Dark Horse Offers New Lone Wolf 2100 Comic by Western Creators
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Dark Horse Comics announced at its "Crafting the Original Story" panel at New York Comic Con on Thursday that it will release Lone Wolf 2100, a four-issue comic series inspired by Kazuo Koike's Lone Wolf and Cub manga. The series remakes Mike Kennedy and Francisco Ruiz Velasco's 2003 Lone Wolf 2100 comic.
Eric Heisserer, Miguel Sepulveda, and David Gomez will create the comic. The comic has a futuristic setting, and will revolve around the android Itto, who is tasked with protecting the child Daisy Ogami, whose DNA holds the key to the cure for a mutating virus that is rapidly spreading across the world. Daisy's uncle Jax tries to prevent the cure from being implemented, and attempts to either control or kill Daisy.
Dark Horse published Kennedy and Velasco's Lone Wolf 2100 three-volume comic series from 2003 to 2004. The series features a similar plot, and likewise re-imagines Koike's original manga in a futuristic setting.
Koike's original Lone Wolf and Cub manga is set in feudal Japan, and centers around Ogami Ittō, the shogun's top executioner. When the Yagyu clan carry out a plot to eliminate Ittō to take his position, his wife is killed, and he barely escapes with his infant son Daigoro. The pair roam Japan, with Ittō getting jobs as an assassin for hire, and plotting revenge against the Yagyu clan. Together with his son, they are known as Lone Wolf & Cub.
Koike serialized the original manga in Futabasha's Weekly Manga Action magazine from 1970 to 1976. First Comics initially published the manga in English in 1987, before shuttering in 1991 without finishing the series. Dark Horse Comics then published and completed the manga in English from 2000 to 2002, and is currently publishing omnibus editions for the manga. Dark Horse published the manga's ninth omnibus edition volume on July 14. The manga has inspired multiple live-action film and television series adaptations, video games, and a sequel series by Koike and Hideki Mori titled New Lone Wolf & Cub, which ran in Shogakukan's Weekly Post magazine from 2003 to 2006. Dark Horse is also publishing the sequel manga in English, and published its sixth volume on September 15.