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Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness – The Beginning Out on March 12th

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness - The Beginning written by Keith R.A. DeCandido, art by Carmelo Zagaria, is out on March 12th from Tokyopop

Article Summary

  • Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness - The Beginning releases March 12th by TOKYOPOP.
  • Keith R.A. DeCandido authors with art by Carmelo Zagaria, not a manga.
  • Prequel graphic novel explores Leon Kennedy's pre-animated series adventures.
  • Uncertain canon status, ties into the vast Resident Evil multimedia franchise.

Ahhh, Resident Evil, that undying video game franchise that never goes away. The endlessly derivative premise that began as a Playstation One game in the 1990s has spawned over fifty games (including Pachinko!), seven live-action movies, five CGI animated feature films that look like cutscenes from the games, one CGI animated TV series on Netflix, one Netflix live-action television series spinoff, eight Japanese novel spinoffs, seven original English prose novels spinoffs, three Japanese stage play spin0ffs, at least three manga spinoffs, and now Tokyopop is publishing a new graphic novel collecting the single issues of Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness – The Beginning written by Keith R.A. DeCandido with art by Carmelo Zagaria with colors by Valentina Cuomo and Elisa Bartolucci.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darknes - The Beginning Out in March
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness – The Beginning cover art: Tokyopop


Print SRP: $15.99 ∙ 128 pages ∙ ISBN: 978-1427868428 ∙ For Teen Readers∙ Available March 12, 2024

"Before the events of the 2021 animated series, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, Leon Kennedy is called in to investigate alongside Pittsburgh PD when a bomb kills a guard at the Carnegie Museum of Art. But when that guard rises from the autopsy table and begins a chain reaction of undead corpses hunting for blood, Leon is once again caught in a complex web of intrigue. A terrorist cult, a mysterious virus, and the corpses of the dead returning to life to assault the living…"

Yes, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness – The Beginning is a tie-in prequel to Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is yet another prequel to a prequel. Even though Tokyopop is publishing it, it is not a manga since the creators are Western. It feels a bit like they want you to think it's a manga, though, judging from the unnecessarily long title that it might be a manga. It may or may not be canon, but then you might ask if the live-action feature films with Milla Jovovich and Netflix television series are part of Resident Evil canon or versions set in an alternate universe known as "Hollywood." If you dare, read the new graphic novel and form your own opinion.

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Adi TantimedhAbout Adi Tantimedh

Adi Tantimedh is a filmmaker, screenwriter and novelist. He wrote radio plays for the BBC Radio, “JLA: Age of Wonder” for DC Comics, “Blackshirt” for Moonstone Books, and “La Muse” for Big Head Press. Most recently, he wrote “Her Nightly Embrace”, “Her Beautiful Monster” and “Her Fugitive Heart”, a trilogy of novels featuring a British-Indian private eye published by Atria Books, a division Simon & Schuster.
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