Oniba: Swords of the Demon #0 – Review

Oniba: Swords of the Demon Aspen Comics

I knew from just seeing the cover that this was a book that I wanted to take a look at.  On Wednesday I headed to my local comic book store and I didn’t even have to take it off the shelf. They know me pretty well, because this was in my pulled titles for the week without me even asking.

I love comics that feature women in strong roles and this didn’t disappoint.  The main character is a female samurai named Yukiko living in Japan in 1582.  I loved that her struggles aren’t with being a woman in a man’s world, all the male characters treat her as an equal which is fantastic to see.  Yukiko’s struggles are with her own morality and how that conflicts with her training and her sense of duty.

Paolo Pantalena and Vince Hernandez have done an amazing job of creating a complex and intriguing character in just 13 pages.  Pantalena’s art work is stunning and Hernandez’s script keeps things moving by not overcrowding the action.

The story in this issue might only be 13 pages long but that leaves room for the Scriptbook that has been included.  I love seeing samples of the creative process so this truly put the book over the edge for me.  It features 5 pages of beautiful line art along with the script that inspired it.

I truly loved this comic and I’ve read it several times.  I’ll be eagerly following Aspen Comics and the creators on social media waiting for news of issue #1.

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