This year’s 17th issue of Kodansha’s Morning magazine announced on Thursday that Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki will resume their Billy Bat thriller manga in the magazine’s next issue, which Kodansha will publish on April 2.
The manga’s story is set in 1949, when Japanese-American comic book artist Kevin Yamagata is drawing the popular “Billy Bat” comic. He thinks he might have unconsciously copied the image of Billy Bat from something he saw while serving in occupied Japan, and returns there to get permission from the creator of the image. Upon arriving there, however, he becomes embroiled in a web of murder, cover-ups, and prophecy that all leads back to Billy Bat.
The manga has been on hiatus since last December. Before that, the manga went on hiatus from February to May and July to October of last year. Urasawa switched from a semi-monthly to a weekly schedule in 2012.
Urasawa first launched the manga in Morning magazine in October 2008. Urasawa draws the series and Nagazaki collaborates on the story. Kodansha published the 16th compiled book volume of the manga on Monday.
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