47 Ronin #2

Writer: Mike Richardson Artist: Stan Sakai Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: January 2, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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Lord Asano is goaded into an assault by a corrupt court official in the Shogun’s palace, and then forced to commit seppuku! Learning that Asano was sentenced without a proper investigation, his retainers set in motion a plan to enact revenge on the official whose insults proved too much for Asano to bear.

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Tatiana Christian May 10, 2013

    Overall, I highly recommend Ronin 47 - it's an intriguing story about politics and power, with great art and wonderful colors. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Dave Conde Jan 5, 2013

    The art is by Stan Sakai and it is perfect. If you are not familiar with Usagi Yojimbo, what's wrong with you? And if you are, then this is finally proof that he can draw samurai that are not rabbits. The art is sparse but masterful. If you removed all the text you would still know the emotions (often subtle) going on in each character in each panel. With just a few lines, each face captures the inner life of the character, without being exaggerated or cartoony. It is the perfect choice for this story, capturing both the otherness of the time and place of the story and the commonalities that resonate between people of any nation.THE BOTTOM LINE: You will believe a man can fly Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Zack Davisson Jan 11, 2013

    A fantastic series. I am looking forward to the next issue, and looking forward even more to the eventual prestige collection that this series deserves. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - John Rose Mar 6, 2013

    The second issue of 47 Ronin picks up the baton passed from the first and proceeds to burst out of the blocks and not stop until the end as it takes advantage of most of the character and setting work having been done by the initial outing which frees it to really bring the emotional punch to the reader as it presents a tale of treachery and miscarriage of justice, though oddly the sentence was one that was legal and, according to the law, correct at the same time. With this second issue it's pretty easy to see how the story has captivated so many over the years and various cultures as the themes carry over to humanities nature as a whole and so bridge any gap that an individual culture might have otherwise enacted. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - thorverine Dec 26, 2012

    The 47 Ronin is one Japanese tale that works perfectly in the comic book medium. Richardson and Sakai make the story feel Japanese while being accessible to all readers. If you're a fan of the culture and its legends, this is certainly one to check out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jan 2, 2013

    There’s no excuse not to check this series out. If you’re familiar with the story then you’re still sure to be amazed by the amount of detail the writing and art both have; if you love samurai stories then you’re probably already reading the series as I am and good for you. This is a fantastic series and it looks to only be getting better with each new issue. Since the first issue is sold out I would encourage you to buy it digitally or wait for the second printing that is scheduled to release the same day as the third issue on 1/30. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 10, 2013

    With their master now dead, and the man responsible unpunished, the story can begin in earnest as the 47 ronin will begin their own search for justice for the death of their fallen lord. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Jan 5, 2013

    The stage is set for one of the greatest examples of loyalty and revenge in recorded human history. I for one look forward to seeing where 47 Ronin goes from here. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Jan 7, 2013

    "47 Ronin" #2 is a worthwhile read, but I have to agree with fellow reviewer Greg McElhatton's observation about "47 Ronin" #1, that the writing (still) needs to catch up to the art. Read Full Review

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