Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Book of Death: The Fall of Ninjak #1 [2015] Matt Kindt | Trevor Hairsine

The issue begins following the Second Armor Hunters War where Unity was personally attacked with nukes. A positron model of Livewire created by Harada visits Ninjak. We are given a story of the past were Doctor Silk clones destroyed half of Japan attempting to find the original Silk. The Livewire positron used the original DNA of Amanda to create a sentient self-replicating artificial intelligence called Livewire to rebuild Japan and launch it into space. However Ninjak believes New Japan will become a parasite pulling resources from Earth and vows to stop her. Ninjak uses his students the Spylockes and Gin-Gr however ultimately fails. We see Ninjak fall to Earth reflecting on the title of the book The Fall of NinjakTowards the middle we are given a brief history of Ninjak and the Eternal Warrior which doesn’t make an impact on the overall story. We are given glimpses of the future with the Harbinger Trials and Aric. Their futures will be told in their own Book of Death issues. The problem I have with this issue is that it focuses on the origins of the world of New Japan and less on Ninjak himself. Fans of Rai would love this story however the issue falls flat as it is not standalone but is interconnected with the other books.