Dark Horse Comics to Publish Gantz G Manga

Dark Horse Comics announced at its panel at Emerald City Comic Con that it will release Hiroya Oku and Keita Iizuka’s Gantz G spin-off manga starting with the first volume on June 13, 2018.

The manga launched in Shueisha’s Miracle Jump in November 2015 and ended on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ digital magazine last year after Miracle Jump halted publication. The third and final compiled volume shipped in Japan in March 2017.

Dark Horse also plans to release omnibus editions of Oku’s original Gantz manga in 2018.

Source: ANN

Dark Horse Comics to Release Gallery Edition for Lone Wolf and Cub Manga

Dark Horse Comics has announced at Emerald City Comicon that it will publish a Lone Wolf and Cub Gallery Edition. The company has not yet announced a release date, but confirmed that it will be a single volume.

The gallery edition will reprint select pages at the size at which they were originally drawn. These pages will include any corrections or margin notes that the late artist Goseki Kojima created when he first drew the manga in the early 1970s. The pages will be selected from the archive of Lone Wolf and Cub writer Kazuo Koike.

First Comics premiered Lone Wolf and Cub in English in May 1987. The series was one of the first manga published in North America, and the first manga to be released in North America on a monthly schedule. Dark Horse began releasing the series in 2000 as the first manga series to be published in North America straight to graphic novels that corresponded with the Japanese releases. In 2013, Dark Horse began releasing the series in omnibus format. Dark Horse’s Lone Wolf and Cub editions have around 1.3 million copies in print.

Source: ANN

Dark Horse Comics Licenses Wandering Island Manga

Anime News Network is reporting that Dark Horse Comics has licensed Kenji Tsuruta’s Wandering Island (Bōken Electriciteit-tō – Wandering Island) manga and will release the first volume on July 19, 2016. Dana Lewis will handle translation and Susie Lee will handle lettering.

The book will retail for US$14.99. It will feature French cover flaps with the above illustration, as well as eight interior color pages that were printed in grayscale in the original Japanese release of the first volume.

Source: ANN

Dark Horse to Release Omnibus Edition of Blade of the Immortal

Dark Horse Comics announced at its San Diego Comic-Con panel that it will release an omnibus edition of Hiroaki Samura’s Blade of the Immortal manga. Editor Philip Simon noted that Dark Horse has not yet set a date for the release.

Each omnibus volume of the manga will include three original volumes, and each one will retail for US$19.99. The final omnibus volume will include Junichi Ohsako’s Blade of the Immortal: Legend of the Sword Demon novel. Dark Horse originally published the novel in 2009.

Simon noted at the panel that the first omnibus volume will “probably” use the cover from the original version’s second volume “Cry of the Worm.”

Source: ANN

Dark Horse Adds 170 Manga Volumes on ComiXology

Dark Horse Comics is now making titles in its catalog available on ComiXology, and among those titles are 170 manga volumes.

Those manga volumes include:

  • Appleseed (5 volumes with Appleseed ID)
  • Astro Boy (8 volumes)
  • Black Magic (1 volume)
  • Blade of the Immortal (6 volumes)
  • Blood+ (6 volumes)
  • Blood-C (3 volumes)
  • Bride of the Water God (17 volumes)
  • Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibuses (4 volumes)
  • Chobits (2 volumes)
  • Crying Freeman (5 volumes)
  • Dominion (1 volume)
  • Drug and Drop (2 volumes)
  • Ghost Talker’s Daydream (6 volumes)
  • Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (13 volumes)
  • Lady Snowblood (4 volumes)
  • Legal Drug Omnibus
  • Lone Wolf & Cub (28 volumes)
  • Magic Knight Rayearth (2 volumes)
  • MPD-Psycho (11 volumes)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Shinji Ikari Raising Project (15 volumes)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Campus Apocalypse (4 volumes)
  • Oh My Goddess! (6 volumes)
  • Old Boy (8 volumes)
  • Path of the Assassin (10 volumes)
  • Samurai Executioner (10 volumes)

Source: The Fandom Post

Dark Horse Announces Manga Licenses

North American manga and comics publisher Dark Horse Comics revealed at its Anime Central panel that it has licensed the following manga:

  • Kentarou Miura’s Giganto Maxia
  • CLAMP’s RG Veda
  • Spike Chunsoft and Takashi Tsukimi’s Danganronpa: The Animation
  • Kengo Hanazawa’s I Am a Hero

Kentarou Miura published the Giganto Maxia mini-series in Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine in 2013-2014.

