BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL review
Blade of the Immortal
Guest Review by Jeff Rohaly
I have been collecting comics for over 20 years and nothing has kept my attention like Hiroaki Samura’s Blade of the Immortal. No, this doesn’t have anything to do with that katana wielding vampire crap starring Wesley Snipes. Blade of the Immortal is fictional samurai epic set in feudal Japan. Yeah, been there, done that you say? Not like this.
Back about 10 years ago I began trying out manga after getting hooked on anime. Like a drug addict looking for a new fix I saw the 1st issue of Blade of the Immortal in the Manga section and snapped it up. I‘ve been hooked ever since. This story of a ronin made immortal and his traveling companion set on vengeance will suck you in like heroin in an opium den. The plot and subplots twist and turn in ways never expected. The characters have depth and layers that continue to be peeled back issue after issue. And I haven’t even talked about the art yet. In my opinion this series is even better than (dare I say it?) Lone Wolf and Cub.
Currently this is one of only two comics that I get each month. After almost a decade of issues I still anticipate the next one arriving in my local comic store as much as I did when the series first started. Over the years I’ve seen many good comics go quickly downhill for lack of good character or story development. Samura’s epic is an exception to the rule in the Manga world. Most of the series is available in graphic novel format. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.