Back in Episode 154 of the Power Button podcast we reminisced about our favorite Nintendo-based comics, and one of the stories held up for discussion was the multi-part comic adaptation of 1992's The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past that was published over the course of 1993 in Nintendo Power. Written and drawn by manga creator Shotaro Ishinomori, the comic has been out of print and long gone for years now (save for scanned images found online). Now Viz Media is due to bring it back. It's due out in North America on May 5. Here's Comics Alliance with the details:
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.
UDON Entertainment was interested in reprinting these Zelda comics, but when they looked into getting the rights to do so, they were told that someone else had beat them to it. Now we know the rest of the story. I wasn't much of a fan of the Zelda adaptation, but I'm glad to know it's coming back for those who want to own it in print. Modern audiences deserve to read shocking twists like this one all over again:
No, wait, my mistake. That's a page from the old Legend of Zelda comics printed by Valiant Comics. Here's some of the Nintendo Power comic:
Hmm... that's remarkably similar to the Valiant comic, isn't it?