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Ablaze Reveals 2nd ‘Space Pirate Captain Harlock’ Issue Covers

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Legendary creator Leiji Matsumoto teams with French artist Jerome Alquié for a new space adventure; 5 variant covers to mark Issue 2’s release on July 7th Portland, OR, April 19, 2021 – Comics publisher ABLAZE gives readers and fans another special sneak peek of its forthcoming series, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, with cover reveals for Issue 2. A total of 5 variant covers have been created for the sophomore release of the new sci-fi series by the legendary creator, Leiji Matsumoto, and French artist, Jerome Alquié. Issue 1 launches in print and digitally on June  9th.

Each installment of Space Pirate Captain Harlock is published as a full-color, 32-page issue with special variant covers by renowned artists from the comics world. The variants for Issue 2 include artistic homages from talents including Mirka Andolfo, Junggeun Yoon, Andie Tong, Philippe Briones, as well as one by the series’ main artist, Jerome Alquié.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock Issue 2 goes on sale on July 7th. Issue 2 will be available for pre-orders this Friday, April 23 rd after the July ’21 solicitation information is released by Diamond. Pre-orders and solicitations for issue 1 are available now.

As Issue 2 unfolds, the Earth’s government is not up to the task of protecting the planet from an impending invasion, so Captain Harlock and his crew take it on themselves. The space pirates rush to investigate a looming threat already implanted on Earth that will make a Mazon takeover that much more likely. Will they be able to meet this threat head-on and eliminate it from the board before humankind is under siege from all sides?

Captain Harlock first appeared in Leiji Matsumoto’s manga, also titled Space Pirate Captain Harlock, which was published in 1977.  An anime adaptation followed in 1978, and the character went on to star in several feature films and television series achieving iconic status among legions of ardent fans. The Space Pirate Captain Harlock comic series published by ABLAZE depicts a brand-new story arc set within the same timeline as the original manga series.

ABLAZE is a publishing company releasing a variety of titles – in different formats, genres, and age ranges – original material, crowdfunded titles, reprints, art books, including international titles from Europe, Asia (manga, manhwa), and more.

The mantra of ABLAZE is quality first, with the goals of giving creators a platform, bringing new voices into the conversation, serving as diverse an audience as possible, and growing the
company’s publishing schedule sustainably over time.

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