"Fall Frost, Part 3 of 6"
Writer/Artist: Hiroaki Samura
Publisher: Dark Horse
Last time the evil Shira laid on an ambush for our titular immortal hero, Manji - whose friend Magatsu (with his own beef against Shira) got in the way of. Manji wasn't interested in fighting Shira but Magatsu was - Shira wasn't interested in fighting Magatsu, just Manji. The round-robin battle between the three of them continues in this issue, with Manji finally taking part by using Shira's desire to kill him to lead him into territory suitable for the comparatively inexperienced Magatsu to have a chance against Shira.
Except he doesn't really, as Magatsu keeps on screwing it up.
What's worse is that Manji is having so much fun setting up Shira for Magatsu, that he forgets about last issue's ambush, and falls into it hook, line and sinker - in some nasty scenes, too; this guy has been cut to pieces more often than a juicy steak.
And what's even worse than that is Shira knows something bad is about to happen to Anotsu - the guy that Manji is hunting down to kill...but only Magatsu knows that Shira knows...and Magatsu is about to be hacked to pieces by Shira before he can relay this information to Manji...
For a three-character storyline there's a heck of a lot of subtext going on; it's somewhat of a surprise that the main plotline of the series ties into what seemed to be a diversion, now we know there's something nasty happening behind the scenes but we don't know what it is....argh, need those next few issues now!
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