At seventeen years of age, Miyamoto Musashi–still known by his childhood name, Shinmen Takezo–was a wild young brute just setting out along the way of the sword.

In the aftermath of the epic Battle of Sekigahara, Takezo finds himself a fugitive survivor on the losing side of the war. Takez?’s vicious nature has made him an outcast even in his own village, and he is hunted down like an animal. At this crucial crossroads in Takez?’s life, an eccentric monk and a childhood friend are the only ones who can help him find his way.

(Publisher Description)


Vagabond
By Takehiko Inoue
ISBN: 9781421520544
VIZ, 2008
NFNT Age Recommendation: Adult (18+)
Volumes available: 12 (Series complete)


Our Review

Classic Fantastic: Vagabond

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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