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Lone Wolf and Cub:
The Gateless Barrier (vol. 2)

Credits: Written by Kazuo Koike and Illustrated by Goseki Kojima
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Commentary

There isn't much to add to what has already been said about LONE WOLF AND CUB. It's quite simply the best adventure series produced in the medium of comics.

Ogami Itto, disgraced executioner of the Shogunate, roams Edo period Japan as an assassin for hire, with his young son, Daigoro, in tow. They travel the road of Meifumado - the path to damnation - in a quest to one day avenge the crimes committed against their family...

A blend of cinematic action and historical intrigue make LONE WOLF AND CUB a highly addictive read. For me, the series hits the ground running right from the start. In these early volumes, there is much greater attention to the class struggles of feudal period Japan, as well as the historical details of the era, which have been painstakingly researched by series writer, Kazuo Koike.

In THE GATELESS BARRIER, book two of this massive twenty-eight volume series, there is a particular emphasis on the plight of women in a society that values them as either trophies or prostitutes, and Ogami Itto discovers whether or not he can kill the very Buddha himself.

And the answer may surprise you.

-- Peter Aaron Rose

 
Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.

 


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