Now that most publishers have announced their Fall 2012 schedules, we're starting to see a few hints of what's on tap for the early part of 2013. One recent addition to the Vertical line-up for the coming year is Knights of Sidonia (Sidonia no Kishi) by Tsutomu Nihei. If that name sounds familiar, it should - Nihei is also the creator of Biomega (VIZ Media), NOiSE,and Blame! (TokyoPop), three hard sci-fi/horror series notable for their dense, intricate linework and mind-blowing storylines.
So what's this new series about? It's set in a world where the solar system has been destroyed, and what's left of humanity is traveling on a huge "seed" ship called Sidonia, that is charged with replenishing the human race and fostering life on other planets. A young man named Tanikaze Nagate is a guardian in training who risks his life to save his fellow survivors.
The rest of the plot is a little fuzzy to me at this point, but I've found that the best way to enjoy Nihei's manga is to just strap in and enjoy the ride, without too many preconceived notions of where he's taking you. If it's anything like Biomega or Blame, the art will be gorgeous, the story will be dense, and the twists will be fascinating.
Knights of Sidonia is currently featured in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine, and is currently up to 7 volumes in Japan. The first volume of Vertical's English language edition of Knights of Sidonia is due to hit the stores on February 5, 2013, with a cover price of 12.95.
Image credits: © Tsutomu Nihei / KODANSHA