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Review: ‘Samurai Jack’ #1

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What’s better than a samurai combating the forces of evil with a magic sword? This of course is the premise of “Samurai Jack”, a hit animated series that lit up the Cartoon Networks air waves somewhere around a decade ago. When I picked up my issue of “Samurai Jack and the Threads of Time” the euphoric sense of nostalgia coursed through my veins, this mysterious god of war has once again been brought back into my life. This is one of the few times I looked forward to a TV to comic adaptation. Many of these ventures can be hit or miss, and this issue shows that there is some potential for “Samurai Jack” to be a great comic.

WRITTEN BY: Jim Zub
ART BY: Andy Suriano
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: October 24, 2013

Long ago, a samurai named Jack, wielding a magic sword, battled an evil demon named Aku who was attempting to seize control of the world. Before Good was able to triumph over Evil, Aku used his time travel magic to throw Jack far into the future where he was supreme leader. Now Jack endeavours to get back to his proper timeline to end the future he currently finds himself in… The first arc of this new ongoing series has Jack looking for Threads of Time, by combining the threads he can make a Rope and be able to return to the past. Of course the closest Thread is a short hike away but book wouldn’t be a proper adaptation without some good ol’ fashion sword play.

One doesn’t have to be familiar with the old series to comprehend what’s going on, making this a good starting point for any would-be fans. Immediately the book takes on the characteristic feel of any episode of Samurai Jack, the task to return to his own time is outlined and that will be the predominant plot of the story but there are always catches and twists that make it a much more difficult task. Jim Zub does an excellent job of bringing the feel of the animated series to the paper. Though this is the first issue, there’s lots of action. Even if one doesn’t know the story, after the first page you’re already up to speed, allowing you to submerse yourself in the tale.

Now, the age in which the show was catered to was that of a younger crowd. At the time I was between the ages of 10 and 11, which was probably on the older side of the age group this show was geared to. I say this because it’s a prevalent draw back to this issue; specifically the other “warriors” Jack is forced to battle because their names are ridiculously silly. I’m interested to see if this will be a common thread throughout the story or if there will be an overall maturity to the plot with small references to the classic show like this.

I could not ask for anything more when it comes to Andy Suriano’s art. An authentic Samurai Jack look that is slightly tailored to reflect the change in medium. The art is on the cartoon side of the spectrum, but this doesn’t diminish it whatsoever. His line work is strong, and the colors are gorgeous.

“Jack” fans have waited a long time for the return of their beloved samurai, and the creative team offers a solid start. At this point, it’s hard to say if the series could sustain itself as an ongoing, but time will tell.

3/5 Skulls

Reveiwed by – GreenBasterd