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The story is set in 1949 and follows Japanese-American comic book artist Kevin Yamagata as he draws the popular detective series "Billy Bat" for "Marble Comics." When he learns he may have unconsciously copied the character from an image he saw while serving in occupied Japan, he returns to Japan to get permission to use Billy Bat from its original creator. Upon arriving there, however, he becomes embroiled in a web of murder, cover-ups, and prophecy that all leads back to Billy Bat.

It is soon evident, however, that the truth of Billy Bat's nature is far larger than Kevin could ever guess, spanning millennia and across the world.

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PublishedOct 16, 2008 to Aug 18, 2016
SerializationMorning
Last UpdatedSeptember 15, 2017
LanguagesEnglish, Japanese
Other namesBILLY BAT

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Vol.17 Chapter 165: Very Last Final WishFebruary 27, 2017
Vol.17 Chapter 164: Decision TimeFebruary 27, 2017
Vol.17 Chapter 163: No Response From SurvivorsAugust 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 162: Welcome to the OasisAugust 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 161: Take Up Your PenAugust 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 160: The Final WordAugust 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 159: Extra Super MoonAugust 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 158: A Ray of LightAugust 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 157: The Time Has Come [8/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 156: Seeing is Seeing [7/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 155: The Mouth of Heresy [6/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 154: Let's Shoot the Real ThingAugust 30, 2016
Vo.17 Chapter 153: The Man They've Called ForAugust 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 152: The Black Bat of Tibet [3/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 151: The Black Bat [2/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 150: A Fabricated FutureAugust 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 149: Kevin and Kevin on the Sands [8/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 148: Paper Billy [7/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 147: Farewell,Billy Bat [6/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 146: If I could Change My Life... [5/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 145: Slow and Steady Wins the Race [4/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 144: Seaside House [3/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 143: Castles Built of Sands [2/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 142: Final Wish [1/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 141: A Teacher of the Heart [8/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 140: Sympathizers [7/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 139: The Fated Day [6/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 138: The Liar's TruthAugust 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 137: The Day He Met The Brt [4/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 136: Coming and going [3/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 135: Spotlight [2/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.17 Chapter 134: The Person I Wanted To Meet [1/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.16 Chapter 133: A Certain Procedure [8/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.16 Chapter 132: Fantasy's Demise [7/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.16 Chapter 131: Destination [6/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.16 Chapter 130: Joint Work [5/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.16 Chapter 129: America's Enemy [4/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.16 Chapter 128: Heart of Justice [3/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.16 Chapter 127: Conditions for genuinity [2/8August 30, 2016
Vol.16 Chapter 126: The next artist [1/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.15 Chapter 125: Must Not Touch [8/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.15 Chapter 124: Escape [7/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.15 Chapter 123: Kiyoshi's Life [6/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.15 Chapter 122: Redo [5/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.15 Chapter 121: Prediction of Run [4/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.15 Chapter 120: Last Numbers [3/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.15 Chapter 119: Re-Energence [2/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.15 Chapter 118: Golden Boy [1/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.14 Chapter 117: Last Scene [8/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.14 Chapter 116: The Fate Of The World [7/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.14 Chapter 115: Come In, Ivan [6/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.14 Chapter 114: Ivan [5/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.14 Chapter 113: Too Late [4/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.14 Chapter 112: The Bat's Guidepost [3/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.14 Chapter 111: The Truth of the Beginning [2/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.13 Chapter 110: Prologue [1/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.13 Chapter 109: Final Chapter?August 30, 2016
Vol.13 Chapter 108: Depends on YouAugust 30, 2016
Vol.13 Chapter 107: StopAugust 30, 2016
Vol.13 Chapter 106: Talking ThingAugust 30, 2016
Vol.13 Chapter 105: Real and Fake, New and OldAugust 30, 2016
Vol.13 Chapter 104: FakeAugust 30, 2016
Vol.13 Chapter 103: SpotlightAugust 30, 2016
Vol.13 Chapter 102: Adolf and HitlerAugust 30, 2016
