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Viz Media Releases All You Need is Kill

VIZ Media has announced the print launch of famed manga artist Takeshi Obata’s latest manga (graphic novel) masterpiece with the release of All You Need is Kill as an oversized omnibus edition on November 4th.

All You Need is Kill collects both volumes into this complete edition and features color inserts, is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will be available under the Shonen Jump Advanced imprint with a print MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN.

Digital editions for the pair of individual volumes are also available for $6.99 each across all platforms serviced by VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App, and are similarly available on the storefronts for the Kindle, iBooks, GooglePlay, Kobo, ComiXology, and Nook. Th

Takeshi Obata’s All You Need is Kill originally premiered in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonnen Jump digital manga anthology earlier this year and is the stunning manga realization of the popular Japanese sci-fi novel, written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. In this rousing action story, 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 as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

The bestselling All You Need is Kill novel also inspired the live-action summer blockbuster – Edge of Tomorrow – which starred Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton.

The original novel also was the launch title in 2009 for Haikasoru, VIZ Media’s unique literary imprint dedicated to publishing the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy for English-speaking audiences. VIZ Media also published a special movie tie-in version of the ALL YOU NEED IS KILL/EDGE OF TOMORROW novel over the summer to support the release of the live-action film.

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Days of Future Past Crosses $600 Million, Edge of Tomorrow Stumbles

days of future past movie posterThere was some good and some bad when it came to comic book movies at the box office this past weekend.

X-Men: Days of Future Past dropped 55 percent and earned an estimated $14.7 million. The movie’s 17-day total is now about $189.1 million. At the international market, the film grossed $42.1 million over the weekend. In China, it added $7.5 million and passed $100 million total. Overall, the movie has earned $421 million overseas and $610 million worldwide. It will probably reach the $700 million mark when it’s over.

Domestically, the film ranks third for X-Men films, but fifth when you adjust it for inflation. Worldwide, the film is in first not adjusted.

edge of tomorrowThe new “comic film” Edge of Tomorrow stumbled in its first week, even with good reviews. The movie is based on the Japanese book All You Need is Kill, which is also adapted as a graphic novel. The film came in third for the weekend with an estimated $29.1 million.

Edge‘s audience was 61 percent male and 73 percent over the age of 25. Showings in 3D accounted for 47 percent of ticket sales, while IMAX delivered $4.2 million.

The film is currently around 89 percent on Rotten tomatoes and a decent B+ CinemaScore.

Overseas, the film earned $82 million, which includes $25 million in the China debut, the largest ever opening for Tom Cruise in the country. In South Korea, it earned $16.6 million, and $8.6 million in Russia, $3.2 million in France, $3.1 million in Mexico, and $2.8 million in Australia. The film opens in Japan July 4th.

 

 

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday. What got everyone excited? What was the best one you read so far?

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – All Star Western #31

ICv2 – All You Need is Kill TPB

Comic Vine – Avengers #30

Comic Vine – Batman #31

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #8

Comic Vine – Dead Body Road #6

Comic Vine – Deadpool #29

Comic Vine – Empire Vol. 2 #1

Comic Vine – Fantastic Four #5

Comic Vine – Ghostbusters #16

Comic Vine – Harbinger #23

Comic Vine – Larfleeze #11

Comic Vine – Nightwing #30

Comic Vine – Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2

Comic Vine – Thanos Annual #1

CBR – Trees #1

Talking Comics – Trees #1

Comic Vine – Uncanny Avengers #20

Review: All You Need is Kill

all-you-need-is-killThis week sees the release of All You Need is Kill, the official graphic novel adaptation of the book turned movie, tough the movie is titled Edge of Tomorrow. The graphic novel is written by Viz Media‘s editor of their Haikasoru imprint, and sci-fi author Nick Mamatas and features artwork by Lee Ferguson.

The original novel, written by Japanese author Hiroshi Sakurazaka is set in the future when aliens called Mimics invade. Keiji Kiriya is just one of the many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent to kill. But he dies on the battlefield after only a few minutes, only to 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 as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

While I haven’t read the book (someone else on our site is doing that), I’ve known a little about this story through the various trailers for the upcoming film based on the story starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and Bill Paxton.

