One of the few comic series that I've been obsessed with for years, is Blade of The Immortal. It's a story of vengeance and codes, wry comedy and brutal violence. And Hiroaki Samura's artwork is painfully beautiful. Seriously, I'll find myself just staring at a page or certain panel, as if it's a framed painting on a museum wall. With its rich characters, visceral action sequences, and gorgeous visuals, the book is a truly engaging read.
And the supernatural element is the cherry atop the awesome pie. The titular character -- Manji -- takes every hack, slash, slice and dice that his foes can dish out. But he keeps piecing himself back together, drawing his 12 blades, and going in for more. I guess you don't get to be the nefarious "100 Man Killer" by being a slouch, eh?
9 x 12" / mixed media on recycled bristol board
$150 (plus $5 for shipping in the US, or $15 for international)
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