VIZ Media announced three Marvel titles at New York Comic Con: a new Spider-Man story, a manga tribute book, and a new deluxe edition of Tsutomu Nihei’s Wolverine: Snikt!Marvel Announces Second Wave of ‘Tsunami’”). While most of the creators of these “manga-style” comics were not Japanese (see “Marvel ‘Manga Style’”), Nihei was the exception: His Blame! had recently been published to great acclaim, although his most famous work, Knights of Sidonia, still lay ahead. Although Marvel did follow up the Wolverine: Snikt! limited series with a paperback collected edition, it seems to be out of print. VIZ will bring it back as a deluxe edition in summer 2023.
VIZ and Marvel announced a wide-ranging deal last year under which Viz would publish manga based on Marvel characters (see “Marvel and Viz Team Up”). The first titles included Marvel Meow by Nao Fuji, Deadpool: Samurai!, by writer Sanshirou Kasama and artist HikaruUesugi, and Secret Reverse, by Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi. Of these, Deadpool: Samurai! has been the most popular, with Volume 2 appearing on the BookScan Top 20 for June (see “June 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels”).