FCBD Ghost in the Shell Anthology Preview and Alita Reprint: Kodansha March 2018 Solicits

The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network is getting a Free Comic Book Day peview. Plus, Battle Angel: Alita by Yukito Kishiro is getting a reprint for the first time in over a decade. Both are courtesy of Kodansha Comics, featured in their March 2018 solicits. Details on those releases and more are below.

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FCBD 2018 GHOST IN THE SHELL GLOBAL NEURAL NETWORK
(W) Max Gladstone (A) David Lopez
An exclusive preview of the upcoming Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network anthology featuring Alex de Campi, Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Max Gladstone, David Lopez, LRNZ, Khoi Pham, Genevieve Valentine, and more talented creators working in the world of Shirow Masamune’s cyberpunk masterpiece. While traveling with a trade delegation to Shanghai, Major Kusanagi experiences a dramatic reunion with a wartime enemy — an American commando unit that shouldn’t exist anymore — and an old friend; a former Chinese agent now making her way as a civilian. With Aramaki kidnapped and the local bureaucrats less than helpful, Kusanagi will have to reckon with how much the city — and she herself — has changed, even as historical patterns repeat themselves like clockwork.
Teen Audiences. (STL074190) (C: 1-0-0) NOTE: Not Available in the UK or India.
SC, 7×10, 32pgs, FC FREE!

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BATTLE ANGEL ALITA DELUXE ED VOL 03 (C: 1-1-0)
(W/A/CA) Yukito Kishiro
After more than a decade out of print, the original cyberpunk action classic returns in glorious 400-page hardcover deluxe editions, featuring an all-new translation, color pages, and new cover designs! In a dump in the lawless settlement of Scrapyard, far beneath the mysterious space city of Zalem, disgraced cyber-doctor Daisuke Ido makes a strange find: the detached head of a cyborg woman who has lost all her memories. He names her Alita and equips her with a powerful new body, the Berserker. While Alita remembers no details of her former life, she decides to become a hunter-killer, tracking down and taking out those who prey on the weak. But can she hold onto her humanity as she begins to revel in her own bloodlust? (STL073070) (C: 1-1-0) NOTE: No countries actually denied.
HC, 436pgs, PC SRP: $29.99

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CARDCAPTOR SAKURA CLEAR CARD GN VOL 03 (C: 1-1-0)
(W/A/CA) Clamp
Guided by the Key of Dreams, Sakura embarks on a new adventure! It is spring, with cherry trees in full blossom, and Sakura is just entering middle school. Her beloved Syaoran has returned from Hong Kong, and life couldn’t be better. But when she awakens from a strange dream to find her Sakura Cards powerless, how can she protect Tomoeda from disaster? (STL073071) (C: 1-1-0) NOTE: No countries actually denied.
SC, 192pgs, B&W SRP: $10.99

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FRAU FAUST GN VOL 04 (C: 1-1-0)
(W/A/CA) Kore Yamazaki
A century after a scholar made a deal with a devil in exchange for eternal life, the story of Faust has passed into legend. But the real Faust is not a stuffy professorial man, but a woman, still on the run with her homunculus servant. When the magnetic, bespectacled woman passes through a provincial town, she adds a young orphan named Marion, looking for an escape, to her group. The next stop: A church basement, where a disembodied demon’s arm lies sealed away, and an officer of the Inquisition name Lorenzo waits to spring a trap for the blasphemer. (STL073072) (C: 1-1-0) NOTE: No countries actually denied.
SC, 176pgs, B&W SRP: $12.99

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GENSHIKEN SECOND SEASON GN VOL 12 (C: 1-0-0)
(W/A/CA) Shimoku Kio
School festival season is here! With friends of Yajima and Yoshitake visiting, someone from Hato’s past chooses just the moment to reappear. Amid the chaos, an essential turning point arrives for Madarame! (STL073073) (C: 1-0-0) NOTE: Not available in the UK, Australia, Singapore or the Philippines.
SC, 192pgs, B&W SRP: $10.99

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INTERVIEWS WITH MONSTER GIRLS GN VOL 06 (C: 1-1-0)
(W/A/CA) Petos
They were once feared and forced to live in the shadows. But as modern society grew more enlightened, human beings began to realize that monsters like succubi, dullahans, and vampires deserve public services as much as anyone. Still, a girls’ high school for monsters? It sounds like a nightmare, but for one man it’s a dream job. Tetsuo has always been fascinated by “demi-humans,” and a job opening for a biology teacher at this school is his chance to see them firsthand! (STL067049) (C: 1-1-0) NOTE: No countries actually denied.
RES. from Previews Vol. XXVII #11 (NOV171738)
SC, 6×9, 200pgs, B&W SRP: $12.99

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KISS ME AT STROKE OF MIDNIGHT GN VOL 04 (C: 1-1-0)
(W/A/CA) Rin Mikimoto
Hinana prizes her reputation as a serious high school student, too focused on getting into college to pay attention to boys. But she’s a secret fairytale romance freak, sneaking away from her studies to see A Roman Holiday and tucking pop idol magazines into her textbooks. When her celebrity crush comes to her school to film a TV episode, she has to pretend to be totally uninterested even as she desperately tries to get close to him. However, she’s not the only one who’s not what she appears; her dreamboat isn’t just a pretty face either! (STL073074) (C: 1-1-0) NOTE: No countries actually denied.
SC, 200pgs, B&W SRP: $12.99

