In my posts about Usagi Yojimbo characters, I've profiled Usagi
. I'm now tackling a big fan favourite: the fox thief Kitsuné.
Kitsuné is, as her namesake in Japanese tradition, a trickster fox, inasmuch as she steals and cons to make ends meet. She has a naturally bubbly, friendly disposition, but don't let that fool you - she might consider you her best friend and yet cheat you blind. She is always putting herself first, except when it comes to her protegé Kiyoko, who is becoming quite an adept con artist and pickpocket herself.
Kitsuné's origin story was told in UY's #52, and it is a somewhat sadder story than most of her tales (barring "Noodles", which is a veritable punch in the gut). It is also the story that introduces Kiyoko to the ever-growing UY character roster.( A girl has to do what she can to get by, neh? )
This story was collected in Book 16: The Shrouded Moon
and Usagi Yojimbo Saga vol. 3
Kitsuné's popularity is enduring, and Stan is using her a lot in his recent stories. She was featured recently in the hilarious "The Thief and the Kunoichi" (#145-147) and is in the most recent issue, a two-parter called "A Body in the Library" (#161
, already released, and 162).
Next up: Jei-san, the Blade of the Gods!