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Dark Horse Comics Releases For May 25, 2016
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Dark Horse Comics releases

Below you’ll find the solicitations information and cover artwork for all of Dark Horse Comics comic book titles that were released on May 25, 2016. There are quite a few goodies on the list. Lobster Johnson and Death Follows are my picks of the week!

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Comic Review: Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 29: Two Hundred Jizo
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Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 29
Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 29: Two Hundred Jizo
Written and Illustrated by Stan Sakai
Cover by Stan Sakai
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 10, 2015
Cover Price: $17.99

Once again I am in awe of Stan Sakai‘s brilliance in storytelling. Usagi Yojimbo: Two Hundred Jizo is another example of the amazing gift that Sakai has for adding new and exciting elements to his long running series, while remaining true to the heart of the titular character and his journey. In the 29th volume, the ronin rabbit continues his travels through Edo period Japan, and in what becomes a common thread throughout all of the collected stories, encounters lovers and creators of art and those who would do them harm.

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Animated Short: ‘Usagi Yojimbo: The Last Request’
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Usagi Yojimbo: The Last Request is a seven minute animated/stop-motion film featuring Stan Sakai‘s anthropomorphic wandering ronin rabbit. The short, created by Lintika Films, was presented to Sakai in hopes that Usagi‘s creator would offer Lintika Films the film rights. Well, their hard work paid off! Sakai gave his blessing and it would now seem that The Last Request is simply a precursor to something grander.

Usagi Yojimbo is arguably one of the greatest and most beloved comic book series of all time, eloquently examining many facets of human nature. It’s clear that Lintika Films has taken great care with Sakai’s material and truly wishes to make a quality product. Let’s hope that a feature film will soon come to fruition.

Check out Usagi Yojimbo: The Last Request below!

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Comic Review: Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 28: Red Scorpion
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Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 28: Red Scorpion
Written and Illustrated by Stan Sakai
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: July 2, 2014
Cover Price: $17.99

Usagi Yojimbo: Red Scorpion is the 28th and latest volume of Stan Sakai’s series about an anthropomorphic samurai rabbit in feudal Japan. The first installment since the summer of 2013, Red Scorpion is an epic treat that showcases the titular character’s compassion for the downtrodden and desire for justice.

The ronin known as Usagi Yojimbo roams the countryside with no particular destination in mind. Along his journey he meets a selfless drum maker who, in order to benefit the farmers in his town, makes a wish to the gods for rain. The man believes that if he creates a drum large enough, with the greatest sound, the gods will hear his cry and end the drought that has ravaged the land; however, the drummaker has a problem: the Red Scorpion Gang.

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Comic Review: 47 Ronin
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47 Ronin cover by Stan Sakai47 Ronin
Written by Mike Richardson
Art by Stan Saki
Color by Lovern Kindzierski
Letters by Tom Orzechowski and Lois Buhalis
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 5, 2014
Cover Price: $19.99

I’m sure that many of you are already aware of this, but the comic I am writing about today is based upon true events from the eighteenth century. 47 Ronin is more than just a great story, it’s a tale of honor, loyalty, and revenge. As I was not there for the actual events, I cannot attest to the accuracy. But this story has been called a national legend and it’s my pleasure to be able to introduce this comic adaptation to you.

I’ll be honest here, I am going to avoid the use of too many Japanese words as I am likely to inadvertently misspell a few of them. There are many different versions to this story but the main theme remains clear in all of them. And thanks to writer Mike Richardson, we all get to read it! Stan Sakai‘s artwork is distinctive and feels just right for this comic, simple yet refined. Between them, they have given us a wonderful graphic novel filled with action and intrigue.

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Dark Horse Comics’ ‘The Sakai Project’ To Benefit Stan Sakai
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Dark Horse Comics has long been the home of Stan Sakai’s classic series Usagi Yojimbo, but with Stan and his wife Sharon falling on a bit of hard times over the last few months, the publisher has made plans to give back to one of comic’s greatest creators.

Out on July 23, 2014, The Sakai Project brings together some of comics greatest creators to pay honor to Sakai. The line-up of creators is quite vast, but has to be seen to be believed.

