Written by Tim Midura
on Friday, December 20 2013 and posted in Reviews
Jack is defeated by Aku's killer robot drones!
This week, IDW Publishing releases Samurai Jack #3, written by Jim Zub, art by Andy Suriano and color by Josh Burcham. The cover by Suriano and Burcham has Jack being overwhelmed by robot drones.
After collecting three threads of time, Samurai Jack sets out to collect the next strand. The threads Jack already has lead him to a Greco-Roman city named Grantus, where he meets Gloer The Great. While being shown around Grantus, the city is attacked by Aku’s robot drones. In a fantastic turn of events, Jack doesn’t need to defeat any enemies to earn the next thread of time.
A relatively action-light issue, Jim Zub has to rely on the story to carry it, and he crushes it. He crafts a kind, caring tale highlighting the lesson of as long as you try your best, the outcome doesn’t matter. When the twist is revealed, we’re shown a sympathetic, heartbroken hero, who was introduced a mere dozen pages ago. When confronting Gloer about the city, Jack says, “You have nothing to be ashamed of, Gloer The Great. You did not cause this.” With one deft, honest line, Samurai Jack helps resolve Gloer of all his guilt.
With a generally stoic Jack, it’s nice to see Andy Suriano’s great range of facial expressions displayed through Gloer The Great from jubilation to misery. The page with Jack being overwhelmed by robot drones is powerful as it’s framed by a crying Gloer touching his thread of time. I love Josh Burcham’s colors as he can do nighttime and daytime scenes very well, in addition to using the entire color spectrum. Once again, letterer Shawn Lee is on his A-game with effects like TOSS and GRUMBLE, as well as real standouts in SHACK and RUNK.
The last few pages are wordless, saying everything they need to with just the art, which is a true trait of Samurai Jack. This is a clever issue, as Zub could’ve turned Samurai Jack into a simple hack-and-slash story, but proceeds to write a gripping narrative with valuable lessons to be learned. Be a warrior of integrity and purpose and have no regrets.
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