Black Bird vol. 12 by Kanoko Sakurakouji (Viz) – 4 Stars. A really great installment in a series that I’m absolutely addicted to. I really am so glad that there’s more of a focus on the Tengu, particularly the bonds between Kyo and his clan. Also the romance between Kyo and Misao has become more relaxed and sweet rather than somewhat weirdly obsessive and discomfiting. I am also very concerned for Hoki and longing for volume 13!
The Eye of the Celts: Darwin’s Diaries #1 by Eduardo Ocana and Sylvain Runberg (Cinebook) – 2.5 Stars. This volume left me with more questions than answers and not in a good way. However, I’m curious to see what Darwin’s deal/damage ends up being as well as finding out the cause behind the monster he’s investigating. I’m not sure I could recommend this title without seeing how the next volume plays out, but it does remind me a little bit of The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey.
Pandemonium by Chris Wooding and Cassandra Diaz (Scholastic) – 4 Stars. Although I do sort of wish there had been a bit more substance and explanations, I was completely won over by the artwork. Not to mention how quirky, imaginative, and endearing the characters, the world, and the demonic Prince and the Pauper plot were. I also really liked the humor of it all. I think this will really appeal to fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Naruto, and Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet. If there’s a sequel, I will definitely be back for more Seifer and Carcassa.