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Preview: Shinobi: Ninja Princess TPB

SHINOBI: NINJA PRINCESS TPB

Writer(s): Martheus Wade
Artist Name(s): Martheus Wade, Adam Shaw, Janet Wade
Cover Artist(s): Janet Wade
192 pgs./FC/All ages
$19.95

Shianndrea Toshigawa is just your average, ordinary ninja-in-training. On the run from the Azumi ninja clan, Shianndrea trains with the legendary Toshigawa clan to embrace the mysterious power within her, all the while, navigating the life of a teenage girl. Shinobi: Ninja Princess is 192 pages of martial arts action and all ages fun. Collects Shinobi: Ninja Princess #1-6!

SHINOBI NINJA PRINCESS TPB

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Preview: Shinobi: Ninja Princess #6

Shinobi: Ninja Princess #6

Writer(s): Martheus Wade
Artist Name(s): Martheus Wade (Art) Janet Wade (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Martheus Wade
32pgs./ FF/ All Ages
$3.99

Captured and alone, Shianndrea is faced with the realization that the world may just be better off with her in the custody of her father. Meanwhile, Kim, Turra, and Ai conduct a suicide mission to rescue their friend. But is it enough to save them all?

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Preview: Shinobi: Ninja Princess #5

Shinobi: Ninja Princess #5

Writer(s): Martheus Wade
Artist Name(s): Martheus Wade (Pencils and Inks), Gene Fayne (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Tressina Bowling

32 pgs. / FC/ All Ages $3.99

Tesuto: As the fists, feet and swords fly during Shianndrea’s Masters Test, the Azumi Ninja locate the Toshigawa stronghold and attack. A huge battle ensues and Shianndrea is confronted by the evil Kokoro. With Kim, Gaudient and the rest of the Toshigawa Masters busy defending the stronghold, it’s up to Hamasuke and Shianndrea to defend themselves against the leader of the Azumi Ninja.

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Preview: Shinobi: Ninja Princess #4

SHINOBI: NINJA PRINCESS #4

Writer(s): Martheus Wade
Artist Name(s): Martheus Wade, Janet Wade
Cover Artist: Janet Wade
32 pgs./ All Ages/ FC
$3.99

Oni (Demon): After the escape of Shianndrea and her team in New Tokyo, the Oni sets his
sights on the southern security outpost of the Toshigawa Clan. Master Gaudient chooses a team to assist their fellow ninja but orders Ai and Shianndrea to stay behind. The girls make the risky decision to join the battle anyway. Meanwhile, Hamasuke’s anger from being “overshadowed” could prove to be the downfall of the Toshigawa Clan.

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Review: Shinobi Ninja Princess #4

shino covShinobi: Ninja Princess is an entirely fun and entertaining series, though it is equally obvious that its appeal will be limited to a specific few.  The story here follows Shianndrea (Shinobi) and her group of friends/ninja clan.  As her team leader/crush Kim heads off on a mission to attack a marauding demon, she and Ai are forced to stay behind in order to protect the compound or protect their own safety.  Of course, as they both have a bit of rebellious teenage spirit in them, this curfew does not last long and they soon catch up with the action.

Some might read this and think that it is a bit formulaic, and to be fair it is, but it is at least a formula that works.  It is maybe reminiscent of something that someone might see on television on a Saturday, though probably one of the later morning shows that adults might want to watch as well.  The concept is kind of ludicrous, like a Teen Titans version of a ninja clan, but this comparison holds in a different sense, because part of what helps to make the characters in this series to be relatable is that they are people first and heroes second.  So when Shianndrea first wakes in the morning, she is more worried about whether her team leader notices her, and then realizes that she needs to shower after each mission, because her suit leaves her smelling sweaty.

This fun series is unlikely to surprise anyone with its story or its characters, but by equal measure both the story and the characters are compelling enough in their simplicity.  It is a series that reaches its potential almost completely but still ends up being only above average as a series.  It is not the kind of series that will make friends recommend it to one another, but equally there are very few that will walk away from this saying how disappointed that they were with the experience.

Story and Art: Martheus Wade
Story: 7.6 Art: 7.6 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

Action Lab provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.

Preview: Shinobi: Ninja Princess #3

SHINOBI: NINJA PRINCESS #3

Writer(s): Martheus Wade
Artist Name(s): Martheus Wade, Marvin Chevealier, Janed Wade
Cover Artist: Johanna Tamminen
32 pgs./ All Ages/ FC
$3.99

Rekishi (History): When Ninja Master Jubei sees that Shianndrea is upset over the revelation of Kim and Ai’s romantic relationship, he tells her the story of her ancestor, Yamoto Toshigawa, the Princess Tokuhime and their fight against the all powerful Oni named Dagamon. Meanwhile, Hamasuke makes plans to win back his honor and become the hero he feels he should be.

