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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1-56971-504-1
  • Size: Bunko
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Lone Wolf & Cub Vol. #03

By Matthew Alexander     August 09, 2006
Release Date: November 01, 2000

Lone Wolf & Cub Vol.#03
© Dark Horse

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Story by Kazuo Koike / Art by Goseki Kojima
Translated by:Dana Lewis
Adapted by:

What They Say
Join renegade samurai Itto Ogami and his infant son, Daigoro, in five more adventures. What do three mysterious Shogunate assassins, a street entertainer, and the crests of the dead have in common? "The Baby Cart Wolf" continues his dealing of death for gold and encounters one ronin who is bent on putting a stop to his journey. Will he succeed?

The Review
Itto is still as badass as ever. As a successful assassin he continues to show why he's one of the best around. No matter the situation he stays as cool as a cucumber in a snowmelt spring. On a mission to silence a criminal turned informant before he can do any irreparable damage to Itto's client, Itto finds himself facing three deadly ninjas while his boat and the water around them dances in flames. Itto waits for ninjas to make their escape before calmly assessing his situation in search of a suitable escape route that he can traverse with his son in tow.

Something I really like about Koike's storytelling is the varied way he has Itto dispose of opponents. Each battle has a distinctive feel to it and usually an almost poetic conclusion. This volume has a great scene where Itto has enough time to analyze his opponents' strategy and actually think through four different attacks and their consequences. In the end I bet you can guess the outcome, but it was still a pretty original idea.

Also, this volume finally reveals the reason behind Itto's journey down the path of the assassin. The revelation of Daigoro's birth only adds to the reasons for his toughness. I don't want to reveal everything, but it involves murder, deceit, and obviously the search for revenge.


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