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Tsunami was a failed imprint of Marvel Comics founded in January 2003. Marvel's goal was to create comic books that would appeal to manga readers. Other than in the art, the titles shared little in common, with, for example, Runaways and Sentinel being aimed at children and younger teenagers and Mystique touching on espionage and darker themes better suited for an older audience.
The results were a mixed bag. While Runaways and Sentinel earned critical acclaim and a devoted fan following, other titles like Human Torch and Namor were complete flops. Many comic book fans regarded the entire imprint as a cheap attempt by Marvel Comics to capitalize on the growing popularity of Japanese manga.
The imprint was discontinued in late 2003. Runaways and Sentinel were transferred to Marvel Age (a Marvel Comics imprint designed to appeal to younger readers). Mystique was folded into the regular, mainstream Marvel Comics imprint.
Tsunami was a character in the 1980s series' All-Star Squadron and its spin-off Young All-Stars, both of which took place during World War Two. Tsunami was an American citizen, the daughter of Japanese immigrants. After Pearl Harbor, she watched her family's mistreatment as they were unjustly placed in relocation camps due to their Japanese heritage, though they were faithful Americans.
Angered, Tsunami used her superhuman control over the waves to aid the Imperial Japanese war effort, finding herself in conflict with the All-Star Squadron. Eventually, Tsunami returned to the Allied side of the war and joined the Young All-Stars, a younger group of heroes of the era.
The ultimate fate of Tsunami remains unknown as of this writing.
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