Review: Samurai Jack #4
A mystic queen of great power and beauty accepts no criticism, especially from a lowly wandering samurai. Can Jack find another one of the Threads of Time before he’s imprisoned for royal heresy?
Samurai Jack continues his quest for the Threads of Time in the fourth issue of his new series from IDW. The story is written by Jim Zub with art by Andy Suriano. Josh Burcham handles colors with Shawn Lee providing lettering. Jack is on a long and perilous journey, but should you tag along with him?
Our hero is traveling across a cold, snowy, barren wasteland full of creatures and other threats that want to kill him at every turn. After a long trek, Jack comes upon a small village. He’s looking for food and shelter but the village has none. The area is ruled over by a beautiful and immortal queen who is very demanding of her subjects. When Jack doesn’t bow down during her birthday celebrations, he is sentenced to work in the kitchen. The queen has the next Thread of Time, but can Jack break out of the kitchen and bring the snobby queen’s reign to an end?
Zub writes a fast-paced and entertaining issue. Jack is on his quest, he finds the next thread, and he has to overcome obstacles to get it. It’s a tight story that’s paced well. Jack is determined to bring all the threads together and he won’t let anything stand in his way. Each issue of the series has been accessible to new readers with a quick little recap and a restatement of Jack’s mission goals. You have to commend Zub on being able to do that month in and month out. Suriano’s art is a real highlight for the series as a whole. Things have a weird and psychedelic vibe that makes it feel like a 70s comic in some regards. It really captures the spirit of the cartoon and does something a little different with it. The art is elevated by Burcham’s colors with really lend to the aforementioned psychedelic vibe. Some pages would make wonderful black light posters, and I mean that as a compliment.
Bottom Line: Samurai Jack is a thoroughly enjoyable series that pays a lot of respect to everything that came before it. The Threads of Time is an interesting story that puts Jack in new and dangerous situations. You can see a pattern emerge with Jack’s journey, but you keep reading to see how he reaches his destination. 3.5/5