Review: Samurai Jack #9
The Samurai Jack saga continues at IDW! How can our time-traveling samurai defeat a foe that controls the forces of gravity? Get ready for a comic-reading experience like no other in this dizzying battle-tastic issue!
Samurai Jack continues his mission to defeat Aku this month in Samurai Jack #9. The story is written by Jim Zub with art by Ethen Beavers. Josh Burcham handles colors with Shawn Lee providing lettering. This Samurai Jack series has proven itself a worthy successor to the cartoon series, but does #9 keep the streak going?
Jack is out searching for clues pertaining to Aku when something strange happens after he puts a piece of rock of the villain’s face in its proper place on a wall mural. Some unseen force creates a vortex that sucks everything towards its center. Jack is unable to keep hold of the crumbling wall or find a place to sink his sword and hold on for dear life. As Jack gets sucked farther and farther down the ever growing rabbit hole, as it were, will he be able to fight his way out of this one? What is causing all this mayhem? Who is in control of it?
Zub writes a fast, neat, and tidy one-shot that tells a good story. This is more of a scene between the previous story and the next one, but it’s an enjoyable story nonetheless. Last month was a completely silent issue, but this one has a few more words. Beavers’ art is the real standout this month. The panel layout and page work is spectacular. The way the artist twists, turns, and lays out panels to get the most out of each and every page (and the double-page spreads) is a real work of art. One spread in particular makes great use of the page with its 360 degree spin that shows Jack in action. Burcham’s colors use a lot of psychedelic pinks and purples as Jack confronts the source of the problem, and it really gives the dynamic page layouts a really distinct feel of a weird, subterranean world.
Bottom Line: This month’s Samurai Jack is a quick little ditty with a nice punch-line, but it seems to go by a little too fast. Some great art that makes fantastic use of the page makes this one for Jack fans to check out though. 3.5/5
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