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Ronin (Ronin Complete)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  3,848 ratings  ·  171 reviews
Frank Miller wrote and illustrated this tale of a silent, unstoppable warrior from 13th-century Japan who is reborn into 21st-century New York City to do battle with his ancient demonic enemy.
Paperback, 302 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by DC Comics (first published 1983)
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This, my first time reading Frank Miller, is perhaps colored overmuch by the man's recent notoriety. Many of my favorite writers have revealed themselves as nutcases only after I had enjoyed their works (Orson Scott Card, Dan Simmons, and Larry Niven among them). But with Miller's new Holy Terror removing the ambiguity of 300's xenophobia, perhaps I'm unfairly turning my nose up at material my adolescent self would dig (Why I didn't click with this when I loved the first few volumes of Preacher ...more
Read as part of a bossy book challenge on a group on here. This had always been on my mental "to read" list, but not terribly high up - kind of a "one day / someday" sort of thing. Full disclosure - this is the third book by Frank Miller I've read after Batman: Year One (which I think is brilliant) and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (which I think is good but a little overrated).

So, Ronin.

This is actually a review in two parts:

As a contemporary reader
This isn't that great. The premise and plot
Feb 27, 2011 Doug rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
Just ok... I don't understand how some reviews are just dying over the art work. It looked as if a 12 year old drew it. Seriously. There were some decent scenes but that's about it. To compare this work to Sin City or DKR is just ludicrous. I hear they are making a movie of it which should be pretty cool. Just don't read this thinking you're gonna be nail biting it every page like Sin City or staring at amazing art like in DKR. Just good. Sketchy storyline.
This was absolutely fantastic, a mindbending, ecelectic mix of a Lone Wolf and Cub style Samurai epic, thrown in with a little bit of 2001: A Space Odyssey, with a pinch of demonic horror, just for good measure. All wrapped up in Frank Miller's first original outing, a story for which I find incredibly hard to believe I went this long without hearing any praise.

It follows a dishonored, masterless, 13th century Japanese warrior, a Ronin, who has failed his master in battle, leaving the Ronin to w
Dave Maddock
The first Frank Miller book I've read. The fact that it happens to be early Miller wasn't intentional. I enjoyed the writing, but didn't love the art. The "bubbly" design and sickly coloring used for the bio-circuitry future was god-awful. The regular two-page spreads showing the growth of the Aquarius complex worked conceptually, but again the art wasn't great. Multi-page spreads need to be worth the extra real estate and these weren't; they were scribbly and ugly, but not in an intentionally g ...more
I am not used to read graphic novels. "Ronin" of Frank Miller is the first american graphic novel/comic that I read.

I found it awful. I did not like the story, it did not make any sense. Also, I did not like the graphics.

This graphic novel was suppose to be written/drawn in the spirit of cyberpunk esthetic. However, in my opinion, this book fail to fulfill this goal.

