Samurai jack the good the bad and the beautiful

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Samurai Jack, Vol. 1: The Threads of Time by Jim Zub

Iíve never seen the TV show or read any Samurai Jack books so I donít know much beyond the fact that the protagonist is a samurai called Jack - I guess you could say I donít know ďjackĒ about this title (thank you, thank you! Iíll accept the Obvious Pun Award!) - but this book wasnít bad.

Jackís stranded in this weird future world by an evil wizard called Aku. To get back home Jack needs to collect the Threads of Time which, when brought together, will enable him to use chronomagic to return to where he wants to be. The setup reads a bit like a computer game which is to say its a simple, serviceable idea that gives you the bare bones of what you need to know and then throws you straight into the action.

Which is fine as the overarching and straightforward storyline of getting the various threads leaves writer Jim Zub open to write all kinds of stories within that framework, and the stories are varied and decent. To name just a few: Jack fights a bunch of monsters in a gladiatorial pit, frees people kept down by a crazy witch, and puts to rest a troubled ghost of a lost civilisation.

I wouldnít say these are the most challenging stories and you do notice they become fairly formulaic as you go - Jackís gonna fight and win then get the thread and move on by the end of each issue - but theyíre totally fine for a simple adventure story and the writing is never offensively stupid.

Iíve seen a few pics from the TV show and Andy Surianoís art matches the style so Iím sure fans will appreciate that. As a non-TV show fan, I liked the art - itís got thick lines, Surianoís characters are very expressive, and thereís real energy in the action scenes. The style is refreshingly down and dirty at times which makes a change from other mainstream comics that adopts a cleaner approach.

The ending is a bit unsatisfactory but then itís an ongoing storyline so it needed to be open-ended rather than definitive. So did this book make me a Samurai Jack fan? Iím not going to seek out episodes of the TV show but if and when Volume 2 comes out, Iíll definitely give it a shot. Zub and Suriano are a strong creative team and together theyíve produced a pretty decent Samurai Jack book. And if youre already a fan, youll probably love this.
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See details. Join Samurai Jack on his quest to return to the past and undo the destruction that Aku has wrought upon the land.
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Samurai Jack S03E03 - XXIX - The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful

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"Episode XXIX: The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful"[1] is the twenty-ninth episode in the third season of Samurai Jack. Jack boards a train to his next destination, only to be pursued by the legendary bounty hunter, Ezekiel Clench and his ex-wife, Josephine. The nervous barman.
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The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful

If you're looking for some alternative TV during the World Cup, how about watching something that's just as international in spirit? It first appeared on Cartoon Network in , and seemed at the time as though it was aimed not just at kids, but also at people who grew up watching cartoons. Without being self-consciously adult or ironic in its themes and stories, it really captures the freedom and excitement of what it feels like to first discover animation when you're young. It's a simple enough story: Jack's homeland is attacked by an evil shape-shifting demon named Aku. Jack's father ó the emperor in a feudal Japanese society ó sends him into exile. This is all shown in a great sequence, a minute, dialogue-free chunk that's as economical and elegant in its storytelling as the opening montage in Up.

Long ago in a distant land l, Aku, the shape-shifting master of darkness unleashed an unspeakable evil. But a foolish samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped forth to oppose me. Before the final blow was struck l tore open a portal in time and flung him into the future where my evil is law. Now the fool seeks to return to the past and undo the future that is Aku. Unless you want some more, eh?

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