PREVIEWSworld Celebrates Manga Month

Manga Month is here again, and we’ve got another great selection of comics from a myriad of publishers. And as always, there’s truly something for everyone in manga, from Fantasy and Sci-Fi, to Historical, Romance, Horror, Action and more! Manga continues to find new readers every year, and the stories and concepts keep getting better. It’s a great time to be reading comics, especially manga!

So, if you’re looking for something new and out of the ordinary to read and discover, then check out this selection of manga bestsellers, chosen specifically by our Comics Team! And look for our Manga Month icon throughout the May PREVIEWS for more great Manga Month suggestions to order at your local comic shop!

ABLAZE
(W) Jeon Geuk-Jin (A/CA) Kamaro
The story of The Breaker follows Si-Woon Yi, a timid high school student who becomes the disciple of Chun-Woo Han, a martial artist who is an enemy to the secret martial arts society known as the Murim. However, Shi-Woon is na ve and unaware of his master's shady past and the unseen underbelly of the society. How will Chun-Woo manage to teach Si-Woon and help him survive in the world of the Murim?

Originally published in Korean, The Breaker has had international success in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Turkey, Poland and more...and now ABLAZE is happy to bring the title to English language readers worldwide. Praised not only for its thrilling artwork depicting amazing martial arts action, but also gripping storyline.  Ranked #4 on the 10 Best Manhwa of the Decade (According to MyAnimeList.com)   THE BREAKER OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 is 400 pages of intense story and art!  
In Shops: Jun 30, 2021
SRP: $19.99
PREVIEWS Page #234

ABLAZE
(W) Kachou Hashimoto (A/CA) Kachou Hashimoto
It's the year 2125, and a strange plague called "Cagaster" appears. One-in-a-thousand people is infected by this disease, which turns humans into monstrous cannibalistic insects. Two-thirds of humanity is decimated. Thirty years later, young expert bug exterminator and mercenary adventurer Kidou and newfound friend Ilie struggle to survive in this brutal new world, while delving into the mysteries of the plague and its causes.  Kidou is tasked with finding Ilie's mother, after being entrusted with her by her dying father. Meanwhile, the battle continues to rage against the mutated population of Earth, with the code possibly being cracked to finally end the nightmare.
In Shops: Aug 19, 2020
SRP: $12.99
PREVIEWS Page #232

DRAWN & QUARTERLY
(W) Yoshiharu Tsuge (A/CA) Yoshiharu Tsuge
The Swamp is the first in a series of books by Yoshiharu Tsuge, one of the most influential and acclaimed practitioners of literary comics in Japan. Bucking the tradition of mystery and adventure stories, Tsuge's fiction focused on the lives of the citizens of Japan. These mesmerizing comics, like those of his contemporary Yoshihiro Tatsumi, reveal a gritty, at times desperate post-war Japan, while displaying Tsuge's unique sense of humor and point of view.
In Shops: Aug 12, 2020
SRP: $24.95
PREVIEWS Page #292

KODANSHA COMICS
(W) Katsuhiro Otomo (A/CA) Katsuhiro Otomo
The post-apocalyptic science-fiction saga Akira, with its thought-provoking themes and kinetic artwork, introduced the world to the power of manga. Now available again, this classic adventure is ready to be discovered by a new generation of readers!
In Shops: Oct 14, 2009
SRP: $24.99
PREVIEWS Page #286

KODANSHA COMICS
(W) Coolkyoushinja (A/CA) Coolkyoushinja
There's demon-slaying action galore in this stylish update to a Japanese folktale from the creator of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid! The rambunctious, teenage Princess Saltherine is fed up with being trapped behind high walls and engineers an escape. But this world is full of monsters both human and otherwise, and it could be Sally herself is one of them! Saltherine, princess of the Kingdom of Aldarake, dreams of traveling the world, a dangerous dream in a land where monsters roam the countryside! A chance meeting with a wanderer gives her hope that she might still find excitement in her life. But then she discovers the wanderer's true identity: Momotaro the Peach Boy, demon-slayer of legend! Though terrified by his bloody profession, Sally feels driven to follow Momotaro and learn more. But is this curiosity, or a magical connection that goes deeper than either of them realize...?
In Shops: Jun 30, 2021
SRP: $12.99
PREVIEWS Page #419

NETCOMICS
(W) Sujin Kim (A/CA) Sujin Kim
When Sawoo gets bullied in high school, his only friend Kido promises to teach him the three rules to become the greatest villain. But Kido goes overseas after giving only two of the three rules. While faithfully following the two rules, Sawoo writes Kido numerous letters in hopes of receiving the third rule, but Kido never replies. After four years, Kido comes back believing Sawoo has been writing him love letters.
In Shops: Oct 03, 2018
SRP: $16.99
PREVIEWS Page #481

