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Cimarronin: A Samurai in New Spain #1

(The Foreworld Saga)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A disgraced outcast samurai living in early seventeenth-century Spain, Kitazume is contemplating ritual suicide when a divine force (of a sort) intervenes: Luis, a mischievous Jesuit priest and Kitazume’s longtime friend. At Luis’s insistence, the samurai agrees to help smuggle a Manchu princess to Mexico. But little does he know that he’s really been dragged into an epic ...more
Kindle Edition, 26 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Jet City Comics
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Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
One word for this volume: WOW!
I never read Foreworld Saga before, and I admit I checked this graphic novel for the cover art.

The art is detail and realistic enough but not too gory. The setting is so exotic: a Japanese ronin, a (devious) Jesuit priest, Spaniards, and Manchurians! the first pages are successfully gripped my attention.

wish the next volumes are as good as the this first one.
Bernie Gourley
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: martial-arts
Cimarronin opens in Manila in 1632 with a masterless samurai (i.e. a ronin, hence the latter part of the name) about to commit ritual suicide. The ronin, Kitazume, is interrupted by a Catholic priest who Kitazume knows and who—it’s hinted—has the kind of nefarious past that one has trouble reconciling with the priesthood. The priest offers Kitazume a mission.

The opening hooks one. It raises several questions that the reader will want answered: Why is a Japanese samurai hanging out in the Philip
Andrew Shinn
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful graphic novel! Historically well researched, and a fun read! I hope there are many more!
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: action, miscellaneous
I bought this out of curiosity. I am not generally a reader of graphic novels, Manga, etc., but I was intrigued to see Neal Stephenson's name on the story. Overall the story was good, but not exceptional with bringing a ronin to New Spain and also coming along is a Chinese princess. There is a pretty good backstory of renegade slaves and the politics of the time in Spain, Japan and China. Perhaps I under rate the book because I am less appreciative of the media form.
Luis Joel
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Una historia de detectives con peleas entre Chinos Japoneses, Españoles y Aztecas. Sí.
Un samurai en la nueva España. Sí.
Katanas contra sables. Sí.
Una princesa guerrera en peligro. Oh Dios mío sí!
Muy divertido y muy bien dibujado.
La historia tiene tantas cosas geniales que es casi imposible quejarse de lo poco realista que es.
Mark Frederick
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fun read!

The attention to detail and the story flow make this series great. The history is well-researched as are the combat situations.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Ugggghhhhh I wanted this to be sooo much better than it actually was. I mean, Neal Stephenson! But alas, this did not hit me. :(
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Fun historical fiction...

...still, the Ronin literature is hard to break into without a truly compelling plot line. This is only slightly interesting.
Dan Chastney
Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Intriguing, not yet compelling.
Lance Willett
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Fun graphic novel and fanciful story, but wouldn't have read it — even from library — if it weren't for Neal Stephenson listed as an author. Bonus point for the puntastic title.
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Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem, and the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World), as well as Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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