Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Bastard Samurai

Meh. I was really expecting to love this TP considering my johnny-come-lately Mike Oeming AND Samurai obsessions but in the end i just wasn't all that impressed.

The idea behind this comic is pretty damn solid; at first glance it seemed to have it all: rooftop death matches between modern Samurai warriors? Check. Underground Yakuza-esque thug culture? Check. Gambling (and all the nefarious "stuff" that comes w/)? Check.

But in the end it's the execution that's lacking, not the concept. The story never really "turns over" IMO and what we're left w/ is a husk of missed opportunity and unfullfilled potential.

The book isn't drawn by Oeming himself (far as i can tell) but you can hardly notice since the artist's style is so... Oeming. Not to crush the guy because hey, this book is old enough that maybe Oeming got his unique style from him - who am i to say?

I know a lot of people will disagree w/ me about this (BS def seem to have its fans) but Bastard Samurai just didn't seem to do it for me no matter how hard i tried to convince myself i liked it (because of Oeming and/or the Samurai theme).

It's not horrible though (by any stretch) so don't get me wrong. There is a really cool dream sequence mixed in here and some decent fight scenes (for lack of better phrasing).C+.

It was all over when...

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Criminal, The Goon, Daredevil, Exterminators, Punisher, Hellboy/B.P.R.D (All), Powers, Godland, Usagi Yojimbo, The Walking Dead, Invincible, Conan, Ex Machina, DMZ, Desolation Jones, Fell, 100 Bullets, All-Star Superman, Ultimates 2, Loveless, and Fear Agent.

I'm recently back reading after a 15 year comics hiatus.

Zilla is not my real name.

I'm from Tejas living in VA. I'm married w/ 2 dogs. I'm an IT security consultant cranking the wheel for a big consulting firm in "real" life.

I watch the History Channel, Nat'l Geo, TLC, Mil Channel, ESPN and NFL Network, CourtTV (forensic files, etc.) and the Cartoon Network (love Genndy T's Samurai Jack and Clone Wars Adventures). My taste in movies: Gladiator, Last Samurai, Braveheart, Godfather, Tarantino (whatever), Kung-Fu (whatever), Westerns, Top Gun, Big Lebowski.

I love the outdoors and bs'ing around w/ my dogs.

In addition to being a comics junkie, i'm also a sports junkie especially when it comes to the Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys.

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