3 years after the release of the animated film adaptation, Happy Tank imprint of Behemoth Comics acquired the English publishing rights to the Ankama Editions / Label 619 french published comic series MFKZ (Mutafukaz) which has sold an impressive 300,000 copies so far in the French market.
The Animated Motion Picture directed by Guillaume “Run” Renard and Shōjirō Nishimi (Batman: Gotham Knight) succeeded to grab a cult following in the USA with its distribution on Netflix. The movie stars Giancarlo Esposito (Mandolorian, Breaking Bad), Danny Trejo (Machete) and Rappers RZA (Wu Tang), and Vince Staples.
With the success of the comic series in France and the cult following of the animated film in the USA for Happy Tank publisher Kevin Roditeli: ‘’It’s a big and exciting no Brainer to bring MFKZ to comic shops!’’.
The series is coming to the english comic market with its first issue launching in June. MFKZ #1 is an oversized special issue opening for preorder at comic book stores as part of Behemoth Comics’s April Previews Solicitations. Happy Tank’s plan for MFKZ is to make it nothing less than their flagship. The team at Behemoth are confident in the success of the series with a publication plan for multiple years.
RUN’s cult franchise is described as a genre mashup that centers on young Angelino and his pal Vinny, who live in a tenement in an Los Angeles-inspired dystopian metropolis. Following a scooter accident, Angelino starts experiencing migraines and strange hallucinations, as well as fits of rage-inspired superpowers, as he slowly awakens to the truth of his origins: He is half-human and half-Macho, a supernatural alien race that is bent on taking over the planet.
“With MFKZ, I try to address deeper issues: the search for identity, each person’s place in society, friendship, and, of course, love. I played around with all the preconceived ideas conveyed by pop culture, with many nods to this American imagery that struck my French teenager imagination. From masked Luchadores togang wars like Yakuza versus Triads, including Men in Black directly inspired by ufology myths… Nobody gets spared in MFKZ (thus, the title). But the famous Machiavellian saying “divide and rule” will slowly give way to “united we stand”. Final salvation will come from the coalition of the city’s different gangs, despite their community, and all colors shall unite against evil, as many new guardian angels for DMC.
The art style, inspired by West Coast culture, is sporadically tinted with references from B-movies and the golden age of American Sci-fi, which give MFKZ a singular, unique atmosphere that is sometimes dark, sometimes flashy, often paranoid, yet always fun and full of off-beat humor.” – RUN (creator of MFKZ).