Samurai Executioner, Vol. 3: The Hell Stick (Samurai Executioner #3)
Readers of Lone Wolf & Cub came to know a samurai of such high honor that he was not only able to perform but enjoyed and, in fact, learned from basic daily tasks. Cutting wood, cooking food. That wasn't something a samurai did back in feudal Japan. These same human elements are apparent in Kubikiri Asa, the main character in Samurai Executioner. He's a man of the peop...more
All the stories were good, but I was hoping for more development of the over-arching plot. It was nice to learn more about Yamada's social and private life though, as well as his position in government.
Unfortunately, at this point I se ...more
Not as much epic sword action as Lone Wolf and Cub but the same extremly well reaserched Edo period Japan that tells many short stories about high born, low born peoples lives back then. Fascinating historical stories that are more literary than 99% of Samurai mangas.
This volume presents three faces of Asaemon's personality: his stoic yet kindhearted demeanor, a ...more
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 ...more