Seraph’s Sanctions: NINJAK # 5

Writer: Matt Kindt
Art: Clay Mann & Seth Mann; Butch Guice & Brian Thies
Colors: Ulises Arreola
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Warren Simons

Publisher: VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT (July 2015)


The 411:

Ninjak takes over Kannon and Roku for control of Weaponeer. When it is said and done, things will change for Ninjak.Plus, we learn more of the secret of the Shadow Seven and how Colin’s calling might be a family business. Meanwhile, in the Lost Files, we see how Ninjak lost one handler to gain his most familiar one.


The Big Moment:

Ninjak vs. Kannon … and the final page of the first story.

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The Good:

To say that this book continues to not disappoint would be an understatement. Kindt has been able to do so much with so little words spoken that it is amazing! We get a lot of deep characterization of our lead this issue, getting into more behind what makes Colin King tick. To say that there is action this issue would be an understatement but the Manns, Guice, Thies and Arreola knock the ball right out of the park this issue. The panels were so full of life, detail and action that they were busting out of the page. The battles are kinetic. The emotion felt palpable. We got some masterful storytelling from Mann and Guice as they penciled some strong panels with little to no dialogue for a good chunk of the issue. Thies and Seth Mann really put their best foot forward to making the art look primed and polished while Arreola continues to be a master of color; showering us with vivid images.

Kindt scripts us two very strong and important turning points in the life of Colin King. He used very little dialogue this issue, allowing the art to help tell his story, which makes sense. He isn’t just a secret agent …. Ninjak is also a ninja. Kindt though makes sure to set a few important stages for Ninjak this issue between the Shadow Seven, Weaponeer, his time as an agent and … surprisingly … his father. Everything seemed to connect and flow well. And I was very astounded by the character development and story development this one issue gave with so little exposition.

The Bad:
The only thing bad is that this is not a double sized issue every month.


The Verdict:

This book was FLAWLESS. The art was astounding. The story was multi-faceted, gripping and screamed development. We got to see our artist flex their story telling muscles, bring out the absolute best in them while our writer says so much with so little. This book was dense without being wordy. By far, one of the best single issues that Valiant has every published. This was a triumph that ended the first story arc and  I am dying to read more.  Kudos behind the entire creative team for making Ninjak one of the most consistently enjoyable and multi-faceted reads in comics … period.