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Ninjak #20: Adventures in Time and Space

Written by Tyler Kes on Friday, October 21 2016 and posted in Reviews

Ninjak #20: Adventures in Time and Space

A buddy adventure through the future. What's not to love?

Source: Valiant Entertainment

Written by Matt Kindt
Art by Khari Evans, Eric Nguyen and Andres Guinaldo
Colors by Ulises Arreola and Chris Sotomayor
Letters by Dave Sharpe

Full cards on the table: this is the first issue of Ninjak that I have ever read. It is a credit to the series, and to Matt Kindt in particular, that it is pretty easy to follow along with, considering the level of importance that a sort of time travel plays in this issue.

Ninjak and the Immortal Warrior are fighting Dr. Silk, an old man with the power of Japanese power spirit in the future, while in the past (or is that the present?) Ninjak is dealing with a magical brain parasite that exists across time and space. It is a clever concept, one that I have seen done before, but not enough that it feels tired and used.

Kindt's dialogue finds the right balance between exposition and sounding like an actual conversation. It's a tough balance to find; not all authors do. It's clear from the dialogue that this is a world that feels lived in and real, which is really one of the strengths of the Valiant Universe. There are references to other characters and things, and although the future portions are the main story, there is a sense of history that may drive the reader to seek out more information, i.e. in the form of reading some of the other Valiant titles. I know I will.

The art is handled by two artists in the main story, Khari Evans and Eric Nguyen, but their styles match pretty well so if you aren't paying attention, you may miss that there was more than one person working on the main story. If you're going to have someone come in and help, this is probably the best way to do it. I do like the art, but it can be a little heavy handed with the line work sometimes. It's not something that distracts by any means.

This might not be the best jumping on point, considering that it is part three of a four part story, but it a good story. I am interested in what happens with the characters and how it finishes, and isn't that all we are looking for out of a book, to be entertained? I was pretty entertained from start t finish and think that anyone looking for a fun action-adventure buddy romp will be entertained.


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About the Author - Tyler Kes

Tyler Kes is from Minnesota, although he spent some time living in West Virginia, where he graduated from Marshall University in 2013. He spent some time honing his writing skills by working at a newspaper and then at a TV station, but now makes his living making tacos and writing about comics.
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