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The iconic inhabitants of Larry Marder's unique Beanworld universe are introduced in this complete collection of Beanworld comic-book issues #1-#21! Join Mr. Spook, Professor Garbanzo, Beanish, and many others as they experience adventures in their world that prove, whether friends or adversaries, they are all ultimately dependent on each other for survival. Marder's deceptively simple artwork illustrates a self-contained ecological fantasy realm with its own unique rules, truths, and lingo. Beanworld has delighted readers from grade school to grad school for more than a generation, earning a spot on the New York Times Graphic Books Best Sellers List.
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From the Eisner and Harvey award-winning creator of SNARKED and writer of the acclaimed comic series D4VE comes this humorous, absurd adventure tale about a family on the run. Daggum Criminy's peaceful life is suddenly interrupted as pirates invade his island, casting Criminy's family out as refugees into the wild unknown in search of a new home. Soon, the Criminys find themselves hopping from one strange locale to another, each with their own bizarre environment, people, and challenges; putting Daggum and fam in constant peril as they search for a new peaceful place to call home.
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Robert Louis Stevenson's tale of swashbuckling adventure comes to life in this adaptation that stars Mickey, Goofy, and Pegleg Pete! For as long as he can remember, Jim Mousekins has dreamed of a life of adventure. His dream is suddenly realized when a mysterious man known only as "The Captain" takes up residence at Jim's family's inn, has the boy on the lookout for "the cat with one hind paw," and tells frightening stories of wild places, disappearances, and the wicked sea-faring pirate, Blot! After finding a treasure map in the captain's wooden chest, Jim, friends, and a hired crew set out on an ocean voyage looking for the island that hides the fortune. But trouble strikes as they reach land: a gang of scheming pirates, hidden among the crew, forces Jim and his friends to flee for their lives! The race is on, as they rush to find the location of the treasure, make it back to the ship, and out to sea--before the pirates capture them and force them all to walk the plank!
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Multiple Eisner-award winning author Paul Tobin returns, with Brittney Williams making her Plants vs. Zombies debut with another imaginative addition to the New York Times bestselling series! On your bookmarks...get set...GO! Let the bookish battle commence! When Dr. Zomboss and Crazy Dave find themselves members of the same book club, a literary war is inevitable! The position of leader of the book club opens up and the plants vs. zombies rivalry heats up as Zomboss and Crazy Dave compete for the top spot while Nate, Patrice, and their intrepid plants take on the zombies in a scholarly scuffle for the ages!
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Dr. Zomboss is back with another set of nefarious plans to defeat the pesky plants and Neighborville's resident adventurers Nate and Patrice! When Zomboss sets his sights on destroying the yards in town and rendering the plants homeless without anywhere to grow, it's up to the daring duo, along with Crazy Dave and his band of plants, to thwart his plans and claim victory once again! However, it turns out that those plans include dogs, cats, rabbits, hammock sloths, and even more pets, plus dinosaurs, making things a lot zanier. The kid-acclaimed and critically-acclaimed team of Paul Tobin and Ron Chan return to the pages of Plants vs. Zombies to deliver another thrilling, joke-filled fracas! Also featuring a bonus story by PvZ newcomer artist, Philip Murphy, this graphic novel is not to be missed!
