JQ Magazine: Fist of the North Star Returns

By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe–shi, 2001-02). Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here.

HOKUTO NO KEN Ultimate Edition
©1983 by BURONSON AND TETSUO HARA/COAMIX

Out of print for decades in America, Fist of the North Star, the classic 1980s manga from Buronson (Sanctuary) and Tetsuo Hara (Ikusa no Ko), roars back to life in new 300+-page hardcover VIZ Signature editions! The first volume drops June 15, with the second volume set for Sept. 21.

In a post-apocalyptic world, humanity has risen from the ashes of nuclear war to a nightmare of endless suffering. It is a time of chaos. Warlords and gangs of savage marauders and warlords rule the broken ruins of civilization, terrorizing and enslaving the survivors. Life has become a brutal struggle for existence and death the only release.

One day, a wanderer appears out of the wasteland to bring justice to the guilty and hope to the people—a warrior named Ken, a man who bears seven scars upon his chest and holds the secret of a mysterious martial art known as Hokuto Shinken, the Divine Fist of the North Star!

For more information and a free preview, visit www.viz.com/fist-of-the-north-star