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Exclusive Preview | Archaia’s Cyborg 009

Archaia and Ishimori Production Inc. are teaming up to re-interpret Shotaro Ishinomori’s classic manga series Cyborg 009 for Western readers. The new edition is written by F.J. DeSanto (The Spirit, Immortals: Gods and Heroes) and Bradley Cramp (Gattaca), and illustrated by Marcus To (Red Robin, The Huntress). Archaia has provided ROBOT 6 with an exclusive preview of the graphic novel, set for release early this year.

The story is about nine people who are kidnapped from around the world to become test subjects by The Black Ghost Organization, a secret society that provides weapons of mass destruction to the highest bidder. The victims are put through a series of experiments that transform them into super-powered weapons, but with the help of a compassionate project scientist, the living weapons rebel, escape, and set off on a mission to stop Black Ghost from plunging the world into a perpetual state of war.

The publisher states: “Created in 1964, Cyborg 009 was Japan’s first and most-popular super-team, quickly becoming one of the most influential manga series of all time. The original manga has been published in over 250,000,000 copies of weekly comics and comic books worldwide.” There’s also a new, 3D CGI animated feature film in the works in Japan, and DeSanto is working to produce a live-action version.

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it looks very very good!!!

I like that its clearly Marcus To’s work, but its got enough of the original’s style that its recognizable.

Why you americans have to do this????
This is not Cyborg 009, i’m sorry!
I don’t like it, it looks like marvel’s superheroes and they aren’t.

AlexandraJ are you frustrated?

No guys, sorry, i love Ishinomori, (i’m completly in love with 009 since i was i child) and this isn’t his work.
Try to understand me and try to immagine a Japanese Spiderman, how do you feel???
Btw, we can talk about everything when this work will be finished ;P
(Ps: i’m no fool and, sorry, i’m not frustrated… ^^ )

>>AlexandraJ

You don’t need to imagine : a japanese spiderma does exist.

But i agree with you .

@AlexandraJ, there already is a Japanese Spider-man and he’s been around for a very long time. Kinda makes your argument invalid.

It’s a different interpretation. You don’t need to lose your shit over it. Ignore it if you don’t like it.

Hey I was a fan of 009 as a child as well and I’m also a fan of Ishinomori works too and to be honest I think this can actually work out pretty well. In 009 all the Cyborgs we’re from different nations, ethnicities, and backgrounds so seeing a Western interpretation isn’t that far fetched.

Besides in 009 the only real recurring Japanese character was pretty much Joe/009 and he was only half Japanese in the first place….

Jet looks like he should be in a L’ Oreal commercial. LOL

Cyborg 009 was one of my favorite anime as a child. I really like the updated character designs and the new art style of this new graphic novel. I’m really glad to see such a wonderful, yet underrated story getting some new attention after all these years. ^__^

I think I’ll wait for the finished story before judging it. It could be worthwhile and faithful to the original, or it could not (I remember some western adaptations of mangas that honestly sucked) ^^;
By the way, I don’t think that anyone should call “frustrated” or other someone else because he or she doesn’t like what you like. Everyone’s free to like o dislike this or other things. No need to fight about it- unless it’s completely unrespectful of the original work.

Looks fine to me. And if anyone’s got a problem with it, hey, you’re entitled to your (informed) opinions, but remember–Ishimori Productions has a hand in this, and since they’re the ones who basically oversee any new works associated with Ishinomori’s original creations, then that’s fine with me.

I do agree with Meg–let’s see what the finished product looks like first. For now though, I am interested, and have been ever since they announced this project.

Of course, I wonder if they have any plans to do this with 009-1…..

Just because the Production gave permission, that alone doesn’t mean it will be great- but I’m rather conforted by the authors’ words, that they had to change very little of the original. ;)
Let’s not forget that the X-Men owe very, very, VERY much to the Cyborgs, born in the same years- I daresay they owe most if not all to them. ^_^

What’s really frustrating is how unsuccessful the 009 franchise has been in the United States. It’s such an inventive and concrete spy epic that you’d think it’d have made a more positive dent through the years (I almost added, “regardless of medium,” but we all know how well retro manga/anime do in sales, don’t we?).

I fell in love with Marcus To’s work in HUNTRESS and am currently purchasing back issues of RED ROBIN, just to see more of his work. Looking forward to it all the way.

@AlexanderJ Yeah….People used to think the same way with the Iron Man movies. But, not only do I prefer that version of Stark to the comics version (He’s actually kind of an A-hole), but it’s what got into the character. I actually bought collections of his comics and enjoyed them. And what if this comic does well,and the public wants more? Who are you to say they’re wrong? The Ultimate,and the original Marvel line exist for a reason. Don’t be a jerk just because something’s new. For it may just bring new people in, or be on the level of the original.

As long as 009 and 009 remain a couple, and the stories aren’t totally butchered, then I can forgive some of the appearance changes (though not much was done).

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