The graphic novel is interesting, in at times it reads more like a poem with pictures, as it flashes through Keiji’s experiences. Since the character is Japanese, his dialog reflects that, and can come of stilted, creating an interesting flow to the narrative.

What to me was very interesting was the narrative as a whole, and the various themes of the story. There are parts that come off as a video game in story form, and below that layer there’s the story of discipline and the focus of a warrior. Overall, it’s a fascinating story, through all of the action, gets you think. It’s the type of story that’ll get you talking for hours with friends, and then seeking out others to do so (I’ve already been on the track).

How well this graphic novel adapts the book it’s based on, I personally can’t say. It’s been said in the press information I’ve gotten that it “stays true to the original source novel.” I’ve discussed my reading experience of the story with our contributor who read the novel, and what we took away varies greatly. The video game aspect to me came across stronger, something not taken away from the novel. Is that the story telling, or our experiences?

It’s fun to be able to experience a “the same” story in three different ways, graphic novel, book, and an upcoming movie, and each varying slightly. It’s especially cool, when the story is this entertaining.

Original Story: Hiroshi Sakurazaka Story: Nick Mamatas Art: Lee Ferguson
Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Viz Media provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

 

That time Vertigo Advertised for Viz on Twitter

It looks like Vertigo‘s Twitter account is in the advertising business, as around 4pm today, the DC Comics imprint tweeted a message promoting Viz Media‘s new graphic novel All You Need is Kill, the adaptation of the novel that is being turned into a movie. They were nice enough to mark it with a hashtag of “ad.” Going back a few months, I don’t see another example of this, the account has promoted either Vertigo projects (or things related to them) or DC things. Nice to see publishers getting along!

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Leap into the world of manga with the new Weekly Shonen Jump “Jump Pack”

VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump manga magazine returns to its roots in print as it gives North American fans a special treat with the release of the Weekly Shonen Jump Jump Pack 2014, Issue 2 available now. The jam-packed print edition contains more than 100 pages of the world’s most popular featured series and is an ideal way to check out what the digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine offers.

The Weekly Shonen Jump Jump Pack is available in the U.S. and Canada exclusively through retailers serviced by Diamond Comic Distributors and also from leading online anime/manga retailer Right Stuf. The Weekly Shonen Jump Jump Pack 2014, Issue 2 is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN.

The latest Jump Pack issue features the current hit series, All You Need is Kill, by Takeshi Obata, as well as chapters from continuing fan favorites such as Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and much more. The issue also includes a promotional code for a 3-month weekly digital subscription to the magazine along with a limited edition Blue-Eyes White Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card with exclusive variant art from Kazuki Takahashi.

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Viz Media’s Edge of Tomorrow Movie Tie-In

VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint is releasing a movie tie-in novel for the upcoming sci-fi action film, Edge of Tomorrow. The novel will be released April 29th. The new Edge of Tomorrow paperback release will carry an MSRP of $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN. The book features a cover with the official movie poster featuring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in their title roles from the film. The Edge of Tomorrow novel was written by Japanese author Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and was previously published as All You Need is Kill.

The Haikasoru imprint has also announced the May 6th release of the All You Need is Kill official graphic novel adaptation. Written by Haikasoru editor and noted sci-fi author, Nick Mamatas, and featuring full-color artwork by popular comic book artist Lee Ferguson, the new graphic novel offers a single-volume retelling of the original All You Need is Kill novel that inspired the Edge of Tomorrow movie. The graphic novel carries an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN, and features an oversized North American graphic novel trim size of 6 5/8″ x 10 ¼”. An eBook edition will also be available worldwide for $8.99 (U.S. / CAN) for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, and the Kobo eBooks Store. North American fans can also access the graphic novel digitally on the VIZ Manga App as well as through VIZManga.com.

The Edge of Tomorrow feature film is slated for U.S. release from Warner Bros. Pictures on June 6th, and will be presented in 3D and 2D in select theaters, and 3D IMAX. The movie is directed by Doug Liman and stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton.

The story is set in the future when aliens called 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. But he dies on the battlefield after only a few minutes, 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 as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

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