Volume 1: The Desperate Battle Begins
In this post-apocalyptic sci-fi story, humanity has been devastated by the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming mankind. Seemingly unintelligent, they have roamed the world for years, killing everyone they see. For the past century, what’s left of man has hidden in a giant, three-walled city. People believe their 100-meter-high walls will protect them from the Titans, but the sudden appearance of an immense Titan is about to change everything.
Volume 2: Birth of a Monster
The Colossal Titan has breached humanity’s first line of defense, Wall Maria. Mikasa, the 104th Training Corps’ ace and Eren’s best friend, may be the only one capable of defeating them, but beneath her calm exterior lurks a dark past. When all looks lost, a new Titan appears and begins to slaughter its fellow Titans. Could this new monster be a blessing in disguise, or is the truth something much more sinister?
Have you read Attack on Titan yet? Why not? It’s really good! I picked up volume of Attack on Titan after seeing it everywhere. When I was in college, everywhere I turned everyone had something related to Attack on Titan, whether it was a t-shirt or a rucksack, or even a key ring. It got to the point where it piqued my interest. So I did a quick internet search to see what it was about, and found the synopsis to volume 1 (see above) and said “hey, that sounds like something I’d like!”. And boy did I like it!
After reading volume one, I was absolutely hooked. I’d recommend this manga to anyone who is a fan of The Walking Dead, whether it be the TV show or the graphic novel (oh hey, did you know Attack on Titan is also an anime? Yeah, you can watch it on Netflix I believe–but that’s another post for another time). I definitely don’t recommend this if you are squeamish. There are quite a few gory scenes in this and the Titans themselves can be quite disturbing looking, while not as gruesome as your usual zombie, still quite horrible.
I love how action packed and story driven Attack on Titan is. From the beginning we are introduced to quite the cast of characters, but thankfully, there’s a little piece on each character at the start of each volume, which helps you keep track of whose who. I am an avid fan of The Walking Dead–I collect all the graphic novels (I’m up to date the most recent volume), and I’ve watched all the series so far–so this really was right up my ally, and perfect for keeping those pangs of missing TWD at bay between volumes and series.
If there was one thing that put me off this series, it was that there was a serious amount of concentration required for this series. I thought I’d be able to sit down and scim through the pages, taking everything in and enjoying it at a nice quick pace. That wasn’t to be the case. It might be different for you than it was for me, but reading Attack on Titan was like trying to read a Game of Thrones book. I really had to sit down and concentrate on what was happening. I also found if I spaced out and flicked from one page to another without taking it in, I’d have to go back and re-read it because I wouldn’t be able to make sense of what was happening. Apart from that though, it’s a great graphic novel!
I definitely can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of this series, and to be honest, I can’t believe I haven’t gotten volume 3 yet! I’m also waiting until I have a good number of volumes got and read before I start the anime. I tried watching the first 2-3 episodes but I was afraid I would jump further in the series than I’d read in the manga, and I’d rather read the books first!
Have you read Attack on Titan? Will you be checking it out now? Are you watching the Anime?