Vampires have a way of wanting a lot more than humanity is typically willing to give them. It prompts humans to find ways of fighting (and stopping) them, preventing their desires to subvert humans into buffets. That applies to samurai too and in Bushido, samurai quickly learn that vampires may prove to be one of their most formidable foes. In the Bushido TPB that collects the first give issues of the series from Image Comics, Rob Levin and Jessada Sutthi of Studio Hive investigate
“Exploring the philosophy, goals and techniques of vampires and samurai — and doing it all during an epic conflict between these two forces with gorgeous painted art was too good an opportunity to pass up,” said writer Levin. “But even more than that, Bushido allowed me to work with themes of family, honor and what it feels like to be an outsider, which is really what hooked me into the story on a personal level.”
Kichiro is an outsider in feudal Japan — shipwrecked after marauders killed his parents, he is found and raised by a samurai who teaches him to live by bushido, the samurai code. Though he can never be recognized as a samurai because of his blood, in BUSHIDO, the new Image Comics/Top Cow graphic novel out in December, Kichiro finds he can use his skills and sense of duty to serve in another way: defeating the blood-drinking forces of darkness that have descended on Japan. A clan of vampires is bent on assassinating the shogun and claiming power for themselves. Kichiro recognizes them as the same marauders who mercilessly overran his ship so many years ago and vows to defeat them — to both avenge his past and protect his future.
Bushido will be in comic book stores on December 17 (Diamond Comic order code SEP140600) and in bookstores on December 30 (ISBN 978-1-63215-022-6). It is available for pre-order now. Full press release below.