Raqiya (Rakia) volume 1 will be available tomorrow (18/01/2012) in France. Published in french by Glénat, the title will be changed to “Sanctum” for this version (a previous manga by Glenat had a similar name so it was changed to avoid confusion).
They also posted a really well done video preview, in french of course, but it’ll give you a nice feel of what’s to come.
The script of this manga is by YAJIMA Masao and the art by Boichi. It’s 5 volume long and completed in japanese, published by Kodansha (volume 5 came out in japan in early 2011)
Synopsis: Even though a 19th-century philosopher (Nietzsche) once said “God is dead”, the story of Raqiya has God descend to Earth in the 21st century assuming the form of a girl. (*”Raqiya” is the Hebrew word for the skies or the firmament.)
It’s the end of the 20th century, in America’s Nevada desert. A family is enjoying a car ride. The father stops to check on an old man who seems to be in trouble. Once the problem is resolved the father returns to the car, but they still have to wait for their daughter, Hazuki Luna, who went for a stroll. The instant Luna returns, the car explodes. Everybody is dead, with the exception of Luna. She has made some sort of pact with an evil being. Seven years later, we meet Luna enjoying her everyday life in America…
Buy in japanese: Amazon.co.jp
Preorder in French: Fnac.com