SHINOBI:NINJA PRINCESS #1
Writer(s): Martheus Wade
Artist Name(s): Martheus Wade (Pencils and Inks) Marvin Cheveallier (Color assists) Janet Wade
(Ink assists) Kevin Williams (Copy Edit)
Cover Artist(s): Martheus Wade (Main Cover) Tressa Bowling (Variant Cover)
Shipping in August 2014
Jishin 自信 (Confidence): 14 year-old ninja princess Shianndrea Toshigawa and her strike team
have a new mission: spy on their rivals, the Azumi Ninja Clan, and discover what secret dealings
they have with the evil Emperor of Japan. But when the plan goes awry and fellow ninja Hamasuke
is captured, can Shianndrea overcome her lack of confidence and save him before it’s too late?
Variant cover limited to 1,500 copies!
32 pgs./All Ages/ FC $3.99/ $4.99 Variant
Shinobi Ninja Princess brings us ninja action as a strike team must spy on their rivals unseen and discover what secret dealings they have with the evil emperor of Japan.
This book evokes such cartoon series as Avatar the Last Airbender or Naruto with a great deal of charm and fans of either of those series will feel right at home whilst reading this book. The story is of a young unproven ninja with confidence issues thrust into a situation that shows her as the true hero of this story and how she reacts under pressure. This is nothing new and follows a few of the themes we have all seen in similar stories previously over the years however, it is pulled off with a charm that makes the hero of the story likeable and believable as a character. Wade gives the overall plot enough attention that you are pulled into the world of Shinobi and by the last page reveal are left wanting to see where this miniseries will go and how the characters will react to the growing threat of the Azumi Ninja Clan.
The art sticks with aforementioned animated theme and feels like a Saturday morning cartoon show when your reading it. The colors that go for flat block colors which are bright and vibrant even during the darker scenes with the villains of the story and it fits together nicely with the theme Wade is going for. I really enjoyed the panels when the ninjas are moving and fighting as it brings a great sense of motion and shows that these characters are highly trained martial artistes. However, some of the characters faces are particularly off in some panels which can take you out of the experience somewhat, especially when the characters are conversing and trying to convey genuine emotion.
Overall Shinobi is a fun issue, it is not the type of book that will appeal to all however, fans of shows like Naruto should give it a go they will find a charming story that will give them a quick ninja fix. It follows story beats that have been seen many times before but, pulls them off well enough that you can watch the world of Shinobi unfold with each issue.
By Matt Deery