Earth is under constant threat from powerful humanoids and invincible monsters from another dimension. They are “Neighbors.” One day, a gate opened in Mikado City, and Neighbors emerged, destroying much of the city and killing hundreds of citizens. However, an elite band of warriors, the Border Defense Agency or “Border,” co-opted Neighbor technology and now fights back against their incursions. Osamu Mikumo, a 15-year-old high school student, is a Border trainee, and his friend, Yuma Kuga, is a humanoid Neighbor.
As World Trigger, Vol. 10 (Defeat Thy Neighbor, Chapter 80 to 88) opens, the current, large-scale invasion of Neighbors winds down. Humanoid Neighbors from the Neighbor country of Aftokrator lead the attack, and they are determined to kidnap as many C-ranked Border agent trainees as they can. They especially want Chika Amatori, whom they call “Golden Goose.” Osamu protects Chika, but is grievously wounded.
Later, during a press conference, reporters demand answers for the 32 missing agents and for the six Border agents killed at headquarters, and Osamu is their target. Plus, the “B-rank wars” begin.
THE LOWDOWN: The World Trigger manga will trigger the youthful imagination inside the shonen manga fan. It is pure and simply pop comics in the shonen battle manga tradition, but it could be a juvenile military science fiction comic book, video game, or animated series produced in America.
World Trigger Volume 10 is, like many volumes of the series, all about that bass boom of battle. However, some of the combat focuses on the intra-squad training. Creator Daisuke Ashihara gives that organizational battle education as much credence as he does the fight against the Neighbors. He also continues to expand the purview of the narrative by letting readers now that Earth will penetrate the Neighbors' side of the universe soon. This review is not just a praise of Vol. 10, which is good. Consider this a suggestion that you go back and enjoy World Trigger (which is available as a digital comic) from the beginning.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Readers looking for a good alien invasion graphic novel series for young readers and youthful older readers will want to pull the World Trigger.