Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls, Volume 1

Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls, Vol. 1 - Masaki Segawa, Futaro Yamada A great start to this series. Two ninja clans have been at each other's throats for centuries. Their war held back by a truce. Now, that truce is broken by the land's shogun. Ten ninja from each clan will fight to the death, and the surviving clan will rule the land for the next 1,000 years. To complicate things, there is a "romeo and juliet" angle as there are two lovers from opposing clans, who had been hoping their marriage would bring peace. Oh, and each ninja has unique skills or techniques, which makes the story more interesting as they use their techniques to fight each other. The story is good. The action is pretty good as well, and the first volume ends with a cliffhanger, setting things up for the second volume. This is certainly one to follow.