If you have been following Free Bundle Charts
, it should not come as a surprise that for the past two weeks, the dominating format for the Comics ranking has been, for the most part, Japanese Comics, or Manga, as they are widely known.
Because it’s the future! That’s why!
Readers are demanding fresh content. We have all seen Superman fight Lex Luthor tireless times already, with little to no consequences. Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow–they’ve lost their charm over the years. Some aesthetic changes over here, a new sidekick over there, an “unexpected” death followed by an even more unexpected revival, and at the end of the day, we realize we want more.
We demand more.
And we are getting more, but not from Marvel or DC, but from small Japanese presses. Disclaimer: I’m not simply talking about the US domestic market. No, the world is bigger than just one country. From Sao Paulo to Athens, flying all the way to Moscow, Ankara, Sydney, Hong Kong, Rome, Spain, and Chile–we have all been craving for more manga and Japanese products since “Robotech” was released.
We want something fresh, something new, we want something we haven’t seen before–and manga promises and delivers just that, in quantities we haven’t even managed to grasp yet! Of all the manga stories being produced in Japan, we only see a tiny fraction being licensed. The rest remains buried under a thin layer of language dust, waiting to be brushed out by an army of archaeolinguistics.
Archaeolinguistics, I say? Yes! Because if we are to be fair, we can trace manga properties waiting to be translated as far back as the 1950s!
Modern heroes beware: there is a crisis on infinite earths, and this time there won’t be a caped hero strong enough to save the day, red spandex or not.
– Javier Cabrera