After the high that was the Volume Four epic this is a more sedate and low key collection of stories. It can’t compete with what has gone before so it does not try. These are shorter, self-contained tales but all are very well written and display the usual Sakai class. One of them is a retelling of the familiar Lone Wolf and Cub story but with a goat and his kid.
There is so much attention to detail present in the Usagi world and in one story we learn all about how kites are made. It is a simple yet fascinating depiction of someone’s everyday trade. Although none of our familiar characters are present we are fascinated none the less and it seamlessly dovetails into to larger plot.
The art has changed slightly with the lines becoming much thicker and as a result there is more black on the page. It is a marked contrast to the earlier style of fine line work. It seems as if Stan has picked up the wrong pen by mistake and hasn’t noticed. I hope we see a return to the more delicate style in future but Thumbs Up!
Tomorrow: Usagi Yojimbo: Volume 6 – Circles – Stan Sakai