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LAND OF THE LUSTROUS GN VOL 05 (C: 0-1-0)
(W/A/CA) Haruko Ichikawa
The young gem Phosphorite can’t seem to do anything right. “Phos” has nothing but a big mouth and guts. Cinnabar, a classmate, is a loner, shunned by the other gems because of the toxins emitted from their body. But when they get together, they will learn that they both have an essential role to play in the fight against the Moonfolk, who are intent on coming to Earth to abduct the gem folk and destroy their world. A beautifully-drawn new action manga from Haruko Ichikawa, winner of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize. (STL073075) (C: 0-1-0) NOTE: No countries actually denied.
SC, 200pgs, B&W SRP: $12.99

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LDK GN VOL 12 (C: 1-1-0)
(W/A/CA) Ayu Watanabe
Shusei is the most handsome and popular boy at his high school — and he’s turned down almost every girl there, including Aoi’s best friend. But when his apartment catches fire, he has to move in with his neighbor: Aoi! What will these unwilling roommates become to each other when forced to share an LDK? (STL073076) (C: 1-1-0) NOTE: No countries actually denied.
SC, 176pgs, B&W SRP: $10.99

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PRINCESS JELLYFISH GN VOL 08 (C: 0-1-0)
(W/A/CA) Akiko Higashimura
Tsukimi Kurashita has loved jellyfish from a young age. She resides in Amamizukan, a fangirl only-dorm. One evening, at the local pet store, Tsukimi sees a lovely jellyfish in danger! Thankfully, what seems to be a beautiful woman comes to the rescue. But can the Amars overcome their misanthropy and accept a new, “Stylish” friend? (STL073077) (C: 0-1-0)
SC, 352pgs, B&W SRP: $19.99

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SEVEN DEADLY SINS GN VOL 25 (C: 1-1-0)
(W/A/CA) Nakaba Suzuki
When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth — the Sins were framed by the king’s guard, the Holy Knights — too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne! Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn’t even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins’ strength been exaggerated? (STL073078) (C: 1-1-0) NOTE: No countries actually denied.
SC, 192pgs, B&W SRP: $10.99

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UQ HOLDER GN VOL 13 (C: 1-1-0)
(W/A/CA) Ken Akamatsu
The hit shonen adventure continues, with a major anime series coming soon, into the far future, beyond the finale of Negima! Tota, a boy with a magical and mysterious pedigree, joins a team of immortals to fulfill his dream and reach the top of the great orbital tower, extending from Neo-Tokyo into the unknown reaches of space! But soon he finds himself embroiled in a power struggle that spans generations and will determine the fate of a planet. (STL073079) (C: 1-1-0) NOTE: Not available in the UK, Australia, Singapore or the Philippines.
SC, 192pgs, B&W SRP: $10.99

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WAITING FOR SPRING GN VOL 05 (C: 1-1-0)
(W/A/CA) Anashin
Mizuki is a shy girl who’s about to enter high school, and vows to open herself up to new friendships. Of course, the four stars of the boys’ basketball team weren’t exactly the friends she had in mind! Yet, when they drop by the café where she works, the five quickly hit it off. Soon she’s been accidentally thrust into the spotlight, targeted by jealous girls. And will she expand her mission to include… love? (STL073080) (C: 1-1-0) NOTE: No countries actually denied.
SC, 208pgs, B&W SRP: $10.99

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WAKE UP SLEEPING BEAUTY GN VOL 03 (C: 1-1-0)
(W/A/CA) Megumi Morino
Satoshi’s father has worked for the rich family in the house on the hill his entire life, so when the teenager needs a part-time job to put himself through school, looking after the mansion’s gardens is a natural fit. Satoshi’s ready to work hard, and he quickly endears himself to the staff. But there’s one ironclad rule even he must obey: Don’t go near the cottage behind the house. When he sees a beautiful, pale girl in one of the windows, Satoshi assumes she is being kept prisoner, and their secret meetings quickly turn romantic, but Satoshi has no idea just how terrible this Sleeping Beauty’s curse really is! (STL073081) (C: 1-1-0) NOTE: No countries actually denied.
SC, 208pgs, B&W SRP: $12.99

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WELCOME TO BALLROOM GN VOL 10 (C: 1-1-0)
(W/A/CA) Tomo Takeuchi
Fujita has drifted through middle school aimlessly, unable to find friends or anything that can hold his attention. Then, one day, he’s attacked by a gang and saved by a mysterious man. But this isn’t a karate master. Fujita’s Mr. Miyagi is a ballroom dance instructor! Reluctantly, Fujita takes a few beginner’s classes, only to find his inspiration… an entrancing, teenage dance prodigy named Shizuku. It’s Fujita’s first step into the high-octane world of competitive dance! (STL073082) (C: 1-1-0) NOTE: No countries actually denied.
SC, 192pgs, B&W SRP: $12.99

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.