Review: Ninjak #26

NINJAK_026_COVER-A_BODENHEIMBattle royale!

The moment you’ve been waiting for is here—the final, steel-splintering showdown between Ninjak and Master Darque! But when Valiant’s top assassin and lord of death come to blows, you can bet there’s going to be serious collateral. What will become of the deadly crime cartel known as the Shadow Seven? What final fate awaits the life of Ninjak’s former lover and most hated enemy, Roku? All will be revealed as Ninjak enters a blistering barrage of revelations and revenge…and exits with a brand-new place in the Valiant Universe!

If you read my last review of Ninjak you’ll notice that I spent a lot of time talking about how much I love tea, and in turn this series.  While I still feel the same way about both things, there’d be no point in repeating the same analogy; Ninjak #26 brings the Seven Blades Of Master Darque to its conclusion, and so it wouldn’t be right to talk about tea again.

Instead, imagine you’ve just spent a splendidly terrific evening in the company of a beautiful person, and are now laying in bed with a cigarette – that’s how you’re going to feel at the end of this issue. Before you say you don’t smoke, it’s okay, because neither do I, but I have seen the movies, memes and TV shows that depict this very thing, and I’m sure you have as well, so you know exactly what I’m saying here.

If you don’t, allow me to spell it out a little; this is a brilliant concluding chapter to the series that brings together every seed that Matt Kindt has planted over the last twenty-five issues with one final masterstroke that turns in a brilliant comic.

There aren’t many series finales that read as well as this does for those who have been following the adventures of Colin King for a dozen or more issues.

As with almost any Valiant comic, this concluding part to The Seven Blades Of Master Darque is surprisingly easy for new readers to pick up (although it started in #23 if you want to go back a few issues), given to the way the comic is structured as Ninjak explains the mission to his MI6 handler Neville, along with some slight alterations to the truth, although if you want to start reading the series, the final issue may not be the best place to start.

But it’s one hell of an ending.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Stephen Segovia with Ulises Arreola
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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