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Blade of the Immortal (1996) comic books

  • Issue #1
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 1

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    "Criminal!" Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. To end his immortal suffering, he must slay one thousand enemies! Manji, a ronin warrior of feudal Japan, has been cursed with immortality. To rid himself of this curse, to regain his mortality, and to end his life of misery, he must slay one thousand evil men! His quest begins when a young girl seeks his help in taking revenge on her parents' killers . . . and his quest won't end until the blood of a thousand has spilled! 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #2
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 2

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    Conquest: Part 1 of 3 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Anotsu is a master swordsman, perhaps the best in Japan. Such a claim might bring honor to other men, but Anotsu uses his skills only to harm others. His philosophy: the only use for a sword is to kill. And he shall learn that lesson well at the Blade of the Immortal. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #3
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 3

    Conquest: Part 2 of 3 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Rin is not a skilled fighter, certainly not as skilled as her father. But she is a warrior, and she will avenge her father's death at the hands of renegade swordsman Kuroi. Or die trying. Follow the epic quest of Manji, who, cursed with immortality, must slay 1,000 enemies before he may enjoy eternal peace! 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $0.95.

  • Issue #4
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 4

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    Conquest: Part 3 of 3 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Kuroi loves women. It is the kind of love that burns him down in his belly and makes his brain fight to break out of his skull. It is the kind of love that forces him to cut off their heads and stitch them into his clothing. He showed his love to Rin's mother. Now he wants to show his love to Rin. Follow the epic quest of Manji, who, cursed with immortality, must slay 1,000 enemies before he may enjoy eternal peace! 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #5
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 5

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    Genius: Part 1 of 2 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. In order that he may end his immortal suffering, Manji must slay one thousand enemies -- and it looks like he has all the targets he needs in the followers of Anotsu! The master swordsman continues to elude Manji by sending his disciples to do his dirty work. And as his flock dwindles, the immortal ninja gets closer to his prey. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #6
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 6

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    Genius: Part 2 of 2 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Sori has given up the arts of the ninja for the arts of the painter, and he's more interested in finding the right shade of red paint than shedding red blood! But that doesn't mean there aren't killers looking for him! When a wave of ronin warriors invades the painter's compound, the immortal warrior Manji must face them alone. And while he may be immortal, these samurai are interested in seeing just how much pain and disfigurement he can take! 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #7
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 7

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    Fanatic: Part 1 of 2 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. For the sins of his past, Manji has been cursed with immortality. Before his curse will end -- before he can claim his eternal rest -- 1,000 sinners must die by his hand! Manji's female companion, Rin, finds the treasured sword of her destroyed kendo dojo (school of swordsmanship). The ronin who has it must have been involved in the destruction of the school -- and that means that Manji could be one step closer to ending his curse. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #8
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 8

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    Fanatic: Part 2 of 2 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. To atone for his sins, Manji was cursed with immortality -- he must kill 1,000 sinners before he will be released from his suffering. But when he is bested in battle -- when he strikes a killing blow which fails to kill -- he wonders if he is the only warrior who carries this curse. It seems there is another who cannot die, one who rejoices in his ability to survive any fight. One who is willing to spend his eternity sending good people to early graves. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #9
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 9

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    Call of the Worm: Part 1 of 3 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. The curse of the blood worm is what keeps Manji alive -- slit his throat or stab him in the heart and those mystical worms will force his body to heal. This immortal curse will not be lifted until Manji has killed one thousand evil men. So what is he to do when one of these evil men is himself afflicted with the same curse? It's a deathless, bloody showdown between two immortal samurai in Blade of the Immortal: Call of the Worm! This latest chapter in the saga of Manji features original pinups by some of the comics industry's greatest talents, including Kelley Jones, Jae Lee, Gil Kane, Dick Giordano, Dan Brereton, Gary Gianni, and Paul Grist. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $3.95.

