Every revolution starts with a spark, that one key event gives purpose to the people fighting against the establishment. The American Revolution had the Boston Tea Party, as the late great Howard Zinn called it, “a clear demonstration of class anger” between England and its colonies which included America at the time. The French Revolution, came from that same class anger, but between the French monarchy and its subjects and years of economic depression following the Seven Years War. The Philippine Revolution, also known as the Tagalog War, was rooted in the same fervor, between the Philippines and the then Empire of Spain, where the locals lead by Andres Bonifacio looked to break the 350-year-old rule of Spain.
Throughout the years, there have been more than a handful of depictions of several key events and key people in each of these revolutions which were instrumental to their success. Recently, the miniseries, Gunpowder, got into the plot to kill the King of England, who actively suppressed and killed Christians, and although their plot failed, that spirit of rebellion spoke to all of us. That same spirit of insurgence, is the reason viewing these portrayals are so riveting, as most us, can only wish to revolt against those oligarchies we know are wrong. This is exactly, what drew me to the final volume of a story which educates the reader of what finally lead Japan to close its doors to the Western world, Sons of Fate: Revolution.
In the first few pages, our villain, the shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, looks to keep a stranglehold on his empire, by killing the very two men, who can upset the balance, one of them being, Master Jinjaku. Kamau (Smoke) finds out about this and sets off to exact revenge, one of them being, joining the Yamaguchi Clan, who looks to end Ieyasu’s deadly reign and to finish his training. A costly misstep leads to an annihilation that decimates the clan, through a series of fatal showdowns. By book’s end, everyone’s get their just due, and although not everyone gets out alive, a nation will be forever changed by the men whose love for their country meant more than greed or power.
Overall, a satisfying conclusion to a sprawling epic, which feels like an epic mashup of Return of The Jedi and Takashi Miike’s adaptation of 13 Assassins. The story by Jean-Paul Deshong feels more believable than most movies out now and has all the heart and sentiment needed for such an action-packed thriller. The art by Deshong looks pulsating and gorgeous. Altogether, an excellent end to a story you will want to reread from the beginning as this book is not only for fans of history but people who love a great story.
Story: Jean-Paul Deshong Art: Jean-Paul Deshong
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy