Archive for September 13th, 2015

This review is part of our Worldview Dilemmas in Movies and Comics series.47 Ronin

Mike Richardson. 47 Ronin.  Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, March 4th, 2014. 152 pp.

This graphic novel tells the classic Japanese tale of forty seven Japanese Samurai who went out to defend their slain master’s honor.  The author has spent years researching the history of the 47 Ronin and I love the picture of the author standing next to the grave site of the 47 Samurai towards the end of the book.  The book is a well written story.  It wasn’t just action but I love how the book gives us glimpses that the men in the story has family and the death of these warriors would be sacrificial for their wives and children as well.  Unfortunately the sacrifices for the families of the 47 Ronin didn’t begin with their deaths but even as they went undercover and abandoned their families in order not to provoke the suspicions of the spies of their dead master’s enemy.  They went on to abandon family and even act as drunks.  I thought this part of the story was rather sad.

I love the drawing.  It is beautiful and simple; sometime with graphic novels there is so much going on with the artwork that it’s hard to simply keep reading through the story.  Towards the end of the book the author revealed that he picked an illustrator that really knew how to draw with an eye towards historical accuracy of Japanese feudal society.  I really appreciated that.

Christian Reflection:


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