CD Projekt RED has announced The Witcher Ronin, a brand-new full-length manga that reimagines Geralt of Rivia as a wandering samurai.
Announced during WitcherCon, CDPR has announced a Kickstarter pre-launch campaign for the manga, which is being written by Rafał Jaki, with art from Japanese illustrator Hataya. Jaki co-created the Gwent minigame, and is also working on the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 anime series, Edgerunners. Hataya is perhaps best-known for Neko no Matasaburou and Mangaka Joshi.
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Speaking to IGN, Jaki confirmed that the manga will form a standalone story in a world that merges Japanese folklore with the monsters and magic of The Witcher. This isn't the Geralt we know having been magically sent to a different reality, but an all-new Geralt who is an established part of this strange new world.
"I personally love the new monsters and folk tales we can experiment with," Jaki explained. "Both Europe and Japan have a unique tradition in this area, and bringing iconic Japanese stories and monsters and fitting them in a Witcher Context was the most exciting thing for me."
The writer added that The Witcher Ronin has been heavily inspired by a number of classic "Elseworlds" stories - most notably Superman: Red Son, the critically acclaimed miniseries that imagined a world in which Superman had been raised in the Soviet Union, rather than rural America.
"We took cues from other Elseworld comics where, for example in Superman: Red Son even though Superman lands in the CCCP instead of Kansas, [in the] U.S. he is still called Superman it's an artistic license that allows people to have fun with the concept and understand it easily," Jaki said of the challenges of including certain Witcher terms that may not immediately fit into the Japanese setting.
The Witcher Ronindoesn't have a set release date yet, but the 100-page, full-color main story by Jaki and Hataya, and three 15-page shorts featuring guest artists shouldn't launch anywhere more than 60 days after the pre-launch page goes live later this year.
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