What would you do for love? – Ninjak #26 Review
Author/script: Matt Kindt
Art: Stephen Segovia and Ulises Arreola
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Cover Art: Ryan Bodenheim, Juan Jose Rype and Gabe eltaeb, Robert Gill and Michael Spicer, Bob Layton and David Baron, Tula Lotay
The Finale, the end, the crescendo ending on a high (or low) note. What Matt Kindt has put us through on this epic journey is an emotional thrill ride that leaves our eye muscles a little sore, bruised, our adrenaline a little depleted, our hearts a little saddened. Matt Kindt promised us a Ninja thriller with tons of action, and Valiant has ensured we got every last bit of it. What we really got was a love story, and at the heart of that love story is one simple question: what would you do for love? The lies you’d tell and those you’d tell yourself, the lives you’d take/change, the personal sacrifices you’d make, the blind eyes you’d turn, you’re willing gullibility, what would you do for love?
Matt Kindt does what Matt Kindt does, and we all enjoy it. In this last installment of Ninjak, we learn just what our hero would do for love as he makes his way to the final confrontation with Master Darque. Matt’s story-telling always has little hidden meanings, little items that you really have to pay attention to, because every little bit of his story matters. This makes for a fuller story, and thus a much more entertained reader. Dig deep on Matt, he’s a must read, and this issue is a must read!
Such a massive variation of cover art for this last book. I had to look them all up on valiantuniverse.com, and boy what variations! 5 different covers, one by special guest Bob Layton (from the 90’s Valiant) and a little nod to the old school Master Darque as you can see some comparisons. Each cover does this story justice, the only knock I could find is that none of the 5 truly stand out head and shoulders above the rest. Is this a testament to Valiant’s choices of artists? Probably, as each is pretty darn sharp! Not a super fan of the Ninjak cover with the dragon in the background, but it’s very clean. Absolutely love the Roku image, as she is drawn amazingly!
COVER ART: 4
Open this book, thumb through, and be amazed! It’s dark and shadowed. The faces on the images are strained, beat up, worn down. Perfect case in point is the second panel regarding Ninjak’s sword. Notice the hilt/guard, such artistry, yet you can see the wear and tear, the worn down portions of the guard. Subtract the talking bubbles, and you still get a sense of the story, it’s sadness. Each and every line, including the background is in its place, nothing spared. Every last detail has been highlighted, darkened, perfected. I would expect this type of detail on a cover of a book, not in every single page. Segovia and Arreola teamed up to make an amazing book, a fitting end, a story that is just utterly fantastic.
INTERIOR ART 4.75
This book, this story has been such a fantastic ride. Valiant has done it right, but the great thing is Colin King/Ninjak has more story to tell. While this is the end, it’s only the end of this specific story. There will be more, and I only hope Matt Kindt and company stay in the driver seat.
**EDIT** Valiant Summit just released that Christos Gage & Tomas Giorello will be in the driver seat when Ninja-K kicks off in November. I, for one, can not wait!
COVER ART: 4
INTERIOR ART: 4.75
This book, this story is a must read. If you are just getting into Ninjak, make sure you grab the Trade Paper Backs and enjoy the whole story from the beginning. As for this book, pick it up, if just for the interior art!