Review: Ninjak #11

ninjak 11Stranded in a parallel dimension with no hope of rescue, MI-6’s own Ninjak and Punk Mambo are about to make a startling discovery…the truth about the broken hero called Shadowman!

What happened to Shadowman, the fallen hero of the Valiant Universe? And is he responsible for the strategic attacks that have laid siege to Ninjak’s homeland?

The second part of four detailing Ninjak‘s mission to Deadside with the brilliantly named Punk Mambo continues this issue, as we follow the pair deeper into the other worldly dimension.

Ninjak is one of those characters that, when written well, walks the fine line between arrogance and confidence, and here Matt Kindt is writing him well. Valiant‘s high tech MI-6 ninja finds himself teamed with an operative that is far from a conventional MI-6 operative in Punk Mambo, and I’m getting a huge kick in watching the two of them interact. There’s not a lot of humour in this series, so the little one liners here or there usually get at least a chuckle from me if they turn up.

A personal highlight for me is NevilleNinjak‘s MI-6 handler, relaying the details of the mission to his superior. It’s written in a way that the …delicate nature of the debriefing really comes across.

Ninjak #11 has some top notch art work, which isn’t surprising given that Doug Braithwaite is handling the main story and Juan Jose Ryp is illustrating the back up strip The Lost Files: Legend Of The Magpie. They’re joined by colourists Brian Reber and Ulises Arreola respectively. Matt Kindt continues to script both strips which gives a nice cohesiveness to the two stories, and I’m fully expecting the two to intertwine before the end of the four part story arc.

As expected from the highly talented creative team, this is another solid issue that builds very successfully off the ground work laid in the last issue, and gives us some  jaw dropping sequences. For a story arc that I wasn’t too thrilled about when I first read the synopsis before last issue hit, I’m beyond happy at how this is taking shape.

Writer: Matt Kindt: Art: Doug Braithwaite with Juan Jose Ryp
Story: 8.75 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided a FREE copy for review.
Also posted on Graphic Policy.

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