Dark Releases RG Vega, CLAMP’s Professional Debut.
RG Vega (pronounced “Rig Vega”) is the manga that put the group of artists known as CLAMP on the manga map. Dark Horse is bringing it to American audiences this summer in a beautiful, three volume omnibus format collecting the entire series which ran from 1989 to 1996.
CLAMP had its origins as a collective of self-publishing Japanese fanzine artists in the 1980s. By 1993, there were four core members. The main writer was Nanase Ohkawa, their chief character designer was Mokona and the remaining two core members were artists Tsubaki Nekoi and Satsuki Igarahi. The members would shift roles depending on the particular work being done. Early work that American audiences would be familiar with were Cardcaptor Sakura and Magic Knight Rayearth, and by 2001, they had a hit in Chobits. Collectively, the work of CLAMP has sold over 100 million copies of various manga, and has adapted into anime over a dozen times.
Here’s what Dark Horse has to say about RG Vega in the press release:
RG Veda is based on a classic Indian saga. The lush, sprawling epic follows Yasha, once a mighty warrior king but now the lord of a slaughtered people he could not save. Yasha journeys the land as the companion and protector of the genderless Ashura, although he knows Ashura’s fate is interwoven with doom for many. Together they seek the other four of the “Six Stars,” whose prophesied gathering will at last defeat Taishakuten, the evil usurper of heaven’s throne. But all prophecies are open to interpretation . .
Volume One of RG Vega will hit your local comic shop on August 3, 2016. It will be over 600 pages, in full-color on high-quality paper, and in a larger print format. Let your local comic shop know if you want them to order it for you.