Comic Review: Ninjak #20 (Valiant)

Man oh man! I don’t want to sound like a suck up, but if something is great, you have to give it its due! Matt Kindt, Khary Evans and Eric […]

Man oh man! I don’t want to sound like a suck up, but if something is great, you have to give it its due!

Matt Kindt, Khary Evans and Eric Nguyen are doing a fantastic job on this series, especially with the current FIST & The STEEL arc. Upon finally discovering Silk’s location, the title’s Protagonist with the assistance of Gilad the Eternal Warrior finally face off against their adversary.

Matt Kindt really makes these 31 pages worth the read since he continues to deliver in this arc and series. There are a variety of moments that are well paced. There is well-placed action balanced out with humorously witty banter between Future Ninjak and Future Gilad. The story is really well thought out and it makes one wonder why Marvel is having a tough time with certain titles and characters and really nailing character beats and plot. This isn’t to throw shade at the current Marvel as much as an observation of seeing a really developed story that really balances the pace and respects the content while also playing with different ideas that do not compromise the characters but adds some layer to them. I think what makes Kindt’s writing enjoyable and also plausible is how the past present and future present correlate with one another. It really compliments the amount of thought that is actually put into this story arc.

Khary Evans artwork on the future setting in this issue continues to entertain and please the reader with hilarious gestures, banter and choreographed fight scenes and pages that makes readers desire more often in terms of visual narrative and flow. Illustrated pages such as Ninjak throwing throwing stars at Silk’s Astral spider only for the stars to ricochet back at Gilad was hilariously fitting.  Nguyen’s art really compliments what is happening in the past present. Especially when both artists illustrate the realm where all things meet as Punk Mambo tries to figure out the current state of Ninjak within the other realm that creates a bridge between time and space. 31 pages of fun, well written and entertaining action and story. I highly suggest getting this issue if you’re a big Ninjak fan or a general comic book fan that likes to dabble in other published content.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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