Usagi Yojimbo Volume 28: Red Scorpion Paperback – July 15, 2014
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About the Author
- Publisher : Dark Horse Books (July 15, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 184 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1616553987
- ISBN-13 : 978-1616553982
- Item Weight : 11.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.47 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,554,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you were wanting to try out the series or give a friend something different to try, I would recommend this volume.
It also does a good job breaking some of its own tropes. I recently reread the whole series again over the past year, gearing up for book 29 and issue #145 It only gets better with each read.
I only have one minor complaint. Usagi meets the Lord of the Owls again and behaves in a very uncharacteristic way. I look forward to more about this enigmatic character, but I hope Usagi is more himself when it happens.
Top reviews from other countries
The values of bushido, personal courage, and sacrifice are portrayed in themes we can all deeply identify with. The Introduction by actor George Takei pinpoints the spirit of Robin Hood, or the Lone Ranger as being instrumental in the appeal and success of Usagi Yojimbo.
These are standalone tales, although I suspect we may see the titular Red Scorpion in future. Having said that the Lord of Owls and Kitsune & Kiyoko appear giving us some great dialogue. The background notes tell us all about Toad Oil, Owls and Seppuku, ensuring we are a little more enlightened after our enthralling read.
The art is superb. Despite being animals their faces are mesmerizingly expressive conveying sincere and dramatic emotions. The fight scenes so integral to samurai drama flow effortlessly just as a master swordsman. Sakai also knows when to focus on the little details. A sandal, a rock or a hand in close-up tells us more than a tiny frame should and there is a hysterical moment where Usagi is bouncing up and down in the frame and you have to work out why.
Double Thumbs Up!