Here’s an easy and economical way to get into all-time cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro and the movie it’s based on, Alita: Battle Angel, all at once: Preorder the Alita: Battle Angel Blu-Ray/DVD/4K on Amazon before July 22, and you’ll get a digital download code for Battle Angel Alita Volumes 1 and 2 on comiXology!
And if you like what you’re reading, keep going! Because for the next two weeks we’re putting all three Battle Angel Alita series on sale up to 50% off at our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, and nook. (Sale ends June 22.)
How to read Battle Angel Alita: a guide to the 3-part epic saga
Battle Angel Alita The original series
Originally published in Japan in 1990 under the title “Gunmu” (銃夢 literal translation “gun dream”), it took Kishiro 5 years to establish the worldview and overarching stories in this 9-volume original series.
Synopsis: In a dump in the lawless settlement of Scrapyard, far beneath the mysterious space city of Zalem, disgraced cyber-doctor Daisuke Ido makes a strange find: the detached head of a cyborg woman who has lost all her memories. He names her Alita and equips her with a powerful new body, the Berserker. While Alita remembers no details of her former life, a moment of desperation reawakens in her nerves the legendary school of martial arts known as Panzer Kunst. In a place where there is no justice but what people make for themselves, Alita decides to become a hunter-killer, tracking down and taking out those who prey on the weak. But can she hold onto her humanity as she begins to revel in her own bloodlust?
The entire series (Volumes 1-9) is now available on all digital platforms.
2-in-1 deluxe print edition volumes 1-5 are available now. Or get all 5 volumes in the complete series box set!
Battle Angel Alita: Last Order
You thought you said “goodbye” to Alita by the end of the original series. Think again. This sequel series tells you how Alita and other characters survived even further into the future!
Synopsis: Alita wakes up alone in the sky city of Tiphares, her brain and body reconstructed by the mad scientist Desty Nova. There’s no time to wonder why Alita’s greatest enemy would resurrect her, though—the royal city has been thrown into chaos by Nova’s revelation that the Tiphareans have had their brains replaced by bio-chips! Everyone needs answers—and Alita will fight to get them!
The latest story arc of the Battle Angel saga goes back into what Alita was looking for all along–– her childhood memories on Mars.
Synopsis: For centuries, war has raged on the dusty, red surface of Mars. This apocalyptic crucible will produce the solar system’s most fearsome warrior, Alita. But for now that warrior is just a little girl named Yoko. The future and past of the battle angel fan out across the reaches of space in the final chapter of one of the greatest sci-fi epics of all time!
Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle Volumes 1-6 are now available as a digital & print editions!