Usagi Yojimbo: Volume 21 – The Mother of Mountains – Stan Sakai

From the moment you see a single story listed in the table of contents page you know this will be special. Usagi and Tomoe met in the first ever issue and although they cross paths quite frequently they rarely get the chance to adventure together. This sees the two of them embroiled in a dastardly plot that spells political and physical danger.

We also get to learn a little of Tomoe’s history and family. Through this we are introduced to one of the most dastardly villains you could imagine. Not a cackling two-dimensional cartoon of a baddie but someone dangerous and genuinely scary. This book sets up a great many subtle ideas that you just know will reappear when you have all but forgotten about them.

The art is great as always. The story begins with a five page fight that is virtually wordless yet says so much about the characters involved. The story also ends with a lone character’s journey which is almost as mute making a nice bookend.

This is a real page turner that although appears straightforward will no doubt have repercussions for everyone in future. Thumbs Up!

174/191.

Tomorrow: Usagi Yojimbo: Volume 22 – Tomoe’s Story – Stan Sakai

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4 thoughts on “Usagi Yojimbo: Volume 21 – The Mother of Mountains – Stan Sakai

  1. I’ve enjoyed your reviews of the Usagi trades. I went through all of them last year, and they are great. Somewhat disappointing when there weren’t any new ones to devour!

    • I am glad you are enjoying them. It has been an epic read. Don’t forget that Volume 26 has just come out and I will be reading that this weekend!

  2. I also enjoy the reviews. But now it starts to get tricky.
    Last year I started reading throug my Usagi collection, starting with the first TP up to No. 11 and then switching to the single issues I had collected over the years. It was a great rush and after I had read the issues comprising this volume “Mother of Mountains” I stopped out of fear to be done too soon and to have to wait endlessly for new issues.
    So, while the issues from 97 on up to 144 still wait for me I haven´t read ´em yet. But I think I will look at your reviews anyway. As I see it, whenever I am going on another Usagi binge I will start at the beginning anyway and it will be great all over again.
    I love Usagi. I even have a full collection of the TPs even though I have most of the single issues now. But these TPs look great on the shelf.

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