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The Assassin's Road (Lone Wolf & Cub S.) Vol 1 (original 1972; edition 2000)

by Kazu Koike

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Title:The Assassin's Road (Lone Wolf & Cub S.) Vol 1
Authors:Kazu Koike
Info:Dark Horse Comics,U.S. (2000), Paperback
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Lone Wolf & Cub Volume 01 (Lone Wolf & Cub (First Classics)) by Kazuo Koike (1972)

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This is a great comic to have read, even if reading it isn't always tons of fun. The central premise is solid - ronin travels with his 3-year old boy and gets into various fights - but it's repeated over and over for literally thousands of pages in the whole series. It gets a bit Scooby Doo after a while.

The politics of Japanese clan conflicts is a bit hard to follow, and doesn't integrate with the main story well. One last complaint: the 2000 Dark Horse edition features surely the tiniest print known to man, making the books quite illegible.

All that said, the art is wonderful, the central characters memorable, and the fully episodic nature of the comic makes it easy to pick up. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
Lone Wolf and Cub refer to the title character and his child, a man who was once a samurai that performs assassinations as a ronin. The beginning chapters of the manga left me a little bit disappointed. It was action sequence after action sequence that had very little story, just how the main character became involved in the current debacle. The illustrations from these stories are what really make this manga worth reading. The illustrator uses the illustrations to create tension, the same way a director puts close ups and pans in a movie. The reader should pay careful attention to these illustrations because the author relies very heavily on the drawings to move the story along.
The last chapter in the book finally starts in on the personal story of the ronin and his son. This was by far the most interesting story in the book. I am hoping it will be continued in the next book, in which case I might consider reading the whole series. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Lone Wolf and Cub refer to the title character and his child, a man who was once a samurai that performs assassinations as a ronin. The beginning chapters of the manga left me a little bit disappointed. It was action sequence after action sequence that had very little story, just how the main character became involved in the current debacle. The illustrations from these stories are what really make this manga worth reading. The illustrator uses the illustrations to create tension, the same way a director puts close ups and pans in a movie. The reader should pay careful attention to these illustrations because the author relies very heavily on the drawings to move the story along.
The last chapter in the book finally starts in on the personal story of the ronin and his son. This was by far the most interesting story in the book. I am hoping it will be continued in the next book, in which case I might consider reading the whole series. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Lone Wolf and Cub refer to the title character and his child, a man who was once a samurai that performs assassinations as a ronin. The beginning chapters of the manga left me a little bit disappointed. It was action sequence after action sequence that had very little story, just how the main character became involved in the current debacle. The illustrations from these stories are what really make this manga worth reading. The illustrator uses the illustrations to create tension, the same way a director puts close ups and pans in a movie. The reader should pay careful attention to these illustrations because the author relies very heavily on the drawings to move the story along.
The last chapter in the book finally starts in on the personal story of the ronin and his son. This was by far the most interesting story in the book. I am hoping it will be continued in the next book, in which case I might consider reading the whole series. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Lone Wolf and Cub refer to the title character and his child, a man who was once a samurai that performs assassinations as a ronin. The beginning chapters of the manga left me a little bit disappointed. It was action sequence after action sequence that had very little story, just how the main character became involved in the current debacle. The illustrations from these stories are what really make this manga worth reading. The illustrator uses the illustrations to create tension, the same way a director puts close ups and pans in a movie. The reader should pay careful attention to these illustrations because the author relies very heavily on the drawings to move the story along.
The last chapter in the book finally starts in on the personal story of the ronin and his son. This was by far the most interesting story in the book. I am hoping it will be continued in the next book, in which case I might consider reading the whole series. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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Kazuo Koikeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Kojima, Gosekimain authorall editionsconfirmed
Kojima, GosekiIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Lewis, DanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dark Horse Comics is proud to present one of the authentic landmarks in graphic fiction, Lone Wolf and Cub, to be published in its entirety for the first time in America. An epic samurai adventure of staggering proportions -- over 7000 pages -- Lone Wolf and Cub (Kozure Okami in Japan) is acknowledged worldwide for the brilliant writing of series creator Kazuo Koike and the groundbreaking cinematic visuals of the late Goseki Kojima, creating unforgettable imagery of stark beauty, kinetic fury, and visceral thematic power that influenced a generation of visual storytellers both in Japan and in the West. Don't miss this monumental monthly release, twenty-eight volumes, with each collection approximately 300 pages!
 

This volume includes the following stories: 

Son for Hire, Sword for Hire 

A Father Knows His Child's Heart, as Only a Child Can Know His Father's 

From North to South, From East to West 

Baby Cart on the River Styx 

Suio School Zanbato 

Waiting for the Rains 

Eight Gates of Deceit 

Wings to the Birds, Fangs to the Beast 

The Assassin's Road 

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Lone Wolf and Cub #1

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Dark Horse Comics is proud to present one of the authentic landmarks in graphic fiction, Lone Wolf and Cub, to be published in its entirety for the first time in America. An epic samurai adventure of staggering proportions -- over 7000 pages -- Lone Wolf and Cub (Kozure Okami in Japan) is acknowledged worldwide for the brilliant writing of series creator Kazuo Koike and the groundbreaking cinematic visuals of the late Goseki Kojima, creating unforgettable imagery of stark beauty, kinetic fury, and visceral thematic power that influenced a generation of visual storytellers both in Japan and in the West. Don't miss this monumental monthly release, twenty-eight volumes, with each collection approximately 300 pages! This volume includes the following stories: Son for Hire, Sword for Hire A Father Knows His Child's Heart, as Only a Child Can Know His Father's From North to South, From East to West Baby Cart on the River Styx Suio School Zanbato Waiting for the Rains Eight Gates of Deceit Wings to the Birds, Fangs to the Beast The Assassin's Roa… (more)

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