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BLACK GOD story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park

BLACKGOD_1 Wending his way home after a bender one evening, master moocher and game programmer Keita Ibuki decides to satisfy a craving for ramen at a noodle stand. Instead of slurping soup, though, he surrenders his meal to a manic girl who, unbeknownst to Keita, is a Mototsumitama, a guardian of the coexistence equilibrium. When his new acquaintance is attacked, Keita gets caught in the crossfire and loses an arm. Awakening from the shock, Keita finds himself back in his apartment, arm intact! But just whose arm is it?!
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BLACK GOD Volume 1
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park 

October 2007 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-2349-4 | $10.99 ($12.75) | 224 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

Wending his way home after a bender one evening, master moocher and game programmer Keita Ibuki decides to satisfy a craving for ramen at a noodle stand. Instead of slurping soup, though, he surrenders his meal to a manic girl who, unbeknownst to Keita, is a Mototsumitama, a guardian of the coexistence equilibrium. When his new acquaintance is attacked, Keita gets caught in the crossfire and loses an arm. Awakening from the shock of his injury, Keita finds himself back in his apartment…arm intact! But just whose arm is it?!

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BLACK GOD Volume 2
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park 

February 2008 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-2841-3 | $10.99 ($12.75) | 224 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

Balancing a normal existence and an unbreakable pact with a divine being is anything but easy. Much to his chagrin, Keita is discovering this the hard way. Try as he might to distance himself from recent events, Keita can’t shake Kuro, the mototsumitama who saved his life. But when the stakes get higher and another human-mototsumitama pair comes looking for a fight-one with Keita’s childhood friend, Akane, as the prize-Keita is forced to reevaluate his attitude and stand by both his old and new friends. Who will emerge victorious?

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BLACK GOD Volume 3
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park 

June 2008 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-2842-0 | $10.99 ($11.99) | 224 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

Upon discovering that his new enemies are actually allies, Keita receives the guidance (and the goods) necessary to take on the evil behind the false alter-egos running rampant all over the world. But first he must revisit the painful memory of his mother’s death when this new battle takes him and Kuro to his mother’s hometown of Okinawa. Will the strength gained from his newfound friends be enough to help him through this grueling journey?

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BLACK GOD Volume 4
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park 

October 2008 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-2843-7 | $10.99 ($11.99) | 208 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

After overcoming the initial shock of seeing his dead mother in a recent photograph, Keita travels to Okinawa with Kuro and Akane. Following a reunion with his karate-master grandfather, Keita and company are led to an island where they meet twin feral Mototsumitamas. Though they’re initially hostile, it seems the twins hold a piece of the puzzle that will bring Keita and his companions closer to the truth about the aims of the ruthless Shishigami. But as they get closer to that truth, Keita comes face-to-face with his mother?! Or is she…?

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BLACK GOD Volume 5
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park 

February 2009 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-2844-4 | $10.99 ($11.99) | 208 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

Still in Okinawa, Kuro and the twins unvover a Shishigami plot to systematically destroy sources of tera around the world! But the conflicted Keita isn’t really in a position to be much help as he juggles getting to know his mother’s doppeliner, Shinobu, with fulfilling his duties as Kuro’s partner. But when the Shishigami invite Keita to join them, will that be enough to snap him out of his confusion?

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BLACK GOD Volume 6
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park 

June 2009 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-3091-1 | $10.99 ($11.99) | 208 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

Kuro opens up about her life before she came to Earth, that of a carefree princess in her family’s haven of pure tera. But factions emerged among the mototsumitama, and now the violent betrayal that destroyed her clan drives her search for the head of the Shishigami family. The mutual tragedy of their pasts draws Keita and Kuro closer together — this fight has become personal for both of them. But will their bond of trust give them the strength to take on the Kaionji Group as Kouei’s sinister plot unfolds in Okinawa?