  • Issue #10
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 10

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    Call of the Worm: Part 2 of 3 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. The blood worms living underneath Manji's skin have protected him from death -- kept him from his eternal rest -- while he repays his debt by slaying one thousand evil men. But now a rival immortal, Shizuma, has poisoned those blood worms, and all of Manji's old wounds -- to his arms, his legs, his chest, and his head -- are bursting open. If he dies this day, he dies with foul dishonor. And that is not a death that Manji will accept. Call of the Worm is the best story arc yet in this best-selling samurai series! Featuring pin ups by such notables as Dan Brereton, Gene Ha, Jae Lee, and Gary Gianni. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $3.95.

  • Issue #11
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 11

    Call of the Worm: Part 3 of 3 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Shizuma and Manji, the two immortal swordsmen, have been hacking away at each other for some time now. But Shizuma still has enough poison left to kill Manji's bloodworms -- and, therefore, Manji himself -- once and for all. And only Rin -- her own dreams and nightmares of immortality put behind her -- can stop him from leading Manji to real death! 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $3.95.

  • Issue #12
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 12

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    Dreamsong: Part 1 of 7 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Makie was born with the heart of a killer, but raised to be a geisha. It's a deadly combination that spells disaster for Manji, the immortal samurai! 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #13
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 13

    Dreamsong: Part 2 of 7 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Makie is a natural-born killer bred to be a geisha. Splitting her life between servitude and slaughter is going to lead to an untimely death, so it's time she chose a path. And her choice could mean trouble for Manji, the immortal ronin. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #14
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 14

    Dreamsong: Part 3 of 7 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Makie was twice cursed -- she is a natural-born assassin, and she was born into a life of sexual servitude. Manji has bought her out of her geisha contract. Now she must find her own way out of a life of spilling blood. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #15
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 15

    Dreamsong: Part 4 of 7 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Makie is a beautiful, deadly swordswoman who worships Manji. Anotsu is determined to see Manji dead. Makie and Anotsu will fight to the death, but first, in this flashback issue, we will see how the pair first met by fighting for one another! 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #16
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 16

    Dreamsong: Part 5 of 7 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. The geisha assassin Makie challenges Manji to another duel, now that she has settled her inner conflicts. It's round two for the man who gave up his right to die, and the woman who gave up her right to dream. And this time, there'll be no winners. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #17
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 17

    Dreamsong: Part 6 of 7 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Manji doesn't have a chance. When Makie ambushes him from above, the immortal swordman's body is hacked apart by her whirling blades. But does she really want to spend the rest of her life as a killer? Even for the man who put her up to this...the man she loves? Don't wait too long to decide -- the blood-worms are putting Manji's shattered body back together again! 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #18
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 18

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    Dreamsong: Part 7 of 7 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. It's the final showdown between Makie and Manji, but this time the immortal swordsman has met his match. When the dust settles, it is Manji who has fallen, and Rin who has to come to his aid. Now his life hangs on Rin's answer to Makie's question: is it right to kill for vengeance? Will Rin come up with the right answer? 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #19
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 19

    Rin's Bane: Part 1 of 2 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Having been spared by Makie, Manji resolves to begin training Rin as a warrior. Following their first session, Manji leaves Rin alone. But the girl is not so for long; Anotsu appears, providing Rin with the long-awaited opportunity to avenge her parents' murder at Anotsu's hand. But is her training and passion enough to destroy one of the most feared swordsmen in the world? 48 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $3.95.

  • Issue #20
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 20

    Rin's Bane: Part 2 of 2 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Rin has finally tracked down Kagehisa Anotsu. But she is all alone against one of Japan's greatest swordsmen, with just her puny throwing knives to help her. Should she wait for Manji to ride to the rescue? Or should she seize the chance to face her parents' murderer? The choice is victory or death... 48 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $3.95.

