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Yen Press announces Nine New Titles for Summer 2023

Expanding their Summer 2023 lineup, Yen Press, LLC will be releasing five new manga (The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Official Anthology ComicSecrets of the Silent WitchMy Mate Is a Feline GentlemanSaint? Nope, Just a Monster Tamer Passing ThroughThe Reformation of the World as Overseen by a Realist Demon King), one manhwa (IMITATION), and three light novels (Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World: Secret FileKonosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Fantastic Days; Looks Are All You Need). These titles are set to release in July 2023.

Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World: Secret File

Story by Kei Sazane
Illustrated by Ao Nekonabe

The first volume in a series of short stories set in the Our Last Crusade universe! Highlights include an anecdote about Nene, Mismis, and Risya having a sleepover in Iska’s room, plus the tale of Iska and Alice’s first encounter in their younger days. 

Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World: Secret File

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Official Anthology Comic

Original Story by Satoshi Wagahara
Art by Akio Hiiragi

The Devil King and his friends take a look at a wedding venue, buy swimsuits, and…get washed up on a deserted island?! This collection of original comic stories, drawn by a lineup of artists and fans of the series, comprises episodes which may or may not have happened during the main story. 

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Official Anthology Comic

Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Fantastic Days

Original Story by Natsume Akatsuki
Character Design by Kurone Mishima
Illustrated by Hirukuma
Original Concept by Sumzap

Follow Kazuma and his party as they help a team of aspiring dancers, fight a former general of the Demon King, and more in a series of adventures based on the Fantastic Days game, along with new, unique content! 

Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Fantastic Days

Looks Are All You Need

Story by Ghost Mikawa
Illustrated by necomi

Ryouran High School is a private arts academy where geniuses in every field—music, dance, fashion—gather. But in reality, looks decide the students’ success, not talent. My sister, Shika Ikebukuro, is a shut-in who can’t do anything without her older brother, and I was sure that devastating lack of charisma would doom her. But I know a secret. Though you’d never guess it, behind her mask, the internet sensation VSINGER is none other than my sister, Shika! Her voice is one of a kind, but will it be enough to overcome Ryouran High’s entire social order?

Looks Are All You Need

Secrets of the Silent Witch

Original Story by Matsuri Isora
Character Design by Nanna Fujimi
Art by Tobi Tana

Monica Everett is the Silent Witch, the only mage in the world who can use unchanted magecraft. But underneath all the fancy titles…she’s also the shyest girl you’ll ever meet! In fact, she learned unchanted magecraft just so she wouldn’t have to speak in public. Monica may be talented, but she has zero confidence, and now she’s being tasked with infiltrating a prestigious academy and protecting the kingdom’s second prince! How will she survive?! 

Secrets of the Silent Witch

IMITATION

By Kyoung-Ran Park

As a member of the obscure idol group Tea Party, Ma-Ha dreams of becoming a big star one day. Little did she know that she’d go viral so soon…by embarrassing herself on a popular talk show! But as the saying goes, there is no such thing as bad publicity…right? 

IMITATION

My Mate Is a Feline Gentleman

By Arata Asanae

When Toushirou is hired as a servant for diplomat Alex, he expects he will again be treated as a sex object and is afraid of the prospect of serving a beastman. But to his surprise, Alex is appalled by the treatment of omegas in Japan. No one has ever been so kind to Toushirou, and he finds his feelings begin to change… 

My Mate Is a Feline Gentleman

Saint? Nope, Just a Monster Tamer Passing Through

Story by Inumajin
Art by iidatoy

Kanata is a girl so gifted with magic that people swear up and down she’s the second coming of a saint. But when it comes time for her to choose a job, she settles on…Monster Taming? In truth, Kanata is the reincarnation of a friendless woman from the modern world. To make up for lost time, she sets off on a quest to gather as many fluffy creatures as she can get her hands on! 

The Reformation of the World as Overseen by a Realist Demon King

Story by Ryosuke Hata
Art by Manatsu Suzuki

The seventy-second Demon King, Astaroth, has been reincarnated in a strange new land with a mission to unite the world under his banner and reform its chaotic ways. He is the youngest of the Demon Kings, and although his forces may be weaker than those of his rivals, he won’t hesitate to use all the means at his disposal to achieve victory. Wielding unheard-of resourcefulness and tactics, he’ll reshape the fate of all who live under his reign! 

