Ninjak #1 Review

Posted March 11, 2015 by Alexander Handziuk in Comic Books

Written By: Matt Kindt

Art By: Clay Mann and Butch Guice

Publisher: Valiant

Ever since the Valiant Universe relaunched a few years back, fans have been asking for a Ninjak series because simply put, he is a badass character who deserves his own title. This week Valiant finally delivered the goods with a pulse pounding, action filled opening issue that is every bit as awesome as fans could have possibly wished for.

This issue involves Ninjak being a well… Ninja and going on a couple mission on behalf of MI6 in order to gain access into an illegal arms makers inner circle. He does this by freeing the arms maker’s right hand agent, a women named Roku. Ninjak and Roku engage in a very visually engaging fight that really showcases the badassery that is Ninjak. After successfully freeing Roku, Ninjak goes undercover and completes a series of tasks that leads to him gaining the trust of the arms dealer known as Kannon. This creates the funniest and for my money most enjoyable moments of the issue, as Ninjak sings karaoke with a very intense look on his face.

However Ninjak is just part of the equation, after all his real name is Colin King and this issue flashes back to his childhood throughout. The flashbacks are a particularly strong part of the issue and really give Ninjak a more human feel to him, rather then just the seemingly unkillable super ninja persona that he adopts as Ninjak. In the flashback he watches an old Ninja movie in theatres and is transfixed by it. This gives the scenes in which Colin is dressed in his Ninja gear all the more impact as it shows that he made it to his goal. The flashbacks also reveal that he comes from a very privileged background and has parents who are pretty much never home and an abusive butler as a caretaker.

Clay Mann’s art is superb and refined, adding a distinctly James Bond esque feeling to the book. His depiction of the adult Colin King really make him appear like James Bind and it fits the narrative perfectly. Mann’s art especially shines in the opening action scene between Ninjak and Roku as he creates a large and over the top aesthetic to the scene.

The one weak part of the issue is the backup, which features a lost case involving Ninjak in North Korea. The narrative is a bit too wordy and not much happens, although Buch Quiche’s art melds rather nicely with the story.

Ninjak #1 has been a long time coming and thankfully it fails to disappoint, as Matt Kindt, Clay Mann and Butch Guice deliver an engaging and badass first issue full to the brim with action, humour and gorgeous art.

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Alexander Handziuk

Alex is a comic aficionado who loves Aquaman, Overwatch, the musical Hamilton and medium length strolls on beaches. Check him out on the Comics Dash Podcast, on twitter at @axehandziuk and in real life patrolling the borders of Canada.