Writer: Matt Kindt
Art: Stephen Segovia
Color: Ulises Arreola
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Publisher: VALIANT COMICS (April 2017)
As Roku’s deal with Master Darque stands revealed, a battle begins for freedom. Ninjak is looking to free Angelina from Roku. Darque is trying to free himself to be resurrected. Roku is working to be free of life. The tension is high as the final battle takes place as these three beings will never be the same after as Ninjak is forced to make some tough choices in his battle with Darque … and Roku.
The Moment of the Issue:
Um … NOT. A. DAMN. THING.
This is where the gushing begins. Ninjak #26 is one of the most satisfyingly and beautiful books this year. It does so much in so few pages. We have a threat of true evil with some depth to him. Kindt pens one of his best works this issue as it culminates not only the storyline of “The Seven Blades of Master Darque” but kind of brings the series full circle. Colin and the Shadow Seven have been the main driving force of most of the storylines. And then the mystical aspects seemed something to give Colin a different threat to take on. Yet, it is here we find how Kindt weaves it all together into a very personal, character driven epic. Readers of the series will feel like this is an end of a novel as it does focus on the main conflict and relationship that has been driving the series … Roku and Ninjak. Colin’s added depth reveals how human he is, alongside how bad ass he is and it really is a refreshing look for him to have such a great amount of characterization wrapped with a nice bow. This final battle with Roku, Darque and Ninjak was nothing short of epic. And while I know that word gets thrown around often … this lived up to the hype. We have a woman, tormented by the magic that gives her her power. We have a man who is so obessed with power that he became what he hated and delighted in it. And we have a man who wants to save the one woman he loves, seemingly trapped in the body of his worst enemy. Kindt boldly makes all these things blend in a deliciously powerful finale.
That being said. The art from Segovia and Arreloa is some of the best I have ever seen in sequential art. PERIOD. This issue was beautiful. Violent. Moody. The atmosphere was caught with grand wonder. While there wasn’t anything too crazy done with colors, Segovia’s perspectives were worthy of movie blockbusters as well as award winning cinematography. There’s just so much power between the line work, the shadows and color that they really out done themselves here. The chilling return of Darque from his tree…self … throne …thing. The lovely shots of Roku and Ninjak’s battle. All were done with care, power and a captivating beauty that won’t be denied.
Ninjak # 26 is a wonderful culmination of no only the storyline or the entire Ninjak series by Kindt …but also of what great, longer running sequential art novels should be. There should be links to the past while feeling weight of the present in the pages. Kindt, Segovia and Arreola does that perfectly here. The finale did not feel rushed here like it did last issue. And the personal conflicts on top of the magical/physical one only made this last showdown brilliant. This is definitely a gripping finale that will bring readers along on a roller coaster ride with some of the best sequential art that I have ever laid eyes on. Buy this book. Buy the series. It’s worth it.