The Magic: The Gathering manga set in the '90s will come out in English at last

The protagonists of the Magic manga stand back to back
(Image credit: Viz Media)

There have been plenty of Magic: The Gathering comics released in the west, including a free digital manga tie-in for the Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty set, but frustratingly the series that's been serialized in Monthly Shōnen Ace since 2018 has remained Japan-exclusive—until now.

Viz Media, the manga publisher who also release those lush Magic: The Gathering art books, has announced the first volume of Magic manga Destroy All Humans: They Can't Be Regenerated will receive an official English language release in "Fall 2024" (according to Barnes & Noble, it'll be out on October 8). It'll also come with an exclusive Magic card, just like the Japanese compilations.

Destroy All Humans isn't your typical card battle manga. For starters it's not set in the multiverse of the card game, but instead in the equally fantastical world of the 1990s. The main characters are teenage students in late '90s Japan who play Magic: The Gathering in its earliest incarnation, and so the action dramatizes the characters playing iconic cards from the before times like Swords to Plowshares. 

But it's also a romantic comedy, where two young Magic players from opposite sides of the tracks find their rivalry slowly turning to love. It's more of a slice-of-life story than something like Yu-Gi-Oh!

There are currently 15 volumes of the series available in Japanese with the most recent one releasing in April, which means there's plenty of Destroy All Humans to be getting on with if Viz translates the whole lot. The first volume came with a promotional version of the Diabolic Edict card, and subsequent volumes included cards like Shock, Duress, and Voltaic Key. Who knows what the English version will include, but old school cards with manga-style art would be a fun bonus.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.