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In this thrilling volume, the rabbit ronin teams up with--and faces off against--a multitude of unexpected characters! First, bandits plunder a village threatened by flooding . . . but their reasons for pillaging will surprise even the most steadfast! Then, Usagi must work alongside his natural enemy--a Kappa--to cast out a violent renegade of the same species. Later, a Ko In this thrilling volume, the rabbit ronin teams up with--and faces off against--a multitude of unexpected characters! First, bandits plunder a village threatened by flooding . . . but their reasons for pillaging will surprise even the most steadfast! Then, Usagi must work alongside his natural enemy--a Kappa--to cast out a violent renegade of the same species. Later, a Komori ninja must honor her debts when she and Usagi end up on opposing sides of a trade agreement gone wrong. Finally, Inspector Ishida returns to investigate a ghastly painting known only as the Hell Screen! Collects Usagi Yojimbo issues #152-#158.


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In this thrilling volume, the rabbit ronin teams up with--and faces off against--a multitude of unexpected characters! First, bandits plunder a village threatened by flooding . . . but their reasons for pillaging will surprise even the most steadfast! Then, Usagi must work alongside his natural enemy--a Kappa--to cast out a violent renegade of the same species. Later, a Ko In this thrilling volume, the rabbit ronin teams up with--and faces off against--a multitude of unexpected characters! First, bandits plunder a village threatened by flooding . . . but their reasons for pillaging will surprise even the most steadfast! Then, Usagi must work alongside his natural enemy--a Kappa--to cast out a violent renegade of the same species. Later, a Komori ninja must honor her debts when she and Usagi end up on opposing sides of a trade agreement gone wrong. Finally, Inspector Ishida returns to investigate a ghastly painting known only as the Hell Screen! Collects Usagi Yojimbo issues #152-#158.

30 review for Usagi Yojimbo Volume 31: The Hell Screen Limited Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Zack B.

    I'm giving this book 4 stars because only a handful of people rate the Usagi Yojimbo volumes on here and I want to keep it's score up, but honestly it's been kinda hard to get excited about this series for a while. The art is still top notch as always, Stan Sakai is really a master craftsman when it comes to his simple, cartoonish, yet beautiful black-and-white linework. But in terms of the stories contained here I feel like the days of the big grand epic tales are gone for Usagi Yojimbo. I would I'm giving this book 4 stars because only a handful of people rate the Usagi Yojimbo volumes on here and I want to keep it's score up, but honestly it's been kinda hard to get excited about this series for a while. The art is still top notch as always, Stan Sakai is really a master craftsman when it comes to his simple, cartoonish, yet beautiful black-and-white linework. But in terms of the stories contained here I feel like the days of the big grand epic tales are gone for Usagi Yojimbo. I would honestly love to see this series finally end in a massive finale, involving a final showdown with Lord Hikiji, and some sort of resolution for the wandering long-eared samurai. I know Stan Sakai, and many readers, see this series more as an exploration of Japanese folklore, which it still is very good for, but for stories that really set this series apart, it's been years since I've seen anything like that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Evan

    When this comic ends, we will have lost something special. I want to appreciate it while it’s here.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Václav

    (4,3 z 5 za další skvělý soubor Usagiho dobrodružství) Krásná souhra náhod - sotva jsem dočetl komplet Sixth Gun, což je opus Cullena Bunna a první Usagi, který na mě čeká, má od něj předmluvu. Pekelná malba je klasická kompozice - Usagi putuje, prožije si několik menších příběhů, které jsou avšak kvalitně zasazené do jeho putování. Pak následuje větší příběh a nakonec zase pár menších. Tuto skladbu mám rád - první příběhy člověka vtáhnou do světa, velký příběh proletí s očima přilepenými na strán (4,3 z 5 za další skvělý soubor Usagiho dobrodružství) Krásná souhra náhod - sotva jsem dočetl komplet Sixth Gun, což je opus Cullena Bunna a první Usagi, který na mě čeká, má od něj předmluvu. Pekelná malba je klasická kompozice - Usagi putuje, prožije si několik menších příběhů, které jsou avšak kvalitně zasazené do jeho putování. Pak následuje větší příběh a nakonec zase pár menších. Tuto skladbu mám rád - první příběhy člověka vtáhnou do světa, velký příběh proletí s očima přilepenými na stránkách a další krátké příběhy (často s "doslovem") ho "uklidní" a zase přesunou do většího rámce Usagiho putování před koncem knihy. První sada je Řeka se zvedá - velmi dobrý příběh s nečekaným druhým finále v dalším příběhu - Kyuri. Na ten pak zase navazuje další příběh Kazehime, který má opět tradiční "nosítkovou" část. Pak následuje ústřední příběh - Pekelná malba, kde se opět setkáme s oblíbeným inspektorem Ishidou a opět se bude rozplétat nějaká kriminalita. Zápletka je velmi klasická. Ale musím ocenit, jak i klasickou zápletku dokáže Stan vyšperkovat tak, že má člověk problém ji, byť na chvíli, odložit. Následné krátké příběhy jsou tady pouze jeden, a ani to není tradičnější doslov. Ale o to je hezčí a melancholičtější (a víc říkat už nebudu). Celkově opět velmi pěkná a dobře vyvážená kniha, kvalitní po stránce vyprávění i kresby.