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BLACK GOD Volume 7
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park 

October 2009 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-3093-5 | $10.99 ($12.99) | 208 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

Having systematically destroyed all the protective soul stones in Japan, Hiyou reveals his plot to gather alter egos together and unleash a massive wave of negative energy that could threaten the entire country. The last soul stone is in Okinawa — the stone once guarded by Makana and Kakuma’s family. With Kuro and Keita detained at the resort and Kakuma captured by Tribal Ends, Makana’s ready to step up and defend the pure place of his fallen relatives. But a lone Mototsumitama may not have the strength to oppose the evil at work…

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BLACK GOD Volume 8
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park 

February 2010 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-3094-2 | $10.99 ($12.99) | 208 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

 

In the heat of battle, Keita and Kuro learn that Shinobu is a minus root—one who must absorb the tera of others lest she be overcome by the raw negative energy within her. With Shinobu latched on to Keita, Kuro is unable to summon her strength as Keita’s power is drained away. As no one stands in his way, Hiyou destroys the Hiba family’s soul stone, releasing a tidal wave of negative energy that threatens to engulf Okinawa. Is there anyone left to protect the island?

BLACK GOD Volume 9
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park 

May 2010 | ISBN: 978-0-316-09765-9 | $11.99 ($14.99) | 208 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

With the danger in Okinawa now passed, Keita, Kuro, and Akane return to Tokyo. Though Kuro and he were ultimately victorious in Okinawa, Keita worries that his own weakness is holding back the team and begins training even harder to face the battles that lie ahead. Unfortunately, more than danger is looming on the horizon. A roaming mototsumitama wanders into town, causing as much of a fuss as Kuro did when she first arrived in Keita’s life!

BLACK GOD Volume 10
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park 

August 2010 | ISBN: 978-0-316-10227-8 | $11.99 ($14.99) | 208 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

Accosted by an agent of the Shishigami clan, Keita and Kuro have no choice but to fight. The duo seems to be holding its own against the mototsumitama Aragi, but it’s too early to celebrate. Just as Kuro manages to take Aragi down, his contractee shows up, eager to wrap things up as quickly as possible. Keita crumbles as Aragi’s contractee unleashes her thousand, the Gravi Doom, and with their synch broken, Kuro is left alone to face the unrelenting Aragi. Never has Kuro felt so powerless in battle. Even if she emerges from the fight alive, will her confidence remain intact?

BLACK GOD Volume 11
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park 

November 2010 | ISBN: 978-0-316-10228-5 | $11.99 ($13.50) | 192 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

Mikami may have slipped through the Kaionji Group’s fingers once, but they aren’t about to let her escape again! Before she can make her getaway, Saishu of the Shishigami clan takes out Mikami’s beloved Ferrari, forcing her to face him in battle. Enraged, Mikami readily leaps into the fight, but without a contractee even the fierce mototsumitama is no match for Saishu’s skillful attacks. Excel watches in tears as her only precious friend is bloodied and beaten…which rouses memories of another person she once held very dear…

BLACK GOD Volume 12
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park 

March 2011 | ISBN: 978-0-316-10230-8 | $11.99 ($13.50) | 192 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

In spite of weeks of training with Keita, Kuro crumbles at the reappearance of the mototsumitama Aragi. But just as Kuro is prepared to submit to death, someone calls out to her from deep within her…In the midst of her terror, Kuro feels the presence of Keita’s grandfather and Kakuma, who died protecting their home in Okinawa, as well as her mother, who saved Kuro in her final hour. Their actions helped fortify Kuro in the past, but will their words give her the strength she needs to draw upon the full extent of her power and defeat her most feared enemy?

BLACK GOD Volume 13
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park 

July 2011 | ISBN: 978-0-316-18821-0 | $11.99 ($12.99) | 192 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

Keita and Kuro learn more about Ghost, the masked man who serves as the face of the Shishigami clan to those mototsumitama living in Tokyo. When Arie Souyou describes how Ghost convinced her father to agree to an alliance with the Shishigami before mudering him before her eyes, Kuro and Keita decide to pursue Ghost in the hope that he will lead them to the elusive mastermind behind the upheaval in Tokyo — Reishin Shishigami. However, tracking down Ghost will require the assistance of the other Tokyo clans, and they may be less than willing to help Kuro, as she herself is a member of the dreaded Shishigami!

