Ninja-K #8 Review: Big Superhero Team Smackdown

Posted by June 24, 2018 Comment

Ninja-K #8
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Writer: Christos Gage, Artist: Juan Jose Ryp, Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire, Letters: A Larger World Studios, Cover by: Tonci Zonjic, Variant Covers by: Alan Quah and Komikaki Studios featuring Saw33; Ryan Bodenheim and Ulises Arreola; Clayton Crain; Juan Jose Ryp and Gabe Eltaeb, Assistant Editor: David Menchel, Editor: Karl Bollers, Executive Editor: Joseph Illidge, Publisher: Valiant Entertainment, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Ninja-K, Livewire, Punk Mambo, and Dr. Mist are free-falling out of Ging-R, who is incapacitated. They manage to land safely, but they are immediately confronted by the Jonin, Ultimo, Kostiy the Deathless, and Linton March. The fight begins immediately, but Ninja-K and Livewire still have their missions. They need to destroy the Jonin’s facility and discover what they are doing in Mexico.

Ninja-K #8 cover by Tonci Zonjic
Ninja-K #8 cover by Tonci Zonjic

This is a simple and highly enjoyable issue of Ninja-K. The comic gets straight to the action and triumphs for it. We get to see Ninja-K and his allies fight the immortal and powerful villains, and it plays out like a classic superhero fight.

There are some twists along the way, many of which come when Colin infiltrates the facility and discovers what lies within. Another classic Valiant character gets to make a cameo here, and it’s one I’m personally fond of.

To the comic’s credit, I found myself forgetting many of the issues I had with the plot setup (namely villainizing Mexico rather viciously). This is partially because the geopolitical angles were dropped completely in favor of the aforementioned hero vs. villain team fight. Why awkwardly villainize an entire nation when you have plenty of decent supervillains lying around?

Ninja-K #8 art by Juan Jose Ryp and Jordie Bellaire
Ninja-K #8 art by Juan Jose Ryp and Jordie Bellaire

Juan Jose Ryp triumphs in this setup, playing with the powers and fighting styles of the characters in sequences of beautifully controlled chaos. The fight scenes are punchy and intricate, the characters are well-detailed and look generally badass, and the environments are given due attention to make them vibrant. Jordie Bellaire contributes the color art here, and she gives it a lively balance of darker colors and the occasional neon shade.

Ninja-K #8 has me fully invested in this series again, as this issue shows how fun and engaging the series can be. Sometimes a simple superhero team versus supervillain team fight is all you need. This one comes with a recommendation. Check it out.

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(Last Updated June 24, 2018 2:16 am )

About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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