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Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol. 8: Chains of Death (Lone Wolf and Cub #8)

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The journey of vengeance in blood and honor continues. Under the itinerant thumb of Yagyu Retsudo, the Shogun's secret ninja warriors, the Kurokuwa clan, attempt to ensnare Ogami. Can the Lone Wolf break the chains? If so, there are many in line behind Yagyu waiting to challenge the masterful swordsman, such as a vengeful widow, numerous police, and the freezing cold of wi ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published May 8th 2001 by Dark Horse Manga (first published 1987)
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Jedi JC
Jan 23, 2016 Jedi JC rated it it was amazing
The Chains of Death gives readers a hefty dose of backstory on how Ogami Itto became the Kogi Kaishunin or the Shogun's Executioner. From this peek from history we also see Retsudo Yagyu's brilliance and cunning. His manipulative skills are off the charts. In the present, there's also action between Itto and the Kurokuwa clan, that although not as formidable as the Yagyus, they serve their purpose of getting killed (in style).

The duo Koike and Kojima has done a great job in telling the story! L
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Helmut
Mar 04, 2013 Helmut rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, japan
Grafik vs Plot

In keinem vorhergehenden Band von "Lone Wolf and Cub" wurde der Reiz dieser Serie mir so deutlich wie in diesem. Ich möchte dies an zwei Geschichten, "Chains of Death" und "The Infinite Path", illustrieren.

Während "Chains of Death" vom Plot her praktisch nichts enthält und eine simple "Last Man Standing"-Geschichte ist in der außer Kampf nichts passiert, ist sie visuell ungemein beeindruckend - der "Kinoeffekt" wird hier von Kojima bis zum letzten ausgereizt, und man fühlt sich wie
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Derek Koch
May 12, 2016 Derek Koch rated it really liked it
For the first time, we see the origin of the Yagyu vendetta against Ogami Itto. Yagyu Gunbei and Itto duel for the honor of serving as the Shogun's executioner, the Kogi Kaishakunin. This installment brings out the growing conflict between Lone Wolf and Cub and the establishment, including the Kurokawa clan.

Once again, excellent story-telling, beautiful artwork.
Jackie B. Forman
As our story progresses, Ogami and Daigoro are still being hunted. Despite the fact that Ogami is merely a ronin, many are after him after the urging of the Yagyu clan. In Volume 8, we finally get to understand the origin of the grudge between Ogami Itto and Retsudo Yagyu. Introduced to Yagyu more closely, the audience is privy to even more of his brilliance and cunning. He is obviously incredibly manipulative and willing to do whatever it takes to win. Even if that means not only destroying eve ...more
Ashley
Jul 22, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it
The stories are getting more and more epic as Ottami has to regularly face multiple opponents with his enemies getting desperate. In this volume we finally get more tantalizing insight into the machinations of the Yagyu. Also, Ogami receives his first cut from an opponent and Destiny's child saves his own life.
John Opalenik
Feb 22, 2014 John Opalenik rated it really liked it
Another volume that stands out. More of the same though. No reason this series needed 36 volumes.
Eric
Oct 18, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it
Koika is always telling a good story, moreso with the vusuals than the words.
Pedro
Apr 02, 2012 Pedro rated it it was amazing
WHOA! the first pages are okay, but with this volume the plot thickens, as you know more and more about the motives of yagyu and itto ogami.

the pages 157 and 232 are what makes this kind of story a great work: japanese ancient culture (that may shock sometimes) and war strategies and uncommon ways of life.

the last chapter is also great, with very interesting plot twists.
Alex Sarll
As this tale of vengeance and corruption in Edo-period Japan grows ever darker, it made for a bit of a jarring shift in tone after Wodehouse. And yet, both this and Leave it to Psmith have a preoccupation with hollyhocks.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol. 8: Chains of Death (Lone Wolf and Cub #8), Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima
James T
Feb 22, 2013 James T rated it it was amazing
8 down...20 to go. (this was one of the best yet...great "back story")
Michael
Dec 30, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Another great volume, with the inclusion of the Kurokuwa.
Marien Ortiz
Oct 26, 2011 Marien Ortiz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comix
OMG to be continued!!!
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Kazuo Koike (小池 一夫, Koike Kazuo) is a prolific Japanese manga writer, novelist and entrepreneur.

Early in Koike's career, he studied under Golgo 13 creator Takao Saito and served as a writer on the series.

Koike, along with artist Goseki Kojima, made the manga Kozure Okami (Lone Wolf and Cub), and Koike also contributed to the scripts for the 1970s film adaptations of the series, which starred famou
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