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Review – Samurai Jack Lost Worlds #1 (IDW)

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Samurai Jack Lost Worlds #1

Writer: Paul Allor
Artist: Adam Bryce Thomas
Letterer: Christa Miesner & Robbie Robbins
Editor: David Mariotte
Released: May 8th, 2019
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: IDW

Fans of Samurai Jack will be thrilled to see our hero return in Samurai Jack Lost Worlds #1. Here we see a world that follows his ways.

 

Jack is Back in Samurai Jack Lost Worlds #1

 

Samurai Jack has long been a fan favorite, so it shouldn’t come to any surprise that he’s once again getting a comic miniseries. In Samurai Jack Lost Worlds, Jack is still trying to find his way back home. But the journey as always will prove to be difficult and intriguing.

Samurai Jack Lost Worlds #1 brings Jack to a world where the people follow his teachings and methods. Yes, you read that right. Here is a culture that follows the way of the samurai…but is everything actually as it seems?

This is a series that truly is perfect for fans that desperately want more Samurai Jack. Once again our hero is back, and he’s thrown into a world that he doesn’t quite understand. Sound familiar? And really, what more could a fan ask for?

Writing

Paul Allor is the mind behind Samurai Jack Lost Worlds #1. Here he continues Jack’s tale, as well as his journey home. You can see how hard he tries to remain faithful to what has already happened to Jack while keeping things interesting for us readers.

The world introduced in this issue appeared tranquil, but like many things in Samurai Jack, it ultimately left us concerned about what was really going on behind the scenes. That’s how you know Allor nailed the tone of the series.

The twists and turns in this issue were fascinating, and while it will only be a miniseries, I think that it had the potential to become more. If it had wanted. Of course, part of the reason this series can shine is that they’re no

Samurai Jack Lost Worlds #1 Cover B by Gavin Fullerton
Samurai Jack Lost Worlds #1 Cover B by Gavin Fullerton

t trying to stretch it out.

The conflict Jack faces was well set up and explained. I won’t say too much about it, because I don’t want to spoil it. But I will say that I enjoyed it quite a lot. In some ways I think I enjoyed it more than the last comic plot I read involving Jack.

Art

Adam Bryce Thomas did a fantastic job making Samurai Jack Lost Worlds #1 look and feel like the Samurai Jack TV series. But, I’m happy to point out that he clearly allowed some space for his own style as well. The end result is exactly what I would have wanted for this series.

This issue makes brilliant use of color to show emotion and movement. The colors shift from more tranquil and muted colors to vibrant reds and purples during scenes of high emotion or violence. It makes for some brilliant contrasts, as well as great looking fight scenes.

The artistic style used to show movement, alongside the color changes that is, was a good call as well. It is certainly a throwback to more classic methods used, and thus fits Jack’s style and series perfectly.

Conclusion

Samurai Jack Lost Worlds looks like it’s going to be an interesting read if the first issue is anything to go by. I’ve always enjoyed the concept of Jack lost and seeking him home. There’s just something so iconic about him in those moments.

In Samurai Jack Lost Worlds #1 we see some hat tips to the original series, as well as some new ideas. The blend makes for a perfect read for fans, and for fairly obvious reasons. I personally am looking forward to seeing where his journey leads to next.

 

 


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