Review: Samurai Jack #2
Jack can defeat almost any foe in single combat, but how will he fare against a pair of perfectly synchronized warriors who can exploit his every weakness? Cartoon Network’s hit animated series is back at IDW and bigger than ever.
The second installment of IDW’s new Samurai Jack series see its release this week. The story is written by Jim Zub and features art from Andy Suriano. Josh Burcham provides colors with Shawn Lee handling lettering. The first issue was a great reintroduction to everyone’s favorite samurai, but how does part 2 hold up?
Jack is continuing his quest to collect the Threads of Time. Our hero was able to grab the first thread, and now it is leading him to the next piece of mystical thread. Jack’s journey takes him to a small village overseen by twin tyrants named Dis and Dat. They rule with an iron fist and the only way Jack can accomplish is goal is to take them down. The twins are in perfect sync and their combined might is more than Jack can handle. The Threads of Time are more powerful than Jack had imagined. Can he figure out a way to overcome the twin’s might or will his quest hit a dead end on the second mission?
Zub writes another great issue. It’s a fast-paced trip for Jack as he tries to attain the next Thread of Time. The issue gets going quickly, gets down to fighting, and then moves on to what’s coming up next. Zub lays down a few more properties of the threads and shows how important they truly ar. Suriano’s art is top notch. He perfectly capture Jack and presents some interesting settings and characters. Suriano has a great eye for action and makes some very impressive fight sequences for Jack and the twins. Burcham’s colors are a little more subdued in most of the scenes, but things really get wild and bright when the fight kicks off. Burcham does some impressive little flourishes with the splashpage.
Bottom Line: Samurai Jack is a great new series. Everyone is firing on all cylinders and presenting a story that is worthy of what came before it. If we never see Jack in live-action again, we can be happy we get good stories like Threads of Time in comic book form. 4/5
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