Review: Ninjak #7

NINJAK_007_COVER-A_SUAYANNinjak goes head-to-head with the Shadow Seven’s toughest villain, Sanguine – but will his past come back to bite him before she does? As a conspiracy from Colin King’s first days as a spy finally comes to light in the modern day, will Ninjak survive his deadliest battle yet? And what will be left of him? Also: the excellent back up strip Ninjak: The Lost Files continue.

The seventh issue of the ongoing monthly Ninjak series continues the arc started last issue, 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. With my new found love of anything Valiant, I was really looking forward to this comic; so does it meet my somewhat high expectations?

Nearly.

That’s certainly not to say anything wrong with Ninjak #7, indeed this is still a very good comic book, but it wasn’t quite as good as I was hoping. Sometimes as good as something is, it may fall short of expectations.

For those unfamiliar with the character, picture James Bond as a ninja. Now ask yourself, if you’re a fan of the Bond movies and you like ninjas, why aren’t you at least curious about this series? Before reading this issue you should probably read the first part of the arc, but it’s not overly necessary; the recap page gives you enough back ground so that you’re not lost. Although you could start here, I’d recommend tracking down Ninjak #6.

Last issue, I mentioned how there wasn’t as much action because writer Matt Kindt focused more on the leg work of the spying business than the sword flying action that you’d normally associate with a ninja. That isn’t the case here. Ninjak faces off against another member of the Shadow Seven in a brutal, bloody, fight that lasts several pages, and yet never feels as if it’s gone on too long. The comic isn’t all action, and we’re treated to a few flashbacks that flesh out a little of Sanguine‘s back story, but she never feels much more than the villain of the week. The Shadow Wars is shaping up nicely, the pace has picked up nicely from last issues opening chapter, and while it may not have quite been as good as I’d hoped, Ninjak #7 still has a lot of things going right for it that more than justify you picking the comic up. Juan Jose Ryp put together an absolute blinder of a fight scene, and the aftermath had me smiling,

The back up story, The Lost Files, continues to impress, reminding me in all the right ways of the first half of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. Last issue I preferred The Lost Files story to the main arc; this issue, although the back up very good, I felt that the main story surpassed it a little. The back up story remains an excellent companion piece to The Shadow Wars main story arc.

Overall, this is a solid issue, and although it wasn’t what I hoped it would be, I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t enjoy the comic. If you’re at all curious about Valiant‘s purple clad ninja, then you may want to start with the last issue, as the current ongoing story arc makes a decent place to start reading the monthly series.

The Shadow Wars
Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Juan Jose Ryp
The Lost Files
Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Stephen Sergovia
Ninjak #7 Overall
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review.