I’m still not sure whether this is an amazing or disturbing thing… Someone’s really trying to make some money out of Cyborg 009. It was originally a manga which ran from 1964 (!) – 1981 in Japan. Tokyopop translated the first ten volumes, which are now out of print. There were two movies, two radio dramas, and three anime TV series (plus a spin-off film).
More surprising to me is the announcement that Archaia will be releasing a graphic novel adaptation for Western audiences. The hardcover is written by F.J. DeSanto and Bradley Cramp and illustrated by Marcus To.
The story itself is about nine kidnapped humans turned into cyborg weapons who fight back against their captors, a good basic manga plot. The art and premise sound like a good choice for a transplant, with lots of superhero-like elements. No specific release date has been announced, although the graphic novel will also be available digitally. I do wonder how they’re squishing 30-some volumes into one volume, or if this is intended to start another series.Similar Posts: Good Comics Out May 1 § The True Story of an American Manga Assistant in Japan § Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 § Manga Moveable Feast: Mushishi — About the Book § My Year in Manga 2012