- Paperback: 117 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Manga; Gph edition (September 26, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569715025
- ISBN-13: 978-1569715024
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol. 1: Assassin's Road Paperback – September 26, 2000
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Until Dark Horse decided to publish the entire series in 2000, Lone Wolf and Cub had existed beforehand as a manga-mythos of the Far-East - extremely popular in its Nippon homeland, where it begun serialization in 1970 and continued for many years, spawning six films and critical acclaim in its wake; but published sporadically and incomplete on western shores. Dark Horse's commitment to the series was an audacious one - the story spanned some 28 volumes, an expensive investment for publisher and readership alike - but the end result was, to me and other scholars of Eastern culture, invaluable. For LW&C not only entertains with its blend of samurai-noir and vicious sword-play, it educates on the finer points of Japanese culture, as it existed in the Tokugawa era, and displays vividly the struggle of existence, from lowly peasants to the most upright nobility. LW&C is an Epic, and one of the finest I've chanced to read.Read more ›
The Western world's exposure to the Samurai culture has been rather limited - the most popular venues to the mass public have been the movies *Shogun Assassin* and *The Seven Samurai*. Both are fine examples of the film genre, but because the nature of film, neither really delves into the bushido mindset as deeply as I would like.
It is in the arena of the comic book that the best explorations of the samurai legend have been achieved. Two titles come to mind - Stan Sakai's *Usagi Yojimbo* and Kazuo Koike's *Lone Wolf and Cub* (*Shogun Assassin* was based on the latter's film adaptation).
The title reflects the content manner - Itto Ogami, the protagonist, is a highly-skilled ronin who travels with his toddler son, taking assassin's work whenever it comes but always assuring (sometimes indirectly) that the job upholds his strict sense of bushido.
Some might say that the idea of an assassin with bushido is self-contradictory. However, under the skillful pen of Koike, Ogami's methods allow him to follow his chosen path and hold on to his honor simultaneously. His requirements regarding his assignments are simple - cash money and complete disclosure about the nature of the assignment, including the often compromising details.
In this first volume (~300 pages of more than 8000), we are treated to tales of Ogami's skill and prowess as a swordsman and strategist. His is an unorthodox approach to the samurai arts, and he is absolutely merciless to his victims. His son often collaborates in the assignments, usually as a set-up ploy.Read more ›
Last to mention, one of my favorite things about this series, that has brought it near and dear to my heart, is that it's portable...it's the perfect size that I can still read it, but it fits in my pocket and I can carry it with me anywhere. This is a great manga, and you won't regret buying it (as long as tasteful nudity, rare and minimalistic sex scenes, and incredibly gory and violent action).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everything about this is great. The art. The story. The characters. The themes. The historical accuracy. Entertaining in many ways.Published 19 days ago by Matthew McTighe
Replacement of one I lost in a move. Must have the full collection. A must have fir any of the genre.Published 3 months ago by Jeebs
GREAT STORY. I LOVE THE PICTURE OF THIS BIG DADDY WITH HIS SAMURAI SWORD PUSHING THIS BABY CART WITH HIS LITTLE BOY IN IT WHILE HE FIGHTS THE BAD GUYS. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eleanor Takahashi iNSKIP
The extremely tiny format makes the art which is highly touted (or was when this first came out) impossible to see and this format of the books impossible to enjoy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by thirdtwin
I absolutely loved this volume. I have through the years knew about"Lone wolf and cub" and have seen the many cameos in movies, TV and comics. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Danielle Drummond
Great story. A friend told me about this and after this one I was hooked. It's the size of a small novel, paperback, black and white graphics. Awesome stuff.Published 21 months ago by jonah