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Monday, November 17, 2014

Marvel Comics Crossover with Japanese Manga

I took this from the weekly SCOOP! newsletter, my choice for keeping up-to-date on things relating to comic books, anime, movie monsters, auctions, conventions - heck, the collectibles market on everything I collect - except tobacco cards (c'mon guys, help me out). You can check it out at

When Marvel Comics announced that they would be doing an official crossover with the Japanese manga (comic book) Attack on Titan there were two main reactions: excited and confused. The former group of people has been waiting on the edge of their seats ever since, while the latter is probably still wondering “what is Attack on Titan”?

The post-apocalyptic fantasy manga began serialization in September of 2009 and follows the story of Eren Jaeger, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend Armin Arlert. 

About 100 years prior to the start of the story, giant humanoid creatures called Titans appeared and devoured humans without reason, nearly wiping out humanity entirely. The Titans are generally anywhere between 3-15 meters tall and are almost always masculine in appearance, though they lack reproductive organs. They attack and eat humans on sight and the only way to kill one is by attacking the weak spot at the nape of their necks.

Humanity resigned themselves to living within massive circular walls. Three walls create three districts: Wall Maria, Wall Rose, and Wall Shina. 

The story begins when a giant, 200-foot tall Titan (known as the “Colossal Titan”), along with another unique “Armored” Titan, appear and break through a part of Wall Maria, allowing their smaller brethren to totally invade and destroy the human settlement.

Eren, Mikasa and Armin enlist in the Survey Corps, a branch of the military dedicated to fighting and destroying the Titans in an effort to reclaim the territory lost in the Wall Maria attack. When Eren appears to have a unique and dangerous ability, he becomes the key to humanity’s hope in their fight against the Titan threat.

Attack on Titan has become an incredible success, with multiple manga spin-offs (Before the Fall, Junior High, and No Regrets), light novels, video games, and an anime. 

The first season of the anime (animated cartoon) concluded in 2013, though the English dubbed version currently airs on the Cartoon Network in the U.S.. 

A miniseries based on the No Regrets manga will be released between December 2014 and April 2015, and a series of films is in production that will recap the first season.

The Avengers might be the World’s Mightiest Heroes (the Avengers by Marvel Comics), but they’re going to have a tall challenge ahead of them when they take on Attack on Titan’s monsters in the upcoming crossover.

Bravo Scoop! But the image above shows Spider-Man... and even though he was first offered membership back in 1966 (turned it down) and was part of the New Avengers Volume 1, I'm pretty sure he isn't an Avenger - at this point in time. 

Andrew Joseph

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