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Preview: Ronin Island Vol. 1 Discover Now Edition

Ronin Island Vol. 1 Discover Now Edition

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Giannis Milonogiannis
Colorist: Irma Kniivila
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover Artist: David Lafuente
Price: $14.99

After a mysterious attack wipes out the major cities of 19th century Japan, Korea, and China, survivors from all three lands find refuge on a hidden island and build a new society.

Hana, the orphaned daughter of Korean peasants, and Kenichi, son of a great samurai leader, have little in common except for a mutual disdain for the other. But these young warriors will have to work together when an army invades the island with shocking news: there is a new Shogun and the Island is expected to pay fealty in exchange for protection from a new enemy…a mutated horde that threatens to wipe out all humanity.

Award-winning writer Greg Pak (Firefly, Mech Cadet Yu) and artist Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet) present a story that examines how we move forward when our past divides, set against the backdrop of a post-disaster 19th century Japan.

Collects issues #1-4 in an exclusive comic shop release

Ronin Island Vol. 1 Discover Now Edition

Preview: Ronin Island #4

Ronin Island #4

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Giannis Milonogiannis
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Giannis Milonogiannis
    Preorder Cover: Ethan Young
    Unlocked Retailer Variant Cover: Kris Anka
Price: $3.99

Hana and Kenichi come face-to-face with the Shogun himself, and discover a startling secret behind the disaster that destroyed their homelands more than twenty years ago.

Ronin Island #4

The Ultimate Sacrifice in Ronin Island #4

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Ronin Island #4, a heart-wrenching turn of events where terrible secrets are revealed and sacrifices are made in the exciting original series from acclaimed writer Greg Pak and fan-favorite artist Giannis Milonogiannis, available in June 5, 2019.

When Hana and Kenichi come face-to-face at last with the great and mighty Shogun in his palace, Kenichi finds himself embraced and gifted a full set of golden armor while Hana is relegated to the servants’ corridors. But both of the islanders have a hidden agenda to find out exactly what the Shogun and his forces are up to in their enormous stronghold. What they discover will change everything they’ve ever known and end in someone making the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of their people. 

Ronin Island #4 features a main cover by Milonogiannis and colorist MSASSYK, along with variant covers by acclaimed artists Ethan Young and Kris Anka.

Ronin Island #4

Preview: Ronin Island #3

Ronin Island #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Giannis Milonogiannis
Colorist: Irma Kniivila
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Giannis Milonogiannis
    Preorder Cover: Ethan Young
Unlocked Retailer Variant: Kris Anka
Price: $3.99

Though the Island’s shelter provides protection, Hana can no longer watch the slaughter on the mainland and leaves her home with General Sato to save the Shogunates’s civilians. Kenichi reluctantly joins her, with his own motivations for the island’s protection in mind.

Ronin Island #3

Preview: Ronin Island #2

Ronin Island #2

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Giannis Milonogiannis
Colorist: Irma Kniivila
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Giannis Milonogiannis
    Preorder Cover: Ethan Young
    Unlocked Retailer Variant: Kris Anka
Price: $3.99

Under threat from a mutated horde, the island is forced the cede control to General Sato—and Hana and Kenichi have a choice to make.

Torn between protecting their home or standing against a threat to all of humanity, the two warriors find that their differences may divide them yet again.

Ronin Island #2

Venture Forth in Ronin Island #3 from BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Ronin Island #3, the latest chapter in the exciting original series from superstar writer Greg Pak and fan-favorite artist Giannis Milonogiannis that recently announced a full series order for twelve issues. 

Although the island has survived in isolation since the widespread devastation of the mysterious Great Wind, the arrival of General Sato and a horde of mutants from the mainland signal a major change for the newest generation of island warriors. Hana and Kenichi must decide if they will leave everything they’ve ever known behind to journey into the mutant-riddled mainland to meet a distant ruler or if they’ll remain in the relative safety of the island they call home. What they each decide will determine not only their own fates but also the future of their people forever. 

Ronin Island #3 arrives in stores May 8, 2019 and features a main cover by Milonogiannis and colorist MSASSYK, along with variant covers by acclaimed artists Ethan Young and Kris Anka.

Ronin Island #3

Ronin Island is Upped to 12 Issues

BOOM! Studios has announced that Ronin Island, from the team of writer Greg Pak and artist Giannis Milonogiannis, has earned a full series order of twelve issues due to the overwhelming early support from retailers and fans, which led to an immediate sell out of the debut issue.

Ronin Island, originally announced as a five issue limited series, invites readers to a secret island where, after a mysterious attack devastates a great swath of 19th century Japan, Korea, and China, survivors from all three lands find refuge and form a new society. The island has endured generations of strife by hiding away from the larger world, but that’s no longer an option when an army of mainland soldiers, led by General Sato, lands on their shores with a terrifying warning: their arrival heralds a deadly invasion of mutants, and brings with it an offer of safety that comes at a cost. 

Now, islanders Hana and Kenichi must not only fight for their survival against the mutant hordes but also for their freedom under the rule of this new army — which is difficult to do when they disagree on exactly who should be in charge and how best to save their people. 

As part of this full series order, Ronin Island #1 Second Printing Variant will arrive in comic shops on April 24th, featuring a new cover by Milonogiannis to meet demand from fans and retailers alike.

Additionally, in July, BOOM! Studios will release a comic shop exclusive Ronin Island Vol.1 Discover Now Edition collecting the first four issues of the acclaimed all-new series with an exclusive cover. This edition will be available exclusively to comic shops for five months before any other edition is made available.

