Sunday, April 7, 2013

Usagi Yojimbo, Volume 26: Traitors of The Earth, by Stan Sakai

 I've been a fan of Stan Sakai's Samurai Rabbit ever since Dark Horse started publishing his adventures, and the book's masterful blend of History,Fantasy, Folklore, and whimsy still hasn't lost any of it's charm. USAGI YOJIMBO, BOOK 26: TRAITORS OF THE EARTH features a more Horrific storyline than usual (A reanimated army of corpses!), but the book is stacked with Sakai's usual array of Japanese History and Mythology, all rendered in his impeccable, intricate style. The collection features seven issues worth of Usagi's adventures, as well as two stand-alone stories from other Dark Horse books, a one-page GROO vs. USAGI strip, story notes, and a complete cover gallery, as well as an introduction, complete with illustration, by the legendary Walter Simonson. Entertaining, educational, funny, touching, and all-around excellent...I can't recommend USAGI highly enough.