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    G.I. Joe update: I finally just found a response to a fan question by the writer Paul Allor on Twitter five days ago. Someone asked, "This isn't the end of your run, is it? I'm a little behind and haven't seen anything solicited past #10."

    Allor responded: "Nothing's been announced one way or the other, but this is the end of our first 'season.'"

    Spoiler alert: None of the big baddies survived this very rushed issue. It was obviously meant to be an ending. Yeah, it's comics, and they could all come back somehow. But this is one reader who wouldn't return for that.

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    Just an update to say that I'm more than halfway through the Jormungand manga now, and it's become my favorite manga ever. I'm every bit it's target audience.

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    I have some manga in my collection now. Um... not quite what I expected. I try to read it when my wife isn't around. :O

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    I have some manga in my collection now. Um... not quite what I expected. I try to read it when my wife isn't around. :O
    LOL.... some of that stuff requires a cold shower after! Last time I was in a comics retailer, I was amazed!
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    Jormungand is now my favorite manga ever. Finished that, and now it's on to:

    James the Brother of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Vol. 1: The Historical James, Paul the Enemy, and Jesus' Brothers as Apostles, by Robert Eisenman

    I started this book years ago, when I was still a pretty slow reader. I'm determined to finish it now. It's not well structured, so it's not easy reading, and the pages are big with small print. It's a dense read. I'm about three quarters through it now.

    It's essentially about new ideas regarding Jesus' brother James, one of the founders of Christianity, coming from the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in the mid-20th Century. The Scrolls reveal a much more contentious relationship between James and the Apostle Paul than the Bible lets on. This book explains that James and Paul were enemies with very different ideas about the church. It goes so far as to suggest that Paul murdered James and shaped the new religion into what he wanted it to be, with his own Rome-friendly version of the gospel story, which became the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. According to this book, most of the New Testament (but not James' letter) was written for a Roman audience, which partly explains why Christianity became so popular outside the Middle East and spread around the world.

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    That’s amazing stuff! Sounds great. And I get ‘ya on the dense writing... that’s tough to get through.
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    Finishing that last book was quite a feat. But it's done, and now it's on to...

    Black Lagoon: Shaitane Badi, by Gen Urobuchi
    Black Lagoon is one of my favorite manga series. It was written and drawn by Rei Hiroe. It's about a modern-day transport company that gets in all sorts of trouble on the high seas and in the streets of dangerous cities, mostly in Southeast Asia. I'm pretty sure I posted about it years ago in the previous version of this forum. I played a game scenario based on it, too.

    What I'm reading now is a prose novel by another writer, using the same characters in a different story. I'm only a few pages in and don't know much yet. Shaitane Badi seems to be Hindi for devilish elder, according to Google Translate. I don't know if that means there will be an Indian character, or a devilish elder.

    It also has illustrations by the Black Lagoon creator, Rei Hiroe. But it's not a manga.

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    I found this because I really wanted something like this to exist, and I was delighted when it turned out it does exist. I'd like to find more books like this. But this seems to be a rare kind of thing, especially for something like this to be translated into English.

    This book has never been in print in its English form. It's only available as a free PDF, and the chapters seem to be available as blog posts, too.
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    I just finished reading...

    Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print, by Renni Browne & Dave King

    This, of course, because I recently wrote a first draft of my first novel and wanted tips for what to do next.

    This wasn't the book I hoped it was, though. No tips on overall story structure, to whom I should send my draft for editing, or how I should present it. It's mostly style tips. Which is helpful. It made me feel like my novel might be better than I thought, since I already knew most of this from years of reading about writing, not to mention all the books I read anyway. The biggest tip I got from it is to read my book out loud to better catch some things I might want to change.

    Time for another manga series, because I can hardly resist.

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    And I just read the first chapter of...

    Mahou Shoujo Tokushuusen Asuka (Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka), written by Makoto Fukami and illustrated by Seigo Tokiya

    My daughter and I have been watching the Sailor Moon anime series for a couple of years. Even as a grown-ass man, I love the epic scope of it. So I looked around to see if there might be anything like that actually made for grown-ass men.

    In 2015, a manga writer collaborated with an artist to make just such a thing, and they finished it this year. Perfect timing for me. It's basically a more violent version of Sailor Moon, with guns and knives. The girls in this story work with the military to put down evil underworld spirits. The series even has a military advisor! There are sixty-two chapters in all.

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    That was a great manga!

    Now it's on to...

    Man and His Symbols, by Carl Jung
    This is actually one of the books I said I'd read this year, the first one, I think. I got distracted. All those pretty magical girls.

    Man and His Symbols was the result of Jung's friends persuading him to write a final book about the importance of symbols in dreams, that everyone could understand, before he died. He resisted for years, until a dream he had convinced him to do it! He gathered his most trusted colleagues to help him write it. He only wrote the first chapter himself. It's very interesting. I'm excited by what I might learn.

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