Ready or not, there’s a lot of Cowboy Bebop media emerging from the proverbial jumpgate ahead of the upcoming live-action Netflix adaptation.
Among the most notable of them is Cowboy Bebop: A Syndicate Story: Red Planet Requiem, a prequel novel by staff writer Sean Cummings. Set in Spike’s syndicate days before he became a bounty hunter, it will explore his early adventures with Vicious, presumably shedding more light on how he gets to be a lonesome cowboy wandering the stars.
Further expanding the Cowboy Bebop universe is a comic series featuring a “never-before-seen” story set in the world of the show. It will follow the crew of the Bebop as they chase an ex-gang member with a vest said to confer unlimited luck. It will be written by DC veteran Dan Watters, with art by Lamar Mathurin.
Capping it all off is a Cowboy Bebop: Making the Netflix Series, an official companion featuring concept art, behind-the-scenes photography, and a foreward by showrunner André Nemec. The only way it could be better is if it featured its own exclusive soundtrack by Yoko Kanno.
Every Character and Actor in Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop Series
It’s all part of a broader push for Cowboy Bebop, which is set to arrive on Netflix on November 19. Earlier this week, Netflix revealed some of the first images from the series, which looks to faithfully recreate the look and feel of the popular anime.
Accordingly, the prequel novel will be releasing just a few days after the show on November 23, and the companion book will be launching on January 11. The first installment in the four-issue comic series will be out December 2021, with a trade paperback to follow in May 2022.
Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN.
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