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Samurai Jack #14

    Ian Jane

  • Samurai Jack #14

    Samurai Jack #14
    Released by: IDW Publishing
    Released on: November 26th, 2014.
    Written by: Jim Zubkavich
    Illustrated by: Andy Suriano
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    The story that began in issue #11 and has been running through every issue since continues as writer Jim Zubkavich and artist Andy Suriano bring us the forth part of their latest Samurai Jack epic, The Quest Of The Broken Blade. A splash page of sorts brings us up to speed on the origin of Jack's fabled blade and its tumultuous history and how the breakage of said blade has led to Jack being 'tested.'

    From here we see the bearded samurai placed on a lily pad where a giant serpent arises from the swamp, the unarmed Jack unsure how to best this foe. When he decides simply not to, he meditates and heads to some sort of undersea kingdom where, armed with an axe, he battles some Viking foes while recalling how the sword was given to him by his father - he did not EARN it. Now is the time where he'll do just that. The end of this sends him to Egypt where he climbs a pyramid in the hot desert sun and as he starts to burn he wakes up - was this a dream or not?

    Holy rock-a-moley this is a quick read but it sets up what we can assume is the beginning of the end of this particular storyline by the time it's over. There isn't as much plot development here as there was in the last issue but what we do get a feeling for is Jack's thoughts as to the merits of his possessing the magic sword in the first place and, of course, what it means in his seemingly eternal battle against his arch-foe Aku. So there is, under the surface at least, more to the story than just Jack zipping through a few different sets and accepting some challenges. We'll see where it goes from here, because this one leaves you hanging in a pretty big way.

    What else is there to say about Suriano's artwork at this point? He continues to nail the look of the animated series in comic book form using thick line work to convey action and movement but allowing details in facial expression to periodically relay the humor in a specific situation. He draws these characters well and his art is complimented really nicely once again by additional art from Ethen Beavers and the excellent-as-always coloring by Josh Burcham.

    Given that this is the fourth part of an ongoing storyline it's not the best jumping on point for new readers but if you've read the three chapters prior, you know you want to see where these guys are going with this…

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