn’t have a girlfriend, or even a remote desire to change his ways…until a certain grim reaper pays him a visit. Turns out, she’s a reaper of “no-lifers” and if Kaoru can’t find a way to become a true “real-lifer,” he’s as good as dead…!

Originally published as a digital exclusive by Yen Press, the shonen romance Grim Reaper and Four Girlfriends makes its print debut with an omnibus edition that completes the three volume series. This quirky twist on shonen romance stories excellently delivers on fan favorite elements including laugh-out-loud comedy and a cast of four beautiful love interests.

Grim Reaper and Four Girlfriends Omnibus Edition

Interspecies Reviewers Comic Anthology: Darkness

Story by Amahara
Art by Various
Edited by The Dragon Age Editorial Staff

A loving tribute to the monster brothel adventurers of Interspecies Reviewers, this anthology includes art and comics by talented Japanese creators including Okayado, ZTon, and Gashi-gashi!

Interspecies Reviewers Comic Anthology: Darkness, is a collection of various manga short stories taking place in the supernatural and sexy world of Interspecies Reviewers. Noteworthy contributors to this spicy collection include mangaka such as Okayado (Monster Musume) and ZTon (Monster Musume: I Heart Monster Girls) and popular web artists such as Gashi-gashi.

Interspecies Reviewers Comic Anthology: Darkness

The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World

Story by Rui Tsukiyo
Art by Hamao Sumeragi
Original Illustrations by Reia

The world’s finest assassin has been reincarnated in another world. His mission-to kill the Hero prophesized to save the world from disaster! With his deadly skills from his previous life and the magic he learns in this one, he’s well on his way to becoming the greatest assassin in all of history…

A manga adaptation of the light novel series recently acquired by Yen Press, The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World is a fun twist on isekai storytelling in which the story is told from the point of view of an anti-hero set to take down the hero. A welcome addition to fans of isekai manga as well as fans of the upcoming light novel series.

The World's Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World

Adachi and Shimamura

Story by Hitomi Iruma
Art by Moke Yuzuhara

The second floor of the gym. That’s our spot. Class is in session right now, but they don’t hold class in a place like this. This is where Shimamura and I became friends. What is this feeling? Yesterday, I dreamed of kissing her. I’m not like that, and I’m sure Shimamura isn’t either. But…when Shimamura thinks of the word “friend,” I want to be the first thing that comes to her mind. That’s all.

Based on the light novel series by the same name, Adachi and Shimamura is a sweet, school life yuri romance that is the basis of an anime series scheduled for a Fall 2020 release.

Adachi and Shimamura

Dear NOMAN

Story and Art by Neji

Since she was young, Mashiro Unohana has been able to see ghosts. She pretended not to see them so others wouldn’t find her creepy, but one day she finds herself caught up in the world of those that are not human—the Nomans.

A massive webcomic hit in Japan, Dear NOMAN is a fantasy manga series filled with comedy and friendship with hints of girls’ love elements. A surefire hit with fans of supernatural storytelling taking place in school settings.

Dear NOMAN

Golden Japanesque – Yokohama Karentan

Story and Art by Kaho Miyasaka

Living in Meiji era Japan, Maria must hide the blond hair and blue eyes she inherited from her father out of concern over discrimination. But when a boy named Rintarou learns her secret, he can’t help but say something: “You’re…like a mermaid…” A dazzling historical romance awaits!

Golden Japnesque – Yokohama Karentan – is a beautiful shojo romance that falls into the category of historical fiction. As such, this series appeals to fans of media covering Japanese history, such as Golden Kamuy, as well as the core shojo manga audience.

Golden Japanesque – Yokohama Karentan

Mama Akuma

Story and Art by Kuzushiro

Seere is a subordinate demon to Amaimon, the eastern King of Hell. Serious in his work, he prides himself on his ability to make any wish come true. But when he’s summoned from a grimoire, what awaits him is a little girl with but one wish: “Please be my mama!!” Seere’s long road to motherhood starts here!

Mama Akuma is a sweet and adorable slice-of-life series involving a demon lord becoming the mother of a young girl. As a fun slice-of-life take on fantasy storytelling, the series appeals greatly to fans of popular works such as I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level.

Mama Akuma

Mint Chocolate

Story and Art by Mami Orikasa

When Nanami’s high-school crush suddenly becomes her step-brother, she’s faced with the unfortunate reality of having to live under the same roof as her now off-limits love-interest! Will his chilly attitude and arrogant ways be enough to turn her off, or is Nanami in for some long and sleepless nights…?

Mint Chocolate is a school life shojo romance, the debut work of Mami Orikasa. This fun and often comedic series is complemented by a beautiful and alluring art style and is sure to appeal to a core shojo audience that gravitates to high school romances.

Mint Chocolate

Sasaki and Miyano

Story and Art by Syou Harusono

Miyano spends his days peacefully reading Boys’ Love comics and worrying about how girly his face is—until a chance encounter leads to a scuffle with his senior Sasaki. Intrigued by his feisty junior Miyano, delinquent Sasaki uses every opportunity he can to get closer…

Originally a popular webcomic, Sasaki and Miyano is a fun story of a passionate fan of boys’ love and his new friend who is quickly learning the ins and outs of the world of boys’ love! This manga is a must read for the passionate boys’ love fanbase, especially those that enjoyed Go For It, Nakamura!

Sasaki and Miyano

The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess

Story and Art by Akiharu Touka

Konoha Satou has a dark history, written throughout middle school—a fantasy adventure of love and magic about the Count’s daughter Konoha Magnolia and the knights who love her! But when it looks like that dark history is going to be uncovered by her mother, Konoha panics and dies in a traffic accident! Opening her eyes, she finds that she’s been reincarnated into the world of her own dark history as Iana Magnolia, the worst villainess of her own creation!

The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess is a unique take on the shojo isekai genre, a category that has seen a recent resurgence in popularity. With similarities to My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!, one of the most popular anime series of the year, The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess is sure to be a popular release with today’s fans.

The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess

Solo Leveling (novel)

Story by Chugong

The weakest of the weak, E-class hunter Jinwoo Sung has no money, no talent, and no prospects to speak of. And when he enters a hidden dungeon that fateful day, he ends up being left to die in the aftermath of a horrendous tragedy. At death’s door, Jinwoo is suddenly invited to be a “player” by a mysterious voice. Desperate to live, Jinwoo jumps at the chance…but what is this strange new leveling system that only he can see?

Solo Leveling is a popular Korean novel series that has developed a large Western fanbase. It tells the story of a hunter who manages to rise from the lowly E-class in a world where leveling up is not possible. Borrowing RPG elements such as dungeon exploration and leveling up, this highly-anticipated series appeals greatly to fans of RPG-inspired light novel properties.

Solo Leveling (novel)

Solo Leveling (comic)

Story by Chugong

Art by DUBU (REDICE STUDIO)

The official English print publication of the popular Korean webcomic! E-class hunter Jinwoo Sung is the weakest of them all. Looked down on by everyone, he has no money, no abilities to speak of, and no other job prospects. So when his party finds a hidden dungeon, he’s determined to use this chance to change his life for the better…but the opportunity he finds is a bit different from what he had in mind!

The Solo Leveling comic adaptation has seen immense popularity in Japan and Korea as a webtoon and has garnered a rapidly growing fanbase in the West. With vibrant color artwork telling the action-packed story, the Solo Leveling comic will be a welcome addition to the collection of diehard fans of the series as well as fans of RPG influenced comics and graphic novels.

Solo Leveling (comic)
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