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LOOK: New BTS comic book charts their rise to stardom and military service

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LOOK: New BTS comic book charts their rise to stardom and military service
TidalWave Comics releases the 22-page book under its FAME series, telling the story of how the seven singers grew to worldwide fame

NEW YORK, USA – A new comic book chronicles the rise to stardom of South Korea’s K-pop music sensation BTS and their recent transition to military service.

A cover by Yonami with colors by Ale Starling, from the “FAME BTS” manga comic book, written by Eric M. Esquivel, is seen in this undated handout image obtained by Reuters. TidalWave Comics/Handout via REUTERS

TidalWave Comics has added the 22-page book to its FAME series, which uses the comic medium to shine a light on musical acts.

A page from a “FAME BTS” manga comic book, written by Eric M. Esquivel and with art by Lucy Fidelis, is seen in this undated handout image obtained by Reuters. TidalWave Comics/Handout via REUTERS

Since their 2013 debut, BTS have become a worldwide sensation with their upbeat hits and social campaigns aimed at empowering youth.

A page from a “FAME BTS” manga comic book, written by Eric M. Esquivel and with art by Lucy Fidelis, is seen in this undated handout image obtained by Reuters. TidalWave Comics/Handout via REUTERS

The glossy chronicles how the seven singers became famous – and their switch from pop stars to soldiers.

A page from a “FAME BTS” manga comic book, written by Eric M. Esquivel and with art by Lucy Fidelis, is seen in this undated handout image obtained by Reuters. TidalWave Comics/Handout via REUTERS

All able-bodied men in South Korea aged between 18 and 28 must serve in the military for between 18 and 21 months as part of efforts to defend against nuclear-armed North Korea.

Some have won exemptions or served shorter terms, including Olympic medalists and prize-winning classical musicians. Some lawmakers had called for BTS to be exempt.

But in December 2022 the eldest member Jin joined the army, and the others followed, with the final three beginning their duty last month. Fans have pledged to wait until 2025 for them to perform as a group again.

The book will be released in both print and digital formats and soft and hardcovers on January 10. – Rappler.com

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