Ninjak #22 has a lot of things going for it, including Matt Kindt, who has been on an unprecedented hot streak as a writer. Everything he touches seemingly turns into second, third, eighth printings.
Oh, and it's a silent standalone. I am an absolute sucker for issues like this. Hawkeye #11, G.I. Joe #21, Ultimate Spider-Man #133 and others like it are some of my favorite comics of all time. Some people fail to see the absolute beauty in these issues; where the writer and artist work together to tell a story without using dialogue.
Ninjak #22 accomplishes this with flying colors. Ninjak is searching for the woman who ruined him and gets a tip that she's outside of Vegas. After ignoring orders to wait, Ninjak sets out on a trail of destruction and carnage. While he attempts to get in to this citadel on lockdown undetected ... he kinda fails. Which is WAY better for us,
This silent standalone is a bloody and fun romp. Kindt and Cafu work like old dance partners here. They know each other's strengths and move perfectly in sync.
However, the downside here is that while it's labeled as a standalone issue, it certainly isn't. Ninjak #22 is fairly essential in my mind to the overall Ninjak story. While this isn't a knock on what's inside the book, the cover feels slightly misleading. But you gotta know if THIS is my only gripe, it's a really great read.
Oh and this variant cover is the SHIT.
FINAL RATING: 9/10 Crawl Spaces Filled With Dead Monks
A bloody ninja romp that's a bloody fun read from 2 of the best on the Valiant roster.