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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; Gph edition (14 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569716005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569716007
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 10.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 14 Sep 2003
Format: Paperback
The delayed publication of "Lone Wolf & Cub 28: The Lotus Throne," the final volume in this epic manga series from Kazuo Koike & Goseki Kojima, thwarted my efforts to read the 142 episodes from start to finish one story a night before going to sleep. When this book finally arrived to provide the ending to the final duel between Ogami Itto and Retsudo Yagyu I was sorely tempted to sit down and read the last five episodes in one sitting. But I stuck to the plan and did one a night so I could savor them all:
(138) "Corpse Tree" finds the Yagyu grass out of explosives and forced to make a final frontal assault on Ogami Itto. Of course, they do not stand a chance against his Dotanuki blade, but there is a method to their madness and a reason the first wave of grass attack with the swords still in their iron-bound scabbards.
(139) "Flute and Wave" begins with Daigoro tending to the serious wound of his father, and Ogami Itto imparting some significant words of wisdom. Then Retsudo appears and plays a tribute upon his flute for all of the dead. But with the grass having been cut, it is time to fell the Yagyu tree, even if all Lone Wolf has is the hilt of his sword.
(140) "The Lotus Throne" shifts the focus from the fatal confrontation between Ogami Itto and Retsudo Yagyu to the concerns of the Shogun, who is determined to ride forth and witness the battle's outcome. But there are grave political implications if the Shogun were to become involved in a personal fight, and his councillors advise him against going.
(141) "Empty Stirrups" provides a large audience for the duel on the sands between Ogami Itto and Retsudo Yagyu. What makes the duel fascinating at this point is that between the two combatants there is but a single sword.
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I'll never get over this series' ending...
It's practically a love/death declaration of bushido and a wonderfully ambiguous moral statement, summing up the astounding complexity of it all: can true bushido still exist? Can we understand it at all, or just marvel or horror at its achievements, giving up understanding in favour of pure acceptance? Who was ultimately right there? A masterpiece goes out with a big bang, huge kudos to the authors!
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "sonofninjahamster" on 27 Oct 2004
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i waited in anticipation for 2 years to view the outcome between the yagyu and the anti hero ogami itto and i have to say i was disappointed, the last few books seemed drawn out and as for the finale, after reading it i felt empty, i feel we didnt find out about the real ogami itto, i felt it sank into sentimentality. Saying that i enjoyed the series, the animation is excellent and i would recommend it to a lover of anime comics or anyone intersted in the samurai genre.
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Wow 31 Jan 2003
By Peter Ingemi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are new to this series don't you DARE go near this book until you have read at least the last 6 volumes.
If you are not if you like me have read this series from the start (which began for me back in the early 90's) it is the ultimate finish to the ultimate comic/novel whatever.
For us who have followed the story of Ito and his son after all of these years it is a bittersweet ending. We've come to care for all of these characters. In the last 8 books we have even come to like and respect Retsudo. It is hard to let it go, even harder with the finish it had.
I can't thing of a series that moved me more, who's quality was always high (I can thing of only one story in the 140 or so that I just hated there have been many classic moment, the art was always suburb and the stories just incredible.
You will not spend any better reading money than this series, and for those who think of this only as a comic book, remember Japan thinks of things differently and so will you once you start reading.
The ultimate ending to the ultimate series.
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The End of the Road to Hell... 25 Feb 2003
By "rsmon77" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this final volume of the now-legendary series, Lone Wolf and Cub face their final battle against their enemy, Lord Restudo in a showdown that is nothing less than poetic and stunning. Being a reader of the series since it started being published in the U.S. (going on two years now...), the final shocking act committed in this series definitely struck a chord with me. A long journey has ended, and with it, a truly great epic series (sure to be among the finest in comic history or popular literature) has as well. Highly Recommended.
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The End of The Assassin's Road 4 Jun 2003
By Daniel V. Reilly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After 28 HUGE volumes, Lone Wolf and Cub finally comes to an end. On the one hand, I couldn't WAIT for the series to end, so I could see what happened to Itto Ogami and his son, Daigoro. Would they have their revenge against the Yagyu clan at last...? On the other hand, I knew I'd miss the characters and the magnificent work of creators Kazuo Koike & Goseki Kojima....Well, I've finally finished the series, and I miss Daigoro already...
This final installment revolves around the showdown between Ogami & Daigoro and their nemesis, Retsudo Yagyu. Yagyu brings the final remnants of his "Grass" (Deep-cover Ninja who spend generations infiltrating villages in Japan) to the battlefield, and employs a truly insidious deception against Itto (Which I won't spoil!); I studiously avoided any situation that may have resulted in my discovering the end of the series before I got a chance to read it, and although I had a general idea of how the final battle would play out, I was still moved to tears at the final twenty pages.....
If you haven't experienced any of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, I can't recommend them highly enough. I've been reading comics since I was two years old, and I have NEVER read such a finely wrought story; It ranks among my favorite works of fiction, right alongside Lonesome Dove and The Stand, and that's pretty damned impressive.......
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If you haven't read this book, please take note!!! 21 Dec 2004
By Cam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are about to read or order this final book, please read this! This volume has a glossary at the end, as do the others in the Dark Horse reprint of the series. Do not flip to the glossary in this volume; it's located adjacent to the final panels of the series and inadvertently seeing them may spoil your enjoyment of the book. Do without -- there's nothing in the glossary of this volume that isn't in a previous issue.

As for the content, the volume is an incredibly tense, poignant, surprising, and confusing conclusion that draws on the stories and themes of the earlier volumes. Read the books from start to finish. The first two volumes suffer from a weak translation and some clumsiness but from then Lone Wolf and Cub is thoughtful, visceral, transcendant series that will make you proud to be a comic book reader.

In thinking over these stories, I often thought back on "Beyond Fate" by Margaret Visser, a transcription of lectures about fate and honour, which I would also recommend.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This Will Move You 26 May 2004
By Sam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the last volume of the Lone Wolf and Cub series. Yes it is the end. I must say one thing first, if you read this book make sure to have read all the volumes before it. This is the only way to truly feel the impact...of this amazing story. If you have read this far there is no need for me to describe the plot. So I am speaking to those who have read some but not all of the series. This is not at all disappointing in the least. It is well worth the money and the ending is truly something to be read for oneself. Never, and alot of people say never, but TRULY never have I read anything so well put together. Kazuo Koike & Goseki Kojima are truly talented.
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