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 miniseries 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 miniseries 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!

* From Mike Richardson (Star Wars: Crimson Empire) and Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo)!

* Tons of bonus art and behind-the-scenes extras!

"If you're a fan of the samurai genre then this is a no-brainer... if you've never given it a chance then this is the perfect gateway book to the genre." —Comic Bastards

"Stan Sakai makes Japan all the more exciting with this comic, and Richardson's narrative builds an epic tale reminiscent of Kurosawa's greatest films." —Graphic Policy

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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: 455,289
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted May 22, 2014

    '47 Ronin' by Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai is a brilliant grap

    '47 Ronin' by Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai is a brilliant graphic novel version of the classic true story from Japan. The level of detail in story and art makes this a superior graphic novel.




    It's a revenge story with honor. Lord Asano is tragically murdered and his property sold. His loyal samurai turn ronin and seek revenge on the man who did this. It's an incredible story. Even more so because it's true. This is a famous story in Japan and has become more known in the West recently through a couple excellent graphic novel adaptations and a not so excellent movie adaptation that added strange supernatural elements to a story that is great without them.




    It's a story that Mike Richardson has wanted to tell for 25 years. Having Stan Sakai do the art was a stroke of genius because his art and panels are evocative of the period and some of the original woodcuts. At the back of the graphic novel are articles and interviews with the 2 creators, as well as one about Kazuo Koike (Lone Wolf and Cub) who gave creative and historical input. There is an article about Ogata Gekko who created beautiful woodblock prints in the latter half of the 1800s to illustrate the story. There is a lot packed in and it's truly a great story. "To know this story is to know Japan."




    I was given a review copy of this graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributors and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this amazing graphic novel.

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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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