Usagi Yojimbo: Volume 2 – Samurai – Stan Sakai

When you discover a new brilliant title there are two sad questions you must ask yourself. Will it continue to be this great and how long do I get until the end finally comes. The great news here that volume two is just as fantastic as the first and there are 27 more volumes ahead. That’s more than Preacher, Y: the Last Man, Powers and all the other extraordinary epics.

This is shaping up to be an incredible tale. Even though it is told with animals in the art the characterisation, plot and the emotion that infuses this piece is fantastic. This is comics at their finest with engaging storyline and captivating characters. You really want to know both what happens next and how did we get here. Stan Sakai satisfies both illuminating Usagi’s childhood and deepening his relationship with Gen the bounty hunter.

The art is incredible with crisp clean lines meticulously drawn. There is no hint of anything being rushed to meet a deadline and not a pen-stroke is out of place. This shows you just how much depth and texture you can get with two colours. It feels very appropriate to the setting and would not benefit from being in colour. Getting clear facial expressions is difficult enough on humans bet getting a bunny to emote is clearly a work of genius because Stan manages it.

From the first few pages that are entirely devoid of dialogue to the Kurosawa and Godzilla tributes this is a delight to enjoy from start to finish. A true Double Thumbs Up!


Tomorrow: Usagi Yojimbo: Volume 3 – The Wanderer’s Road – Stan Sakai

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