You know that scene in Road House where Dalton talks about how a certain phrase is just two nouns put together to elicit a response? That's the way I feel about Chris Sheridan's Motorcycle Samurai. Except, you know, in a good way.

Described pretty accurately as "Mad Max meets Kill Bill," the series originally ran digitally at Thrillbent, and in July, it's coming to print. Top Shelf will release Motorcycle Samurai Vol. 1: A Fiery Demise, a softcover clocking in at 176 pages, telling the story of the White Bolt and how she delivered a bounty to a town called Trouble, and if you haven't already read it, it's going to be something you'll want to pick up.

 

 

Believe it or not, the first few chapters of Motorcycle Samurai have a distinct lack of motorcycling and swordplay, which is downright shocking when you consider the title. The thing is, it's fun enough that it doesn't really matter, with a world that's instantly engaging and a backstory that's filled in piece by piece as the White Bolt moves through it in an effort to get paid. Also, it does feature an exploding hot-air balloon prison escape, and that goes a long way towards making up for the lack of actual motorized bushido.

If you're a member of Thrillbent, you can read the first five chapters of the story (including the action-packed zero issue) right now, but if you're not, you can sample it this Saturday with Top Shelf's 24-page Free Comic Book Day offering. The book itself will be released in July with a cover price of $19.99.