5 Ronin #1

5 Ronin #1 Cover

5 Ronin #1 Cover

May 2011 | Marvel

Writing: Peter Milligan
Art: Tomm Coker
Colour: Daniel Freedman
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna

The year is 1600, we’re in feudal Japan, and we have a ronin Wolverine. Every fact of that sentence contains something I am not a fan of. I’m so done with samurai, I’m so done with Wolverine, but why, then, did I pick up this book? The answer comes with me having recently read 1602 and I’ve been going through the Fantastic Four 1602 story, as well. I wanted to see a historical story that captured not only the period, but dealt with the mutants in question in a believable manner. I had really high hopes and expectations going into this. The concept of this limited series also had a role, since each issue deals with five different Marvel supers placed in Japan. While I’m not a Wolverine fan, I have Psylocke, Punisher, Hulk and Deadpool left to enjoy.

When I opened the book, the first thing to grab me, was the art. It is nice and gritty and has that sorta washed out looking colour palette that I’ve started to get tired of. I have been craving the more vibrant heroic stuff, of late, but that doesn’t detract. I also like how they drew Wolverine as a japanese man, rather than just inserting him from elsewhere, or something.

Getting into it, it sets the backdrop up nicely. It’s 1600, we’re in Japan, and there was a clan war at Sekigahara. The ronin in our tale’s master fell at that battle and the rumors have spread that theres a ronin wandering around that won’t stay dead. He receives a coded message informing him of a meeting of brothers. Of course, things do not go as planned. By the end, there is only one.

This issue was all right. I enjoyed it, but that’s it. There were parts that confused me with there being multiple Wolverines, but oh, well. I don’t particularly care. It’s the other characters

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