Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden

Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 33: The Hidden (Usagi Yojimbo, #33)Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 33: The Hidden by Stan Sakai
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When a man is killed in the street by Shogunate agents, his mysterious parcel goes missing. Can Miyamoto Usagi help Inspector Ishida find the missing package?

Here we are, Dark Horse's last Usagi Yojimbo trade. After eight volumes of Saga plus Mysteries and Legends, Usagi is leaving for IDW. Knowing that, Stan Sakai pulled out all the stops for this volume.

Inspector Ishida has long been one of my favorite characters so this volume was a treat. Centering on Ishida rather than Usagi, this story was a long murder mystery. As always, Sakai's linework is superb, minimalist genius. The writing is as great as ever. Once again, Sakai weaves in a lesson of Japanese history, Kiristians, in this case.

After so many volumes, it's hard to come up with new ways to express how enjoyable I find this series. It's the best thing going today.

The Hidden is the final Dark Horse volume of Usagi Yojimbo and the rabbit ronin goes out with a bang! Five out of five stars.

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