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Marvel is bringing Korean comic to the U.S. with new Avengers series
The ‘K’ stands for ‘Korean wave.’
Illustration courtesy of Marvel
Drawn by popular Korean artists, the graphic novel series Avengers K will premiere in May. Written by Si Yeon Park and featuring a roster of prominent Korean artists, Avengers vs. Ultron is the first of the five-book series, which follows the classic Avengers narrative:
Scientist Hank Pym sets out to create the world’s first artificial intelligence. Instead, he creates a monster. Enter Ultron! But one diabolical robot isn’t enough: When Ultron in turn creates the Vision, the Avengers are really in trouble. Together, the pair is poised to destroy the Avengers — and the world. But wait! Who is the Bride of Ultron? What happens next is a tale beloved around the world — with a story telling flair distinctive to a South Korean style!
Marvel also released a glimpse of the untranslated comic panels, to give English-language fans a taste of what they can expect in May.
The initiative is a partnership between Marvel and Korean comics publishing giant Daewon C.I., and comes after a number of forays by Marvel to appeal to its Asian fanbases—from featuring a crossover with beloved manga Attack on Titan in an issue of Spider-Man last year to premiering a new Korean superhero, Silver Fox, exclusively on Korean digital manga platforms.
“Marvel’s popularity is growing exponentially throughout Asia—specifically within Korea—which has resulted in a vast catalog of visually kinetic original content,” Marvel Senior Vice President David Gabriel stated in a press release issued Monday.
InSu Seok, editor-in-chief of Daewon, added that English-speaking Marvel fans will be treated to Korea’s unique illustration style: “With new panel construction and the use of exciting colors in manhwa style this is a reinvention of Marvel’s most popular comic franchise in a daring new direction.”
It looks as though the English-language versions of the graphic novels will still retain their Korean style. The series is available for preorder.
Illustration via Marvel Entertainment
Aja Romano is a geek culture reporter and fandom expert. Their reporting at the Daily Dot covered everything from Harry Potter and anime to Tumblr and Gamergate. Romano joined Vox as a staff reporter in 2016.