Must-have Manga

By Caroline Ryder

Originally published on Advocate.com September 24 2008 12:00 AM ET

BEST SELLERGantz series (Dark Horse) Released this
summer in English for the first time, Gantz, written
and drawn by Hiroya Oku, quickly became one of the
most requested manga ever published by Dark Horse. The
story focuses on a posse of undead people who complete a
series of complicated missions.

CLASSICLone Wolf and Cub series(Dark Horse) Written by Kazuo Koike
with art by Goseki Kojima, Lone Wolf and Cub is an
archetypal samurai-vengeance story set in feudal Japan
that has influenced numerous Western comics creators.

ICONOCLASTAkira series (Dark Horse/Kodansha)
Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga is a postapocalyptic
cyberpunk saga whose intricate art raised the manga
bar forever more when it debuted in 1982.

RANDOMThe Manga Cookbook (Japanime) In this volume,
conceived by the “culinary institute” of
online manga instructor Manga University, manga
characters are used by illustrator Chihiro Hattori to
demonstrate Japanese recipes.

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YURI ESSENTIALSYuri Monogatari (ALC) Play around without
making a commitment with Yuri Monogatari, an
annual anthology of excerpted yuri manga from around the
world.

Love My Life (Shodensha) The manga that
spawned a popular Japanese feature film, it follows
lesbian college student Ichiko as she learns about her
father’s true sexual orientation -- and
discovers her deceased mother was gay.

BEST-SELLING YAOIYellow, Volume 1 (Digital Manga Publishing)
Straight macho man Taki forms a crime-fighting duo with gay
Goh. But can Goh keep his feelings under control?

Bond(z) (801 Media) This compilation
of yaoi love stories has obsession and secrecy as common
themes. The graphic illustrations give Bond(z) an 18+
rating.