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Young adventurers Patrice and Nate have followed neighborhood defender Crazy Dave throughout time--but are they ready to investigate a school campus to keep the streets safe from zombies? In Plants vs. Zombies: Bully For You, they'll be visiting a very strange college in an attempt to take down Dr. Zomboss yet again--and any school visit's tolerable if you get to battle zombies! Paul Tobin (Prometheus, Bandette) and Ron Chan (The Guild, X-Men) join forces with the mysterious Anti-Bully Squad to deliver a hilarious, all-ages romp to your school! Featuring special bonus stories illustrated by acclaimed creators Dustin Nguyen, Jennifer Meyer, and Peter Bagge! Praise for previous volumes of the Dark Horse Plants vs. Zombies graphic novel series: "Wonderful fun and silliness await you in this book, and you'll be sure to leave it with a smile on your face and zombie bits on your lawn." -Fanboy Comics "This is one of the more fun video game adaptations that I've read and the most fun I've had with a zombie story since Zombieland." -Front Towards Gamer "If you like Plants vs. Zombies this comic adds to its appeal. It's a good clean read for all ages." -Eat Your Comics
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A group of young plants move out of Crazy Dave's garage and into his huge family mansion in Neighborville. But why is Dr. Zomboss spying on them? Artist Andie Tong joins writer Paul Tobin for this three-issue arc! Bonus stories by Karim Friha, Nneka Myers, and others! Collects Plants vs. Zombies #4-#6.
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The best-selling game adaptation roars forward! Sun-powered, plant-driven speedsters versus imp-powered, zombie-driven hot rods! Let the races begin! Crazy Dave takes on the incredibly tough Don't Blink video game--and he also challenges Dr. Zomboss to a series of races to determine the future of Neighborville! The car-filled competition is underway! Paul Tobin and Ron Chan return to deliver another hilarious zombie battle to your burg! Collects issues #7-#9 of the series. * Eisner Award winner Paul Tobin continues his hilarious PVZ run! * The official comic of the addictive video games!
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Crazy Dave's brainy niece Patrice, neighborhood daredevil Nathan Timely, and a batch of bold plants discover "Zomboss's Secret Plan for Raising a Zombie Army Underground and Then Swallowing the Entire City of Neighborville Whole!" A rare Boom Boom Mushroom must be found in order to save the humans above ground! Crazy Dave and a strange new animal friend (maybe stranger than Dave!) search for the powerful mushroom, while Zomboss puts his plot for subterranean subterfuge in motion! This collection includes the main "Boom Boom Mushroom" story arc, along with all bonus stories from Plants vs. Zombies comics #10-#12! PopCap's immensely popular Plants vs. Zombies game gets another serving of hilarious, plant-filled, zombie-zapping comics! These durable, value-priced hardcovers are aimed at game players of all ages!
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A new, standalone Plants vs. Zombies graphic novel by award-winning creators Paul Tobin (Bandette, Mystery Girl) and Brian Smith (SpongeBob Comics, The Stuff of Legend)! Evil mastermind Zomboss is back, hoping to buy the same factory at the center of Neighborville that his nemesis Crazy Dave is eyeing! Zomboss wants to build a zombie factory, of course, and position his new army in the best location possible. Will Crazy Dave, his helpers Nate and Patrice, and their batch of intelligent plants beat Zomboss to the punch and get the factory for themselves? The Battle Extravagonzo is on! - Eisner Award-winner Paul Tobin continues his acclaimed PvZ run! - All-ages insanity from award-winning creators Paul Tobin and Brian Smith! - The official comic of the addictive video games! - The best-selling game adaptation roars forward!
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The New York Times best selling series is back! Every year as Halloween draws near, strange creatures and weird contraptions start appearing in everyone's lawns in Neighborville. A Neighborville Halloween is weird enough, but Zomboss and his zombie army want to turn the holiday into their own scarier Lawn of Doom celebration! With Zomboss filling everyone's yards with traps and special zombies, Crazy Dave, young genius Patrice, neighborhood daredevil Nate, and a batch of brave, boisterous plants fight back in contests of best tricks, best treats, and best costumes! Eisner Award-winning writer Paul Tobin and fan-favorite artist Ron Chan tell this tale of Halloween hijinks! Written by multiple Eisner Award-winner Paul Tobin! In time for Halloween--the secrets behind PopCap's annual Lawn of Doom event! For fans of the phone and console video games! The official comic of the addictive video games!
