If you haven’t figured it out already, manga is a huge money maker for publishers. So don’t be surprised to see more companies snatching up manga titles left and right to republish to the English speaking world.
The latest acquisition comes from Dark Horse that announced it will be publishing GANTZ in the United States.
Gantz tells the story of a team of dead people who are forced to take part in a “game” that has them hunting aliens and other creatures who live among the populace of Japan. The story focuses on Kei Kurono, a teenage boy who died saving a homeless man from a train. He, along with a band of others who are recently deceased, is forced to complete a series of dangerous and complicated missions by a strange device called Gantz. On these missions characters can even die again, only to be quickly replaced by others like them. As the plot progresses, so does the intricacy of relationships between characters.
Gantz is expected to be available in the Summer of 2008.
via Dark Horse