Writer: Matt Kindt
Art: Doug Braithwaite & Juan Jose Ryp
Colors: Brian Reber & Ulises Arreola
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Publisher: VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT (February 2016)
Ninjak and Punk Mambo are hot on the trial of the Magpie as Mambo ends up having a dance against Ember while Ninjak confronts the Magpie, finding out the tragic origin of the Magpie … and reveal how Jack Boniface had become the Magpie.
Braithwraite and Reber give us a sensational issue full of great detail and color that just perfectly capture the scenes within the book. From the furious battle between Mambo and Ember to the powerfully morose telling of how the Shadowman ended up being the Magpie. The shadows and tones Reber uses on Braithwaite’s detail that complete encapsulates the emotion of the scene. Meanwhile, Ryp and Arreola do a magnificent job on giving a wonderful amount of detail and color to the dark past of the Magpie. The panel work from all these artists are very solid with unique perspectives and wonderful color. The perspectives are very eyecatching.
Kindt writes the best chapter of Operation: Deadside yet with both stories really shining not only light onto what happened with the Shadowman as he became the Magpie, but also the overall weight of both stories and how they affect each out. There is a lot in this story dealing with depending the mystical world while advancing all our main characters, Ninjak, Shadowman and Punk Mambo. There is a great amount of torment that Jack Boniface is facing because of everything he’s done during Shadowman: End Times and his time in the Deadside. Sins are weighing heavily on Jack and we see that. Yet, in both an odd move, Colin does his best to comfort Jack.This is a move I applaud Kindt for. This is definitely Colin evolving more as a person besides his status as a ninja. Yet, Kindt leaves more revelations behind that just continue to just build upon the tapestry of not only Ninjak, but Shadowman as well. The over all pacing of the issue was great. And there was a great amount of build up and detail in Jack’s backstory on both the main story and the tale of the Magpie.
This issue was definitely a wonderful issue. There was action, drama, suspense and tension that would not be denied. This third part of Operation: Deadside and Legends of the Magpie was full of tension, detail and compelling characters. We saw our heroes all evolve in so many ways, particularly with the return of Shadowman. The art is simply some of the best these artists and colorists have ever done. The panels are both vivid enough to really pull readers in. I really felt bad for Jack for everything that he’s endured but I am really looking forward to the finale of Operation: Deadside.