As many of you know, I love my comics. And recently I have just been reading and reading, without sharing my thoughts on some fantastic releases. One that I had recently finished a little while back was the epic tale of the 47 Ronin. As many of you are aware, or may not be, they are actually forming this into a movie starring Keanu Reeves, which I do look forward to seeing, mainly because I enjoyed The Man of Tai Chi, but I digress. The story of these brave 47 Ronin is one of the most legendary tales in Japanese history. If you would like to read up on the legend here is a nice link; 47 Ronin History Lesson
The 47 Ronin is a legendary tale set back many ages about a band of 47 samurai that go on a vengeance mission to regain the honor of their fallen master by a ruthless Shogun. Lord Asano is accused of pulling his sword on his teacher Kiro, which was forbidden in the house of the Shogun. Kiro was only slightly injured, but his hatred and personal vendetta lead to the trial and eventual execution of Lord Asano. The fact that Kira was not punished for his actions enraged the Castle of Asano. The Asano family, now without a Lord, were cast into the title of being Ronin, or without a master. Samurai with this title were by tradition supposed to commit sepuku to honor their fallen master or be seen as shameless and without honor. This band of 47 retainers, lead by Oishi, Asanos’ second in command, schemed a plot to avenge their master or die trying (50cent voice). By doing so, this would bring great honor back to the house of Asano and therefore make his death honorable. Oishi mentioned to his retainers that in by doing this, all must commit an honorable death by seppuku after the task was done, being that this type of action would be seen by the Shogun as a death sentence. This 5 part story was just phenomenal. The story of course being as ancient as it was, was conveyed nicely throughout the short series. The drawings, yet not detailed, gave one a visual of the ancient times. As stated before, this is being made into a movie. Usually I am always skeptical of taking historic events like this of a different culture and turning them into a Hollywood movie, but I think I have faith in Keanu to possibly pull this one out. Granted it'll never do justice to the act of the events, which has many different versions to it (see link above). Overall, Dark Horse comes through with another great release, per usual. This story kicked ass throughout and gave a great visual perspective into this history event. A must read!!