Usagi Yojimbo Book 1 (英語) ペーパーバック – 1987/4
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With over fifty graphic novels in print, the samurai rabbit is more popular than ever! This is the seminal Usagi book collecting all the classic original Usagi stories from Albedo, Critters, Doomsday Squad, and the Usagi Yojimbo Summer Special. This is one of Fantagraphics' very best sellers, and is also where Usagi started don't miss out! The setting is 17th century Japan, when the age of civil wars has barely ended and the Shogun has established power. The samurai is the ruling class throughout the land, following a warrior's code of honor known as Bushido. Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 1 chronicles this time of settling unrest and political intrigue, told through the story of a wandering and masterless samurai named Miyamoto Usagi, aka Usagi Yojimbo! One of the great classics of the last 20 years, perfect for all ages."
While I enjoyed Sakai's artwork in the first volume, this second trade collection is even stronger. ... Usagi Yojimbo is a great addition to the canon of samurai stories, and is definitely highly recommended for anyone who is a fan of wandering ronin or just good storytelling. --Rob McMonigal"
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"
Fans of comics set in historical Japan should definitely check this out. You'll be glad you did. I think it would also be a good fit for manga fans looking to try a non-Japanese comic. I enjoyed this book a lot, and look forward to reading more. "
These bittersweet adventure stories offer entertaining reading, especially for young Asian-Americans who feel excluded from mainstream juvenile literature.
One of the most original, innovative, well-executed comic books anywhere to be found.--Stan Lee
The art is excellent, and the many of the stories are different from standard western fare.
I recently repurchased the book to read to my son, figuring that since he loves animals, Usagi and his friends would be a good fit for bed time reading. It worked - kind of... The stories are bit more violent than I remembered, and while they are not too graphic (no teen or adult would have any problem here), they're not ideal for reading to my son.
In short: great eastern stories in graphic format, but not necessarily for children.
Nice big book with plenty to read. I would think a 12 year old would be happy with this purchase.