Graphic Novel:The Trial of the Black Bear
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|The Trial of the Black Bear|
|Released:||October 16, 2007|
|Story by:||Chuck Kim|
|Art by:||Tom Grummett|
|Colors by:||Edgar at Studio F|
|Edited by:||Nanci Quesada|
|Easter Egg:||Behind the scenes image of David Anders|
|Presented by 9th Wonders and Manga Classics!|
|Takezo Kensei is one of Japan's most beloved historical figures. His tales, based on actual events, have now become a blend of legend and fact. Kensei is recognized for saving his countrymen from a terrible and tyrannical warlord. But how the fabled swordsman accomplished this is still interpreted from many different perspectives...|
Takezo Kensei and his small cat-like companion, Hiro, discover the map scroll with information on the secret lair of White Beard being guarded by a small bear on a large rock. Believing the bear to be the Black Bear of Sakashita, Kensei draws his sword and lunges at the animal. As he gets closer he finds a much larger bear, presumably the mother, behind the rock. The larger bear threatens Kensei and chases him as he runs away. With the large bear gone, Hiro plucks the scroll out of the paws of the smaller bear and cheers. He tells Kensei that he can come out of hiding now, but Kensei is still being chased by the large bear.
- The Heroes Interactive for Dual compares Hiro's appearance as a furry cat in this novel to a Pokémon character.
- The graphic novel tells the story of one of Kensei's trials, which is mythologized in the online documentary Sword Saint.
- The entirety of The Trial of the Black Bear was included in Novel Approach: The Hiro Collection.
- For images from The Trial of the Black Bear, see images from The Trial of the Black Bear.
- For an interview in which writer Chuck Kim discusses The Trial of the Black Bear, see here.
- Graphic novels page on NBC.com
- Interactive comic on NBC.com — Note: Requires Flash Player 8 or above to view
- Downloadable PDF comic on NBC.com — Note: Requires Adobe Acrobat or compatible reader to view
- Animated video