John Jakala posted about some insanely discounted manga. I haven’t ordered anything before from the online store that he mentioned, but the bargains for were too good to pass up. I think this was my first time pre-ordering a ton of manga based solely on if I thought the covers were pretty.
So I decided to try out some titles from DC’s new CMX line (at $3.48, even if I end up hating them I won’t feel like I’ve wasted my money).
I ordered Madara, the story of “an apprentice blacksmith in a rural village who gets by using artificial limbs created by his adoptive father.” But Madara discovers his hidden destiny, born with great powers, his limbs were amputated and his missing limbs were “divided amongst eight evil generals. Now Madara, with the help of a band of freedom fighters and a magical sword, sets out to retrieve his body parts and defeat his brothers, who covet the throne.” That sounds amusing, someone looking for their own missing body parts is an interesting twist on the whole hero treasure hunt storyline. I wonder if Madara will be fighting evil monsters and yelling things like “Give me back my spleen!!!!!”
I also ordered Land of the Blindfolded, which looks like a shoujo manga about high school students with complimentary ESP powers. I wasn’t overwhelmed by the cover art for From Eroica With Love, but then I looked at the sample art and realized that I thought the art was strange because it had been such a long time since I’d seen manga from the 70s, I had forgotten what that style of illustration looked like. I’m not very interested in a plot revolving around art thievery and men with Farrah Fawcett hairdos in any case.
I ordered Queen’s Knight without realizing that it was by the author of I.N.V.U, so that was a pleasant surprise. And I finished things off by ordering two titles from Viz, From Far Away (Kanata Kara) which sounds similar to Fushigi Yuugi, and W Juliet which seems to have a plot revolving around massive amounts of cross-dressing. We’ll see how these titles work out…