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Preview: Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #6

Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #6

(W) Stan Sakai (A) Stan Sakai (CA) David Petersen
In Shops: Nov 17, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The danger to the realm has passed and the victors celebrate… but for one character a final chance for redemption and a life of peace is about to slip out of reach. Don’t miss the epic conclusion to one of Usagi’s most celebrated stories, now in all-new color!

Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #6

Usagi Yojimbo Rings in 2022 with its 25th Issue and Lone Goat and Kid Encore Presentation

Usagi Yojimbo #25

Celebrate the new year with two milestone events for Usagi Yojimbo, the beloved epic fantasy by Stan Sakai and winner of two of this year’s Eisner Awards, including “Best Continuing Series”! In January, a new storyline entitled “Crossroads” will debut in the pages of Usagi Yojimbo #25, while longtime fans and curious newcomers can revisit the early adventures of the rabbit ronin, now in full color, with the launch of the six-issue miniseries Usagi Yojimbo: Lone Goat and Kid.

Usagi Yojimbo reaches the 25th issue of its full-color, monthly series at IDW with a new two-part storyline, “Crossroads.” In this tale, Usagi and Yukichi have left the Northern Province where Usagi was branded a criminal as a Lord Mifune loyalist. They come upon a group of pilgrims traveling to the local temples, set upon and left for dead by a band of cutthroat ronin with no regard for the law. In hunting after them, Usagi and Yukichi must head back to the very province from which they just escaped!

For comic readers interested in seeing vintage Usagi tales through a new lens, the upcoming Usagi Yojimbo: Lone Goat and Kid miniseries reprints a selection of seminal short stories in full color for the first time. The debut issue revisits the tale of “Frost and Fire,” wherein our hero is tasked with retrieving a slain samurai’s swords… provided that he can solve an impossible moral quandary first. As a special bonus, David Petersen, the acclaimed creator of Mouse Guard, will provide the cover artwork for all six issues.

Usagi Yojimbo: Lone Goat and Kid

Written and illustrated by Sakai for more than 35 years, Usagi Yojimbo is set in a unique world based on 17th century Japan. A ronin, Miyamoto Usagi traverses this unique world – a landscape populated by ghosts, dinosaurs, monsters, and warriors of all kinds – honing his skills, saving villages, and often navigating delicate affairs of national/political significance.

Sakai’s deft weaving of history, folklore, and Japanese culture into Usagi Yojimbo has made it a critical favorite, adored by comic readers. New full-color adventures of Sakai’s classic character began in 2019 with IDW’s monthly comic series, collected in three volumes so far (Bunraku and Other Stories, Homecoming, and Tengu War!). Meanwhile, classic tales have been made available in full color for the first time ever as part of the Usagi Yojimbo Origins trade paperback series. This past June, Sakai and his wife, Julie Fujii Sakai, released Chibi-Usagi: Attack of the Heebie Chibis, an original graphic novel illustrated in a fun, cartoony style welcoming to young new readers.

Preview: Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #5

Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #5

(W) Stan Sakai (A) Stan Sakai (CA) David Petersen
In Shops: Oct 20, 2021
SRP: $3.99

One of Usagi’s most classic and epic adventures reaches its penultimate chapter! As a castle is sieged to prevent a revolt against the shogun, Usagi and friends must make a desperate gambit to prevent the land from descending into war. Not everyone will survive the mighty struggle that ensues!

Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #5

Preview: Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #3 (of 6)

Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #3 (of 6)

(W) Stan Sakai (A) Stan Sakai (CA) David Petersen
In Shops: Aug 25, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Usagi springs his friend Tomoe from captivity in a daring escape! Meanwhile, bounty-hunter Gen gets closer to his deadly prey, Zato-Ino, the blind Swordspig! All this and brand-new color add up to make this one of the most epic Usagi tales of all time!

Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #3 (of 6)

Preview: Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #2 (of 6)

Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #2 (of 6)

(W) Stan Sakai (A) Stan Sakai (CA) David Petersen
In Shops: Jul 28, 2021
SRP: $3.99

A web of deceit and intrigue grows wider as more players are drawn in to a far-reaching power struggle! For Usagi, it will mean a fight to the death in one of his most harrowing battles ever, with the vengeful ninja Shingen! All new colors bring this classic Usagi story to life like never before!

Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #2 (of 6)

Preview: Mouse Guard: The Owlhen Caregiver & Other Tales #1

Mouse Guard: The Owlhen Caregiver & Other Tales #1

(W) David Petersen (A) David Peterson (CA) David Petersen
In Shops: Jul 14, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Which of life’s biggest lessons can be learned from the smallest amongst us?

A young mouse learns that compassion and kindness are the great virtues in “The Owlhen Caregiver.” “Piper the Listener” finds a brave mouse venturing into wild country to learn the tongues of other beasts. And a grizzled oldfur shares the lesson of putting a whisker out too far in “The Wild Wolf.”

Three poignant tales mark creator David Petersen’s return to his beloved Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series in this self-contained special.

Mouse Guard: The Owlhen Caregiver & Other Tales #1

Review: Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #1

Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #1

As a fan of the Star Trek movies, I have had many misgivings with the different iterations. Each cast brings its own flavors and also presents its own limitations. The movies have highlighted why fans have loved each of these casts but also shows why many of these shows’ stories never truly translated to the big screen. In fact, if you watched the first-ever Star Trek movie, hopes for a sequel would be far off based solely on that film’s success.

It’s the sequel movies that came which introduced this universe to generations who were not even born yet when the original TV series aired. One of the best movies to come from this series of movies was Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country. The film utilized canon and cross-pollinate with some other genres, spy thriller, being the most prominent. In Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #1, a plot as dense as Star Trek IV emerges, in one of Stan Sakai’s best stories.

We open on Tomoe, on a mission for Lord Noriyuki, one that she cannot fail, fiercely fighting her way through a brigade of soldiers. As the reader soon finds out Lord Hikiji, is looking for favor with the Shogun in changing his station, secretly amassing an arsenal, one that can possibly outmaneuver any rival. Gen soon uncovers the boxes of guns Lord Tamakuro is hiding, a piece of intelligence, which Lord Noriyuki would benefit from knowing. Meanwhile, we find Gennosuke, Zato-Ino, and Usagi coming together as they soon realize Tomoe has been captured. By the issue’s end, Tomoe must find a way to let Lord Noriyuki know what’s going on while her three friends look to rescue her.

Overall, Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellow Conspiracy #1 is a tense thriller, one which shows the different dimensions to Sakai’s storytelling abilities. The story Sakai is engrossing. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, an excellent entry point for anyone interested in why this Samurai who just so happens to be a rabbit has gained so many fans.

Story: Stan Sakai Art: Stan Sakai
Color: Ronda Pattison Letterer: Stan Sakai
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellows Conspiracy #1 (of 6)

Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellows Conspiracy #1 (of 6)

(W) Stan Sakai (A) Stan Sakai (CA) David Petersen
In Shops: Jun 30, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Presenting the start of perhaps Usagi’s greatest story ever! A sinister plot to overthrow the Shogun percolates and one of Usagi’s friends is captured! The ensuing machinations will draw in not only Usagi, but bounty hunter Gen, and the blind swordspig Zato-Ino! All new color makes this a must-have for any long-time fan, as well as a great place to start for any new readers looking to start their own Usagi Yojimbo journey!

Usagi Yojimbo: Dragon Bellows Conspiracy #1 (of 6)

Get a Look at David Petersen’s Mouse Guard: The Owlhen Caregiver

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Mouse Guard: The Owlhen Caregiver, a special issue that collects three poignant tales that mark creator David Petersen’s return to his beloved Eisner and Harvey Award-winning, New York Times bestselling series in this self-contained special, available on July 14, 2021.

Which of life’s biggest lessons can be learned from the smallest amongst us? A young mouse learns that compassion and kindness are the great virtues in The Owlhen Caregiver. Meanwhile, Piper the Listener finds a brave mouse venturing into wild country to learn the tongues of other beasts. And finally, a grizzled oldfur shares the lesson of putting a whisker out too far in The Wild Wolf.

Mouse Guard: The Owlhen Caregiver
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