Review Brew: ‘Ninja-K #11’
Written by: Christos Gage
Art by: Roberto De La Torre
Published by: Valiant Comics
Release Date: 09/12/2018
Ninja-K has two new missions to accomplish in Ninja-K #11 from Valiant Comics. His first mission is to find the newly minted fugitive Livewire and bring her to the U.S. Government to stand trial for her crimes against the people. Ninja-K’s second mission is to find the Undying One who has possessed the Eternal Warrior. It turns out that The Undying One is hiding out in Chernobyl, Ukrane. Ninja-K starts his investigation posing as a photojournalist and comes across a very shocking revelation. What will Ninja-K do?
The story by Christos Gage is pretty interesting and turns into a cat and mouse game as the issue continues. One of the things that Gage emphasizes to the reader is that Ninja-K is starting to have a hard time trusting MI-6 and the government they serve. He is tired of being left in the dark and Gage really drives that home. Another thing that I enjoyed about the story was the twist that came towards the end where Ninja-K finds out what is really going on in Chernobyl. Gage sets it up in such a unique way that your jaw will drop when it hits.
Roberto De La Torre crushes the art in every panel of the book. The art just seems to fit this story of cat and mouse and investigation. The action sequences are beautiful and helps move the story along at a great pace. One of my favorite panels comes at the beginning of the book where Ninja-K is talking to his handler Neville. The panel shows Ninja-K leaving the room with a few choice words to his handler but the center of the panel focuses on the chair that he was just sitting in. I just thought it was just such a unique panel that I had to talk about it. I am looking forward to seeing more from De La Torre on future books.
There are a lot of positives in this book but I do have one major issue with the book though. The issue being the way that Ninja-K just folds under the pressure of having to find Livewire in order to take on the mission to stop the Undying One. As I was reading the first few pages of the book, I couldn’t help but think that this isn’t the way that I am used to Ninja-K doing things. Sure by the end of the briefing he has a few choice words, he shouldn’t have folded that easy. Also he should have just taken the Undying One information and not worried about tracking down Livewire. It didn’t really sit well with me.
But with all of that being said, I still had a lot of fun reading this book and I am looking forward to the next issue to see how this story plays out.
3.75 Ninja-K’s out of 5