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Dark Horse Comics has proudly announced a historical comic adaptation of the tale of the 47 ronin: A story of loyalty, sacrifice, persistence, and honor.
Written by Dark Horse president Mike Richardson and drawn by multiple Eisner Award winner Stan Sakai, 47 Ronin tells the tale of a daimyo (feudal lord) who was forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) and his samurai-turned-ronin who avenged his wrongful death.
â€śIâ€™ve been fascinated with this story from the earliest days of Dark Horse, visiting the significant locations and doing research during my trips to Japan. For years Iâ€™ve been looking for just the right artist and it finally dawned on me that he was right here at Dark Horse,â€ť said Mike Richardson. â€śStan Sakai is a master storyteller who knows the material, and his artistic interpretation is perfect for the story. Whatâ€™s more, my friend, legendary manga writer Kazuo Koike (Lone Wolf and Cub), has served as editorial consultant for the project.â€ť
47 Ronin marks the first time Stan Sakai has collaborated extensively with another writer. He promises stylized artwork in the vein of traditional Japanese woodblock printsâ€”one of the most popular depictions of the 47 ronin.
â€śI have known the 47 Ronin story about all my life, and I paid a pilgrimage to their gravesite when I was in Japan in 2009.Â This is a significant event in Japanese history, and when Mike asked me to illustrate the story I jumped at the chance.Â Iâ€™m known for the research I do, but I was amazed at the research and knowledge Mike already had. Iâ€™m having a blast with this,â€ť said Stan Sakai.
47 Ronin will be on comic stands November 2012. Watch solicitations for more details.