A Review: USAGI YOJIMBO #163

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of USAGI YOJIMBO #163 from Dark Horse Comics. The story is written and illustrated by Stan Sakai; with cover colors by Tom Luth.

Nezumi has struck again as he has robbed the home of Hatamoto Asano. Usagi joins the pursuit only to lose him on the rooftops. For a thief Nezumi is popular due to his giving some of his loot to the townsfolk. Things are good until the thief witness the murder of a businessman by the Black Goblin Gang. Nishi, the gang’s second in command that has ambitions to take over, plants evidence that implicates Nezumi. The popular thief is now the most wanted and looks to the ronin Yojimbo for help.

This issue is a perfect jumping on point for readers. To a casual observer, Sakai’s art appears simple, but it so detailed for a “simplistic” art. Sakai’s scripts are classic storytelling at its finest; yet unlike the art, everything (and everyone) isn’t black and white If you were ever curious about this title, now is the time to jump on board. You won’t regret the decision. Check it out.    

USAGI YOJIMBO #163 is in stores now or available at www.darkhorse.com.