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Gratifying & Epic, Bushido #4 Review & Preview

Written by Luke Anthony and Frank Miller on Monday, October 21 2013 and posted in Reviews

Gratifying & Epic, Bushido #4 Review & Preview

The way of the Bushido is way, way awesome this issue.

Source: Top Cow / Heroes and Villains Entertainment

"I had no idea what they were capable of. They are not men. They are not even monsters. They are a sickness spreading through all of us." - The Shogun

Issue #4 is by far the most gratifying issue of the mini-series yet. As it draws to a close some tensions rise, while others resolve. The series has yet to disappoint, but the conclusion will be key to whether this series flourishes or not. No one likes a happy ending better than I, but I hate when you see the ending coming. Now, that being said; What happens in this issue that makes it so gratifying?

Kichiro's brother by adoption, Orochi, is having a conflict of heart. He has to find himself ever since he fell prey to turning into a vampire, or "Akuma" as they're called here. "Akuma" is Japanese for "devil" or "demon" (not the one from Street Fighter) and considering one of the werewolf vampire looking dudes ripped a guy in half in one panel, I'd say that's a pretty apt term.

Orochi later has a defining moment that may or may not stick in the conclusion. Kichiro has his dream realized at great cost. Plenty of action and concise, revealing dialogue. Loyalty and honor are great words to drop on paper, but showing examples of it isn't always easy to do. The way of the Bushido is pretty well represented in short. Lastly, something very big is about to go down. The Samurai have dwindled in numbers, and the Akuma have increased theirs. So the conclusion is bound to be action packed.

I may or may not have done things with a knife that I shouldn't have after reading this series so far. Also, an apple slicer. Don't ask. In short, after you read this issue, you will definitely be looking forward to the conclusion, which makes for an exciting pre-halloween if you have as many friends as I do. 

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About the Author - LukeAnthony

When Luke isn't writing reviews, he's writing manuals (occupation), original comics (vocation), children's books, or music (recreation). As a lover of all things high-concept, sci-fi, and/or philosophical, comics found their way into his life only a few years ago, at the ripe age of 26. It was V for Vendetta & Watchmen that led to his pathological media consumption rebirth of 2012. Ever since then, he found himself happier, more child-like, a tad bit smarter, and a much better liar. True to Outhouser gospel, he believes humor, like water, must be present in all things. If it's not, it's too dry & sucks the life out. Sarcasm, the salty demeanor of the South, frightened this idealist in youth, but is now the occasional spice used in his well seasoned personality. He sold all he had to leave his old world behind (cars, house, belongings) & become a full-time traveler across the US of A, a decision that altered his inner world as much as his outer one. If it has humor, depth, spiritual significance, and/or technicality and in that order, then consider it on this briny dude's shelf and up for review. Favorite on-going series include Black Science and Saga. This light, but deep fellow can be found on Facebook and/or Twitter.

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