Ninjak #4

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Marguerite Sauvage, Butch Guice Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: June 24, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 13
8.7Critic Rating
8.8User Rating


The breakout star of the hit of the year stands revealed as we learn the origin of Ninjak's newest nemesis! But who is Roku - the seemingly indestructible warrior who's proven to be one of the deadliest assassins in the Valiant Universe - and what impact does she have on Colin King's future?

Marguerite Sauvage (Sensation Comics) joins Matt Kindt (THE VALIANT, RAI) and Butch Guice (Captain America) for a special standalone tale of the world's most lethal woman!

  • 10
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Jun 23, 2015

    Stories within stories, thats been the surprising and satisfying undercurrent throughout this run and Ninjak #4 marks the most overt use of this while delivering something wholly unique. Roku is far more than just a 90s inspired villain with an extreme power-set; no, shes experienced a metamorphosis on a grand scale. Kindt and company have crafted a search for what it is that makes us who we are through the lens of folklore, both ancient and modern. The symbolic dances with the literal and were left to question precisely happened in this quest for self through the underworld. In the end, like names, its all made up, but Ninjak #4 stands tall atop the detritus of the past with stellar art and charmingly complex structuring. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Jun 24, 2015

    Just when I thought I was out on Ninjak, Kindt and Co. at Valiant pull me right back in. Well done, all around. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Pauly D Jun 23, 2015

    Ninjak #4 is a departure from the main narrative but a very welcome one. The story of Rokus birth is fully engrossing and nicely sets up the cliff hanger of a battle between Roku and Ninjak. Writer Matt Kindt has created an excellent adventure and the team of Ryp, Mann, Mann and Sauvage create stunning art. As an added Lost Files reveal, we also learn a small nugget of Kannons back story as well. I dont mean to gush but this reviewer cant find much fault with Ninjak #4 Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - 13th Crusader Jun 26, 2015

    Look out Ninjak! Roku's got a look, and locks, that could kill! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Jun 24, 2015

    What seems to be filler is a wonderful character study on both Roku and Kannon. We get a little deeper into their characters, their motivations and more. The art was absolutely gorgeous and Kindt continues to write great, complex characters that are relatable, no matter how fantastic things seem. He really let's readers get a good sense of the characters voice. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Jun 24, 2015

    Ninjak #4 successfully takes a badass character in Roku and creates a wondefully twisted yet entertaining backstory. Seeing her learn how to use her powers for the first time as a matter of survival is pretty intense. And her journey to discover her new identity also opens the door to more supernatural and spiritual elements. Although the overall story arc didn't advance, the second short story in this issue served as an additional treat in building up the world being introduced to Ninjak. Definitely looking forward to next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Herotaku - Frankie Rodriguez Jun 24, 2015

    What seems to be filler is a wonderful character study on both Roku and Kannon. We get a little deeper into their characters, their motivations and more. The art was absolutely gorgeous and Kindt continues to write great, complex characters that are relateable, no matter how fantastic things seem. He really let's readers get a good sense of the characters voice. If you like strong women and innovative origin issues, then this issue is for you. For those annoyed by this affecting the main plot ... I am sorry. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jun 25, 2015

    Ninjak #4 is a much-needed palette cleanser from the book's inconsistent first arc, and stands as the strongest single issue of the entire run so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 24, 2015

    Ninjak does a great job here overall of taking a step to the side to focus on the origin of Roku. It doesn't delve into who she was before, but rather the process of stripping it all away while avoiding the superficial details of that person herself. And that makes for an intriguing time because it makes clear, at least for the moment, that who she was before her transformation doesn't matter or have any bearing, at least for now. It's a beautifully illustrated and well paced story that makes it worth taking the time to tell it. Where it'll go from here definitely has me curious, especially with the backup story as well with Kannon and what that may portend. Very good stuff all around. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jun 24, 2015

    When it comes to the art for Ninjak #4, how the style changed approaching Roku's past was a choice worth noting. To describe it I would say messy, and that is in a good way. It is the kind of style you want to see when the state she is in is lost and quite frantic as Roku realizes what she has now become. What I liked most about it is the progressive nature of seeing Roku's weariness going through those trials. You not only see the weariness from her face and body language, you see the doubt on her face as she struggles to understand what is going on. And to see that doubt turn into strength is powerful when facing what could have been her end at any turn. Overall it is good to see that they are willing to take a chance on switching up styles to change the atmosphere to fit both the character and type of story told. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Jun 24, 2015

    Ninjak #4 jumps away from a heart-stopping cliffhanger, but still manages to make this break feel both important and worthwhile. Rather than distracting from what is happening, it make the present story all the more significant. It's the sort of unique, one off, scripting at which Kindt excels, and the artistic team makes the issue feel even more special. The result is another great issue of Ninjak, fusing its own importance into a much larger narrative. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jun 25, 2015

    It's unlikely that anyone was really clamoring for a Roku one-off so early in Ninjak's run, but in typical Matt Kindt fashion he gets the most out of the book's standalone format. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Jun 23, 2015

    Ninjak #4 provides a lot of great insight into the book's primary antagonists, but at times the content just feels like filler. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Jun 22, 2015

    I'm not the biggest fan of Juan Jos Ryp's artwork, but he's turned my opinion with NINJAK #4. The weirdness of Roku's turn to an assassin fits his style perfectly. The demons have grotesque feature that makes it impossible to look away. Roku waking up in the ground gave me an uneasy feeling that I've never felt like that before. That feeling of claustrophobia and not being able to escape. The scope that Rype gives to the scene really sells how screwed she would be if Roku wasn't more talented. The stupid costume for Roku continues, but at least Rype keeps it from ripping apart at convenient places. While it's logical that the costume will rip, having it hang just off her boobs and covering her genitals was stupider than the costume. Clay Mann's couple of pages are good, although Roku looks pregnant in the first page. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 27, 2015

    I'm sure Ninjak is the important character to Valiant, the one who has been around for years, but Kindt is having a lot more fun creating original characters of his own. I want to know more about Roku. Read Full Review

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