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Comic Review: Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 27: A Town Called Hell
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Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 27: A Town Called HellUsagi Yojimbo, Vol. 27
A Town Called Hell
Created and Written by Stan Sakai
Illustrated by Stan Sakai
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: July 3, 2013
Cover Price: $16.99

I took a break from reading Usagi Yojimbo for some time, having other series that I wanted to focus on; however, I began to miss the superb swordplay of the samurai without a master. Recently I was able to cover the 27th and latest volume from Stan Sakai for Geeks of Doom, and I was quickly reminded of why Miyamoto Usagi is such a thrilling and brilliant character. Engrossed once again within the world of the wandering Ronin, Usagi Yojimbo: A Town Called Hell introduces new allies and reveals old enemies while producing what every other volume has equally been known for: fun yet thought-provoking material.

In “A Town Called Hell,” Usagi encounters a village ransacked by two warring gangs. The citizens have scattered, many leaving with all of their belongings strapped to their backs, as their homes aren’t even safe anymore. As Usagi immerses himself within the drama of both factions, he quickly learns that trusting power-hungry individuals will always come with a price; and as he continues on his wandering journey throughout other short stories in this collection, it would seem an impossibility to escape Hell.

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Comic Review: Rocketeer Adventures, Vol. 2
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Rocketeer Adventures, Vol. 2Rocketeer Adventures, Vol. 2
Written by Marc Guggenheim, Peter David, Stan Sakai, Tom Taylor, Paul Dini, Walter Simonson, Dave Lapham, Kyle Baker, Matt Wagner, Louise Simonson, David Mandel, John Byrne

Art by Sandy Plunkett, Bill Sienkiewicz, Stan Sakai, Colin Wilson, Bill Morrison, John Paul Leon, Chris Sprouse, Kyle Baker. Eric Canete, Walter Simonson, J. Bone, John Byrne
Inks by Karl Story, Bob Wiacek

Colors by Sandy Plunkett, Bill Sienkiewicz, Dave Stewart, Serban Cristescu, Jordie Bellaire, Eric Canete, Cassandra Poulson, J. Bone

Letters by Robbie Robbins, Bill Sienkiewicz, Stan Sakai, Colin Wilson, Chris Mowry, Shawn Lee. Kyle Baker, John Workman, Neil Uyetake

Cover by Darwyn Cooke
Design by Randall Dahlk
Edited by Scott Dunbier
IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 2013
Hardcover | Kindle

Somewhere, Dave Stevens is reading his copy of The Rocketeer Volume 2 and smiling, as you will be when you pick this book up. To say it brings honor and respect to the late Steven’s work would be an understatement. This is comic storytelling at its finest.

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Comic Preview: 6-Pages Of ’47 Ronin’ From Dark Horse
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Courtesy of the good folks over at Dark Horse, we have some preview pages for Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo) and Mike Richardson‘s (Cut, Caravan) comic adaptation of the greatest revenge story ever told—47 Ronin.

The legend of the 47 Ronin began in the 18th century as a group of samurai who were set on a course of revenge after their daimyo, Asano Naganori was forced to commit ritual suicide after attacking a man knows as Kira Yoshinaka. The tale has been popularized in Japanese culture as a shining example of loyalty, sacrifice, and honor.

With Sakai behind the helm, the comic will unquestionably be grounded in the classic realistic style that has made the comic creator’s work legendary. Check out the preview pages below and get ready for some cold entrees. You know, because revenge is best served… ah, never mind.

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Comic Review: Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 26
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Dark Horse Comics: Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 26Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 26: Traitors of The Earth
Created Written and Illustrated by Stan Sakai
Introduction by Walter Simonson
Editor Diana Schutz
Assistant Editor: Brendan Wright
Design & Digital Production: Cary Grazzini
Publisher: Mike Richardson
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 27, 2012
Cover Price: $16.99

Well, that’s it. Zombies have officially taken over. First that Walking Dead Stuff, then the Marvel Zombies. Before I knew it they were skulking about the bridge of the USS Enterprise and then that Blackest Night thing, but if they can make it all the way into the pages of Usagi Yojimbo then where else is there to go? Eightball?

Seriously, though, for better or for worse, in spite of the kick-ass cover, the living dead have not infected Stan Sakai‘s Talking-Animals/Feudal-Era-Japan, his samurai rabbit heroes’ morals do not get tested when he has to decide to hack off the head of a bitten loved one; in fact, it takes up a relatively small portion of this volume. As anyone who’s been following this book for years will tell you, anything goes here. Usagi Yojimbo Volume 26 has zombies, hidden fortresses, assassination plots, dudes getting stabbed to death, water spirits, former allys seeking vengece, and an evil wizard that reminded me of a Skeksie from the Dark Crystal. So, yeah, it’s not just ‘Usagi Fights The Zombies’ here. But, by the way, it is there. And it’s awesome.

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