Doublehex Posted April 23, 2008 Share Posted April 23, 2008 As reported by [URL="http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=139064"]Newsarama[/URL]: [QUOTE]Today at the New York Anime Festival, Marvel and Del Rey announced a joint project which will see their most popular properties produced as Original English Language manga: X-Men and Wolverine - the manga. The deal, which will see two volumes of each produced in a traditional manga digest size, began when Marvel and Del Rey were in negotiations to publish the Iron Man movie adaptation, and grew to the final product. The black and white digests will be printed left-to-right, in a Western style format, and publication will begin in spring of 2009. Creators named for the titles are: X-Men - Written by Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman with art by the Indonesian artist, Anzu. Wolverine - Antony Johnston was named as writer, with the artist to be named later. Del Rey?s Dallas Middaugh stressed that the titles will be looking to reach out to manga readers ? clearly a different readership than the traditional X-Men fan, as such, the styles of the two series will be shojo (aimed at girls) and shonen (aimed at boys), respectively. That is: X-Men will be a shojo style manga, where the Xavier School is still a mutant academy, but it's a all-boys school ? with Kitty Pryde, the heroine of the story is the only girl in the school. Kitty is torn between the popular Hellfire Club, led by Pyro, and the school misfits who she eventually bands together as the X-Men.[/QUOTE] The original announcement, showing Wolverine, Magneto, and Jean Grey: [url]http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=139197[/url] Some more designs, showing another interpretation of Wolverine, as well as Beast, Kitty, Iceman, and Nightcrawler: [url]http://blog.newsarama.com/2008/04/22/another-look-at-the-manga-style-wolverine-x-men/#more-7927[/url] Now, I am not too sure I am liking what I am seeing. Some of the design is nice - especially Kitty. But, then we have Wolverine. I am aware he is being adapted into a manga format, but he looks too bishie to me. Wolverine needs muscles twice that size, and he needs to be [I]hairy[/I]. Notice how I emphasized the word. But for all I know, this might actually turn out to be good. Or, it could blow up in Marvel's face. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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