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  • You like X-men?  You like vampires?  You like Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz?  OF COURSE YOU DO!  Retorical questions aside, no this isn't some super important, universe altering, first...
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    • Taren

      Bill Sienkiewicz is my all time favorite artist. 

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    Usagi Yojimbo is my all time favorite comic.  Miyamoto Usagi is my all time favorite character and, naturally, Stan Sakai is my all time favorite creator.  Usagi spans 36 years and four publishers all of it written, ilustrated, inked and lettered by Stan Sakai.  An incredible feat virtually unheard of in the industry.  The result is a stunning, imaginative samurai epic without equal.  But that's enough gushing.  

    In 1992 Stan took a fun little detour with a three part Space Usagi mini-series.  The title character being a descendant of the Usagi from the main series.  He did this again a year later and again in 1996.  Both three issue mini-series making for a total of nine issues.  We didn't here from the future version of the samurai rabbit again until a brief mention many years later in the epilogue of Senso (2014).  Now, I would never speak ill Stan's work, nor could I, but something I've never truly understood is why there is so little Space Usagi.  Stan draws amazing spaceships, aliens, monsters, dinosaurs and all manner of future tech.  It was clearly an enjoyable experience working on the books as it comes through on the page.  There's never a dull moment visually or narratively.  There's an excerpt from 2004's The Art of Usagi Yojimbo in which Stan is quoted as really enjoying drawing dinosaurs and giant bugs.  So how about another little taste, Stan?  I appreciate that you're currently working on a new Usagi project (incidentally, I've heard Usagi Noir, fingers crossed) but maybe sometime in the not-too-distant future we could get some more of them awesome, turtle shaped spaceships and gnarly alien monsters.

    Abayo!

    • WithintheMECHanism
      An insanely underrated creator, who seems like he's finally getting recognized. What's absolutely crazy is how acessible Sakai has been over the entire span of his work. Yeah, probably a good idea to pick up the story at the begining of an arc, but other than that any randomly selected trade paperback will comfortably put you right in the action, and make you feel like you have everything you need to know right then and there. Compared to other decade-spanning single creator works, like Savage Dragon or Cerberus, which gradually become more esoteric the more back story they acrue (not hating, just mentioning as a comparison). It's almost like how Calvin and Hobbes delivered consitent creativity and always met your expectations, but on a much larger scale.
  • If you think the names H.R. Giger and Walter Simonson sound strange together, I would have agreed with you some years ago until I picked up this wonderful graphic novel in what might possibly have been the most 90s comic...
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    One of the best things about the Man-Thing character is, at once, one of the characters' biggest detriments.  At least for readers in the 70's which would be one of the reasons for the books early cancellation. ...
    • WithintheMECHanism
      Yeah, Ploog alone makes me wish I had more of these in my collection, which is currently pathetically Ploogless. I mean, I got a few odds and ends, but none of his best stuff, like this.
  • I'll be honest up front, this is less a review of this issue than it is an account of this title's origin.  Simply for the benifit of those unfamiliar with it.  I'd also rather not write an actual review...
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    • WithintheMECHanism
      Dammit. I didn't come here to learn things. I feel my ignorance is seriosuly in jeapordy now. Thanks a lot, dickweed.
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