VIZ Announcements: X-Men Manga, New Shonen Jump Spider-Man Series

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VIZ Media has announced a raft of new titles, including Marvel manga and early works by the creators of One Piece, Nana, and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.  Here’s a look:

X-Men: The Manga: Remastered, by Hiroshi Higuchi, is a direct adaptation of the 1992 X-Men animated series.  The manga was originally published in Japan, and in the late 1990s, VIZ published an American edition as a monthly comic.  Now they are bringing it back in a deluxe 6″ x 9″ format with a new translation.  The first volume, a 512-page paperback, will be published on November 12, 2024, with an MSRP of $25.00.  VIZ released another retro Marvel manga, Wolverine: Snikt!, in July 2023 (see “VIZ Brings Back ‘Wolverine: Snikt’“).

Spider-Man: Octo-Girl is a new Shonen Jump series by Hideyuki Furuhashi and Betten Court, the creators of My Hero Academia! Vigilantes, that starts with Doc Ock waking up from a coma to find himself in the body of a middle-school girl in Tokyo.  The first volume is slated for October 8, 2024, with an MSRP of $11.99.

Wanted! Eiichiro Oda Before One Piece serves up a collection of the manga-ka’s early works, including his original version of Luffy in the one-shot that would spawn One Piece.  The 208-page paperback also collects early shorts in several genres; it will be released on November 12, 2024, with an MSRP of $11.99.

Last Quarter is an early series by Ai Yazawa, creator of the best-selling rock-and-romance manga Nana. Although Nana has been on hiatus since 2009, Last Quarter is complete and was originally published in Japan as three volumes.  This is the first English edition.  VIZ will release the first volume on September 3, 2024, with an MSRP of $22.99.

Koyoharu Gotouge Before Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba collects a number of the creator’s early short manga stories, some of which include the first glimmerings of what would become the best-selling series.  The one-shot will be released on October 8, 2024, with an MSRP of $11.99.

I’m the Grim Reaper, by Graveweaver, is a new VIZ Originals series that’s based on the webtoon of the same name.  The first volume is due out on September 10, 2024, with an MSRP of $18.99.

Disney Twisted-Wonderland: The Manga-Anthology brings together stories by different creators about the characters in the Disney smartphone game of the same name.  VIZ is also publishing the Twisted-Wonderland: Book of Heartslabyul series, by Yana Toboso, who also designed the game and is the creator of the Yen Press series Black Butler.  Toboso created a new cover for the first volume of the anthology series, which will be released on September 10, 2024, with an MSRP of $14.99.  Also in the works: Disney Twisted-Wonderland: The Official Art Book, a 192-page, landscape-format hardcover due out on October 22, 2024, with an MSRP of $30.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Shining Diamond’s Demonic Heartbreak, by Kohei Kadono and Tasuku Karasuma, is a spinoff of Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, featuring two of Dio’s followers, Hol Horse and Josuke Higashikata.  The series is complete in three volumes, with the first volume slated for release on December 3, 2024, with an MSRP of $11.99.  Also in the works: JoJo a Go!Go!, a new hardcover art book by Araki, which will be published on September 17, 2024, with an MSRP of $30.

Rainbows After Storms, by Luka Kobachi, is a slice-of-life yuri manga about two girls at an all-female high school who are secretly dating.  The series first ran as a webcomic and was published as 13 volumes in Japan.  VIZ will publish the first volume on December 10, 2024, with an MSRP of $11.99.

VIZ also announced boxed sets of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Vampire Knight, a new omnibus edition of Kiki’s Delivery Service Film Comic, a prose memoir, Uncanny, by horror master Junji Ito, and a new 3-in-1 omnibus edition of the classic shojo manga Red River.

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