Graphic Novel:The Ten Brides of Takezo Kensei
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|The Ten Brides of Takezo Kensei|
|Released:||December 31, 2007|
|Story by:||Chuck Kim|
|Art and colors by:||Peter Steigerwald|
|Produced by:||Aspen M.L.T.|
|Easter Egg:||Behind the scenes image of David Anders|
|Next:||The Golden Goose|
|Say "I do" at your own risk.|
|Over four hundred years old, Takezo Kensei has outlived entire lineages of families.|
But what of his own?
Who were the loves of Takezo Kensei?
Trapped in his coffin, Adam Monroe laments that he has survived "the greatest men and women on the planet," even those who could bend steel or wield the raw power of the elements. Only Hiro Nakamura has eluded him. He asks what he can measure his centuries of life by—a few dozen names? He thinks that immortality is worthless, if he's buried alive, and the loves of his life are all dead.
He remembers these loves, starting with his wife Helene in Diedenshausen, Germany in 1692. When Monroe turned 42, he realized he did not age, and his wife fled into the forest, calling him a devil. He heard that she died years later in a nunnery. He then recounts the tale of his second wife, Maria, who bore him two sons while he lived in Milan, Italy. He learned he did not like children, and left them with two sacks of coins as he departed to the new country. He met his third wife, Frederica, at Versailles, in Paris, France in 1782. She always wore her rouge and face powder; it was this affinity for lead-based cosmetics that led to her death.
Next, Adam recounts the story of how he went to Japan and met his fourth wife, Yumi, the great granddaughter of Yaeko in 1784. Bored, he left her after faking his own death. Monroe traveled to America, where in 1787 he married Angelica to whom he confessed his greatest secret. They were together for 62 years, introducing themselves as husband and wife, mother and son, and, finally, grandmother and grandson, before she died at the age of 87. In 1864, in Atlanta, Georgia, Kensei married his sixth wife, the second named Maria. While he battled in the American Civil War, she died of smoke inhalation during a fire at their plantation.
In Montreal, Canada in 1901, he married Diane. She contracted tuberculosis one winter. Desperate to save his love from dying, Adam injected her with a vial of his blood. Her recovery was hailed as a miracle and she died peacefully twenty years later. After a vicious mugging in Chicago, Illinois, in 1926, Adam regenerated his left eye and spleen in front of his eighth wife Louisa. She drank herself to death within four months. His ninth wife, Theresa, whom he met in Los Angeles, California, in 1958, never truly loved him. She and her lover shot Adam in the chest and dumped him off a cliff. He swam back to shore and killed them in their sleep. He married his tenth wife in 1977. A woman named Trina, she remarried after his imprisonment, and had children and grandchildren. She died in 2001 in a car accident. Adam blamed Kaito Nakamura and the others for depriving him of the opportunity to say goodbye.
Finally, Adam says that he has died dozens of times in his tomb, and that Hiro is a cruel man. Adam remarks that his latest bride will be coming for him soon enough.
- For images from The Ten Brides of Takezo Kensei, see images from The Ten Brides of Takezo Kensei.
- For an interview in which writer Chuck Kim discusses The Ten Brides of Takezo Kensei, see here.
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- Animated video