4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A classic, which maintains its quality over the series,
This review is from: Blade of the Immortal Vol 1: Blood of a Thousand: Blood of a Thousand v. 1 (Paperback)
I bought this book because I was impressed by the artwork, but found that the art wasn't the only great thing about this series.
The story starts off a little hazy (Samura doesn't seem to be able to make up his wind on the plot), but it soon regulates and keeps getting better. The immortality thing sounds cheesy (it's been done to death, but best applied in 3x3 Eyes), but Samura uses it as an excuse to give the reader amazing swordfights, where are "invinsible hero" isn't a strong as he first appears (He's always getting carved up, but never killed), but still prooves himself to be the coolest comic character to date.
If you want a samurai type of graphic novel, then this is samurai period on the wild side (it isn't too concerned with the honor factor of many samurai period comics) as it focuses on the side of martial arts as a system of fighting, rather than a parlour game (as a practicing martial artist this subject strikes a particular note with me).
A more traditional (but equally violent) samurai period series I also recommend for the traditionalists out there recommend is "Lone Wolf and Cub", personally I'd get both (hey, I did!).
In short, this is an epic series with love, betrayal, a long running essay (it's the basis of the story) on the potential mess of wrongly tought martial arts, and lots and lots of violence (plus dechanged parts of bodies, not for the easily disturbed).
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