Written by Luke Anthony
on Tuesday, October 29 2013 and posted in Reviews
If you read one review about Bushido, read this one!
Source: Top Cow / Heroes and Villains Entertainment
The epic finale to Bushido
the 5-part mini-series from writer Rob Levin
and artist Jessada Sutthi, concludes tomorrow. Bushido’s
conclusion follows a very classic format and I’m okay with that. The ending keeps the story contained with a clean close. Like I said in the last review
, I’m a sucker for happy endings, but there was a part of me that was hoping for something more. Expectations can disappoint, but the finale had a decent amount of gratification anyway.
I’m going to call this series “masterful” because it’s such a nice package. You can tell that Levin knows what he’s doing. He has all the components of a great story lined up at the exact right points. It begins with love, followed by terror, betrayal and upheaval. Protagonist Kichiro then has to prove his worth, regain trust from those close to him, and connect again with his betrayer. Kichiro then sets to save the damsel in distress before she's harmed and a final battle ensues. Lastly it finishes out with a happy ending all the while still having enough open to start another story. Kichiro remains faithful to his ideals the entire time and it proves to be the basis for resolution.
What I really like about this story is that you really get a feel for what honor is. You understand a portion of what Bushido really is. You may get bored like I do with throw-away words like honor and courage thrown around without actually showing what it looks like in the heat of things.
Another thing that I love about this series is that there’s plenty of action paced well with dialogue. I’ve read too many comics that have a splash page of a single action shot, so you don’t feel like anything actually happened. Conversely, there are series out there where not much is revealed to move the story along and action is just filling up pages. Gladly, there is a very healthy balance of action and storytelling throughout the series, most successfully in this last issue.
All in all, it was a great 5 part mini-series that would be well served in a TPB and inside sources reveal that is likely to come about. The art was beautiful, the story was classic and a bit different too. The dialogue was engaging and flowing, never forced. Every issue was consistent and exciting. It’s nearly everything you would expect from a novice writer and an accomplished artist. It’s become a personal favorite and fun to look forward to every week, but if I bought the TPB I just know I’d read it all in one day, it’s that good.
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Luke Anthony is the suburban rockstar you haven’t heard of yet. He responded to a call bellowing from the depths of Reddit. He’s writer and a reader. A husband & a craft-beer drinker. A father, and a dreamer. A musician and a thinker. Friendly and all-together weird, he cannot grow a beard, though he’s too old to have an excuse. He rhymes lousy words, making him sound absurd, and probably a little obtuse.
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