Monday, May 20, 2024

Usagi Yojimbo: The Crow #2

We don't get all that much of Miyamoto Usagi in Usagi Yojimbo: The Crow #2 as the rabbit ronin is talked into waiting for Yukichi's return by Gen and Stray Dog who both believe the hotheaded young warrior will return after he cools off. That means the bulk of the issues stays with Yukichi who does realize his overreaction, but before he can return he is jumped by a number of a mercenaries after the bounty related to those he and Usagi ran into on their way to town. Although he fights them off for a bit, the interference by a local kid quickly ends the battle.

Mostly a setup to issue #3, we end with Yukichi a prisoner of the bounty hunters who want to use him to keep Usagi at bay while they find the bounty. Having not listened to his own growing concerns about the length of Yukichi's absence, Usagi is shocked at the end of the issue to find his cousin's broken sword returned to him as a warning (in a great panel). However, somehow I don't expect Usagi will calmly wait and see what happens much longer.

[Dark Horse, $4.99]

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