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Shinobi: Ninja Princess Announces Free Webcomic

Action Lab Entertainment’s popular coming of age action series, Shinobi: Ninja Princess is well into its run with issue 4 coming soon. Now, Series creator Martheus Wade is introducing new fans to the world of Shianndrea “Jetta” Toshigawa with a new tie in webcomic.

These 1-4 page webstories weave into and out of the existing 6 issue mini series published by Action Lab Entertainment. Each story will give readers more information on the characters and world of this martial arts adventure as well as serve as a gateway for new readers.

The stories mix the lighter side of the series and answers those burning questions fans have been asking for such as “how did the Azumi Ninja Clan get the contract to find Shianndrea Toshigawa in the first place?” and “What do young ninjas do to blow off steam?”

The free webisodes are available at the official Jetta website at http://toshigawa.com/

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Preview: Shinobi: Ninja Princess #2

SHINOBI: NINJA PRINCESS #2

Writer(s): Martheus Wade
Artist Name(s): Martheus Wade (Pencils, Inks, Colors) Marvin Chevealier (color assists)
Cover Artist: Tressina Bowling
32 pgs./ FC/ All Ages
$3.99

After successfully completing her first mission, Shianndrea is allowed to accompany Kim on reconnaissance to New Tokyo in order to spy on the Azumi Ninja Clan. Things can’t be better! However, just when things are getting cozy between the two ninja, Ai joins the mission, making these three ninja a crowd.

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Preview: Shinobi: Ninja Princess #1

SHINOBI: NINJA PRINCESS #1

Writer(s): Martheus Wade
Artist Name(s): Martheus Wade (Pencils and Inks) Marvin Cheveallier (Color assists) Janet Wade (Ink assists) Kevin Williams (Copy Edit)
Cover Artist(s): Martheus Wade (Main Cover) Tressa Bowling (Variant Cover) Limited to 1500 copies
32 pgs./ FC/ All Ages
$3.99 (reg.) /$4.99 (var.)

14 year-old ninja princess Shianndrea Toshigawa and her strike team have a new mission: spy on their rivals, the Azumi Ninja Clan, and discover what secret dealings they have with the evil Emperor of Japan. But when the plan goes awry and fellow ninja Hamasuke is captured, can Shianndrea overcome her lack of confidence and save him before it’s too late?

Variant cover limited to 1,500 copies!

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Review: Shinobi Ninja Princess #1

shinobiIn Shinobi by Martheus Wade and published by Action Lab, 14 year-old ninja princess Shianndrea Toshigawa and her strike team have a new mission: spy on their rivals, the Azumi Ninja Clan, and discover what secret dealings they have with the evil Emperor of Japan. But when the plan goes awry and fellow ninja Hamasuke is captured, can Shianndrea overcome her lack of confidence and save him before it’s too late?

Although the image of ninjas which we know is one which was made up for Japanese theater, it is nonetheless one which stays with us. They were not shrouded in all-black and many other aspects of what we think that we know of them in modern culture is also somewhat incorrect. It is fairly common in comics that ninjas have the same general appearance, if it is the Hand or the Foot Clan. Shinobi: Ninja Princess is not even particularly new in terms of its inaccuracies. Despite no evidence of such a role ever existing, there is not really such a thing as a ninja princess, but the idea of ninja princess is evident in many instances in the genre.

shinobiIn terms of what the creative team has put together here though all of this is irrelevant. Lacking an original story, the writer has put his own spin on the sub-genre here, writing some characters that are a bit more engaging than the average ninja. The reason is that the focus here is not on stealthy assassination, but almost a coming-of-age story.  There is a younger focus to this story, not necessarily in the demographic readership, but the story is full of playfulness. This is mostly between the characters, but it is written in a way which allows the reader to partake in the fun as well.  At the same time the art is a perfect complement to the story as it focuses on a fun and almost sassy style for the lead heroine Shinobi.

The end result is a decent read. It is not going to compete with some of the heavy hitters in the medium, in either concept or characterization, but it is not trying to either.  It seems as though the creative team is just trying to tell a fun story, and they have mostly succeeded. This story might be one that parents might want to invest in for their kids. The story would be fun enough for parent and child alike, achieving that uncommon bridge between generations.

Story and Art: Martheus Wade
Story: 7.3 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

Action Lab provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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