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Maria's frank nature gains her more enemies at her new school, but her angelic singing voice inadvertently catches the attention of Yusuke Kanda and Shin Meguro. Can these boys mend her hardened heart, or will they just end up getting scorched?
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Maria's bold attitude may be exactly what she needs when she inspires an unlikely ally to come to her defense. And when she's given the task to lead her class in a choral competition, she's going to need all the gumption she can muster!
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Hana Ibuki, a cheerful soul, waltzes into Maria's life and befriends her right away. She even convinces wary classmates to join Maria's choral group. There's something suspicious about Hana';s help, however, especially since misconceptions about Maria occur every time Hana is involved. Is Hana really a friend or actually a foe?
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Maria encourages antagonistic Ayu to be true to her feelings, but that simple action snowballs into a huge rift within their class! As secret crushes and hidden motives are revealed, the backlash of honesty just might destroy Maria's efforts in uniting everyone for the choral competition!
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Maria finds herself liking her classmate Shin, but she can't seem to tell him how she feels! Meanwhile, her old friend Anna comes back into her life with unexpected news. Is Anna really interested in rekindling their friendship or does she have an ulterior motive?
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Growing up in a single parent household with an abusive father, Sora always took comfort in knowing that his best friend and neighbor Tetsuya is always there for him. Their relationship has always been a close one, but when they realize they're beginning to develop feelings for each other beyond the boundaries of "best friends", Tetsuya starts to avoid Sora all together. Will they be able to regain the comfortable friendship they once shared? Or will it all fall apart? Translated by Neri Wesek; Edited by Chris Chiwon Woo; Lettered by Courtny Fenrich
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After the tragic death of his parents, Yayoi was prepared to inherit the family fortune. Instead he found himself a hundred million yen in debt. With no real way to pay back the Yakuza, Yayoi tries his hardest to fight back against his recurring bad luck. Things take a turn for the best when he meets a wealthy business man named Kazuto who offers to shoulder his burden, but what's the catch? Will Yayoi remain trapped in his own personal hell, or is this really A Rose Colored Life? The answers to these questions and more unravel kiss by kiss in volume one of Yukari Hashida's tale of money and romance.
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Yayoi's adventures in love and debt repayment continue, with a few unexpected speed bumps. Between winning a trip for two to Bali and having his doppelganger show up to ruin his reputation, Yayoi is uncertain whether or not he will ever be able to pay back his debt. Things get even more complicated when Kazu's old lover enters the picture. How will Yayoi manage his time and his feelings? Will he ever repay his debt? The answer to these questions plus a bonus story can be found in the second installment of Yukari Hashida's tale of love and finance. Sometimes life becomes its rosiest when you least expect it.
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What time is it, bronies? It's Action Time! The fan-favorite internet sensation now has its own comic book! Bro the Kung-fu Pegasus, Artie the Bookworm Ninja, and Kid the Boy Pilot are out to find danger, monsters, bad guys, and the magic of friendship in their most exciting, wackiest adventure time on the playground of life yet! The action scene is just kicking into gear, so don't miss out on this exploding phenomenon! This first issue is sure to get snapped up!
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Fantasy master Rod Espinosa weaves an action-paled story of a small-town girl and her friends who want to make it big as renowned fighters! Clariette: part Barbie, part Xena, and all heart, out to make the world a better place. Ariarra: Pragmatic wandering cleric and healer, fiercely independent. Jolfe Endarion: Clari's cousin, an apprentice wizard with a love of adventure and good food. Together they set out in an age of constant warfare, across a world ruled by a monolithic empire, to battle enemies and monsters, make allies, save people in trouble, and find adventure, starting here in this gorgeous, epic, double-sized first issue!
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Having joined with a quasi-military adventuring band, fighter farm girl Clariette must get used to the minor rigors of the march, including weapons training. And barely has she gotten started on these new skills when their group is confronted by a local paramilitary troop, and then they both come under orc attack!
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Having joined with a quasi-military adventuring band, fighter farm girl Clariette has survived her first, fierce taste of battle. Now, she and the wounded troops arrive at a town filled with orphans. There, a dear friend pleads for help in rescuing one child from nearby, but will Clari be caught between this and her obligations to the Warriors of Dawn?
