VIZ Media has announced that it has acquired the North American publishing rights for Naoki Urasawa’s Master Keaton. This 12-volume manga series has never before been available in English and is scheduled to launch in December 2014 under the VIZ Signature imprint.
Master Keaton will be rated “T+” for Older Teens and carry an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN. Each paperback volume will receive a deluxe treatment, including 18 pages of full-color artwork. In addition to publishing Master Keaton in North America, VIZ Media will also release it in print in the United Kingdom and Australia.
The riveting detective drama introduces Taichi Hiraga-Keaton, an archeology professor and part-time insurance investigator known for his successful and unorthodox methods of investigation. The son of a Japanese zoologist and an English noblewoman, educated in archaeology at Oxford and a former member of the SAS, Master Keaton uses his knowledge and combat training to uncover buried secrets, thwart would-be villains, and pursue the truth. The manga series was originally published in Japan between 1988 and 1994 in Big Comic Original magazine and also inspired a popular 39-episode anime adaptation.
Amy Yu, Editor, says, “We’re thrilled to debut a deluxe edition of the Eisner Award-winning Naoki Urasawa’s Master Keaton series this December. Tales of intrigue and espionage are presented with the highly detailed artwork and masterful attention to plot development for which Urasawa is internationally renowned. Fans current and new won’t want to miss the tense action and the heady chase for truth in Master Keaton!”