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PopCap's immensely popular Plants vs. Zombies game gets another serving of hilarious, plant-filled, zombie-zapping comics! Dr. Zomboss erroneously believes that all humans hold a secret desire to run away and join the circus, so he aims to use his newly created "Big Z's Adequately Amazing Flytrap Circus" to lure Neighborville's citizens to their doom! Not only does starting a zombie circus prove difficult, though, but once plant-friendly neighborhood defenders Nate and Patrice infiltrate his show, Ringmaster Zomboss and his hapless zombies are in for a garden-ful of trouble! Paul Tobin and Jacob Chabot join forces to deliver Plants vs. Zombies: The Greatest Show Unearthed, another standalone, all-ages PvZ graphic novel.
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The confusing-yet-brilliant inventor known only as Crazy Dave helps his niece, Patrice, and young adventurer Nate Timely fend off a "fun-dead" neighborhood invasion in Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon! Winner of over thirty "Game of the Year" awards, Plants vs. Zombies is now determined to shuffle onto all-ages bookshelves to tickle funny bones and thrill... brains. * The first Plants vs. Zombies comic book!
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PopCap's immensely popular Plants vs. Zombies game gets another serving of hilarious, plant-filled, zombie-zapping comics! Crazy Dave--the babbling-yet-brilliant inventor and top-notch neighborhood defender--helps his niece, Patrice, and young adventurer Nate Timely fend off Zomboss's latest global attack in Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse! This new, standalone tale will tickle your funny bones and thrill . . . your brains! Paul Tobin (Bandette, Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon Falling Skies) and Ron Chan (The Guild, Husbands) join forces with a bevy of time-tossed plants to deliver a hilarious, all-ages romp to your timeline!
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Experience the rabbit action epic that might have been! More than just a precursor to Stan Sakai's beloved Usagi Yojimbo, his tales of medieval unwits Nilson and Hermy are every bit as funny, exciting, and beautifully illustrated as the saga of the familiar rabbit ronin! Collecting Nilson and Hermy's complete exploits! * Collects every Nilson story, plus rarely seen extra art! * Newly scanned from Sakai's original art and colored by Usagi colorist Tom Luth! * Don't miss Nilson and Hermy in November's Dark Horse Presents #30! "Stan Sakai is a master."--Alejandro Jodorowsky "Stan Sakai is one of the few artists working in comics who completely understand the medium."--Jeff Smith
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Get the story of the mulchifying super hit Plants vs. Zombies... from the zombies' point of view. Part zombie memoir, part celebration of zombie triumphs, and part antiplant screed, this treasure trove of never-before-seen concept art covers Plants vs. Zombies, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and more! * Part art book--part zombie memoir! * Eighty-eight pages of "behind-the-leaves" material! * The original Plants vs. Zombies game has been installed over 100 million times and has 16 million active users!
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From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale, comes the complete collection of the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel from Margaret Atwood! Internationally best-selling and respected novelist Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Johnnie Christmas collaborate for one of the most highly anticipated comic book and literary events! A genetic engineer caught in the middle of a chemical accident all of a sudden finds himself with superhuman abilities. With these new powers he takes on the identity of Angel Catbird and gets caught in the middle of a war between animal/human hybrids. What follows is a humorous, action-driven, educational, and pulp- inspired superhero adventure--with a lot of cat puns. Includes previously unpublished art by Margaret Atwood. Collects Angel Catbird volumes 1-3
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Celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of Stan Sakai's beloved rabbit ronin, Dark Horse proudly presents Miyamoto Usagi's epic trek along the warrior's path in a new series of deluxe compilations, beginning with over 600 pages of Usagi's essential adventures. Collects Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 2#1-#16 and Vol. 3#1-#6! * Stan Sakai's series gets the deluxe treatment from Dark Horse! * Over 600 pages of samurai action and adventure! * Full-color cover gallery! * Usagi Yojimbo has won multiple awards and been published all over the world! * Also available in a limited edition of 900 signed copies.
