Usagi Yojimbo 30: The Hell Screen – Stan Sakai

It’s time for another bi-annual helping of your favourite rabbit. The contents page promises seven stories but one is three issues and it isn’t clear why each needs to listed separately.

Inspector Ishida makes a welcome return with another mystery and we also receive a visit from the Komori Ninja. You probably don’t remember Yamaguchi Kyosai from a rock delivering story but the reappearance of these minor characters adds weight and authenticity to Sakai’s world.

All of these feel original and explore cultural aspects we have not touched on before such as the problems Japan faces with its excessive rainfall.

Like normal there is a handy guide at the back which explains and enlightens you to the subjects covered.

The art is great as you would expect. The use of black in the night-time rain scenes and those set in caves are particularly effective.

Thumbs Up!

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