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Legend of the Shadow Clan #2

Publisher: Aspen
Writer: David Wohl
Artist: Cory Smith
Release Date: Mar. 6, 2013

 

shadowclan2I would like to apologize in advance if I seem hyper during this article, but we were just gifted with a new coffee maker after being without one for a week. Suffice, to say, I’m making up for lost time in the coffee-drinking department. In any case, ONWARD to the review!

They’re baaaaaaaaaaack!

In this second installment of the series, we pick up right were we left off at the end of the first. When we last left the Himura family, it was after witnessing Richard–the mild-mannered, hard-working patriarch of the family–taking out a ninja assassin with the skill of a well-seasoned professional even though he had never done anything remotely like that in his entire life. Issue #2 opens up in the Manhattan penthouse of Koji, the man pulling the assassins’ strings, and as you can imagine, he is none too happy upon learning of the “failure” of his men.

Failure?

Yes, failure, because even though the assassins got what they came for, they did not “fade away without a trace” (to quote my favorite sensei).

What of Richard, you might ask? Well, we find him in an interrogation room at the police station. Of course he tells the truth, but the police don’t believe him. In all honesty though, can you blame them? Even Richard isn’t surprised by their lack of faith. However, just when things look as though they’re going to take a turn for the worst and Richard is going to end up being thrown into the Clink, Richard’s father shows up to save the day. Right off the bat, it’s obvious that while there is love between them (after all, they are father and son) their relationship is strained at best, and just when you think Richard’s father is about to explain everything, Richard cuts their reunion short and the two men go their separate ways.

Frustrating, yes…but a useful plot point that keeps the reader coming back for more.

After that, things seem to go back to normal for the Himura family–or as normal as can be considering the circumstances. The obvious example of this would be Brayden suffering through detention after school (something that seems to be a regular occurence for him). However, this “normal” routine changes when the teacher leaves the Detention Hall to answer Nature’s call and Brayden gets coaxed out of room by the Twins–two very attractive twin girls who up until that moment have never given Brayden the time of day. Like his father the previous night, Brayden finds himself innately able to perform feats as though they were second nature to him as the Twins goad him into racing across the rooftops of the school and balancing upon wires and narrow ledges. Being the red-blooded teenage boy that he is, Brayden is quick to give into the Twins’ peer-pressure to impress them, but finds himself abandoned by them the second his foot slips…literally.

What do we learn from this, boys and girls? Giving into peer pressure is bad!

Fortunately for Brayden, his sister Morgan comes to the rescue.

This however begs the question…what is up with the Twins? They are obviously skilled and trained, and no doubt their story will come to light in issues to come.

What else happens? Well…you’re just going to have to buy the issue to find out!

Now, maybe it’s just the fangirl in me, but I’m getting a definite TMNT vibe from this comic (and NO, I’m NOT saying that the writers at Dynamite Entertainment ripped off my favorite comic, so don’t even think that’s where I was going with my thought). In one corner we have Koji (the Oroku Saki/Shredder character) and his minions, and in the other corner we have the Himura family (the TMNT family)–two ninja forces that seem destined to be at odds with each other because of bad blood.

However, similarities aside, this series is shaping up to be a very strong and well-written story in its own right, and I find myself already itching for the next issue even though I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an advanced copy (one of the many perks of this job)!

Due to hit the shelves of your local comic book shop on March 6th, 2013, be sure to pick up your copy! If you haven’t already, add it to your Pull-List while you’re at it!

 

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