Review: Samurai Jack #7
Samurai Jacqueline and the Scotswoman fight giants and wee folk alike as they struggle to free themselves from the gender-bending curse of the leprechauns. Cartoon Network’s hit animated series continues at IDW!
The gender-bending and mind-blowing second installment of the new Samurai Jack arc hits this month in the pages of Samurai Jack #7. The story is written by Jim Zub with art by Brittney Williams. Josh Burcham handles colors with Shawn Lee providing lettering. With Samurai Jack and the Scotsman now Samurai Jacqueline and the Scotswoman, will the female duo be able to slay the giant and regain their manhood?
Samurai Jack was ambushed by his old friend who happened to take on a new form. The Scotsman was transformed into a lady thanks to a bunch of vicious little leprechauns. When Jack agreed to help his friend, he had no idea he would end up in the same predicament. The only way for the fierce fighting duo to regain their manhood is to slay Cuhullin the Cruel. As the two newly lady-ized heroes begin their quest to slay the giant, they may just find that things aren’t what they seem in more ways than one. Can they fight the villainous giant? Will they get changed back to their proper gender? Can you really trust a leprechaun?
Zub writes a funny and action-packed finale to the two-parter. Jack and the Scotsman aren’t the most ladylike characters, but seeing them get in touch with their feminine side makes for good reading. Things are a tad predictable and played too safely, but it’s a fun story with some great action scenes. Williams’ art is a great fit for the series. There are some dynamic page layouts and some beautifully rendered action scenes. Williams has a great eye for action, and she does a great job of presenting two beloved characters in a new light. ‘Jacqueline’ looks odd, but yet perfectly natural. If there’s an alternate universe out there where Samurai Jacqueline is off on her own adventures, Williams should be drawing those. Burcham’s colors are bright and vibrant, with heavy uses of green to go along with the entire Scotsman and leprechaun theme.
Bottom Line: Things get tied up quickly and cleanly, but Zub and company have told a fresh Samurai Jack story that did something different and executed it well. 3/5
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