THE FEARFUL SWORDSMAN
Welcome to another feudal review at Comic Unknown. Based on William Dale Jennings' epic novel, “The Ronin” is the comic equivalent to the zen myth created by Chris Dickens. Successfully funded on Kickstarter on January 8th, 2017 The Ronin is dark and as edgy as the main character’s katana. The Ronin is a comic taking place in days of Feudal Japan with a very unapologetic main character. The unnamed “hero” as it will show is menacing throughout the issue in various and brutal ways. The story starts with our hero walking around town with an eternal grimace and menacing towards the locals. The comic itself has an interesting way of seeing the main protagonist as it holds no bars on deciding his likeability. When the wanderer demonstrates his power, he holds no emotional restraints as he attacks a lowly shopkeeper after his stroll. Furthermore, he shows more ferocity on his next encounter when what seems to be an old monk attempts to arrest him and take his sword. The Ronin responds by slicing his opposition in half without so much as a verbal taunt. The only thing that can halt the psyche of this seemingly unstoppable force is a young boy with a cryptic note telling him to meet at the crossroads in a year.
The Ronin is very well detailed in its art and dark in illustration as it sets the mood for the comic as a whole. The characters are well drawn with defined facial features as well as dark inks all throughout thanks to Gian Carlo Bernal (pencils and inks), Jeremy Shepherd (colors), and Sean Glumace (letters). The comic is a form of a masterpiece when the details are shown in great depth. The writing in “The Ronin” allows for an easy read for readers. Issue one is the stepping stone to a great series as readers will have to patiently wait until the next issue. A Ronin is defined as a leaderless samurai and draws certain questions to the story and character's background. Who was his leader? Is the loss of his leader the reasoning behind the madness? Why the cryptic note to meet at the crossroads a year from the present day? Issue one opens the door to many questions. It also generates a bloodstained and crude introduction to this series. We look forward to following the series and we observe where the Ronin will venture to next. Be sure to check out their Facebook, Twitter, and Lion Heart Comics website for more information on “The Ronin” comic series and all other projects.