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Paradise Kiss, Vol. 3

Ai Yazawa's Paradise Kiss is a stylish soap opera about a high-school girl who becomes a model for a group of fashion students working on their final project. It was first published in North America years ago by Tokypop, but Vertical' a new release repackages the original five volumes into three with a larger trim size, which shows off Yazawa's elegant art at its best, with a new translation. Unlike many manga, which take place in some oddly mannered universe of battle robots and high school bullies, Paradise Kiss has a story that is universal, about love and finding your own path, set in the gritty world behind the runway. -- Brigid Alverson

Wolverine #1

Finally, the underutilized mutant adventurer gets his own solo title! Seriously though, writer Paul Cornell returns to the Marvel Universe perfectly teamed with one of the strongest artists in comics, Alan Davis. The only reason this book will not sell gangbusters is because the character is so overexposed. In all the interviews I’ve read, Cornell doesn’t intend to go in a radical new direction (but he does plan to tweak the way he speaks, avoiding the use of "bub," for example). Also Cornell plans to capitalize upon James' intelligence in the plots, as well as give him a quirky pub-based supporting cast. It should be great to have Cornell gracing the Marvel Universe yet again. -- Tim O’Shea

Nowhere Men #4

I very nearly dismissed this series because of its initial sales pitch "Science is the new rock 'n' roll" because I've had my fill of the rock star/super-scientist sub-genre (sub-sub-genre?) for a while. However, I'm glad I didn't, as Nowhere Men has quickly become one of my favorite comics on the stand, thanks in no small part to the work of Nate Bellegarde and Jordie Bellaire. They are rock stars. -- Kevin Melrose

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