  4. 4 out of 5

    billyskye

    Another lovely compilation of stories and artwork. This collection is bookended by two classic Usagi Yojimbo tales exploring interesting facets of Japanese folklore: the intro focused on the cucumber-loving yōkai called kappa and the conclusion looking into the mythical practice of ubasute in a story reminiscent of The Ballad of Narayama. The chapter “Kazehime” is a short but solid adventure that ties together a number of compelling characters from the Usagi Yojimbo back catalogues: the Komori N Another lovely compilation of stories and artwork. This collection is bookended by two classic Usagi Yojimbo tales exploring interesting facets of Japanese folklore: the intro focused on the cucumber-loving yōkai called kappa and the conclusion looking into the mythical practice of ubasute in a story reminiscent of The Ballad of Narayama. The chapter “Kazehime” is a short but solid adventure that ties together a number of compelling characters from the Usagi Yojimbo back catalogues: the Komori Ninja, Lord Hikiji, and Yamaguchi Kyosai. That said, the bulk of this book revolves around the enigmatic Hell Screen and its role in an Inspector Ishida murder mystery at the rain-soaked Temple of the Golden Buddha. Though contained, this arc is a wonderful, haunting addition and a thoroughly gripping read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Borja

    Sé que no es su mejor tomo, pero volver a las historias de Usagi después de tanto tiempo ha sido un autentico placer.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Exaggerated highs and lows, but still very good. Review: https://derailmentsofthought.com/2017... Exaggerated highs and lows, but still very good. Review: https://derailmentsofthought.com/2017...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Clinton Sheppard

    Another fine collection. Stan's art and stories are so good. Another fine collection. Stan's art and stories are so good.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bill Coffin

