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‘Gundala’ returns to its roots with official English-edition comic book

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, February 2, 2020  /  03:50 pm
‘Gundala’ returns to its roots with official English-edition comic book

Poster of Joko Anwar's 'Gundala'. (Gundala/File)

Fresh off the runaway success of Joko Anwar’s homegrown superhero blockbuster Gundala, the Bumilangit Cinematic Universe is set to return to its comic book roots with the release of Gundala Destiny: the Official Movie Adaptation.

The English-language comic book, launched in cooperation with Japan-based producer Shogakukan Asia, is now available for purchase in Indonesia, as well as neighboring Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam. Gundala Destiny will also be made available in other Southeast Asian countries soon.

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“The partnership will hopefully open doors for other IPs [intellectual properties] managed under the Bumilangit banner to reach new audiences in Southeast Asia and other regions. We are proud to have teamed up with Shogakukan Asia, for showcasing the best Indonesian comic artists,” said Bumilangit founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Bismarka Kurniawan in a statement received by The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

Shogakukan Asia CEO Bunshio Kajiya said he was thankful for the collaboration with Bumilangit and that the company was looking forward to holding future partnerships with Indonesian talents.

Gundala Destiny, which is the English version of the original Indonesian-language Gundala – Takdir graphic novel released in August 2019, is written by Oyasujiwo based on the screenplay by Joko, with art by Ardian Syaf (pencil), Ecky (ink) and Doni Cahyono (colors).

Gundala – Takdir is said to be a bestseller and its fourth edition is currently in circulation in the national market.

Chronicling the myth of the original Indonesian superhero, Gundala Destiny recreates the events seen in the 2019 blockbuster hit that sees protagonist Sancaka struggle to embrace his role as the people’s savior as he uncovers a sinister plot concocted by criminal mastermind Pengkor.  

Another homegrown pop-cultural sensation, The Raid 2: Berandal, also previously received the comic book treatment with an all-new story, launched in partnership with British comic publisher Titan Comics in 2018. (rfa/kes)

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