Given the success of the first Death Jr. miniseries at Image Comics, and a followup set for July, I found this announcement interesting: Publisher Seven Seas has struck a deal with Backbone Entertainment to adapt the video game’s characters for an original manga.
The first volume, titled Death Jr.: Pandora, will be written and drawn by Hai (Blade for Barter), and apparently will focus on the character who just can’t resist a locked door or closed lid.
From the tone of the press release, I take it the manga is being viewed as an expansion of the franchise, not as a replacement for the other Death Jr. series, by Greg Whitta and Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Polly and the Pirates).
“We’re excited to see DJ, Pandora, and all of the unforgettable Death, Jr. characters come to life in such a popular format,” Backbone’s Mike Mika said in the press release. “Seven Seas has helped create a great visual concept and storyline for the manga that will attract long-time DJ fans, and will really appeal to a new audience.”
Death Jr.: Pandora is set for release in 2007.