Monday, September 8, 2014

Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #2

In the second issue of the mini-series set 20 years into the future of Usagi Yojimbo, the pair of wary warring armies attempt to deal with the unexpected arrival of an alien spaceship crash landing in the middle of the battlefield. It's obvious from their actions, attacking both sides indiscriminately, that the squid-like aliens don't come in peace.

The invaders' hidden motives, technical superiority, and odd tripod constructed machines pay homage to H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds and we see Usagi's life has gotten no less complicated over the years as writer/artist Stan Sakai continues to tease us with hints of our hero's past and regrets regarding his son.

We still don't know what the aliens ultimately want, but Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #2 certainly sells them as a legitimate threat which only someone like our own rabbit ronin might be able to handle. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.99]

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