Samurai Jack #7 (Comics Review)
After finishing up the first arc of IDW’s Samurai Jack with Andy Suriano, writer Jim Zub launched into his second with artist Brittney Williams as he sought to turn the table around on the titular completely. Samurai Jack #6 did something that, frankly, hadn’t ever happened before in the animated series: he turned Jack and the Scotsman into female versions of themselves. Lots of hilarity was had in that issue, I can tell you that. The genderswapping was really great, and provided an excellent hook for the story. IDW did a similar thing with their Star Trek ongoing, to equally successful results, although these issues have been more fun.
Samurai Jack #7 is the finale of this two-parter arc. I would have loved to have seen a longer take on Jack as Jacqueline and Scotsman as Scotswoman, that goes without saying really, but I think that the charm of this arc is that we got to see this at all. In two broad strokes, Jim Zub and Brittney Williams do their best to bring in a different sort of reader to the series, and they do it fantastically. Jim’s writing on this issue is pretty damn fun all the way through and Brittney’s art is no slouch either, and I loved the way she drew the main characters while still maintaining a certain consistency with their “normal” look.
First of all, the cover to this mirrors that of the previous issue very well, and if anything, I like this one more than I did that one. I mean… we have Samurai Jacqueline and Scotswoman on the cover here, surrounded by a bunch of creepy leprechauns. What’s not to love? Andy Suriano has done some really amazing covers for this series so far and this one is no exception to that rule. His covers are one of the reasons that I love this series so much.
So, anyway, after turning Jack into Jacqueline in the last issue, the leprechauns tell the two heroines to go kill Cuhullin the Cruel if they want to turn back to being men. The two have little choice of course, and so they set out to find this monster and exact some manner of justice from him so that they can return to the leprechauns for a fait accompli. Of course, as always happens with a Samurai Jack story, not everything is at it seems and halfway through the issue we get a really interesting twist that changes the course of this story, for the better even.
One of the ways that the leprechauns keep control over the two heroines is by cursing them to hear an Irish folk song over and over again. It provides some added incentive to the heroes to finish their task as soon as possible and i loved the fact that Jim introduced something like this. I mean, this isn’t the kind of thing that you normally see in a Samurai Jack story and Jim is able to leverage that uniqueness very well. Just the whole setup for this Irish-themed story is excellent and it only adds to the overall atmosphere.
And as usual, there are lots of points of humour in the story as Jacqueline and Scotswoman go about their forced mission. It was fun to see how the characters respond to the situations around them and if I’m honest, I’ll say that if we get a full five issues of these two, I wouldn’t bat an eye-lid. I’d just be the first one to run up to the store and buy the floppies. Truly. I mean, I just love what Jim Zub has done in this arc and he ends it on a great high.
Brittney’s angular artwork, and her depiction of Jacqueline and Scotswoman fighting together is what really won me over to this comic. Seeing the traditionally male heroes as female heroes is very cathartic and refreshing enough that I honestly want more, as I said above. And Josh Burcham’s colours shine through in every scene. If Andy and Josh were a rock-solid team, then Brittney and Josh are even better. I mean, I take one look at the artwork here and I have a mind to get some huge poster prints made out of it.
Without a doubt, another awesome issue here.
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