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Having split off from the Warriors of Dawn, Clari, Jolfe and Arriarra reach the beleaguered city of Bridgetown. They soon encounter others in dire need of help, but for that they need money. Fortunately, there is a huge prize for surviving a gauntlet of obstacles, but when ruthless men push the mechanisms' speed into the fatal range, can Clari survive unscathed?
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Fantasy master Rod Espinosa weaves an action-packed story of a small-town girl and her friends who want to make it big as renowned fighters! Clariette: part Barbie, part Xena, and all heart, out to make the world a better place. Ariarra: Pragmatic wandering cleric and healer, fiercely independent. Jolfe Endarion: Clari's cousin, an apprentice wizard with a love of adventure and good food. Together they set out in an age of constant warfare, across a world ruled by a monolithic empire, to battle enemies and monsters, make allies, save people in trouble, and find adventure!
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World War Two is over, but Airboy's work isn't done! Davy Nelson, the teenaged fighting ace known to the world as Airboy retrurns to the skies in this brand new limited series! Using his miraculous plane, Birdy, Davy finds and defeats a Japanese air ace holding out on a remote island. When he visits the man in postwar Tokyo, Airboy uncovers a conspiracy that could plunge Japan into the maelstrom of war once again!
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The action-wracked limited series continues as the deadliest combat ace of the Golden Age of comics returns. World War II has ended, but Airboy finds himself in the middle of a new war that threatens to plunge occupied Japan into a maelstrom of mechanized violence! Only Davy Nelson and his former mortal enemy can stop the rise of a new shogunate!
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The flying legend of the Golden Age is back in action in post-war Tokyo! Davy Nelson, the kid fighting ace of World War II, is embroiled in a conspiracy to return Japan to the horrors of the past under the rule of a mad shogun! Birdy, Airboy's miracle plane, is in the hands of the bad guys, and the Yakuza and an army of robotic killers stand in the way of a reunion!
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The fighting, flying legend of WWII is back in action. Davy Nelson is reunited with the miraculous Birdy, and both take to the skies to battle for the fate of post-war Japan! The power of fascist industrialist Goro is rising to threaten Tokyo and the future of the world. Can Airboy and Nakai thwart a mechanized insurrection and prevent the island nation from becoming the flashpoint in a new global war? The high-flying, two-fisted action continues as this epic races toward its conclusion.
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It all ends here as the Golden Age great, Airboy, takes to the skies again in the actrion-wracked conclusion to this surprize-hit linities series. The insidious plans of the evil Goro are fully revealed as his mechanized horrors sweep across Tokyo to incite a new war with the rest of the world. It's up to Davy Nelson and Japan's greatest flying ace to end this new era of terror before it begins and prevent the deaths of millions.
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Get ready for Rod Espinosa’s incredible adaptation of this timeless classic. The Eisner-nominated creator of such critically acclaimed, sweeping epics as Neotopia and Courageous Princess applies his visionary hand to Lewis Carroll's time-honored tale of an adventurous young girl who is swept into a strange magical fantasyland. Is it real or a dream? Journey down the rabbit hole in this amazing, lavishly illustrated, full color mini-series that is destined to become a new classic!
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After nearly drowning in her own tears, Alice finds she still doesn't fit in here in Wonderland--when she grows bigger than a house! What's a size-challenged girl to do? Consult a caterpillar, of course! Following its dubious advice, she heads off to the forest. There she encounters the Cheshire Cat, who could point her to the right path--if he weren't insane...
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Things are never what they seem in Wonderland. A chance meeting with a Cheshire Cat takes Alice to teatime at the Mad Hatter’s, where she is the guest of the hour! She then finds herself further “honored” by attending a weird croquet match and being introduced to the dangerously temperamental Queen of Hearts!
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The mind-bending conclusion! The Queen of Hearts makes her grand entrance, and nearly has Alice make a grand exit! Alice almost gets caught painting roses red, then the croquet game goes awry when she joins. Then refreshments are served, and Alice can’t wait to sample the tarts, but she's accused of stealing them and is brought to trial! Will the verdict be “Off with her head”?
