Attack on Titan (2013)


Volume 12

Attack on Titan - Volume 12 (2013)

Author/Artist: Hajime Isayama
Publisher: KC Magazine

A combined force of Survey Corps and Garrison troops pursue the Armored and Colossal Titan in order to recapture Eren.

This current arc of the story reaches its conclusion and why I can't say everything is completely hashed out among the surviving members of the 104th, the confrontation helps square things a bit in light of all that's happened. It's bittersweet and you're kinda left hanging, but that's what you've come to expect from the series. Eren demonstrates a new power that's going to have major consequences from here on out. Erwin gets a particularly awesome moment. ("SUSUME!!") There's good stuff here. It'll keep you going.

While there are plenty of action sequences, there's also a lot dialog-heavy sections. In the past, Isayama has tended to be a bit weak on expressions, but he's been getting better and there's not nearly the wonkiness of some earlier volumes. This volume is notable for having the infamous "Gesumin" panel that Isayama cut out and replaced.

There's a lot of emphasis on the relationship among the members of the 104th, which I really appreciate. We've seen how Eren has taken the recent news and it was nice to give the others a chance to weigh in. We've wound down one arc and set up the next and you can't ask for much more from a story.

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