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67. Blade of The Immortal
Written & Drawn by Hiroaki Samura
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Hiroaki Samura's samurai epic continues to be an absolutely amazing read, as it speeds to its climax. Samura's long been a master of fight scenes, and in 2013's two volumes, he gets to show off his chops while delivering a blood-soaked showdown years in the making. The aftermath is surprisingly touching and emotional, and it serves to highlight what a vicious cycle revenge can be, while also displaying Samura's other skill that's helped make 'Blade of the Immortal' so amazing: His ability to handle the quieter, more emotional scenes as adeptly as the action scenes. With only a handful of volumes left in the series, I can't help but anticipate the climax and dread it, as well. To paraphrase John Travolta from 'Face/Off,' I'm gonna hate to see it go, but I'm gonna love watching it leave.