samurai

Vagabond

Growing up in 17th century Sengoku era Japan, Shinmen Takezou is shunned by the local villagers as a devil child due to his wild and violent nature. Running away from home with a fellow boy at age 17, Takezou joins the Toyotomi army to fight the Tokugawa clan at the battle of Sekigahara. However, the Tokugawa win a crushing victory, leading to nearly three hundred years of Shogunate rule. Takezou and his friend manage to survive the battle, and afterwards swear to do great things with their lives.

Rurouni Kenshin

The story of Rurouni Kenshin takes place during the early Meiji period in Japan. It tells the story of a peaceful wanderer named Himura Kenshin, formerly known as the assassin Hitokiri Battōsai. After participating during the Bakumatsu war, Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan offering protection and aid to those in need as atonement for the murders he once committed as an assassin. When arriving in Tokyo, he meets a young woman named Kamiya Kaoru, who was in the middle of a fight with a murderer who claims to be the Hitokiri Battōsai from her swordmanship school.

Classic Usagi Yojimbo (2011)

  • Comic Title: Classic Usagi Yojimbo (2011)
  • Publisher: Dark Horse
  • Alternatives: N/A.
  • Author/Artist: Stan Sakai
  • Genres: action, anthropomorphic animals, martial arts, samurai
  • Publication Run: 2011
  • Status: completed
  • Synopsis: In November 1984, one of comics` greatest characters, the masterless samurai Miyamoto Usagi, made his debut in the funny-animals anthology Albedo. More than twenty-five years later and still going strong, Usagi Yojimbo is beloved the world over for Stan Sakai`s beautiful artwork and unparalleled storytelling. Now, Dark Horse is proud to make the entire Usagi Yojimbo epic available digitally for the first time, beginning with all of the rabbit ronin`s pre-Usagi Yojimbo #1 appearances! Classic Usagi Yojimbo #1 is the first of four short-story collections featuring Usagi`s earliest adventures and first meetings with key supporting characters. This issue includes the original Usagi Yojimbo story from Albedo #2; Lone Rabbit and Child, featuring Usagi`s first encounter with the formidable, beautiful Tomoe Ame and her lord, Noriyukias well as our first glimpse of the evil Lord Hikijifrom Albedo #3“#4; and The Confession, a tale of intrigue from Usagi Yojimbo Summer Special #1! This collection of essential stories is the best introduction available to Stan Sakai`s enduring masterpiece!

Usagi Yojimbo (1987)

  • Comic Title: Usagi Yojimbo (1987)
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Alternatives: N/A.
  • Author/Artist: Stan Sakai
  • Genres: action, anthropomorphic animals, martial arts, samurai
  • Publication Run: 1987
  • Status: completed
  • Synopsis: First printing. A duel puts Stan Sakais rabbit samurai in an introspective mood, and he recalls his early combat training with the lion-maned Sensei Katsuichi.

Usagi Yojimbo (1993)

  • Comic Title: Usagi Yojimbo (1993)
  • Publisher: Mirage Publishing
  • Alternatives: N/A.
  • Author/Artist: Stan Sakai
  • Genres: action, anthropomorphic animals, martial arts, samurai
  • Publication Run: 1993
  • Status: completed
  • Synopsis: Stan Sakai`s rabbit samurai makes the transition to full color and a new publisher in grand style, as Usagi joins forces with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the rhino ronin Gennosuke.

Samurai Jack

  • Comic Title: Samurai Jack
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing
  • Alternatives: N/A.
  • Author/Artist: Jim Zub, Genndy Tartakovsky
  • Genres: action, adventure, martial arts, samurai, sci-fi, supernatural
  • Publication Run: 2013
  • Status: completed
  • Synopsis: After the follow-up of episode 52, we find Jack crossing the desert to find a wise old hermit living in a cave. He seeks help on his unending quest to go back in time. The sage tells him that Aku learned his mastery of time travel through an ancient relic known as the Rope of Eons. He studied it, and absorbed its power before destroying it, so others couldn`t learn its secrets. However, if the strands are gathered, they can be reassembled to form a rope once again. With that Jack set off and crossed the desert to find a remote underground Colosseum where the first strand lies.