“Behind the years of training… Underneath the high-tech gadgetry… MI-6’s most experienced operative is still flesh and blood. So just how is a mortal man like Colin King able to survive in a world filled with telekinetic psiots, eternal warriors, and sentient suits of alien armor? The key to Ninjak’s survival is buried deep in the past…and today, the world’s most dreaded super-spy prepares to reveal his most closely guarded secrets!”
Ninjak is a rare character who has no shortage of stories he can adapt to. Would you like a fun superhero tale? We have Ninjak holding his own with a team of near immortals. Maybe a little espionage? Alter ego Colin King is the world’s greatest spy. A mystical tale of sorcery and science? Call in the purple ninja with a sass problem. For 27 issues, we’ve enjoyed his exploits, but changes happen and Valiant is here with a transition issue to help recap the past 3 years and introduce a new group of fans to their creation.
Matt Kindt’s writing invites the reader through a short retelling of the events of his Ninjak run. If you have already enjoyed all 26 issues, there really is not much to see here. The book seeks to introduce new fans to arguably Valiant’s most popular character, and recap for those who missed the purple ninja’s first solo series. Kindt manages to reintroduce the idea, story, and psyche of Colin King in only 20 pages. There is more character in this issue than in most monthly superhero comics. Kindt knows this character like a friend and makes sure the reader does too.
As a showcase issue, expect several clean shots of Portella’s pencils that compliment the simplicity of the story while showcasing Ninjak’s skill set. Several guests contribute to the flashback sequences, yet do not overcrowd or interrupt the flow of the issue. There are a lot of great action panels Ninjak fans would love to frame on their art wall.
Finally, a five-page teaser for November’s Ninja-K gives fans a first glimpse at the new series. Christos Gage can write a great comic, (G.I.Joe Cobra, Avengers Academy) but don’t plan for an earth shattering revelation. There is only a small hint of what will come with nothing groundbreaking or heavily interesting. Still, Tomas Giorello impresses. The artwork held my attention for what otherwise, is a completely forgettable teaser.
Verdict: Nothing groundbreaking or revealing, but a great introduction for new readers and a satisfying end cap for one of the most fun superhero runs of this decade.
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