Titles featuring Iron Man, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Ant-Man and more can be seen through the Shonen Jump+ app.

Crossovers have long made for exciting moments in many comic book series, with the bigger crossovers often being the most memorable. Now perhaps one of the most long-distance collaborations is about to take place with some of Marvel’s most popular heroes gracing the digital pages of Japan’s Shonen Jump+, home of classics such as One Piece, Dragon Ball, and Slam Dunk to name only a few.

The team-up kicked off on 3 September with an illustrated interview of Marvel editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski by Shonen Jump+ artist Takeshi Sakurai. The two compare their respective publishing giants while giving Japanese readers a little extra background on Marvel.

The following day is the release of Secret Reverse by Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!. In the first half of this two-part series, Peter Parker and Tony Stark arrive in Japan after receiving invitations to a game convention. Whether or not this means the two will get involved in Duel Monsters remains to be seen in either this or the second half, which is set to be published on 27 November.

There will be plenty to read in between, with a double-header of Avengers. On 18 September Hachi Mizuno (Akuten Wars) will present a lighter side of Earth’s greatest heroes drawn in a cutesy style with Avengers: Gag Reel. This will be followed by the fictional Avengers: Interview with Heroes by Ken Ogino (Lady Justice).

October will be rounded out with Deadpool: Samurai on the 16th by Sanshiro Kasama and Hikaru Uesugi (Tsugihagi Quest) which appears to be a send up of the 2013 film The Wolverine, which was titled Wolverine: Samurai in Japan. Then, celebrate Halloween with Iron Man, Dr. Strange, and more in Halloween Avengers by mato (Darling in the Franxx).

Finally, before the conclusion of Secret Reverse, 13 November will see the tentatively titled Ant-Man+ in which Scott Lang travels to Japan to spy on his daughter Cassie, who has come as an exchange student.

These titles can all be read on the Shonen Jump+ app which is the online arm of the manga publishing heavyweight. It’s a collab of love for these two titans, with Cebluski telling Oricon News, “With Jump’s philosophy of creating character-driven action stories and support from readers of all ages, I can’t think of a better platform to bring Marvel’s characters to Japan.”

Shonen Jump+’s editor-in-chief Shuhei Hosono returned the sentiment, saying, “As a Marvel fan myself I’m very excited about this project and I’m happy that we can finally show it to everyone. I hope you all enjoy these works, passionately drawn by Shonen Jump artists who love Marvel too!”

I know I will, and if they somehow work in a Duel Masters card of Leopardon, I may just pee my pants in nerdly glee. However, the answer to the condition of my pants and other mysteries will have to wait until the rest of this series of tie-ins unfolds over the next two months.

Source: Oricon News
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