Dark Horse’s release of RG Veda will be based on the current five-volume omnibus version from Kadokawa. Dark Horse will be releasing the series in three volumes, so each volume will be about 600 pages long. The publisher will release the first volume in August 2016.

Takashi Tsukimi launched the Danganronpa: The Animation manga based on Spike Chunsoft’s story in Kadokawa’s Shōnen Ace magazine in March 2013, and the manga ended in the same magazine in July 2014. Dark Horse will publish the first of four volumes in March 2016.

Dark Horse will release I Am Hero in a 2-in-1 omnibus format, and each volume will include color reproductions of the fully-painted color story pages that began each of the Japanese volumes. The publisher plans to release the first volume in April 2016.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: “Samurai Executioner” Volume One

Samurai Executioner Volume 1 is set in Edo-Period Japan.

Samurai Executioner Volume 1
Written by: Kazuo Koike
Publisher: Kodansha
English Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: August 31, 2004

The main character of Samurai Executioner is Yamada Asaemon, a young ronin who becomes a sword-tester for the shogun. As part of his duties, Yamada is frequently called upon to perform executions. Early on in his role as a sword-tester, Yamada finds himself faced with ethical dilemmas that are about people that he has known in his life. These issues help to establish Yamada as a character and help the reader understand the way he acts later on. In addition, they also help to set the stage for the story that is to come. But after Yamada goes through these ethical dilemmas, his career as a sword-tester begins to prosper.

After the first two chapters in the volume, the focus of the story isn’t as much on Yamada as it is on the criminals that he is called on to execute. These stories are generally told as their last words before receiving the fatal stroke from Yamada. Many of these encounters give Yamada a pause for thought and reflection before going on to his next assignment. Many of the criminals’ stories also make the audience stop and reflect for a moment before moving on to the next chapter.

Yamada’s character is based on a real-life line of sword-testers who served the Tokugawa Shogunate up to the early 19th century. The stories are also written with historical accuracy, although the characters in the series are fictional. As you read this volume, it’s very clear just how much research went into the creation of Samurai Executioner when you see the diagrams of locations and explanations for various concepts and weapons that appear throughout it. As someone who isn’t overly familiar with this period of Japan’s history, I found that these diagrams and explanations helped me to better understand what was going on in the story.

The storytelling of Samurai Executioner Volume 1 can be violent, intense, and at times, rather dark. However, it’s this gritty storytelling that makes the story realistic, especially for the time period that it’s set in. But there is some content included that could potentially make readers uncomfortable when they read it.

When it comes to the art, artist Goseki Kojima made sure to draw intricate and detailed art for the characters to make them look more realistic. But his realism doesn’t just end with the characters. He also made sure to depict the beheadings and some of the crimes as realistically as he possibly could, which can make this a harder read for someone who doesn’t like reading manga with potentially graphic depictions. It should also be noted that there is some female nudity included in the art of Samurai Executioner Volume 1.

Between the storytelling and the art, Samurai Executioner Volume 1 can be a rather intense read, especially for a volume that’s about 300 pages in length. If you enjoy stories set in the Edo Period and don’t mind depictions of decapitation and violence, then you’ll probably enjoy reading Samurai Executioner. However, if you’re likely to become uneasy or feel queasy when reading manga with realistic depictions of violence, then you should probably stay away from this series.

The reviewer wrote this review after reading a copy of this item that was checked out through the King County Library System.

Dark Horse Licenses the Fate/Zero Manga

Dark Horse Comics announced during the company’s panel at Kumoricon that the company has acquired the license for the Fate/Zero manga, which is an adaptation of Gen Urobuchi and Type/Moon’s original Fate/Zero light novel series.

As of this writing, no further information regarding Dark Horse’s release of the Fate/Zero manga was available.

Source: ANN