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Epic Conclusion of 5-Part Bushido

Written by Luke Anthony and Frank Miller on Tuesday, October 29 2013 and posted in Reviews

Epic Conclusion of 5-Part Bushido

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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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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