Stan Sakai’s long running anthropomorphic, seventeenth century, samurai saga Usagi Yojimbo has moved to IDW and, for the first time ever, this new monthly will come in colour! Not only that, but IDW plan to releases all of Usagi Yojimbo’s previous 35 years of publishing in full colour as graphic novel collections too.
But more about the new monthly:
Welcome to the world of Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo in June with the first thrilling chapter in an all-new three-part story! Set in the Edo period of Japan, this adventure sees Usagi embroiled in a puppet drama where the players are not quite what they seem.
Sakai elaborates on this synopsis further:
Bunraku (Japanese puppetry) captures many elements that make the world of Usagi Yojimbo unique: an adventure filled with Japanese culture, folklore, and history. It also features the return of a long-awaited fan favorite character and Yokai (Japanese supernatural creatures). I’d like to thank the readers for their continued support of Usagi, and if you haven’t read Usagi before, this is a great place to start.
With variant covers by Daniel Warren Johnson (Murder Falcon), Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Walt Simonson (Ragnarök, The Mighty Thor), look out for issue #1 this June.