Lastman: Why Robert Kirkman of Skybound is ‘Absolutely Obsessed with’ this acclaimed French comic

Skybound's most recent comic book announcement is different from the rest. The publisher is not launching a new series but instead, it will be bringing the entire Lastman comic to the English language marketplace. Skybound founder Robert Kirkman seems “absolutely obsessed” with the series.

Lastman was created by Bastien Vivès, Yves “Balak” Bigerel and Michaël Sanlaville. This manga-influenced series is set within a fantasy universe called Valley of Kings. Each year, the queen and king hold a tournament of magickals. Adrian Velba (12 years old) dreams of winning the tournament. Velba is forced to join forces with Richard Aldana because his partner becomes ill. He prefers to use magic spells and his hands to fight.

Between 2013 and 2019, Lastman was published in 12 volumes (“Tomes”). First Second Books was originally granted the rights to translate the series into English, but the US only saw the six first Tomes. Skybound has taken over distribution rights to the complete series and will be releasing new graphic novels of Lastman starting in Fall 2022. Each graphic novel will contain two Tomes. The revised translations will be more faithful to the original French text.

Kirkman will be publishing Lastman English as a passion project.

“LASTMAN is a revelation of immense creativity, thrilling as a fan and humbling as a creator,” said Kirkman in Skybound's press release. “Balak, Sanlaville, and Vivès have combined to create an evolving story, each volume advancing the story in an entertaining and engaging way, while also being completely different than the volume before. It is a masterclass of tone, originality, world-building, and style. It's a series that I am obsessed with and I apologize if this quote seems dry or hyperbolic. It's not my intention to make it seem like that, but I do intend to be sincere. Robert Kirkman here to urge everyone reading this to get excited about the book's release.

Kirkman stated, “I don’t enjoy writing quotes like these.” It's not enjoyable. I'm not sure if they work. Is this you? Are you still on the fence and waiting for these words that will convince you to try this incredible series? Is a mere glance at the art enough? Really? Okay. You're welcome. This book is essential in every aspect of your life, regardless of whether you realize it or not. It's all you have. I don't know anything about you. I don’t know anything about you. But I know that. This book is essential. Everyone does. Because this book is part of the world, it makes it a better place. Are you ready to become a part this world? It has been a difficult few years for many. Take care of yourself. You deserve it. You deserve LASTMAN. Get it.”

Lastman Vol. 1 will be available in comic book shops and digital providers starting November 15, 2022.

Even if you don't know the Lastman comic, chances are you have played the videogame version. LastFight 2016, a fighting game, was inspired by the comic. It was released on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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