Review: The Adventures Of Dr. McNinja Volume 2 Time Fist
More adventure than your puny mind can handle as the doctor and the whole McNinja clan battle pirates, clones, sentient dinosaurs, haunted spaceships, and sibling rivalry!
Award-winning cartoonist Chris Hastings’s riotously funny, time-bending series returns with all-new tales of monsters, mayhem, and the occasional mustache.
The hugely popular webcomic Dr. McNinja landed at Dark Horse last year with the release of the first collection of stories coming out in the trade Night Powers. Now the Doc’s adventures jump from the computer to print with the release of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja Volume 2 titled Time Fist. As always, Dr. McNinja is written and drawn by Christopher Hastings. Colors are provided by Anthony Clark, but Kent Archer steps in for the story Army of One. Trades of webcomics are a tough sell, so should you enjoy this one online or switch over to the printed word?
The trade collects four complete storylines from The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, with the fifth story being the Axe Cop/Dr. McNinja crossover that took place in the comic for Axe Cop. The stories include Army of One in which Dr. McNinja is fooled by a trap within a trap involving his clone. Judy Gets A Kitten is a short, and it involves McNinja’s gorilla assistant…well getting a kitten. It’s pretty self explanatory. Space Savers starts off with an alternate timeline Chuck Goodrich dropping in on the hood of McNinja’s car. The Goodrich who arrives must stop dinosaurs from taking over the world and enslaving all humans. That story, Future Trading, spills into the final story before the Axe Cop crossover. Chuck and McNinja must hijack a NASA spaceship, avoid the NASA ghosts, and set off a missile Dark-Cloud-Puncher threw together out of the parts for his robot animals. The two then travel time into a possible future where dinosaurs rule. There are jetpacks, lumberjacks, and an old King Radical.
If you’re not familiar with Dr. McNinja, first shame on you, but you really should be. This is one of the most humorous and well-drawn webcomics out there. Christopher Hastings writes a strip full of pop culture, laugh out loud jokes, and complex storylines. Stories are new reader friendly, but most everything connects in some way. The art is great, and when it’s not the alt text for each page usually makes a joke about it. Each page has an alt text when you mouse over the page (represented at the bottom of the page in print form) that is either another joke or an explanation of why something is the way it is.
Bottom Line: Dr. McNinja is synonymous with quality webcomics. The trade collection offers a great opportunity to add to your McNinja collection or keep up on stories you may have missed. There’s no real bonus material besides the comics, but this is one to pick up if you’re a Dr. McNinja fan or just want to read a great and hilarious group of stories 4.5/5
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