random comic review – “Silent Dragon”

SilentDragonCv1I got Silent Dragon solely because of the creative team.  There, I said it.

I love Andy Diggle (The Losers) and Leinil Yu’s artwork (Secret Invasion, New Avengers) is always amazing.

A torn but loyal samurai retainer in a futuristic Tokyo is betrayed by his Yakuza masters, and he returns from the dead in a typically awesome sci-fi/cyberpunk way to wreak his vengeance against those who wronged him, including his apparent saviors.  It hasn’t been a letdown by any means, how could it?

It’s everything I’ve loved in comics and fiction ever since I was a kid.  There’s samurai swords, science fiction, action, battles, great writing, amazing and dynamic art, the whole kit and caboodle.

Honestly, I like this because I grew up on this sort of stuff, TMNT, ninja movies on lazy Saturday nights, Ghost In The Shell…it’s both really refreshing and oddly reminiscent in a good way.

But if you didn’t get into this stuff at all then and don’t really enjoy the slight cheese factor and major shallow-but-clean-fun aspect of this, you’re probably going to look at this book and automatically dismiss it.  Which is a shame really, but whatever, go read American Splendor or something, see if I give a shit.  I’m not ashamed to read all sorts of stuff.

Anyway, it’s six issues from Wildstorm in one trade, the story’s awesome, the art’s incredible, and I like it.  That alone should be enough to sway you, no?

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One Response to random comic review – “Silent Dragon”

  1. Juss says:

    “But if you didn’t get into this stuff at all then and don’t really enjoy the slight cheese factor and major shallow-but-clean-fun aspect of this, you’re probably going to look at this book and automatically dismiss it. Which is a shame really, but whatever, go read American Splendor or something, see if I give a shit. I’m not ashamed to read all sorts of stuff.”

    I like your attitude! Bravo! I’m about to order this myself. I bought issue #2 long ago, and have reread it several times and liked it, but never pursued getting the entire series. I wonder why. But now I’m getting the trade. I expect to enjoy it, also.

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