    This is a cumulative review of the 35 volumes of collected Usagi Yojimbo stories that have been published to date. They span a 37-year history, across the first seven volumes published by Fantagraphics, across the next 24 volumes published by Dark Horse, and finally across the most recent three volumes published by IDW, bringing us to Usagi Yojimbo v35: Homecoming, published in 2021. This review does not include the volumes Space Usagi, Usagi Yojimbo: Yokai, Usagi Yojimbo: Senso, Usagi Yojimbo/T This is a cumulative review of the 35 volumes of collected Usagi Yojimbo stories that have been published to date. They span a 37-year history, across the first seven volumes published by Fantagraphics, across the next 24 volumes published by Dark Horse, and finally across the most recent three volumes published by IDW, bringing us to Usagi Yojimbo v35: Homecoming, published in 2021. This review does not include the volumes Space Usagi, Usagi Yojimbo: Yokai, Usagi Yojimbo: Senso, Usagi Yojimbo/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Collection, or Chibi Usagi: Attack of the Heebie Chibis. In a land very much like Japan, in a time very much like the early days of the Tokugawa Shogunate, when legions of samurai suddenly found themselves out of work in a war-torn land trying to get back to normal, a masterless samurai - a ronin - named Usagi Yojimbo walks the path of a student-warrior. He goes wherever fate takes him, living by his honor, his swordsmanship and by the grace of the friends he makes along the way. On his endless adventures, Usagi confronts wicked bandits, cruel tyrants, sinister assassins, and dire supernatural fiends. He often encounters humble folk plying their trade in an often cruel and harsh world (and along the way, learns a bit about their work, like brewing sake or weaving tatami mats). Along his way, he builds a vast cast of friends, allies and rivals, including the bounty hunger Gen, fellow samurai )and love interest) Tomoe, the ninja Chizu, the third Kitsune, the noble lord Noriyuki, the stalwart Inspector Ishida, and of course, Usagi’s own son (and chip off the old block), Jotaro. And just as well, he builds no small list of enemies, including the dire Lord Hikiji (the power-hungry lord who is the very reason why Usagi no longer has a master), the Neko and Komori ninja clans, the Koroshi league of assassins, and the demonic ronin Jei. Amid all this, Usagi strives to uphold the warrior ideals of bushido and find a sense of enlightenment on his journey. The stories are often funny, exciting, smart, sharp, tight, and occasionally touched with tragedy. They offer an informed look at medieval Japan, and pay no small number of homages to all kinds of cultural references both ancient and modern, as a reflect of Sakai’s own journey to connect with his personal heritage and honor it with his stories. They are simultaneously suitable for adults and kids alike - despite all of the carnage, Sakai never descends into gruesome detail, and yet, the many scenes of battle never seem so sanitized that they lost their gravity. The artwork is distinct and excellent. Sakai’s is a master of sharp lifework (as well as lettering), and since he writes, pencils, inks and letters every issue solo, there is a uniformity and consistency to Usagi Yojimbo that you just don’t find in many other comics or cartoons. Until the last few volumes, it is all B&W, but Sakai’s sense of depth as well as his supremely skilled panel composition, pulls you in so deeply that you forget if it’s in color or not. You are under Usagi’s spell from the first page, and along for the ride, however long it goes. To get an idea of the length, breadth and depth of how beloved an impactful Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo series has been, look no further than the introductions to each of the collected volumes published to date. There you will find a dazzling array of some of the finest talents in modern cartooning, who have a seemingly endless variety of ways to say how much they love Usagi Yojimbo, how impactful it has been on their own careers, and how great Stan Sakai has been himself as a goodwill ambassador for both cartooning as well as of the Japanese culture he so masterfully serves throughout his stories. For those who have not yet enjoyed these stories for the first time, a wonderful journey awaits you. Usagi Yojimbo was created during those days in the 80s when anthropomorphic martial arts characters were all the rage. And yet, Usagi Yojimbo stood apart almost immediately. He might have been a rabbit ronin in a world of talking, walking animals, but he never seemed to be drafting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or trying to comment on the martial-art zoo comic trend. From the beginning, Usagi Yojimbo, like its titular character, was determined to walk its own path, to be the best it could be, and to celebrate the things in life that are worth celebrating: devotion to one’s craft, honoring one’s family, upholding one’s obligations, serving one’s highest aspirations, accepting one’s limitations, and acknowledging one’s flaws. The stories are largely episodic varying in length from just a few pages, to an entire collection. They often are self-contained, but just as often reference slowly building meta plots, or serve an entire, novel-length story on their own. Everything is delicately interconnected, and yet, without such a heavy continuity that one can not simply pick up any of these volumes and begin reading without skipping a beat. Such is this series, endlessly accessible and friendly to beginners, and endlessly rewarding to long-time fans for whom earned narrative developments deliver terrific dividends. As with any series of this length, some moments in it won’t land as well with the reader as others. But there just are not that many lows with this - if you appreciate what Sakai is doing here, you’re likely to enjoy pretty much all of it. There are some volumes that really stand out, largely because they tell the biggest and most epic stories (v04: The Dragon Bellows Conspiracy, v12: Grasscutter, v15: Grasscutter II - Journey to Astuta Shrine, v17: Duel at Kitanoji, v19: Fathers and Sons, v28: Red Scorpion, v32: The Hidden, and v35:Homecoming all come to mind), but really, the entire catalog of worth enjoying on equal terms. It’s saying something indeed that the most recent volume of Usagi Yojimbo tells one of the most compelling and moving stories of the entire series. Some edges dull over time, but as a storyteller, Stan Sakai’s edge never does. Usagi Yojimbo has been hailed as one of the greatest independent comics ever. And it is. But it is more than that. It is one of the greatest comics, period. Read every volume. You will be glad that you did.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    A better mix of stories than some previous volumes. There's a long Inspector Ishida one and one about mythological creatures, but the last one with the mother and son was the most emotionally affecting. A better mix of stories than some previous volumes. There's a long Inspector Ishida one and one about mythological creatures, but the last one with the mother and son was the most emotionally affecting.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Every time I review an Usagi Yojimbo book, I say the same things: strong storytelling; bold artwork; vivid characters. The Hell Screen is no different, since Sakai is still a natural at all of those things. His established characters ring true and honest, and his newly-introduced ones, while less developed, are drawn well enough to serve their purpose in the stories. The theme of this volume seems to be rain, as the stories all take place during thunderstorms. The first two stories have an overla Every time I review an Usagi Yojimbo book, I say the same things: strong storytelling; bold artwork; vivid characters. The Hell Screen is no different, since Sakai is still a natural at all of those things. His established characters ring true and honest, and his newly-introduced ones, while less developed, are drawn well enough to serve their purpose in the stories. The theme of this volume seems to be rain, as the stories all take place during thunderstorms. The first two stories have an overlap I haven't seen in Sakai's stories before, where they diverge in the midpoint of the first one. The second story begins at that divergence, which felt odd (as near as I can recall, Sakai has never gone back in his timeline, though he's used flashbacks before), but it made sense once I understood what he was doing. I say this every time I review an Usagi Yojimbo book, but if you haven't yet read these books, you should. They have appeal for all readers of all ages, and the storytelling is so good that it's a shame not to experience it. You have a long way to go to catch up (this is volume 31!), but it's worth it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Martin Štefko

