Viz Announces News "Battle Royale" and "All You Need is Kill" Books

Original graphic novel, essays and new translation planned for 2014

At this weekend's San Diego Comic Con, Viz announced the 2014 plans for their sci-fi prose Haikasoru label. With Hiroshi Sakurazaka's All You Need is Kill set to become Tom Cruise vehicle Edge of Tomorrow, an original graphic novel from Nick Mamatas and Lee Ferguson is in the works. They also have a "Remastered" translation of Battle Royale and an essay "Slam Book" planned.

 

 

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL Graphic Novel• MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN • Full-Color •  Available May 6th, 2014
When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known only as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death? Art by Lee Ferguson (Green Arrow, Miranda Mercury); story adapted by Nick Mamatas (Move Under Ground).


BATTLE ROYALE: REMASTERED • by Koushun Takami • MSRP: $16.99 U.S. / CAN $19.99 • Available April 1st, 2014
In a dystopian future Japan, forty-two junior high school students are outfitted with weapons and bid to kill one another until there is only one left standing! Koushun Takami's notorious high-octane thriller envisions a nightmare scenario: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when it was first published in Japan—where it became a runaway best seller – Battle Royale is a Lord of the Flies for the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world.

THE BATTLE ROYALE SLAM BOOK: Essays on the Cult Classic Novel by Koushun Takami • MSRP: $15.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN • Available April 1st, 2014
The cult phenomenon Battle Royale has been lauded as a masterpiece and decried as exploitative gore, but it’s always remained in the public consciousness. This collection of essays by some of the best science fiction, horror, and thriller writers working today, including Brian Keene, John Skipp, and Catherynne M. Valente, each explore the depth, details, and controversies surrounding Battle Royale in an intelligent, accessible fashion.

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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