Challenge 2: Day 149: Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #3 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #3 (2018)
Stan Sakai– Artist
Stan Sakai– Writer
May 16, 2018
Dark Horse Comics

3002960It’s the day before new comic book day and I figured that we would play catch up on some comics that I have in the waiting to read bin. One of tthose is the new Usagi Yojimbo story The Hidden and we have issue three, but let’s do a little catch up first. One night, a couple of men were on the run from some Samurai because they had “stolen” something that belonged to them. Once they entered the city, they were shot dead by arrows that the Samurai had shot in the worst section of town. They couldn’t find what they were looking for so they stripped the two men of their identities and took off. Inspector Ishida and everyone’s favorite Ronin Usagi Yojimbo are on the case, but it’s a tricky one because no one is talking. After intergorating one person, they end up find out that the two were Kirshtains (Christians I believe) and after a failed lead, they believe that this could be apart of a bigger issue. In this issue, they meet a strange individual that leads them on a journey to get to the bottom of the problem at hand which also leads them closer to figuring out what is going on. One new question is definitely raised and it’s what is this strange individual really up to?

00000000I said it in the last article and I’ll say it again, 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 and with that being said we can now move forward. The story just keeps getting better and better with every issue as we dive deep in this mystery. It’s kind of like a Black Rain type story where we have a murder that occurs and theirs the inspector who is working with an outside source to try and solve the case. The only problem is that the deeper they get into this case, the more they are discovering that there’s a bigger picture to paint. How can you not want to read a story like this complete with all your shady characters to boot as well. The fact that Sakai can still come up with new and refreshing stories after all these years is a testament to his brilliance as a writer. Check  it out now before it’s too late and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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