Reviewed by Brady Steele. Sending in your number one spy / assassin to infiltrate the world’s biggest and deadliest weapons maker is no small feat. But this is Ninjak, the Valiant Universe’s premier executioner secret agent so consider it a done deal. Now throw in a swerve where he’s now NOT to kill the heads of this nefarious organization and you’ve got Ninjak #7.
WRITTEN BY: Matt Kindt
ART BY: Juan Jose Ryp and Stephen Segovia
PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment
RELEASE: 9 September 2015
Weaponeer, once the world’s most secretive weapons of mass destruction manufacturer, is now in the pocket of undercover, suave mole Colin King, also known as Ninjak. He is currently hunting down their leaders, The Shadow Seven. Make that The Shadow Six after last issue. However, this issue shows readers and Ninjak himself that he is still not as smooth as he thinks. Writer Matt Kindt continues to world build and showcases another corner no one has peered into before and shows us something horrifying at the same time.
Readers are then given a tour of the making of a monster through tragedy and augmenting surgery named Sanguine. Another tragic figure made into something dark and twisted showcases how many ways writer Kindt can tell an enthralling story. Clearly none of these Shadow Seven are alike in character or threat level. Ninjak is in for a mighty and bloody gauntlet if he can manage to take them all down.
Artist Juan Jose Ryp knows how to bring the gore and detail like few others so he is a perfect fit showing audiences the history of Sanguine. She is not to be trifled with or underestimated and Ryp really accentuates her ferocity and menace. She is twisted and scary. The backup tale by Kindt and artist Stephen Segovia continues to fill in the pieces of Ninjak’s past nicely. Segovia conveys nice angular martial arts action. It’s interesting to see that all of his recent nemeses come from the same place he himself forged himself into everyone’s favorite British billionaire trailblazer.
Ninjak #7 continues his frenetic pace it’s held since its debut. The action shifts but does not let up. This feels like a great television series where every episode matters and progresses the story logically and successfully. I know the first collected volume is coming out at the end of September so you have no excuse not to catch up on this thoroughly entertaining series.
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