I remember years ago, purchasing a few episodes of the original Cyborg:009, from a street vendor in New York. I got home and began watching it. I don’t remember if I particularly loved it, I think because the episodes were mixed up, chronologically, and it was hard to follow. But I do remember feeling that same connection to Cyborg that I had to the anime’s I grew up watching as youth in Hawaii. Cartoons that kids on the mainland didn’t get, but whose children’s children would later be inundated by, in the form of rehashed ideas in the late eighties and early ninties. Not unlike Osamu Tezuka‘s Astro Boy, Cyborg is another tale of technology gone awry. Seems the Japanese are hellbent on giving us the state of the art while the manga artist preach of the apocalypse. It’s all kind of amusing. Creator of Cyborg:009 Shotaro Ishinomori, gained notoriety for almost three decades during the shows run. The series enjoyed four films, several television series and even an arcade game.
With all this, it’s no wonder Archaia Entertainment has returned to the beloved series with this excellent, slightly more modern, look at this manga classic.
An epic re-imagining of Shotaro Ishinomori’s manga classic CYBORG 009, CYBORG 009: CHAPTER 000 is the historic first chapter of the forthcoming Archaia graphic novel coming this summer. When a young man known only by the numerical designation “009” discovers that his body has been cybernetically augmented and “improved” against his will, he must break free from the clutches of The Black Ghost, a secret society hell-bent turning humans into cybernetic weapons of mass destruction for sale to the highest bidder. Written by F.J. DeSanto (The Spirit, Insurgent) and Bradley Cramp (Gattaca, Lord of War) and stunningly illustrated by Marcus To (Batwing, Huntress, Red Robin) and Ian Herring (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand), Archaia and Ishimori Productions are proud to present this incredible new take on one of the most famous manga titles of all time!
Funny….while reading this comicbook, what fascinated me most wasn’t the fresh new stuff, but the original Shotaro Ishinomori Cyborg :009 reprint (they’ve so graciously included in the back). That’s when it goes from good to great! These original books, published in 1964, would have certainly been entertaining for a youngster in those days. I found myself engulfed in this simple and most of the times, amusing story. Shotaro’s wit and social commentary is priceless, the best is when he blends a bit of Westside Story into a certain cyborgs origins. I couldn’t stop laughing! This Archaia release is recommended reading for those of us who are deep into nostalgia and for those who are looking for something new. Cyborg:009 does an excellent job of harnessing both.