book review: samurai (usagi yojimbo vol. 2)

I first learned of Usagi Yojimbo, the anthropomorphic rabbit ronin, as a kid watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons disdainfully (as I deemed myself far too mature for such claptrap, especially if you tried comparing it to the majesty of Thundercats). It took years for me to learn that that was more of a crossover than Usagi being a spinoff character, and that Stan Sakai is a hell of a cartoonist. So I’m reading some of these classic stories now.

This volume, Samurai, has an extended flashback to how Usagi became a ronin. He tells the story of his first master and how his Daimyo was killed, forcing him into the wandering life. The stories move quickly, characters are well-defined and though there’s a lot of killing it’s all very un-gritty. Clean. Good stuff.

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