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Lone Wolf and Cub Volume 6: Lanterns for the Dead
 
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Lone Wolf and Cub Volume 6: Lanterns for the Dead [Kindle Edition]

Kazuo Koike , Goseki Kojima , Frank Miller
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The legend of Lone Wolf and Cub continues to grow in this latest chapter of Koike and Kojima's epic samurai masterpiece chronicling the wanderings of Japan's deadliest assassin, Itto Ogami, and his infant son, Daigoro. In this volume, Ogami takes on the most dangerous killer of the countryside, foils the plans of a deceptive gambling troupe, tricks an evil lord into exposing his weak underbelly, and pits himself against the Shogun's dangerous and deadly Kurokawa ninja! Drawing extensively from Sun Tzu's The Art of War, and featuring the saddest puppy-dog story ever published, this must-have volume is packed with action and emotion. This volume contains the following stories: Lanterns for the Dead Deer Chaser Hunger Town The Soldier is the Castle One Stone Bridge

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I keep thinking there has to be some sort of drop off in quality for the Lone Wolf and Cub stories, but here is yet another volume in this manga epic that proves me wrong. Volume 6 offers up the next five installments in this masterpiece of graphic storytelling by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima, set in the Edo-period of feudal Japan:
(29) "Lanterns for the Dead," is a change-of-pace story in which Ogami Itto and Daigoro have ordered two toro (lanterns) to be built to carry their souls upon the water. But in that same town a series of events cause a young man to beg the Ronin to sell the toro. Ogami refuses, but takes an interest in why the request was made.
(30) "Deer Chaser" is the name given to tricksters who take advantage of people to take their money. When this particular group of conartists discovers the special symbols used to hire Lone Wolf and Cub, they decide to impersonate the assassin and get the 500 ryo payment. All they need is a child, and they happen to find one the right age sleeping all alone at a roadside shrine. You will never guess who the kid is...
(31) "Hunger Town" finds Ogami Itto training a dog to dodge the blunt arrows he is shooting. Diagoro is obviously in love with the dog, but the animal is a key part of a plan Lone Wolf has to catch his next target.
(32) "The Soldier is the Castle" concerns a ploy by the Shogunate to have an excuse for taking over Iwaki-Daira Han. This mission is so dangerous it involves a double payment of ryo to Ogami Itto. This particular story involves some of the more interesting discussions of the samurai philosophy in the series to this point.
(33) "One Stone Bridge" is essentially another one of those rare but treasured Daigoro stories and a sequel to the fiery conclusion of "The Solider is the Castle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uncomparable!!!! 27 Sep 2002
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Although at first, this comic is hard to get through especially with some of the translations, it is worth the effort. The art work is beautiful, along with magically symbolic stories that don't lose their meaning and just don't seem to exist in other "comics".
This particular book brings more of the Lone Wolf and Cub's quest as a whole into view which is great for those having read the previous volumes. Again showing real acts of symbolism it is a bit of a tear-jerker, not however without the usual acts of violence brilliantly(if not graphically)portrayed. It is to be recommended and is definitely no kids comic book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a series that gets better and better. 26 Feb 2002
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After a slightly shaky start in volumes 1 and 2 Lone Wolf and Cub has got better and better. The slightly repetetive action and not quite fully developed characterisations of the early books begin to give way as the series progresses and features more varied storylines and touching moments. In volume five you have a particularly poignant moment as Daigoro cares for his injured father and refuses the chance of a normal life. It's moments like these, allied with the firm resolve of Itto Ogami, that make this series such a joy. The bond between father and son is never simplified or oversweetened, and is often unforgiveably harsh, yet the emotions that pervade the stories, usually expressed without words, are worth more than any number of bloodletting action scenes. (Although action junkies will get a brilliant fix from Lone Wolf and Cub in general and volume five in particular.)
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