ONE PEACE BOOKS
(W) Masao Ohtake (A/CA) Masao Ohtake
Nitta is an ambitious, young member of the Ashikawa-gumi yakuza syndicate. One day, a mysterious, oval-shaped object falls out of thin air into his apartment, and suddenly changes everything! Inside the object is an expressionless young girl named Hina. The girl has formidable telekinetic powers that she uses to threaten Nitta, forcing him to allow her to live in his apartment. Dangers abound as the yakuza member and young psychic begin their life together as roommates! For readers ages 13 and up!
In Shops: Sep 12, 2018
SRP: $11.95
PREVIEWS Page #481

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC
(W) Leiji Matsumoto (A/CA) Leiji Matsumoto
The original Captain Harlock series, introducing one of the most revered and recognizable characters in science fiction history, released in English for the first time! After a mysterious sphere collides with Tokyo, legends seemingly born of the ancient Mayan civilization appear. In truth, however, the beings are alien invaders known as the Mazone, plant women who wandered the earth in bygone ages - and have now returned to make it theirs. With a ragtag crew of renegades at his side, only the space pirate Captain Harlock has what it takes to save the planet.
In Shops: Jun 06, 2018
SRP: $24.99
PREVIEWS Page #408

STONE BRIDGE PRESS
(W) Toshio Ban, Frederik Schodt (A/CA) Osamu Tezuka
This graphic-format biography of Osamu Tezuka - Japan's "God of Manga" - looks at one of the twentieth century's great creative artists (Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Black Jack). It is also an anecdotal study of the evolution of Japan's early manga and anime business and its heroes. A never-before-seen popular culture history of postwar Japan, it is sure to fascinate fans and anyone interested in manga, anime, and the potential of the graphic storytelling medium.
In Shops: Jul 13, 2016
SRP: $29.95
PREVIEWS Page #486

TASCHEN AMERICA L.L.C.
Since the original TASCHEN edition of Manga Design, Japan's comic phenomenon has produced yet more captivating characters and a whole host of hot new talents. This revised and updated edition delivers the lowdown on the latest and the greatest makers and shapers of the manga scene. Through an A-Z directory, we discover the superstars, both human and fictional, of what is now a vast global industry, inspiring advertisers, filmmakers, creative professionals, millions of avid fans, not to mention an entire cosplay lifestyle, in which manga devotees in elaborate costume meet to celebrate the existence of their characters at huge conventions from Los Angeles to Leipzig. From classic maestros-like Osamu Tezuka (creator of Astro Boy) and Katsuhiro Otomo (creator of Akira)-to newcomers such as Hajime Isayama, each entry includes biographical and bibliographical information, descriptions of main characters, and, of course, plenty of examples of the artist's finest manga spreads and covers.
In Shops: May 23, 2018
SRP: $20.00
PREVIEWS Page #518

TOKYOPOP
(W) Svetlana Chmakova (A/CA) Svetlana Chmakova
When amateur writer Christie settles in the artist alley of her first ever anime convention, she sees it as an opportunity to promote the manga she had started with her artist boyfriend. But when she unexpectedly falls for a mysterious cosplayer, things become complicated. What do you do when you love someone who is going miles away from you in just a couple of days?! Web-comic vet Svetlana Chmakova gives us a funny, romantic, behind-the-scenes look at an anime convention-where sometimes even two is a crowd!
In Shops: Jan 25, 2017
SRP: $9.99
PREVIEWS Page #417

UDON ENTERTAINMENT INC
(W) Riyoko Ikeda (A/CA) Riyoko Ikeda
Oscar François de Jarjeyes is a young noblewoman raised as a son by her father. As commander of Marie Antoinette's palace guard, Oscar is brought face-to-face with the luxury of King Louis XVI's court at Versailles. Joined by her servant André, Oscar is privy to the intrigue and deceit of France's last great royal regime.
The Rose of Versailles, the queen of shojo manga, is available for the first time in English! This deluxe hardcover volume contains the first 22 chapters of Riyoko Ikeda's historical fiction masterwork.
In Shops: Jan 22, 2020
SRP: $38.99
PREVIEWS Page #398

VIZ MEDIA LLC
(W) One (A/CA) One
Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem -- he just can't seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! Every time a promising villain appears, he beats the snot out of 'em with one punch! Can Saitama finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of superpowered boredom? For teen audiences.
In Shops: Aug 19, 2015
SRP: $9.99

YEN ON
(W) Reki Kawahara (A/CA) Abec
Spanning twenty volumes of Sword Art Online, this special boxed set includes exclusive prints and poster featuring gorgeous art by abec! With two beautiful collector's editions volumes, this boxed set is an absolute must-have for fans of the series!
In Shops: Dec 16, 2020
SRP: $200.00

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PREVIEWSworld Celebrates Manga Month

Manga Month is here again, and we’ve got another great selection of comics from a myriad of publishers. Check out our selection of manga bestsellers, perfect for old and new manga fans alike!