Dr. Stone manga artist Boichi collaborated with fellow mangaka Ryo Ishiyama to stun the masses with vibrant new One Piece Episode A covers.
Boichi, the artist behind Dr. Stone, along with Mitsukubi Condor’s Ryo Ishiyama, released two new manga covers for the much-anticipated One Piece spinoff One Piece Episode A.
As seen on Twitter, Volume 1 features (from top left) Edward Newgate, Roronoa Zoro, and Dracule Mihawk, while Volume 2 features (from top right) Kalifa, Nami, Gol D. Roger, and the protagonist of the franchise, Monkey D. Luffy. When the covers are combined, a dramatic shot of Portgas D. Ace, the spin-off’s central character, takes center stage as he is engulfed in his Mera Mera flames.
One Piece Episode A, also known as “Ace’s Story”, adapts the four-part miniseries One Piece Novel A, which ran in Shueisha’s One Piece magazine from September 16, 2020 to December 2, 2021, into two volumes. Illustrated by Boichi and storyboarded by Ishiyama, the chronicle delves into Ace’s past, exploring his relationships with pirates Spade and Whitebeard. The volumes will be released simultaneously on August 4, 2022.
Portgas D. Ace is a hot-headed man in his early 20s who made his One Piece debut in the 154th chapter of the manga (“Drum Island” arc) and the 91st episode of the anime. When he consumes the Flame-Flame Devil Fruit (Mera Mera no Mi) on a stranded island with a stranger (who would later become the first mate of his Spade pirate crew), he gains the ability to wield and turn into fire. He considers Luffy his sworn younger brother and takes every opportunity to protect the pirate Gum-Gum when fate brings them together years after his departure. Consistently ranked high in character popularity polls, Ace’s temperamental charm makes him a fan favorite.
“Boichi” is the pseudonym of South Korean manhwa-turned-manga artist Mu-jik Park. His early work includes the sci-fi adventure Hotel, the mobster series Sun-Ken Rock, and the hitman Wallman. His contributions to Dr. Stone won two awards in 2019: the Shogakukan Manga Award (“Shōnen” category) and the Japan Media Arts Festival Award (Grand Prize). Ryo Ishiyama is a returning contributor to the One Piece franchise. Two of his most notable works include Ibitsu no Amalgam (2014), which follows a supernatural monster boy; and Mitsukubi Condor (2016) which tells the story of a thief obsessed with beauty.
One Piece is written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. The series follows the adventures of the jolly Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat crew as they sail the Grand Line in search of the treasure of the late pirate king Gol D. Roger. Shueisha publishes over 100 manga volumes for the series, which Viz Media distributes in English in North America. With over 500 million copies in circulation worldwide, One Piece claims the spot of the best-selling manga in history.