’47 Ronin’ #1 Kicks Off A Comic Adaptation Of Historical Proportions [Preview]
Dark Horse Comics has released a new batch of pages from Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai’s 47 Ronin #1, the first installment of the team’s comic book adaptation of the historical Japanese story that follows a group of former samurai as they carry out revenge against an Edo official responsible for the suicide of their lord and, in turn, commit seppuku themselves. Initially announced back in April, the comic is the first time DH President Richardson has collaborated on something of this scale with Sakai, who is well known for his long-running Usagi Yojimbo samurai series. Adding even further authenticity to the project is Lone Wolf and Cub writer Kazuo Koike, who is serving as an editorial consultant on the limited series. You can check out six pages from 47 Ronin #1, which arrives in stores November 7, after the cut.From Dark Horse’s official solicitation info:
Among the best-known tales in Japanese history, the legend of the 47 Ronin and their epic mission to avenge their disgraced master epitomizes the samurai code of honor. It has been said, “To know the story of the 47 Ronin is to know Japan.” Retold through the ages, the legend at last comes to comics in a meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated miniseries from Mike Richardson, Stan Sakai, and editorial consultant Kazuo Koike! Recounting this sweeping tale of honor and violence in all its grandeur, chapter one details the tragic incident that would seal the fate of Lord Asano and set forty-seven of his vassals on a years-long path of vengeance!
You can check out pages 11-16 from 47 Ronin #1 below.