Samurai: The Isle With No Name #1

Samurai: The Isle With No Name #1

Writer: Jean-Francois DiGiorgio Artist: Frederic Genet Publisher: Titan Books Release Date: March 9, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 2
8.3Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

The terrible agon against the treacherous Akuma has been won, and the empire is safe once more. But Takeo has set out for the mysterious Unnamed Island to continue his quest to finally discover the truth about his brother and his family - and the symbolic tattoo that saved his life. Covers by Frederic Genet and David Mack.

  • 9.5
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Mar 7, 2016

    Samurai #1 is an excellent start to the series creating an immersive world with its setup of characters, the exploration of the island and the everyday lives of the inhabitants, and intense action. From the opening sequence to the final page the story is engrossing, and even with all the details in this issue it never feels sluggish. There isn't much progress in terms of Takeo understanding more about his true identity, and since this is only 2 parts I wonder how much will ultimately be covered here. However, after my first taste of the world of Samurai I'm anxiously awaiting the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Mar 8, 2016

    In many ways this single issue reads like a graphic novel. It's filled with character moments, action and atmosphere and feels incredibly well rounded. If you're interested in ancient Japan, detailed art and great storytelling you can't go wrong with Samurai. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Slackjaw Punks - GingerBats! Mar 9, 2016

    This book sets up nicely what promises to be a really interesting story told with some pretty darn beautiful artwork, pleasing to us normal folk and history buffs alike. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Isaac Quattlebaum Mar 9, 2016

    This book would be perfect for someone who is a fan of the anime genre but wants to ease into it. It's also has a lot of elements of the kung fu movie genre. I'm really looking forward to issue 2 of this title and learning more about the different characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - John McCubbin Mar 8, 2016

    Samurai #1 is an amazing new series for Titan, building upon the work that Jean-Franois Di Giorgio has produced elsewhere in a marvelous fashion. The creative team would also do a sensational job of introducing us to the world and character, and along with the mysterious plot and explosive action there is more than enough to leave readers returning for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Mar 11, 2016

    There are elements of anime in the artwork and kung-fu in the script. We get some Japanese traditions as well, which are always interesting to learn about. The artwork is what makes this issue stand out. It's beautiful, phenomenal, enthralling. I most definitely recommend this for anyone interested in the aforementioned subject matter. It won't let you down. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - GCBTs Mar 13, 2016

    Takeo, our magical sword wielding Ronin hero, is on a quest to learn more of his brothers secrets. Meanwhile, another Samurai makes his way to the same Island, as an enforcer for a feudal overlord, coming to collect theannual tariff. Every year the islanders must pay tribute should their champion(s) fail to best the Lords contractedwarrior tax-collector. To make matters worst, the island natives fall prey to a yearly plague that makes its appearance in coincidence with the annual tax. Alongside the two Samurai, we are introduced to a loving old couple: a caring wizened old man whose sickly wife lies near death. How it all connects, I surmise, will be revealed in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Mar 10, 2016

    Samurai #1 was an absolutely beautiful story. Frdric Gent's artwork is absolutely phenomenal. It makes you want to step into the comic and journey alongside Takeo to take in the beauty of the world he has created. However, there was a major issue in the beginning of the story that made it very difficult to figure out what exactly was happening. This was still a good read and I can't wait to revisit this majestic world. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBuzz - Aj Davidson Mar 11, 2016

    One thing that does set it apart is a great visual style and colour palette. It has the sharp feel of Japanese style art as well as some great contrasting colours in its more darker moments and in moments of lightness. A scene set above cherry blossoms was especially good looking to see and each of our characters has their own little touches to set them apart from one another from master Shobeis steely scowl, to Takeos piercing eyes to the whiskers of the bumbling monk. If you love martial arts stuff, then this is probably going to be the comic series for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    myconius Mar 16, 2016

    i didn't know anything about this comic series going in. ... absolutely loving a good Samurai tale i took a chance and bought this comic. ... i am very VERY happy that i did!!!! ... ... the feel of the comic art style has a beautiful charm of Ancient Japan. the story is very reminiscent of Akira Kurosawa's Samurai films staring Toshiro Mifune, and even a bit of the Anime 'Ninja Scroll'. ................ the only real problem i have with this #1 is it isn't really a TRUE jumping on point! ...... i felt very clueless as to who any of the characters were or what was going on? .... still though the beautiful art style and excellent sword action was captivating enough for me to keep me entertained!! ... i added this series to my pull list, as i want to find out more of who these characters are and what will come in the future? ... ..... ((UPDATE)) .... having discovered the true beginning of this series of Vol 1-4 is reprinted in a collected edition >>>>> <<<<<<< ................i decided to purchase and read Vol. 1-4 so that i can appreciate the series from the start. ... i am very VERY glad that i did!! ... once i started i just couldn't put it down!!! we find out about our main character Takeo, and the history with his search for his older Brother. .... he is a well trained swordsman with a tragic past, but also a man honor and virtue. .... having now fully read vol. 1-4 and re-read this issue here i have a MUCH better understanding of what's at stake for Takeo, and am very much looking forward to seeing where his further adventures take him.

  • 9.0
    Snapfire Mar 27, 2016

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