We’ve reached the penultimate release in this sterling series full of zany elements, but is there enough to still make this weekly romp worth your money and time? Read on to find out.
The official description from Image:
VAMPIRES IN FEUDAL JAPAN!
Kichiro is an outsider in feudal Japan. Lacking the Japanese blood that would allow him to become a samurai, Kichiro must fulfill his dreams of serving the shogun in a less traditional manner… by eliminating every foreign supernatural threat that rears its fangs!
Halloween is certainly incoming as the creative team makes use of the horror atmosphere surrounding this tale. They sell the innate interactions between two very divergent styles of story by strength and their primary players individual tenacity. Between the talents behind it, there’s plenty of things that work and few that don’t as the Samurai face the wrath of the blood thirsty vampire horde.
Rob Levin pens the script, and the series architect does a sterling job bringing the narrative toward its forthcoming conclusion. He handled the various levels of the affair well enough to bring the world toward a very dire cliffhanger. I was particularly engaged with the flow of the comic, as the author allowed it to embrace a kinetic energy that worked with the illustrations to highlight the way of the warrior. Everything begins to come to a head and even though there were some minor elements I did not completely by into the bulk of the odyssey delivered on its premise.
The art by Jessada Sutthi matched the tempo as the painted panels brought so much to the authenticity of this journey. I was floored by the talent’s ability to effortlessly build a feudal society while giving it enough monsters to really warp the common vision. The end result is a romp that’s just dripping with enough flare to instantly catch the attention of even the most hard nosed or critical eye.
Bushido #4 is a really good comic book that brings this saga just enough literary meat to prepare for its last supper. For that reason it easily earns my recommendation.