The Reformation of the World as Overseen by a Realist Demon King

Review: The World After the Fall Vol. 1

A tower one day appeared in the skies, standing out as a beacon of chaos and apocalypse. A heroic and powerful lot known as Walkers cleared the tower floors in order to save humanity, until the day that the Stone of Regression was discovered. Walkers could now “return” to the past, and slowly, everyone left. The brave few who remained formed Carpe Diem, a group of people who refused to abandon the world and represented humanity’s last hope. But once the last Walker reached floor 100, he no longer knew what to believe…

Story: singNsong
Adapted: S-Cynan
Art: Undead Gamja
Translation: Webtoon
Letterer: Phil Christie

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Anime NYC 2022: Ize Press Announces Acquisition of The Horizon and A Business Proposal

At the Yen Press Industry Panel at Anime NYC 2022, Ize Press, the newly formed Korean-content imprint responsible for the print publication of Villains Are Destined to Die and The World After the Fall, revealed two physical releases of popular Korean webcomics: The Horizon and A Business Proposal. The Horizon is a dramatic postapocalyptic tale from JH, the creator of The BoxerA Business Proposal is a romantic comedy that stands out as one of the most read series on Tapas, which reached mainstream heights following the February 2022 release of the Korean live-action television series. Both print releases are set to debut in Q2 2023.

The Horizon

By JH

A world where everything has been lost. A boy and a girl alone together. A spark of hope kindled between them. All they can do is move forward. But against broken adults and devastating despair, how long will they be able to keep going…? Find out in this poignant tale from JH, author of the acclaimed Korean comic The Boxer.

The Horizon

A Business Proposal

Art by NARAK
Adapted by Guava Farm and Perilla
Original Story by Haehwa

After being worked to the bone at her office job, getting introduced to her longtime crush’s new girlfriend, and dealing with her family’s debt hanging over her head, Hari Shin’s life seems to have hit rock bottom. Luckily, her friend Youngseo has a business proposal for her: go to an arranged date in her stead and Hari will receive a hefty compensation. Things grow complicated, however, when it turns out that the other party is Hari’s new CEO—and he’s dead set on marrying whoever shows up to the date! 

A Business Proposal

Yen Press’ Ize Press’ first title are out soon!

Ize Press is a new imprint from Yen Press dedicated to Korean content. A collaboration among Yen Press, REDICE Studio, and RIVERSE, Ize Press’ focus is to establish itself as a market leader for print editions of content that has captured the imagination and dedication of readers around the world.

The first titles to be released under Ize Press will be Villains Are Destined to Die and, from the creators of Omniscient Reader, The World After the Fall. They will be available next week, or you can pre-order them now! 

Villains Are Destined to Die, Vol. 1

Story and Art by SUOL
Original Novel by Gwon Gyeoeul

In Easy Mode of Daughter of the Duke Love Project!, you play as Ivonne, the duke’s long-lost daughter, who quickly gains the affection of the various male characters to win the game. Very easy! In Hard Mode, you play as villain Penelope Eckhart, the duke’s fake daughter, who starts her adventure with negative affection points. Very hard…and filled with gruesome deaths?! Misunderstood and pining for love, one girl finds that she has much in common with Penelope and tries again and again to get her good ending. She is granted one more try…when she falls asleep and wakes up as Penelope herself in the hostile world of the game!

Villains Are Destined to Die, Vol. 1

The World After the Fall, Vol. 1

Adapted by S-Cynan
Art by Undead Gamja
Original Novel by singNsong

A new series from the creative team behind Omniscient Reader. A tower one day appeared in the skies, standing out as a beacon of chaos and apocalypse. A heroic and powerful lot known as Walkers cleared the tower floors in order to save humanity, until the day that the Stone of Regression was discovered. Walkers could now “return” to the past, and slowly, everyone left. The brave few who remained formed Carpe Diem, a group of people who refused to abandon the world and represented humanity’s last hope. But once the last Walker reached floor 100, he no longer knew what to believe…

The World After the Fall, Vol. 1

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It’s new comic book day! What are you all getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web.

The Beat – NYCC ’22: Winners & Losers – The dream of the 90s is alive at NYCC – What stood out to you at the show?

Kotaku – Report: Yu-Gi-Oh!’s Creator Died Trying To Save People From Drowning – Very sad to hear.

Book Riot – Best Action Manhwa – What would you add?

