Viz is on a roll with its license announcements, but this one is the most exciting! Master Keaton by Naoki Urasawa, author of the wonderful Pluto, Monster, and 20th Century Boys, will be published in North America in December as a Viz Signature title. (It’s also coming to the United Kingdom, and Australia.) It’s a long wait, but boy will it be worth it.
The series runs 12 volumes. It’s described as a “post–Cold War suspense thriller”, the story of Taichi Hiraga-Keaton, who’s an archeology professor and insurance investigator. (A modern-day Indiana Jones?) “The son of a Japanese zoologist and an English noblewoman, educated in archaeology at Oxford and a former member of the SAS, Master Keaton uses his knowledge and combat training to uncover buried secrets, thwart would-be villains, and pursue the truth.” The series ran 1988-1994 in Japan, and each volume will include 18 pages of color art at a cover price of $19.99. There’s also an anime adaptation, which was available translated here in 2003.