Chopping Block Review: 47 Ronin #1
Review by Nolan P. Smith- Pastrami Nation
Writer: Mike Richardson
Artist: Stan Sakai
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Stories are one of the greatest things to be passed on by humanity, generation to generation. One of the greatest stories is the legendary tale of the 47 Ronin as they avenge the demise of their disgraced master. It’s one of the most well known stories of all time, and now it’s a comic book in the very capable hands of Dark Horse Comics. I have been waiting on this since I first saw a few panels, and now it’s here. Does it make the cut?
47 Ronin, like I said, is the story of a group of Ronin going on to avenge their fallen master, Lord Asano. In this issue, we see what happens to Asano, and what propels this story into legendary status. This book could have ended up looking like other comics of samurai, but this one is brought to life by a legend in his own right, Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo). It’s his unique art style that really exemplifies what this book is all about. I honestly don’t think another artist could step in for this all important tale.
Mike Richardson (The Secret) pens the story with consulting help from Kazuo Koike of Lone Wolf and Cub fame. This is a perfect start to what is sure to be an epic interpretation of the far east legend. I can’t recommend this book enough: this is a unique and stunning version of the 47 Ronin, one that everyone should jump on board for. Highly recommended, I give 47 Ronin #1 a perfect @@@@@ out of FIVE.