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Path (2002) comic books

  • Issue #1
    Path (2002) 1
    Published Apr 2002 by CrossGen Comics.

    by Marz, Sears, Pennington, & Atiyeh Brother to a slain warlord, a humble monk possesses a weapon with the power to slay gods... but can he bring himself to use it? Ron Marz and Bart Sears join forces in the first issue of CrossGen's latest monthly title, a tale of all-out samurai action set on a feudal world. FC, 32pg Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #2
    Path (2002) 2

    by Ron Marz, Bart Sears, Mark Pennington, & Michael Atiyeh In a world of feudal warlords and samurai warriors, honor is everything. The Obo-san ? monk ? has always lived a life of obedience, but now he suspects his Emperor has descended into madness. What will happen when Obo-san is forced to choose between blind loyalty and bitter defiance as his Emperor commands him to take his own life? FC, 32pg Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #3
    Path (2002) 3

    by Marz, Sears, Pennington; colored by Atiyeh Obo-san and Ryuichi, general of Nayado's samurai armies, were boyhood friends. Now they find themselves cast as enemies as the emperor dispatches Ryuichi to find Obo-san, who is fleeing northward with a death sentence on his head. Will Obo-san's path lead him to a deadly confrontation with his friend? FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #4
    Path (2002) 4
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    by Marz, Sears & Pennington, Atiyeh General Ryuichi has been best friends with Obo-san since childhood, but now he finds himself under orders to slay the monk. As Ryuichi wrestles with his conscience, he and his army pursue Obo-san to his monastery in the snowy north. When the two finally confront one another, the meeting literally ends with a bang! FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #5
    Path (2002) 5
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    by Ron Marz & Walter Simonson; Colored by Atiyeh Master storyteller Walter Simonson takes on a tale of The Path! As General Ryuichi's siege remains in effect, the outlander Wulf finally reveals how he came to Nayado's shores, and the circumstances of his first meeting with the warlord Todosi. Meanwhile, the Emperor of Shinacea sees his opportunity to strike and destroy both Nayado and Obo- san forever. FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #6
    Path (2002) 6
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    by Ron Marz, Sears, & Pennington; Colored by Atiyeh As the vast army of Shinacea makes its way ashore to attack an unsuspecting Nayado, Obo-san is faced with his own danger. A horde of demons birthed from shadow attacks Obo-san's monastery stronghold, intent on taking the Weapon of Heaven! FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #7
    Path (2002) 7
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    by Ron Marz, Bart Sears, Mark Pennington, & Michael Atiyeh The army of the vast empire of Shinacea marches upon Nayado's vulnerable capital. The only thing standing in its way - the remnants of Nayado's own military, led by General Ryuichi. As the battle rages and a winter storm brews, can Ryuichi's samurai save their nation from destruction? Meanwhile, Obo-san makes a fateful decision concerning his own involvement. FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #8
    Path (2002) 8

    by Ron Marz, Bart Sears, Mark Pennington, & Michael Atiyeh With Ryuichi's army on the brink of being wiped out by invaders, their lone hope rests with Obo-san. But will even the Weapon of Heaven be enough to turn back Shinacea's overwhelming forces? And even if the enemy is driven back, Ryuichi is still bound to carry out the death sentence on Obo-san's head. FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #9
    Path (2002) 9
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    by Marz, M. Smith, Pennington, & Atiyeh The vast Shinacean army has been turned back with Obo-san's help, but now he faces a decision that will chart the course of nation. Does he dare plot a rebellion to remove a mad emperor from the throne? Meanwhile, the Emperor Mitsumune is less than pleased with General Ryuichi's failure to obtain the Weapon of Heaven, and comes up with a devious plot of his own. FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #10
    Path (2002) 10
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    Written by Ron Marz, art by Bart Sears & Mark Pennington, colors by Michael Atiyeh He swore to destroy the gods he once served! The holy monk Obo-san embodied the feudal ideals of piety, honor and duty. Then his samurai brother called upon the gods to save his nation, only to be slain by to the petty, spiteful deities. Now, armed with the Weapon of Heaven, Obo-san seeks the death of the gods who betrayed him and the rebirth of his own shattered faith. While Obo-san contemplates rebellion, Wulf and Aiko undertake a perilous journey. In order to rescue Wulf's lover from the clutches of the mad Emperor Mitsumune, the pair must return to the capital of Yazaki and slip unseen into the royal palace. But they cannot begin to imagine what awaits them within the shadows... On sale December 18 FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #11
    Path (2002) 11
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    Written by Ron Marz, art by Bart Sears & Mark Pennington, colors by Michael Atiyeh He swore to destroy the gods he once served! The holy monk Obo-san embodied the feudal ideals of piety, honor and duty. Then his samurai brother called upon the gods to save his nation, only to be slain by to the petty, spiteful deities. Now, armed with the Weapon of Heaven, Obo-san seeks the death of the gods who betrayed him and the rebirth of his own shattered faith. A mountainside retreat becomes a slaughterhouse as a band of ninjas descend upon Obo- san. In the employ of the mad Emperor Mitsumune, the assassins are charged to return with the Weapon of Heaven and Obo-san's head! 32 pages full color, on Sale January 22 $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #12
    Path (2002) 12
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    Written by Ron Marz, art by Bart Sears & Mark Pennington, colors by Michael Atiyeh He swore to destroy the gods he once served! The holy monk Obo-san embodied the feudal ideals of piety, honor and duty. Then his samurai brother called upon the gods to save his nation, only to be slain by to the petty, spiteful deities. Now, armed with the Weapon of Heaven, Obo-san seeks the death of the gods who betrayed him and the rebirth of his own shattered faith. A journey across the countryside of his homeland forces Obo-san to confront what his nation truly means to him, and spurs him to a fateful decision that will change the course of history. Can a man love his country so much that he is forced to destroy it?32 pages full color, on sale February 26 ... $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #13
    Path (2002) 13
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    Written by Ron Marz, art by Mathew Smith & Mark Pennington, colors by Michael Atiyeh He swore to destroy the gods he once served! The holy monk Obo-san embodied the feudal ideals of peity, honor and duty. Then his samurai brother called upon the gods to save his nation, only to be slain by the petty, spiteful deities. Now, armed with the Weapon of Heaven, Obo-san seeks the death of the gods who betrayed him and the rebirth of his shattered faith. As Obo-san prepares to take a fateful step from which there can be no turning back, the evil emperor of Shinacea again mounts an effort to obtain the all-powerful Weapon of Heaven. And this time his tool will be Obo-san's deceased brother, Todosi! New penciler Matthew Smith (Day of Judgment, The Clockmaker) debuts. On sale March 26. FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #14
    Path (2002) 14