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The adventures of Stan Sakai's beloved Miyamoto Usagi hit an early peak in this new deluxe compilation! Volume Two features the rabbit ronin's first encounters with the Lord of Owls, Inspector Ishida, and more, and is highlighted by the Eisner Award-winning Grasscutter, a grand tale assembling nearly all the series' characters in a struggle over the grasscutting sword of Japanese legend, with the fate of the nation in the balance! This omnibus collects Usagi Yojimbo Book 11: Seasons, Usagi Yojimbo Book 12: Grasscutter, and Usagi Yojimbo Book 13: Grey Shadows.
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The third volume in Dark Horse's definitive Usagi Yojimbo compilations showcases Stan Sakai's epic series at its best! Usagi faces a terrifying new foe who wears a demon mask; the Eisner-winning "Grasscutter" storyline receives a sequel, "Return to Atsuta Shrine;" pickpocket Kitsune's history is revealed; fan-favorite character Sasuke the Demon Queller makes his debut; and a beloved ally long thought dead returns! Throughout, Sakai's storytelling constitutes a master class in the comics form! Collects Usagi Yojimbo Volume Three #31-#52, along with stories from Dark Horse Presents and more!
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Miyamoto Usagi's past returns as he fights alongside his former teacher and struggles with the knowledge that his traveling companion Jotaro is his son! The Neko ninja and fan-favorite character Sasuké the Demon Queller reappear, and a manga classic is paid tribute in "Lone Goat and Kid"! Collects Usagi Yojimbo Volume Three #53-#75!
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In this fifth definitive Usagi Yojimbo compilation, the rabbit ronin's friendship with retainer Tomoe Ame is spotlighted in the epic-length "Mother of Mountains," her origin "Tomoe's Story," and the poignant tea-ceremony tale "Chanoyu." Collects Usagi Yojimbo Volume 3 #76-#93, Usagi Yojimbo Color Special #1-#3, and more!
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In this volume, a new love tempts Usagi to abandon his wandering lifestyle, the origin of the demon Jei is revealed at last, and Frank Miller, Jeff Smith, Sergio Aragonés, and more contribute to the landmark issue #100! Collects Usagi Yojimbo Volume Three #94-#116.
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This seventh volume includes "Traitors of the Earth," in which Usagi faces the undead, "A Town Called Hell," wherein Usagi is caught between two competing gang lords, "Those Who Tread on the Scorpion's Tail," which pits Usagi against the notorious Red Scorpions, and more! Collects Usagi Yojimbo Volume Three #117-138 and the Free Comic Book Day 2009 story "One Dark and Stormy Night." "One of the longest running series in comics, the quality of the narrative still remains undeniably high."-Paste Magazine
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Stan Sakai's enduring samurai masterpiece continues with a volume full of incredible stories you won't want to miss! Join everyone's favorite rabbit ronin as he continues his gripping exploits on the warrior's path! The eighth volume in Stan Sakai's prestige Saga collection includes three volumes-worth of storylines: "Two Hundred Jizo", in which Usagi and Inspector Ishida team up to solve a double murder, help an allied clan protect its honor, and discover the soy sauce business is as deadly as it is tasty; "Thieves and Spies", where Usagi joins forces with a thief and a samurai to thwart a black-market Ginseng trade, meets a fellow ronin with a few tricks up his sleeve, comes sword-to-sword with a brash European envoy, and escorts a bride-to-be to her fiancé only to uncover a matrimonial assassination plot; and "The Hell Screen", a thrilling tale that finds Usagi working alongside his natural enemy--a Kappa--to cast out a violent renegade, face-to-face with a deadly Komori ninja who owes Usagi a debt, and teams up once more with Ishida in the midst of an investigation of a ghastly painting known only as the Hell Screen! Collects Usagi Yojimbo Book 29: Two Hundred Jizo, Book 30: Thieves and Spies, and Book 31: The Hell Screen
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While journeying over mountains, into valleys, through towns and farmlands, and along rugged coasts, searching for harmony, Usagi faces a unique cast of characters: a village of seaweed farmers, an innocent noodle peddler, a demon-possessed woman, a relentless clan of bat ninja, an assassins' guild, a mysterious medicine peddler, and Inazuma, a secretive female samurai. More than once Usagi finds himself in great danger -- but it's all in a day's work when you walk the thin line on the brink of life and death. * Usagi Yojimbo: The Brink of Life and Death 2nd edition features completely remastered art and a look inside Stan Sakai's research and influences with new story notes! Includes an introduction by writer Kurt Busiek.
