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Exclusive Comics Excerpt: ‘Alive’

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Kano is a normal Japanese teenager, living with his sister and trying to make his way through high school. But when a mysterious virus causes thousands to commit suicide worldwide and he is spared, he starts to wonder why.

Aliens! Romance! Queasily close relationships between brothers and sisters! Today on the Comics Page, we’re proud to present a ten-page excerpt from Alive, the first volume of a new manga series by Tadashi Kawashima and Adachitoka, out this week from Del Rey Manga.

Alive, by Tadashi Kawashima (story) and Adachitoka (art)

Important reading note: Like most manga in translation, Alive is read from right to left, not left to right. Start from the top right of the page and work your way to the left and downward. Imagine you are reading a typical English-language comic book in the mirror. The graphic to the left may help you make the transition.

Alive © 2003 Tadashi Kawashima and Adachitoka / KODANSHA LTD. All rights reserved.

What happens next? Read Alive, out this week from Del Rey Manga.

Exclusive Comics Excerpt: ‘Alive’