Cut to the present when a mad child who plays at being the new Shogunate is seeking the whereabouts of the island. Plus, a terrible plague passed by spores is turning humans into brainless, zombie-like rock monsters called Byonin. Hana and her equal and opposite Kenichi [the son of a wealthy Japanese (race) samurai (class) family] are leading a group of refuges who fled the shogunate to take refuge on the island, but the Shogunate’s men and a group of bandits are chasing them down.
It’s exciting, it’s thrilling, and it’s emotionally involving. Ronin Island has been a sleeper adventure hit for me. Milonogiannis’ beautiful, anime-inspired artwork is just rough enough around the edges that it gives the characters a human quality that they probably wouldn’t have if everything looked really, really clean. Kind of like the difference between film and super hi-def TV.
In every issue, Hana and Kenichi have not only been challenged physically, but also their character - who they are and who they strive to be as people - has been pushed to the brink. I wonder if this new turn will push Hana past her limits, unable to truly come back.
Creative Team: Greg Pak (writer), Giannis Milonogiannis (art), Irma Kniivila (colors), Simon Bowland (letters), Amanda Lafranco (editor)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
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