Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths

Nearly 80 years old and famous in his native Japan, graphic novelist Shigeru Mizuki has had to wait until now for his first book in English. A quasi-autobiographical account of the desperate plight of some Japanese soldiers at the end of WWII, this book offers harsh naturalism, raw emotions, and sudden beauty.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.