It's been almost four years since news broke that smaller comics/manga publisher/retailer Last Gasp will be releasing an English translation of ero-guro (erotic grotesque) manga author Suehiro Maruo's adaptation of the early 20th century's trangressive genre pioneer Edogawa Rampo's The Strange Tale of Panorama Island. Well, good things come to those who wait because Last Gasp is finally shipping the book.
The book is a hefty 272 pages and hardcover, and over-sized at 6" x 8.5" with gold-foil on the cover. Lasp Gasp is shipping direct orders now, and it will be making its way to shops in the next 2 weeks in the United States, and then percolating out after that! If you'd like your local comics stop to carry the book, they can contact Last Gasp directly via their site.
Follow the twisted path of failed novelist Hitomi Hirosuke, who bears an uncanny resemblance to a former classmate, the son of a rich industrialist family. Learning of the rich man's sudden passing, Hitomi fakes his own death, digs up and hides the other man's body, and then washes himself up starving on a beach near the home of the dead man's family.
After successfully impersonating the now-dead son, Hitomi takes over all aspects of the industrialist's life, including his company, his fortune, and eventually his wife. The failed author soon redirects the family's fortune to his own perverse aims. On a remote and mysterious island, he builds for himself a playground of hedonistic excess – replete with waterfalls, grand palaces, and gardens – a backdrop for his decadent feasts, orgies, and dark secrets.
Stunning artwork by master manga artist Suehiro Maruo deftly illustrates this Japanese pulp classic in fine detail. Maruo adapted this graphic novel from a novella by the Godfather of Japanese detective fiction, Edogawa Rampo.