Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Clay Mann
The first issue of “Ninjak” did a superb job at introducing new readers to the titular character while giving fans plenty of content to chew on. Matt Kindt proved his flexibility by juggling the lives of both Colin King and his alter ego, Ninjak. What was even more impressive was the seemless inclusion of Colin’s past into the story. “Ninjak” #2 is just as successful as the first issue, but obtains this success by focusing more on the espionage side of things.
Ninjak has been tasked with infiltrating and taking down a criminal organization known as Weaponeer. In order to do so, he must use both of his identities to get close to the leader, Kannon, while also taking preemptively solving any potential problems that may arise behind the scenes. Like the first issue, the transitions between Colin and Ninjak are smooth and unobtrusive. Ninjak’s anticipation of every possible problem and what Kannon will demand from him days in advance really helps to show how great of an agent he is while in the field. The issue isn’t too action heavy, but is still satisfying throughout due to the strong dialogue and intriguing thought process of Ninjak. This is simply a really cool book with a lot of depth.
Once again, Colin’s youth is placed strategically in the main story, allowing for his past to be juxtaposed with the present. The transition isn’t at all jarring and succeeds in enhancing the story.
Clay Mann’s art is impressive, with crisp lines that clearly define every character and scene. There is little room for confusion, as every environment, character, and piece of action is clear and unique. No panel appears to be recycled, and the attention to detail is matched by very few artists in the genre. The panel layouts are also superb, with a blend of simple top-to-bottom panels to more elaborate ones conveying action.