YouTube's 'Cobra Kai' Coming to Comics This Fall

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The 'Karate Kid' sequel is set to kick its way into comic stores later this year.

Daniel and Johnny’s rivalry is spreading into comics.

This fall, IDW Publishing will publish a new comic book series set inside the continuity of the popular YouTube Premium series Cobra Kai, titled Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues, starting with a four-part story retelling of the events of the original 1984 movie from the point of view of Johnny Lawrence, the villain of the piece — now Sensei Lawrence of his own dojo of misfits and outcasts.

“Johnny’s Story” will be written by Denton J. Tipton with art by Infinite Kung-Fu’s Kagan McLeod.

“I saw The Karate Kid for the first time during a lock-in at the Y [and] the skeleton costumes captured my attention, while the Miyagi-isms pulled me into the story,” said Tipton — an editor at IDW who has also written for the company’s Transformers and X-Files titles — in a statement. “And like everyone else at the time, I caught Karate Kid fever. Fast-forward 35 years, and being just a small part of the franchise has made me feel young and inspired all over again.”

YouTube’s Cobra Kai debuted last year, with both Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprising their roles from the classic movie as adult versions of their characters who had, in their own way, grown up yet remained unable to fully resolve their earlier conflict.

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues is set to debut in comic book stores this fall.