The rabbit ronin’s wanderings take him through a rainstorm into a small village where a local craftsman is carving 200 stone jizo in hopes that the sacrifice will lead to the end of Kaba and his gang who have taken refuge in the village after the other members were killed.
The bandits play on the ronin’s compassion for the townspeople. After forcing him to disarm the group beat the ronin into an inch of his life. It’s that last inch, however, that allows Usagi to slay the bandits and drive Kaba from the town.
Sakai doesn’t try to give us s super-sized story for his milestone. Instead he gives us more of what we’ve come to expect from him every month – a strong tale of Usagi Yojimbo standing up for justice for those who can’t stand up on their own. In a nice touch, the back cover of the comic is a collection of all 200 covers featuring the character. Worth a look.
[Dark Horse, $3.50]