Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #1

Writer: Stan Sakai Artist: Stan Sakai Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: March 21, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 2
8.2Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

On his way to see Inspector Ishida, Usagi is confronted by Shogunate guards . . . a sign of the times. While unraveling a pair of murders in town later, Usagi and Ishida become wary as they find the corpses stripped of all identification-except for a talisman that leads to a startling discovery!
o Part one of seven-the perfect place to start!

  • 10 - Chase Magnett Mar 21, 2018

    It is an issue that perfectly captures what makes this series click and offers an excellent starting point for readers intimidated by the series' long history. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Mar 22, 2018

    If past precedent is anything to go by, Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #1 will not make the biggest splash, but it should. Stan Sakai is one of the true masters of the comics medium, and for his work to continue to fly under the radar is a crime. This book offers a complete comic experience and, unsurprisingly, is easily the best of this week's new releases. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 7, 2018

    An excellent entry point for Usagi's exploits that begins with a fantastic chase. Every aspect of this book is outstanding and you'd be hard pressed to find a series that is consistently this wonderful. Highest possible recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 31, 2018

    While most of the more recent Usagi Yojimbo stories have been shorter one-off tales, I'll be curious to see creator Stan Sakai dive a bit deeper into a single mystery. The discovery that one of the dead men is a Christian offers a different reasoning for the attack… although their is still that mysterious package. Just what did the street thief grab which marked him for death as well? Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Mar 26, 2018

    I can't tell you if this is a good introduction to the character, but I can tell you I enjoyed this enough to come back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopCultHQ - Joshua Winchester Mar 13, 2018

    Stan Sakai has been delighting people and fans around the world since first creating Usagi Yojimbo and his world in 1984. Once again, Stan brings readers back into Usagi's world, where more adventures awaits all who pick up a copy of this first issue and dive in.  Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek-O-Rama - David Mar 21, 2018

    This first story, on its own, is nothing particularly spectacular. But it does its job at setting up the next six issues. Freedom of religion is a hot topic these days, so it a bold move to tackle it here. In another writer's hand, this could go horribly, horribly, wrong. But again, Stan Sakai has never been one to shy away from a difficult topic, and I am left eagerly wondering Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Mar 26, 2018

    Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #1 poses an interesting start to this story, contextualizing the universe in terms of Christianitys spread throughout Asia thanks to mercantilism and exploration. The art has its issues, but there is enough fun and good to make up for the problems. This one gets a recommendation, though I wouldnt call it a must-buy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    TheAdventurer Mar 25, 2018

    A little disappointed this series has gone for a renumber (though the total series issue number appears to be preserved in the in-side front cover, so maybe it will resume after this series. Though I suspect it will take the BPRD route and become a series of mini-series from now on.) but the contents are the same wonderful melding of funny animals and the very serious world of feudal Japan. The topic of Christianity in Japan during this period is a very interesting one, and hearing Inspector Ishida and Usagi discuss it as outsiders was hilarious. Always glad to see more Usagi Yojimbo!

  • 8.0
    The 20-issue Ceiling May 16, 2018

    I mainly know Usagi as that other Mirage creation. For the first Usagi Yojimbo book I have read it was very easy to jump into and has really good artwork and a good pace.

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