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Usagi Yojimbo #6-7

Writer: Stan Sakai
Artist: Stan Sakai
Letterer: Stan Sakai
Colorist: Tom Luth

Earlier this year, Usagi Yojimbo made a big step towards his future and his new and more colorful home at IDW. Issues #1, 2, and 3 gave us Bunraku, and issues #4 and 5 gave us The Hero. Both are typical Usagi stories full of magic, mystery, and most importantly, well-researched-history.

While a great representation of Stan Sakai’s work, what they were not is any sort of “jumping on point” for the new readers that can come with a new publisher. That wasn’t unintentional. Issue #6 isn’t just any issue, it marks the 35th Anniversary of Usagi’s first appearance in Albedo #2 in November 1984.

To celebrate this occasion, Stan has gone back to his original 8-page story “The Goblin of Adachigahara” and rewritten it as th...

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Usagi Yojimbo #4-5

Written by Stan Sakai

Art by Stan Sakai

Colors by Tom Luth

Miyamoto Usagi continues to settle into his new, more colourful, home at IDW with a comparatively short two-part story. The Hero begins with an armour-clad Usagi in a pitched battle against a horde of Shibito Zombies. No sooner does the samurai leader of the undead army attack Usagi when the scene abruptly shifts to a closing book and we realize it was just a story.

Usagi, it seems, met the author while travelling and stopped to read a few pages. The author in question was Lady Mura, whose husband is a high ranking member of their lord’s court. However, during the time of Shogun’s Peace, her husband has little opportunity to gain the accolades he desires...

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Usagi Yojimbo #2-3

The first full color story arc of the IDW era of everybody’s Anamorphic Lagomorph, Usagi Yojimbo, comes to a close with part 3 of Bunraku. For those of you just tuning in, Usagi Yojimbo recent moved over to IDW Comics, kicking off with Bunraku. This inaugural story is so named after the ancient puppet theatre form that Usagi finds himself enjoying in the opening scenes of Part 1.

But as you might expect when Usagi encounters Sasuke, the demon hunter, things go downhill fast. The two come upon a crown, surrounding a murdered samurai. They note that all of the wounds seem to be on his lower body, almost like he was attacked by children, or something even more sinister. (More sinister than children… <shudder> )

With nothing to do but wait for a better lead, the pair return to the theater to w...

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Usagi Yojimbo #1

Color me excited. While we are at it, color me some Usagi Yojimbo. In fact, have Stan Sakai’s 30+ year collaborator on Groo the Wanderer, Tom Luth, color it. Now we are ready for the next stage of Usagi Yojimbo’s lengthy existence. The IDW era of Usagi is probably going to be most notable for a few things. First, it will be the first time Usagi will regularly run in color, rather than simple line art. Further, it brings Usagi into the same publisher as his friends, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That may or may not result in more crossover stories, but it will make Usagi’s regularly requested appearances in TMNT games, much easier. (Seriously, he won a poll to became a Kickstarter character for TMNT Munchkin on a write-in vote...

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Usagi Yojimbo / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Collection

I love Usagi Yojimbo. I love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When these two anamorphic powerhouses cross paths I love it even more. I love everything in this collection. Yet somehow I don’t think the timing for this collection was right. I think the main reason for that feeling is that the last story in the collection, Namazu has been published three previous times in the past 13 months, with Turtle Soup and Rabbit Stew being included with the last printing. At least the last of those editions didn’t really need to happen. But let’s forget about that, and look at the good things, shall we?

First up is Turtle Soup and Rabbit Stew, the first crossover story from Turtle Soup (Mirage Studios), a 1987 anthology of different artists/writers playing in the TMNT sandbox...

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