ComicsPRO News:  DC announced at ComicsPRO that it will publish three manga series originally published by Kodansha in Japan that feature its characters.  All three series will be serialized chapter by chapter on the DC Universe Infinite digital platform, then published as collected print editions.  Amazon lists the price of all three series as $9.99, which is the same price as most volumes of VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump series (and less expensive than most other manga); the DC titles are slightly slimmer, at 160 pages compared to a typical manga volume of 192 pages.

Joker: One Operation Joker, by writer Satoshi Miyagawa and artist Keisuke Gotou, is a domestic superhero comedy, with the Joker playing single father to a baby Batman after some sort of mishap de-ages the Dark Knight into an infant.  The Joker is determined to raise the baby to be Batman again, but he’s uniquely poorly equipped for the job.  The series is ongoing, with two volumes out in Japan so far.

Batman: Justice Buster, by the Ultraman manga team of Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi (see "VIZ Acquires ‘Ultraman’ Manga"), has a new, bolder wave of criminals coming to Gotham City, and Batman using a computer system (named ROBIN) to analyze the crime wave and tamp it down. Shimizu was the cover artist for Tech-On Avengers #1 (see "The Avengers Put on Mech Suits").  This series is at two volumes and counting in Japan.

Superman vs. Meshi, by Miyagawa and Kai Kitago, is a foodie manga in which Superman pops into different chain restaurants for lunch.  Each issue features a different dish, from fancy sushi to humble curry, and sometimes other members of the Justice League join him for the meal. This series is complete in three volumes.

This is not the first time DC has published manga starring its superheroes; in 2018, they published Batman and the Justice League, by Shiori Teshirogi (see "‘Batman and the Justice League’").

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