Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Usagi Yojimbo #14

"The Return" concludes with Miyamoto Usagi and Kenichi fighting off a horde of misguided former Mifune supporters hoping to damage the honor of Lord Hikiji with an attack on the shogun’s agent. Usagi Yojimbo #14 offers a couple of more surprise guest-appearances as Mariko arrives with the help of her son Jotaro and Usagi's old master Katsuichi.

There's plenty of action in this final issue as the warriors hold off the assassination. However, discovery of the plot by Mifune supporters does Usagi no favors as he is forced to leave his home once more. Before exiting, however, he does get to spend a little time with the son no one knows is his and his former sensei, offering some joy to a trip home that was scarred in violence and death. And now, once again, the rabbit ronin's travels continue.

One note, this is Tom Luth's final issue of colorist as the artist is retiring. He has colored many panels and covers of Usagi Yojimbo in the past along with issues of Groo the Wanderer. The issue contains a well-deserved thank you to Luth from writer and artist Stan Sakai.

[IDW, $3.99]

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