Yakuza Demon Killers #1

Tokyo harbors a dark secret! When a museum heist goes wrong, a damaged thief named Ochita becomes trapped in the middle of a battle between a horde of demons and the merciless Yakuza. No matter who wins, humanity loses.

Many people, myself absolutely included, are intrigued by the mystique that surrounds so many aspects of Japan. One of the more interesting areas is that of the supernatural and the tales that are told. Issue one of Yakuza Demon Killers dives into that realm and combines both the cultural and supernatural into one.

In the midst of another high, expert lock smith and junkie Ochita is recruited by an old colleague for another heist. What would have been an average score to swipe a sword goes haywire when demons burst into the scene. As the thieves are being slaughtered, a group of Yakuza trained as demon killers step in, but with more demons on the way it may be too late.

The to be expected aspect of the art including some graphic deaths is present, taking up a lot of the second half. The illustration style itself is appropriately darker and a little rough on the edges. It isn’t rough in the sense of being bad though, just looser and very dark in a lot of places.

We’ve got Yakuza and demons, and a sought after sword which has now attached itself to Ochita. I can only guess this will turn out to be an all out struggle for survival, with the sword possibly being a key element. I wouldn’t mind seeing a cool battle with demons, but I won’t be fighting off hordes just to see the next book.


For more information on Yakuza Demon Killers or other IDW titles, check out IDW Publishing.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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