Here’s another sign of how universal superhero elements have become in comics. Two new manga releases tackle superheroes in interesting ways.
Tokyopop’s Ratman, out next week, is the story of a short kid who loves superheroes and becomes one after “participating in some suspicious and super-villainous experiments!” Tangognat calls it “a conventional shonen manga” that would be “a good manga for superhero fans to try if they don’t take their genre too seriously.”
From Viz comes the two-volume Flower in a Storm. The first book is out May 4, with the conclusion due August 3. It’s the debut series from Shigeyoshi Takagi, and the premise sounds completely over the top. From the press release:
Riko Kunimi is trying to lead a normal high school life when Ran Tachibana bursts into her classroom carrying a gun and tells her that her life is now his. Ran, who is the richest and most powerful 17-year-old in Japan, wants her as his wife, and he’s not taking no for an answer! … However, Riko has one trick up her sleeve—she has superpowers!
Sounds like another exaggerated shojo comedy for older audiences, like Butterflies, Flowers.