- Age Range: 11 - 14 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 9
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; 1st edition (November 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560973048
- ISBN-13: 978-1560973041
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Usagi Yojimbo Book 7 Paperback – November 4, 2014
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“These bittersweet adventure stories offer entertaining reading, especially for young Asian-Americans who feel excluded from mainstream juvenile literature.”
- Los Angeles Times
“I don’t think I’m exaggerating at all when I say that Stan Sakai is arguably the greatest living comic book creator in the world, and Usagi Yojimbo is a thirty-year masterpiece that has a consistency and craftsmanship that other comics only touch when they’re at their peak.”
- Chris Sims, ComicsAlliance
“One of the most original, innovative, well-executed comic books anywhere to be found.”
- Stan Lee
“As a fan of samurai fiction (to the point of having a Seven Samurai tattoo) and comics, I can’t recommend Stan Sakai’s beautifully drawn, note-perfect reinvention of the genre highly enough.”
- Kevin Church, BeaucoupKevin.com
About the Author
Stan Sakai is a third-generation Japanese American and multiple Eisner-Award-winning cartoonist, creator of the popular and long-running Usagi Yojimbo comic book. (Usagi Yojimbo is a recurring "guest star" in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle universe.) Born in Japan, he grew up in Hawaii and lives in Pasadena, CA.
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The content in this volume seems tailor-made to gratify long-time readers. There are a few one-shots of varying quality ("Broken Ritual," a classic Usagi ghost story, is my favorite), but most of the book is dedicated to exploring the characters in fresh ways. The centerpiece story of the volume, running more than 60 pages, puts the swordsrhino Gen in a new light, while the final tale in the book ("The Last Ino Story") may be among the most poignant episodes of Usagi Yojimbo and provides an absolutely triumphant conclusion to the Fantagraphics era.
I noted in my review of book 6 that Stan Sakai's artwork had reached full maturity, and that impression is only reinforced here: characters are expressive; line work is fluid; page layouts are subtle and thoughtful. Everything about the book seems effortless even as it displays some of the most artful moments of the series to this point.
New readers could no doubt enjoy this volume, because Sakai's storytelling is just that good. But book 7 is really meant for those who have come the whole way with these characters; for them, this volume will be a joy.
Volume 7 can be best summarized as an installment in which secondary characters undergo transitions. Kitsune, the memorable trickster who does what she can to get by, makes her first and second appearances. Gen finally receives a back story and development, though it reveals that what he keeps beneath the surface is quite a bit darker and more troubled than one might have expected. And, finally, Zato Ino (The Blind Swordspig) makes his unforgettable exit, never to return to the comic book page. Add in a few charming one shots including one starring young Usagi (I adore those stories) and a touching ghost story about a dead general who needs Usagi's help to attain his rest, and you've got a recipe for one intriguing volume.
I don't consider this to be one of Sakai's strongest installments, but it certainly does offer a rich variety of characterization and entertainment. For Ino's exit alone, It's absolutely worth checking out.
I was distraught about these tales after reading the first volume, but now I simply cannot put them down! Book 7, especially, grows deep with emotion and character with every flip of a page, and you learn so much about the diverse characters in Usagi's world, that you begin to grow attached to them without even knowing it.
Definitely a must read series, whether you're a comic junkie, samurai junkie, or history junkie (or, heck, whatever kind of junkie). Should you happen to find yourself upset after the first book or two--as I was--I implore you to keep reading the series.
This is the last volume, Book 7, is the last addition in the Fantagraphics series, and book 8 onward is now under Dark Horse Comics. But Stan Sakai's masterpiece is in no way tampered with publishing changes. His work only gets stronger.