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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

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)

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

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