To quote the not late, not that great, Phil Collins, “I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life. Oh lord.” Nearly 10 years after the show left the airwaves, Samurai Jack #1 slashes its way onto the stands, written by Jim Zub with art by Andy Suriano.
Samurai Jack is the dystopian/cyberpunk/science fiction/martial arts brainchild of Genndy Tartakovsky. Jack is a prince in Feudal Japan whose father’s empire is overtaken by Aku, the shape-shifting demon. After using his father’s katana to nearly defeat Aku, Aku sends Jack into the future through a time portal, planning on dealing with him later. We follow Jack’s adventures while trying to find a way back home.
Samurai Jack meets with Soule the Seer who tells him if he collects the threads of time he can reweave the Rope of Eons which when rewound, will rewind time. The closest thread is on the opposite end of the desert in a giant hole and Jack needs to defeat the 5 warriors guarding it, in order to obtain the first thread of time.
Jim Zub is a master of the action-comedy genre, showcased in his creator-owned series, Skullkickers, and he gives Samurai Jack the same love and care. This first issue is heavily action oriented with much of the humor drawn from the supplemental characters which have the best dialogue such as one of the wounded warriors worrying if he's going to get an infection and asking for first aid. Jack himself doesn't talk too much which forces the story to rely on antagonist dialogue and the gorgeous art.
Andy Suriano, character designer for the original tv series, is the artist so he brings the same bold designs from the show to the comic. Each bright page has colors bursting off of every panel. All the enemy warriors have their own individual style which allows them to contrast each other during the battle. My favorite touch was the use of benday dots in the backgrounds. It really adds that classic comic book feel.
This is an amazing debut issue from Zub and Suriano. It's the perfect pairing for a book like this. Given the genius source material and the creative team, the possibilities are endless.
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