I recently came across a copy of CrossGen comics’ Forge # 10. It contains six different stories in six different settings. I believe it to be a very good comic book. I have read a couple of the stories and I am hooked.
The first story is set in a universe resembling ancient Japan. It is called The Path.
Writer: Ron Marz
Guest Penciler: Matthew Smith
Inker: Mark Pennington
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh
Letterer: David Lanphear
One Shinacean soldier also survives. He goes back and tells the tale to his emperor about how his great army was completely destroyed by a monk’s secret weapon. Meanwhile, after the battle Obo-san is met by a traveler and a teller of tales. He knows all about Obo-san and his weapon. He also knows about Nayado’s troubles. He speaks of Nayado being stuck between tranquility and violence. He asks Obo-san if he can save Nayado from itself.
Obo-san and his friends take the stranger with them as they walk towards the monastery. Meanwhile, Emperor Mitsumune scolds his General for not bringing him the weapon. He still isn’t deterred in wanting to take the Weapon from the man who saved his lands!