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Running for 26 episodes between 1999 and 2001, the future noir anime series Cowboy Bebop arrived as an instant classic for the medium, a Japanese sci-fi Western three years before Firefly.  A new Netflix series is on its way this year, starring John Cho (Star Trek) as bounty hunter Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage) as the show’s cyborg, former investigator Jet Black, Geoff Stults (Stargirl) as Jet’s former partner Chalmers, and Daniella Pineda (Jurassic World: Dominion) as bounty hunter Faye Valentine.  The television series is also coming to comics–writer Dan Watters and artist Lamar Mathurin are creating a monthly comic–and we have a preview of the Issue #1 cover artwork below.

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Set in the year 2171, the bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop chase an ex-gang member who holds a vest which gives the wearer unlimited luck.  Original anime composer Yoko Kanno (Ghost in the Shell) is back with the soundtrack for the live-action series.

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Supporting cast includes Lucy Currey (Westside) as Judy, Alex Hassell (Torchwood) as Vicious, Rachel House (Thor: Ragnarok) as Mao, Hoa Xuande (Hungry Ghosts) as Lin, Mason Alexander Park (The Sandman) as Gren, Elena Satine (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Julia, Ann Truong (Romper Stomper) as Shin, and Tamara Tunie (24) as Ana.

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Add Cowboy Belop to your comic shop pull list at Elite Comics or your local comic book shop today, and check out DVDs of the original here.  Titan Comics’ series begins December 8, 2021, and the Netflix series arrives November 19, 2021.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg