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Preview: Samurai Vol. 2 Brothers in Arms

SAMURAI VOL 02 BROTHERS IN ARMS

Writer: Jean-Francois Di Giorgio
Artist: Frederic Genet
FC – $19.99 – On sale in comic stores: May 31, 2017
ISBN: 9781782763598

IN IMPERIAL JAPAN, IT TAKES STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO BECOME A WARRIOR… TO BECOME A SAMURAI.

Now reunited, Takeo and his brother face a difficult path – tracing their painful family history, so that they may finally regain their honor! But destiny has even more obstacles in store for them…When the peaceful town where they have come to rest is plunged into a deadly conflict between the local suzerain, the Ishozu monks and the yakuzas, the Samurai brothers must once again draw their swords! With the secrets of the kingdom’s most powerful men hanging in the balance, is this a fight they can ever win??

Preview: Samurai: Brothers in Arm #2.6

SAMURAI: BROTHERS IN ARM #2.6

Writer: Jean-Francois Di Giorgio
Artist: Frederic Genet
COVER A: John McCrea
COVER B: Steve Kurth
COVER C: Frédéric Genet
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: February 8, 2017

FINAL ISSUE!

As the epic adventure of Takeo and Akio draws to an end, their former teacher and guardian, Master Kazé, sets out to help his young charges in their final challenge. But travelling to the land of Ogomo is far from simple, as bandits and loots wait round every bend…

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Preview: Samurai #2.5

SAMURAI #2.5

Writer: Jean-Francois Di Giorgio
Artist: Frédéric Genêt
Cover A: John McCrea
Cover B: Jung Shan
Cover C: Nick Percival
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: January 11

Takeo and his brother Akio have found themselves in deep water and in need of help. Their old mentor, Master Kazé,sets out for the land go Ogomo to rescue his former wards. The road is long as dangerous bandits, mysterious magic and hidden enemies all stand in his way…

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Preview: Samurai: Brothers in Arms #4

SAMURAI BROTHERS IN ARMS #4

Writer Jean-Francois Di Giorgio
Artist Fre´de´ric Gene^t
COVER A: JOHN MCCREA
COVER B: STEVE KURTH
COVER C: NICK PERCIVAL
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: December 21

Destiny derails Takeo once again in his attempt to lift the veil on the mysterious family history he and his brother Akio are attempting to uncover. But this time, it’ not only warlords getting in their way… women have entered the fray!

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Preview: Samurai #2.1

SAMURAI #2.1

WRITER: Jean-François Di Giorgio
ARTIST:  Frédéric Genêt
COVER A – Frédéric Genêt
COVER  B – David Mack
COVER  C – Jung Shan
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: September 14

Having bested the legendary Shobei in a duel, Takeo has finally left the Isle with no Name, accompanied by his brother Akio. The excitement of their voyage from the Island awakens Akio from his mute state, and Takeo is finally ready to discover the answers to the questions that have driven him so far…

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Preview: Samurai #4

SAMURAI #4

WRITER: Jean-François Di Giorgio
ARTIST:  Frédéric Genêt
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Jun 15
COVER A –  Frédéric Genêt
COVER  B – David Mack

Preparing for his dual against the fearsome, mysterious, but legendary Samurai, Shobei, Takeo must focus all his energies on the fight that is to come. But finding his long lost brother Akio has just lead him to ask many more questions about his past, and to fear for his future…

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Samurai Returns in September from Titan Comics

From writer Jean-François Di Giorgio and artist Frédéric Genêt Samurai returns this September with a new series, Samurai: Brothers in Arm!

This is a brand-new mini-series full to the brim with warfare and adventure – set in Feudal Japan! Samurai: Brothers in Arma #1 is a blistering adventure for fans of Shogun Assassin and Kill Bill – including variant covers by industry legend David Mack. Covers are also from John McCrea, Jung Shan, and Steve Kurth.

Having bested the legendary Shobei in a duel, Takeo has finally left the Isle with no Name, accompanied by his brother Akio. The excitement of their voyage from the Island awakens Akio from his mute state, and Takeo is finally ready to discover the answers to the questions that have driven him so far…

Preview: Samurai #3

SAMURAI #3

Writer: Jean-François Di Giorgio
Artist:  Frédéric Genêt
FC – 32PP – $3.99 – On Sale: May 11
Cover A –  Frédéric Genêt
Cover  B – David Mack

On the mysterious Isle with No Name, Takeo has finally found his long lost brother, Akio, but before he can get the answers he so desperately needs, he must fight a duel with Shobei, an unbeatable Samurai who longs only to join his dead wife and daughter in the after-life.

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Preview: Samurai #2

Samurai #2

​Writers:  Jean-François Di Giorgio
Artist: Frédéric Genêt
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32PP – $3.99 – On Sale: April 13

Free of the 13th Prophet, Takeo has traveled to the Unnamed Island, where his skills as a swordsman, and as a man, are challenged. But he has the chance to learn the Bushido Way, and what it truly takes, and what it truly means, to be a Samurai.

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Review: Samurai – The Isle With No Name #1

samurai-comic_1_covera_frc3a9dc3a9ric-genc3a9tI picked up Titan Comics’ ‘Samurai – Isle With No Name’ first issue this past Wednesday. I wished I had done a little investigation prior, because as I was reading it, I noticed I was missing something from this noble warrior’s tale. Later, I learned, this was a European bestseller from Soliel (a European imprint), brought stateside by Marvel, and now back in print via Titan Comics. Nonetheless, the current iteration is still approachable, and serves as a good jumping point into Takeo’s story. For now, I’ll make do without the first four volumes.

First off, the artwork is amazing. The layouts are extremely intricate, detailing lavish bucolic Japanese island settings; and the complex and multi-variegated scenes capture the vibrant colors and life of feudal Japan. Cinematic action sequences spray across the panels with whizzing, blood curdling, swordplay reminiscent of Frank Miller’s ‘Ronin.‘ If you can, pick up the alternate cover with Mack’s impressionistic watercolor rendition–it’s beautiful.

The story is good, but not original. Regardless, it is enjoyable, and compelling enough to keep my interest. It’s a mishmash of Kurosawa’s and Sergio Leone’s lone warrior themes—the subtitle ‘The Isle with No Name‘ should have been my first clue—with a distinctive European style, as it flips back and forth across three intertwined stories.

Takeo, our magical sword wielding Ronin hero, is on a quest to learn more of his brother’s secrets. Meanwhile, another Samurai makes his way to the same Island, as an enforcer for a feudal overlord, coming to collect the annual tariff. Every year the islanders must pay tribute should their champion(s) fail to best the Lord’s contracted warrior tax-collector. To make matters worst, the island natives fall prey to a yearly plague that makes its appearance in coincidence with the annual tax. Alongside the two Samurai, we are introduced to a loving old couple: a caring wizened old man whose sickly wife lies near death. How it all connects, I surmise, will be revealed in future issues.

Story: Jean-François Di Giorgio  Art: Frédéric Genêt 
Story: 7.5 Art: 10 Overall: 8.00 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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