I 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?