A little over a week ago at the Anime Central convention in Chicago, Dark Horse Comics announced that they had licensed Kengo Hanazawa’s zombie horror manga I Am a Hero, and Kentaro Miura’s recent science fiction manga Giganto Maxia.
I Am a Hero began in 2009 and is currently ongoing in Japan at 17 volumes. It depicts the story of a mentally disturbed manga artist who has his daily life interuppted by a zombie apocalypse. Hanazawa’s artwork is stunning and his depictions of the principle character’s neurosis and the horde of the undead make for terrifying reading. I have been a fan of Charlie Adlard’s and Robert Kirkman’s long-running series The Walking Dead for a number of years, and for me, I Am a Hero is the only other zombie comic I’ve found to be more horrifying. Dark Horse is planning to release I Am a Hero in a special two-in-one edition starting in April 2016.
A few months before I Am a Hero, Dark Horse will be releasing Kentaro Miura’s latest series Giganto Maxia in February 2016. While on hiatus from Berserk, Miura created a one-volume science fiction manga that left me wishing he could draw two full series at once. Like his other work, Giganto Maxia is full of fun creatures and some incredible battles. The reader is given a small look into a world that is 100 million years into our future and I hope that one day Miura gets the chance to write more of this series, despite how satisfying the single volume is.
With Dark Horse recently completing Hiroaki Samura’s Blade of the Immortal and coming up to the end of Gantz, it is nice to see them pick up some more interesting titles, especially ones that I have been waiting to have published stateside for a long time.
Source: Dark Horse Comics