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Awesome Marcus Ninja By Joel Buxton and Shane Heron (Season 5 onward) Ian McKendry (Season 1-4)

World's greatest hero or deluded ego-maniac? Join Marcus as he struggles to apply his rigid morals in an often shades-of-grey world.
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Barry Corbett's Review of Awesome Marcus Ninja
Marcus Ninja.. a man, a sword, and a pig?

I stumbled across this comic recently and found myself laughing out loud. It’s a real gem. Marcus Ninja is one of the more unique characters out there... and he’s out there, all right.  Trained as a Ninja, with a Ninja’s sensibilities, he makes his way in the world totally oblivious to the conventions of society. This conflict is what makes the strip funny. There is no scenario that Marcus cannot encounter without injecting some wry commentary and finishing with a roundhouse kick.

 

He adopts a pig named Ronin because he thought it was a dog... and refuses to accept the error in spite of all evidence to the contrary.  This one event speaks volumes about Marcus.  Public opinion cannot sway him. He stubbornly sticks to his original assessment, no matter the cost. 

 

The comic is beautifully illustrated, with brilliant panel designs and lots of creative camera angles.  Buxton and Heron know when to rely on dialogue and when to back off, letting the image convey the message.

 

However, it’s the dialogue that makes this a winner.  Fast paced and witty, it will have you chuckling at your computer.  For example, at one point, Marcus is assigned to infiltrate the Molemen of Toronto. We get a look inside their headquarters, where we find them playing cards and moaning about their shrewish wives. (In fact, the only reason they formed this gang was to get out of the house).  In another sequence, a sleep deprived Marcus begins seeing a tiny cowboy on his shoulder.  The cowboy dispenses lots of folksy advice, which of course Marcus follows blindly... with the inevitable comedic results. 

 

Do yourself a favor and bookmark this strip, It updates every Monday.  A good laugh is the best way to start your week.

 

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