VIZ Media Debuts Naoki Urasawa’s Suspenseful Manga Series Master Keaton

VIZ Media is proud to deliver the launch of celebrated manga creator Naoki Urasawa’s tense post-Cold War detective suspense – Master Keaton – on December 16, 2014.

The 12-volume manga series has never been released in English before, and each volume will receive a deluxe treatment featuring approximately 18 pages of full-color artwork. Master Keaton was created and drawn by the award-winning manga artist Naoki Urasawa with story co-produced by Hokusei Katsushika and Takashi Nagasaki. It will be published quarterly under the company’s VIZ Signature imprint and will be rated “T+” for Older Teens and carry an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN.

Master Keaton joins VIZ Media’s library of other critically acclaimed manga titles by Naoki Urasawa that includes Pluto: Urasawa × Tezuka, Monster: The Perfect Edition, 20th Century Boys and 21st Century Boys.

Master Keaton 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.

Master Keaton is an engrossing manga series that follows an unlikely hero who solves mysteries and helps people with quick-thinking and suspenseful action. Keaton himself is a fascinating, unassuming character, which makes for an interesting contrast against the tense environment of late 1980’s Europe,” says Amy Yu, Editor. “Originally published prior to the success of later series like Monster and 20th Century Boys, Master Keaton displays the detailed art and strong multi-layered plot development that have become cornerstones of Naoki Urawsawa’s repertoire. We’re honored to add this series to our collection of titles from this visionary creator, and we invite readers to dive into the drama of this exciting new release!”

MASTER KEATON © 1989 Naoki URASAWA/Studio Nuts, Hokusei KATSUSHIKA, Takashi NAGASAKI

Original Japanese edition published by SHOGAKUKAN.

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