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Four pages of SERENITY: LEAVES ON THE WIND #1 have been posted. Here are three more, the first three pages of the series.

Questioning Miranda )
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You may have heard that there's going to be a "47 Ronin" movie starring Keanu Reeves as a mixed-race 48th ronin who got left out of the official records. This is perhaps the least of the film's liberties with the story, but still....

In the meantime, a much more faithful adaptation has been put out by Dark Horse Comics.



The tale of the forty-seven ronin is based on a real-life incident, and considered one of the classic examples of samurai honor and sacrifice. If you have not read or seen one of the adaptaions before, SPOILERS follow.

Two lords from the countryside were summoned up to visit the shogun's court in Edo in 1701. They were to work with an etiquette master, Lord Kira, to learn the proper behavior. Unfortunately, Kira was a jerk, and instead of teaching them, spent his time insulting and provoking the visitors. One lord's head retainer did some digging, found out Lord Kira was greedy, and successfully bribed him. But Lord Asano's head retainer was incompetent, so his abuse continued. Finally, Asano snapped and struck Kira.

Although this was not fatal, drawing a weapon at all in Edo Castle was a death penalty offense. Asano was ordered to commit ritual suicide, and his holdings were confiscated. His warriors were immediately made ronin (masterless samurai) and ordered by the shogun not to seek revenge.

Forty-seven of the ronin decided to seek revenge for their lord's death despite the order, led by a man named Oishi. Knowing that Kira would be expecting this, and that he had in fact requested extra bodyguards from a powerful relative, the ronin decided to lay low for a while. They went about their lives as though they had lost the will to fight back, and Oishi in particular managed to simulate a descent into shameful alcoholism.

A man from Satsuma went so far as to berate Oishi in the street and spit on him for conduct unbecoming a samurai. When Lord Kira heard that Oishi had just taken this abuse, he began to relax and sent back many of the bodyguards.

After a year, Oishi figured that Kira was off-guard, and summoned the rest of the ronin.

Four pages from the final issue )

The book giveaway at my blog ends tomorrow, 9/30/13! http://www.skjam.com

Your thoughts and comments?
SKJAM!
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After giving the world Tiny Titans with DC, Dark Horse Comics are proud to present that Baltazar and Franco will be giving the world....



Two preview pages below the cut )

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Rejoice! On this day I bring to you several pages of a manga series that is, in my opinion, pretty good: Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, written by Eiji Otsuka of MPD Psycho, and drawn by Housui Yamazaki of Mail. In fact, it seems to exist within the same continuity as those manga, because characters from those series show up in Kurosagi.

I would recommend checking out this series! Unless perhaps you're rather squeamish; then don't. As the title would imply, there are corpses--and while it doesn't deliver grossness or gore for its own sake, it doesn't shy away from showing the various things that can happen to a body. There's not much of that in the scans below, but I'm gonna put not safe for work tags on here anyway.

But what is a corpse delivery service, you ask, impatient rhetorical voice that only I can hear? Also, I should burn things, you say? Well, first things first.

Mysteries await you below this cut )
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Is anyone reading this series? A big conspiracy book about a plucky female reporter investigating a shadowy organization that erases people's minds and shapes world events. It has former agents going rogue, super-assassins, lots of mysteries, the usual stuff we've been getting since The Manchurian Candidate and The Parallax View...

Read more... )
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ComicBookResources reminds us that the world is still going to hell in a hand-basket. The next chapter comes in, and .. yeah, it gets nasty.

A few preview pages behind the cut.

aaaWOOOOO........Werewolves of London  )
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Another pick for Outside the Big Two Week is this title, from Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case. Green River Killer: A True Detective Story is a non-fiction graphic novel that deals with the serial killer Gary Ridgeway, who was convicted of killing at least 49 women in Washington during the 1980s and 90s and confessed to killing over double that number.

Usually this wouldn't be a book I would have rushed to pick up. However, good word of mouth in my local comic store and a number of recommendations led me to buy the graphic novel. I was expecting a police procedural, sensationalized for comic form, but in fact, the graphic novel is some way from that. The book focuses on detective Tom Jensen, who worked on the case for over twenty years, and happens to be the author's father.

It is not a direct story about the hunt or the actual killings but a more psychological study of his father's experiences, both during the hunt for the killer and the interrogations that took place once Ridgeway had been caught. In a plea bargain, Ridgeway avoided the death sentence by agreeing to cooperate with police to locate all the bodies of his victims and Jensen was involved in these interviews, as well as the investigation. Its this personal connection that ensures that the book doesn't have a ghoulish obsession with what's one of most horrific cases of our times. Instead it's a thoughtful, compelling and deeply chilling case study of the banality of evil and how that evil can pervade through the lives of everyone it touches.

Green River Killer Preview

Read more... )

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ComicBookResources.com has the preview, as Dark Horse and the Hellboy/B.P.R.D. team continue to deliver tales of things that go bump in the night.

Some pages from the latest stand alone tale, issue #2, as the investigative team finds something worse than smart vampires in the Picken County backwood hills.

Question: what do you get when you mix Lovercraftian mushrooms spores and let them grow in the fertile and never dying flesh of a vampire?

Sploosh. )
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What you have heard on the internet is true (if you have been following the latest Buffy the Vampire series last year.) The ending of the issue is a big WHOPPER.

Major, I MEAN MAJOR SPOILERS ahead.

Just a flesh wound. )
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Nobody reported it yet?
Alright, I'll do it!

Dark Horse Comics' gonna bring back Ghost this year!
Ghost, that's right!
Remember her?


Dark Horse will launch a new series featuring Elisa Cameron this summer.
She's back, reimagined for 2012! )
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The sh!t hits the fan. And oh boy is it gory.
2 pages from the most recent supernatural conflict (as I reach my posting limit for this issue).

Fair warning, possible NSFW due to gore.

Into the wild. )

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