Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 24: Return of the Black Soul

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Bestseller Books Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 24: Return of the Black Soul published 2020 For years, as Miyamoto Usagi has wandered the countryside, an unseen, malevolent entity has been tracing his steps Thought dead since the events of Grasscutter, the demon Jei the Black Soul has been inhabiting the body of the swordswoman Inazuma, intent on destroying the evil he claims to see in Usagi Meanwhile, Boss Bakuchi, shamed by his inability to avenge his sonFor years, as Miyamoto Usagi has wandered the countryside, an unseen, malevolent entity has been tracing his steps Thought dead since the events of Grasscutter, the demon Jei the Black Soul has been inhabiting the body of the swordswoman Inazuma, intent on destroying the evil he claims to see in Usagi Meanwhile, Boss Bakuchi, shamed by his inability to avenge his son s death, doubles the bounty on the killer Inazuma The money brings out scores of bounty hunters, unaware that they are merely a flock of sparrows intent on bringing down an eagle The hunt for Inazuma also draws Usagi, hunters Gen and Stray Dog, and a mysterious stranger named Isamu, each with his own motive As the threat of the Black Soul reemerges, this epic storyline reveals at last the true origin of Jei. Popular Ebook Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 24: Return of the Black Soul I believe I've given Usagi Yojimbo collections eight through twenty three each a five-star rating, but haven't written a review for any of them until now. It's time for me to rectify that situation, since it's my favorite on-going graphic novel series.Usagi is a wandering, masterless samurai in someplace like early seventeenth century feudal Japan. It's not actually historical, but don't be fooled by the fact that the characters are all drawn as animals--it is an action-filled drama with a realistic setting and serious themes. Many of Usagi's peers are amoral guards-for-hire or bounty hunters, but he sticks to the warrior's honor code and is always on the lookout for those who need his help. As Charles Solomon writes in this volume's introduction: "He's the stranger who wanders into town, rights a wrong, tosses out a tin-horn bully, solves a mystery, and maybe breaks a heart. . . . He may long for a peaceful settled life, but the backroads and byways are his only real home." He's a humbly heroic figure in a land of chaos ruled by warlords, making his way through life doing the best he can.Author/illustrator Stan Sakai has been telling Usagi's ongoing story since 1987 in a amazing feat of sustained storytelling. The closest experience I can compare consuming it to is watching an ongoing television show. Each volume is episodic, containing many smaller stories and chapters. Sometimes they stand alone, sometimes they are connected. Usagi grows and changes, but only gradually. There are other characters he encounters repeatedly throughout his travels and references are made to previous volumes, but each can be read and enjoyed without the bigger backstory. I started with volume eight and was able to jump right in without missing a beat, and I think you could happily start most anywhere in the series without worrying about going back to start at the beginning.(Having said that, I should add that this, more than any other I can think of, might not be the best volume to start with because it is more of a single story than most and is harder than usual to jump into without knowing anything about the characters and their pasts.)Sakai's art is among the best in the business, and, as with the work of any master, you appreciate it more the longer you dwell in it. His storytelling, plotting, and pacing are excellent. Everything about these books is excellent. I can't recommend the series highly enough and hope more readers find it all the time.

  1. Stan Sakai Japanese Sakai Sutan born May 25, 1953 is an artist who became known as an Eisner Award winning comic book originator.Born in Kyoto, Sakai grew up in Hawaii and studied fine arts at the University of Hawaii He later attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California He and his wife, Sharon, presently reside and work in Pasadena.He began his career by lettering comic books notably Groo the Wanderer by Sergio Aragon s and Mark Evanier and became famous with the production of Usagi Yojimbo, the epic saga of Miyamoto Usagi, a samurai rabbit living in late sixteenth and early seventeenth century Japan First published in 1984, the comic continues to this day, with Sakai as the lone author and nearly sole artist Tom Luth serves as the main colorist on the series, and Sergio Aragon s has made two small contributions to the series the story Broken Ritual is based on an idea by Aragon s, and he served as a guest inker for the black and white version of the story Return to Adachi Plain that is featured in the Volume 11 trade paper back edition of Usagi Yojimbo He also made a futuristic spin off series Space Usagi His favorite movie is Satomi Hakkenden 1959.

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  1. I believe I ve given Usagi Yojimbo collections eight through twenty three each a five star rating, but haven t written a review for any of them until now It s time for me to rectify that situation, since it s my favorite on going graphic novel series.Usagi is a wandering, masterless samurai in someplace like early seventeenth century feudal Japan It s not actually historical, but don t be fooled by the fact that the characters are all drawn as animals it is an action filled drama with a realisti [...]


  2. I knew Jei was in this book, but, because I didn t read the back cover, I wasn t aware we d get to see his origin story in this collection Because of this, the reveal was a bit of a surprise for me, for which I am thankful Overall, this collection ranks high on my list as one of the best Usagi Yojimbo collections Similar to others on my best list, this feels very much like the culmination of payoff for a lot of plot threads that had come before it It also features some fan favorite characters an [...]


  3. This is the 24th collection of Stan Sakai s long running series about a ronin Don t let the fact that Usagi is a rabbit put you off These are excellent stories set in a Japan that very much resembles the feudel Japan of history and Mifune movies The story is inspired by the legend and tales of Mushashi Miyamoto, but this is a much enjoyable telling of those tales than any of the other versions that I have read, or tried to read Here Usagi gets dragged into a bounty hunting situation as an oni h [...]


  4. Encore une chouette aventure d Usagi.Ou plut t un r cit des multiples infamies comises par Jei, le d mon le plus r sistant qu ait rencontr Usagi.Incarn cette fois dans une femme recherch e par tous les chasseurs de prime, il exsude encore la violence et la mort, ce qui fait de cet album l un des plus hard boiled de la s rie selon moi il y a des morts presque chaque page.Et si la conclusion est quelque part attendue, elle est cependant un peu d cevante.Mais ce d tail pr s, l oeuvre de Stan Sakai [...]


  5. All Usagi Yojimbo stories are good stories I have been reading the tales of the ronin rabbit since my dad picked up the first Summer Special for me when I was 5 I read it till it fell apart I had trouble finding this issue and finally broke down and ordered it online Now that it is here I can read 25, 26 and 27I have been waiting three years


  6. This volume than almost any other made me want to go back and read it all through again from the beginning Stan Sakai ties all of these loose threads together so well whenever he does a major story arc like this.


  7. Like most Usagi stories, this one involves oni Honestly, a lot of these stories are paying off storylines that have been running through previous volumes, so it s a lot satisfying if you have read the previous chapters The art is, as usual, incredible.


  8. Jei and Stray Dog are two of my favorites and they reappear here A disappointment is that Stray Dog has lost his unique characterization voice, gone from grim to whiny.





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