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USAGI YOJIMBO WANDERER’S ROAD #1 review: Finding Spot (Sakai, Pattison, Momoko, Curnow) IDW Publishing

Thanks to IDW Publishing for the review copy!

Main cover art by Peach Momoko

Miyamoto Usagi is a character created by Stan Sakai. Usagi is modeled after one of the greatest samurai of all time, Miyamoto Musashi. Musashi is considered a sword saint in Japan and was an undefeated ronin in his time. Musashi was an artist, and writer of several books, including The Book of Five Rings. Yojimbo can be translated into ‘bodygaurd.’ Stan Sakai includes many aspects of traditional Japanese life from the Edo Period (1603-1868) throughout his stories. The intertwining of historical facts and myths has earned the Usagi Yojimbo many awards over the years.

USAGI YOJIMBO WANDERER’S ROAD #1, ‘The Tower’ is a newly colorized retelling of the 1987 story when Usagi finds Spot, his lizard companion. Spot is a mischievous lizard, and through a series of poor choices lands Usagi and Spot in a precarious position. In the end Usagi earns the trust of spot, defeats the antagonist. Usagi and spot begin their walk down the wanderer’s road together.

The issue is a good read, with very typical art for Stan Sakai. The multiple covers available for this book are beautiful. Peach Momoko’s main cover features her watercolor art of Usagi standing in the tall grass, is fantastic and very appropriate for the story. The issue also has more traditional samurai covers by Emil Cabaltierra, and Johnny Desjardins which show the full glory of the battle-hardened samurai in full armor. My personal favorite is probably the cover by Alan Quah where Usagi is crouched holding two swords surrounded by arrows.


USAGI YOJIMBO WANDERER’S ROAD #1 is now available. Check back in a few weeks for my thoughts on the second issue of this title.


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