Post by shaxper on Nov 22, 2016 21:11:23 GMT -5
Usagi Yojimbo is the story of a wandering ronin (masterless samurai) undertaking The Warrior's Pilgrimage in search of inner harmony in the wake of his master's death. Along the way he's protected the innocent, met allies, made enemies, and become caught up in sweeping epics upon which the fate of all Japan rested.
Usagi is the kind of quality work that transcends genres, demographics, and even age groups. It crafts a delicate and beautiful balance between honor and savagery, cute innocence and dark brutality, simple heart-warming stories and multi-part epics that shape a dense continuity. Whether or not you've ever been a fan of feudal Japanese culture, furry anthro characters, or independent, non-superhero comics, Usagi Yojimbo is a saga that can't help but impress even the harshest critic.
"I think Usagi Yojimbo is one of the most original, innovative, well-executed comicbooks anywhere to be found. Stan's style of artwork, his crisp incisive writing, and his throughly professional pacing, all done in a relaxed and absorbed manner, have provided comics with something so rarely seen in this field--a new literary and artistic approach to illustrated storytelling."
-- Stan Lee, 1988
"As a storyteller, Stan Sakai is one of the few artists working in comics who completely understands his medium. In keeping with the comic book's serialized format that is presented to the public on a periodical basis, Stan writes each installment of Usagi Yojimbo as a tapestry that moves the characters and their relationship forward. And occasionally...embarking on a larger, pivotal story-arc which will propel the hero and the story through the chosen gateway and toward its destined path.
For us readers, since we are not bound to stay behind with the villagers, it is to our benefit, as well as our pleasure, to follow Usagi down that road."
-- Jeff Smith, 1994
"...The book is masterfully written. Always fresh, with compelling characters and with a sense of authenticity. And the plots keep coming. Just when you fear you've seen it all, Stan comes up with some new twist on samurai themes or avenue of experience for Usagi, and we're on unfamiliar, fresh ground. The book is solid, well-crafted, imaginative storytelling. Classic storytelling."
-- James Robinson, 1998
"You're gonna love 'em. That's all you need to know."
-- Kurt Busiek, 1998
"This is an important event in the progress of this medium because Stan Sakai has successfully brought to American comics a collection of Japanese fables well told in the American style. He has a good control of sequential art, and his compositions have the ability to create powerful understatements.
Usagi Yojimbo is an enduring work. Bravo."
-- Will Eisner, 1999
"It's the mark of a great storyteller. It's the stuff of legends."
-- Paul Dini, 2001
"...Sakai teases out themes in word and image that first propel the narrative, then move the heart. His language, both in text and image, is succinct, deft, and ever precise.
Nothing in these pages is wasted."
-- Greg Rucka, 2001
"Many people have noted the recent publication of the three hundredth and final issue of Dave Sim's Cerebus comic as a significant event in the history of comics, and it certainly is--anyone who has ever tried to do one issue of a comic, let alone three hundred, can grasp at least part of that significance. But I think it can be argued--even though, given the very different nature of the two comics, it is sort of like comparing apples to oranges--that Stan's accomplishment with Usagi over the last twenty years and into the future is perhaps even more significant. And Stan has--except for the efforts of his cover colorist and publishers, which, while not inconsequential, are surely in the final analysis relatively small--done it all himself. He has--by himself, no background artist or cowriter, etc.--written, pencilled, inked, and lettered all 130-plus issues of Usagi to date. That simply boggles the mind."
-- Peter Laird, 2004
"And just because Usagi features a talking bunny, don't be fooled into thinking this is only a book for kids (though it's one of the few comics out there that I'll happily share with my young nephew). The stories are sophisticated, thrilling, hilarious, and heartbreaking, not in spite of the furry creatures, but because of them."
-- Brian K. Vaughan, 2009
"Stan never wastes a panel; he never throws away a moment or a word balloon, and his stories are fashioned with craft, care, devotion, and a deep respect for history."
-- Walt Simonson, 2012
"The details of culture and history are finely researched. Every frame has the look and smell of reality. This specificity of detail in customs and time transforms our rabbit into a very human animal...Usagi Yojimbo becomes as timeless and as mythic as the lone good guy roaming the Wild West or Sherwood Forest, coming to the aid of the oppressed. The "ronin" rabbit's stories become universal."
-- George Takei, 2014