Review: Ninja-K #2
“One by one, the operatives of MI-6’s covert “Ninja Programme” are being murdered by an unseen threat that is as mysterious as it is deadly. But who could possibly have the knowledge and expertise to eliminate the lethal men and women of Britain’s most secret service…and why are they hellbent on reaping revenge against Colin King and his predecessors? As the walls close in around him, Ninjak must confront the bloodstained legacy that spawned him… before his own name gets crossed off the list…”
It has been a long time since I’ve been as excited to read a new issue as I was when I picked up Ninja-K #2. The first issue encapsulated almost everything I love about Valiant comics with its ability to pull the reader into an unfamiliar world with ease, before scratching the surface of the characters within the story (which is all you needed in that issue) while simultaneously hinting at the deeper layers of their relationships that have been built on and off page in their previous appearances all wrapped up in a suitably gritty and fantastic art package. So it is with some excitement that I dropped everything when Graphic Policy’s Blogger-In-Chief Brett sent me the review copy and immediately dove right into the issue at hand.
I am utterly ecstatic to report, dear readers, that Ninja-K #2 is every bit as good as the first issue.
We get less of a background on MI6’s Ninja Programme, although it is still present, and a bit more of a focus on Ninjak, or Ninja-K, himself this issue as he tries to figure out who is responsible for picking off the former Ninja operatives. The comic balances some fantastic action sequences with the slower paced more story driven aspect of the comic incredibly well, with neither throwing the pace of the comic out of whack; the non-action parts a brimming with an underlying tension that, for this humble reviewer at least, is more enthralling than the explosive action early in the comic.
Christos Gage‘s script is great, but it’s when you see Tomas Giorello‘s art and the muted vibrancy of Diego Rodriguez‘s colours that the comic becomes a shining example of what is possible within the medium. Ninja-K is perfect for readers who want an intelligent thriller that doesn’t hand feed you the details (and yet doesn’t make them obscure enough that only hardcore fans can figure them out). Frankly, this is one of the top series on the racks at the moment, and you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t it.
Story: Christos Gage Art: Tomas Giorello Colours: Diego Rodriguez
Story: 9.3 Art: 9.15 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided a FREE copy for review. I’m buying a copy anyway.