  • Issue #21
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 21

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    On Silent Wings: Part 1 of 8 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. It's festival time, but Rin's spirits are heavy as she cannot forget Anotsu's last admonition to her -- in her quest to kill him, she is becoming more like him. Meanwhile, Manji meets a mask maker whose own benign visage may prove to reveal a lethal interior. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #22
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 22

    On Silent Wings: Part 2 of 8 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Manji's face to face with another deadly Itto-Ryu swordsman. But can Rin bring herself to let the killing begin? Araya Kawakami is a man of many masks, and one of those identities is that of the father to Renzo, Rin's new friend. If Rin and Manji kill the boy's father, Kagehisa Anotsu will be right: in her quest for vengeance, she becomes more and more like her sworn enemy. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #23
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 23

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    On Silent Wings: Part 3 of 8 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. When a country Samurai finds himself insulted by the impertinent young Renzo, son of an Itto-Ryu killer, Rin is forced to swallow her pride in hopes of saving the boy's life. Her greatest challenge comes later, however, when a grateful Renzo wants to bring Rin home to meet his father -- an Itto-ryu assassin! 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #24
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 24

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    On Silent Wings: Part 4 of 8 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Rin saves Renzo's life. And in reward, she finds herself face to face with one of the men who raped her mother! Araya Kawakami may have hidden his true identity from his own son, but Rin knows who the mask maker really is. He's a brutal murderer, and at the same time, he's still a devoted father. All the troubled Rin wants from Araya is an apology for the evil he's done in the past. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #25
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 25

    On Silent Wings: Part 5 of 8 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Rin has told Araya Kawakami the story of her mother's brutal rape. And from the mask maker's stony face, it's clear that he knows as well as she does, that he's the man who led the vicious assault. Yet now that she's sitting across from him while his innocent young son Renzo is out buying tea for the "honored guest," Rin doesn't want vengeance or blood. All she wants is an apology, and an end to the killing. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #26
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 26

    On Silent Wings: Part 6 of 8 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Araya the mask maker would do anything to protect the secret of his bloody past from his trusting son, Renzo. Alone with Rin, the woman who knows first-hand of his secret life, Araya has the chance to bury his secret with her forever. But first he must deal with Manji. 48 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $3.95.

  • Issue #27
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 27

    On Silent Wings: Part 7 of 8 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Rin said she wanted an apology from her mother's rapist, not bloody vengeance that would leave his son an orphan. But Araya the mask maker decided that a battle to the death was the only way to prevent his son Renzo from finding out about his father's brutal past. Now Rin and Manji are in a fight for survival. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #28
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 28

    On Silent Wings: Part 8 of 8 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Araya is dead. Despite Rin's attempts to deal with her mother's murderer peacefully, Araya chose a fight to the death, rather than risk his son finding out about his father's bloody past. But the battle is not over. His son, Renzo stumbles upon the death scene and vows that he will not rest until his father's death is avenged. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #29
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 29

    Dark Shadows: Part 1 of 5 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Kagehisa Anotsu has turned his Itto-ryü into the most famous sword school in Japan, and now he's going to relearn that ancient lesson. When Magatsu, the only Ittö-ryü warrior to survive a fight with Manji, is ambushed by assassins on his way to Anotsu's Dojo, he learns that there's someone else after Anotsu's head, a mysterious organization called "AKAGI." 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #30
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 30

    Dark Shadows: Part 2 of 5 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. When Magatsu reaches Anotsu's dojo after narrowly escaping an attempt on his life, he's in for another rude surprise. What is an upper-caste official from the government of the Shogun himself doing visiting the Ittö-ryü, the sword school of outcasts and eccentrics who've slaughtered their way to the top of Japan's world of the sword? 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #31
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 31

    Dark Shadows: Part 3 of 5 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Kenei Sumino is one of Kagehisa Anotsu's top lieutenants in the Itto-ryu, but he has a weakness for women. When Sumino intervenes in a marital quarrel, he thinks he's got himself a little beauty for the night. But he may have signed on for a wilder night than he expected. For the kimono beauty he's picked up for an evening of pleasure is none other than Hyakurin herself, the leader of the Akagi assassins. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #32
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 32

