Ninjak #14

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Diego Bernard Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: April 6, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 10
8.6Critic Rating
8.9User Rating


Colin King, the elite MI-6 intelligence operative codenamed Ninjak, has confronted his past. He's survived the gauntlet of the Shadow Seven. He's walked into the Deadside and returned a changed man. Now his greatest trial yet will come to pass as the ruthless assassin called Roku returns to lay siege to Ninjak's present and future by destroying his life from the inside out - and only the death of Colin King will stop her.

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and rising star Diego Bernard (X-O MANOWAR) charge into a new, four-issue blockbus more

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Eric Ogar Baumgard Apr 4, 2016

    While I was happy this story fit my expectations of a good Ninjak story, the most important thing to me is not how closely my expectations were met, but how entertained I was; what I was feeling as I read and when I got done reading. Let me tell you, this issue got me really excited. I absolutely cannot wait for more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Apr 7, 2016

    Kindt blows readers away as we see more of Colin's vulnerability than we ever have. We get to see the hero stripped of many of the things he's used to and come to count upon. With the pacing and the strong characterization, Kindt triumphs in making Colin King that much more of an interesting person to read about. Meanwhile, the art in both stories were really amazing, allowing a flavor to each of them while still not taking away from each other. With the strong art and the impressive story, we have a great kick off to “The Siege of King's Castle” and Colin's backstory. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Apr 10, 2016

    This is a perfect way to transition into a new storyline as well as to bring new readers on board to one of Valiants best heroes. This was a non-stop, action packed book reminiscent of the hit TV show Burn Notice, which, for me, is an amazing comparison to draw. If you havent tried Ninjak yet, I urge you to pick up this issue and be ready to add another comic to your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Apr 5, 2016

    Ninjak #14 is a promising start to the story arc and is successful at creating a thrilling atmosphere filled with intrigue and great action. It's engrossing from the start with Ninjak being thrown into one situation after the other while realizing just how much his identity and life is compromised. Thankfully this issue also has a lot of story progression as well, utilizing Livewire and well-timed answers to keep the story interesting. And the second story at the end of this issue starts off relatively routine but the ending is enough to make me want to know more. Now I can't wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Joshua Rathbun Apr 3, 2016

    It was a pretty damn good issue and I enjoyed every bit of it. While maybe not the best of places to jump onto a book you aren't familiar with, Valiant does a great job of recapping before every issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Karcossa Apr 4, 2016

    Overall, this is one of the stronger issues ofNinjak I've read in some time, and as the opening chapter to a new story arc, it's a very accessible one to new readers. Whether the arc continues to build on the promise shown here only time will tell, but I'll be along for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Apr 6, 2016

    “The Siege of King's Castle” already feels like another winner with this drastic change in direction for Colin. Not the big man on top right now, and easy pickings for our obvious villain who is just waiting right around the corner to make her move. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jesse Izdepski Apr 11, 2016

    Ninjak #14 is the perfect starting point for new readers to jump into the world of Ninjak while telling a story that longtime readers and fans will no doubt enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Apr 7, 2016

    With Ninjak's lengthy detour through the Deadside in the rearview, Colin King and Matt Kindt are finally able to get back to the spy driven capering they do best. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - mansah19 Apr 6, 2016

    Valiant has billed this as a perfect jumping on point for new readers and they are absolutely correct. If your like me and missed the last story arc or this is your first issue of Ninjak you can read this with out being lost in the lore. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Apr 6, 2016

    Do you read Ninjak? If yes then hey you're in for a really, really good issue. If you don't, this is actually a hell of an issue to start with and if you're like, "superheroes, mine have to be starring in a major summer blockbuster or I don't care" then hey why are you reading this review? But hey when it does become a Sony movie you'll wish you had started here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 6, 2016

    Ninjak has a pretty solid if familiar story here as it kicks off its new arc. I would have liked a bit more Roku but I also like that Kindt really makes it all about Colin here and the realization of everything being stripped away from him. It's a solid start to it and one that works well with artist Diego Bernard joining the book. He brings a good sense of realism to it all and some very dynamic action sequences utilizing some solid camera placement to drive it home well. There are some creative bits and I particularly liked the slightly skewed page to give it a very distinctive feeling without going over the top of crazy. The main storyline is a good one here, though I wish it was given a few more pages instead of the backup feature as these continue to be weak at best for me as we get stories of Colin's past. They really just don't do anything for me. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Apr 7, 2016

    The subject of "The Lost Files" backup changes once again as Khoi Pham comes onto the art. We go a bit further back in the past than Colin's childhood, instead we focus on his parents. As we learn watching Mr. and Mrs. King work, the apple really didn't fall too far from the trees. Pham and colorist Andrew Dalhouse (w/ Jeromy Cox assists) provided a more fluid and cartoony style really does juxtapose well with the incredibly violent scenes and stone cold precision that our two protagonist display. But like the main story, it's very much a taste; a lot of setup for two characters we have barely seen throughout the series. Read Full Review

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