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J LHLS Archives: May 2006
Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Chibi Vampire, Vol. 1
by Yuna Kagesaki
Review by Tom Good
Chibi Vampire is the story of Karin Maaka, a young girl faced with the embarrassing discovery that once a month, she bleeds profusely from her nose. (I know. Begun, the Subtext Wars have.) She comes from a family of vampires, in a world where vampires have strong preferences for the blood of particular types of people. Karin's mother Calera, for example, likes the blood of liars; not that of a small-scale liar who "only told lies to his fishing buddies," but the blood of truly destructive liars. I guess this is the vampiric equivalent of craving certain wine varietals. If I owned a vineyard, "Blood of the Liar" would make a great name for an Oregon Pinot Noir. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 12:07 AM PST [Link]
Tuesday, May 2, 2006
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 5
by Hiromu Arakawa
Review by Tom Good
This episode finds Ed, Al, and Winri in Rush Valley, "The Boomtown of the Broken Down," and the home of the best automail mechanics in the land. The techies in town admire Winri's workmanship on Ed's automail. Ed enters into an automail arm-wrestling contest, but after his opponent insults him for being a kid, he cheats and uses alchemy to win the bout.
Winri discovers some automail she admires, but unfortunately it is on the legs of a female thief who steals Ed's State Alchemist watch. The girl is named Paninya, and her advanced automail was made by a man named Dominic who lives in the middle of nowhere. Winri wants to apprentice with him, but he is not interested. It turns out that Dominic's daughter is pregnant and about to deliver, which leads to some interesting drama where we also find out a funny secret about Winri's granny Pinoko. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 11:17 PM PST [Link]
Sunday, April 30, 2006
By Carol Tyler
Published by Fantagraphics
Review by Leigh Anne Wilson
As the second-wavers like to say, the personal is political. This short little soundbite, so pithy and perfect and catchy, with the dainty plosives enveloping the two letter verb like puffy lips, top and bottom, like a kiss. And like any effective slogan, its ceiling can become so high and broad that one loses sight of the fact that, down on the ground, making the personal (private) into the political (public) can kind of suck sometimes. [more]
Posted by Leigh Anne Wilson @ 09:02 PM PST [Link]
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