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Painter Yukari Yohito will soon realize that despite all that he's been through, leaving his umbrella on a train will be the one thing that changes his life. Completely in tune with his paintings, Yukari is a genius at the canvas; however he is completely useless at living life. One day fellow art student Kurosu Keiichiro realizes Yukari has forgotten his umbrella on the train and quickly tries to return it-- having been a huge fan of Yukari's work, he strikes up a friendship. Keiichiro begins coming by to take care of things for the neurotic artist. However, the more he involves himself in Yukari's complex life the deeper Keiichiro's feelings begin to run. It's no longer mere friendship or even admiration that moves him, but just what should he do about it?
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World War III is over, and nomad soldier Duenan Knute and her cyborg partner Briareos struggle to survive in the abandoned cities and demilitarized zones of the post-war wasteland, the "Badside." Matters appear on the upswing, however, when they are found and brought to Olympus, an urban utopia and centerpiece for the reconstruction of civilization. Duenan and Bri join the Olympus police, a force that seems hardly necessary in such a paradise. But, like in most pretty pictures, perfection is an illusion, and Olympus's peaceful facade hides a dark secret, a violent struggle between human and cyborg that could once again plunge the world into war . . . and genocide. * Shirow is well known and critically acclaimed internationally, and is responsible for numerous classic anime/manga titles, such as Appleseed, Dominion, Ghost in the Shell, Orion, and Black Magic. * Produced in the authentic right-to-left reading format, as originally published in Japan. * A New York Times Bestselling series!
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You can't have a perfect society without perfect people, and the only perfect people are the ones you can manufacture. The governing body of Olympus, an urban utopia created from the ashes of World War III, is about to bring paradise crashing down around their ears as they seek to regulate the minds and bodies of the human race . . . or fully replace them with cyborg substitutes. Deunan and Briareos, still new to the city, find themselves in the unlikely position of having to hold together this house of cards. Their strategy? Destroy the old foundation and pray everything stands while new underpinnings are forged! From the imagination of Ghost in the Shell creator Shirow Masamune comes the manga masterpiece Appleseed, an epic cyberpunk vision deftly balancing hardcore techno-science, wry political commentary, and explosive action. A visionary work that inspired the wildly popular animated film, Appleseed is now presented for the first time in America in right-to-left reading format, as originally published in Japan.
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Life seems ideal within the utopian confines of Olympus, a shining beacon in a post-World War III wasteland, but perfection is always an illusion. Stalking the ruins of New York City is Artemis, a renegade, flesh-eating bioroid (enhanced artificial human) carrying data critical to the future of Olympus. The elite ESWAT is sent in to tranq her and bring her in, but when Artemis recovers during transit the powerful combat bioroid brings down the transport ship and escapes into Olympus! ESWAT agents Deunan and Briareos are dispatched to bring in the feral Artemis, but will they emerge as heroes . . . or lunch? * Shirow is well-known and critically acclaimed internationally, and is responsible for numerous classic anime/manga titles, such as Appleseed, Dominion, Ghost in the Shell, Orion, and Black Magic. * Produced in the authentic right-to-left reading format, as originally published in Japan.
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Paradise ain't easy! In the future utopian metropolis of Olympus, a blazing beacon of humanity amidst a post-global-war wasteland, ESWAT agents Deunan and Briareos have fought tooth and nail to keep the peace and prevent Olympus from sliding back into chaos. When Olympus intelligence learns of a giant Landmate powersuit being built in secrecy, and on the threshhold of a top-secret international conference of the highest importance to be held in Olympus, ESWAT is mobilized to crack the mystery and disrupt a terrorist operation that could turn the fragile peace into World War IV! From the imagination of Ghost in the Shell creator Shirow Masamune comes a visionary work from the series that inspired the wildly popular animated film, Appleseed. * A New York Times bestseller!
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A collection of sketches, studies and schematics, Appleseed ID is a must-have companion book for fans of the cyberpunk saga Appleseed and its legendary creator, Shirow Masamune, the manga mastermind behind such classics as Appleseed, Dominion and Ghost in the Shell. Sit back and relax as Shirow takes you on a guided tour of one of his most beloved worlds, exploring the people, places, organizations and, of course, technology that makes the universe of Appleseed the Sci-Fihotspot that it is. Feel like taking a break from Shirow's examination and explanation of his creations and of his own creative process? Then take a browse through this book's beautiful color galleries, or follow Deunan and Briareos on a high-stakes adventure with the short story "Called Game."
