Monday, February 11, 2013

Legend of the Shadow Clan #1

Aspen Comics is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a clever campaign - "10 for 10."

It's releasing 10 special comics, each costing one dollar. Some are ongoing titles, and others are brand-new - like this one, Legend of the Shadow Clan.

It trots out an old favorite - ninja clans - and gives it a different spin.

The first half of the issue seems unconnected to the second half. It focuses on a secret operation on a ocean cruiser - one that is attacked by brutally efficient (and seemingly unstoppable) ninja warriors. It's all pretty run-of-the-mill stuff.

The story doesn't really take off until the second half, which focuses on a family and gives us some people to care about - especially when a member of the family finds himself caught in an attack by the same ninja force.

That's the part that brings the reader to the edge of his or her seat, and lifts the issue above the standard "ninja clan" tropes.

With a solid story by David Wohl and Brad Foxhoven and strong art by Cory Smith (with some strong hints of Sal Buscema's style on display), this is a solid start to a new series.

And you can't beat the price!

Grade: A-


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