Ninjak #17

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Diego Bernard Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: July 13, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 8
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The last stand of Colin King! Roku has completed her mission. She has destroyed, discredited, and defeated the MI-6 operative known as Ninjak. But she didn't account for one crucial component... the man behind the mask and gadgets, Colin King! With everything on the line, and nothing left to lose, Valiant's death-defying super-spy strikes back at his sworn enemy to take back the life he once knew! But even if his body can survives the suicidal confrontation, can his mind withstand the untold torment Roku has prepared? New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY II) and blockbuster artist Diego Bernard (X-O MANOWAR) tear down the w more

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Tyler Counsellor Jul 13, 2016

    While this issue does a wonderful job of wrapping up loose ends, it doesn't wrap them all up. Roku teases Ninjak (and us) with the identity of the seventh member of the Shadow Seven, a role which, until now, was assumed to be the undead monk, last seen in Ninjak #9, the conclusion of "The Shadow Wars". Evidently, this is not so, and this person is someone Ninjak has never encountered before. As well, Roku's cutting down of Darque's tree, last seen in Book of Death leaves a very important thread that is easy to overlook. The very last panel of the main book shows Darque fallen over and his red magic escaping to go presumably back to the Deadside. Roku is knelt down, clutching the back of her head, sword forgotten, with a few flames of red peeking out around her hair. This seems to indicate that, not only is Master Darque's power freed, but can now directly influence Roku. Time will tell what becomes of this. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Jul 12, 2016

    The art, while a little rushed in a few spots, was absolutely superb. Every line displaying the vicious world and the brutal, heart-wretching finale that this was crafted to be. Bernard's art never looked better and this is some of the best character development that I have seen in a while. Kindt masterful takes the castle he built and teared it down, reasonably and methodically. The revelations that Kindt gave breadcrumbs, but many readers didn't pick up on throughout the series only lead to shocking surprise and one of the best personal confrontations you will see in comics. Kudos to Kindt for making the finale of “The Siege of King's Castle” such a masterful piece of writing. Readers will be looking back at issues while the art will burn itself in your memory with one of the most fulfilling conclusions in recent memory. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jul 13, 2016

    Ninjak #17 concludes ‘THE SIEGE OF KING'S CASTLE' and it was a story worth telling. It had all the action you could ask for, it was character driven, and answered so many questions you could have had throughout the series so far that was left to assumption. Who knows what the future holds for both characters, but this was a defining chapter in both of their lives which opens the doors to much more possibilities. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Jul 13, 2016

    Ninjak #17 successfully brings together all the story threads that have been built up throughout this series with the culmination of Roku's true identity and the connection to Ninjak. It takes the story arc's title, Siege of King's Castle, and makes it more meaningful than just Ninjak's possession's or status and touches the core of the character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Matthew J. Theriault Jul 12, 2016

    After dropping out of grad school, I initially pursued a commission as a Naval officer specializing in Human Intelligence, with hopes of eventually becoming a field officer for The Company. Though my aptitude tests guaranteed me a place in the program, more economically enticing offers in the oil industry forced me to relegate a potential career in espionage to once again being just a boyhood dream. Looking back, it's hard not to imagine how my life very well might have turned out. When doing so, it's works such as the Bond films, Archer, and especially Ninjak, to which I turn, if not living out their lifestyle as I might have then at the very least living it vicariously through them, pulling off honey-pots and secretly saving the world, one femme fatale at a time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Jason Laframboise Jul 13, 2016

    I liked the way the Siege on King's Castle story wrapped up, still there a couple threads to take us into the next arc, like is Colin King still rich? Is Ninjak still working for MI-6? What's up with him and Livewire? These questions aren't addressed so we wait for issue 18 I guess. Also the ending will need to be addressed at some point. What happened to that thing that I don't want to spoil. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 10, 2016

    I can't recommended strongly enough if this is something you're on the fence about trying that you need to jump in " Pokemon GO will still be there when you're done reading I promise. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 13, 2016

    Good stuff all around that now has me wary as it moves into an arc involving the Eternal Warrior, a character I haven't read combined with a future from Book of Death that I know little about. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 18, 2016

    As always, it's a sharp (and somewhat abrupt and action-heavy) script by Matt Kindt, with strong (if violent and bloody) artwork by Diego Bernard with Allison Rodriguez. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Jul 16, 2016

    Ninjak #17 effectively brings "The Siege of King's Castle" to a close while tying up the few remaining threads that have been left dangling since the series' debut issue. Moreover, it wipes the titular character's slate clean for the future of the series " an exciting proposition for a character with a nonexistent cultural footprint. Though Valiant continues to build its "superhero" universe, it is not tethered to the "illusion of change" that readers demand of their Big Two titles. While the publisher's output " including this issue " is of consistently high quality, hopefully they find the courage to push themselves beyond what their competitors are willing to do. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - Alan D.D. Jul 16, 2016

    There also some good ideas and concepts I saw that were drawn from ancient mythology along with classic and contemporary comic ideas. I can't say if I'd keep reading this, but since it's a unique concept and story, I would like to see how this evolves. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jul 13, 2016

    It's the type of issue that even if you weren't following the arc, the recap at the beginning helps immensely, you'd get sucked into this death match regardless. More than anything by the end, you want more. The next arc involves another Valiant character, Eternal Warrior, so the storyline will pivot with the crossover, but if this is the type of action we can expect I'm here for it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Amy Okamoto Jul 12, 2016

    Its the end of the world as he knows it, and Ninjak isnt fine. Ninjak #17, the final chapter in the Siege arc, changes everything for Ninjak. The surprise ending may even change the future of the Valiant Universe. Dont miss out on the revelations in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jul 13, 2016

    I hate reviewing the end of an arc. I never know whether or not to spoil the shit out of it or just hold back like I've done here. It's why I skip them. It's not to hold back attention from the issue, but as a courtesy I chose not to spoil it for readers. At the end of the day, my goal with any review is to give you info on why you should or shouldn't read it and you decide from there. If I spoil it all you don't have much of a reason to check it out. Hopefully this review still convinced you to check it out and really the entire "Siege on King's Castle" storyline. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Jul 15, 2016

    But when my main complaint with the issue is that it's not long enough, I'd say the arc has ended on a high note, wouldn't you? Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Michael Shaw Jul 12, 2016

    Ninjak #17 is good, but nothing to write home about. The art is rich, deeply colored, and smooth, providing an extremely pleasant visual experience for the reader. The climax of the "Siege of King's Castle" storyline is satisfactory, and while definitely enjoyable, isn't likely to leave any lasting impressions on its audience, which can partially be blamed on a failure to focus on the relatable aspects of Ninjak himself. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jul 14, 2016

    All in all, while issue #17 is a solid end, with arc best art by Diego Bernard, the real draw remains in things to come. Read Full Review

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