Readers may be surprised to learn that the eponymous protagonist of Tsuge'sThe Man Without Talent is actually quite talented. He begins as a struggling but capable cartoonist before embarking on several get-rich-quick schemes that rarely work out the way he intends. Borrowing from the Japanese autobiographical "I-novel" tradition, Tsuge's famous tale of depression, rejection, and the plight of the poor artist reflects what authors and other members of the working class have known and documented for decades. As a result, there is something in The Man Without Talent for anyone who has fought to pave a way through a world dominated by capital.
Weird comics artist Q Hayashida is back with Dai Dark, her successor to fantasy-horror-comedy masterpiece Dorohedoro. The story is set in space this time, but all the hallmarks of her style are there: sprawling catacombs of rust, bone, and gore; bizarre, setting-specific conceits everybody takes for granted; and a cast of lovable goofs who engage their enemies in shocking violence. Plus, there's Shimada Death! With the release of the first volume, now's as good a time as ever to get in on the ground floor and see how the story shakes out.
Ice Cream Man is a terrific work of contemporary absurdism that gives form and intent to the forces that undermine and erase all that we love, trading the universe’s devastating ambivalence for something garish and malevolent. Morazzo’s abstracted figures and O’Halloran’s simplified color palette give perfect form to Prince’s tales of existential horror. The creators often toy with surprising formal devices, experimenting with the possibilities of their medium in a way that dodges the overly cerebral and instead brings an extra bit of fun to this delightfully horrifying series.