Valiant Comics Ninjak #4 Review

June 26th, 20150 Comments »

NINJAK_004_001I don’t always know how to start reviews because I’m so afraid of offending the writer or the artist.

Or the company that published it.  I’d never read Ninjak before. Never.  But after last night I was on thrown through the rigors of training Matt Kindt concocts.

Last night when I finished reading Ninjak #4 I thought to myself, “That was actually pretty tight!”  Such a badass collection of origin story that I didn’t need to know anything about what was going on currently in the title! I don’t have to write a long and mostly winded group of paragraphs, correction-I don’t want to write a long series of words doting about the visceral imagery and the haunting, falling, sense of lost felt by the origin of Ninjak’s nemesis, character Roku, in Valiant Comic’s Ninjak.  I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you but there’s even more to the story, and a whole ‘nother origin story about another major badass character afterwards.

Ninjak #4 is a read worthy of the more conditioned comics veterans.  It is easy to jump on board because there is no, “in the last issue, you should remember…” because Valiant, and Matt Kindt are probably well aware of their audience who could be reading Ninjak for the first time and not know who the hell is who, bNINJAK_004_005ut amazingly, did not lose this reader for a moment and now I feel like I know enough about the Valiant universe that I can jump right on and have fun following the characters exactly where they are.  Valiant haven’t left any of us newcomers behind.

By the way if you can’t tell, Juan José Ryp and Marguerite Sauvage are the visuals, and we can see the professionalism and empathy in their work bringing this story to life.  I was JUST as tripped out by the origin story of main bad boss Kannon that proceeds after Roku’s which was so fucking cool, I would tell you to read it just for that part alone!


NINJAK_004_002Down, down, into the chasm.  We follow the uninitiated heroine into the unknown as she finds her identity and the source of her new powers.  Laden with a nest of demons, Matt Kindt summons the writing that produces comics I’m quickly coming to associate Valiant with, seen through the mind’s eyes of Juan José Ryp and Marguerite Sauvage.   The oni stand no chance, because I’ll be right here, this time of night, training in silence, awaiting the Ninjak!


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Jay was born July 8th 1986 and is an aspiring adult who is versed in several writing styles from poetry to short stories to hip-hop. He holds black belts in two different martial arts but has been self-trained to eat sleep and breathe comics and the people who make them. He started Inside Comic Books to get closer to the people in the comic book industry and find out if they're real or if they're all the result of his hyperactive imagination. He currently resides in Orlando, Florida. The O-Zone, if you will. If you're interested, you can email him at

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