Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo is a modern masterpiece of comic book storytelling, in a way, that's kind of its only problem. The long-running series is consistently and unquestionably one of the best things on the stands month in and month out, but it's been so good for so long that it can be difficult for your ol' pals at ComicsAlliance to talk about. For Usagi Yojimbo, being phenomenally good isn't news, it's the status quo.

That's why I'm always on the lookout for a big shake-up to happen in the story of everyone's favorite bunny rabbit samurai, and this week, Dark Horse announced a good one: Usagi Yojimbo: Senso, a new miniseries set 20 years after the events of the ongoing series, where the final battle between Lord Noriyuki and Lord Hikiji is interrupted... by a crashed rocket ship. Really. Check out a preview below!

Here's the official solicitation:

USAGI YOJIMBO: SENSO #1 | Stan Sakai

Twenty years in his future, Miyamoto Usagi fights as a general for Lord Noriyuki, against the treacherous Lord Hikiji. In the fury of the final battle, a metal rocket crashes to earth—and inside is an enemy that neither side could have ever imagined! Witness the final fates of your favorite Usagi characters, in this all-new samurai epic with a startling science fiction twist!

Interestingly enough, this isn't the first time Sakai has dabbled in a science fiction take on his most famous creation. Space Usagi, a version of the series set in a far-off future of space-ships and samurai about the descendants of Miyamoto Usagi and his supporting cast, was a story spread out over three different miniseries over the years. This one, however, involves the (possible?) future of the main-line version of Usagi, and that alone would be pretty intriguing even if it wasn't for the rocket ship.

 

 

 

 

 

Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #1 is on sale August 6.