Review: Ninjak #22
++Ninjak is on the hunt for the woman who took everything from him — the sadistic assassin known as Roku! When Roku’s trail leads to a heavily guarded citadel in the Nevada desert, silence is of the essence as Ninjak undertakes a dangerous stealth mission where even the faintest noise could mean execution! But even if Valiant’s top super-spy can reach the woman once known as Angelina Alcott undetected, will he truly be able to face the former love of his life?
Ninjak #22 is an almost entirely silent issue (I say almost because there may be six words at most throughout spoken throughout the entire issue), with the story being told almost exclusively with Cafu’s art. Generally I find silent issues like this to be quite hit and miss, although usually far more miss than hit as a comic without words often struggles with the set up and execution of the story, so I wasn’t really expecting much from a silent issue in a series that hasn’t really met my expectations for the last couple of issues
Much to my surprise and delight, the silent issue I wasn’t looking forward to is probably the one that I’ve enjoyed most over the last five or six months. The irony of a silent comic about a ninja being such an enjoyable read isn’t lost on me.
Matt Kindt doesn’t try to do too much with the story; it’s actually a fairly straightforward action comic on the surface, albeit with a dash of humor at the very beginning, the overall simplicity of the story is its strength. By not trying to over complicate things, Kindt allows Cafu to work his magic and illustrate one tense action sequence after another. This is an ideal comic for fans of ninjas whether you’re reading Ninjak or not; a standalone issue in every sense of the word. Honestly, I feel like any narration or dialogue would take away from the quality of the comic, which is something I never thought I’d ever say, but the handful of words within the comic are so much more powerful and impactful when surrounded by the silent pages of this comic. My faith in Ninjak has been restored after the last couple of missteps – truly a fantastic issue.
Trust Valiant to put out the one silent issue I actually enjoyed.
Story: Matt Kindt Art: Cafu Colours: Ulises Arreola
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review