I really happy that I have stuck to this series. I truly love all-ages books, for the simple fact that I can share the comic with anyone. Samurai Jack is a clear cut example of a comic that anyone can enjoy. It’s the story of a warrior and with this story arc, I think Jack has to fight what is within himself. Jack uses his sword to fight all things. See his sword holds the power and cannot be broken. Until, trying to get back home, Jack’s sword does break. Now with Aku breathing down his neck even more, Jack has been forced to go into hiding. For me, I think Jack needs to realize that power he holds comes within. And I hope the comic stays true to that. Almost like Jack has to develop his power within before he can mend the sword once again. So let’s dive in. I feel in love with this week’s cover. It was eloquent. You probably don’t hear that a lot with kid’s comic, but screw it. My definition consists of a peaceful grace. And Jack just looked so peaceful, it put me that peaceful mood as well, but with all the craziness in his life, I was taking back by how calm this dude was. Jumping into the issue, Jack is faced with the gods. He must now go through a series of test to regain the sword.
The issue read very fast this week. I felt like when I was just getting into it, we had to stop. I wanted more, so I think most readers will agree this week. Of all the test Jack must go through, I found myself liking the serpent’s story the best. When a warrior has to give up that shows true strength, and Jack must do just that. I was intrigued with his persistence but wouldn’t expect anything less from the ultimate samurai.
Each test pushes Jack beyond his limits, and when you finally think Jack has reached the end of a win or a fail, well, the comic leaves you hanging. I don’t honestly know. For Jack to win his sword, I thought it would be a bigger battle. So when the comic rushed the events, I started to wonder if the Aku appearance at the end of this issue is real or if it is part of the test as well. I guess we will have to wait and find out.
After reading this issue, my reasons still stand of how highly entertaining this series is. My only hope is that Jack can find his way back again and become the true warrior we have missed.
Writer: Jim Zub Artist: Andy Suriano Publisher: IDW Publishing Price: $3.99 Release Date: 11/26/14 Format: Ongoing; Print/Digital