Nearly 33 years after Marty McFly gave Biff Tannen his comeuppance and warped across time in the world’s most tricked-out DeLorean, Back to the Future is finally getting something we’re kind of surprised to learn it never had: an official treatment as a serialized manga.
Sure, Back to the Future has always been at home in the world of traditional comics — including IDW Publishing’s current imprint of the Back to the Future: Tales From the Time Train series. But for some reason, Doc has never had the chance to harness lightning, jump-start a flux capacitor, or warn Marty away from tomorrow’s pitfalls in the more grown-up pages of a proper manga.
Until now, that is. At a recent Ready Player One promotional event in Tokyo, manga artist Yuusuke Murata (One-Punch Man) announced he’s heading the new online serial, simply titled BTTF. Murata’s illustrating the new series with oversight from Bob Gale, the original 1985 film’s screenwriter and co-producer.
For now, what we know about the new title is coming from various English-language reports of the series announcement at the Japanese-language Kono Manga ga Sugoi! website, which will host the serial when the first issue lands. But there’s no word yet on whether, or when, U.S. fans will be lucky enough to get their hands on the book version. Japanese fans will get a collected edition after the first online issue goes live.
As eagle-eyed readers may notice, the first images from the upcoming manga also feature characters who weren’t in the original film.
That’s because the series will feature story content drawn not only from the first film, but also content that wasn’t in the original. The release date for the online version of BTTF hasn’t yet been announced, but the first book compilation is set for April 20.
Now we’ve just got to hope, and wait (since we can’t time-travel), that IDW or another publisher will pick this thing up and bring it to the U.S. sometime soon.