“Dorohedoro blends bloody mutant action with the classic horror elements — zombies, demons and ghosts — and an intricate post-apocalyptic urban setting,” explains Leyla Aker, Editorial Manager of VIZ Media. “At the same time, the characters are likable, the dialogue’s funny, and I think readers will be surprised by its charm.”
Charm isn’t something one expects to find in a city so dismal it’s known only as “the Hole”. And yet, the gritty urban sci-horror series Dorohedoro is the latest creation of manga visionary Q Hayashida who is widely known for her bold art style and for seamlessly integrating preternatural universes into her stories. Dorohedoro has already been serialized in IKKI, Shogakukan’s magna magazine, and been featured on SigIKKI.com, the publication’s innovative online joint venture with VIZ Media.
For those who aren’t familiar with Dorohedoro, the story takes place in a preternatural world where an underground group of Sorcerers have been abducting people off the streets to use as guinea pigs in atrocious black-arts experiments. Nikaido finds Caiman, a mutant with the head of a reptile and a bad case of amnesia, in one of the Hole’s many dark alleys. Together, Nikaido and Caiman set out to kill as many Sorcerers as they can, hoping that the Sorcerer responsible for the spell on Caiman will be among those they destroy thus breaking the curse. It isn’t long before En, the Sorcerer in charge, learns a lizard-man is slaughtering Sorcerers and send a “cleaner” crew after the pair. This ignites a war between the Sorcerers and the other inhabitants of the Hole.
Dorohedoro will debut on 16 March, 2010 under the VIZ Signature imprint. The new series is rated “M’ for Mature. MSRP is $12.99 US /$16.99 CAN.
VIZ Media is one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA USA, it is owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga (graphic novel) and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc. and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co. Ltd. VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English-speaking audiences in North America, The United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa.