Viz Reprinting 20th Century Boys in Deluxe Paperback

20th Century Boys reprint cover

Viz Media announced at New York Comic Con, among many other bits of news, that they will be re-releasing another series by Naoki Urasawa, as they did for his Monster.

(Update: This story has been revised. The reprints will be in paperback, not hardcover.)

Similar to that reprint, the 20th Century Boys re-release will be in double-length softcovers, titled 20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition. The series ran in English as 22 volumes published from 2009-2012, and this new reprint should be 11 books. (A similar edition is starting to be released in Spain this month.) It will begin in Fall 2018.

20th Century Boys reprint cover

Based on that count, I suspect this version will not include the two-volume follow-up 21st Century Boys, but there might be extras. We’ll have to wait on a more formal announcement to find out.

Update: 21st Century Boys: The Perfect Edition has also been announced, collecting those two volumes.

20th Century Boys is a sprawling story about a convenience store worker trying to stop a world-wide conspiracy, peppered with plenty of flashbacks to his youth and the dreams he and his friends had. They created a symbol then that has since been adopted by the cult behind a series of mysterious deaths. This epic manga tackles what happens to dreams when we grow up, an increasing feeling of isolation and a need to belong, and rock and roll-fueled rebellion.



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