    Stan Sakai je pro mě jako přítel, i když jsem ho samozřejmě nikdy neznal. Ale přemýšlím o něm jako o Stanovi, po všech knížkách, které jsem od něj přečetl, což jsou všechny, které vyšly česky, je to prostě starý známý, u kterého vím, že mě každou svou knihou dostane, že mě ohromí, že mě oslní. A nejinak je tomu v případě knihy "Usagi Yojimbo 31: Pekelná malba". Jasně, byl bych rád, kdyby před námi dál rostl hlavní příběh, kdyby se posouval, vyvíjel. Ale je jasné, že ten by nemohl růst donekonečn Stan Sakai je pro mě jako přítel, i když jsem ho samozřejmě nikdy neznal. Ale přemýšlím o něm jako o Stanovi, po všech knížkách, které jsem od něj přečetl, což jsou všechny, které vyšly česky, je to prostě starý známý, u kterého vím, že mě každou svou knihou dostane, že mě ohromí, že mě oslní. A nejinak je tomu v případě knihy "Usagi Yojimbo 31: Pekelná malba". Jasně, byl bych rád, kdyby před námi dál rostl hlavní příběh, kdyby se posouval, vyvíjel. Ale je jasné, že ten by nemohl růst donekonečna. A tak Stan volí raději kratší epizody, které posouvají Usagiho spíše v prostoru než v ději samotném. Ale i ty krátké epizody vás dovedou rozebrat, protože Stan skvěle pracuje jak s postavami, tak s vyprávěním a jeho formami nebo s emocemi. Pokud byste si měli vybrat jedinou komiksovou sérii, kterou číst, asi bych vám doporučil právě sérii "Usagi Yojimbo". Ani jednou mě nezklamala.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vickey

    The art and storytelling in this volume is amazing as always - the scenes of working to build a dyke to stop a flooding river from destroying a village are particularly good - but I prefer a bit more lightness and humour in my stories so it's not my favourite Usagi book. The main story in this volume is a 3-part Inspector Ishida mystery centred around a Buddhist temple's Hell Screen. It's a dark and sinister tale. The other stories are just heartbreakingly sad. It's interesting to see Stan Sakai The art and storytelling in this volume is amazing as always - the scenes of working to build a dyke to stop a flooding river from destroying a village are particularly good - but I prefer a bit more lightness and humour in my stories so it's not my favourite Usagi book. The main story in this volume is a 3-part Inspector Ishida mystery centred around a Buddhist temple's Hell Screen. It's a dark and sinister tale. The other stories are just heartbreakingly sad. It's interesting to see Stan Sakai flex his storytelling skills and I will recommend this book, but maybe not to younger kids.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Inspector Ishida is back, trying to solve the mystery of the Hell Screen! Wonderful story full of clashing personalities and motives, with a side of spookiness. The "Fate of the Elders" story was beautiful and moved me to tears. Very thankful that this collection moved away from stories of Usagi fighting a bandit horde/robber baron to save a village or town. I feel like that kind of story has happened a lot across the Usagi books and it was a relief to see something new. There are bandits but the Inspector Ishida is back, trying to solve the mystery of the Hell Screen! Wonderful story full of clashing personalities and motives, with a side of spookiness. The "Fate of the Elders" story was beautiful and moved me to tears. Very thankful that this collection moved away from stories of Usagi fighting a bandit horde/robber baron to save a village or town. I feel like that kind of story has happened a lot across the Usagi books and it was a relief to see something new. There are bandits but their story is much different.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    Loved the stories collected in this volume including the three part title story. It's always fun when Stan Sakai blends both Usagi and Inspector Ishida into stories. You get the action packed samurai story combined with the mysteries that Ishida has to solve. The stories are full of history, but not overwhelmed by those historical facts. Instead they are seamlessly told inside of the story. This is one of the best comic series I've ever read. Loved the stories collected in this volume including the three part title story. It's always fun when Stan Sakai blends both Usagi and Inspector Ishida into stories. You get the action packed samurai story combined with the mysteries that Ishida has to solve. The stories are full of history, but not overwhelmed by those historical facts. Instead they are seamlessly told inside of the story. This is one of the best comic series I've ever read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Norgri

