Comic Review


NajaTitle: Naja
Author: Bengal, Jean-David Morvan
Publisher: Lion Forge Comics
First Published: August 12, 2014
Pages: 256
Genres: Crime, Science Fiction
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Rating: ★½


Naja is the perfect killer - because she feels nothing. Literally. Her body registers no pain, nor does her heart, coldly executing jobs given to her by her mysterious boss, known only as "Zero." When another killer in Zero's organization targets Naja for elimination, she has no choice but to fall off the grid and seek answers, as bloody as they might be.

My Review:

What a shame. The comic had an interesting concept and started off pretty well but in the end, ended up really lacking. Naja is a badass but she has almost no personality. She was the stereotypical ruthless femme fatale and not much more than that. The other assassins from Zero’s organization were interesting and the fights were memorable. I just wish I could have cared more about Naja. The plot drags for the first few volumes and I had wished for a little more from the story. I ended up regretting that wish.I became an assassin, not a sadist.

The more that was revealed, the more it just seemed like torture porn. The sad part is, even after some traumatic experiences from Naja’s past were revealed, I didn’t find myself feeling much more for her character. The comic crashed and burned spectacularly with the final volume which honestly left me feeling rather angry and disgusted. It seemed to me that the story was almost like a twisted retelling of Romeo and Juliet, tragic star-crossed lovers with a sprinkling of incest. It was disturbing in the worst way possible and I honestly wish I hadn’t finished the series off.

On the bright side, the art style is modern and edgy and very easily one of the best aspects of the comic. The action sequences are fast and bloody and were fun to read. Overall I can’t recommend this one given the weak story, but Bengal’s art is definitely something to admire.

Trigger Warning: Violence, Abuse, Sexually Explicit Content, Incest

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