Written by Tim Midura
on Thursday, March 20 2014 and posted in Reviews
I told yu they was teeny greens!
Coming off a spectacular first arc, Samurai Jack returns in issue six, beginning a two-part arc, Samurai Jack and The Scotsman’s Curse! From IDW Publishing and the creative team of Jim Zub, Brittney Williams and Josh Burcham, the issue features a cover by Andy Suriano that gives our first glimpse of The Scotsman back-to-back with Samurai Jack in preparation to do battle. The subscription variant-usually by Genndy Tartakovsky, but done this time by Michael Avon Oeming-showcases Jack slicing his way across the page.
Samurai Jack meets his old friend The Scotsman, and is regaled with the tale of how The Scotsman was cursed by a group of witches, so Jack sets off to hunt the witches to break this most vile of curses.
Jim Zub writes in a style where you’re not sure what’s going to happen next, but you can’t help but want to get there. He takes a straightforward hero plot, and adding surprise after surprise, turns it on its head. The Scotsman’s dialect confuses Jack in such great lines as, “Yu’re the finest friend a spike-eyed Scottish sandwich cud ev’r meet,” and Jack’s reply of, “Thank you… I think,” is a fine response.
Brittney Williams’ art is similar enough to regular series artist Andy Suriano that this two issue arc is a perfect fit, but with her own twist. Jack’s bewilderment at The Scotsman’s crying and immediate smile, with a giant tear stain on his kimono, is a great panel. The fight layout is flawless and Jack effortlessly deflecting bullets is the standout scene. Color-wise, the book seems to be broken by Josh Burcham into two sections, with the first half doused in heavy blues and the second half drenched in greens.
I feel this is Jim Zub’s strongest issue to date, as it shows his writing strength, with all its twists and turns. Samurai Jack takes everything enjoyable about the television show and expands on it, never once feeling rehashed.
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