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Spring breezes stirring the memories of lost battles. Summer fields burning with fires of treachery. Chill autumn nights echoing with demonic screams. Winter snows stained red with the blood of honor. Follow Stan Sakai's Eisner award-winning Usagi Yojimbo through a cycle of short stories continuing the ronin rabbit's journeys through feudal Japan. Ten tales in all, an essential collection for all seasons!
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Forged in heaven, it is called Kusanagi, the Grasscutter--the lost sword of the Gods. This legendary blade could potentially tip the scales of power for the shadowy Conspiracy of Eight in their quest to overthrow the Shogunate and reinstate the Emperor. With the help of a witch and the souls of dead warriors, they plan to recover the lost sword and bring the Shogun down. But when the fates place the Grasscutter in the hands of masterless samurai Usagi Yojimbo, the ronin rabbit becomes the focus of a deadly struggle for possession of the dread blade. And this crisis pales beside the dark possibilities should the sword come to the demonic warrior, Jei! Grasscutter collects Dark Horse Usagi Yojimbo issues 13-22, Stan Sakai's longest and most ambitious Usagi tale to date: a sweeping epic showcasing one of comics' most individual artistic voices at the peak of his creative skills.
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Fresh from winning the Best Serialized Story 1999 Eisner Award for Grasscutter, Stan Sakai returns with a new Usagi Yojimbo collection featuring six tales of the ronin rabbit's journeys and adventures in feudal Japan. "My Father's Swords" retells an encounter with a young samurai who follows in-and is followed by-the footsteps of his father's warrior heritage. In "The Demon Flute," a village is plagued by a music-playing supernatural killer. Usagi recounts a classic Japanese folk tale in "Momo-Usagi-Taro." Two Tokugawa-era whodunits play out in "The Hair Pin Murders" and Tameshigiri," a pair of Inspector Ishida mysteries. Usagi becomes entangled in a conspiracy to overthrow a lord's throne in "The Courtesan." Memory, mystery, and treachery intermingle to form Grey Shadows.
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It'll be one, two, three strikes you're out for the N.I.T. Softball Club if Keiichi can't help his sister win against their campus rivals-but with the Goddesses stepping up to bat, it's not going to be the old ball game! Then, it's an unrelaxing hot springs vacation when Mara returns to challenge Urd to the most feared battle imaginable-karaoke! Plus four pages of color, ten Mini-Goddess strips, a message from creator Kosuke Fujishima, and your fan art and letters!
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created, written, & illustrated by STAN SAKAI Forged in the clouds by the elemental gods of feudal Japan, the legendary sword Kusanagi -- also known as "Grasscutter" -- holds such power that it is sought after by mighty forces of good and evil. Multiple award winner Stan Sakai continues the epic adventures of his signature samurai rabbit, Usagi Yojimbo, in this second book centering on the mystical sword. Starting with a prologue that unveils the history of the sword, Grasscutter II rejoins Usagi with his samurai travelling companion, Gen, as they journey to the sacred shrine of Atsuta to return the powerful sword to its final resting place. But two ninja clans will fight the honorable samurai as well as each other in order to capture the sword and gain control of the empire with it. An enthralling book for all ages to enjoy, Grasscutter II will amaze readers with its narrative depth and poetic storytelling.
