• Samurai Jack #15

    Samurai Jack #15
    Released by: IDW Publishing
    Released on: December 10th, 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 fifth and final (is it final? No, it doesn’t seem that way… even it at one point it did!) part Samurai Jack in The Quest Of The Broken Blade. The opening splash page picks up where the last issue left off… Aku is furiously chasing Jack, without his sword, across the land. Aku talks to Jack, tells him how he created his Kingdom Of Everlasting Darkness, and how he has waited to get his revenge.

    Jack remains silent until the action intensifies, at which point he stands up for himself even as the dread sorcerer breathes fire at him. Their battle intensifies further as Jack proves a valiant foe even without his trademark blade. Just as it appears that Aku is about to finish Jack once and for all, the ‘universe’ speaks we find that what resides inside Jack is even more important than whatever sort of steel he may wield against a foe!

    This issue would seem to at least finish the battle between Jack and Aku for now, the physical side of their confrontation. As to where it goes from here, well, maybe Jack’s going to be reunited with his blade, maybe he’s not. Issue #16 will probably ‘go there’ but we won’t know for a few weeks yet. For now, Jack remains that lone wolf type, strolling around without a weapon and with only a very vague purpose behind all of this. It would seem that despite this issues’ resolutions he still has some soul searching to do!

    Zub’s story moves quick here but it adds a layer to the Samurai Jack mythos that works well in the context of how all of this appears to be playing out so far. There isn’t as much humor here as in past issues but this particular chapter doesn’t really call for that so it’s definitely appropriate to play things with a noticeably more serious tone in this installment. The art team of Andy Suriano on illustrative duties and Josh Burcham on coloring continue to do great things, that ‘gotta make it look like the TV series’ aesthetic still playing a big part in the look of the comic but not without allowing those behind the panels to put their own spin on things. I keep waiting for this series to drop in quality or do something to shatter the idea that this is a continuation on the gone but not forgotten animated series. Fifteen issues in and that hasn’t happened yet. Keep up the good work, guys. There’s no higher praise to give you on this project than that.