Vertical Inc. has a fresh new license to kick off their convention season with Tsutomu Nihei’s Knights of Sidonia. The title first came to my attention when a listing for volume one popped up on Amazon (US). Vertical’s marketing director, Ed Chavez, has since confirmed the license with me so anticipate without question, readers! The first volume is currently scheduled for February 2013 at a price of $13.95/CAN and $12.95/US.
Knights of Sidonia is a science fiction story taking place thousands of years in the future where our solar system has been destroyed by an alien race. Surviving humans have taken to the stars and traverse the endless sea in giant ships as they work to reseed the universe with human life. The lead character is a young man drafted to pilot a mecha in order to defend the human race from the aliens who continue to hunt them.
The series’ creator, Tsutomu Nihei, has had a couple other works released in English already, including notably Blame! (Tokypop) and Biomega (Viz Media).
You can read a bit more detail about the plot on the Knights of Sidonia Wikipedia page, which also quotes the series as having “human cloning, asexual reproduction and human engineering such as controlled hybrid human/animal mutations and human photosynthesis”. Certainly sounds interesting to me!