Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City, Part 1 is the first installment of a new stand-alone story set in the days following the breach of Wall Maria and the incursion of the Titans. Everyone who was able to, has fled the Quinta District, leaving it cut off and surrounded. Those who are left behind are desperate – and desperate people will do whatever it takes to survive.
Young Garrison soldier Rita Iglehaut finds herself in charge of Quinta by default. Small in stature and totally inexperienced, she believes that the only way she can gain control of the chaos is by ruling with an iron fist. Anyone who does anything she deems disloyal or unlawful, will be dealt with unmercifully. No exceptions. As the situation becomes more dangerous, her actions get crazier and crueler.
Rita’s rise to power puts her at odds with her childhood friend Mathias Kramer. Mathias had fled the District in time, but now seeks to reenter Quinta to reunite with Rita. An impulsive act on his part, however, could mean the end of their friendship – and quite possibly, his life.
The second part of The Harsh Mistress of the City, coming in September, continues the saga of Rita and Mathias, the humanity-decimating monsters they must conquer, and the terrifying world they inhabit.
In the realm of manga, few translated comics have taken on the human condition. Concepts of despair, solitude, and regret are often ignored in favor of ideas like violence, lust and adventure. Manga like most media is often looked at for catharsis and particularly in the world of translated comics, they are aimed at an often impressionable youth audience.
Takahiro Seguchi’s Sickness Unto Death challenges those beliefs. His two-part story pulls back the curtain on a culture that is often seen to be consumed by despair – modern day Japan. Japan’s relationship with suicide and isolation is well documented and can often be seen exhibited even in the business and political realms. And Seguchi reveals his take on the topic, through the writings of Hikaru Asada and Soren Kierkegaard, to present a case where a young woman full of potential and life, can fall prey to doubt as she finds her sense of hope dashed.
Emiru may appear to be a delicate flower; a frail beauty with a mysterious aura to her. But something dark has consumed this young, once award-winning violinist. With the help of a young psych student, readers are allowed to see the what lurks inside her. And what has developed her unique sickness.
Subtle, dark and thoughtful, Sickness Unto Death is a harrowing tale of what it is like to truly lose it all.