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Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol. 1: The Assassin's Road

(Lone Wolf and Cub #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  6,641 ratings  ·  347 reviews
Shogunate executioner Ogami Itto is framed as a traitor by the agents from a rival clan. With his wife murdered and with an infant son to protect, Ogami chooses the path of the ronin, the masterless samurai. The Lone Wolf and Cub wander feudal Japan, Ogami's sword for hire, but all roads will lead them to a single destination: vengeance. ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published September 26th 2000 by Dark Horse Manga (first published August 2000)
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J.G. Keely
The role of comic books in America is in transition, and so comics hold a tenuous and unusual position in the American psyche. To some degree, they are still considered dirty and cheap, still artistically bankrupt, and there are good reasons for this. For a long time, the industry had its hands tied by the 'Comics Code', a punitive ratings system. One can realize the effects the code had by imagining what movies would be like if the government stated that all films released must attain a 'G' rat ...more
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, comics
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"Seminal" is not a word to throw around lightly, but there seems to be a consensus surrounding the influence of this manga series both at home in Japan and across the Pacific, where the likes of Frank Miller and Max Allan Collins cite it as a major influence on their artistic development. Having read the first album from Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima, I can atest now to the merit of their glowing praises. The story surpassed my expectations both in the epic scale of the narrative, in the gritty
Ahmad Sharabiani
Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol. 1: The Assassin's Road (Lone Wolf and Cub #1), Kazuo Koike
Lone Wolf and Cub (Japanese: 子連れ狼 Hepburn: Kozure Ōkami, lit. "Wolf taking along his child") is a manga created by writer Kazuo Koike and artist Goseki Kojima. First published in 1970, the story was adapted into six films starring Tomisaburo Wakayama, four plays, a television series starring Kinnosuke Yorozuya, and is widely recognized as an important and influential work.
This volume includes the following stories:
Sam Quixote
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Lone Wolf and Cub are a disgraced samurai and his infant son travelling through Edo-period Japan (sometime between 1603 and 1868) working as a sword-for-hire. He kills lots of people, some of them try to kill him and his boy and fail (that’s not a spoiler, there are several more books after this so of course he’s in no real danger), and that’s about it!

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this title and I enjoy samurai comics too so I was disappointed to discover it’s actually a pretty bori
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
A ground-breaking manga first published in Japan in 1970, Koike & Kojima’s “Lone Wolf & Cub” series follows the exploits of a laconic master assassin whose most defining characteristic, aside from his near unstoppable lethality and ingenious tactics, is probably the fact that he wanders Tokugawa- era Japan pushing a baby cart containing his three-year-old son Daigorō. As a result they are known throughout the country as Lone Wolf and Cub, a mysterious assassin ‘team’ who, for 500 ryu (gold piece ...more
Jon Nakapalau
The Assassin's Road is long - father and son must travel down it as Lone Wolf and Cub - epic manga that has influenced dozens of other works. ...more
Ill D
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Gentlemen and Scholars
Oh boy!

I finally got to read the ever famous Lone Wolf and Cub.

Produced in the relatively ancient era of the (19)70's this seminal work has had far reaching influence that well exceeds the boundaries of the comic book realm. As (relatively) faithfully reduplicated by Max Allen Collins in his (some-what)overrated Road to Perdition and more recently, the Dumb Hanks cinematographic rendition of such, Kazuo Koike's tale of revenge and blood and guts definitely holds up well over 40-some years later.
A lone samurai working as an executioner for the Shogun who, betrayed and framed for treason, is forced to earn a living as an errant assassin for hire with his baby in tow? Now that's an unique premise, and of course I was going to be caught like a fly in a honey pot.

The promotion blurb didn't lie, for once, and the storyline didn't disappoint. Following an episodic narrative structure that tells of Ogami Itto's assignments in relatively long vignettes, we come to learn of the man's peculiariti
May 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This series might look like non stop Samurai action,epic story but the strenght of the writing is how much the story shows less romantic,more realistic view on Samurai era,culture. The normal people that didnt thrive under the caste,honor system of the Samurai.

The most brilliant part of the work is though the stunning,cinematic artwork. 40 years old it still looks more beautiful,stronger than 100% of other japanese comics,other comics i have read.

There are maybe many classic important series l
Juho Pohjalainen
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's a bit wordy at times, but apart from that this classic more than deserves its formidable reputation. ...more
Tom Ewing
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
When Daigoro was little, his father was famous. He was the greatest samurai in the empire and he was the Shogun's decapitator. He cut off the heads of a hundred and thirty-one lords. It was a bad time for the empire. The Shogun just stayed inside his castle and he never came out. People said his brain was infected by devils. Daigoro's father would come home, he would forget about the killings. He wasn't scared of the Shogun, but the Shogun was scared of him. Maybe that was the problem. Then, one ...more
Jedi JC Daquis
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lone Wolf and Cub Volume 1 is a perfect example of how to start a great and epic story, commencing Ogami Itto's vengeful path against the Yagyu clan.

The first volume establishes the Lone Wolf as a masterful swordsman and a sword for hire assassin who is able to defeat and kill his targets in the most glorious and dramatic ways. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima are meant for each other in creating this masterpiece.

