Tony Stark heads to the moon in a new one-shot crossover with the acclaimed manga "Space Brothers."
Illustrated by "Space Brothers" creator Chūya Koyama, the 17-page story appears in the November issue of "FRaU," a monthly women's fashion and culture magazine published by Japanese giant Kodansha.
Debuting in 2007, "Space Brothers" centers on brothers Mutta and Hibito, who as children vow to journey into space. Years later, younger brother Hibito fulfills his dream and becomes an astronaut, while Mutta always seems to fall short of his goals -- that is, until he receives a little that he's been accepted to a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency training program.
In the Marvel Comics collaboration, titled "#Special Tony & Mut"ta," Iron Man arrives on a mission the moon, where he encounters a confused Mutta. According to Anime News Network, Koyama said that although he initially thought the crossover would be easy, it turned out to be difficult, as Marvel superheroes are out of place in the world of "Space Brothers." In the end, however, he enjoyed drawing a team-up that would otherwise be impossible.
No stranger to manga team-ups, Iron Man was part of the "Attack on Titan"/Avengers crossover released in 2014 in Japan and republished in North America the following year. The character also starred in his own anime series, a collaboration between Marvel and Madhouse that aired in 2010 in Japan, and in the subsequent original video anime "Iron Man: Rise of Technovore" and "Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers" series.
"Space Brothers," which inspired an anime series, an anime film and a live-action film, has been honored by the Shogakukan Manga Awards, the Kodansha Manga Award and the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.
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