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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 Sasuké the Demon Queller makes his debut; and 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 Sasuké 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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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 Sasuké the Demon Queller makes his debut; and 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 Sasuké 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!

30 review for Usagi Yojimbo Saga, Vol. 3

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    Usagi Yojimo Saga Vol. 3 collects issues 31-52 of Usagi Yojimbo. The chronicles of Usagi Yojimo's adventures in feudal Japan continues. In this weighty tome, Usagi goes up against kami, spider goblins, warring ninja clans, warring gangsters, a killer in a demon mask, and is once again entrusted with Grasscutter, the sword of the gods. Quite a bit more than that happens, actually, but this thing is a beast at over 600 pages. As per usual, Stan Sakai weaves lessons in Japanese history, folklore, and Usagi Yojimo Saga Vol. 3 collects issues 31-52 of Usagi Yojimbo. The chronicles of Usagi Yojimo's adventures in feudal Japan continues. In this weighty tome, Usagi goes up against kami, spider goblins, warring ninja clans, warring gangsters, a killer in a demon mask, and is once again entrusted with Grasscutter, the sword of the gods. Quite a bit more than that happens, actually, but this thing is a beast at over 600 pages. As per usual, Stan Sakai weaves lessons in Japanese history, folklore, and culture into the tale. Seeds are also planted for future tales, involving Usagi's old master, Katsuichi Sensei, Jei, and Chizu. The stories range from a handful of pages to epics spanning many issues, like Grasscutter II. Showdown seemed like an homage to Red Harvest/Yojimbo/Sanjuro with Usagi and Gen pitting the gangs against each other. Stan Sakai's art is as masterful as ever. It would be easy to make an anthropomorphic bunny a joke character but Sakai makes him seem like a bad ass on many occasions. He's able to convey so much emotion with so few strokes of the pen. The backgrounds are surprisingly intricate at times. Sakai makes it all look easy, which means it's probably extremely difficult. In a volume full of great stuff, I think Kitsune's tale was my favorite, although Grasscutter II and Sasuke riding the giant frog and having it eat the spider mother were close contenders. As I've said before, Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo is one of the best comics out there. Five out of five stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Przemysław Skoczyński

    To nadal nie chce być słabe. Podoba mi się ten miks konwencji od przygodówki przez kryminał, horror czy poruszające miniaturki. klasa

  3. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    I didn't like this volume as much as all the others. not saying it was bad because it wasn't and the writing was great, just this one didn't have many interesting stories. Only a few big stories and a bunch of little side-stories. I did like the Demon Mask and the Grasscutter II and also Kitsune's Tale was nice to hear too. I still think this is one of the best comic books I've ever read though. I didn't like this volume as much as all the others. not saying it was bad because it wasn't and the writing was great, just this one didn't have many interesting stories. Only a few big stories and a bunch of little side-stories. I did like the Demon Mask and the Grasscutter II and also Kitsune's Tale was nice to hear too. I still think this is one of the best comic books I've ever read though.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I will be rating all of these volumes with 5 stars. I will speak very highly of the stories and the art. It's difficult to come up with something new to say for each volume. However, I am quite glad they published larger collected volumes. I will be rating all of these volumes with 5 stars. I will speak very highly of the stories and the art. It's difficult to come up with something new to say for each volume. However, I am quite glad they published larger collected volumes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael Emond

    A delight to read - I came to Usagi late but I am now an ardent fan. This is my third volume I have read and Stan is still finding new and clever tales to tell of Usagi and his friends. We get the conclusion of the very long Grasscutter saga (I think - maybe there is another part later). It is a great mix of humour, drama, smaller tales and larger story arcs that continue throughout the volumes. It calls back to earlier stories but not in a way that requires you to read them - I feel it is easy A delight to read - I came to Usagi late but I am now an ardent fan. This is my third volume I have read and Stan is still finding new and clever tales to tell of Usagi and his friends. We get the conclusion of the very long Grasscutter saga (I think - maybe there is another part later). It is a great mix of humour, drama, smaller tales and larger story arcs that continue throughout the volumes. It calls back to earlier stories but not in a way that requires you to read them - I feel it is easy to pick up any of these books and immediately get the context. Overall, I always enjoy my time reading these stories.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Driscoll