    Written by Ron Marz, art by Matthew Smith & Mark Pennington, colors by Michael Atiyeh He swore to destroy the gods he once served! The holy monk Obo-san embodied the feudal ideals of piety, honor and duty. Then his samurai brother called upon the gods to save his nation, only to be slain by to the petty, spiteful deities. Now, armed with the Weapon of Heaven, Obo-san seeks the death of the gods who betrayed him and the rebirth of his own shattered faith. As Obo-san prepares for war, he is confronted by literally the last person he ever expected as his brother Todosi seemingly returns from the grave. Will Obo-san surrender the Weapon of Heaven to his brother, or is there something far more sinister at work here? FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #15
    Path (2002) 15

    Written by Ron Marz, art by Matthew Smith & Mark Pennington, colors by Michael Atiyeh He swore to destroy the gods he once served! The holy monk Obo-san embodied the feudal ideals of piety, honor and duty. Then his samurai brother called upon the gods to save his nation, only to be slain by to the petty, spiteful deities. Now, armed with the Weapon of Heaven, Obo-san seeks the death of the gods who betrayed him and the rebirth of his own shattered faith. While Obo-san and Aiko are confronted by the past and ponder their future at Obo-san's ancestral estate, Wulf and the disgraced sumo Yama journey to the far north of their island nation. They hope to recruit the wild tribesman of the region to their rebellion, but rather than comrades, they find deadly enemies. 32 pages full color, on sale May 28 ... $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #16
    Path (2002) 16

    by Ron Marz, Matthew Smith, Mark Pennington, & Michael Atiyeh Wulf's life is in Yama's hands! While Obo-san and Aiko contemplate delivering themselves into the hands of their enemies, Wulf and former sumo wrestler Yama have journeyed to the north in order to recruit soldiers for the coming rebellion. Their reception, however, has been less than what they had hoped as they face execution unless Yama can defeat a demon of the forest. FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #17
    Path (2002) 17

    Ron Marz (w), Matthew Smith (p), Mark Pennington (i), Michael Atiyeh (c) A duo in danger! They say that the enemy of your enemy is your friend... and now the former monk Obo-san and the deadly beauty Aiko must test the adage?with their lives! When our intrepid tag-team ventures deep into the heart of treacherous territory, what will the Nogawa clan take: Obo-san's offer... or his head?! "What we have here is a heroic epic worthy of Frank Miller in his heyday." ?Comics International 32 pgs, full color, on sale July 30 $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #18
    Path (2002) 18

    Ron Marz (w), Ron Wagner (p), Armando Durruthy (i), Frank D'Armata (c) While the monk-turned-warrior Obo-san gathers his troops for revolt, the mad Emperor Mitsumune rebuilds his own samurai army, spelling certain doom for Obo-san's rebellion! "Beautiful...mysterious..." ?BPM Magazine 32 pgs, full color, on sale August 27 $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #19
    Path (2002) 19

    Ron Marz (w), Matthew Smith (p), Mark Pennington (i), Michael Atiyeh (c) Jump on as a new story begins! Obo-san attempts to flush out a traitor as he challenges the Storyteller about his true nature ? leading to a devastating confrontation with the awesome power of the Weapon of Heaven! FC, 32pg $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #20
    Path (2002) 20

    Ron Marz (w), Matthew Smith (p), Mark Pennington (i), Michael Atiyeh (c) The rebellion erupts! The uprising against the mad Emperor Mitsumune begins as Obo- san leads his forces into battle! But can the former monk withstand the might of the imperial samurai army? 32 pgs, full color, on sale Oct. 29 $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #21
    Path (2002) 21

    Ron Marz (w), Matthew Smith (p), Mark Pennington (i), Michael Atiyeh (c) Guest-starring Boon and Po Po from WAY OF THE RAT! The bumbling thief and his talking mentor monkey are here.to steal Obo-san's all-powerful Weapon of Heaven! FC, 32pg $2.95 on sale Nov. 26 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #22
    Path (2002) 22

    Ron Marz (w), Matthew Smith (p), Mark Pennington (i), Michael Atiyeh (c) Guest-starring Boon and Po Po from WAY OF THE RAT! Boon has stolen the all- powerful Weapon of Heaven...but will Obo-san kill to get it back? 32 pgs, on sale Dec. 31 $2.95 Cover price $2.95.

  • Issue #23
    Path (2002) 23

    Written By Ron Marz Penciled By Matthew Smith Series finale! At long last, Obo-san and his rebel forces collide with the vast army of Emperor Mitsumune! Who will survive the fields of death? 32 pgs, on sale Jan. 28 $2.95 Cover price $2.95.