Review: Ninjak #20
His body consumed by a preternatural cancer in the present, Colin King’s mind has grasped a prophetic vision of the future – one that just might hold the key to a cure! But years from today, that quest will bring him face-to-face yet again with one of the world’s most perverse criminal and scientific minds: the devious Dr. Silk! Hoping to exploit the mysteries of the Deadside in his quest for immortal life, Silk has left rot and ruin in his polluted wake – until the newly allied team of Ninjak and the Eternal Warrior come crashing down on his plot to conquer not just the future…but all of eternity itself!
I’m not going to beat around here and pretend I’ve been a fan of this arc from the beginning; I haven’t. I feel like there was a lot of promise unfairly leveled against the future-set story featuring Ninjak and the Eternal Warrior because of the superb Book of Death: Fall of Ninjak, and the similarity of the two stories; granted, my expectations may have been higher than most.
Happily, I can now say that this is the issue in which the story started to turn around for me.
There seemed to be more of an understanding between the two lead characters in this issue, and I feel like that – and the dialogue that resulted from it – was what had been missing from previous chapters in The Fist and The Steel, and the comic was all the stronger for it. Despite the story being stronger this issue the art still hasn’t grabbed me; it isn’t horrible it’s just not to my preference. Your mileage may vary, however, but the back up story was a much stronger contribution to the comic visually. It was also a pretty cool sequence that you’ll appreciate a lot more once you read the full issue.
Overall, Ninjak #20 is better than the previous issue, coming much closer to the quality of comic that I’ve felt has been missing for several issues in the series. A welcome return to form.
Story: Matt Kindt Art: Khari Evans and Andres Guinaldo
Story: 8 Art: 7 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read
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