Lone Wolf's son Daigoro also proves to be a capable ally (in a cunning way) instead of
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One of my all time favorites. A story that embodies honor, sacrifice, family, loyalty, discipline, revenge, love, and violence. Epic in scope and unlike anything else I've ever read. Love it from beginning to end (all 28 volumes). A classic that should be included in the short list of the greatest graphic novels of all time. ...more
L. McCoy
So, I'm really into samurai stuff. I love old samurai movies, there's some samurai comics that I think are fantastic, I'm interested in samurai history and even have a samurai sword so when I saw this beloved classic samurai manga sitting at the library I had to read it. I don't know why people love it.

What's it about?
A samurai guy with a little baby goes around killing people.

The art is extremely well done.
The action scenes are pretty sweet. Always a fan of good samurai action.

The sto
First Second Books
It's like putting your head into a bathtub filled with film pulled off of reels of Kurasawa movies. ...more
Sep 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical fiction buffs, those interested in knighthood beyond the British Isles, romantics
Recommended to Angus by: Jeff Derose
Please, please, try the Lone Wolf and Cub series.

The art of "comic book" storytelling, while not exactly a lost art in the States, is nevertheless not something particularly prized here; comic book readers seem to be objects of scorn and ridicule to mainstream folk, lumped in with those who attend renaissance faires and Star Trek conventions as people perhaps not right in the head.

In Japan however, the reading of comic books, or manga, as the format is more properly called, is as common a practi
Arild Klokkervoll
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm only marking the first book in the series, but all 28 books and all the separate little stories are amazing little gems of Japanese perfection. The artwork is beautifull, and the historical and cultural portrayal of Japan's Edo-period is both fascinating and - apparently - very accurate. The main character is a Ronin assassin, a former royal executioner and top-ranked samurai gone on a long, honorbound vengence spree. He is as unstoppable as Conan the barbarian, but follows a strict bushi co ...more
Ming Wei
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book, great story line (no spoliers) one man and his kid wandering around Japan, great black and white graphics Very enjoyable book. 1st class.
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ircb-2019
A dishonored samurai and his son wander feudal Japan killing people.
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Andrew by:
The start of an amazing epic (and as much as that word is overused I think this is one of the only books I've read that is deserving of that title).

I've re-read this volume more than the others due to it being the first one, but I've yet to tire of the stories here. I love the serialization of stories style that Koike employs here. The plot moves along slowly as we enjoy a variety of exceptional short stories and learn more about our protagonist and the foreign, and ancient, world that he lives
James DeSantis
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
A classic but I wasn't in love. I didn't get attached to anyone. But some of the story structure was interesting, nice twist here or there, and the art remains great. ...more
My absolute fav Manga right now!
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: visual-novels
Just to set things straight, it's 4 stars, but I'm a sucker for samurai stories and feudal Japan. And now I have almost 30 volumes of greatness waiting

It's my first manga, and how lucky I was to start with such classic! I don't bother you with story as you can find it in annotation, but this volume consist short stories, which are connected and slowly tells the story and character of main protagonist. What I really liked, is that it showed not only bright side of the samurai, but also the other
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is very different from anything I've read before. It's full of history and traditional ways of the samurai.

A fantastic story, one I think I will pursue until the end.

I liked it so much I just bought all the omnibus editions :)
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, comics
A legendary manga, later adapted to film, this is a great action read, if a bit flawed.
The art is fantastic, veering from almost impressionistic to realistic, generally residing in the trad-manga comfort zone. The writing is good, too, but the book is very episodic and a bit repetitive. Up until the final chapter, all motivation and long-term story are absent. This can leave some readers dissatisfied, but what is here is good. Will continue this series.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Lone Wolf and Cub travel around Japan kicking ass, staying one step ahead of their enemies, and occasionally philosophizing. Add in the awesome artwork and it's easy to see why this is such a beloved classic.
Victor The Reader
This samurai manga has a unique premise and bring something so riveting and intense. Taking place during feudal Japan, we follow a traveling ronin (samurai with no lord or master) and his toddler child in a carriage who meet many unfriendly and dangerous types of people who are no match for him. While there’s not much depth about the main duo or what the main story is about, the manga’s presentation is so captivating and action packed while having little dialogue at time. Still, an interesting t ...more
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
The first volume of the famous "Lone Wolf and Cub" series. Due to it's popularity, the series would soon spread to other forms of media, such as live action TV shows and movies, to become equal to Zatoichi in it's popularity of the lone samurai assassin theme. It was with this expectation that I started reading this volume. The book is broken into multiple chapters, each being an individual short story describing the adventures of father and son. However, no matter how much I tried, I could not ...more
Michael Kitchin
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Lone Wolf and Cub centers around Ogami Ittō, a Shogun's executioner during the Tokugawa Shogunate. Betrayed, most of his family murdered, he wanders 17th century Japan in a saga of justice and revenge spanning 28 volumes and 7,000 pages, all with a 3yr-old son (absolutely a chip off the old block) in tow. This tale isn't blessed with numerous, regular characters or multilayered plots, but its story arcs are strong and satisfying with an unequaled sense of place/time. Relationships (including tha ...more
Leonard O'Grady
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you want a masterclass in the power of sequential art, you could do no better the study the art of Kazuo Koike and his opus, Lone Wolf and Cub. The story and depth of the story is excellent, but it's in the sheer visceral power of the comic art in terms of pacing, structure and storytelling that this series shines. You've never seen a story express tense pensiveness through watching rain sweep through a courtyard in silence until you've read Lone Wolf and Cub. Magnificent. ...more
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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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