The universe depicted in Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop remake is expanding with a new prequel novel, comic book series, and art book.
Titan Publishing has announced several new related books for the upcoming Netflix Cowboy Bebop live action series.
The first of the Titans Cowboy Bebop books is a prequel novel, which will be released alongside the Netflix show in November. Subtitle A union story: Red Planet Requiem, the book will be written by Sean Cummings, who was also editor of the new live-action series. The prequel will tell the story of a young Spike Spiegel and his friend and future nemesis, Vicious, as they grow up in the slums of Mars and become involved in his powerful crime syndicates.
Titan will also be releasing a four-issue comic book series featuring an all-new story starring Spike, Jet, and Faye. Cowboy Bebop: The Comedy Series sees the team of bounty hunters on the trail of a criminal who has a legendary vest that supposedly makes him extremely lucky. The new comic is written by DC veteran Dan Watters (Lucifer, Home Sick pilots) and features illustrations by Lamar Mathurin. The series will begin airing in December 2021, with a commercial paperback collected to be released in May 2022.
Finally, Titan will also release an art book detailing the production of Netflix’s live-action remake. Title Cowboy Bebop: Making the Netflix Series, the book will chronicle the series’ four-year journey, from its initial announcement in 2017 to its streaming debut this year. The book will include a foreword from series showrunner André Nemec, as well as behind-the-scenes photos and concept art that show how the series translated the look and style of the classic anime into a live-action production. The art book is expected to be released in the spring of 2022.
Cowboy Bebop debuted in 1998 and was immediately recognized as one of the best anime of the decade. Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, who would later direct the equally critically acclaimed film Samurai Champloo, and produced by Gundam Sunrise animation studio, the series has been praised for its mature themes, extravagant animation and memorable soundtrack. The series takes place in a future where most of humanity has abandoned Earth and now lives in colonies on Mars and the moons of Jupiter, and tells the story of a team of incredibly capable but unlucky bounty hunters. , who are each weighed down by their past in different ways.
Watanabe was a creative consultant for the Netflix remake of his series. The composer of the anime, Yoko Kanno, will also write the score for the live-action series. The series’ American reimagining stars John Cho as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, and Daniella Pineda as Faye Valentine. The new series premieres on Netflix on November 19, while the original anime is already available to stream on the service.
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Source: Titan editions
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