My rating 1/5.
Jul 07, 2007 matt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of creativity
Shelves: comic-books
This is a very fun story, well-written and engaging -- but what really blew me away was the artwork. When drawing images of an imaginary future, people tend to pull from sterotypes in design, but Miller has created a new visual world, unlike any other. His interpretation of what a bio-mechanical city would look like is unique -- but also, simply the way he is using pen and ink to make the images on the pages is exhilarating.
Mar 02, 2008 Jake rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
A classic, often eclipsed by Frank Miller's more prominent work. First one of his books I ever read, before I was old enough to know who he was. Incredible artwork and an amazing story that is begging for the big screen treatment, like Kurosawa-meets-Blade Runner!
Matt Mongiello
Fluctuates between dull and disjointed. More important and visionary than it is enjoyable. The artwork is ugly, which sometimes works in setting the mood for distopic fiction, but here it hides any clear vision of city/world. The problem is particularly bad in the depictions of biocircuitry. In seeking a surprise/twist reveal, Miller hides too much and leaves the ending unclear. Reality and fantasy are layered to the point where the resolution of the Billy/Ronin dynamic is confusing. Peter's exp ...more
Art wise not near the high levels of his seen in Sin City,The Dark Knight Returns,Daredevil,300.
Cassidy  Charles
"Our lives are as fragile and as brief as a cherry blossom's. And as fragrant."
Angus Stirling
Scattered, unpolished cyberpunk story about a samurai and a demon transported to the future. Created, written and drawn by a pre-crazy(?) Frank Miller, it forged a new direction for comics in the 80s, became the template for the phenomenal Samurai Jack series, and hugely influenced the first few years of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics in terms of style and theme, (as well as TMNT's early narrative left turn into interplanetary cyberpunk). This comic broke new ground, but does not hold u ...more
Zack! Empire
I think I purchased this book either late in junior high or early in high school, but haven’t actually gotten around to reading it till now. I’m not sure why I waited so long to read it. I certainly remember flipping through the book a number of times; I even started and stopped reading it a number of times. I guess after 10 years of it sitting on a shelf I thought I should finally read it.
The best thing I like about this book is that it’s nearly impossible to sum it up with just one sentence.
This was an amazing book. Even though i thought it was very confusing the pictures told the story for me. Ronin was a the main character that was played in the story. He is looking for revenge for his master. His master was killed by a Demon. This story was very adventurous, a lot of blood and killing. The story itself is traveling back and forth and being told in 2 places. One in the fantasy world and another in the real world. i was confuse if the settle for the real world was high tech or not ...more
Jacob Ethington
Frank Miller is not a name that carries the connotation it used to hold. Once considered one of the greats of the comic world, his work had plummeted into what can only be described as the depths of hell (his last graphic novel "Holy Terror" can only be described as a work so awful its existence has damaged the entire medium of comics). But early in his career, when he still had artistic merit, he created "Ronin." This graphic novel is... Bizarre to say the least (it was the prime inspiration fo ...more

This is an often overlooked classic. It's difficult to emphasize how radical this book was when it appeared. Well before Miller did the Dark Knight returns, he realized, here, most of his well-known tropes---from the apocalyptic Nazi dominatrix to the CHUD to the samurai to the hero who is haunted by his past, to the point of incapacitation---and then driven to act by the evil in the world. If you read this after reading his other work, it's like a Rosetta stone to everything he made afterward.
Dave Johnson
okay, so, i liked it.

i have to say that i dont think everyone would like this, though. it is almost a strange mix, blending samurai with sci-fi, but i thought it was entertaining enough. the art was pretty good--not miller's best, but still pretty good. obviously, he took a lot of influences from japanese manga in this, and you could tell that because DC was looking over his shoulder, her couldnt draw everything he wanted. and i think you know what i mean if you've seen any of his other stuff. i

I am uncertain about my feelings for this book. I enjoyed it, and I didn't enjoy it. I suppose that would be what's called conflicted. I usually judge my enjoyment of books by how quickly I burn through them coupled with how easily or often I fall asleep reading something. This book is only 304 pages and I read it over the course of about 5 days. Too long, in my mind, so I started to wonder why.
The ideas I liked: the severely deranged and developmentally challenged telepathic/kinetic man fascina

Aditya Mallya
When I started reading 'Ronin', I was already aware of the enormous esteem it was viewed with in the comic book industry. With lofty expectations thus set, the initial part of this book was disappointing - I found the writing a tad middlebrow, teeming with clumsy exposition and cliches like laughably solemn 'oriental man of mystery' dialogue ("Many battles have I won..."). Then I found out that Frank Miller wrote and illustrated the series (which would later be consolidated into this graphic nov ...more
Mars Weston
This was a very cool graphic novel. It focuses on a samurai from feudal Japan who is out to avenge his master who was killed by the evil demon Agat. Sound pretty cool so far? The samurai (now a Ronin- samurai without master) is cursed together with Agat and their souls are trapped inside a sword until they are released- in sleazy, run-down 21st century New York! Yes. Sounds like a plot to an awesome 80's sci-fi movie. In some ways this reads just like one, just in comic book form. There's also s ...more
I really wanted to like this, since I do enjoy most of Frank Miller's other work, but in the end, it just quite did not work for me. The premise of a feudal samurai transported to the future to confront his nemesis was an awesome one. The future dystopic setting was pretty good as well I thought, and the way the spirit of the ronin samurai taking over the limbless test subject was pretty good too. However, a lot of the plot is a pretty disjointed mess, and the art at times is extremely cluttered ...more
This is an overlooked classic. It's difficult to emphasize how radical this book was when it appeared. Well before Miller did the Dark Knight returns, he realized, here, most of his well-known tropes---from the apocalyptic Nazi dominatrix to the CHUD to the samurai to the hero who is haunted by his past, to the point of incapacitation---and then driven to act by the evil in the world. If you read this after reading his other work, it's like a Rosetta stone to everything he made afterward.

