47 Ronin

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Japan's enduring national legend comes to comics! The tale of the 47 Ronin and their epic mission to avenge their wronged master epitomizes the samurai code of honor, and creators Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai have done justice to their story! Meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated, this collection of the acclaimed mini-series recounts this sweeping saga of honor and violence in all its grandeur. Opening with the tragic incident that sealed the fate of Lord Asano, 47 Ronin follows a dedicated group ...
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Overview

Japan's enduring national legend comes to comics! The tale of the 47 Ronin and their epic mission to avenge their wronged master epitomizes the samurai code of honor, and creators Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai have done justice to their story! Meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated, this collection of the acclaimed mini-series recounts this sweeping saga of honor and violence in all its grandeur. Opening with the tragic incident that sealed the fate of Lord Asano, 47 Ronin follows a dedicated group of Asano's vassals on their years-long path of vengeance!
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Publishers Weekly
03/17/2014
Lord Asano, honorable but naïve in the ways of the Shogun’s court, offends court functionary Kira Yoshinaka by refusing to give in to the latter’s crass demands for a bribe. What follows is a campaign of harassment and sabotage by Kira; finally pressed too far, Asano draws his sword on the functionary—an unforgivable violation of the Shogun’s regulations. Asano is ordered to commit seppuku (ritual suicide), his lands are seized and his household is scattered. Kira’s victory appears complete, save for one thing: the determination of Asano’s legion of faithful retainers—men willing to go to legendary extremes to win justice for Asano. Emerging as one of Japan’s most popular folk tales (perhaps similar to our own Robin Hood), despite the censorship laws of Genroku-era Japan, the story of the 47 ronin (masterless samurai) has been adapted many times in almost every conceivable medium. Richardson, whose day job is Dark Horse publisher, and Sakai (much-honored creator of Uasgi Yojimbo) treat the source material with respect and skill, Richardson’s craft as a storyteller is more than matched by Sakai’s ability to convey both thoughtful introspection and lightning-fast action in a series of still drawings. The result is a homage more than worthy of its source material. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595829542
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 3/18/2014
  • Edition description: 12+
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 714,350
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    A old samurai visits a cemetery and tells his tale to a priest.

    A old samurai visits a cemetery and tells his tale to a priest. He tells of the betrayal and quest for the avenging of honor of his lord.

    Near classic illustrations enrich the story and characters throughout the pages of this tale.

    Mostly honorable yet often emotional characters are present throughout adding authenticity.

    Without giving too much away, I shall leave at this:

    Overall, a touching read.

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