Usagi Yojimbo Color Classics (#6) – Stan Sakai

5 out of 5

I’m sure I’m just seeing what I want to see, but this next Usagi Color Classics issue – reprinting an early “Usagi is a badass” short and the first appearance of Ino – corrects the one criticism I had of the Samurai issues: that Ronda Pattison’s colors tended to look way too digital. While there are a couple of flat shots of Usagi where she plays it up, I otherwise feel like her gradients are dialed way back for the issue, and that, alongside her colorfully diverse palette, just looks absolutely fantastic. This was a fun point in Stan’s art, with a very clean and bubbly line, so the colors pop in a very cartoon sensibility. These are also, of course, two great stories, offering something simple, and then something more narratively involved.