Tezuka's 'Phoenix: A Tale of the Future' coming from Viz in May

Mon, March 4th, 2002 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Viz Communications, Inc. proudly

announces the May release of Phoenix: A Tale of the Future, by acclaimed

author Osamu Tezuka, widely known and respected for his numerous

contributions to the manga and anime industries. A 296-page, square-bound

graphic novel, Phoenix: A Tale of the Future retails for $22.95 U.S. ($37.95

Canada).

After several nuclear wars, civilization has gone underground due to the

toxic atmosphere. The five cities resemble huge shopping malls, with each

city ruled by an enormous super-computer that calculates every action for

its inhabitants and rules supreme. Meet Masato, who secretly keeps a Moopie

as a companion - a forbidden extraterrestrial creature capable of assuming

any form and inducing hallucinations in those it contacts. In this highly

regimented world, the super-computer Hallelujah cannot allow for anything

outside its exacting calculations. When Hallelujah discovers Masato's

secret and decrees that the Moopie, known as Tamami, must be destroyed,

Masato chooses to defy the order and makes a daring escape with Tamami to

find a safe haven. Their escape triggers a visitation by a mythical bird

and an adventure of epic proportions.

Regarded by many as the "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka was born in 1928 in

Toyonoka, in Osaka, Japan. A prolific author and artist, Tezuka is

generally regarded as the single figure responsible for developing Japan's

massive manga and anime industries. His cinematic art style and novelistic

narratives have made his work as universally accessible and relevant now as

when first published in Japan. A list of his well known and universally

loved work includes the classic Jungle Emperor Leo (also known as Kimba the

White Lion), Black Jack, Adolf, Mighty Atom (which became known as Astro

Boy in the U.S.) and Metropolis (recently made into a hit anime film).

Tezuka continued creating comics until his death in 1989.

About Phoenix


The twelve self-contained yet interlinked stories that compose Phoenix (Hi

no tori in Japanese, literally "Firebird") is considered by many to be the

summit of Osamu Tezuka's artistic achievement. Tezuka himself referred to

Phoenix as his "life work." Painstakingly composed over a span of decades

(early versions appeared as early as 1954), serialized in a number of venues

and left incomplete with Tezuka's death in 1989, Phoenix represents Tezuka's

ambitious attempt to push all he knew about the comics medium to address

fundamental questions about existence. This edition, Phoenix: A Tale of the

Future, is an English translation of the second of the twelve Phoenix

stories ("Future").

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