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"Early to Bed": Archie has a problem with coming to school late, and his father has sent him to bed early as punishment. But things look like they might end up worse than that when the police arrive at the Andrews' door! Is Archie going to prison? DISCLAIMER: The stories, characters, and incidents in this publication are entirely fictional. This publication contains material that was originally created in a less racially and socially sensitive time in our society and reflects attitudes that may be represented as offensive today. The stories are represented here without alteration for historical reference.
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"Swing Your Partner": There's a square dance at Riverdale High tonight, but it's such a new phenomenon that half the kids don't know how to do it! It seems like everyone's partnered off as a teacher or student--except Archie! Will he get a chance to learn before it's too late ?DISCLAIMER: The stories, characters, and incidents in this publication are entirely fictional. This publication contains material that was originally created in a less racially and socially sensitive time in our society and reflects attitudes that may be represented as offensive today. The stories are represented here without alteration for historical reference.
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"Scrambled Canastas": It's Veronica's birthday, and Archie wants to get her a set of Canasta cards! He sends Jughead down to the department store to pick it up for him, but it seems like there was some kind of communication breakdown. Will Jughead manage to get it right in the end? DISCLAIMER: The stories, characters, and incidents in this publication are entirely fictional. This publication contains material that was originally created in a less racially and socially sensitive time in our society and reflects attitudes that may be represented as offensive today. The stories are represented here without alteration for historical reference.
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Antarctic Press is proud to present an artwork showcase of one of the most amazing comic book artists of our time: Joseph Wight. One of the very first (if not THE first) artist to do painted art in Photoshop (Shotgun Mary, 1995), Joe's gorgeous rendering (color and grayscale), narrative timing (comic, dramatic, and horror) and near-fanatical precision in rendering machines (real and fictional) on land and sea and air have graced titles for numerous companies since 1989. From Twilight X to Nazi Zombies, from Star Wars: The Manga to First Moon, Joe's work has garnered him international praise from peers and fans alike, earning him a signing trip to Europe, limited print commissions for military groups, and more. Now the man Adam Warren calls the "Photoshop Monster", has assembled a choice selection of his art pieces, presented in FULL COLOR. This will make a proud addition for any collector of fine art or fan of military, zombies, humor, action, gorgeous women, jaw-dropping scenery...well, you get the idea.
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In the tradition of the celebrated collections The Art of Sin City and The Art of Hellboy, Dark Horse is proud to showcase the work of multi award-winning creator Stan Sakai in The Art of Usagi Yojimbo, offered in a softcover format for the first time. The sold-out edition edition, timed to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the creation of Sakai's signature character, Usagi Yojimbo, was met with an overwhelming response from thousands of fans around the world. This softcover edition will be printed on the same high-quality paper stock and will feature scores of never-before-seen pieces, a long out-of-print twelve-page primer illustrating how Stan creates each of his Usagi stories, forty-eight full-color pages of Stan's beautiful painted artwork, and more. Additionally, some of the biggest names in comics pay tribute to their favorite rabbit ronin in a fantastic gallery section, with pinups by Frank Miller, Geof Darrow, Jeff Smith, Sergio Aragones, and Matt Wagner, among others!
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Antarctic Press proudly presents a shining showcase of new, strong female talent, with something unique and wonderful in every issue! On her way to get groceries, Anais is magically transported to a very strange world, where the only way home is to find the items on her shopping list. Meanwhile, Emi discovers new classmate Helen shares her passion for the handheld game Adventure Quest XXI, so they form a party-both for real and in the game-questing together in the name of teamwork, friendship, and XP!
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Our second salvo of female comic talent contains two new short stories that are out of this world! In Shan Murphy's "Corporeal", a bunny on a seriously cute space mission befriends a helpful alien. In Miran Ong Chua's "Put A Spell On Me", two wizard girls go on their very first date. New illustrations, too!
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The popular Indie series featuring independent women comic creators and illustrators is back! A queen protects the future of her kingdom at all costs (Sam Beck), and a young woman discovers growing up sometimes starts when you're already an adult (Hannah Fisher).
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Another duet of dramas from the dynamic distaff of the comics world! Jane Mai provides a tale of a mysterious summer fling, along with a quiet, wistful cover. And Mira Ong Chua returns with a story about love, demons and pastries!
