As a personal recommendation from me, you have to read this.
What is it?
I Am a Hero is an award-winning, action-comedy psychological horror manga written by Hanazawa Kengo. It has been nominated for the 3rd, 4th and 5th Manga TaishÅ and won the 58th Shogakukan Manga Award in General category. As of this date, there are currently 155 chapters as an ongoing series.
What's it about?
The story follows Hideo Suzuki, a sub-average mangaka assistant, with a knack for guns, with his work, relationship and psychological problems. When not trying to patch things up with his work and personal life, he tries to deal with his terrifying nyctophobia that causes hallucinations and night terrors. Already struggling with his own sanity, it seems the rest of the world has even more sinister plans for Hideo as it itself loses control and sanity.
Meanwhile, amidst the chaos, an introverted man regularing a certain imageboard is suddenly recruited among a rapidly growing cult centered around the one person. Hailing a figure known as "Kurusu", a very psychologically disturbed man who kills others without mercy, they claim him as their prophetic leader in the new age that will emerge from the disaster.
Where can I read it?
As usual, I always recommend Batoto for online reading.
Why do you recommend it?
Unlike zombie series such as Highschool of the Dead, where badassery and fanservice take over the series, I Am a Hero centers more around the enveloping chaos that takes over the setting, not just the characters. Hideo is more relatable to as a protagonist than most. He's scared, he runs away, and he's even selfish at times. This is not because he's an anti-hero, or even a jerk: it's because he's human. Even toting his reliable shotgun around, it doesn't give him a false sense of courage that he can save the world - he can barely survive on his own.
The art sense in the series is also amazing. The background is drawn almost to perfection, the people aren't drawn in any sexy or badass format, but true to how people look, and the horrors we see actually startled me a bit. We're not given a spiky-haired, leadership-traited shonen protagonist, but a stubbled, slightly above-average weight average guy thrust upon the terrors that lurk in the shadows - real or not. It blends in so well with the horror that along with the main hero, you won't even be able to tell what is or isn't real or a hallucination.Â It's a breath of fresh air for a new type of style.
In conclusion: read it, and you'll figure out why.