Assassin’s Creed IV Gets Manga With Art From Welcome to the NHK Artist

By Eugene . October 6, 2013 . 11:00am


In this month’s edition of Jump X magazine in Japan, Ubisoft’s piratical plunderer and sea-wanderin’ assassin Edward Kenway from Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag makes the transition from game character to manga character with a special serialization from Japanese publisher Shueisha.


The manga story is an all-original version filling in bits and pieces of the tale of Edward (on the right), just in time for some hype-building before its November 28 release in Japan.


While we don’t have details on what exactly the manga will cover, Edward’s backstory in Black Flag sees the latest protagonist with a more divided path ahead of him.


With ties to both the Knights Templar and Assassin organizations of his time, he sails the seas between the explorable towns of Havana, Kingston and Nassau plundering and doing what he will before events catch up to him and force him to decide. The addition of ships and sailing means sea-combat and the ability to explore the open seas for uncharted islands and booty, as well as sea combat.


The artist behind the manga version is Welcome to the NHK’s artist Kenji Oiwa, with Japanese historical novelist Takashi Yano also on board.

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  • PreyMantis

    That’s interesting. Japan love their pirates (One Piece), so I wonder how they’ll take AC4…

  • DyLaN

    Way late on that one, but better than never.
    Magazine cover image.

    *refer pic below*
    Here one of the 2 colored page. Dude, do you need a chill pill?

    I haven’t read it so I can’t give a further summary/impression. But here something I saw on a forum:
    So the kid whose using the Animus experiencing Edward’s memories is a half-Japanese/half European whose mother is an Abstergo Industries researcher.

    The posters impression abt the manga is pretty good too.

  • Necr0naut

    Art direction looks amaziiiiiiing.

  • Pdugna

    might read this to get into the game alittle more so i get a jist of it before i buy the game on sale later next year.

  • Godman

    Of course ACIV would get a manga, just look at Edward he’s gorgeous!

  • RichyGaming

    I already read the first 2 chapters. This is a really good manga. But if you’re in it for the story (in the game), it could spoil things pretty quick..

  • Cursingcomet

    No wonder the art style looks so familiar didn’t know it was Kendi Oiwa who drew the art for black flag. (the manga)

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    Okay Ill be getting this instead of AC4.
    Looks way better than the game XD (Uncanny Valley anyone

  • Neppygear

    Damn, Ed is fine.

  • Virevolte

    Let’s follow the NEET’s Creed.

  • Ryuukishi

    Edward actually looks more manly here than he does in the Western version, with all that eyeliner.

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