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Throughout his journeys across feudal Japan, rabbit ronin Usagi has faced many dangers, crossed paths with some who have become his sworn enemies, and forged bonds of friendship stronger than any threat that might cross his path. Collected here are six tales featuring those companions Usagi holds dear. "Showdown" finds Usagi traveling with master swordsman Gen, as the two disrupt the dueling influences of a pair of corrupt families. Neko ninja clan leader Chizu finds herself betrayed and on the run in "Escape!" In "Three Seasons," Usagi is forced to defend himself with the most unlikely of weapons. The beautiful thief Kitsune's tragic history is revealed in "The Shrouded Moon" and "Kitsune's Tale." And in "Lesson in Courtesy," a hot-headed young Usagi incurs a debt that takes nearly a lifetime to repay! Once again, Stan Sakai masterfully weaves together the many threads of intrigue, adventure, humor, and heart in another endearing Usagi Yojimbo collection.
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Nothing comes easy for rabbit ronin Usagi, not even being a spectator at the planned duel between his former teacher Katsuichi and Katsuichi's rival Nakamura Koji. Before the duel even begins, Usagi becomes embroiled in a dispute between Koji and a local fencing school. Along the way, Usagi discovers a devastating secret -- a weakness in Koji's style. It's a secret that could save his teacher's life, but at the cost of his own honor. This 17th volume of Usagi Yojimbo collects issues #43-60, including the entire "Duel at Kitanoji" story, and a handful of other great shorts. And, as a special treat for our longtime fans, this collection features--for the first time!--preliminary sketches and designs by Sakai.
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Anotsu Kagehisa, master swordsman and leader of the rogue Itto-ryu dojo, has sheathed his blade for the moment to join in marriage with the daughter of yet another dojo soon to be brought under his dark wing. But for a man of action, the formal traditions of feudal Japan can be just as tense and fraught with hidden agendas as the battlefield. And while Anotsu may indulge in a moment of peace, his enemies are not at rest, among them Rin, who has stalked him for years to take revenge for the murder of her parents. Anotsu had best make sure that if he stops to smell the flowers, he doesn't end up losing his head!
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Master storyteller Stan Sakai opens this brand-new collection with a deadly ambush on the fugitive Lone Goat Assassin and his child, Gorogoro. Lone Goat is victorious, but wounded-and his son is too young to help. Unable to seek proper medical attention, Lone Goat collapses in an abandoned house. What he needs is a knowledgeable ronin, and soon! Elsewhere, Usagi is in a desperate search for his young companion, Jotaro, who has eluded murderous kidnappers. His is a panic that only rises out of fatherly love, though he has kept the secret of Jotaro's parentage from the boy throughout their travels together. If they are able to continue on to Kitanoji Temple, will the rabbit samurai confess before they part ways? Featuring appearances by readers' favorite characters-including the deadly Neko Ninja. Collecting issues #69-#75 of the ongoing series.
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Wandering ronin Usagi Yojimbo is alone once again, having emerged from his travels with young Jotaro. His brief respite from danger was not destined to last long, for adventure in feudal Japan waits for no one! In this volume of the internationally acclaimed series, master storyteller Stan Sakai treats readers to intriguing tales of Usagi on his own and catches up with a bevy of fan-favorite characters - "whodunit" maestro Inspector Ishida has another puzzling mystery to solve, bounty hunters Gen and Stray Dog are each on the tail of the possessed swordswoman Inazuma, bodyguard Tomoe has a new political rival in Lord Noriyuki's court, and Priest Sanshobo's temple is plagued by a vile demon! Throughout these stories we follow Usagi as he is roped into a covert smuggling operation, escorts a cantankerous old woman through dangerous territory, assists an inventor with a visionary flying machine, and once again encounters a vengeful young samurai. - Featuring a rare short story starring Katsuichi and young Usagi which has never seen print in the Usagi comics series!
