‘Space Pirate Captain Harlock’ Continues In June From Ablaze
by James Ferguson
The next space-faring adventure of the crew of the Arcadia are set to begin this June. Ablaze has announced it will be presenting the next chapter in the Space Pirate Captain Harlock saga from creator Leiji Matsumoto and artist Jérôme Alquié.
Set within the timeline of the original series, this brand-new Captain Harlock adventure marks the beginning of a new story arc. Planet Earth is threatened by an upcoming invasion by the Sylvidres and despite being banished as a pirate, Captain Harlock won’t give up trying to save the world. This time, the source of danger comes directly from Earth, not outer space. A team of scientists discovers a Sylvidres mausoleum where they find information about terrifying genetic manipulations and a destructive power capable of either providing the Sylvidres with immortality or putting an end to their civilization. The unprecedented cold spell hitting Earth might only be a taste of what this new enemy has in store…
Will Captain Harlock and his crew manage to solve this mystery and save the Earth from yet another menace?
Leiji Matsumoto said: “I’m very happy that Jérôme Alquié is drawing this story about Captain Harlock. Seeing the manuscript, I could feel the passion that this work was carried out with, and the passion of young people who pursue their dreams. All the details are drawn with great care and the universe of the series is perfectly reproduced. A day will come when young people will forge their own world. And if I can serve as a launching pad for the fulfillment of their dreams, then I am honored. Thank you very much.”
Jérôme Alquié said: “As a big fan of the universe of Leiji Matsumoto and Captain Harlock, it was a real pleasure and honor for me to work on this project. I hope you will feel all the passion that animated me throughout the project under the benevolent eye of Master Matsumoto. Today I am delighted to allow Harlock to shine even more and to share this story with the English-speaking public.”
Rich Young, Ablaze VP Creative/Business Development said: “I grew up watching Star Blazers. And I’ve always thought Captain Harlock was such a cool character. So I am of course thrilled to be publishing this title at Ablaze now. Leiji Matsumoto is a living legend, and Jérôme Alquié was born to draw this book…their collaboration here is something special.”
Space Pirate Captain Harlock #1 will feature a main cover by Alquié and variant covers by Derrick Chew, Kendrick Lim, Leirix Li, Yanick Paquette, Miguel Mercado, and Andie Tong. It’s set for release on June 9th, 2021.