I splurged (£30) on another 3 volumes of Usagi Yojimbo, because Stan Sakai's, y'know, a genius. I have about 5 comics and manga series' I'm slowly accumulating, because I like to rotate my purchases and keep it refreshing. But with the slowing of my buying over the last while, I think it's been more than a year since I bought any Usagi Yojimbo. Pity, because it means I'm still on the (nonetheless excellent) early stuff, with the all-time-best chapters/arcs are volumes away.
Yeah, it's more like Rabbit Shi Long Pang than anything like Redwall, for better or worse - though of course, it predates both. Definitely worth picking up, but - like STC - it starts off with more trope-filled plots, mostly short and self-contained, and eventually moves on to the stuff for which the title gained its reputation. There are a few gems among the early stuff, but for the most part it's finding its feet.
The actual series is a bit marmitey with mates of mine, and I expect that's generally how it is with most. It moves at a pretty sedate pace mostly, exploring or highlighting folk-stories, historic events and/or ways of life in Feudal Japan, while the action scenes are frenetic and mostly over in a couple of panels, with exceptions. So it's not a Japanese philosophy book, and it's not an all-out action title. As a (very) long running all-ages (but not targeted at kids) comic series, it finds a balance between them, without neglecting either one. There's some award-winning standalone chapters, but also some STC-rivalling story arcs. It's also a lot more coherent than any long-running series by Marvel or DC!
So yeah, I like it enough to rant for pages on a message board at the slightest prompting. The volumes are about a fiver on Amazon, I'd say it's worth checking out.
Just read Jokers asylumn: Scarecrow. A little disappointing...I was hoping for his character to be fully looked into, but instead he seemed to be the background character...in his own comic. sigh. Jokers asylumn: Two face on the other hand was fantastic.
Civil War and Secret Invasion happening twice a year. This is an ongoing event book made up of six issue events... I want to do Ultimate Blade, Ultimate Ghost Rider, even Ultimate Tomb of Dracula. I have all the stories worked out already and am very excited by it. This is the one and only Marvel title I'll be working on for the next two years...Ultimate Avengers is going to be a monster, though. Where else are you going to get Ultimate Doom teaming up with Ultimate Red Skull and Ultimate Kang? It's almost unfair (laughs). Plus I get to write Ultimate Cap and Ultimate Tony again, really giving them a chance to kick arse against some proper super-villains. It's going to be great. I've missed these guys so much.