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Review: Ninjak #17

NINJAK_017_COVER-A_LAROSARoku has completed her mission. She has destroyed, discredited, and defeated the MI-6 operative known as Ninjak. But she didn’t account for one crucial component… the man behind the mask and gadgets, Colin King! With everything on the line, and nothing left to lose, Valiant’s death-defying super-spy strikes back at his sworn enemy to take back the life he once knew! But even if his body can survives the suicidal confrontation, can his mind withstand the untold torment Roku has prepared?

I’ve found that the last couple of story arcs in Ninjak have started out strongly before ending with a little bit of a whimper. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy those arcs, it’s just that the final chapter wasn’t as good as the issues leading up to it.

Thankfully, the same isn’t the case here, but that’s only because the last issue wasn’t as great either.

The Siege Of Kings Castle has followed the age-old story of breaking the hero down to nothing and then seeing how said hero reacts. It’s a story told ad-nauseam across multiple different types of various media, and I was looking forward to Matt Kindt‘s take on the story using the Ninjak.

Now that The Siege Of Kings Castle is all over, how did it hold up? Well, maybe because the last issue didn’t really resonate with me as much as the previous two in The Siege Of King’s Castle have done, but I felt I was playing catch up for most of this issue. I’m not saying that Ninjak #17 is a bad comic, far from it,  but this issue felt like it could have benefited from a few extra pages as both the main story and the backup strip felt a little compressed.

But when my main complaint with the issue is that it’s not long enough, I’d say the arc has ended on a high note, wouldn’t you?

The Seige Of King’s Castle
Story: Matt Kindt Penciler: Diego Bernard
Inker: Alisson Rodrigues Colourist: Ulysses Arreola Letterer: Dave Sharpe
The Lost Files
Story: Matt Kindt Art: Arendes Guinaldo
Inker: Brian Level Colourist:  Chris Sotomayor Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 7.75 Art: 9 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Review: Ninjak #16

NINJAK_016_COVER-A_CHOIRoku continues to tear down Ninjak’s world brick by brick…and, now, the world’s most dangerous MI-6 operative has just found himself disavowed, out in the cold, and on the run. With no allies left to turn to, can Colin King get his bearings before Roku takes everything – including his life?

I can’t believe we’ve only had 16 issues of Ninjak, because it feels like so many more have been released. Whether that’s a good thing or not I’ll leave to you to decide, but poor ol’ Ninjak is having an awful time of it lately – and that in turn has made this series pretty interesting.

Matt Kindt is finally allowing Ninjak to get himself situated, with the former MI-6 agent starting to piece things together, the way in which Valiant‘s purple loving ninja goes about getting things together is pretty cool. Visually, there are some great sequences here, which is always something to look forward to with Ninjak.

One of the reasons that I loved Iron Man 3 more than the other two movies in that franchise was the back to basics style, and the story of a man being stripped of everything; it’s a story trope that I’ve always enjoyed – and obviously it can be an over used story – but the Ninjak team have made it more interesting than most but not as good as others (including Iron Man 3), although with the arc still not finished it’s a little unfair to level that judgement just yet. Especially with Matt Kindt involved; I have a lot of faith in his ability, so I’ll be jumping on the next issue when it’s released next month.

Overall, this is a solid issue of Ninjak. It’s far from bad, but I can’t help but feeling there’s a little missing.

The Seige Of King’s Castle
Story: Matt Kindt Penciler: Diego Bernard
Inker: Alisson Rodrigues Colourist: Ulysses Arreola Letterer: Dave Sharpe
The Lost Files
Story: Matt Kindt Art: Arendes Guinaldo
Inker: Brian Level Colourist:  Chris Sotomayor Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 7 Art: 9 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.