Bushido is inspired by the screenplay “Rising Sun” by Shahin Chandrasoma
Stars: 4 out of 5
Publisher: Top Cow
Writer: Rob Levin
Artist: Jessada Sutthi (Studio Hive)
Letterer: Troy Peteri
“When young Kichiro’s ship is attacked by vampires, he’s forced to jump overboard. Waking up on a beach in Japan, a good samaritan, Isamu, finds Kichiro and raises him along side his own son to become a Samurai. However, when the vampires that wrecked Kichiro’s ship come to Japan, there’s nowhere for Kichiro to run. ”
Let me begin by saying I love pretty much everything samurai related, and this just adds to my collection of cool comics. The story follows our unlikely young hero Kichiro, who after surviving a vampire attack at sea washes up on the shores of Japan. Luckily for him the Shogun just happens to be riding by and takes him in. The book moves very fast from this point on, making me kind of wish we had a chance to see the character develop a bit more. But this is a 5 issue limited series so you take what you can get.
The writing is sound and sets up the underlining plot lines rather nicely. The Vampires are trying to take over Japan to make an island buffet and Kichiro’s bad luck gets him into trouble with more than just vampires. The art is very cool, with great inking and color that really set the mood for the book.
If you are looking for something different in your comics, check out Bushido #1 (of 5) it moves fast and tells a good tale at the same time. (Issue #2 is in stores 10/9/2013)