The second issue of writer Mike Richardson and artist Stan Sakai’s retelling of the classic Japanese legend (based in historical fact) continues by showcasing the consequences of Lord Asano’s attack on Kira Yoshinaka. The punishment for Asano’s crime (which was caused by Kira’s greed and goading) is swift and severe and the lord is forced to commit seppuku and his lands seized.
Although issue #2 deals mainly with palace politics (not exactly the sexiest theme in comics), the story flows well and showcases the injustice against Asano without feeling forced or heavyhanded. Nor does it strive to oversimplify Asano into a martyr, as the disgraced lord accepts the ruling of those far less honorable than himself and does as honor demands.
With their master now dead, and the man responsible unpunished, the story can begin in earnest as the 47 ronin will begin their own search for justice for the death of their fallen lord. Worth a look.
[Dark Horse, $3.99]