Viz To Reprint Nintendo Power’s ‘Legend of Zelda’ Comic By Shotaro Ishinomori, The Best Possible Zelda Comic
Like a lot of kids who grew up in the ’90s, I loved Nintendo’s monthly magazine Nintendo Power with a passion, and one of my favorite things about it was reading the comic version of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I loved that series largely because it made the weird adventure of the video game even weirder. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized the story was written and drawn by legendary manga creator Shotaro Ishinomori — you know, the guy who created Kamen Rider and the Super Sentai franchise, among other things — and realized just why it was so good.
Sadly, the story has been out of print for several years, but now it’s coming back: Viz Media announced over Twitter today that they will publish a new collection of Ishinomori’s Zelda comic, set for release on May 5.
As for why they’re doing it now, it actually makes a lot of sense. After all, the Zelda-themed Hyrule Historia from Dark Horse was one of last year’s biggest selling comics projects, topping the New York Times best-seller list, and while Viz published Akira Himekawa’s Zelda comics a few years ago, none of them had the mix of Nintendo Power nostalgia and a legendary manga creator that you get from Ishinomori’s comics.
Now if we can only get a new printing of those other Nintendo Power comics, like that Mario story where Princess Peach dresses as Luigi or that Starfox comic where Falco beats the living hell out of Fox in order to keep him from flying, everything’ll turn out all right.