While the most recent release in the Resident Evil series failed to impress critics and fans alike, the video game managed to spawn a successful manga overseas. Known in Japan as Biohazard: Marhawa Desire, the story was originally released in five volumes and focused on the events leading up to Resident Evil 6.
Launched in the inaugural issue of CAPCOM’s CapBom! magazine back in 2011, the series eventually ended in July of last year. But now, according to a recent announcement from Viz Media, the Marhawa Desire is finally set for publication in the United States!
The highly virulent C-virus became a global disaster, but where did the outbreak start? In this five-volume manga prequel to the hit Resident Evil 6 game with story and art by Naoki Serizawa, the terrifying origins are revealed. At the prestigious and elite Marhawa High School in Singapore, a female student suffers a horrifying transformation. Called in to investigate, Professor Doug Wright and his nephew Ricky find themselves caught up in a deadly and growing tragedy. As things get rapidly out of hand, Chris Redfield and his team from the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance arrive on the scene, while behind it all a mysterious figure looms.
With five huge volumes collecting approximately thirty-two individual issues, American audiences certainly have some catching up to do! Unfortunately, the very first volume of this Resident Evil manga doesn’t even begin shipping until sometime in November. Which means that zombie fans will just have to wait as Viz Media translates, re-formats and edits Marhawa Desire for the international market. But we’ll be sure to keep you updated!