Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 31
In this thrilling volume, the rabbit ronin teams up with—and faces off against—a multitude of unexpected characters: destitute bandits, a renegade kappa, and a komori ninja! Then, Inspector Ishida returns to investigate a ghastly painting known only as the Hell Screen! Collects Usagi Yojimbo issues #152–#158. Foreword by Cullen Bunn (Conan, Harrow County)!* Contains the three-part story arc “The Secret of the Hell Screen”!

Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 31 Details

TitleUsagi Yojimbo, Vol. 31
Author
FormatPaperback
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 11th, 2017
PublisherDark Horse Comics,U.S.
ISBN1506701876
ISBN-139781506701875
Number of pages208 pages
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels

Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 31 Review

  • Thomas
    July 21, 2017
    Every time I review an Usagi Yojimbo book, I say the same things: strong storytelling; bold artwork; vivid characters. The Hell Screen is no different, since Sakai is still a natural at all of those things. His established characters ring true and honest, and his newly-introduced ones, while less developed, are drawn well enough to serve their purpose in the stories.The theme of this volume seems to be rain, as the stories all take place during thunderstorms. The first two stories have an overla Every time I review an Usagi Yojimbo book, I say the same things: strong storytelling; bold artwork; vivid characters. The Hell Screen is no different, since Sakai is still a natural at all of those things. His established characters ring true and honest, and his newly-introduced ones, while less developed, are drawn well enough to serve their purpose in the stories.The theme of this volume seems to be rain, as the stories all take place during thunderstorms. The first two stories have an overlap I haven't seen in Sakai's stories before, where they diverge in the midpoint of the first one. The second story begins at that divergence, which felt odd (as near as I can recall, Sakai has never gone back in his timeline, though he's used flashbacks before), but it made sense once I understood what he was doing.I say this every time I review an Usagi Yojimbo book, but if you haven't yet read these books, you should. They have appeal for all readers of all ages, and the storytelling is so good that it's a shame not to experience it. You have a long way to go to catch up (this is volume 31!), but it's worth it.
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  • Brian
    July 8, 2017
    31 volumes in, and Usagi continues to impress. The most eye-catching aspect of this volume is the way Stan Sakai captures the storms of the rainy season. There are several full-page cloud scenes, and much of this book is dark and wet. Everything drips and thunders, and the stories match the art perfectly, and vice versa.
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  • Matthew
    July 28, 2017
    Stan Sakai is a living treasure. Every volume of Usagi Yojimbo is magnificent (and a five star read)!
  • Albert
    January 29, 2017
    I love Stan Sakai and Usagi Yojimbo. So it's not a surprise that I would like this volume. However, I was really impressed by Stan's drawing of nature in this volume. Opening story involved a flood and heavy rain --- Stan drew the hell out of that. Following stories involve lots of forests that were also drawn very well. I am very happy to still be surprised by Stan and his masterwork.
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