Synopsis: Usagi’s home village has been taken over by assassins intent on killing the shogun’s emissary to disgrace Lord Hikiji. With the emissary’s death will come retributions resulting in the death of the entire village. Usagi has to save the emissary but, in doing so, may have to save the reputation of the lord responsible for the death of his master.
Usagi takes a turn to the dark side! Has his earlier beating knocked him senseless or knocked sense into him? Is he really going to see his home town destroyed and his friends and family slained just to help kill the visiting Emissary of the Shogun? All to place blame upon Lord Hikije and gain vengeance? Revenge is a dish best served cold and Usagi is stewing in a very cold blooded pot hete.
Has he truly turned upon his village all in seeking to stop Hikije? Of course it seems so at first, but it's all a ruse in buying our Ronin the time to formulate a way out of this deadly situation. It will require the help of the entire village (and more) in routing the 82 deadly samurai assassin's intentions.
Such a dilemma for anyone to be place into. Is the end goal worth the means? What does honor dictate one must do? Eliminate your former Lord's enemy at all cost, or protect the innocents who will assuredly die from enacting the assassination? Is killing an innocent emissary an honorable action or is it the final decent into insanity?
Just another typical day in the life of our roaming Ronin.
Deftly written and drawn with nuance and style by the master Sakai. This is what makes Usagi such an incredible series. That Stan creates such tension, filling the pages with an air of desperation and doom that you can taste it rising from the pages. This is a slow build up providing deeper insight into Usagi the honorable outcast warrior as he struggles to save and protect those who he loves most. Desperate times and deadly days leaving us the readers in our own desperation awaiting the next chapter...
Gimme a home on the ol' prairie where I can sit in my rockin' chair reading my favorite old comic books of yesteryear!