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Review: Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #1

usagi hidden 1.jpgI have never read an issue of Usagi Yojimbo before, but I got sucked in by the shiny number one emblazoned upon the front cover and a burgeoning need to discover just why a friend of mine had been raving about the series for years. So I opened the review copy, put my feet up and settled down to read a comic I knew next to nothing about.

Before we go any further, I feel it’s important to note that as I have never read any Usagi Yojimbo before I am utterly unqualified to judge this comic against previous stories featuring Stan Sakai‘s anthromorphic rabbit samurai. Therefore my judgement on this comic may not line up with those who have had long term exposure to the story. So that said, I really enjoyed this issue. The art may be an almost simplistic black and white, but it’s crisp, clean and easy to read, which is imperative for a black and what comic.

The story opens on some largely unremarkable characters for the most part, but you will still find yourself caring enough about them for the relatively brief period of time you’ll be with them.

I can’t tell you if this is a good introduction to the character, but I can tell you I enjoyed this enough to come back for more.

Story: Stan Sakai Art: Stan Sakai
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? We’ll be watching I Kill Giants!!! Can’t wait. While you wait for the work day to end and weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

PBS NewsHour – Opinion: Why ‘Black Panther’ and other comic books belong in the classroom – We can support this!

The Comichron – Action Comics #1000 takes 10 of Top 12 advance reorder spots; Infinity Gauntlet, Rick & Morty rule reorders – For those that dig the horse race.

The Mary Sue – Elizabeth Olsen Calls Out Empire Magazine for Photoshopping Her Beyond Recognition – Good.

Newsarama – Chris Evans Has ‘No Plans’ To Return To Captain America After Avengers 4 – Wasn’t this a known thing?



The Beat – The Family Trade Vol. 1

Talking Comics – Infidel #1

Comics Bulletin – Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Picks: The Mighty Thor #705 (Marvel) – To say I am looking forward to this may be a lie, but I am in a way. Jane has been an excellent Thor, and we see Odinson seems to be back in the mantle with Marvel’s Fresh Start announcement, but Aaron usually keeps us guessing. What an excellent run this has been.

The Avengers #685 (Marvel) – We are talking about Banner Hulk vs Red Hulk in Iron Patriot armor, or Iron Hulk. That sentence alone is enough to grab this issue.

Kill or Be Killed #17 (Image) – While I changed to trade in reading this series, this will always be a top pick for me. It is a great series full of intrigue and suspense, and Brubaker does that better than anyone.

Batman #43 (DC Comics) – I have enjoyed this arc with Ivy pulling her puppet strings like vines wrapped around Batman, Catwoman, The Justice League and more. I am excited to see how King ends this. Also, it’s drawn by Mikel Janin.

Doctor Strange: Damnation #3 (Marvel) – This has been off the wall craziness that I expected with this event/series, and I cannot wait to read and see more of it.



Top Pick: Ninja-K #5 (Valiant) – This sleek thriller is nigh on perfect in every way a comic should be; writing, art and general presentation. I can’t wait to read this again in print to see Tomas Giorello’s masterful artwork as it is supposed to be seen.

Batman #43 (DC Comics) – The last issue in this series was utter shite. This has to be better, right…? Honestly, I doubt it, but you gotta hope, right?

Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #1 (Dark Horse) – I’ve been meaning to check this series out for years because a friend of mine kept raving about it, but I was always waiting for a jumping on point – which I always seemed to miss. Not this time!



Top Pick: Cave Carson Has an Interstellar Eye #1 (DC’s Young Animal) – Pulp adventure is the best way to describe this series and this start to the second volume doesn’t disappoint. This really reminds me of the old serial pulp movies and comic strips and that’s just a whole lot of fun.

Deathbed #2 (Vertigo) – The first issue had me laughing out loud, so I’m in for the second.

Infinity 8 #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – A new sci-fi series from Lion Forge. The concept is intriguing, eight different 3 issue arcs explores an agents’ investigation into multiple plots that could lead to their space cruisers’ doom.

James Bond: The Body #3 (Dynamite Entertainment) – I’ve loved the first two issues which is a much grittier take on Bond than we’ve seen on film. Each issue is a standalone story that focuses on one aspect of Bond’s body and goes from there. The first explored all of the damage he’s experienced, the second his mind, the third? We’ll see!

Weapon H #1 (Marvel) – I’ll admit I’m skeptical about this series taking the character that’s a blend of Hulk and Wolverine. A whole story revolving just around him? So, we’ll see how this one goes and if it can beat my low expectations.

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