Review: Samurai Jack #8
Jack reflects on his odyssey to return to the past, but he won’t like what he finds staring back at him. A special silent issue illustrated by Samurai Jack character designer Andy Suriano!
Samurai Jack does a little reflecting this month in the 8th issue of his new series from IDW. The special silent issue has a story from Jim Zub and Andy Suriano with Suriano handling the art. Silent issues are always a gamble, but does this one end up paying off?
Jack is getting a bit of a headache from the hustle, bustle, and noise of the big city. When he sees a sign that says “Queace Capsule Hotel: Peace + Quiet= Queace,” he decides to stop in and get some quiet time to reflect and relax. Little does Jack know that the evil Aku is at work. When Jack awakens he finds himself in the Caves of Crystal Calamity. When Jack sees himself reflected in the cave walls, he quickly discovers that there is a big surprise in this cavernous funhouse mirror maze. Jack is in a fight for his life against his toughest opponent yet. What is really going on in the Caves of Crystal Calamity? Has Aku finally found a way to finish Jack off once and for all?
As I said several lines above, silent issues are always a gamble. They seem to either be good or bad with no real room in between. They are something that you don’t see a whole lot, so it’s special. It just so happens that this is one of the good ones. Samurai stories are always ripe for a silent issue, and Samurai Jack benefits from it. This is a story about Jack trying to shut the world out for a few minutes, but he ends up having to engage in an epic battle on several fronts. The only sounds are some crashes, thuds, and the sound of Jack’s sword slicing into his opponent. Suriano has some dynamic art and panel layouts that really pull things off in spectacular fashion. With purples and dark blues coloring the work, it makes for some really eye catching art that keeps your focus moving right along to the next action-packed panel.
Bottom Line: Samurai Jack #8 is a bold story that manages to pull off something really interesting this month. Zub and company have been bringing us a comic that is a worthy successor to the original series, and this issue is definitely a highlight. 4/5
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