Usagi Yojimbo #1

Writer: Stan Sakai Artist: Stan Sakai Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: June 19, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 9
8.2Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

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Follow the adventures of rabbit r?nin Miyamoto Usagi as he wanders Edo period Japan on his warrior's journey. In the start of this three-part story, Usagi becomes embroiled in a puppet drama where the players are not quite what they seem! Written, drawn, and lettered by comics legend Stan Sakai! Colors by Tom Luth (Groo the Wanderer)!

The start of an exciting new chapter in the epic ongoing saga of Usagi, now published by IDW!
Exciting retail incentive variants are offered for the serialized Usagi Yojimbo series for the first time!  
This series will be in all color!

  • 9.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manuel Gomez Jun 18, 2019

    If you love comics, you owe it to yourself to check out Usagi Yojimbo #1 from IDW. This is a classic property being given a fantastic new launch. Having a monthly Usagi book is a gift, so take advantage and follow the rabbit! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 20, 2019

    Usagi restarts its numbering and maintains its outstanding storytelling and visuals. This is the perfect issue to jump in on if you haven't read this character's exploits. Plus, having it be a mystery that's not fully explained to the reader is a solid way to guarantee returning readers. And having the book in color is a treat for those who've been long time followers. This is a book that should be on everyone's pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Jun 24, 2019

    Usagi Yojimbo #1 functions as a piece of art as well as a commentary on art and storytelling as Sakai's own storytelling operates on multiple levels. And instead of getting too lost or involved in anyone of those levels, Sakai tells a fun story about the dangers that haunt feudal Japan that only its samurais can defeat. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Jun 20, 2019

    With an intriguing support cast and masterful sequential action, "Usagi Yojimbo" #1 continues to be one of the greats. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Jun 19, 2019

    Stan Sakai and Usagi Yojimbo return in an epic battle against evil. The issue has swordplay and demon quelling in abundance and is thoroughly action-packed. A bunny with a sword is almost too awesome for words. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Jun 18, 2019

    If you enjoy Usagi Yojimbothen you don't need me to convince you to pick up this issue. If you have never tried out this series then Usagi Yojimbo #1 is as good as a jumping-on point as you can get for such a long-running series. Stan Sakai's renowned work continues to shine and it is worth your time and money. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 19, 2019

    I've never read Usagi Yojimbo but this debut issue has me understanding what the hype and love is all about. I'm not sure it's enough to get me to want to go back and see what I've been missing. But, it's more than enough to get me excited to read what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Jun 19, 2019

    For those who are unfamiliar with Usagi Yojimbo, this presents yet another opportunity to experience one of comics' absolute best long-running sagas. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Adam Brown Jun 18, 2019

    Although a very established franchise, evident from the references to previous books, this never feels like it holds any barriers for newcomers. It places the reader in a convincing world, anthropomorphism notwithstanding, and even if you dont care about the underlying themes, its a great read working on a number of layers. If this is the standard going forward, consider me a convert. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Jun 20, 2019

    Usagi Yojimbo #1 is a perfect relaunch for the long-running series. It is inviting to new readers but continues to move the narrative forward from the Dark Horse series. The future looks bright for the rabbit ronin. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 26, 2019

    After a bit of a hiatus, I'm happy to see the rabbit ronin's escapades continue and can't wait to see what trouble Sasuke and Usagi may get themselves into. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Jun 19, 2019

    A solid, expressive issue with great story telling and technique. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Jun 19, 2019

    While Usagi Yojimbo #1 did not impress upon me as a whole I can certainly see where it has lots of potential. The creative team is certainly committed to its setting, and have begun laying down the foundation for future stories that could bring more life into the series. Read Full Review

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