“Eternal Youths” – Happiness Vol. 4

For three volumes, artist and author Shuzo Oshimi has made it clear that the cast of Happiness struggle with growth; with the fourth, he shows how easily these impulses lead us to seek out paths of regression we mistake, in our confusion, for progression. In Gosho’s case this means befriending vampire hunter Sakurane, a man who, like her, has never been able to make peace with the death of a younger sibling. He may seem like a positive role-model for the doubting teen – constructive, motivated, wise – but anyone with perspective can see that his crusade against Nora and her

In vibrant colored pencils, a womans eyes stare out towards off camera to the left. This is the cover for Happiness Volume 4

“Any Witch Way But Loose” – Flying Witch Vol. 1

Flying Witch is like a warm bath full of fizzing bubbles just waiting to receive us after another miserable day spent trudging through a miserable world.

Lax Sabbath – Maria the Virgin Witch

Despite its many flaws, there is something inviting about Maria, something familiar and friendly that captures easy friendships and family chemistry.

“Yawning at the Void” – Bungo Stray Dogs Vol. 2

“Even the most generous of audiences is unlikely to find Bungo Stray Dogs willing to return their investment.”

Plot Before Character – Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four

“Hickman is always building to a world-changing catastrophe, but the climax is always so emotionally empty that when it arrives it feels irrelevant.”

“Every Gundam Time…” – MSG: Thunderbolt Vol.2

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt is a tonal mess that knows irony can be used to underpin horror to shocking effect, but has no clue how or when to implement said irony.