I have never been a Manga reader. I had never heard of Lone Wolf and Cub before. So this was an all-new experience for me. For those that are unaware (like me), Lone Wolf and Cub is a manga story created by Kazuo Koiki. First published in 1970, the story was adapted into six films, four plays, and a TV series, and is regarded as a very important and influential work. It is the story of Ogami Itto, the shogun’s executioner. Disgraced by false accusations, he turns to the path of assassin. Along with his 3 year old son, they seek revenge on the accusers.
In the New Lone Wolf and Cub, Koike returns to his influential story with a sequel of epic proportions. Ogami and his nemesis Yagyu Resudo lie dead after a fight of titanic proportions. Daigoro, Ogami’s son, stays by his dead father’s side until a samurai comes to his aid.
It took me a while to figure out how to read the story, being my first manga experience. But it was so well worth it. The story is so epic and powerful. The images are very simple, but they help to create such a magnificent picture. With just black/white images, Hideki Mori is able to show the raw emotions that the characters are experiencing. As you can see from the above and below samples, even with minimal words, the frames are so powerful.
If this is what Manga is about, I fully plant to read more of it. At minimum, I will be checking out the older Lone Wolf and Cub stories.