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February 8th, 2016 by Dave Bowling Comments



Zombies! And Manga! That is the best thing I have written here so far this month.

There’s a good chance you’ll have heard about Kengo Hanazawa’s apocalyptic zombie comic I am a Hero already. For the uninitiated, the story follows temp and former comic artist Hideo Suzuki as the dead rise in Japan. Being a registered gun owner, Suzuki finds himself becoming the leader of a rag-tag group of survivors, trying to protect them from the walking dead. The zombies are an interesting mix of traditional shuffling undead, the rage-infected monsters from 28 Days Later and the memory-retaining almost normal zombies of iZombie. Much like The Walking Dead in the US, I am a Hero has become a phenomenon in its homeland and a live-action TV show is apparently in the works.

So far, the Manga has yet to make it into the English-speaking world, but that is to change in the next couple of months. Dark Horse Comics are launching an official translation of the first two collected volumes in April, and from what we’ve seen they look pretty good:

I am a Hero Omnibus: Volume One is released in the USA on 6 April.

Source: io9

Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...