Review: Usagi Yojimbo #14

Usagi Yojimbo #14

It’s a massive battle in Usagi Yojimbo #14 as a disarmed Usagi is among a village captured by assassins. He’ll get some much-needed help from Kenichi and Jotaro. But those loyal to Mifune will most-likely be viewed as outlaws, so Usagi sets off on another adventure.

As someone who just loves just about everything samurai-related, I just love Usagi Yojimbo’s fight choreography. So much of it reminds me of the old black-and-white films, especially the fight between Usagi and Kato. Stan Sakai continues to do no wrong with his creation. I think Usagi hits on a lot of different levels for me. I like the art but I know that style-wise that Sakai isn’t a highly-detailed artist. There’s a wide range of emotion in just about every issue and Usagi Yojimbo #14 is no different. You might laugh or be on edge from the drama and the action is not bad, either.

I believe Usagi Yojimbo #14 is the last one that series colorist Tom Luth will work on, as he is retiring from comics. It’s sad to see him go and he’s worked on the book for literally decades. His last work will be in an upcoming Groo The Wanderer book from Dark Horse.

This was an arc that saw Usagi come back home to where his lord was defeated. Usagi hasn’t dipped in quality but it certainly feels like it’s got a new life with IDW Publishing. This arc is worth a read and new readers could jump on with little trouble. I do recognize the art is not the most detailed but the look of Usagi Yojimbo is so unique. Happy trails to Tom Luth on an illustrious career and I can’t wait for issue 15.

Story: Stan Sakai Art: Stan Sakai Color: Tom Luth
Story: 9.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read this but talk yourself into picking up the eventual TPB

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