Challenge 2: Day 135: Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #2 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #2 (2018)
Stan Sakai– Artist
Stan Sakai– Writer
April 18, 2018
Dark Horse Comics

usagiOne of my favorite comic books out there right now would definitely be Usagi Yojimbo, a rabbit that happens to be a ronin (a samurai with no master). Two months ago, they decided to do a miniseries entitled The Hidden and we have issue two for you guys that was once again written and illustrated by the great Stan Sakai. In the first issue of The Hidden, a couple of riders storm in to town because they have something that certain people want. They get chased into the town by four riders and they are ultimately killed, but the riders can not find what they are looking for. So, they leave the bodies and strip them of their ID’s in hopes that it leaves no traces. That morning Usagi Yojimbo and Inspector Ishida are the first ones on the scene and while investigating Usagi discovers an item on one of the bodies that has religious meaning to it. In this issue, Usagi and Inspector Ishida go and interview some of the guardsmen and they discover that something fishy is going on that could be part of a big time cover up especially seeing as no one has answers. For more information on the series and anything else Dark Horse related, you can do so by clicking here.

3002959p1I definitely enjoy the fact that Stan Sakai is incorporating some historical sense into the comic especially dealing with the times when Christianity was trying to take over the world. With that being said, I love the mystery aspect of the writing that Sakai is incorporating because it feels like a great Martial Arts film. They were able to get information from one person, but no one else seems to want to help them out because it could have huge implications. It’s definitely making the story enjoyable and I have always enjoyed Sakai’s writing ability, it’s what makes this comic great. I have always said that if you are not into the plain black and white drawing that Sakai does then you should not pick this up. That is a big part of the mystique of this comic book and I love it. I was kind of hesitant about it until I realized that is what made it great in the first place. So, I definitely enjoy it and it does help if you are into all of this kind of material I described above. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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