The Mary Sue – Michigan Library Defunded After Residents Falsey Call “Heartstopper,” Other LGBTQ+ Books ‘Pornography’ – Assholes.

Review

CBR – Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League – Green Arrow #1

Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League - Green Arrow #1

Ablaze announces to Manhwa Graphic Novels for 2023

FIGHT CLASS 3 OMNIBUS Vol. 1

By Lee Hak

In an imaginary world where Korea is one of the world’s leading nations in martial arts, its government encourages high schools to set up martial art classes to develop talented martial artists. As the government provides with numerous benefits to the students of these classes, almost all teenagers dream of being selected for the special classes. Among the martial arts classes all over the country, Nam-il High School’s Fight Class 3 is the most famous.

A short, weak freshman named Ji-tae, whose physical appearance is the very opposite of a typical athlete, looks to join Nam-il’s Fight Class 3. Maria, a genius martial artist and international student of Class 3 from Brazil, happens to notice the unique talents that Ji-tae possesses—a double jointed body and the ability to read the movement patterns of his counterpart while fighting—that are ideal for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. And convinces the head martial arts teacher to test Ji-tae, and he passes. Julia also knows about Ji-tae’s missing father, who used to be a famous martial artist. Through numerous fights with Maria and his other classmates, all who have mastered different martial arts themselves, Ji-tae gradually becomes a martial artist specializing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. All the while, he continues searching for his missing father with Maria…

FIGHT CLASS 3 OMNIBUS Vol. 1

WITCH OF MINE Vol. 1

Written by Haeyoon, Illustrated by MAS

In these times, if you’re too good or bad at something or simply too beautiful, you’re called a witch. But there also exist magical beings called witches, who have the power to travel through both time and different dimensions, and sometimes do in the pursuit of love with human beings.

Up against twists of fate and time, an outcast young boy and a mysterious witch, shunned because they’re different from what’s considered normal, one due to his imperfection and one due to her perfection, will need more than just magic spells and incantations; they’ll need each other.

Beautifully written, with interconnected stories that will keep you guessing, Witch of Mine asks, “How far would you go for true love?”

WITCH OF MINE Vol. 1

Review: The Hellbound, Vol. 1

The Hellbound, Vol. 1

Yeon Sang-Ho and Choi Kyu-Seok’s manhwa, The Hellbound, tells the story of a new world phenomena, history-altering by its very nature: the confirmation of the existence of Hell.

It features hulking monstrosities that hunt people down and take them to Hell once they’ve been judged by an angel that also offers the time and date of their deaths. It’s terrifying on different levels, but where it cuts deepest is in its unwavering commitment to exploring how human behavior changes when confronted with this information. It poses questions that disturb our own sense of reality, casting doubts on whether our actions come out of the pureness of our hearts or out of self-interest in securing our place in the afterlife.

Some might recognize this manhwa for its Netflix adaptation first, which was developed by Sang-Ho, the director of the modern Korean zombie classic Train to Busan (2016). But the story doesn’t even start with the manhwa. Its origins are found in two animated shorts called The Hell (Two Kinds of Life), developed using the rotoscope technique and focusing on the same core ideas described above with certain key variations.

The manhwa comes after the animated movies and was originally published as a Webtoon comic. It was adapted so faithfully to live-action, panel for panel at times, that it can basically be taken as a fully detailed storyboard version of the story. It gives the impression that it had its sights set on becoming a six-part television series since its inception.

The Hellbound, Vol. 1

As it goes in the tv adaptation, The Hellbound starts with the brutal killing of a man that was damned to Hell by an angel and then sent there courtesy of a mysterious pack of creatures that appear at a specific date and time to collect the subject’s soul (mainly by beating the person to a pulp first and then burning his or her body to extract their soul from the charred remains).

People all over South Korea are trying to process the meaning of this very public horror, slowly coming to the realization that those who are visited by the angel and its monsters have a history of sinful life choices weighing them down. It’s what makes them potential marks for damnation.

A widowed detective working through the trauma of losing his wife to violent crime, a skeptical lawyer looking out for the best interests of those trying to take advantage of this new Hell business, and a shady religious leader supporting what he proclaims to be God’s work all drive the story forward in the first volume of the manhwa. They each represent a different aspect of faith, morality, and justice, offering readers various entry points into the problem of having what seems to be concrete and reliable affirmation that God exists and that he is watching us.

