Marvel Comics and VIZ Media will collaborate for the first time to deliver the moment of super hero fans’ dreams – the wildly popular characters from the world of Marvel meet manga. This collaboration includes a range of manga and books and will launch in Fall 2021.
The first title from Marvel and VIZ will be Marvel Meow, written and drawn by artist Nao Fuji. First seen on Marvel’s official Instagram comic strips, Marvel Meow will feature Captain Marvel’s cat, Chewie, as she wreaks havoc in the lives of Marvel’s most popular characters: Spider-Man and Iron Man, formidable villains Thanos and Galactus, and the whimsical antihero, Deadpool– all becoming the playthings of this capricious cat.
Later next year, Marvel and VIZ will publish a must-have for every Deadpool fan: Deadpool: Samurai. When the Merc with a Mouth found himself in feudal Japan partaking in samurai battles in the manga one-shot Deadpool: Samurai last year, fans agreed that the mash-up demanded more, leading Shonen Jump+ to announce an ongoing Deadpool series. For the first time ever, this popular series will be translated into English as part of this new publishing series, written by Sanshirou Kasama and drawn by Hikaru Uesugi.
“Much like VIZ’s iconic characters, Marvel heroes are universally beloved and VIZ is excited to bring their adventures to readers in a new way. Our collaboration will include English editions of several Shonen Jump manga titles, as well as some all-new publishing and ShoPro’s Marvel Meow,” says Sarah Fairhall, VIZ Editorial Director.
“Marvel has had a long history of telling stories in new and compelling ways, and VIZ is the perfect partner to help us continue that path. VIZ is best-in-class for its unforgettable stories, and after the massive success of last year’s Deadpool manga, we’re thrilled to now be working with them to bring our iconic characters to even more manga fans everywhere,” says Sven Larsen, Vice President of Licensed Publishing, Marvel.
Marvel Meow by Nao Fuji will publish on October 12, 2021, followed by Deadpool: Samurai by writer Sanshirou Kasama and artist Hikaru Uesugi, out in February 2022, and Secret Reverse by Yu-Gi-Oh!‘s Kazuki Takahashi coming in Summer 2022, with more titles to follow.