    Tons of fun stories in this book! We have Grasscutter II, in which we finally get to see what happens with Grasscutter (the legendary sword), and we have more monsters (both real and imagined), and some really tragic deaths. I enjoyed the detective/mystery story surrounding a murderer targeting ronin, too. This might be among my favorite volumes of Usagi Yojimbo yet, though I would also say that the stories do sometimes feel a bit repetitive after a while. Still, great stuff, with great art, and Tons of fun stories in this book! We have Grasscutter II, in which we finally get to see what happens with Grasscutter (the legendary sword), and we have more monsters (both real and imagined), and some really tragic deaths. I enjoyed the detective/mystery story surrounding a murderer targeting ronin, too. This might be among my favorite volumes of Usagi Yojimbo yet, though I would also say that the stories do sometimes feel a bit repetitive after a while. Still, great stuff, with great art, and I love the characters as much or more than before. Looking forward to the next volume!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    In Volume Three of Usagi Yojimbo Saga, the adventures of Miyamoto Usagi carry on in the same perfect rhythm of alternating stories. Some of the supporting characters begin to be developed further, both in fleshing out their backstory and beginning a larger scope story yet to come that focuses on them. After another epic adventure for the fate of Japan, several ghost stories and supernatural confrontations, carefully researched meditations of Japanese arts, and wry life lessons, at the end of the In Volume Three of Usagi Yojimbo Saga, the adventures of Miyamoto Usagi carry on in the same perfect rhythm of alternating stories. Some of the supporting characters begin to be developed further, both in fleshing out their backstory and beginning a larger scope story yet to come that focuses on them. After another epic adventure for the fate of Japan, several ghost stories and supernatural confrontations, carefully researched meditations of Japanese arts, and wry life lessons, at the end of the volume, a growing set of plot lines has been cast and wait to be further cultivated.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Usagi Yojimbo is always a fun read. There were several early stories I liked in this collection and the ending one really hit you in the heart. I always make a point of reading the notes by the author to learn a bit about the Japanese history, culture, and legends. This collection also did a good job of setting up for some exciting stories in the next so I'm looking forward to Usagi Yojimbo Saga 4. Usagi Yojimbo is always a fun read. There were several early stories I liked in this collection and the ending one really hit you in the heart. I always make a point of reading the notes by the author to learn a bit about the Japanese history, culture, and legends. This collection also did a good job of setting up for some exciting stories in the next so I'm looking forward to Usagi Yojimbo Saga 4.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Usagi is always awesome, but this particular collection, for whatever reason, drew me in a lot more than previous collections of issues. I suppose it's fitting that a comic titled Usagi Yojimbo puts its own twist on Kurosawa's "Yojimbo" that was really enjoyable. And it was great to see Chizu and Kitsune return for some stories focused on them. Usagi is always awesome, but this particular collection, for whatever reason, drew me in a lot more than previous collections of issues. I suppose it's fitting that a comic titled Usagi Yojimbo puts its own twist on Kurosawa's "Yojimbo" that was really enjoyable. And it was great to see Chizu and Kitsune return for some stories focused on them.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adam Spanos

    The Saga continues with 600+ pages of USAGI YOJIMBO stories collected from the very late 90s into the early 2000s. Amazing comics. Fun, fast-paced samurai action mixed with great characterization and meticulously researched information about the history and culture of Japan. I learn something almost every time I read a comic by Stan Sakai.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mhorg

    Another exceptional volume. Tragedy, comedy and more combine in this book which ends the saga of grasscutter, the sword of the gods, tells the tale of Kitsune, and adds in two deadly ninja clans. Sakai is a genius.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Isao

    Great book the main character had a great background and the book was set in multiple different places. Most people who would like this book would be people who like a lot of action. one interesting part was the part of the book where Usagi found grasscutter in the ocean.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bernardo

    Qué maravilla leer a Usagi y ponerse al día. Me encantan sus aventuras y el mundo que habita.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andreas Sekeris

    Stories very engaging and flew through them. Really enjoyed Grasscutter part 2, and imagining several of the scenes in a spaghetti-western style. Highly recommended.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    Sakai continues his brilliant series with a nice mix of quick stories and longer adventures.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Relstuart

    Really enjoying this series. It has a straightforward simplicity of style that's been a refreshing way to end the day for the last few weeks. Really enjoying this series. It has a straightforward simplicity of style that's been a refreshing way to end the day for the last few weeks.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Crump

