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All ages comics and manga list for 01/02/09

It’s the beginning of a new year, and like so many bank accounts, this weeks list is looking very bare.  It’s a week for media based books though.  DC has their anthology of Cartoon Network-based stories, and Tokyopop has a "cinemanga" of Camp Rock, a popular Disney Channel movie.  And I just can’t help not promoting another issue of Doctor Who: Forgotten.  This series has been terrific, as it introduces the Doctor’s past as he tried to keep a hold of his future.  Really good stuff.

Cartoon Network Block Party #52, $2.50

Doctor Who Forgotten #5 (Nick Roche Regular Cover), $3.99

Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #43, $2.99  ^^AA Pick^^

Classics Illustrated Deluxe SC Vol 3 Frankenstein, $13.95
Hardy Boys HC Vol 15 Live Free Die Hardy, $12.95
Hardy Boys GN Vol 15 Live Free Die Hardy, $7.95

Camp Rock Cinemanga GN, $7.99

Twilight Zone HC The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street, $16.99
Twilight Zone SC The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street, $9.99  ^^AA Pick^^
Twilight Zone HC The Odyssey Of Flight 33, $16.99
Twilight Zone SC The Odyssey Of Flight 33, $9.99


 Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #43 – The Marvel Adventures are titles created for younger audience.  They are not part of the larger Marvel Universe, and all stories are self contained.  This title takes on Marvel’s First Family.  All the Fantastic Four wanted was a nice, quiet weekend at Suite Salem Bed and Breakfast.  But strange rooms at the Inn, an unsettling County Fair and Baron Mordo’s stealing of the FF’s essence to animate his gargoyle simulacums make it anything but a vacation!  The family dynamics seen in the Fantastic Four is something not seen alot in comics, and are certainly very different from team dynamics.  The balance of family and saving the world is not easy to achieve, but can be quite entertaining watch.

Twilight Zone: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street – Another media-based title, these Twilight Zone stories have the advantage of great writing to carry them.  The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street is a classic story and episode.  It is a stark look into man’s psyche, and the need we seem to have for an "other" to fight against.  Real or not.  A mysterious flash causes a power outage on a Saturday afternoon.  Soon, the residents of Maple Street are fighting monsters of their own making…  Even though it was written with the "red scare" of the 1950’s in mind, the themes in this story can be used in any time period.  Both thought provoking and entertaining, this is another title that is a must for a school library.

Lori Henderson About Lori Henderson

Lori Henderson is a mother of two teenage daughters and an avid reader. She blogs about manga at her personal blog Manga Xanadu as well as contributing and editing for Manga Village. She blogs about all things fandom (mainly Doctor Who) at her other personal blog Fangirl Xanadu. She's been at it so for over 5 years now and counting!


  1. Alana Abbott says:

    Hi Lori,

    So glad you’re putting together this list! We’re often interested in getting in new titles, often indie graphic novels, for our children’s and YA graphic novels sections, and sometimes it’s hard to guess which ones are best age appropriate. Thanks for your advising!

  2. J T Highland says:

    Agree that the writing on the Twilight Zone graphic novels are good-heck they were written by the Rod Sterling himself!

    But the artwork put together on this series so far has been lack luster.

    It would have been nice to see a more engaging and on edge artist than the ones who have been chosen for these!

    As iconic as the Twilight Zone is, I would have picked the Doctor Who series over Twilight Zone as more dynamic than a reworking of an old script from the 1960’s.

    Doctor Who may have been a contemporary of the Twilight Zone back in the day-but the Time Lord from Gallifrey rules the roost now in creativity…

  3. Lori Henderson says:

    Alana: I’m really glad the list is of use to you. I know what a pain it is to find age appropriate books, both as a parent and in researching the list!

    TJ: True. Russell T. Davies has down a great job revitalizing and updating the Good Doctor, but I had chosen “Doctor Who: Forgotten” on another list, and I try not to pick dupicates if I can help it (or remember). That’s why it got the kudos at the beginning of the post. :)

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