    Dark Shadows: Part 4 of 5 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Anotsu Kagehisa may be pleased to bring the Itto-ryu under the umbrella of the central government as the Shogun's official sword school. But it's bad news for Magatsu, the peasant-born Itto-ryu swordsman who has fought alongside Anotsu since the school was founded. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #33
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 33

    Dark Shadows: Part 5 of 5 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Anotsu's move toward an alliance with the central government has driven off Magatsu -- the last of the original members the of Itto-ryu. But neither Magatsu, nor Anotsu, nor even Manji and Rin realize that their lives are about to change forever. The Akagi assassins are beginning to tighten the noose on the Itto-ryu, and woe betide anyone who gets in the way. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #34
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 34

    "Food!" Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Shira, the pathologically sadistic assassin from the mysterious Akagi group, has come to Rin and Manji, and he has a proposal: join forces to kill Kagehisa Anotsu. Manji thinks it's worth a shot, but Rin is far from certain. With Shira, it's not at all clear who are the hunters, and who are the prey... 48 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $3.95.

  • Issue #35
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 35

    Heart of Darkness: Part 1 of 8 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. The enemy of my enemy is my friend? Or is he just another enemy? That's what Rin and Manji are trying to find out when they visit the headquarters of the mysterious Akagi assassins. It's clear that the beautiful Hyakurin and her deadly colleagues are not the little rag-tag band they describe themselves as. But who's pulling the strings, and is it worth working together with them no matter who that is, so long as they can destroy Kagehisa Anotsu and the Itto-ryu? 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #36
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 36

    Heart of Darkness: Part 2 of 8 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. As night falls on the restless city of Edo, Hyakurin inducts Rin into the secrets of smoking, and sounds her out about her relationship with Manji. What is the secret that sets the cool leader of the Akagi screaming with nightmares in the middle of the night? And can Rin and Manji hold to their own course once they've agreed to join forces with this misfit band of deadly killers? 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #37
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 37

    Heart of Darkness: Part 3 of 8 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Anotsu has finally left Edo for Kaga, but it may not be easy for Manji, Rin, and Shira to find him. According to Makoto, the Akagi spy inside Anotsu's Ittö-ryü dojo, Anotsu's traveling disguised as a woman! 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #38
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 38

    Heart of Darkness: Part 4 of 8 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. While Manji and Shira stake out the byway through Naito Shinjuku, waiting to ambush Anotsu Kagehisa on his journey out of Edo, Rin grills the servant girl on ways to get past the strict government checkpoints. Suddenly, right in front of their inn, a fight breaks out between a passing ronin, and a samurai calling himself Anotsu Kagehisa, head of the Itto-ryu! 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #39
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 39

    Heart of Darkness: Part 5 of 8 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. The chase is on! While Manji tries to figure out if the samurai calling himself Kagehisa Anotsu in a red-light district street fight is the real thing, Rin and Shira are in pursuit of a woman who might not be the real thing either. And Shira, with a deadly light in his eyes, is getting downright terrifying. Especially when he draws a sword that looks more like a hacksaw than a fighting weapon! 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #40
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 40

    Heart of Darkness: Part 6 of 8 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. It's a trap! While Manji is busy finishing off an Anotsu impersonator back in town, the real Itto-ryu leader's henchmen have lured Rin and Shira into an ambush. As the Itto-ryu assassins see it, everything's gone according to plan. But what they haven't counted on is the deadly Shira. The only thing more dangerous than a cornered attack dog is a cornered mad dog. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #41
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 41

    Heart of Darkness: Part 7 of 8 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Rin has never trusted Shira, and she was right. Now the sadistic madness hovering just below the surface of the Akagi assassin has exploded. This isn't Bushido, it's butchery. And Rin learns too late that there are some ways of being strong better left unlearned. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #42
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 42

    Heart of Darkness: Part 8 of 8 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. The plot to ambush Kagehisa Anotsu is going up in flames. Hyakurin and Shinriji have found the Itto-ryu group they were following to be decoys, too. Shira's pursuit has turned into a gory splatter movie, and when Rin tries to stop Shira from further torturing the woman decoy who had deceived them both, the blood-crazed killer turns his sword against her. 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $3.50.

