Synopsis: Usagi helps guide Lady Mura to her husband Seizo, but soon after Seizo murders her and claims she was killed by bandits. When Seizo realizes his wife's books will outlast memory of his own life, he commits suicide.
Post by thwhtguardian on Aug 8, 2020 16:23:20 GMT -5
Wow. I said last issue that Stan should have lead off with this story as it was like a classic Usagi story where our favorite rabbit ronin finds adventure on the road, but the finale in this issue blew it out of the water making it even stranger that it wasn't the story that kicked this new volume off. It's only two issues, but the conclusion was one of the most moving I've read, which is saying something as Usagi is often powerful but the tragedy of Lady Mura and how Usagi's hands were tied by Bushido was just incredible. I think this may be one of my favorite Usagi stories of all time, it's short but each page counts.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
Post by wildfire2099 on Nov 13, 2020 20:13:59 GMT -5
I agree 100% This two parter had everything you want in an Usagi story... I hope people didn't read the 1st one and get turned off!
I especially loved the story within a story, with Usagi as the hero and Mura as the lady in distress. Funny how both the the first two stories started with that device (The puppet show, then the novel here).
Another incredible cover. Either of these would be spectacular prints hanging on the wall. Leading with more zombie thrills is a strong story connection while taking us into the continuing story. How terrible for finding such despicable and deplorable town people willing to destroy themselves and a religious site all for greed. Yet such evil is reflected in Seizo's own desires and his demands upon Mura.
Such a tragic and wasteful death which Seizo inflicts upon lady Mura and in doing so he only dooms himself. Ain't Karmic justice a bitch?!? Sad and touching that Mura will live on with every reading of her writings while Seizo is long forgotten. That is pure poetic justice in the end.
Gimme a home on the ol' prairie where I can sit in my rockin' chair reading my favorite old comic books of yesteryear!