Ninjak #5

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Clay Mann, Butch Guice Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: July 29, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 6
8.4Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

The final secret of the Shadow Seven exposed!

Ninjak's mission to destroy Weaponeer and its secret cabal of shinobi masters just got a bit more complicated...since the newest leader of Weaponeer is... Ninjak himself?! Meanwhile, Roku's gone
missing, but we all know the world's deadliest woman is at her most dangerous when she's out of sight!

Plus: Colin King's past comes back to haunt him in a big way as NINJAK: THE LOST FILES reveals a deadly connection to Ninjak's present as Clay Mann (X-Men) returns with Matt Kindt (THE VALIANT, RAI) and Butch Guice (Captain America)!

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Jul 29, 2015

    Either way, this book is as solid as ever: reliably entertaining, gorgeous to look at, courtesy of Clay and Seth Mann, Brian Thies, Butch Guice and Ulises Arreola, and I'm excited to see where Kindt, Mann, Guice and co. are taking it next. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Pauly D Jul 28, 2015

    If you are not familiar with the Ninjak series I highly recommend you take a trip to your local comic shop and pick up all 5. It is the kind of book you will enjoy reading repeatedly. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Jul 29, 2015

    Ninjak #5is an engrossing issue that continues the excellence exhibited throughout this series and makes the overall Weaponeer story line more intriguing. Kannon gets to unleash his power for a few panels and the strategy Ninjak uses is entertaining and clever, although a part of the battlemissing takes away from it slightly. And now I can't wait for the next story arc, the start of the Shadow Wars. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 3, 2015

    Highly recommended for mature readers! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Villain Smash - Brady Steele Jul 29, 2015

    For someone I never read anything much about before this series started, I honestly look forward to each chapter more and more. Kindt, Mann and Guice are creating something immediately addictive here. Ninjak #5 is absolutely worth your time and money. Get in step with one of the best new series of 2015. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Jul 27, 2015

    Kindt is joined by Butch Guice to continue the "Lost Files" backup feature, which continues to unravel more of Ninjak's past, only this time during his training as an agent. The work here continues to be strong, and could make for a solid lead feature on its own. Five issues in, and Kindt, Mann, and Guice have reinforced one truth: Ninjak is fascinating. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jul 29, 2015

    Overall Ninjak #5 was a fast read, yet as entertaining as the others before. You want to see what will happen when Ninjak confronts the other six and whoever his main target is if just to see how they top this high intensity first arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.5 - John McCubbin Jul 28, 2015

    Ninjak #5 is a wonderful comic, which finally gives us the conflict we've been waiting for. This doesn't however mean that the series has played it's full hand, with there still being mysterious twists that will keep you invested in the future of this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Jul 31, 2015

    The tone of the "Lost Files" has always been a more grounded one than the main story. No super cool gadgets and no flash and pomp. This is about a man having illusions shattered before him and the art reflects that. Guice and Thies present a darker, firmer style, cased in shadows. This is further emphasized by Arreola setting the mood with a dimmer choice in colors. Dark blues and greys are chief among the color scheme for this backup. The rain, the night, even in a brightly lit office these colors stand out. Don't think it's a coincidence that those colors make up the majority of Ninjak's outfit in the present day. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 29, 2015

    I still find it hard to believe that I'm as engaged with this series as I am. While I liked the original Ninjak series, I wasn't thrilled with some of the recent portrayals of the character in the last Armor Wars event as they didn't scream read this character. But keeping Colin to himself, working through a traditional spy story that's souped up a good degree, well, it all comes together in a strong way through the narrative, characterization and the fantastic artwork throughout. This opening arc sets the tone for what's to come and hopefully it's one that runs for awhile with some good twists and expansions along the way rather than barreling through it. I've got the faith in it at this point. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jul 28, 2015

    Overall, Ninjak #5 is a solid finale to a rollicking rollercoaster of a first arc. Kindt's scripts haven't always been the sharpest tools in the drawer, but Mann's chiselled heroes have offered the perfect accompaniment to this light tale of martial-arts infused espionage. Ninjak #5 is unambitious, but ultimately aware of its place in the market. There's nothing wrong with enjoying a mindless action & adventure every now and then, and Ninjak #5 is perfectly formed to give exactly that. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jul 30, 2015

    The result is a fun issue that seems in a rush to set up what comes next, the tension from Ninjak's last meet swept up by an exciting but mostly pointless fight. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Jul 27, 2015

    Perhaps a little too anxious to show how impressive a hand it still has to play, Ninjak #5 suffers a little from rushing to the first arc finish line. Some big circumstantial revelations are revealed in the flashback, but the typical symbolic imagery and themes arent as prevalent as they had been, suffice to reinforce the hardening of Colins resolve. Kindt, Mann, Guice, Arreola, et al ensure theres lots of ninja ebullience to revel in here and coming off the phenomenal fourth issue was certainly going to be a challenge, but theres no reason to abandon a book as confident and as cunning as its cocksure star. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 1, 2015

    Matt Kindt and his art team clearly know how to make a good comic, but they can't seem to figure out how all the pieces go together for Ninjak. The fight scene in this issue could have and should have defined this series, but instead, Kindt's decision to cut it shortdefines Ninjak in more disappointing ways. Read Full Review

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