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Bushido: The Way of the Warrior #3

by Sean Tonelli on October 17, 2013

Bushido: The Way of the Warrior #3
Ah, weddings. The once joyful union of love has of late become a smorgasbord of carnage and mayhem in the literary world. With ASOIF, Kill Bill and heck, even Shrek 2 showing us that even love can’t save you from the horrors of the world. Not to be out done, Bushido: The Way of the Warrior #3 set’s its sights on a Red Wedding of its own in this action packed comic.
 
While the inevitability of this issue is something a reader can see a mile away, the action and the pacing are still solid enough to make this the stand-out issue in the series. The reader only has four panels to catch their breath before the vampire hoard ruins any chance of a union between Mitsuko and Orochi. Throw in a blood orgy, the rise of the vampire menace and a sudden yet inevitable betrayal and you have a recipe for some good ol’ fashion horror madness.
 
Levin’s managed to tighten up the script from the last couple issues, which is clearly reflected within the tone of the book. The only issue, aside from the predictability, is that outside of Kichiro, the characters are fairly underdeveloped. But with a premise like this, you tend take some things in stride and with the emergence of a new enemy, things will start to get hectic quick.
 
Sutthi’s art is definitely the highlight of the issue. She certainly has gotten a handle on the script, and masters the action and intensity needed. Her panels play fast and loose and her characters are managing to stand out more as individuals than before, though they still get lost in the motion blurs, creating some minor confusion. Yet when she's hot shes hot, and rarely has a bood stained bed looked so enticing.     
 
Thanks to some great action and outstanding art, Bushido: The Way of the Warrior #3 has set the new gold standard for this young series. With the final showdown looming, all bets are off and the week long wait for the next issue will no doubt, feel like an eternity.
 
Bushido: The Way of the Warrior #3
Writer: Rob Levin
Artist: Jessada Sutthi
Art: Skan Srisuwan
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Inspired by the screenplay ‘Rising Sun’ by Shahin Chandrsoma
Publisher: Top Cow
Purchase: https://www.imagecomics.com/comics/releases/bushido-3

Our Score:

8/10

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