14 year-old ninja princess Shianndrea Toshigawa and her strike team have a new mission: spy on their rivals, the Azumi Ninja Clan, and discover what secret dealings they have with the evil Emperor of Japan!
I can’t remember the last time I read a comic about ninjas. I’m pretty sure the last time I did was when they were green and all the craze for the children. This is sad, because ninjas are awesome and I’m always up for more. Lucky for us, Shinobi: Ninja Princess is now available thanks to the team at Action Lab.
The story here is pretty straightforward as far as ninjas go. Rival ninja clans, shady missions and of course, a terrible emperor behind it all. Now although the good ninjas aren’t mutated turtles, they are however teenagers. I’m sure as the story goes on, their naivety and attitude will come into play more than it has already. Without giving away one particular detail, I’m curious to see how Shianndrea reacts to her connection to the emperor. She’s proven herself a strong ninja, but I’m sure that even she won’t handle it well.
Wearing multiple hats for this series, Martheus does a nice job of doing all the illustrating and coloring the story as well. Some areas came off a bit flatter than others, but all around great work otherwise. I noticed in particular the expressions characters show are very well done. One little extra thing that was thrown in which was neat are the chibi designs with the page indicators.
For all you ninja fans, and even those on the pirate side of the fence, Ninja Princess looks like it could be a cool book to pick up. It has all the perks of a clan war thrill ride mixed in with teen angst and from the last page, some very out of the ordinary foes. On a side note, I did notice one inconsistency which I wonder how many people will notice. If you’re curious to see and read a fun ninja book at the same time, seek out a copy.
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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.