Devlin Scott

In my reviews I try neither to persuade nor to dissuade others. I believe the art of reading is a very personal experience and that my opinion should not intrude upon others enjoyment. I merely state how I felt while reading and I will allow others to decide for themselves. This is why I will not present a play-by-play description. I will only offer a few basic details to help you decide if what I present is worth your time.
Samurai Executioner, Vol. 1: When the Demon Knife Weeps - Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima Samurai Executioner Volume 1: When the Demon Knife Weeps (Review)

Description from Dark Horse Comics:

From the creators of Lone Wolf and Cub comes Samurai Executioner. Before Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima created Itto Ogami, they created Kubikiri Asa, better known to Lone Wolf readers as Decapitator Asaemon. He was the equal to Itto, bearer of the sword Onibocho and charged with the duty of testing swords for the shogun. Samurai Executioner is based on the life of the decapitator before his fatal duel with Lone Wolf. Expect legendary drama, frantic action, and stoic samurai stature, combined with the exemplary art and storytelling that made Lone Wolf and Cub one of the most popular and influential comic books in the world!

• Never before published in America, Samurai Executioner was the precursor to one of the most seminal works of manga, Lone Wolf and Cub!

• Since the inception of the Lone Wolf and Cub publishing program in 2000, Dark Horse has sold over eight hundred thousand copies! And the series continues to sell thousands per month!

• For mature readers.

I think I found a new favorite story. Written by Kazuo Koike and illustrated by Goseki Kojima, this is a must-see manga if you love the “Way of the Warrior” comic art.

Such brilliant artwork, a pen-stroke as precise as a sword-cut and the writing carries its historical weight well. You can almost “live” within the images and the evolving story will leave you breathless.


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