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Crying Freeman Series

Kazuo Koike
Crying Freeman vol. 1 by Kazuo Koike
Crying Freeman vol. 3 by Kazuo Koike
Crying Freeman vol. 2 by Kazuo Koike

Crying Freeman Series : Titles in Order

Book 5
Once a humble ceramics artist, the infamous assassin known as Crying Freeman has risen in power to become the head of the 108 Dragons, the most powerful criminal organization on earth. But power has its price, and there is no end to the number of rival groups gunning for 108 Dragons’s turf–and for Freeman’s head. Faced with an army of kidnappers and a host of assassins, each more deadly than the last, how long can Freeman’s luck hold out? Will the Dragons be torn apart by warring rivals or poisoned by betrayal from within? Will Freeman’s sensitive, compassionate heart be the Dragons’s redemption or their downfall? Can Freeman and his loved ones survive the painful realities that come with living in a world of vicious gangland warfare? All questions will be answered in this, the final volume of Crying Freeman!

* Long out-of-print in America, the Dark Horse edition of Crying Freeman is the first English translation of the title in the original Japanese format!
Book 4
Cult leader Naiji Kumaga is poised for a hostile takeover of Japan. He has the tools–1000 submachine guns in a land with few firearms–but needs expert hands to wield them, and the assassins of the 108 Dragons definitely have what it takes. Kumaga’s plan: capture the Dragons’ leader, Crying Freeman, and replace him with a trained double. Snatching the world’s deadliest killer is a tall order, but maybe not too tall for the merciless giant, Tohgoku Oshu!

• Long out-of-print in America, the Dark Horse edition of Crying Freeman is the first English translation of the title in the original Japanese format!
Book 3
A failed assassination attempt brings into Freeman’s possession Muramasa, the Devil’s Sword, an ancient samurai blade that brings misfortune and death to any who possess it. Wishing to spare Freeman and tame the sword’s malevolent spirit, Tiger Orchid, Freeman’s wife, takes the blade to Kowloon to train with a legendary swordmaster. But she’ll need to find him in Kowloon Castle, a slum so riddled with crime and destitution that it officially doesn’t exist. But its dangers are all too real, and even a possessed sword may not be enough to stop a gun-toting criminal army bent on selling Tiger Orchid into slavery!

Written by the legendary Kazuo Koike, creator of Lone Wolf and Cub, and illustrated by the incomparable Ryoichi Ikegami, Crying Freeman is adult manga at its most challenging: dark, violent, morally complex, erotically charged, and regarded worldwide as one of the classics of adult graphic fiction.
Book 2
Crying Freeman, the deadliest assassin of the 108 Dragons clan of the Chinese mafia has taken a bride, and she has passed the harsh tests of the Dragons and been given a new name, Hu Qing Lan, “Tiger Orchid.” And despite Freeman’s Japanese heritage, he has been chosen to become the eventual leader of the Dragons. But someone inside the Dragons wants Freeman dead, and Tiger Orchid should make a fine hostage to draw Freeman into the open . . . where a monstrous killer awaits!

Written by manga legend Kazuo Koike, creator of Lone Wolf and Cub and Samurai Executioner, and illustrated by the acclaimed Ryoichi Ikegami, Crying Freeman is manga at its most adult: intensely violent, morally ambiguous, and boldly erotic. 

• Featuring an all-new translation, Dark Horse’s Crying Freemanis the first English-language edition of the title in the original non-westernized format!

• From the writer of Lone Wolf and Cub, Lady Snowblood, andSamurai Executioner!
Book 1
He is Yo Himomura, deadly assassin for the 108 Dragons, the Chinese Mafia. But to the criminal underworld who fear him, he is known as Crying Freeman, the killer who sheds tears at the fate of his victims. Young, handsome, sensitive, an artist, Yo has been hypnotically programmed by his Dragon masters to kill on command: he cannot resist his masters’commands to kill, his masters cannot stop his tears of remorse.

Written by the legendary Kazuo Koike, creator of Lone Wolf and Cub, and illustrated by the incomparable Ryoichi Ikegami, Crying Freeman is adult manga at its most challenging: dark, violent, morally complex, erotically charged, and regarded worldwide as one of the classics of adult graphic fiction. Dark Horse Manga is proud to present Crying Freeman, yet another of the jewels in the crown of manga classics, presented in its original right-to-left reading orientation.

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