Lone Wolf and Cub #1—5 COMIC BOOK review [Kazuo Koike/Goseki Kojima]

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Lone Wolf and Cub #1—5 COMIC BOOK review [Kazuo Koike/Goseki Kojima]
Dec 15, 2000, 04:44

LONE WOLF AND CUB #1–5 by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima; Dark Horse Press, 2000

It's as hard to fault Dark Horse for re-releasing one of the greatest comics of all time as it is to fault Lone Wolf and Cub creators Koike and Kojima for their precise, brilliant masterpiece. The Lone Wolf and Cub series is the essence of perfection.

Lone Wolf, the former official executioner of the Shogun, wanders Japan as a Ronin and assassin for hire, pushing his young son in a baby carriage that hides deadly spears, always seeking to bring down the Yagyu clan who betrayed him and murdered his wife. Need any more? If you haven't read Lone Wolf before, go out and purchase one of these slick, small format collections. I guarantee you'll want to buy all of them. Kazuo Koike's writing is sparse, simple, and perfect. Goseki Kojima's art is the best representation of action in comic form you'll see anywhere. The stories are sometimes pure adventure, like “Red Cat” from issue 2, where Lone Wolf infiltrates a prison to execute an arsonist on death row, sometimes slightly more introspective, like “Half Man, One Mat, a Fistful of Rice” from issue 3 where Lone Wolf weighs the possibilities of redemption and a return to normalcy against his ongoing journey along Meifumado, the dark road to hell. There is simply no question about these comics. Cheers to Dark Horse for making them available to an English speaking audience again.

-Jason Cons

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