Then in December, a standard edition of Ronin Island Vol. 1, featuring a different cover and including additional behind-the-scenes material, will be released to comic shops and bookstores worldwide, with the same MSRP of $14.99. While the standard edition will remain in print, Ronin Island Vol.1 Discover Now Edition will be strictly limited to its initial print run and never reprinted.

Ronin Island #1 2nd Printing Variant

A First Look at the Mayhem of Battle in Ronin Island #2 from BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has revealed a new look at Ronin Island #2, the next chapter in the new five-issue limited series from superstar writer Greg Pak and fan favorite artist Giannis Milonogiannis that sold out of Ronin Island #1 on its day of release. Two brave young warriors must overcome their differences to save their home from a mutant zombie horde that seeks to mindlessly destroy them all. 

After a mysterious attack devastates a great swath of 19th century Japan, Korea, and China, survivors from all three lands find refuge on a hidden island and build a new society. The island has endured generations of devastation and strife by hiding away from the larger world, but that’s no longer an option when an army of mainland soldiers, led by General Sato, lands on their shores with a terrifying warning. Their arrival heralds a deadly invasion of mutants, and brings with it an offer of safety that comes at a cost. Hana and Kenichi must not only fight for their survival against the mutant hordes but also for their freedom under the rule of this new army — which is difficult to do when they disagree on exactly who should be in charge and how best to save their people. 

Ronin Island #2 arrives in stores April 10, 2019 and features a main cover by Milonogiannis, along with variant covers by acclaimed artists Ethan Young and Kris Anka.

Ronin Island #2

Review: Ronin Island #1

Ronin Island #1

Concepts, or really curses like “Sins Of The Father,” are things that haunt families for years.  Blood feuds between families have been known to separate people who’d normally be friends. Though it may sound cliché, but it is so very true in many instances, hate is something you are thought. As Tupac said in his song “THUG LIFE” and what was further elaborated on in The Hate U Give, the power of hate drives many to do things out of pure evil for reasons many do not even know how to express.

Sometimes the only thing that can break that cycle of hate is a common enemy. One of my favorite shows The Orville explored in its recent two-parter episode eradication may be enough for enemies to become allies. In a historical example of this and a “what if,” I always wondered if the Kouga and Iga clans in Japan ever figured out what Tokugawa Ieyasu was up to, how powerful they would have been? In the debut issue of Ronin Island, a post-apocalyptic event in 19th century Japan leads once enemies to become allies against a greater threat.

We are taken to 19th century Japan, in a time where a mysterious event has wiped every major city in China, Japan and Korea, leaving many to flee elsewhere including one island in the East China Sea. We meet Kenichi, the son of a great samurai leader, who has just passed away, as he is still dealing with the grief and trying to live to his father’s looming legacy. We also meet Hana, a Korean orphan who has been raised by her swordmaster and who has become one of the best swordsman on the island. As we soon find out they pretty much hate each other and must compete to see who is the better Samurai. Before either of them could relish any respite from the competition, the intruder alarm goes off, as a strange ship approaches the island, where we meet general Sato, an envoy for the new Shogun who demands fealty from the island dwellers. By issue’s end, a greater menace has invaded the island as the island’s elders face a decision that may save or doom them all.

Overall, a powerful story that proves how engaging and entertaining a storyteller Greg Pak is. The story by Pak is heartfelt, action packed, and at times funny. The art by the creative team is beautiful and complements the story well. Altogether, a well-done debut that instantly invests the reader in this world.

Story: Greg Pak
Art: Giannis Milonogiannis, Irma Knivila and Simon Bowland
Story: 10 Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Ronin Island #1

Ronin Island #1

After a mysterious attack wipes out the major cities of 19th century Japan, Korea, and China, survivors from all three lands find refuge on a hidden island and build a new society.
Hana, the orphaned daughter of Korean peasants, and Kenichi, son of a great samurai leader, have little in common except for a mutual disdain for the other. But these young warriors will have to work together when an army invades the island with shocking news: there is a new Shogun and the Island is expected to pay fealty in exchange for protection from a new enemy…a mutated horde that threatens to wipe out all humanity.

I picked this comic up partly because it was written by Greg Pak, but mainly because of the concept; I mean, how can samurai verses monsters not be appealing on some level to any comic fan? It’s one of those things that demands your attention with the promise of much slicing and dicing, of warrior verses monster.

On paper it’s a pretty freaking cool concept.

Ronin Island #1 starts out with a trial to determine the leader of the island community (though in fairness the reward for victor of the trial isn’t explicitly stated, so that may be just one character adding pressure on another to perform well). Unfortunately, the trial feels a little too familiar, and that the build up and event takes place over the better part of half the comic doesn’t leave much room for the story to find its legs once the trial is over (complete with a subtle commentary on the weight that traditions and expectations place upon our shoulders), which causes the issue to stumble a little.

But where the plot feels a tad routine right now, there are several moments (like the previously mentioned commentary) that shine brightly for the future, leaving numerous possibilities open – both for the plot and how Pak intends to tell the story.

Giannis Milonogiannis has an energetic and lively style to his artwork, with the characters feeling like they belong in the visual world he’s created. There is the slightest flavour of traditional manga in the visual presentation of the comic as motion-blur lines make frequent appearances when the events on screen are progressing as a rapid pace. Milonogiannis’s art, along with Irma Knivila‘s colouring bring the opening segment of the comic around, keeping me engaged visually at least.

It may seem that I wasn’t a fan of this book, but that’s not the case; I really enjoyed Ronin Island #1, and aside from a few minor things, which may very well never be an issue again in future issues, now that we’ve gotten to know the characters a little more. This is a fun read, and certainly one worth checking out if you’re curious.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Giannis Milonogiannis Colours: Irma Knivila
Story: 7.6 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: A Strong Read

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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