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Lego Ninjago #7: Stone Cold Review 

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Content:  ★★½☆☆
Graphics :  ★★★★½
AFOL Appeal:  ★★★☆☆
Value for Money:  ★★★★★
Overall:  ★★★☆☆

I have been sent the latest  issue of the very popular Ninjago Graphic Novel series by Papercutz, it was released at the backend of May and is the 7th novel in the best selling series. As the cartoon series has finished and the final wave of toys in store (technically there is a new wave in 2014). The graphic novels are the only place to get your Ninjago fix.

This is the 7th novel in the series and the 8th one is called Destiny of Doom and is due out in October. It will be interesting to see if the new book gives us any idea of the 2014 way. No doubt I will have a copy to review.

Here is the official blurb about the new graphic novel

n “Stone Cold,” the latest chapter of the New York Times best-selling graphic novel series from Papercutz, Sensei Wu tells his young charges about a dark time long ago when he had to fight the forces of badness all by himself after an ancient prison was destroyed by mysterious forces. It’s a battle royale for the ages as Ninjago’s greatest warrior takes on each of the world’s worst menaces one-by-one in a timeless, action-packed tale of teamwork and friendship.

Book Info

  • Title: Lego Ninjago #7: Stone Cold
  • Year Release: 28 May 2013
  • Paperback: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Papercutz
  • Authors: Greg Farshtey (Author), Jolyon Yates (Illustrator)
  • UK Price: £4.48
  • ISBN: 1597074101
  • Availability: General Retail

Cover & Content

The cover really sells you the novel, the 4 main characters on a black background is simple yet effective, The back has Sensei wu and a description of the graphic novel plus all the usual details as well. As this is a graphic novel it won’t be for everyone’s liking I have never been a big graphic novel fan, preferring to read novels where my mind creates images of how I see characters based on their descriptions. However having been lucky enough to have read the previous 6 novels in this series I have found myself enjoying them.

The inside cover has all the previous titles plus a look at the cover of issue #8, we then once again meet the 4 main characters and then we get a map of the world of Ninjago and by page 9 the novel starts. The novel is 60 pages long plus we get treated to a sneak peak of issue #8 at the end of the novel.

**Spoiler Warning **

Ignore the next few paragraphs if you don’t want to know what happens! The novel starts off with 4 ninjas getting asses kicked by the new Stone warriors and head back to Sensei Wu feeling sorry for themselves and he tells them their was another reason why he recruited them and this is when a flash back happens. The story then tells about all his greatest foes such as the time ninja and how he goes around defeating them (some of these would make cool minifigs).  The story will appeal to fans of the theme but these bad guys are pretty tough but as the comic continues you know there will be only one winner at every battle which is to be expected.

We find out who the main person is behind it and why and the novel ends with the 4 ninjas asking what if they were to re-appear.

Graphics & Comic Strip

One thing I can’t fault is the drawings the comic strip stays true to the real versions of all the characters and I like the ones they create for the comics as I said they would make really great minifigures. The comic strip is well laid out and easy enough to follow. I really enjoy the full page battle scenes they really suck you into the story. The team world really well Greg Farshtey creates the story and then Jolyon Yates illustrates it in fantastic detail

While certain parts made me think why does he need the 4 ninjas if he is this good it was still a decent enough story and better than Kingdom of Snakes.

Overall Opinion

Overall the comic is something you can read from start to finish in less than 30 minutes. While good it does not have lasting appeal but for the Ninjago target age range I would 100% recommend it. I really like these stand alone adventures and if I was a 10 year old boy I would want to act out these stories with my Ninjago collection. My major fault is they made Senei Wu out to be unbeatable as he defeated everyone of his enemies but yet he still required help at the end, which kinda made the whole story a little questionable.

Does it appeal to AFOL’s well probably not, if you a fan of the theme then I reckon you start with issue #1 if you have the others then get this as no doubt you enjoyed the other titles as well. if you are in the US it will cost you $6.99 and in the UK it will cost you £4.45 so these are not going to break the bank and it is something different for your collection.

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About the author: Richard

The name is Richard Hayes and I’m a 32 year old from North Sheffield and founder of Brick Fanatics, I’ve been a LEGO fan since my youth but I did have a number of dark years but since coming out of my dark age I have become very active on the LEGO scene. I am also the LEGO Ambassador for the website. I am not your typical AFOL as I am picky about what sets I buy plus I prefer to build and design my own stuff. In past I have been a LUG Showcase coordinator and also one of the founders of the Brickshire LUG.