    I love these so much. Their even more amazing when they're in color. However, I do still kind of wish the stories were in order as they were written. I love these so much. Their even more amazing when they're in color. However, I do still kind of wish the stories were in order as they were written.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    4.2 the best anthropomorphized ninja books out there...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Stan Sakai hits his stride with a gathering of some of his best & most enjoyable tales of our favorite rabbit ronin. I started reading this series late but am invested in & engrossed by Stan's storytelling & unique art style. Marvelous stuff for young & old. Don't miss it. Try it today! Stan Sakai hits his stride with a gathering of some of his best & most enjoyable tales of our favorite rabbit ronin. I started reading this series late but am invested in & engrossed by Stan's storytelling & unique art style. Marvelous stuff for young & old. Don't miss it. Try it today!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Adam M

    These gigantic collections of Usagi stories in this "Saga" series are wonderful. They collect additional art, introductions and testimonials to the true genius of Stan Sakai and this endearing/enduring series. I cannot say enough good things about the humanity, tragedy, and joy in this volume. There are some great, longer story lines here and some backstory we've not heard. Kitsune's origin is included as well as a sequel story to Grasscutter called Return to Atsuta Shrine. I'm sad I've reached t These gigantic collections of Usagi stories in this "Saga" series are wonderful. They collect additional art, introductions and testimonials to the true genius of Stan Sakai and this endearing/enduring series. I cannot say enough good things about the humanity, tragedy, and joy in this volume. There are some great, longer story lines here and some backstory we've not heard. Kitsune's origin is included as well as a sequel story to Grasscutter called Return to Atsuta Shrine. I'm sad I've reached the end of this collection, but I'm really grateful that Dark Horse Comics put them together!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patrice

    This series continues to be excellent. This collection is a wonderful mix a clever short stories and powerful longer ones. I particularly liked the continuation of the grasscutter storyline, which drew together a lot of the cast for a long, dramatic story and established a surprising new relationship between characters that I had not previously considered connected. I also enjoyed how Chizu's character evolved and developed over the course of this book and there's an opportunity to learn more ab This series continues to be excellent. This collection is a wonderful mix a clever short stories and powerful longer ones. I particularly liked the continuation of the grasscutter storyline, which drew together a lot of the cast for a long, dramatic story and established a surprising new relationship between characters that I had not previously considered connected. I also enjoyed how Chizu's character evolved and developed over the course of this book and there's an opportunity to learn more about Kitsune's history.

  22. 5 out of 5

    B

    I like these stories a lot. They are simple and seem to repeat a little, but they are clean and crisp. Every detail drawn and written is important. Sometimes extreme competence is its own justification. The character of Jei overhangs everything but never really comes to the foreground in this volume. And Usagi's relationship to a series of warrior princesses seems a littel redundant and unsettled. Interestingly, Hijiki has also vanished for now . . . . I like these stories a lot. They are simple and seem to repeat a little, but they are clean and crisp. Every detail drawn and written is important. Sometimes extreme competence is its own justification. The character of Jei overhangs everything but never really comes to the foreground in this volume. And Usagi's relationship to a series of warrior princesses seems a littel redundant and unsettled. Interestingly, Hijiki has also vanished for now . . . .

  23. 5 out of 5

    John

    The saga of Miyamoto Usagi is very, very hard to put down. Even when I have to do differential equations homework and study for a reading quiz on The Sound and the Fury, I read. Enthralling. You have to read these volume editions in order. Volume 1 before 2, before 3, etc. They do follow each other chronologically. Brilliant.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bob Fantastic

    These epic, cost effective volumes are amazing. However the Grasscutter 2 story contained here is worth the price alone. It advances the story, gives a history lesson and adds to the characters without breaking up the pace of the overall plot line. I love this.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    I absolutely love Usagi Yojimbo. Stan Sakai is a master storyteller and artist. I can't get enough! I absolutely love Usagi Yojimbo. Stan Sakai is a master storyteller and artist. I can't get enough!

  26. 4 out of 5

    D.

    This series starts out strong and just keeps getting better and better. Amazing.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim Wong

    Another great volume of Sakai's seminal work. The energy of the fight scenes is underrated, as is the book's humor. Another great volume of Sakai's seminal work. The energy of the fight scenes is underrated, as is the book's humor.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Connor

  29. 4 out of 5

    damian

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrés Ulibarrena

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