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5.0 out of 5 stars Lone Wolf and Cub
Creator Kazuo Koike's storytelling is masterful; every word has purpose. There's nothing wasted. Ogami says very little so when he does speak we know to sit up and pay attention.

Much of the time Kazuo lets Goseki Kojima's amazingly kinetic black and white visuals carry the story along. It's not the typical clean-lined big-eyed style you may picture when you...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A visually stunning samurai tale that still disappoints
One has the distinct sense when reading `Lone Wolf & Cub' that one is reading a clearly serialised manga collected together in an omnibus volume as opposed to a larger story with an over-arching narrative originally split up but now brought together into a cohesive whole. If viewed in this light, `Lone Wolf & Cub' can be enjoyed if you accept this reality and are not...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lone Wolf and Cub, 21 Aug 2013
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Creator Kazuo Koike's storytelling is masterful; every word has purpose. There's nothing wasted. Ogami says very little so when he does speak we know to sit up and pay attention.

Much of the time Kazuo lets Goseki Kojima's amazingly kinetic black and white visuals carry the story along. It's not the typical clean-lined big-eyed style you may picture when you hear the word `manga.' It's grittier, with deft strokes of the pen.
When the blood starts to fly, Goseki captures the intensity better than any other manga artist I've ever encountered.

I'm happy to say that Dark Horse chose not to attempt to translate words with no direct English equivalent. Instead, they included a short but informative glossary of terms at the back of the book to explain the meanings.

The book collects together Lone Wolf and Cub volumes 1 and 2, and the first part of the stories from volume 3 of the original series (16 chapters in total).

If you enjoy the book, I highly recommend all 6 of the original language film adaptations (not the dubbed versions). The Complete Lone Wolf & Cub Boxset [DVD] [1972]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing first collection of a great tale., 8 Nov 2013
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Great value, recollecting the Lone Wolf and Cub story in a 3 in 1 format and printed on a larger scale. Cant really ask for more.
One of the definitive samurai, ronin Mangas, a must for any fan of Edo Japan, swordplay and the like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody and cute, how cool is that?, 24 May 2013
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This book is definitely worth a try, the storyline is great, very enjoyable, the characters are likable and funny when needed, the art is fantastic, it’s good to look at. I recommend this book to anyone who loves comics or just interested in getting to know the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, 22 Oct 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars A visually stunning samurai tale that still disappoints, 1 May 2014
This review is from: Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus Volume 1 (Lone Wolf & Cub Omnibus) (Paperback)
One has the distinct sense when reading `Lone Wolf & Cub' that one is reading a clearly serialised manga collected together in an omnibus volume as opposed to a larger story with an over-arching narrative originally split up but now brought together into a cohesive whole. If viewed in this light, `Lone Wolf & Cub' can be enjoyed if you accept this reality and are not expecting much of an over-arching narrative, but even then it has its problems.

Even if accepting of its form, one can't help but feel frustrated that with such a great setting and a potentially interesting character in an unusual set of circumstances and that despite a lot seeming to happen in terms of action and interesting stories in of themselves, `Lone Wolf & Cub' never brings these individual yarns together into a larger satisfying whole. Still, one must review what is here as opposed to what one wishes was here.

Despite its lack of a larger narrative, there is still something resembling a plot strand connecting the assassinations together, but little progress is made in terms of said plot in this first omnibus anyway (somewhat forgivable with the serialised nature) but even when it comes to character development, the manga falls short. Indeed it is this latter of points which is most unfortunate. The Lone Wolf himself is a very typical brooding, masterful Ronin samurai warrior, and in this respect he's rather uninspired and unoriginal, but it's his characters more interesting 'dark side' aspects (without actually being evil or malicious, rather having a strange version of the samurai code) that have so much potential and yet develop little over the course of the series of assassinations he goes on. You can see there is an inner complexity to this character that is very fascinating, steeped in uniquely Japanese concepts, but the characters fixed, unmoving nature makes it hard to care about him or his journey on anything other than a distant, intellectual level. His son, the 'cub' in question, is equally an unchanging character, and perhaps this is a point the writer is trying make considering the nature of the tale, but either way it doesn't make me care too much about either character.

This is particularly true with the action scenes, which always follow the same well-trodden formulas: either a massacre with Lone Wolf emerging unscathed or a one-on-one showdown that takes the all too familiar 'two samurai stare at one another over a distance then one swift, single strike' form. The action becomes frankly tedious as opposed to exciting and riveting as the viscerally impacting drawings make out because there is nothing ever at stake for the titular protagonist. In all, reading `Lone Wolf & Cub' is a strangely unemotional, cold affair.

However, what makes me want to keep reading, or more accurately looking, is the art, for here `Lone Wolf & Cub' excels beyond so much other comic work. The drawings, whilst clearly by a Japanese manga artist, nonetheless posses their own unique style that help them stand out from a good deal of said art which can often feel very homogenised. It stands out most of all for its gorgeous attention to detail, which I'm a stickler for. What they depict as well is equally as impressive; the rendering of Tokugawa Japan is incredibly authentic and indeed the manga's historical accuracy so well evokes the time and period that if nothing else, `Lone Wolf & Cub' is an excellent window into this fascinating period of Japanese history. Its just unfortunate that the backdrop to the story is more compelling than either the story or characters themselves, despite their being great potential for both to shine.

I have also read the second Omnibus, which again has some spell-binding art but still lacks any really compelling character or narrative developments. Despite even the arts greatness, I'm not so sure if I'll be picking up the rest.
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