    I love samurai movies. I love graphic novels. Is it any wonder that I love Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo series? Usagi Yojimbo is a rabbit ronin (masterless samurai), and The Hell Screen is the 31st installment of his adventures in pre-industrial Japan. Like every other book in the series, Mr. Sakai tells exciting and often intricate stories in a most engaging way. I love samurai movies. I love graphic novels. Is it any wonder that I love Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo series? Usagi Yojimbo is a rabbit ronin (masterless samurai), and The Hell Screen is the 31st installment of his adventures in pre-industrial Japan. Like every other book in the series, Mr. Sakai tells exciting and often intricate stories in a most engaging way.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    31 volumes in, and Usagi continues to impress. The most eye-catching aspect of this volume is the way Stan Sakai captures the storms of the rainy season. There are several full-page cloud scenes, and much of this book is dark and wet. Everything drips and thunders, and the stories match the art perfectly, and vice versa.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Isaac Timm

    I binges 31 books in these collections in a year, followed it from 1984 with Godzilla puns to rain and the nature of life's purpose in 2017. Stan Sakai creates a mosaic of wonderful characters to tell the stories he loves and allows us along for the ride. A true master and great storyteller that leaves the reader with a warmth of the telling and longing to know what's next. I binges 31 books in these collections in a year, followed it from 1984 with Godzilla puns to rain and the nature of life's purpose in 2017. Stan Sakai creates a mosaic of wonderful characters to tell the stories he loves and allows us along for the ride. A true master and great storyteller that leaves the reader with a warmth of the telling and longing to know what's next.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patrice

    Once again, more fantastic art and storytelling by Stan Sakai. Inspector Ishida returns to solve another mystery in The Hell Screen and Kazehime and The Fate of Elders were very moving. I enjoyed this installment immensely.

  19. 4 out of 5

    ISMOTU

    Usagi Yojimbo's adventures continue to be fun and exciting. This volume has a great story involving the return of the Komori Ninja and a 3-part murder mystery involving Inspector Ishida. Stan Sakai still has it folks! Usagi Yojimbo's adventures continue to be fun and exciting. This volume has a great story involving the return of the Komori Ninja and a 3-part murder mystery involving Inspector Ishida. Stan Sakai still has it folks!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    via NYPL - Another excellent installment, featuring an Inspector Ishida mystery, folklore (including a kappa vs kappa confrontation), and insightful peeks into feudal Japanese life. Always recommended.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Bryan

    What a great story. The art is outstanding as always.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amverbo

    Como siempre, Sakai no decepciona. Historias cortas y una un poco más larga, mantiene el nivel esperado. Especialmente interesante la última de ellas, con un giro tan Sakai que no te lo ves venir.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    Stan Sakai is a living treasure. Every volume of Usagi Yojimbo is magnificent (and a five star read)!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Sheppard

    Excellent once again, of course. Great job Sakai San, keep it up!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Albert

    I love Stan Sakai and Usagi Yojimbo. So it's not a surprise that I would like this volume. However, I was really impressed by Stan's drawing of nature in this volume. Opening story involved a flood and heavy rain --- Stan drew the hell out of that. Following stories involve lots of forests that were also drawn very well. I am very happy to still be surprised by Stan and his masterwork. I love Stan Sakai and Usagi Yojimbo. So it's not a surprise that I would like this volume. However, I was really impressed by Stan's drawing of nature in this volume. Opening story involved a flood and heavy rain --- Stan drew the hell out of that. Following stories involve lots of forests that were also drawn very well. I am very happy to still be surprised by Stan and his masterwork.

  26. 4 out of 5

    David H.

    Retroactive Review (12 Sep 2021): Please see my review of the series here under the first volume. Retroactive Review (12 Sep 2021): Please see my review of the series here under the first volume.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Johanna

  28. 5 out of 5

    Celia M Cragg

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rusty

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dany Belanger

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