Ninjak #2

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Clay Mann, Butch Guice Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: April 22, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 10
8.0Critic Rating
8.1User Rating


International financier Colin King hasn't just come to Tokyo to take the Rippongi club scene by storm. As the covert MI-6 operative codenamed Ninjak, he's also tracking down the men who trained him to be a lethal weapon...the very same men whose movements have now aligned with the latest terror plot by the cybernetic crime cartel called WEBNET! But how do you detect killers who specialize in the undetectable? And how does he know that the SHADOW SEVEN haven't caught up with him first? It's all-out ninja-versus ninja warfare as the deadliest men and women of five continents converge on the Tokyo underworld more

  • 10
    Herotaku - Frankie Rodriguez Apr 19, 2015

    Ninjak # 2 continues with explosively impressive art and wonderful story that will hold on to you. Kindt molds two great stories that allow you to really get a better idea of our character and the world he lives in, making Ninjak have its own identity in the world of Valiant. With such striking panel work, it is no wonder this book is becoming a runaway hit. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Henry Starling Apr 20, 2015

    Valiant is making great strides into introducing us to new elements of storytelling, while at the same time, reintroducing us to some elements long forgotten by the rest of the industry (variant covers, rewarding readers who are whole heartedly fans, and boisterously proud to be so). This is a new comic renaissance, and I'm glad to be a part of it! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - ChrisG May 1, 2015

    This is a strong series that deserves attention. I'm hoping for an even better issue 3. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - 13th Crusader Apr 24, 2015

    Ninjak's reputation as a premier infiltrator was onfull display and firmly cemented with this issue.Thelevel of intensity and attention to detail with theNinjak se Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Valiant Central - Paul Tesseneer Apr 22, 2015

    Altogether, this book is amazing. Mann and Guice's art is absolutely top notch. Kindt's writing adapts to the changes in style throughout the book. Arreola's colors add to the blazing beauty. There is subtext all over the place. You could read this book repeatedly and continue to gain more from each read. Which is a good thing, considering how hard it will be to have to wait a month for the next issue. So start reading, and when your bleary eyes can take no more, let the pretty pictures soothe you until the next issue arrives. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - A-Ku Apr 21, 2015

    Despite the backup being a tad weaker story-wise, overall the book remains good and the main story is still taut, exciting and great fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Apr 22, 2015

    "Ninjak" #2 establishes the series as one to look out for. It's a very well done espionage title with deep dialogue and spectacular action scenes. The narrative is solid and shows just how calculating the protagonist is during his mission. Clay Mann's art is also very precise and enhances every scene, whether it's quiet or involves someone being thrown out of a window. "Ninjak" #2 is a must-read for anyone who enjoys a good espionage story with super cool ninjas. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Russ Whiting Apr 22, 2015

    Even better than last issue. Ramps up the action, delves deeper into Ninjak's skillset and past and by issue's end sets the stage for a throwdown that should have every Ninjak Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 22, 2015

    I wasn't sure what to expect with Ninjak when I started to check out this series as I wasn't exactly thrilled by his participation in Armor Hunters and I had a lot of fond memories of his 90's run in the Valiant universe. But this series has made it a very, very solid spy and espionage piece that feels like it exists in a complex and difficult world that has to be dealt with in a layered, nuanced and very calculated way. That makes for some great scenes in seeing how he plots and plans several moves ahead for multiple contingencies, but also just for seeing how odd, dangerous and scary this world can be with those that operate openly in the shadows as they amass power and influence. Colin's mission here is an intriguing one to see unfold and I'm enjoying every moment of it so far with its strong narration and strong artwork. Very, very good stuff going on here. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Apr 22, 2015

    Ninjak #2 makes a solid transition from this first issue giving us a better idea as to what we can look forward to from this series down the road. To see how Colin takes control of his life growing up, and how he will complete this mission that makes him look like he might be in over his head. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Apr 28, 2015

    For two issues, Kindt has show readers how pop culture media has informed and molded King into the man he is today. Though it is not focal point of the series, it provides subtle commentary on the impact external stimuli, especially pop culture, has on our own individual development. It should be interesting to see if this theme carries forward in later issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Martin Doyle Apr 23, 2015

    Building on a solid opening, Ninjak continues to impress on all fronts. Matt Kindt is doing an admirable job here, and the art team are quite simply killing it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekality - Lance Spearman Apr 25, 2015

    Summary: With the world building from issue one complete, Matt and crew couldfocus on showing one side of Ninjaks many skills. The results made for a funbetter paced corporate espionage tale, with a cliffhanger that leads me to believethe next issue will focus on the ninja side of Ninjak! With another engagingflashback and back-up story, Ninjak is giving readers a lot of bang for their bucks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Apr 20, 2015

    You want to get nuts? Then let's get nuts! As cool as the other side of the pillow, but with an intricately constructed spine, Ninjak continues tobalance the sleek and sexy with dramatic flair. The second issue doesn't juggle multiple threads and ideas, so much as it tosses them up and slices them together into one lovely diced fruit salad of excess. This book won't rest on its action laurels, instead its determined to build towards understanding the complexities and frailties of what makes up a master assassin, time and time again. Plus, monkey butlers! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Apr 27, 2015

    Besides the fun and fresh story being presented, there is also more insight into the Ninjak character as his time before being a supreme badass is explored. Clay Mann's artwork makes action unfold like something seen in a movie. Even sedentary moments have a perilous vibe to them as Kannon's monstrous presence oozes danger with every syllable of conversation. Ninjak is yet another one of Valiant's recent releases that is bringing the publisher into the limelight. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Apr 17, 2015

    All in all, solid issue from Kindt, Mann, and Guice. While it went a little fast, I never found myself not enjoying it, and for anyone looking to get in on the ground floor of a piece of the Valiant universe should hop on. Its a fun world people, come on in. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Apr 23, 2015

    Ninjak's debut issue was packed with potential, but this follow-up only mines a fraction of it, making it a solid read that signals that the best is still to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Apr 23, 2015

    This issue is most definitely an improvement on the debut, and I do like where the story is heading, especially a cliffhanger that is well-executed, but the central character still feels like little more than a concept. I hope Kindt's continuing exploration of his back story serves to remedy that, but I'd love to see more of a real person in the present day stuff as well. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott May 15, 2015

    Ninjak is pretty solid. It has moments that wow me every month, but as a complete package, it always leaves me wanting more. I get a lot from it–there are three discrete chunks in this month's issue and they all check in again at the end–but I get so little of each part that I don't really know where to set my feet. I know where Kindt is trying to lead us, so I'm willing to take the ride and watch Ninjak take his lumps, the pacing just seems a little skewed. As much as I'm digging the "early days of Ninjak" back-ups, I'd much rather see something that directly ties in (he says, assuming that those shorts won't directly tie in, and if they do, what a plotting masterpiece). I still want to keep up with this one, more so than Kindt's other recent Valiant projects, I just can't wait for it to really start clicking. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Apr 22, 2015

    Ninjak #2 is a feast for the eyes, but a lazy script chokes this issue's potential. Still, another snapshot into Colin's tumultous childhood and an excellent back-up strip means that Ninjak #2 isn't entirely without storytelling merit. Proceed with caution. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 25, 2015

    I guess it's Matt Kindt's big week! He's doing a fairly good job making Divinity interesting, but I'm afraid his Ninjak leaves a lot to be desired. I don't know if he's hampered by previous Ninjak continuity or what, but Kindt is barely treading water with this comic about a spy who is also a ninja. That seems like it should write itself. Read Full Review

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