Aug 19, 2011 Rajesh.amigos rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Graphic Novel Fans, Frank Miller Fans
Shelves: graphic-novels
I dont really know how to rate this book; but since it is such a great book I will give it a try :)

First of all, the reason why I dont rate this book as a must read; after reading it I felt cheated.

Ronin is not really a book the cover, name or even the reviews suggest. It has ALMOST nothing to do with Samurai, or to be precise Ronin.

To give it it's due credit; this is a fiendishly clever but twisted piece of Science Fiction.

It is not an easy book to read, but once you get the hang of it, one jus
Seperti kebanyakan karya Frank Miller yang lain, graphic novel ini gelap dan sangat sinis. Di akhir cerita, ada sebuah twist yang cukup menarik, sehingga mengubah konsep dasar dari cerita ini. Kabarnya, film animasi Samurai Jack banyak terinspirasi dari graphic novel ini... pantas saja kemiripannya banyak terlihat.

Konsep biocircuitry sangat menarik. Di sebuah masa depan khayalan, Amerika sudah hancur dan satu-satunya tempat berlindung yang aman adalah di Aquarius. Sebuah benteng yang dibangun se
Bryce Wilson
Eh. Unlike Blue Monday I do know that I'm the target audience for a story about a Samurai warrior sent to a dystopian future to fight a demon written by Frank Miller but this didn't quite work for me, I liked it but I wanted to love it.

I'm a big Frank Miller Fan, I'm the kind of guy who can't wait to buy All Star Batman And Robin the two times a year it comes out (It's HILARIOUS, like John Waters wrote a comic book, c'mon!) and his art here is fantastically rough and dynamic. And I still say Fra
Bob Parks
I will freely admit that I love the Absolute editions DC creates of their works. When I was 6 or 7, I remember getting an oversized -- GIANT was the words on the cover if I recall correctly -- of JSA Allstar comics. It' was the same size as the DC/Marvel team ups of the 70's. It was perfect for laying down on the floor and pouring over each frame. At the time, my reading skills weren't that good, but I remember the pictures. That's what the Absolute editions mean to me -- they make me feel like ...more
Saadiq Wolford
When reading Ronin, it's important to remember that it was published 30 years ago, a full year before Gibson's seminal Neuromancer and years more before cyberpunk reached mainstream cultural consciousness. With that in mind, it really was ahead of it's time in its presentation and the incorporation of Asian elements into a science fiction motif.

While I've only given it two stars, both are for it's outstanding artwork: the color palette and textures are gorgeous, and Miller has a flair for the ci
Daryl Nash
As I started to re-read this after some twenty-mumble years, I wasn't sure that it could stand up to Miller's later work, or to comparison with comics that have come since, but it turns out to be really good after all. The artwork is very unrefined, nothing like the smooth lines of Sin City, but many of his later hallmarks are here in their infancy--in fact, much of the techniques that would come to dominate mainstream comics are here--the splashpages and rapidfire movie-like editing without cap ...more
Did this comic inspire Samurai Jack? They're both about samurai and a demon hurled into a cyberpunk future. But Frank Miller's art spirals into surrealism and abstraction, and the story gets more disjointed and weird as it goes on. I dig it, even though it does have Miller's weird racism.
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Frank Miller is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. He is one of the most widely-recognized and popular creators in comics, and is one of the most influential comics creators of his generation. His most notable works include Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Year One and 300.

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