Ninjak #3 Review

Posted May 21, 2015 by Alexander Handziuk in Comic Books

Written by: Matt Kindt

Art by: Clay Mann and Butch Guice

Publisher: Valiant Comics

The best part of the first two issues of Ninjak was the balance of characterization and all around kickassness. Issue three keeps the kickassness going but all but does away with any meaningful characterization and as a result fails to reach the bar set by the previous two instalments. That being said it is still a rather fun, beautifully drawn issue that further builds up Ninjak’s fighting prowess.

This issue is pretty much all one big fight scene between Ninjak and Roku. There are a few other henchmen that Ninjak fights but those scenes aren’t very remarkable. The ending is very much a set up for the next issue and in many ways that’s what this issue is. As much as the main story doesn’t quite live up to its previous instalments the flashback and backup story are very well done and are almost worth the price of admission on their own. In the flashback little Colin continues to try to kill his butler/captor, this time using an exploding toy car. He also ends shows that he is able to fend for himself and survive if needed. However the best part of the issue is the backup as its a nice little tale that unexpectedly tugs at the readers heartstrings.

Clay Mann and Butch Guice continue to handle art duties and they draw the hell out of the collection of fisticuffs and flashbacks that make up issue three. Mann’s clean, crisp art style lends itself exquisitely to the fight scene that is the main story. His work are vibrant and consistent and it really elevates the overall quality of the book. Over in the backup Butch Guice continues to put his dark shady style to good use drawing Colin’s lost missions. Guide’s art really creates a lot of emotion in the backup and is a large reason why it is the most emotionally resonant part of this issue.

Ninjak #3 is a good issue, and even though the main story isn’t that interesting its made up for by the quality of the art and that of the various flashbacks.

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Alexander Handziuk

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