Monday, 1 December 2014
Review: Lego Ninjago Volume 1 - The Challenge of Samukai by Greg Farshtey and Paulo Henrique
Publisher: Titan Comics
Released: October 17th, 2014
Welcome to the world of Ninjago and the ninja Masters of Spinjitzu as they battle to protect their land from evil! Based on the successful toy-line and TV show, these books follow the adventures of Cole, Zane, Jay and Kai - four young ninja warriors and their Sensei Wu. Sensei Wu has trained Cole, Zane, Jay and Kai to be Masters of Spinjitzu, but when Samukai boasts he can defeat Sensei Wu and his ninja, Garmadon takes him up on his bet!
Lego is huge right now thanks to all the toy licensing and tie-in products, the latest of which to hit the UK is Ninjago graphic novels. These sixty-four page comics are a selection of stories in one volume, each chronicling the Masters of Spinjitzu and their quest to defend the world of Ninjago from the dark powers that haunt the underworld. Basically, it's thrilling fun on every page!
The Challenge of Samukai tells the origin story of the Masters of Spinjitzu - Cole, Zane, Jay and Kai - and how they came to be trained by Sensei Wu. In this book they're being hunted by Samukai and his skeleton army, as well as Garmadon who thinks he can beat Samukai. It's a battle of evils with the ninjas caught in the middle!
This graphic novel is well written by Greg Farshtey, focusing on being fast and fierce while delivering a good story. There's no superfluous information here; everything is important to the characters and their origins, and every single bit of panel space is utilised. Paulo Henrique has done a great job of drawing the little Lego ninjas, though my favourite has to be creepy Samukai and all his skeletons.
I really enjoyed this little slice of Lego and I'm looking forward to reading more volumes in the series. These books are great fun for any little readers who like Ninjago, comics and art, and I'm sure they'll go down a treat. You can't go wrong with kick-ass ninjas!