Frank Miller's Ronin

Frank Miller's Ronin

Book - 1987
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"His brutal yet elegant noir renderings, pulpy yet eloquent scripting, and thoroughly uncompromising attitude make [Frank Miller] one of the most distinctive voices in comics."— ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLYRONIN is the acclaimed epic by Frank Miller, the visionary writer/artist of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, 300 and Sin City. In this tale of a legendary warrior, the Ronin, a dishonored, maste rless 13th Century samurai, is mystically given a second chance to avenge his master's death.Suddenly finding himself reborn in a futuristic and corrupt 21st Century New York City, the samurai discovers he has one last chance to regain his honor: he must defeat the reincarnation of his master's killer, the ancient demon Agat. In a time and place foreign and unfathomable to him, the Ronin stands against his greatest enemy with his life and, more importantly, his soul at stake.

Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c1987
ISBN: 9780930289218
Branch Call Number: YA GX MIL
Characteristics: 239 p. in various pagings :,col. ill. ;,26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Varley, Lynn
Costanza, John
Alternative Title: Ronin

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SPECSWIZARD
Sep 02, 2017

this is still one of my favorite Miller books. It was important when it released because mainstream comics had yet to allow writer/artists this type of freedom. it was good to see ink looking like ink after so many years of the writer/penciler/inker standard put in place by Marvel and DC. beautiful book. I'm glad it's still in print. it has influenced my own work greatly

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Pussnik2010
Jul 07, 2016

The book looks superb.

Miller's art is groundbreaking and certainly pushes the boundary, even with what European comic artists were doing at the time.

The crosshatching, use of positive and negative space and the layout are masterful. Each time you crack this book open you can learn something new about the art of cartooning.

Some of the dialogue (between the two gangs) is cringe inducing with how forced it seems in its attempt to capture the "street" vibe. Certainly not the only comic book to go overboard in the "keepin' it real" department.

The narrative is not straight forward, but that's part of the beauty of the book: how layers of reality and the reader's understanding are unfolded. Going back and rereading sections makes it clearer.

The book is worthy of it's classic status. Searching images up will confirm this

Mark_Daly Dec 15, 2014

Presented in a larger size (7" x 10") than the original, this edition includes an introduction by Jeanette Khan (from 2008), plus a few pages of promotional art and sketches.

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munkymunk
Aug 15, 2012

A truly great work of 80's meta-fantasy art.
The simple dialog and structure allow space and allows the flow of the story to reveal its deeper substance and allowing the reader to immerse themselves. Frank Millers gritty style works so well with his warriors tale. A Simple way of life slicing through all the complexity we have created in our modern tec filled corporate and political lives. I also really enjoy his sense of intimacy both with character and the art. Encompassing long shots to set surreality and time, sliding into tight intimate images with the ease and breath of a master at his craft.

lasertravis Sep 03, 2011

Confusing storyline, but told in a fairly entertaining way. The action is drawn fairly well. The characters are complex, which suits the story I suppose. I did expect more from this graphic novel because it's Frank Miller. I didn't love nor hate the artwork. More or less, I think the book is worth reading if you are a Frank Miller fan, but go in to it expecting less, not more. Placed properly in the time it was released Ronin was probably groundbreaking. Today...not so much.

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DavidB
Oct 28, 2009

Crude and often sloppy drawings. Convoluted plot. One dimensional characters that fail to interest.

All of these things add up to one overated Graphic Novel.

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Gardenersa2
May 29, 2017

Gardenersa2 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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