Ryuko. Vols. 1 & 2

Titan Comics. Vol. 1: Aug. 2019; Vol. 2: Oct. 2019. 256p. ISBN 9781787730946; ebk. ISBN 9781787733084. ISBN 9781787732551; ebk. ISBN 9781787734180. ea. vol: 256p. translated from Japanese by Motoko Tamamuro & Jonathan Clements. pap. $14.99. MANGA

Ryuko, the leader of a crime syndicate located in a small Middle Eastern kingdom, is forced to take action after her rebellious foster daughter attempts to steal a fortune from the powerful General Rashid. Ryuko establishes herself as one of the most ferocious warriors to debut in the last decade, as she quickly overcomes the general’s forces, but she’s left reeling when Rashid reveals his connection to her family’s tragic history and the whereabouts of her mother, whom Ryuko believed to be dead. The ensuing adventure sees Ryuko wreak havoc across the globe as her search for answers brings her face to face with rival gang leaders, terrorist organizations, former friends, and allies, and a dancer named Tatiana seeking the truth behind her father’s death.

VERDICT Respected fine artist Yoshimizu propels an enormous cast through a complicated plot that twists and turns without ever losing momentum and presents action sequences—of which there are many—in brilliantly disorienting compositions that emphasize speed and a sense of unfolding carnage. Fun for fans of Manga, crime epics, espionage thrillers, action adventure, and bold choices in illustration and storytelling.
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