Today’s 2014 #18 issue of Viz’s digital, English-language Weekly Shonen Jump announces that the company will publish a special chapter of Dragon Ball — presumably the Jaco the Galactic Patrolman collected-edition bonus comic which we know to be titled Dragon Ball Minus in Japan — in next week’s issue.
Dragon Ball Minus is set to cover Goku’s life before heading to Earth along with introducing Gine, the character’s mother, for the first time. The existence of Gine and a tease about her upcoming inclusion was first divulged by Jaco the Galactic Patrolman and Dragon Ball manga author Akira Toriyama in a special Q&A back in the March 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump. The issue featured a bonus pack-in of a “Super Kanzenban” for Naho Ooishi’s Episode of Bardock manga.
Viz’s release of the chapter would come just three days after the Japanese collected release of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman hits shelves 04 April 2014.
Jaco the Galactic Patrolman was an 11-chapter manga series by Akira Toriyama that ran from the 2013 #33–44 issues of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan, and also saw a simultaneous digital release in English by Viz. Originally teased by Shueisha as the “shocking revival of Dragon Ball!!”, by the series’ completion it became clear that it was indeed a true prequel to Dragon Ball.
Viz will release their English-language collected edition of the series, both digitally and in print, in January 2015.