Naturally enough, it might not be to anyone’s benefit to read this if you haven’t read the first ten books, as here there be spoilers. If you want to know if the first five or ten volumes might be to your taste, we’ve got reviews of volumes 1-5 here and 6-10 here.
But enough about the past, let’s hurry on to Volume 11, because what a volume it is! Following last volume’s revelations about the identities of the Colossal and Armoured titans, Eren was last seen bursting into his titan form in order to kick a wee bit of armoured ass. Both Volume 11 and Volume 12 deal with the conflict that arises out these two most infamous of titans making themselves known. On top of Ymir’s revelation that she is also a titan, it’s starting to seem like everyone except the dear reader was in on the secret of titan-transformations all along, but nonetheless, a great many questions are raised about the beast-like titan that the others seem to follow and the nature of the different powers and forms that human-titans all possess.
The Colossal and Armoured titans, their secret well and truly out as of Volume 10, make a pretty daring break for freedom, stealing a couple of valuable resources as they do. The survey corps aren’t just sitting on their hands though, they quickly take up chase and it’s an all-out race to freedom for Bertolt and Reiner.
We get to learn a whole lot about (though not nearly enough to satisfy readers yet) the nature of human-titans and we get to see Eren’s abilities reach a whole new level. This one’s a game-changer! These two volumes are mainly centred around action, with plenty of chases and melees packed into their pages. It’s really a pleasure to see the Armoured titan in action.
While this series can occasionally suffer from unclear action and somewhat blurry lines, the open environments that provide the setting for these volumes and the well-paced clashes make these volumes in particular stand out.
These two volumes are well worth picking up and deliver a plot that’s plenty thrilling in its own right, but is also setting the scene for what should be some pretty amazing story-telling.
Attack on Titan Volumes 11 and 12 are currently available. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until August for Volume 13 to come on sale, but we have a feeling it’s going to be worth the wait!
Character Development: 8.5
86% – “Phenomenal!”– If there’s one thing Attack on Titan does very, very well, it’s keeping you guessing. Volumes 11 and 12 are stellar examples of the best this series has to offer… So far.