Saturday, May 07, 2005

Free Comic Book Day - Ronin Hood of the 47 Samurai

Ronin Hood of the 47 Samurai

Penciller: Craig Rosseau
Writer/Creator: Jeff Amano
Inker: Wayne Faucher
Colorist: Giulia Brusco
Letterer: Omar Mediano
Cover: Jeff Amano

Summary – Robin Hood goes medieval. Japan that is. When their lord is manipulated by a rival and forced to commit ritualistic suicide (seppuku) his 47 samurai are master less and become Ronin warriors. They drop their real names and take up new ones such as “Little Thunder” and “Ronin Hood”. Their goal is to rid the lands of the corrupt lords forever.

This is a free sample of the Graphic Novel that will be debuting this fall from Beckett Comics. The first 22 pages are in this as well as some extra previews of other collections near the back.


The Good –

The artwork is very well done. Reminds me a lot of John Romita Jr. for some reason, don’t know why. The colors are very beautiful and the production values on this free comic are very high. I expect them to at least this high on the graphic novel once it comes out.

The Bad –

Having the Robin Hood story set in Japan just doesn’t work for me. I’m a huge fan of “Iron Monkey” a Hong Kong movie where they kind of do the same thing, except Robin Hood goes solo and teams up with Won Kay Ying.

I think it is safe to say if you are already familiar with Robin Hood, you know where this story is going. I mean Samurai are cool and Robin Hood is a great story, but this is an odd mix. It works fairly well, but I’m not sure if the OGN will be worth the cash.

The Money Shot –

Recommendation: This is a FREE Sample, so check it out.


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