Usagi Yojimbo: The Swords of the Higashi (#7, UY #245) – Stan Sakai

5 out of 5

After the memorable and weighty retelling of the first ever Usagi story, Stan immediately follows it up with a hilarious tale that almost functions like a gag strip.  He could’ve included Usagi “zoing!”ing off the page in the final panel and it wouldn’t have been out of line.  And I loved every minute of it.

Gen and Inukai are trying to recover a clan’s stolen treasure to claim the reward.  The bickering couple almost gets taken out by a member of the gang they’ve attacked… until Usagi comes to save the day.  From thereon out we get a classic comedy routine that has one continual runaway from the gang coming back time and again to try to re-take their stolen treasure, up through the final punchline.

Tons of personality, and expert comic pacing throughout.