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Review – ′Usagi Yojimbo, Lone Goat and Kid Issue #1: Frost & Fire′

Stan Sakai (Author, Artist) David Petersen (Cover Artist)

Usagi Yojimbo, Lone Goat and Kid Issue # 1 inaugurates the next series of classic Usagi reprints, now in full color, where we get to see our favorite bunny develop and grow as a character in a series of stand-alone stories, full of dramatic force, and I mean that, this bunny has a flair for drama.

In this first installment, Frost and Fire, Usagi is tasked with retrieving a slain samurai’s swords by his wife, lady Koriko. Her husband Nagao, was a retainer to Lord Noriyuki and, since Usagi is now a Ronin, they can hire his services with the outmost discretion.

Because discretion will be needed: the husband had died in mysterious circumstances, and when Usagi arrives to the village, he soon finds out two things: one, that he was assassinated. And two, that he had fell in love with a peasant, a fiery woman by the name of Atsuko.

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She refuses to give him the swords, claiming that they are the only thing she has left to remember him by. But she has a no-good brother, who wants the reward to expend it in drink. What ensues is very dark, morally questionable and horrific to see, a masterclass in what it means to prepare a stage and let the events play themselves out, where Usagi has few choices but to defend himself and honor the lovers, and that will finish with a villain in front of the magistrate and the swords back as a family heirloom to their rightful owner.

A sad story, with dramatic twists, some of the best work of Sakai was like this, succinct and full of action!

′Usagi Yojimbo, Lone Goat and Kid Issue # 1′ is on sale since January, 2022

AVAILABLE: January 2022
IMPRINT: IDW
PAGE COUNT: 32
COLOR: FC

Featured image by Stan Sakai, all images belong to IDW Comics

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This post was last modified on February 2, 2022 9:31 pm

Mariana Ruiz

A Bolivian that writes children's books in Spanish, when she is not busy writing fiction or wondering about the Universe, she is playing games with her two sons and fantastic partner.

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