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Preview: Swordsmith Assassin #3

Written by Psivage on Monday, October 19 2009 and posted in Previews
I'm back for my second review! Thanks for all the e-mails and PMs telling me how great I am. Really that touched my heart deep inside my flabby chest.


swordsmith_03_cvra.jpgSWORDSMITH ASSASSIN #3
Written by Andrew Cosby, Michael Alan Nelson
Drawn by Ayhan Hayrula
SC, 24 pgs, FC, (3 of 4), SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Dennis Calero
COVER B: John Nofsinger
Diamond Code: AUG090738

Toshiro Ono has spent his life making the best swords that have ever been forged and selling them to the highest bidder. But when his family is killed by a blade of his own making… Toshiro will do whatever it takes to make sure none of his swords ever kill again. Andrew Cosby, creator of EUREKA, and Michael Alan Nelson, creator of HEXED, bring feudal Samurai Japan to life like no other comic has done before.

Today I read SWORDMITH ASSASSIN!!!! Great title for a book.

The issue was number 3 of 4, so I was a little lost with all that happen before, but I got the main point or at least I hope I did, Toshiro Ono is a great blacksmith who forges the best swords ever. One of his handcrafted swords ended up killing his wife and little boy and that changed him. So he set out on a mission to find his swords.

I must add that reading this was a little weird, I didn't really like how the story was reading, it was different, but the way it was had a point to it. If that makes any sense.

So here we are Toshiro is after his final sword of course it isn't going to be easy, but he has a plan! But of course like all good plans it goes wrong, he falls in love with the one woman who could help him. Damn you cupid! Of course his new love of his life has an evil boyfriend and he caught wind of his girlfriend seeing Toshiro on the side, he wasn't happy. So a fight happens. Toshiro vs. Evil Boyfriend and Evil boyfriend's bodyguard. Toshiro could have gone all choppy chop on their butts, but Evil Boyfriend whisper something in Toshiro ear basically saying lose or else. Of course Toshiro didn't want or else so he lost and Evil Boyfriend sliced him leaving him for dead. Oh, but death didn't come. He was nursed back to health by his employer. Otori who knew who he really was.

Now it didn't say how long he was getting well, but I'm guessing several weeks or perhaps months went by before he was better and everything had change. His sword wasn't there any more. It was moved to France. So our hero had to go to France to find it. And he did. The swory (get it? Sword + story = Swory! HA!) Ends with Toshiro sitting in front of a General (not sure who he is. could be someone from the first 2 issue, or I missed his name) telling him the story we just read, so it all makes sense now how the story was being told. It was like listening to a campfire story.

The art was nice. Really nice and this is going to sound hooky as hell but there was love in the art. Swordsmith Assassin is a love story and the art reflects that. Hooky as hell I know, but that what I got out of it.

Swordsmith Assassin is a nice story I wish I got to read issue 1 and 2 so I could have been more involved in it. I don't think my review of issue 3 give this comic book the justice it deserves, it is a great story with great art.

In the end there can be only one...and it’s Swordsmith Assassin!



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