Review: Ninja-K #6
A once-loyal agent has defected from the ranks of MI6’s most elite espionage unit…and Ninjak has been dispatched across the globe to prevent his secrets from plunging the world into chaos. But in the shadows of Mexico City, Colin King is about to discover something far more deadly… The Ninja Programme’s own former sensei, the Jonin, has assembled a conspiratorial circle of enigmatic enemies – the Dying One, Kostiy the Deathless, Linton March, and The United’s Ultimo – for a purpose so sinister that even Ninjak can’t risk engaging them alone. Enter Livewire, Punk Mambo, Dr. Mirage, and GIN-GR – Ninjak’s brand-new black ops team with a very specific set of skills…and a license to kill the unkillable!
If I were a man given to profanity (and I am) then I’d litter the opening to this review with a couple of choice words to emphasize my enjoyment. (but, oddly enough, I tend to shy away from profanity in writing). I’m writing this with two days and several comics between the review and the reading of Ninja-K #6, and it feels like I only read this comic about an hour ago.
Ninja-K #6 kicks off a new arc for the series, and yes it is a place that allows new readers the chance to effortlessly pull on a ninja mask and sneak down the alleys and over the rooftops to live your own adventure as… yeah, that’s a terrible analogy. My point is that this is a comic that encourages new readers into the series. And what a series.
After the events of the last arc (helpfully recapped, but not enough to spoil the story should you chose to pick up the trade) this issue sees Ninja-K going after a rogue operative of the Ninja Programme. There’s not a whole lot to the plot itself, but there doesn’t need to be because we get a brilliantly action packed comic that has our favourite ninja in way over his head on a mission that should be relatively simple. Christos Gage does all the little things right in this comic, and never over explains or over plays his hand, instead allowing the talents of artists Juan Jose Ryp and colorist Jordie Bellaire to shine through.
This series has been consistently brilliant, and is one of the jewels in Valiant’s very bedazzled crown. Miss this and miss out on a great action comic.
Story: Christos Gage Art: Juan Jose Ryp Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 8.8 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review