Usagi Yojimbo: Grasscutter

Welcome back to Waiting on the Trade, a comics book club for people who don’t have time for monthly comics!

In this episode, guest host Callum Smith helps us power through some prologues, as we discuss Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo: Grasscutter.

This Month’s Discussion Questions

  1. Do you think reading the preceding 10+ years of Usagi Yojimbo was necessary to enjoy this story?
  2. Did you find the story’s prologues necessary?
  3. Do you feel that using Japanese folklore and history as a basis for this comic was a boon or a detriment?
  4. Do you think the story’s anthropomorphic characters and cartooniness helped or hurt it overall?
  5. What made Jei an evil character?
  6. Are there other series you’ve enjoyed that have comparable creative longevity and consistency?

Explanations, Observations, and Links of Note

Follow-Up Recommendations

If you liked Usagi Yojimbo: Grasscutter, we think you might also like:

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