[The headline is a quote by the Hattori Hanzo character in Kill Bill Vol. 1 ]
This press release made me sooooo happy! Path of the Assassin will make for a seemless transition as my favorite book of the year, Samurai Executioner ends its run (which was an awesome follow-up to Lone Wolf & Cub). On top of that, it is about the real Hattori Hanzo (and by real, I mean based on the legends)?! Agh! I’m in heaven. Seriously. I love samurai stories. Samurai Executioner has been one of my favorite reads all year. I’ve read all of Christian’s Lone Wolf & Cub books, and now I’m slowly getting them all on my own. They kind of remind me of Louis Lamour westerns; well-sized for traveling and well-told stories.
Lone Wolf & Cub was 28 volumes. Samurai Executioner is 10 volumes. Path of the Assassin looks to be 15 volumes. Plus, Dark Horse is republishing Crying Freeman, about a modern day assassin, and bringing Lady Snowblood out (which I have somehow missed). All of these are written by the great Kazuo Koike.
I’m in heaven.
We were talking about how Samurai Executioner has been a solid seller for Krypton Comics. That seems to be all I’m interested in anymore: new reprints of old comics. There are a few new ones here and there I pick up, but mostly I’m into older work.
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