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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Haunting and and disturbing, Ronin goes from formal horror to the hopelessly comic and has a twist ending that kept me guessing until the very last page. This is one of the best graphic novels I have read. It is easily on the same level as Kingdom Come and The Dark Night Returns.
Published on 26 Jan. 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be remade.
Now let me start by saying that I'm a huge Frank Miller fan. I love nearly all of his works. Both art wise and as a writer and story teller. Hell I even managed to enjoy Holy Terror.

The story in this is great but its let down by a aged art style that looks ugly in modern times, thus making it hard to read. I love how Frank Miller is paying homage to Japanese...
Published on 15 Sept. 2012 by Oliver Moran


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 26 Jan. 1999
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Haunting and and disturbing, Ronin goes from formal horror to the hopelessly comic and has a twist ending that kept me guessing until the very last page. This is one of the best graphic novels I have read. It is easily on the same level as Kingdom Come and The Dark Night Returns.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, leaves you guessing, 26 Jun. 1998
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I often reread this superb book. The artwork is of the finest calibre, and the story line is brutally effective and subtle in the extreme. It leaves you guessing at the end, and in my case mildly hoping. Combines all the subject matter of a good science fiction story along with that of anexcellent and unusual psychological thriller. Definitely Millers best, if least acclaimed work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miller's Overlooked Classic!, 17 Jan. 1997
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Probably the most unappreciated of Miller's work, "Ronin" is nevertheless one of his greatest achievements. It was originally shunned by many because of its wild combination of art styles and overall departure from Miller's typical work, but it is this uniqueness that makes it so memorable. Miller creates a convincing, if unrelentingly brutal, vision of the future, and fills it with strong characters you'll never forget. The story unravels in a fascinating way, as the reader realizes that nothing in the story is what it appears to be. I won't spoil it for you--just read the thing. You don't even have to be a Miller buff to enjoy it--any fan of good science fiction will find this one hard to put down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Imaginative, 17 Nov. 2011
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So far I have read all the 'Sin City' books and '300' by Frank Miller, and while I enjoyed them I still found faults. Yes the art is incredible and definitely stylish, but for me there seemed to be more effort in the style and the art than story, and both seemed a little ruined by the over-the-top masculinity present in the misogyny of 'Sin City' and the heroics of '300'. Both were original yes, but also somehow cliched. 'Ronin' was the book that finally proved to me that a genius was at work.
I couldn't help noticing that there were strong similarities between 'Ronin' and the TV cartoon 'Samurai Jack' which was an enjoyable and original show but didn't run as deep or dark as 'Ronin' did. Yes I felt at times the artwork of 'Ronin' could be improved, particularly the ancient Japanese scenes at the beginning, and some of the characters could have been designed better, particularly the demonic villain Agat, whose appearance I feel could have been even darker. There are also still some Miller cliches present, such as romance. Apart from these minor faults, however, I was blown away. The almost poetic story of a masterless but honourable samurai being sent to a nightmarish future to battle a demonic enemy went to depths and complexities I never imagined or expected, helped by a shocking twist and characters who keep surprising you and forcing you to change your perceptions of them. Featuring themes of dreams, technology, science, horror, psychology and violence, this is sci-fi of the highest order. I read that Miller was influenced by manga during his period of making this comic, and I definitely felt undertones of Akira. The plot also reminded me of 2001, Carrie and Mad Max to name a few sci-fi/horror favourites. The futuristic world is genuinely imaginative, scary (thanks to your usual host of unpleasant degenerates which you find in any dystopia)and impressively drawn, especially the scenes featuring an all-powerful 'living' computer which takes centre stage of the story and physically grows to engulf the future city. Miller's drawing of future technology is almost poetic. I'm glad he drew this story rather than some other bland, cliched sci-fi/comic artist, who wouldn't have had the original, quirky, and charmingly imperfect style of Miller. Nevertheless, the artwork thankfully does nothing to downplay the impact of this dark, powerful and truly imaginative masterpiece. Possibly one of the best comics I've ever read. I highly recommend if you want your senses and mind blown by this kinetic tale, successfully blending complex themes with action. I am now seriously considering reading the Dark Knight!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of te finest graphic novels out there., 15 July 1999
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If you like science fiction and suspence all in the same book along with japanese characters then you have got to read Ronin. Like Millers other masterpiece "Batman:The Dark Knight Returns" it has the same artwork and depth. Even though Mr. Millers artwork doesn't come close to that of someone like Chaep Yaep, the story more than makes up for it. In the tradition of "Akira" it combines Japanese cultue with a futuristic prescence. If you liked "Dark Knight" you'll love Frank Millers' "Ronin".
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5.0 out of 5 stars rockin' ronin, 11 Feb. 2003
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Before "The Dark Knight Returns' Frank Miller turned up with this, his 'second' greatest work. A tale of japanes demons, science barely under control, sacrifice, greed, nobility, weakness and ultimate triumph.
I don't mean to come over all Homeric but this work is a GRAPHIC NOVEL , where the art, Miller's own and truly distinctive ,is fully comlementary to the superb dialogue and the characterisations of both major and minor figures. From the opening sequence in ancient Japan - and oh how powerful that is to the near future, with nearly -omniscent and disturbingly human computers - Miller does not put a pen-stroke wrong.
And I use the words "disturbingly humen" advisedly as the main computer is more humane than many of the characters with souls.
A disturbing vision of the future? A disturbing vision of humanity much more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be remade., 15 Sept. 2012
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Now let me start by saying that I'm a huge Frank Miller fan. I love nearly all of his works. Both art wise and as a writer and story teller. Hell I even managed to enjoy Holy Terror.

The story in this is great but its let down by a aged art style that looks ugly in modern times, thus making it hard to read. I love how Frank Miller is paying homage to Japanese Manga here but you'd only find that out if you researched it. The art work here is scruffy and untidy and brings the story down.

tl;dr Great premise and story, weak art lets it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ronin, 29 Oct. 2013
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Good story if but a little slow,I like the story but I didn't like the style of the graphics .
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars While intense, Miller was still learning the ropes, 6 Feb. 1999
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Intense, vastly experimental for its day, but pales before Dark Knight Returns, Miller's still unequaled masterpiece.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's...ok., 8 Mar. 2014
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Not a bad story - a nice psychological piece, but not as good as his Dark Knight novels. The artwork is messy to follow, but I wonder if that was intentional to reflect the psychological content and direction of the story. It wasn't a gripping tale, but I was still drawn into the world and intrigued and confused by some of the central characters.
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