Review: Ninjak #18

NINJAK_018_COVER-B_BODENHEIMMany years from now, Earth’s immortal master of war and the world’s deadliest intelligence operative fight side by side. As was foretold in the BOOK OF DEATH, an aging Ninjak and Eternal Warrior are fated to spend their days as humanity’s guardians, protecting it from the myriad threats that loom over the horizon of Earth’s future. But when the ultimate menace rises to obliterate all traces of life, can Ninjak and the Eternal Warrior cement their status as the Valiant Universe’s greatest heroic duo…or will their legacy go up in flames?

I don’t know what it is about Ninjak, but the series never quite lives up to the expectations that I have for it. It’s never quite as good as I want it to be, and sadly, that’s also the case here.

Before you read any further, I want to be clear: I enjoyed this comic, it just wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be.

Ninjak #18 is a well written and well-drawn issue, but it’s missing something that I can’t quite put my finger on. Whether it’s the chemistry between Ninjak and The Eternal Warrior that seems lacking when compared to the other title released this week from Valiant featuring an immortal and a ninja, although that’s ultimately an unfair comparison with the differences in the characters involved and the nature of the comics. Maybe it’s that the last time I saw the two characters featured in this  comic together was during Book Of Death: The Fall Of Ninjak, and the handful of pages they were both together in set my expectations sky high for this issue.

Again, there’s nothing I really dislike about this issue, but it just didn’t have the magic within its pages that the publisher’s other release does this week. Hopefully, next issue will be stronger, and this is the weakest in the arc.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Khari Evans
Colourists: Ulises Arreola and Chris Sotomayer
Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.