I've been really excited to get a chance to pick up Ultimo
(and I wish there was a more convenient bookstore so I could DO said picking up), the collaboration between Stan Lee
and Hiroyuki Takei
, this week. But I haven't forgotten about Stan Lee's OTHER projects in Japan, including the upcoming anime Heroman
-- which is now officially announced to start this April
We don't know a LOT about Heroman, but from what little I've seen of the manga adaptation (which started back in July '09), it's got a remarkably "Americana" look to it: our hero, Joey Jones, wears an American flag on an early color page, and the titular robot Heroman is primarily white, but with blue and red accents.
Interestingly, flipping through the first chapter in Square Enix
's Shounen Gangan, the first battle Heroman actually fights is against a demon samurai. I kind of doubt there's supposed to be a lot of subtext going on, but it could easily read as American strength (and technology) defeating ancient Japanese superstition. Although I haven't really fully read the chapter, so maybe it's not quite as it appears.
Anywho! Heroman! This April! I'm looking forward to seeing what a Stan Lee x Studio BONES
collaboration looks like. How about you? Spring season is shaping up to look pretty interesting...