Review: Samurai Jack #6
In this issue: Fans demanded it and IDW delivers – The return of the Scotsman! The humungous highland hooligan and the stoically stalwart samurai team up once again! This time they battle against a bizarre mystic curse that—okay, that part’s a secret but trust us, it’s a doozy!
Samurai Jack is back in action this month with the 6th issue of his new series from IDW. After a big quest, Jack teams back up with the Scotsman for a brand new story from writer Jim Zub and artist Brittney Williams. Josh Burcham handles colors with Shawn Lee providing lettering. After finding the Threads of Time and coming so close to realizing his goal, how does Jack’s next adventure measure up?
Jack is resting and looking up at the beautiful night sky when he is rudely awakened by a vicious little monster in the brush. The scary little figure is none other than the Scotsman, but there’s a twist. The big, burly Scotsman has been cursed by some “teeny greens.” Let’s just say some roles are reversed and a hilarious, yet shocking development has taken place. Jack agrees to help the Scotsman, but our hero finds that he may have unwittingly fallen into a trap himself. Jack and the Scotsman have struck a deal, and failure to deliver will result in some big consequences. How can our two warriors deal with the “teeny greens?” Will they be able to set things back the way they were?
Zub writes a fast-paced and humorous issue. This puts Jack and the Scotsman in a brand-new predicament, the likes of which we’ve never seen before. This is a strong story in its own right, but the humor really sets it over the top. It walks a fine line to obtain the balance it does, but Zub does it perfectly. Williams’ art is fantastic. It has a cartoon base while still having some flourishes and touches of originality. Williams has a very dynamic panel layout that makes for some fluid and exciting action. There are many pages that take on an almost painted quality. Burcham’s colors work perfectly with Williams’ art and adds the depth and detail that gives it the aforementioned painted quality at times. There are some beautiful greens mixed with brighter yellows and reds in the last half of the book that just look stunning.
Bottom Line: Jim Zub ends one big and dramatic storyline and starts a new one up that is just as big, but a little funnier. Zub has a great handle on the characters and he’s been joined by some great artists, so Samurai Jack has been a book that consistently delivers. 4/5
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