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Samurai Jack #2 - The Threads of Time Review

5

Enter Dis and Dat, a pair of synchronized martial artists! How can Jack hope to defeat them?

The Good

"No one here but an innocent ol' bag o' gains. Pay no attention..."

Samurai Jack's search for another thread of time leads him to a village which is "protected" by dangerous twins. Jack then sits down and has a peaceful discussion with them before they decide to kindly hand him the thread. Just kidding, they're arrogant and love to fight, so obviously they challenge Jack right from the get-go.

Jim Zub uses the same formula from the first issue: Jack finds an interesting location, said location has a thread of time, Jack must defeat wacky characters to obtain said item. This could be problematic if it doesn't change in due time, but for right now, it's an absolute blast. The last issue was unique because of the variety of characters Jack faced, so how do twins provide a challenge when he's already faced a large group? Great question. You see, these twins are perfectly synchronized, so it's a total pain to fight them. Plus, they have wonderfully obnoxious personalities. It's cheesy, but it's clearly aiming for that and the end result feels like something stripped right from a fun episode. Zub also addresses one small plot point ("how will he find each thread?"), but for the most part, there isn't any strong plot progression and it's just a really entertaining skirmish.

I'm enjoying the visuals by artist Andy Suriano and colorist Josh Burcham a good deal. They duplicate the animated tone very well and the variety of expressions the characters make are hugely amusing and a few are even downright priceless. The locations all look solid, everything is brought to life with bold coloring and the attacks in the fight are every bit as exciting and fluid as they should be. Your eyes will be pleased with this one.

The Bad

Seeing as this is pretty much one big action scene and there isn't much plot development, this second issue is a pretty quick read. So, if you were hoping this chapter would take big steps to flesh out the narrative, odds are you'll be disappointed. However, if you're cool with sitting back and simply having a good time, it's sure to deliver.

Very minor gripe: there's one panel where Jack's finger is absurdly long. It's basically bending where it should end.

The Verdict

Did you love the first issue? If so, it's safe to say you're going to love this one, too. Jim Zub fills the book with action and compliments the chaos with such playful dialogue -- it basically feels like a cartoon, and that's absolutely a good thing. Seeing as 5-stars technically means a score of 9.0 to 10.0, I'm more than happy to give this issue all 5 of 'em. It's just a whole lot of fun.

14 Comments
Posted by Wolverine08

Looks sweet.

Posted by 2cool4fun

Weird that this is not a DC tittle, it is a show from CN which means it belongs to WB

Posted by LaserLambert

Weird that this is not a DC tittle, it is a show from CN which means it belongs to WB

CN is Turner Broadcasting, WB just has a deal with them.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

Samurai Jack FTW!

Edited by micah

Samurai Jack = boss

Posted by Splashies

how friendly is this series to people new to or a little out of touch with Samurai Jack? I'm thinking about picking it up...

Posted by k4tzm4n

how friendly is this series to people new to or a little out of touch with Samurai Jack? I'm thinking about picking it up...

Incredibly friendly. I read issue #1 before watching a single episode and I loved it.

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Edited by Splashies

@k4tzm4n: thanks, man...definitely picking it up then...stoked!

Edited by Sekele

Weird that this is not a DC tittle, it is a show from CN which means it belongs to WB

I think it was a good move for CN to give the license to IDW and Boom!Studios

Disney's decision to take their license away from Boom!Studios and giving it to Marvel proved disastrous, seeing how Marvel has shown no interest in ever doing anything with them, especially seeing how there's nothing motivating them to do so.

Licensing a property like this to a third party is a much better decision, as they are trying to hold-on to said license

Posted by HeckTate

"No one here but an innocent ol' bag o' gains." This was the best line in all of comics this week. Loved this issue.

Posted by waezi2

There is Samurai Jack comics? AWESOME!!!

By the way, does anyone know Jacks real name?

Posted by Mapacherise22

@laserlambert: Turner Broadcast is part of the Time Warner company DC and WB are also part of the Time Warner company