Attack on Titan Anthology

Kodansha. Kodansha, $29.99 (256p) ISBN 978-1-63236-258-2
Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan, a grim sci-fi saga set in a world ravaged by man-eating giants, is currently the biggest manga in the U.S. There’s no clearer sign of its success than the level of talent from the Western comics industry lined up for this original anthology of tribute comics. The roster includes major creators Gail Simone (Batgirl), Scott Snyder (Batman), and Phil Jimenez (Superwoman), as well as indie and small-press notables Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese), Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City) and Jody Houser (Faith). Some deliver action and horror stories in the spirit of the manga, while others take the opportunity to poke fun at its outlandish premise and grotesque artwork. The Victorian-style guide to Titan’s walled city by Genevieve Valentine and David López is a standout, as is the contemplative final story by brothers Asaf and Tomer Hanuka. The collection may not offer much to readers who aren’t already Titan fans, but it’s a strong selection of stories by assured talents. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/2016
Release date: 10/18/2016
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