Samurai Jack #1 – The Albotas Review
Genndy Tartakovsky‘s Samurai Jack is officially back, but in a new medium it seems, as IDW has recently published the debut comic book series revolving around the legendary character. The incredibly acclaimed animated show never resolved anything after its cancellation in season 4, which left fans to kind of just sit around on the Internet, awaiting news for the feature length film Tartakovsky has been promising for years, or some form of a season 5 Cartoon Network would miraculously greenlight.
It sucks, but alas, fans of the show have something new and tangible to look forward to thanks to publisher IDW: a beautiful comic book written by Jim Zub and drawn by Andy Suriano, which holds the core of the show on its flimsy-paged back.
Immediately, the comic book begins with Jack crossing the desert to find an old hermit for some wisdom on how to undue evil Aku’s future terror. He kicks off a quest to search for the Threads of Time to reconstruct the Rope of Eons, which hopefully will bring him back to his former time where he can finally stop Aku. Along the way, we’ve got bright colors, a big gladiator battle, and what honestly seems like a long lost episode of the original animated Samurai Jack.
- This baby is authentic. I mean that. Samurai Jack #1 honestly feels like Genndy Tartakovsky created this comic book himself. Jim Zub did a fine job of crafting a story in an extremely familiar fashion, for both fans and newcomers to enjoy. That’s a great thing, as not once while reading this book do you feel like this is a cash grab from IDW to tap into nostalgic 20-somethings. It’s funny when it needs to be and action-packed when it gets down to it. Zub got Jack spot on, giving the character bluntly spoken lines and a wooden personality.
- If you have any doubt in the artwork, just know that artist Andy Suriano worked on the actual show as a character designer. This guy knows what he’s doing. The comic certainly bears the feeling and atmosphere the show carried, with the use of vivid colors and crazy unique characters. Suriano adds his own style to the mix as well, thankfully.
- It’s more Samurai Jack. New stories involving one of the coolest heroes in animation. How cool is that!
[-] NOT AWESOME
- It’s a bit short. It definitely sets up a story everyone wants to hear more of, but the action and pacing is pretty fast.
I mean, come on dude. You really gotta doubt this? This is exactly the calling everyone has been waiting for regarding a legendary animated series. Jim Zub and Andy Suriano have created a solid introduction to Samurai Jack in comics. If you’re a fan, you’ve got no excuse not to pick this up. Newcomers will definitely jump on board to await anxiously for the story to unravel.
VERDICT: Really? Buy this shit.