On a whim I went and bought a manga. That makes, I think, the second book I bought this year. So what did I come home with?
The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service volume 1
I read a preview of this on Dark Horse's website and thought it looked interesting. Then I read some reviews and it seemed like it would deviate from the overflow of Shonen and other shit I'm not particularly interested in on the manga shelf. One reviewer described this as a mix between Scooby-Doo and Se7en.
After reading it over the past few days (each story was the perfect length, as I found I had just enough time to start and finish each chapter on the way to and from work), I'm impressed. Though none of the characters have really taken shape just yet, there is a pacing to the stories I really like. For a manga that has so much nudity (three of the four stories in the volume showcase some), I was pleased that it wasn't gratuitous or glorified. If the a character was naked, there was a reason for it, and usually a fucked up one.
Also, the presentation of the book is a breath of fresh air compared to the glossy, flamboyant covers that most manga sport.
If you can find the first volume (it took me a few days), I recommend you give it a shot.