Review: Ninja-K #8
Colin King has recruited a highly skilled team of black ops specialists – including Livewire, Dr. Mirage, Punk Mambo, and the robotic alien colossus called GIN-GR – for the ultimate search-and-destroy mission! The Jonin, the mysterious mentor behind the program that trained MI6’s elite ninja assassins, has resurfaced in Mexico City at the head of a covert cabal of long-lived and near-immortal renegades with incredible powers…and a mission that could destabilize human civilization as we know it!
I haven’t been as happy with a comic as I was when I finished Ninja-K #8 in a long time. But I’m jumping ahead of myself here.
Last issue saw Ninjak assemble a team of Valiant heroes of various talents geared specifically to take on a villainous cabal who may have slightly got the drop on our heroes at the end of Ninja-K #7. Picking up right where the previous issue left off, we get to see a very fast paced airborne sequence that transitions to the confrontation that Christos Gage spent all of last issue building toward. And it’s a confrontation that lasts for almost the entire comic in what proves to be a frantic action sequence that gives each character a chance to shine – all the while you’re never quite sure who could actually be considered as winning the fight. What you can be sure of, however, is that between Juan Jose Ryp and Jordie Bellaire you couldn’t expect a better illustrated battle. Bellaire’s colours are a wonderful counterpoint to the detailed line work of Ryp, the colourist brings out the detail in a way that never leaves the reader feeling over stimulated as they feast their eyes upon the chaos within the pages of the comic.
The plot itself is fairly straight forward, and barely needs any space to talk about other than to say that this is a comic where the art is the focus – I’m not saying the plot is bad, far from it, because this action packed issue is the result of the slower paced Ninja-K #7, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. But the most exciting thing about this comic, for me? Well that’d be spoiler I won’t be giving – you’ll just have to read right to the end to find out what had me grinning from ear to ear upon finishing Ninja-K #8.
Story: Christos Gage Art: Juan Jose Ryp
Colours: Jordie Bellaire Letters: A Larger World Studio
Story: 8.6 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review