New Manga from Viz

Viz has a bunch of manga coming out soon, here’s what I think looks most interesting from the press release:

CAT EYED BOY • Rated “T+” for Older Teens • MSRP: $24.99 •Available June
17, 2008
Cat Eyed Boy is a half-human, half-monster child whose mostly human
appearance bans him from the demon world. He lives hidden in the shadows
of the human world, hated by humans and demons alike. Wherever he goes,
awful events occur as the humans and demons interact. In 11 stories of
revenge and retribution full of disturbing images, Cat Eyed Boy acts as
a trickster, saving the innocent and helping the wicked receive the
punishment that fate metes out. The first volume contains four stories
and the first part of a fifth and longer story. CAT EYED BOY was created
by Kazuo Umezu, the undisputed master of Japanese horror manga and
creator of the critically acclaimed DRIFTING CLASSROOM (also published
by VIZ Media). Cat Eyed Boy offers up a concoction of dark vignettes
dripping with the macabre and the absurd.

GUN BLAZE WEST • Rated “T+” for Older Teens • MSRP: $7.99 • Available
April 1, 2008
A brand new addition to the SHONEN JUMP imprint from Nobuhiro Watsuki,
the creator of the successful samurai manga series RUROUNI KENSHIN and
BUSO RENKIN (both published domestically by VIZ Media), GUN BLAZE WEST
puts a new twist on the genre as it is set in 19th century America.
Legend has it that in the far West lies a sacred land called Gun Blaze
West, where only the strong can set foot. Viu Bannes, a cheerful and
persistent boy, aspires to become a great gunslinger and yearns to
travel to the West and test his strength. He befriends a vagabond,
Marcus Homer, and they both decide to set off on a journey to find Gun
Blaze West. The new title is VIZ Media’s first Western/Wild West series
and will also be previewed in SHONEN JUMP magazine. Nobuhiro Watsuki’s
critically acclaimed previous series RUROUNI KENSHIN is a fan favorite
that has sold more than 1.1 million copies in North America and his BUSO
RENKIN series likewise enjoys a wide and growing following.

• Available April 8, 2008
For those who suffer nightmares, help awaits at the Silver Star Tea
House, where patrons can order much more than just Darjeeling. Hiruko is
a special kind of private investigator, he’s a dream eater, and he’ll
rid you of your darkest vision – for a price. Each chapter of NIGHMARE
INSPECTOR is a self-contained story that offers a glimpse of mankind’s
folly and gradually reveals a little more about Hiruko and his dark
past. A highly anticipated new series with a gothic edge, NIGHTMARE
INSPECTOR was published in Japan by Square Enix, the publisher of the
first manga series from Shin Mashiba. Fan-buzz has abounded on this
series and comparisons have been made to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and DC’s
classic House of Mystery/House of Secrets.

B.O.D.Y. • Rated “T+” for Older Teens • MSRP: $9.99 • Available April 8,
Everyone thinks 16-year-old Sakura has weird taste in guys because she
can’t stop drooling over Ryunosuke, the strong silent type who sits next
to her in class. When she discovers he works for a host club, where
women actually pay men to date them, will she finally wise up? Will he
leave his job to be with her? Or will she take a job at the club so he
can quit so she can be with him so…? Only one thing’s for sure in
B.O.D.Y. – you can’t put a price on love! B.O.D.Y. originally appeared
in the Japanese shojo monthly Bessatsu Margaret was created by Ao
Mimori. It is her third shojo manga series and is also currently
serialized in SHOJO BEAT magazine.