The close of 16th century Japan was a violent age, as rival feudal lords fought for land and power. Miyamoto Usagi braved many a battle only to lose his lord and find himself a masterless samurai, or ronin. While many ronin became bandits or mercenaries, Usagi chose the warrior pilgrimage: wandering the land, fighting injustice, seeking enlightenment. Eisner Award winner Stan Sakai has crafted a truly original and delightful work, an all-ages adventure epic that creates a world of excitement, mystery, and imagination, while building each story on painstaking research of Japan's history, culture, and mythology. Demon Mask is a collection of diverse Usagi stories, featuring a graveyard encounter with creatures from Japanese folktales, a whodunit clash with a mysterious masked assassin, a young adventure-lover insistent on receiving Usagi's sword training, a peasant village terrorized by a ravaging Spider Woman, and more. Few works of graphic fiction offer -- or deliver -- as much action, depth, and sheer fun as Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo.Book 14: Demon Mask reprints Vol. 3 issues 31-38 and stories from the following publications: issue 140 of Dark Horse Presents, the Dark Horse Presents Annual 1999, issue 97 of Wizard Magazine (Gareb Shamus Enterprises), issue 10 of Oni Double Feature (Oni Press), and issues 20-23 of Dark Horse Extra. It is published by Dark Horse Comics.
The introduction for this volume was written by Paul Dini.
- ISBN-10: 1-56971-524-6 (s/n)
- ISBN-10: 1-56971-523-8 (tpb)
- ISBN-10: 1-43521-514-1 (Sagebrush)
- ISBN-10: 1-43521-522-2 (Paw Prints)