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Vertical Adds Stan Lee & Tamon Ohta's Heroman, Keiko Suenobu's Limit Manga

posted on 2012-02-24 14:41 EST
Also: Queen's Blade Complete Visual Collection art book, Tomotake Ishikawa's Grey Men novel

The North American publisher Vertical announced at its panel at MangaNEXT on Friday that it has licensed Stan Lee and Tamon Ohta's HeroMan manga and Keiko Suenobu's Limit manga.

Ohta and Lee launched the HeroMan manga in Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine in 2005, and the five-volume series ended last year. The manga adapts Lee and the studio BONES' 26-episode television anime series of the same name, which centers on a boy named Joey who discovers a toy robot in Center City on the west coast of the United States. The toy becomes Heroman, a giant robot that Joey pilots against the mysterious Scrag beings invading Earth. Crunchyroll streamed the anime series into several countries as it aired in Japan.

Suenobu launched Limit in Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine in October 2009. The story follows what happens to the tranquil lives of five high school girls when a bus accident kills the rest of their classmates and leaves them fighting for survival. Kodansha published the sixth and final volume of the manga in December. Tokyopop published part of Suenobu's earlier Life manga before shutting down its North American publishing operations.

Vertical also announced it will release Hobby Japan's Queen's Blade Complete Visual Collection art book. The book contains art from the Queen's Blade books and anime, and a guide to the franchise's characters and world.

Finally, Vertical announced it will release Tomotake Ishikawa's Gray Men novel. The novel recently won the grand prize for the 2012 Golden Elephant Award for Literature. According to the Golden Elephant Award's website, the novel revolves around Ryotaro Sakuma, a salesman who is determined to commit suicide due to a colleague's bullying, but one day he encounters a man in gray who becomes his mentor.


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