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  • Series: 5 Ronin
  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (June 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785156321
  • ASIN: B007F841LE
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,693,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jon Repesh on June 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm normally not a fan of "elseworlds" tales. Besides lacking import, most either just take a prominent character and place them in an uncommon setting without dramatically altering much else, or they add improbable elements that detract from their inherent verisimilitude. Ronin takes a slightly different approach, introducing a group of original characters, situated within a cohesive context, but each given identifiable attributes of renowned Marvel personalities. It may sound like splitting hairs, but however you slice it, Peter Milligan has cleverly crafted an imaginary fable that doesn't feel like one. This could just as well be a historical allegory, featuring distinct protagonists yet keenly infused with comforting familiarity. Consider these five Ronin antecedents of Wolverine, Hulk, Punisher, Psylocke, and Deadpool. Some, like the Wolverine and Punisher analogues, are instantly recognizable and marvelously conceived, though the Hulk counterpart bears little resemblance to Bruce Banner or his ill-fated origin. They're all united in a concerted quest to vanquish a feudal Japanese warlord who tragically impacted their lives and that of their families. Who will be the one to embark on the perilous mission of vengeance does ignite internal conflict between them. Each issue succinctly recounts the personal history of one of the five while effectively integrating everything together into one unified theme, ultimately building to its critical conclusion. How the customarily comedic Deadpool was going to be portrayed at its somber finale was always going to be the toughest challenge. Needless to say, Milligan succeeded in creating something equally unique and familiar for both Deadpool and the series as a whole, in the process possibly establishing a new elseworlds template for others to emulate in the future.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on August 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
5 Ronin is an unusual approach to telling a story of vengeance in feudal Japan. While it could have easily been told using a collection of generic, disenfranchised characters, Marvel decided to inject the "spirits" of five of their popular properties into this era. Thus, for the purposes of this story, the characters of Wolverine, The Hulk, Psylocke, The Punisher, and Deadpool are all somehow native to feudal Japan. Marvel doesn't really delineate if these five stories are in canon with the Marvel Universe and these characters are spiritual (and visual) predecessors to the modern heroes or if this is an actually alternate universe tale or if this is an elaborate "What If?" story. Either way, the use of these five heroes seems unnecessary in the larger picture, as this is an interesting story regardless of these modern, fantastic associations.

Using a different artist for each issue, and thus each character, of this five-part story, Peter Milligan describes how five different spirits seek vengeance upon a warlord who has decimated their lives in one way or another: taking their land, murdering their family, or otherwise disgracing them. Wolverine's character bears little similarity to Wolverine aside from a pointy haircut, a gruff attitude and some claw-like weapons, and The Hulk is simply a peaceful monk who happens to be a very good fighter when forced into battle. Inasmuch, 5 Ronin is a story completely without superpowers and only the most superficial resemblance to a modern superhero tale. This is not a bad thing at all, but it's a little like calling Spider-Man "a really busy guy" instead of paying due respect to his agility, webshooters, spider-sense, photographic skills, and quick wit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ethier on November 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Not as well conceived as I would have hoped for. The story itself is ok, but I felt the tie in of the Marvel personalities was only adequately done. Each character is re-imagined to allow them to fit in the historic Japanese backdrop, each one given a more realistic origin or "power." However, I don't think the author really captured any of the characters core personalities in his re-creation of them. I took particular issue with how Psylocke was portrayed, which was a stark departure from her role as a psychic ninja in the normal Marvel universe. My biggest complaint with the story as a whole was that none of the five stories really came together to accomplish anything. Perhaps that was what the author was going for, but as a reader, I expect five main characters (in a story entitled 5 Ronin) to come together at some point to accomplish a goal in some form or another. In this story, their paths cross, but not in a meaningful way. Overall, 5 Ronin is readable, but not satisfying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By whitecloud on August 14, 2011
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5 Ronin - an artistic and historic piece of Art, I enjoyed very much.
THis book is a keeper, long after one has read it - and it makes you
go to your history books and read up on Samurai, Ronin and Japan.
The beautiful illustrations are well served by the high quality of this
comic book collection.
Very much wish another follow up-volume - Japan being my favorite topic
in "comic" so rare. Great book to recommend for any age.
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Format: Paperback
5 Ronin takes Marvel universe icons (Wolverine, Hulk, Psylocke, Deadpool, Punisher and creates a narrative that gives each character a unique story but also ties them altogether through a common thread: Deadpool's fool.

Since each story has a vastly different artist, I found this to be a frustrating read. The look/feel changes so dramatically, from grungy and serious to more light hearted and airy. I'm not overly well versed on any of the characters but I did understanding the defining traits of each in the stories. And all of the stories tie back to the battle of Sekigahara in some way.

Each of the stories was very short, had a single point, and then ended. There was little in the way of character, plot, story, or world development (sure, we all know Wolverine and most will know medieval Japan, but yet more was needed, I felt.

The stories are very adult - prostitutes and copious amounts of violence in the fore and background. I get the idea that the theme here was to put the characters in another world rather to sell more titles - than that someone had a great set of stories that could really use the Marvel universe characters in a fresh way.

So while there is nothing I can really put my finger on as to why this isn't a great book, I have to admit that I just had no enjoyment while reading and finished just to finish.
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