Now, a new Shogunate are using rock monsters called Byonīn to bring the kingdom together. The new emperor is a loose cannon, but he’s founded an army, and he’s going to use it…for the sheer enjoyment of it, it would seem.
In this issue, we spend some time in Kanichi's and Hana’s past as children, showing those defining moments, and now, having gone their separate ways, those elements from their childhood are informing who they are going to become. Hana has ended up with the Shogunate, and Kanichi has been left at the hands of a group of marauders. Both want to protect the village, but both have different ways of going about it.
Greg Pak has created morally complex characters which have brought this series to life in ways that I wasn’t expecting. Milonogiannis’ artwork is really beautiful, especially when paired with Kniivila’s rich hues.
This story is tangible in so many ways: emotionally, intellectually, and morally. It also still packs the wallop of an enjoyable adventure.
Creative Team: Greg Pak (writer), Giannis Milonogiannis (artist), Irma Kniivila (colors), Simon Bowland (letters), Cameron Chittock (editor), Amanda Lafranco (assistant editor)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
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