Sang-Ho and Kyu-Seok set up these characters as metaphors on the fragility of social structures when confronted with the idea that morality could actually be as simple as good and evil, black and white. Just how we come to an objective definition of what’s good and what’s evil is where the book’s genius truly lies.

The story features a conspiracy-obsessed internet personality that represents a group of violently fanatic youths known as the Arrowhead. This group stands to represent how dangerous digital influencers and commentators can be when they speak to a moral duty to conform to the new status quo, which involves the recognition of what the group eventually calls demonstrations of Hell. The story’s at its most frightening when it shows this brainwashed group blindly pledging their allegiance to something that’s not only unprecedented in human history but also complicated to untangle and make sense of.

In this regard, The Hellbound is a treatise on the dangers of aggressive and targeted influencing, and it mines some of society’s darkest elements in the process to tell a story that’s part mystery, part religious philosophy, and all horror. The online radicalization of younger people plays a big role in this and it sets the story on a considerably more complicated path in terms of a people’s tendency to approach big changes with a mob mentality.

Sang-Ho’s script is airtight, surgical in its focus but also interested in meaningful character development. The story is eager to engage readers with its ideas, but it doesn’t lose sight of the things that make for good storytelling. Every character struggles with a looming sense of doom, coupled with a generous helping of dread, that makes their perspective on the events vary wildly. It helps keep the story urgent and stimulating throughout.

Kyu-Seok’s art aims for a very palpable sense of realism that gets thrown around and pummeled into submission once the monsters start claiming the souls of the damned. The creature designs stand out on account of them being so unlike anything classically biblical. In fact, it’s not even clear just exactly what it is they are or which side they represent. Are they angelic servants sent from the heavens or demonic entities carrying out Hell’s orders? All the reader knows is that they are cruelly violent brutes that seem to exist only to inflict pain. Their black, tightly-wound tendril bodies leave more questions than answers in their wake, amplifying the terror they instill into an existentially rattled populace.

The Hellbound, Vol. 1

The Hellbound settles for nothing less than to shake its readers to their cores, all the way down to their beliefs. It’s a nerve-wracking read at points and it’s unafraid to drop readers into very uncomfortable situations to get at more serious questions about religion, social influence, and morality. It deserves to be read, consumed as a tv series, and seen as a pair of short animated movies. It’s a dark world that Sang-Ho and Kyu-Seok have crafted, one where the prospect of Hell is shaped by very human choices.

Story: Yeon Sang-Ho, Art: Choi Kyu-Seok
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Read and dust off the old Bible just in case

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: Amazon

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Apache Delivery Service #1

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things are you all doing? Sound off in the comments below! While we get ready for the weekend, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: On the way with ONE WAY TRIP – Free comics!

The Comichron – Comics history resource: On-sale dates from Newsdealer and Bestsellers – The site gets more material that’s great for researchers.

Yen Press – 2022’s Most Anticipated Manhwa and Webcomics – What are you looking forward to?

Reviews

ComicBook – Apache Delivery Service #1
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Decorum
CBR – Nocterra: Blacktop Bill Special

Dr. Brain Launches on Tapas

Dr. Brain

Tapas and Kakao Entertainment have announced the hit Korean webcomic, Dr. Brain, will be available in English for the first time on Tapas. The science fiction thriller, written and drawn by Hongjacga, was recently adapted for television by director Jee-woon Kim and is now streaming globally on Apple TV+. The webcomic launch on Tapas will mark the first time the content is available in English. Dr. Brain will launch with three episodes and update on Thursdays.

Dr. Brain centers around a genius neuroscientist, Sewon, who connects to the brains of the recently deceased and discovers clues to murder cases. The webcomic is an electrifying depiction of Sewon’s struggle as he tracks down the suspects. 

Produced by Kakao Webtoon Studio and originally released in Korea in 2016, Dr. Brain boasts more than 20 million accumulated views across Korean platforms Kakao Webtoon and Kakao Page. Now, fans watching the Apple Original series, which stars by Lee Sun-kyun, can dig even deeper into the Dr. Brain world with the webcomic on Tapas.

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What did you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. Check out some comic news and a bunch of reviews from around the web to start your day.

Book Riot – 16 Of The Best Romance Manhwa For Every Romance Reader – Any you’d add to the list?

Reviews

CBR – Conan the Barbarian #25
CBR – Hunt for Solavore #1
AIPT – Maw #1
CBR – Mazebook #1
Collected Editions – Secret Six Vol. 2: The Gauntlet

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