Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #1
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Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #1

Writer: Stan Sakai Artist: Stan Sakai Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: August 6, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13
7.6Critic Rating
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Twenty years in his future, Miyamoto Usagi fights as a general for Lord Noriyuki, against the treacherous Lord Hikiji. In the fury of the final battle, a metal rocket crashes to earth—and inside is an enemy that neither side could have ever imagined! Witness the final fates of your favorite Usagi characters, in this all-new samurai epic with a startling science fiction twist!

  • 10
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Aug 7, 2014

    Usagi Yojimbo has been consistently great for decades, but there hasn't been a standout story for some time now. That all changes, as we jump 20 years into the future, for a story of war, sacrifice, family great honor and" aliens? Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Tres Dean Aug 7, 2014

    Usagi Yojimbo is back with a vengeance this week. Seeing the return of a series as great as this is always special. Senso #1 is the beginning of a new Stan Sakai epic. Make sure to pick up the first issue so you can say you were there when it began. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Aug 5, 2014

    This is a severely middling first issue largely because it's focused on setting up the last page reveal. That said, the art is clean and strong as always and the basic storyline is just as clear. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 7, 2014

    It's a delight to see the return of "Usagi Yojimbo" back in the form of this mini-series. (The one good thing about the two-year break is that in theory it could take just one more collection for the books to finally catch up with the series. Hint, hint, Dark Horse's collections department. It sure would be nice.) There's enough here for new readers to enjoy if they've never experienced "Usagi Yojimbo" before. But for long-time fans, "Usagi Yojimbo: Senso" #1 brings a long-awaited sequence to the page, and that's extra reason to cheer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 11, 2014

    I'm not sure exactly where creator Stan Sakai is taking the character with the new six-issue mini-series, but I'm thrilled that my favorite fluffy samurai is back in action once more and look forward to see where this future tale may lead him. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Aug 6, 2014

    Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #1 features the same great artwork we all know Stan Sakai for, and an equally entertaining script that will delight anyone who has read Usagi Yojimbo before. He's taking this series in an interesting direction, and I look forward to issue #2 and some more Sakai magic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Aug 8, 2014

    This is going to be a roller coaster of a story. There will be plenty of action, intrigue and betrayal. But to be honest, I kinda feel sorry for the aliens. After all, they traveled all this way to earth only to have their asses handed to them by the Rabbit Ronin and his Uber Posse. It has to be, folks. I've followed Usagi Yojimbo too damn long not to know how it'll end. But I also know that of those people I mentioned above many of them will not survive to see that end. More tears will be shed than cheers. I can't wait. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Neil Rodriguez Aug 8, 2014

    Usagi Yojimbo – Senso is another solid book, from one of the best in the business. Each page in the comic is filled with tons of story and explanation. Also, the pacing in the book is good; not only are you getting a lot of explanation, but you are also getting tons of action. The book balances itself well with story and action that you don't feel bored with this book at any time. The art in the book is what you can expect from a Usagi Yojimbo book. Very consistent art that always reminds me of a mixture of cartoon style and half manga style that this book has offer every time and which is synominis to Sakai's iconic style. Overall Usagi Yoyimbo was another solid book from one of the business legends and another chapter into the Usagi series. Great story and great art that fans of this great character can expect. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Aug 5, 2014

    This was a fun comic to just spontaneously pick up and delve into. When going into a long running series the common thought is that you will feel lost and be immediately disinterested. However this is not the case with Usagi Yojimbo Senso. In fact after reading this issue it makes you immediately interested to go back and check out older volumes of the series. The smart part is that this is only the first issue and we haven't even seen how crazy this will get now that you add aliens to the mix. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Lanza Aug 6, 2014

    What did you think about this issue? Let me know in the comments or shoot me a Tweet (@lanzajr26) Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Aug 7, 2014

    As the series goes on and narrows down its focus to the alien invasion storyline, I feel it'll make some pretty entertaining comics. After all, Sakai's been putting this series out for thirty years and hasn't skipped too many beats and I doubt he'll fail to deliver on aWar of the Worldshomage with his favorite character. Honestly, I just feel cheated out of the " Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Aug 11, 2014

    Dark Horse promoted this book by hyping a science fiction twist to the story and boy, did they deliver! It was simple and extremely effective and that's all it needed to be because this new element is something that has never appeared is this world before. I can't wait to see how, not if, but how Sakai works outside of his wheelhouse while keeping everything fans love about this rich mythology intact. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Christine Manzione Aug 12, 2014

    While it gains points for being a suitable comic for all ages, that simplicity brings it down as well. The art didn't do it for me and the blurb at the beginning did not elaborate enough on backstory, so I was questioning names of who was fighting and who was on who's side. At only six issues you can't really expect a novel's worth of character development, but just a little bit more (I mean, why can't Usagi tell Jotaro he's his father? Is it because he's a bunny and she's a panda?). It would have been appreciated. Read Full Review

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