Manga: Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam
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follow-up to the film Gundam F91
, written by Yoshiyuki Tomino
and with art by Yuuichi Hasegawa, Mobile Suit Cross Bone Gundam
takes place ten years after the Cosmo Babylonia war depicted in the movie and follows Tobia Arronax, a space colony-born Ordinary High-School Student
who, during his first visit to the Jupiter-sphere colonies
, becomes involved with the Crossbone Vanguard, a group of Space Pirates
(utilizing stolen Mobile Suits, along with two powerful Super Prototype
Crossbone Gundams) who are locked in a struggle against the Jupiter Empire
, an aristocracy that is secretly plotting to invade the Earth-sphere.
After meeting the Vanguard's Ace Pilot
Kinkedo Now (actually F91
's Seabook Arno under an assumed name) and their Captain
Berah Ronah (also from F91
), Tobia decides to join up with them and stop the Empire's scheme. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse when it turns out that the Empire isn't quite up to what the Vanguard thinks
they're up to...Cross Bone Gundam
is one of the more popular non-anime "spinoffs" of the Gundam
franchise on both
sides of the Pacific, popular enough to appear in various crossover video games. The general sentiment is that the series represents Gundam
at its peak: characters, storytelling, action, drama, and comedy all come together well, without the concerns that usually hobble the televised chapters of the saga (such as desire to sell toys
). The fact that it's one of the few Gundam
stories handled by Tomino to avert his usual Kill 'em All
ways might also be a factor. The manga ran for 26 chapters in the Kadokawa Comics A magazine and was later compiled into six tankoubon volumes. It also has sequels:
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- Mobile Suit Cross Bone Gundam: Skullheart. Released in 2003, ten years after the original, this series consists primarily of short vignettes detailing the adventures of the Crossbone Vanguard three years after the original manga, with a few trips into the past to see Badass Grandpa Umon when he was a rookie in the One-Year War, and to explain how narrator Twink met the crew.
- Mobile Suit Cross Bone Gundam: Steel 7. Released in 2006, Steel 7 is a direct sequel to Cross Bone taking place three years later. Bernadette's step-mother Europa flees to Earth to warn the Vanguard that the Jupiter Empire is building "Zeus's Wrath", a giant colony laser, in a second attempt to destroy Earth. Tobia must race against time and agents of the Empire to recover a means with which to get to Jupiter, and to recruit the best pilots he can muster for what seems to be a suicide mission. This manga ties even more heavily into Victory Gundam than the original Cross Bone, serving to explain where the V2 Gundam's "Wings of Light" came from.
- Mobile Suit Cross Bone Gundam: Ghost. Released in 2011 and currently ongoing, Ghost is another sequel set seventeen years after Steel 7, which is around the same timeframe as Victory Gundam (U.C. 0153). Our new protagonist is a young Gundam enthusiast named Font Baud, who accidentally stumbles on Zanscare's plans for the Angel Halo while on the Internet. As Zanscare hunts him down, he is rescued by the forces of Serpiente Tacon (who later take the name Crossbone Vanguard once again), a Jovian special forces group lead by Curtis Rothko (aka Tobia Arronax) and a girl named Belle. They are trying to retrieve "Angel's Call", an artifact which could make the Angel Halo far more horrific a weapon than anyone ever imagined...