(via Panels for People)
Click through for a good read from Darryl Ayo. I asked him what the last comic was that had storytelling that knocked his socks off, and he comes with two examples. It’s well worth reading!
One thing about this Daredevil page, though, drawn by Chris Samnee, scripted by Mark Waid, colors by Javier Rodriguez. This is a total pet peeve and I started this sentence apologizing (“maybe it’s unfair”) but no, it is not unfair: Those aren’t kusarigama. These are just kama. Kusarigama is a chain + sickle + a weight, while kama are just sickles. Kusarigama are actually an interesting weapon for a Daredevil villain (?) to use, since they’re a kind of a more lethal take on his extendo billy club. (The ways DD traditionally uses the club kill me. He’s a budget Spider-Man with ninja skills. He could do so much more.)
It’s weird that kusarigama would be shouted out in the text but wrong in the art. It’s specific enough that I think the creative team was going for a certain mood or effect. Kusarigama aren’t as popular as all the other weapons in TMNT, but if you know the word, you know what they look like, you know? And seeing them described incorrectly snatches you out of the story. It’s like the flip side of verisimilitude, where you’d usually hint at something to make your story feel real, but if you hint at something in the wrong way or get some detail wrong, it turns it into anti-versimilitude-ium, the least popular element. Be careful out there!
Kusarigama were used to marvelous effect in an arc or two of Takehiko Inoue’s Vagabond. I’m trying to think of a movie that used them… they’re in Ninja Gaiden 2, but that’s a video game. I keep thinking of Chinese flicks with meteor hammers (that thing Gogo Yubari rocked in Kill Bill). Anyway, they’re beautiful in motion. You can find some people running through forms on youtube.
Though you can’t expect people to know Japanese, what I find funny is that “kusari” literally means “chain.”