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Movie Adaptation Issue 1 of 4 Writer: Scott Tipton Artist: E.J. Su The comic-book version of the big screen adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's beloved Astro Boy is coming at you. Even better, each issue features the fantastic artistic stylings of E.J. Su!
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Movie Adaptation Issue 2 of 4 Writer: Scott Tipton Artist: E.J. Su The adaptation of Astro Boy continues here, as Astro Boy starts to come to grips with just who and what he is. Astro Boy Movie Prequel writer Scott Tipton and artist E.J. Su continue to do creator Tezuka proud!
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Movie Adaptation Issue 3 of 4 Writer: Scott Tipton Artist: E.J. Su The comic-book version of the big screen adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's beloved Astro Boy continues. Even better, each issue features the fantastic artistic stylings of E.J. Su!
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Movie Adaptation Issue 4 of 4 Writer: Scott Tipton Artist: E.J. Su The adaptation of Astro Boy concludes here, as Astro Boy Movie Prequel writer Scott Tipton and artist E.J. Su complete Astro Boy's amazing cinematic tale!
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Full Color | 83 Screens | Issue 1 of 4 Writer: Scott Tipton Artist: Diego Jourdan He's back! Astro Boy makes his amazing return to comics, paving the way for his exciting feature film debut! It's an all-new Astro Boy adventure, with Astro exploring a strange subterranean kingdom in search of his lost father, encountering weird creatures large and small. But are they friend or foe?
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Full Color | 80 Screens | Issue 2 of 4 Writer: Scott Tipton Artist: Diego Jourdan Astro Boy's return to comics continues, in preparation for his blockbuster feature film debut! Astro begins to explore the strange subterranean world miles below the earth's crust, and soon finds himself caught in the middle of a brutal civil war!
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Full Color | 107 Screens | Issue 3 of 4 Writer: Scott Tipton Artist: Diego Jourdan Astro Boy is caught between sides in a subterranean civil war, and finally comes face to face with the commander of the fierce reptilian army! Can Astro win this war all by himself? And maybe the better question is, should he? ASTRO BOY's return to comics continues, in preparation for his blockbuster feature film debut!
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Full Color | 107 Screens | Issue 4 of 4 Writer: Scott Tipton Artist: Diego Jourdan The secrets of the strange subterranean world are revealed! Now that he knows the truth, can Astro Boy undo the damage he's inadvertently done?! Astro Boy's return to comics concludes here, in preparation for his blockbuster feature film debut later this year!
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Dark Horse proudly presents one of the crown jewels of manga--Astro Boy! Created by the late Osamu Tezuka, a revered animator and cartoonist (who created over 150,000 pages of comics in his career!) considered the Walt Disney of Japan, Astro Boy was the first manga series to be adapted to animation and became a worldwide phenomenon, making Astro Boy the Mickey Mouse of anime-a jet-powered, super-strong, evil-robot-bashing, alien-invasion-smashing Mickey Mouse, that is! Exciting, whimsical, and touching, Astro Boy hearkens back to the classic era of comics and animation, featuring stories that readers young and old will enjoy. * This special edition combines the first two volumes of the collected Astro Boy, in one value-priced collection!
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The works of Osamu Tezuka are being enthusiastically discovered and re-discovered by American audiences. Tezuka is the unquestioned creative wellspring for the modern anime and manga industries, the influence of his genius now pervading popular culture around the globe, and Astro Boy is the quintessential Tezuka work -- innovative, exciting, hilarious, and even heartbreaking. Few works of graphic fiction -- or any fiction, for that matter -- offer so much fun and humanity that appeals to so many different ages. In this volume: Astro battles the mighty (and really BIG!) Garon; Astro must solve "The 100 Million Year Old Crime;" and Astro is stolen!
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Fifty years after his creation, Astro Boy continues to lead the manga and anime charge, his adventures still as fresh and exciting as when first crafted by master storyteller/cartoonist/animator Osamu Tezuka. In this volume: Astro Boy must help a robot bomb escape his creators and prevent earth from being destroyed; Astro battles a deadly underground tank controlled by an evil general bent on world conquest; a famous police detective enlists Astro to help him solve a murder - with the detective's father as the prime suspect!
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