Review: Ninjak #6

NINJAK_006_COVER-A_SUAYANWho are the Shadow Seven? That’s the question Ninjak was sent to answer when he was dispatched to destroy terrorist organization Weaponeer from the inside out. As the mysterious new enemies make their move, he’s on a globe-spanning race against time to stop their machinations. Plus: discover how Colin King and Neville Alcott first met – and the deadly secret Neville has kept from Colin as Ninjak: The Lost Files continue…

The sixth issue of the ongoing monthly Ninjak series begins a new arc, The Shadow Wars, for the main story in this comic, making it as good a jumping on point as any now that the series is underway. This is the second Ninjak comic on sale this week that’s also written by Matt Kindt, the other Book Of Death: The Fall Of Ninjak being a tie in to Valiant’s event series Book Of Death, and I quite enjoyed the that book, so does Ninjak #6 hold up to that one?

Almost.

That’s certainly not to say anything negative about Ninjak #6 at all, indeed this is still a very entertaining comic, and the monthly series is certainly worth reading, but it’s just not the best Ninjak comic this week.

For those unfamiliar with the character, picture James Bond, and now imagine that he’s a ninja who continues to work for the MI-6. If you’re a fan of the Bond movies and ninjas (and, frankly, who doesn’t like ninjas?), and you also read comics, then why aren’t you at least curious about this series?

As is often the case when a new arc begins, some measure of familiarity with the previous arc may be helpful to the reader, but it’s not overly necessary; the recap page gives you enough back ground so that you’re not lost (imagine that – a recap page recapping previous events). The main story The Shadow Wars is pretty good, not great, although it is only the opening chapter of the new arc and there is still plenty of time for the story to come into it’s own. There’s also plenty of things to love about this issue, with Matt Kindt focusing more on the leg work of the spying business than the all out action that Ninjak is capable of, and it works very well. There’s still action, but this first chapter of The Shadow Wars focuses less on that than the later chapters probably will.

That’s not a bad thing.

The back up story, The Lost Files, is also quite good, and is the perfect length for a back up tale. Although the eight page story probably isn’t enough to justify you buying the comic just for that, it’s an excellent companion piece to the main story arc; and while I actually preferred the art style to the back up story over the main story, your mileage may vary.

Overall, this is a solid issue. It’s not a great jumping on point for the series, but it is a very good one, and if you’re at all curious about Valiant‘s purple clad ninja, then this is a decent place to start reading the monthly series.

The Shadow Wars
Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Raol Allen with Patricia Martin
The Lost Files
Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Stephen Sergovia
Ninjak #6 Overall
Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.