A new partnership with Stonebot has secured Titan Manga the ability to release Kamen Rider content.
The new Rider manga will see the return of Kamen Rider Kuuga as a new adaptation, with a Kamen Rider Zero-One adaptation to follow. The partnership will also include a new manga based on Astroboy called ATOM: The Beginning, which will kick off the releases produced by the collaboration. The new release is set for later in the year and will give new fans a chance to enjoy the renowned Tokusatsu superhero series if they haven’t seen it before, via the manga platform.
Kamen Rider was first released in 1971 and was the first of many Riders in the franchise, like the concept changes in each series of Super Sentai. Only two Kamen Rider series were adapted in the west which was Kamen Rider RX as Masked Rider, and Kamen Rider Ryuki as Kamen Rider Dragon Knight. The popularity wasn’t enough to lead to the constant adaptations like Power Rangers had, however, the franchise was still enjoyed by fans of Tokusatsu. Kamen Rider Kuuga was the 10th installment of the franchise and started a new era.
The show was also the first season to air entirely in the Heisei period and the first standalone Kamen Rider series since Kamen Rider RX. Kamen Rider Zero-One also started a new era of the franchise as it started a new generation within the Reiwa Period. Both these seasons of Kamen Rider are currently available in the west on Toei Tokusatsu World Official Youtube and via Shout! Factory.
Titan Manga In On A Kamen Ride
Titan Manga (new imprint from Titan Comics) is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Stonebot to publish Kamen Rider Kuuga and Atom: The Beginning manga series. The partnership will also include a brand-new originated Kamen Rider Zero-One comic series. The partnership kicks off on October 11, 2022, with the release of ATOM: The Beginning Vol. 1 – an original manga series based on the God of Manga Osamu Tezuka’s world-famous series Astro Boy, which has spawned multiple anime adaptations, video games, and more! ATOM: The Beginning is a sci-fi manga about the turbulent lives of two robotics engineering students and their latest revolutionary project: the unassuming yet insanely strong A106, or “Six.”
Based on the original concept and story by Tokusatsu legend Shotaro Ishinomori, Kamen Rider Kuuga marks the return of a classic manga character adapted for the 21st century that’s sure to surprise both new and veteran fans alike. Kamen Rider Kuuga goes beyond the bounds of a normal adaptation and redefines its hero for modern audiences, expanding its universe and connecting it to other incarnations of the bug-eyed hero in a completely approachable way for new readers who haven’t encountered a Kamen Rider story before. Vol. 1 is due to hit stores on November 8, 2022.
Titan Publishing Director, John Dziewiatkowski –
“We are so excited to be working with Stonebot. We have a successful history with manga publishing, but this new partnership will bring the imprint to new levels.”
Titan will also publish a new, originated comic series based on the Tokusatsu TV series Karmen Rider Zero-One (currently on Shout! Factory in the US). Written by Brandon Easton (Transformers), this series is due to launch in Fall/Winter 2022.
Diego Barassi, Managing Director, Stonebot –
“This partnership not only shares an ambitious commercial vision, but also a work philosophy with the talented Titan team. More to come!”
Kamen Rider Kuuga and ATOM: The Beginning are the latest announcements from Titan Manga (new imprint from Titan Comics) which also recently revealed a new “director cut” edition of Afro Samurai – launching in July 2022. This follows recent Titan Manga smash-hits Sherlock Holmes (adaptation of the hit BBC show) and Eldo Yoshimizu’s Ryuko Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, Gamma Draconis and Hen Kai Pan.
A new adaptation of Kamen Rider is exactly what is needed to see the franchise grow more in the west. The new manga should be an exciting new piece of content for fans to enjoy, especially since the current Kamen Rider series, Kamen Rider Revice, isn’t available outside of Japan. Hopefully, the manga series will lead to more adaptations and content for Kamen Rider to spread. For now, this is something that fans will want to dive into as they now will be able to continue feeding that craving for this amazing superhero franchise. It’s likely that other Kamen Rider series will be adapted depending on the success of these manga adaptions, but fans will have to wait and see.
What do you think of this new Kamen Rider manga? Are you more excited for Kamen Rider Kuuga or the Kamen Rider Zero-One manga adaptions? Will you also be aiming to get the new ATOM: The beginning manga? Let us know on social media, or in the comments below, and keep following The Illuminerdi for more Kamen Rider news.