Samurai #1 Review
Samurai written by Jean-François Di Giorgio and drawn by Frédéric Genêt, follows a young Samurai by the name of Takeo, who is in search of his brother Akio and his journey for answers.
Takeo is a brave young Samurai fresh from his triumph in the battle to save Imperial Japan from the treacherous General Akuma. With much still to prove, he has turned his back on a life of comfort and set out on a quest to try and discover the hidden truth about his family, and the symbolic tattoo that he bears… With only his sword, which once drawn cannot be sheathed until blood is spilled, he travels to the mysterious Isle with No Name, seeking his missing brother and the answers that will finally bring him peace…
Review contains a few spoilers.
The comic starts off with an old swordsman, Shobei, who seems that he should not be messed with. From the first impressions of the man, he looks well versed in the art of combat. Although, he looks old, his mannerism displays his discipline and ability to know when to initiate in battle. He shows his skills when he is attacked, but his role is revealed as a sword for hire.
Enter Takeo, the samurai in search of his brother. Wandering in some uncharted land, he stumbles upon a village, but where is his brother? After a nights rest, Takeo heads down to the village, not knowing what challenges lay waiting for him.
Samurai wields an art style well suited for this story. An art style with strokes that emphasize the action that is similar to some old school anime movies. For the initial comic of this new series, it’s a pleasant addition to the world of comics. Especially to those that are interested in the Samurai way.
The story starts off with some interesting and intriguing scenes, and has its ups and downs as the story progress towards the end of the issue. Although, it doesn’t end in a huge climax, it still makes the reader want to see what comes next. A nice thing about this comic is that it teaches a few Japanese words and gives the definition of the use at the bottom of the page. Which is always a pleasant addition.
Overall, if you dig Samurais and ancient Japan, take a look into Titan Comics, Samurai by Jean-François Di Giorgio and Frédéric Genêt. And for more comic reviews stay tuned with the Junkie Monkeys.