BLACK GOD Volume 14
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park

October 2011 | ISBN: 978-0-316-18961-3 | $11.99 ($12.99) | 192 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen 

With Mana on board, Keita is outnumbered five girls to one guy in the modest Tokyo apartment. Although Mana has been welcomed in as part of the “family,” her disdain for humans and mototsumitama who ally with them is more than evident. A glimpse into the past reveals the cause: Mana’s beloved older sister abandoned her right to clan leadership — and her little sister — to raise a family with the human she had fallen in love with. Can Mana set aside her resentment to help Kuro and Keita find and defeat the elusive Ghost?

BLACK GOD Volume 15
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park

January 2012 | ISBN: 978-0-316-18962-0 | $11.99 ($12.99) | 192 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen 

Though Mana is somewhat able to counteract the effects of the Tribal Ends’ tranquilizer, victory against Kaien seems impossible in her weakened state. But Mana would rather admit defeat fighting on her own than accept the help offered by Kuro, Keita, and Arie. Will the strict laws of her clan prevent Mana from seeing all that the coexistence equilibrium encompasses — both human and mototsumitama — and the possibility of camaraderie between them? Will a newly forged bond between mototsumitama and human be what ultimately saves them all?!

BLACK GOD Volume 16
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park

April 2012 | ISBN: 978-0-316-20487-3 | $11.99 ($12.99) | 192 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen 

Despite Kuro and Mana’s best efforts, the two high mototsumitama are no match for Shion, one of Reishin Shishigami’s top generals. Amused by Mana’s arrogance, Shion reveals that the proud purebloods are actually an impure breed descended from the original mototsumitama, who gave up the purity of their race in order to survive. Without the powerful battle genes of her ancestors, Kuro cannot hope to defeat Shion, let alone Reishin. Filled with rage, Kuro launches a ferocious attack unlike anything the others have ever seen. Has Kuro unlocked some hidden power of her own, or will this sudden surge of bloodlust take her out of commission for good?!

BLACK GOD Volume 17
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park

October 2012 | ISBN: 978-0-316-22535-9 | $12.99 ($13.99) | 192 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen 

At the dawn of history, the ancestors of modern-day mototsumitama—the genuine ones—were charged with preserving the balance of nature in accordance with the will of tera. But when a genuine one named Thousand lends her power to a particular tribe and aids them in becoming the dominant species on the planet, her comrades feel compelled to step in and restore the natural order. Though her tribe is forced to scatter, the children of Thousand, blessed with their mother’s power, continue to fight for their right to live, free of interference from the genuine ones. But even with the tribe’s extraordinary abilities, can any creature match the raw power of tera’s chosen stewards?!

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BLACK GOD Volume 18
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park

January 2013 | ISBN: 978-0-316-23193-0 | $12.99 ($13.99) | 192 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen 

Kuro and Keita’s glimpse into the past has left them with more questions than answers. Their path clouded with uncertainty, the partners seek another audience with Ghost to gain a better understanding of what they have seen and what lies ahead. If it is indeed true that humans and mototsumitama exist outside the will of tera, then perhaps Reishin Shishigami’s end goal is starting to make its own kind of sense…But does the will of tera truly demand such a high price from humanity?

BLACK GOD Volume 19
story by Dall-Young Lim, art by Sung-Woo Park 

May 2013 | ISBN: 978-0-316-25089-4 | $12.99 ($13.99) | 288 pages | 5″x 7.5″ | Older Teen

In the pure home of the Shishigami clan, Kuro and Keita prepare to face Reishin Shishigami and stop him before his terrible vision for the future is realized. Despite what Kuro and Keita know about the shared history of humans and the mototsumitama and the events that led to mototsumitama dominance, Reishin’s plot to downsize the human population is too cruel to bear! But in the heart of the Shishigami’s territory, an unexpected enemy arises to decisively correct the imbalance of the world—the ancient genuine ones themselves! With such mighty foes before them, do Keita and Kuro have the strength to change the fate of all mankind?!

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