Before DC Comics published Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns, they also published Frank Miller's Ronin.
The series was written and drawn by Frank Miller with artwork painted by Lynn Varley and takes place in a dystopic near-future New York City in which a ronin is reincarnated. It showed some of the strongest influences of manga and bande dessinée on Miller's style, both in the artwork and narrative style. The ideas for Ronin came together while Miller was doing extensive research for his work on Daredevil.
Ronin was in part inspired by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima's manga series Kozure Ōkami before it was translated as Lone Wolf And Cub and was originally slated to be released as part of Marvel's Marvel Graphic Novel series but was headhunted by Jeanette Kahn and published in 1983.
The subsequent collection has stayed in that format since original publication. There was a new cover in 2006, and an Absolute version for a lot more money. But next year it's time for a change.
24th July 2018 will see DC publish a new edition of Frank Miller's Ronin that returns to the original cover but adds new pages.
Frank Miller's futuristic samurai epic is back in a new edition!
RONIN is the acclaimed epic by Frank Miller, the visionary writer/artist of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, 300 and Sin City. In this tale of a legendary warrior, the Ronin, a dishonored, masterless 13th Century samurai, is mystically given a second chance to avenge his master's death. Suddenly finding himself reborn in a futuristic and corrupt 21st Century New York City, the samurai discovers he has one last chance to regain his honor: he must defeat the reincarnation of his master's killer, the ancient demon Agat. In a time and place foreign and unfathomable to him, the Ronin stands against his greatest enemy with his life and, more importantly, his soul at stake.
This breathtaking new edition includes rarely seen promotional art, fold-out pages and more special features. Collects RONIN #1-6.