Friday, March 25, 2022

Usagi Yojimbo #27

On their travels, Miyamoto Usagi and Yukichi encounter a young woman, Shizuye, at a shrine in the woods. From an old man, the pair learn that the shrine is dedicated to another young woman, Midori, who met tragic end in the haunted woods at the hands of a merchant who eventually also ended the lives of himself and his family. After fending off three men hired to kill Shizuye, the ronin stick around to watch and make sure history doesn't repeat itself.

Although neither Usagi or Yukichi see any ghost discussed in the story (or at least don't realize that they do), "A Ghost Story" is appropriately tired as the merchant's jealous wife's attempts to kill the servant eventually lead her to an unexpected encounter in the woods putting an end to Shizuye's troubles for good.

[IDW, $3.99]

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