In another one of those stories that remind me that I don’t know as much about kids’ media as I’d like… Viz has announced that they will be creating original graphic novels based on Redakai. It turns out Redakai: Conquer the Kairu is a trading card game with a cartoon adaptation that airs Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings on Cartoon Network. In addition to the cards, they also sell action figures.
The press materials describe the property as “a hit for young boys 6-12 since its July 2011 debut!” The show has everything boys want: “amazing battles, monstrous warriors, and super powers”. It
follows the adventures of Team Stax as they race against competitors searching the world for mystical Kairu energy, the primal power of the universe. In the hands of good, Kairu is a living force that guides the universe. But in the hands of evil, Kairu is the most destructive power in the world. Those who can harness it can eventually obtain the highest rank of Kairu warrior, a Redakai.
The first full-color graphic novel is intended to launch in October, with a second to follow in February 2013. No word on creators, but since this is a licensed property, they’re not a selling point. I find it interesting that Viz is exploring creating original material, although this isn’t too far from their existing comfort zone, since they also release comic tie-ins for such multimedia brands as Pokemon.
There’s already a three-issue comic series available digitally through comiXology, but that story looks to be different from this Viz project.