Coming of CMX...
Diego Comic Con this year, DC Comics unveiled their new
line of manga, under the publishing title CMX. In an attempt
to draw a broader (i.e. female) audience, DC is now going
head to head with established manga publishers TokyoPop
and Viz, to license, translate, and distribute Japanese
manga titles, with the possibility of Chinese and Korean
titles to follow in the future.
Erin Frost Previews DC's Upcoming Manga Line
first titles up for release are Madara, From Eroica
With Love, and Land of the Blindfolded, and
are due for release in October, though they have acquired
several more titles for release later. CMX handed out a
little preview book, and I’ve gone through it to see
what’s interesting, and what’s…well, scary.
is an action title, a sword and sorcery series by Otsuka
Eiji, who worked with Quentin Tarantino on the animated
portions of Kill
Bill, Vol. 1. Sadly, while this looks interesting,
there was no excerpt from this manga in the sample book.
Eroica With Love, by Aoike Yasuko, is an older series
that debuted in 1976, and circles the story of a British
baron and his alter ego, the art thief Eroica. While the
story might hold some interest, the art style is very
seventies. Flashbacks to Speed Racer and Robotech
are inevitable, except that all the men look like women,
and have longer hair than I do. The art style is so distracting
that I lost interest in the story very quickly.
of the Blindfolded, by Tsukuba Sakura, is an interesting
modern story, about two high school students. When they
touch people, one can see the past, while the main character
Otsuka Kanade, can only see the future. Interesting dilemmas
arise when she tries to change the future, and runs into
problems with people believing her. Of the first three,
this one is my favorite, with an intriguing story, interesting
characters, and a simple art style that’s easy to
take in and enjoy.
other titles were available in the sample book. Gals!
is a very modern shojo (girls) story about the streetwise
Japanese “kogals," the rebellious 15 to 18 year
old girls who roam the Shibuya district in search of cute
clothes and a good time. Very brainless, with a sugar pop
art style, but entertaining none the less.
#9 is another action series, but set in modern times,
and revolves around a 16 year old super-agent who takes
care of spies, assassins, and terrorists. A very dramatic
series, and a little too serious for my tastes, but it still
gets points for coolness.
is another older series, but one that was extremely popular
in Japan. It tells the story of a young ballet dancer striving
to become a great ballerina, and apparently was so popular
that thousands of young girls started ballet lessons because
of it. The art style is older, but beautiful and easy on
the eyes, and the story is very original.
Thief Jeanne is your basic magical girl shojo series,
cute artwork and cute main character, though a heavy plot
of Satan vs. God. Jeanne is actually a reincarnation of
Joan of Arc and fighting for the big man by stealing demon
possessed paintings and purifying them. If you liked Card
Captor Sakura, you’ll probably like this; it’s
got the same cute feeling to it.
to my joy, CMX is keeping the Japanese style of naming,
so it’ll be last names first in all of the prints.
They haven’t translated all of the sound effects,
and it looks like they’ll do it on a case by case
basis, which is slightly annoying, but understandable. Half
the time the sound effects are part of the art, and translating
them means losing part of the drawing. They’re also
printing right to left, so no picture flipping and losing
art that way, either.
originally thought to have a schedule of a new issue of
a given title every 3 months, but it seems after some discussion
with fans at the panel, there might be a possibility of
that waiting period being knocked down to bi-monthly. Each
issue will retail for roughly $9.95. For more information,
you can visit CMX.