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The discovery of gold ignites a struggle of striking proportions as a power-mad tyrant's lust for wealth threatens to destroy not only Usagi Yojimbo and his companion Tomoe but an entire innocent village! When plague strikes a border town in the mountains of the Geishu Province, Lord Noriyuki sends his loyal bodyguard Tomoe to investigate. Once there, she and her retinue discover a truth far more terrible. Meanwhile, back at the castle, the sycophantic Lord Horikawa sets in motion a plot to eliminate Tomoe his own way. Only the rabbit ronin Usagi could extricate a friend from a predicament this perilous-if he hadn't ended up landing in the same one himself! Usagi and Tomoe must use every ounce of skill and wit if they are to survive "The Mother of Mountains," an adventure in the spirit of the award-winning epic "Grasscutter" by internationally celebrated storyteller Stan Sakai! * Introduction by film director John Landis!
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Learn why Tomoe is the most valuable retainer of Lord Noriuki of the Geishu Province, then plunge into a terrifying ghost story where a string of mysterious murders points to a woman dead for ten years. Finally, experience the mesmerizing beauty of a formal tea ceremony, as Usagi and Tomoe share this spiritual event to mark the rabbit ronin's departure from the province to resume his travels. * Collects Usagi Yojimbo Color Special #1-3 (originally published by Fantagraphics) and Usagi Yojimbo #90-93. * Introduction by Heidi MacDonald of Publishers Weekly and features the newly redrawn "Tomoe's Story" introductory tale! * Listed as one of the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) Great Graphic Novels for Teens.
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The wandering life of a ronin is often a lonely one, and Usagi has been on that path a long time. A temporary peace, staying with the merchant Endo and his daughter Hanaka, is interrupted by the deadly League of Assassins, setting Usagi back on the road, but with the uncomfortable sensation that he is being followed. * Collects issues #94-#102. This volume also includes the landmark Usagi Yojimbo #100, a celebratory roast issue featuring contributions from several of the best writers and artists in comics including Frank Miller, Matt Wagner, Jeff Smith, Sergio Aragones, and more! Introduction by Brian K. Vaughan! "Matching the writing, Stan Sakai's cartooning remains a lesson to anyone wanting to learn the craft. Well-researched details ground each scene in reality, while the carefully chosen angles and zooms maximize the humor or drama of each story beat . . . Long story short, Usagi Yojimbo continues to be the best adventure comic in the world today, and Bridge of Tears is simply more evidence." -Newsarma
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For years, as Miyamoto Usagi has wandered the countryside, an unseen, malevolent entity has been tracing his steps. Thought dead since the events of Grasscutter, the demon Jei-the Black Soul-has been inhabiting the body of the swordswoman Inazuma, intent on destroying the evil he claims to see in Usagi! Meanwhile, Boss Bakuchi, shamed by his inability to avenge his son's death, doubles the bounty on the killer-Inazuma. The money brings out scores of bounty hunters, unaware that they are merely a flock of sparrows intent on bringing down an eagle. The hunt for Inazuma also draws Usagi, hunters Gen and Stray Dog, and a mysterious stranger named Isamu, each with his own motive. As the threat of the Black Soul reemerges, this epic storyline reveals at last the true origin of Jei! * Collecting "Sparrows," the dramatic return of the demon Jei, and "The Darkness and the Soul," Jei's long-awaited origin, plus the Usagi short from Free Comic Book Day 2009. * Introduction by Charles Solomon of the Los Angeles Times.
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The warrior's path is fraught with peril as Miyamoto Usagi takes to the road with his bounty-hunter friend Gen. Traveling the countryside, the samurai odd couple must put bickering over money and shortcuts aside as they encounter a series of dangers, including trickster foxes, a gambler who is master of the bullwhip, and several factions of treacherous ninja. The stakes are raised even higher when the pair go their separate ways, as Usagi falls in with a clan on a suicide mission and Gen pursues a killer who isn't what he appears, in adventures that will test each friend's honor-and bravery! * Introduction by award-winning animator and official "Disney Legend" Floyd Norman! * The tales in this volume were nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series!
