Comic Review: Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus, Vol. 2

Lone Wolf and Cub 2 Omnibus
Trade Paperback
Written by Kazuo Koike
Art by Goseki Kojima
Translation by Dana Lewis
Lettered by Digital Chameleon
Cover by Frank Miller
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Cover Price: $19.99

In this translated collection of Lone Wolf and Cub, we get to read 11 wonderful stories. The first, “White Path Between the Rivers,” tells the origin story of Ogami Ittō. A Samurai who was once the trusted Executioner of the Shogun, but through a set up and betrayed by another family, causing his family to be killed, becomes a Ronin, traveling Japan with his three year old son, Daigorō. Together, they seek revenge on the family that disgraced them and to reestablish his Clan.

Lone Wolf and Cub is a well known series known for not only telling wonderful stories but also being very faithful to the depiction of Edo Period Japan. This is maintained in this translation and reissue. Not all words are translated to better keep the feel and a glossary is at the back of the book. It also gives historical snippets where appropriate to help give context to the story.

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Comic Review: Lone Wolf 2100 Omnibus

Lone Wolf 2100 Omnibus
Written by Mike Kennedy
Illustrated by Francisco Ruiz Valesco
Colored by Francisco Ruiz Valesco and Studio F
Lettered by Digital Chameleon, Sno Cone Studios, and Jason Hvam
Cover by Francisco Ruiz Valesco
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 5, 2013
Cover Price: $24.99

Dark Horse has just released an omnibus version of Lone Wolf 2100“”the dystopian, post-apocalyptic adventure inspired by the classic manga Lone Wolf and Cub. From the collaborative team of Mike Kennedy and Francisco Ruiz Velasco, Lone Wolf 2100 contains the first four books in the series, collecting over 300 pages of organically engineered sentient Ronin action!

The world has been ravaged from a great war between humans and Emcons (Emulation Constructs)”” genetically produced cybernetic/biological beings. A virus known as the War Spore took out hundreds of thousands of people once the war ended and continues to pave a path of death and destruction. The Cygnat Owari Corporation, the very organization that created the Emcons, now rule the world with an iron fist. Cygnat Owari eventually forces Itto, one of their top Emcons, to kill their lead scientist and his master, Dr. Ogami, whom he was sworn to protect. Promising to safeguard Ogami’s daughter, Daisy””who happens to have within her the means of survival for the human race””Itto leaves Cygnat Owari’s corrupt clutches behind, bringing Daisy with him. In order to survive and make good on his promise, Itto must evade and battle highway thieves and militaristic squads known as Vapor Fist, as well as other mutated and advanced forms of Emcons.

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