Sunday, February 19, 2006

Stuff of Interest - May 2006 - Path of the Assassin v1

PATH OF THE ASSASSIN VOLUME 1 TPB
KAZUO KOIKE (Writer) and GOSEKI KOJIMA (Artist)

Path of the Assassin, called Hanzo no Mon in Japan, is the story of Hattori Hanzo, the fabled master ninja whose duty it was to protect Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ieyasu was the
shogun who would unite Japan into one great nation. But before he could do that, he had to grow up and learn how to love the ladies!
As the secret caretaker of such an influential future leader, not only does Hanzo use vast and varied ninja talents, but in living closely with Ieyasu, he forms a close friendship with the young shogun.
- Published in original Japanese format and unretouched which keeps the art intact.
- This is a fifteen-volume story starring the legendary ninja and Kill Bill reference Hattori Hanzo.
On sale June 28, Softcover, 320pg, b&w, 4" x 6", $9.95
MAR060017 Dark Horse


Wow, didn't know the LONE WOLF guys did yet another long series. What is that, something over 50 volumes of 300+ pages each? I know Koike wrote some other stuff, but did Kojima ever do anything that wasn't in the whole samurai genre? I'll have to try a volume or two of this at some point. I enjoy their work, but it does get a bit too repetitious to read 4000+ pages about the same character, much of it in swordfights. This one seems like it might have some character bits worth reading a few books.

Interesting that unlike LONE WOLF and SAMURAI EXECUTIONER Dark Horse isn't flipping this one left-to-right (I assume that's what they mean by "original Japanese format"). You'd think they'd want to keep it consistent within three closely related books.

"Kill Bill reference Hattori Hanzo", I don't know if I should be amused or sad...

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