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The rabbit ronin faces a horde of the undead when a harmless-looking but powerful charm brings a betrayed army back to life. With hundreds of zombies and an evil wizard to contend with, Usagi finds himself far out of his depth! Fortunately, he has the aid of fan-favorite character Sasuke the Demon Queller, most recently seen in the Yokai graphic novel. This volume also features several action-packed short stories, including the Eisner-nominated "Death of Lord Hikiji"! Collects Usagi Yojimbo #117-#123 and stories from Dark Horse Maverick 2001 and MySpace Dark Horse Presents #35.
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The rabbit ronin's wanderings find him caught between competing gang lords fighting for control of A Town Called Hell. With the help of master swordsman Kato, Usagi takes on one gangster, while the other stirs up even more trouble! Now, with Kato on his trail, Usagi continues his travels, confronting a nukekubi--a flying cannibal head--aiding a disgraced samurai seeking redemption, and even crossing paths with the demon Jei! All the while, Kato awaits a rematch and a return to Hell! Collects Usagi Yojimbo #124-#131. * Introduction by Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy, Hard Boiled)! * 2012 Eisner nominee for Best Continuing Series!
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The Red Scorpion Gang has been terrorizing the countryside for months, with evidence of their ill deeds appearing everywhere the rabbit ronin turns! Usagi first crosses swords with the Scorpions as the gang extorts protection money from poor farmers, then must defend a temple from their attacks. But when Usagi is accused of being a member of the gang, he has no choice but to take the fight to the Red Scorpion himself! This volume also features the return of wily thief Kitsune and the mysterious Lord of Owls! Collects Usagi Yojimbo #132-#138! Featuring an introduction by George Takei!
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Originally published by Mirage, Stan Sakai's rabbit ronin continues his journey through a lawless land. Usagi meets a mysterious assassin disguised as a priest, encounters dishonest gamblers, and comes to the aid of the unfortunate. Introduction by James Robinson (Starman, Leave It to Chance).
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The complete Usagi Yojimbo / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle story collection! Comics master Stan Sakai has been curating crossover stories between his creation, Usagi Yojimbo, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for decades, and now every one of those stories is collected in one place! This beautiful tome is the perfect addition for any Usagi Yojimbo or TMNT fan! While Usagi Yojimbo embarks on the warrior's pilgrimage throughout Edo-era Japan, using his samurai skills to help those in need, four teenage brothers in a half shell from the sewers of New York City protect their home from crime utilizing their ninja capabilities. Both fighting for good and prevailing over evil, it's only fitting that they meet up and join forces.
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The rabbit ronin faces a menace from Mars in this extraordinary story from multiple Eisner award-winning creator Stan Sakai! Fifteen years in his future, Miyamoto Usagi fights with Lord Noriyuki's Geishu clan, in an all-out war against the treacherous Lord Hikiji. In the fury of the final battle, a mysterious metal rocket crash-lands from the heavens, shattering both armies and igniting a new, more devastating conflict. It will take all the considerable fortitude, ingenuity, and heroism that Usagi and his loved ones can muster to combat the fearsome extraterrestrial war machines and halt the alien invasion. In the end, not everyone will survive to tell the tale.
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Yokai are the monsters, demons, and spirits of Japanese folklore, such as the shape-changing kitsune, the obakeneko demon cats, and the evil oni ogres. Usagi faces all these and more when a desperate woman begs for his help in finding her kidnapped daughter. Tracing the abducted girl deep into the forest, Usagi finds it haunted by creatures of Japanese legend and discovers that they are amassing for a great raid on the countryside! Fortunately, Usagi is joined by Sasuke the Demon Queller, who is also fighting to prevent the invasion, but things aren't always as they seem -- especially when dealing with the supernatural! * The rabbit ronin turned twenty-five, and Dark Horse celebrated with the first-ever Usagi Yojimbo original graphic novel, fully hand-painted, written, and lettered by creator Stan Sakai! * Completely self-contained story. * Usagi Yojimbo is a 2009 Eisner Award nominee for Best Continuing Series. First ever, full color, original story!
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