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 Post subject: Ninjak #0 Discussion
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:55:40 am 
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Here's the VCR episode for anyone that's interested: http://onlythevaliant.com/episodes/vcr133/

I also did a joint review with another blogger: http://www.comicsthegathering.com/revie ... 3/ninjak-0


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 Post subject: Re: Ninjak #0 Discussion
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:57:12 am 
Just jumpin' through time arcs, that's all.
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Great review, guys!

Enjoyed this book, as I really think there is more to the dead birds portion of this book than you guys let on. The psychology behind what he was doing is much, much greater, the control he desires is greater. He kills the birds, like he kills his foes, because he wants his world to be in his image. Nothing screams Sociopath louder than both of these actions. The killing of birds, and the killing of his foes are one and the same, to him. In his own fashion, he is anti-social and lacks a certain conscience when it revolves around life. He also tends to feel very little remorse or guilt regarding life up until he meets Angelina. I've always been curious about the psychology of sociopaths/serial killers.

I think his voyage to meet the Undead Monk helped him/touched him more than he realizes. Could have opened and closed all of his compartments, releasing them, making him see who and what he really was. Basically, eliminating the growing sociopath inside of him. All this happens before issue #5, like you guys said, and now we have the Colin King/Ninak we have all grown to love.

Regardless of what he says/does, he will always love Angelina/Roku. And, in the end, he may try and revert back to old habits, by compartmentalizing her, but he knows he can't. The Undead Monk has taken that from him, Roku is/was his weakness.

We also know that there is Livewire. Obviously not mentioned in this book, but I believe Livewire was a direct result of the Undead Monk's ability to "straighten him out". Without his visit to the Undead Monk, there would never have been Angelina/Roku and Ninjak, which means we wouldn't have Livewire and Ninjak.

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 Post subject: Re: Ninjak #0 Discussion
PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:49:04 am 
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Is anyone else impressed that this is a return to his first appearance in the VEI Universe? (Unless I am mistaken).

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 Post subject: Re: Ninjak #0 Discussion
PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:01:32 pm 
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jxm640 wrote:
Is anyone else impressed that this is a return to his first appearance in the VEI Universe? (Unless I am mistaken)?

Yes, very impressed! Pretty neat idea for the zero issue since we already knew about his upbringing, miserable parents, and all that, and now we finally know who Marco is was.


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 Post subject: Re: Ninjak #0 Discussion
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:45:15 pm 
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Far from one of my favorite #0 issue's, but I did enjoy the little flashbacks to his youth, and how his actions then, correlate now...

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 Post subject: Re: Ninjak #0 Discussion
PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:33:46 pm 
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I thought this was an excellent zero issue and the best Ninjak issue for a while. Great stitch back to his early XO appearance. The panel in this issue when he's on the phone with the fella on the end of his sword is almost identical to the XO #5 panel. :clap:

Enjoyed the different artist too, thought they used them to good effect. The arrow across the middle of the page separating the different stories was a smart move. Kindt gave recognition to someone else for this concept.

I'm very optimistic for the new Ninja k series, this was a good launch issue!

Ps the Ninjak vs the Valiant U cover was excellent too!

4.25/5 :thumb:


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 Post subject: Re: Ninjak #0 Discussion
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:29:07 pm 
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I really liked this issue ! Matt Kindt completes his run on the character in a very nice way. The narration is made in an original way. I had never seen that before. Does anyone know Matt Kindt's inspiration?
It's really nice to finally read Ninjak's mission seen in X-O #5. And we still do not know what's in this briefcase! :lol:
I am very intrigued by the prologue of the next series. It's promising. Tomas Giorello on top, as always! I look forward to reading the first issue next week!

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 Post subject: Re: Ninjak #0 Discussion
PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:56:14 am 
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I loved it, excellent jump on point for readers, was very well done.


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