  • Issue #43
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 43

    The Gathering: Part 1 of 15 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Hyakurin's plan to ambush Kagehisa Anotsu has failed. Rin and Manji have lost their chance for vengeance, too. Manji tells Hyakurin their alliance is over. But now, how to get through the government Sekisho checkpoints that control the roads out of Edo? It's hard enough for anyone to do it, but for Manji, one of the most wanted men in Japan, it's well- nigh impossible. Which is why Rin is writing that note to leave by Manji's pillow while he sleeps... 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #44
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 44

    The Gathering: Part 2 of 15 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. A desperate Manji faces a brutal choice: storm the government checkpoint by force to pursue Rin, or leave her to face Anotsu Kagehisa . . . alone. And Rin, alone on her road to revenge for the first time since meeting Manji, has just been named as an accomplice in a savage murder! How is she going to get through the checkpoints when she's on the list of Japan's most wanted criminals?! 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #45
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 45

    The Gathering: Part 3 of 15 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Rin's on the wanted list! She has only one hope of getting through the checkpoint out of Edo: something so dangerous, a single mistake could cost Rin her life! Meanwhile, Akagi's spy inside the Itto-ryu has gotten a look at another secret document he can report on. But the head of the sword school has seen through Makoto's cover and is using him to feed misinformation to the Akagi assassins! 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #46
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 46

    The Gathering: Part 4 of 15 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Hyakurin has a present for Manji: because of a letter forged by her men, Ittö-ryü is going to send a swordsman to join Anotsu in Kaga. If Manji is tough enough, he can kill the man, take his travel papers, and go after Rin. It's a high-stakes game they're playing, but maybe not as high-stakes as Rin's new gamble... 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #47
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 47

    The Gathering: Part 5 of 15 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Kami-nagafusa: a non-descript rural village. The only thing that sets it apart from other hamlets is its neighbor, a critical checkpoint for leaving Edo. This is the village Rin has come to, following the thin thread of her last hope for pursuing Anotsu to Kaga -- and now, just as urgent, to escape the long arm of the law that has unjustly accused her of murder! 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #48
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 48

    The Gathering: Part 6 of 15 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. After receiving an intelligence report from the beautiful and mysterious Mugai-ryü assassin Hyakurin, Manji waits by a roadside shrine to ambush an Ittö-ryü swordsman who carries a travel pass that could allow Manji through border checkpoints to catch up with his companion Rin before she rushes to her death. But three of Ittö-ryü's deadliest warriors are coming, with orders to put to death the ronin who has been killing their comrades. Can even the immortal Manji survive? 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #49
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 49

    The Gathering: Part 7 of 15 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Makoto, the Akagi spy inside the renegade Ittö-ryü sword school, has found out too late that acting leader Abiyama set a deadly trap for Manji. But there's no need to tell the immortal ronin: he's already fighting for his life against three Ittö-ryü swordsmen, all masters of dirty fighting. Only one sits out the fight, to watch and find out if the rumors about the ronin's immortality are true and to end those rumors -- and Manji -- once and for all! 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #50
    Blade of the Immortal (1996) 50

    The Gathering: Part 8 of 15 - Story and art by Hiroaki Samura. Blade of the Immortal reaches its landmark 50th issue with a new chapter of "The Gathering"! Ittö-ryü swordsmen, masters of dirty fighting, have strung Manji up in a tree with barbed spikes! Handa and Uruma are more than ready to find out just how immortal Manji is -- by chopping him into little pieces! With his body pierced by Uruma's spikes, and two trained assassins ready to use every trick in the book to kill him, matters couldn't get much worse. All the samurai has to save him is his ingenuity and the supernatural bloodworms that keep him alive. But this time, will he have a body left for the worms to knit back together...? 32 pages, B&W. Mature Readers Cover price $2.99.