Vol.12 Chapter 101: Moon Walking [8/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.12 Chapter 100: Unfulfilled Dream [7/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.12 Chapter 99: One Of The Three Great Urban Legends [6/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.12 Chapter 98: Second Hands Good [5/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.12 Chapter 97: Top Secret [4/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.12 Chapter 96: Partner [3/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.12 Chapter 95: The Whole Story [2/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.12 Chapter 94: Golden Bat (1/8)August 30, 2016
Vol.11 Chapter 93: A New Journey [8/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.11 Chapter 92: The Scroll's Code[7/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.11 Chapter 91: Scroll [6/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.11 Chapter 90: Incantation [5/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.11 Chapter 89: I am a Mangaka [4/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.11 Chapter 88: Wish to The Bat [3/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.11 Chapter 87: Posthumous Work of The Future [2/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.11 Chapter 86: Serialization Suspended [1/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.10 Chapter 85: Emperor of the New Country [8/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.10 Chapter 84: The Truth About Gary [7/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.10 Chapter 83: From The Future to The Past [6/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.10 Chapter 82: From the Past to the Future [5/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.10 Chapter 81: Connecticut Lullaby [4/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.10 Chapter 80: Late Night Confession [3/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.10 Chapter 79: Rule [2/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.10 Chapter 78: Serial Murder Case [1/8]August 30, 2016
Vol.9 Chapter 77: Demon on the MoonAugust 30, 2016
Vol.9 Chapter 76: All HolesAugust 30, 2016
Vol.9 Chapter 75: Abnormalities on a Moonlit NightAugust 30, 2016
Vol.9 Chapter 74: DoodleAugust 30, 2016
Vol.9 Chapter 73: Everything ContinuesAugust 30, 2016
Vol.9 Chapter 72: Various LivesAugust 30, 2016
Vol.9 Chapter 71: Time Travel and Infinite EarthsAugust 30, 2016
Vol.9 Chapter 70: Opposing BilliesAugust 30, 2016
Vol.8 Chapter 69: Two SimpletonsAugust 30, 2016
Vol.8 Chapter 68: I Am 8 ManAugust 30, 2016
Vol.8 Chapter 67: Beyond Point and Line...August 30, 2016
Vol.8 Chapter 66: Japan Travel DiaryAugust 30, 2016
Vol.8 Chapter 65: DevivieAugust 30, 2016
Vol.8 Chapter 64: Cartoon's DestinationAugust 30, 2016
Vol.8 Chapter 63: CoincidenceAugust 30, 2016
Vol.8 Chapter 62: Kevin And KevinAugust 30, 2016
Vol.7 Chapter 61: The Real TruthAugust 30, 2016
Vol.7 Chapter 60: Half In A DreamAugust 30, 2016
Vol.7 Chapter 59: SuccessorAugust 30, 2016
Vol.7 Chapter 58: A Hot Autumn Day In DallasAugust 30, 2016
Vol.7 Chapter 57: The President's ParadeAugust 30, 2016
Vol.7 Chapter 56: The Final RabbitAugust 30, 2016
Vol.7 Chapter 55: Go Your Own WayAugust 30, 2016
Vol.7 Chapter 54: Something On The MoonAugust 30, 2016
Vol.6 Chapter 53: The Continuation Of A DreamAugust 30, 2016
Vol.6 Chapter 52: Something There Is About YouAugust 30, 2016
Vol.6 Chapter 51: The Earth...August 30, 2016
Vol.6 Chapter 50: The Administrator of the Human RaceAugust 30, 2016
Vol.6 Chapter 49: The Sought OneAugust 30, 2016
Vol.6 Chapter 48: Hands Off OswaldAugust 30, 2016
Vol.6 Chapter 47: The Two ChucksAugust 30, 2016
Vol.6 Chapter 46: One in Body and SouldAugust 30, 2016
Vol.5 Chapter 45: ReplicaAugust 30, 2016
Vol.5 Chapter 44: SacrificeAugust 30, 2016
Vol.5 Chapter 43: A Hero's DecisionAugust 30, 2016
Vol.5 Chapter 42: Dallas, Three Years LaterAugust 30, 2016
Vol.5 Chapter 41: Deep South DreamsAugust 30, 2016
Vol.5 Chapter 40: Heat Of The NightAugust 30, 2016
Vol.5 Chapter 39: Fire In The Deep SouthAugust 30, 2016
Vol.5 Chapter 38: The Return Of The Real OneAugust 30, 2016
Vol.4 Chapter 37: The Decision at 20:10August 30, 2016
Vol.4 Chapter 36: An Annunciation To The "Simpleton"August 30, 2016
Vol.4 Chapter 35: An Oswald Dose Of JoyAugust 30, 2016
Vol.4 Chapter 34: A Continuation Of A ContinuationAugust 30, 2016
Vol.4 Chapter 33: The Japanese AuthenticationAugust 30, 2016
Vol.4 Chapter 32: The Japanese ImpressionAugust 30, 2016
Vol.4 Chapter 31: To The West, To The EastAugust 30, 2016
Vol.4 Chapter 30: Thus Spoke OswaldAugust 30, 2016
Vol.4 Chapter 29: Lee's InnardsAugust 30, 2016
Vol.4 Chapter 28: The Bat's InnardsAugust 30, 2016
Vol.3 Chapter 27: The Scroll Of Momoichi [10]August 30, 2016
Vol.3 Chapter 26: The Scroll Of Momoichi [9]August 30, 2016
Vol.3 Chapter 25: The Scroll Of Momoichi [8]August 30, 2016
Vol.3 Chapter 24: The Scroll Of Momoichi [7]August 30, 2016
Vol.3 Chapter 23: The Scroll Of Momoichi [6]August 30, 2016
Vol.3 Chapter 22: The Scroll Of Momoichi [5]August 30, 2016
Vol.3 Chapter 21: The Scroll Of Momoichi [4]August 30, 2016
Vol.3 Chapter 20: The Scroll Of Momoichi [3]August 30, 2016
Vol.3 Chapter 19: The Scroll Of Momoichi [2]August 30, 2016
Vol.2 Chapter 18: The Scroll Of Momoichi [1]August 30, 2016
Vol.2 Chapter 17: After The ChurchAugust 30, 2016
Vol.2 Chapter 16: Before The ChapelAugust 30, 2016
Vol.2 Chapter 15: Father, Son Or Holy Ghost?August 30, 2016
Vol.2 Chapter 14: Shape Of The LordAugust 30, 2016
Vol.2 Chapter 13: A Forced DestinyAugust 30, 2016
Vol.2 Chapter 12: A Myriad Of SuspectsAugust 30, 2016
Vol.2 Chapter 11: A Continuation Of The BeginningAugust 30, 2016
Vol.2 Chapter 10: A Continuation Of The EndAugust 30, 2016
Vol.1 Chapter 9: Bat Boy's Great Adventure: Part 1August 30, 2016
Vol.1 Chapter 8: SignsAugust 30, 2016
Vol.1 Chapter 7: The Beginning Of A LabyrinthAugust 30, 2016
Vol.1 Chapter 6: Black or White?August 30, 2016
Vol.1 Chapter 5: A Run Over CorpseAugust 30, 2016
Vol.1 Chapter 4: The Bat And The Ancient TextAugust 30, 2016
Vol.1 Chapter 3: Bat SearchAugust 30, 2016
Vol.1 Chapter 2: A Sincere NightAugust 30, 2016
Vol.1 Chapter 1: Dreary Night MurdersAugust 30, 2016