Writer: Christos Gage
Artist: Roberto De La Torre
Colors: Jose Villarrubia
Letters: A Larger World Studios
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Colin, better known as Ninjak, is in an impossible situation. He needs to save his friend, The Eternal Warrior, from being possessed by the enigmatic Dying One, but the only lead he has comes with a price tag that he is not sure he can pay. Can he sell out one friend in order to save another?
This issue of Ninja-K has the hero traveling to the radioactive wastelands near the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to search amongst the poor souls that have made it their home for signs of the Dying One, but even getting that far cost him a promise to bring in Livewire so that MI6 could question her. She is responsible for an act of terrorism, but Colin knows there s more than one side to any story.
Christos Gage does a fine job conveying the moral quandary of Colin against the backdrop of his investigation and search for The Eternal Warrior. It would be easy to lose sight of the complexity of his predicament amidst the action and he manages to elevate the story beyond the point of simple detective work mingled with vicious combat.
Roberto’s De La Torre’s efficiently compact panels give way to the occasional full page image that sets the page afire with drama. His use of space is masterful and one of my favorite aspects of the book and his style in particular. The action is intense and gritty, giving it a personal feeling as sword and martial arts fights should.
This is an excellent issue and I would give it a solid four out of five stars.
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