Christopher Hastings, Kent Archer, Anthony Clark
Updates semi-regularly (I have no idea on the gaps between books)
There’s quite a few things I like. Pirates, ninjas, zombies, Nathan Fillion, video games, WoW, Felicia Day, and so on. There’s really not a lot you can do to get things wrong with the first four, which is why I was interested in The Adventures of Dr. McNinja.
First, backstory. Dr. McNinja, M.D., is a man who was raised in a home of ninjas and went off to medical school, much to the dismay of his parents. Now he works in a clinic in the middle of the woods, taking patients of every kind. A ninja in a lab coat.
I suppose I should get the art style out of the way. Yes, it’s mostly in black and white. No, it’s not a problem. Actually, I am rather fond of it, some of the styling is rather clever. For example, turning out the lights and only showing the coat, floating in the air. That’s cool.
Apparently ninjas are widespread in wherever the hell they are. However, so are pirates, dinosaurs, and Benjamin Franklin, so I can’t really say much for reality in that sense.
The comic is organized into several arcs, each their separate storyline.
Frankly, there’s really not a lot to say about Dr. McNinja. It has the violence level of a Taratino flick, humor better than anything you could possibly find on the Comedy Channel, and just balls-to-the-walls awesomeness. With humor that parodies almost every genre, as well as the comic book style itself, I can definitely say that I really harbor no ill will towards this comic. But as I said before, you just can’t screw up ninjas.
Example: You know that joke where “Ninjas can’t catch you if you’re on fire”? Don’t lie, you have. Yeah, he invented it.
Well, a caveat. The humor sometimes gets stale. Especially in the “wrap ups” at the end of the books, where everyone has to pat each other on the back and give three cheers for being ninjas. Well, and the art sometimes sucks, but that’s just nitpicking.
What can I say, I’m a man that loves his ninjas. It’s refreshing to see ninja stories that doesn’t involve headbands or loudly announcing your intentions before attacking. Admittedly, I have only gone through a few “books” in the archive, I’ve been so busy that it’s seriously cut into my reading time. Thus, I can’t really attest to how it is now. However, I can extrapolate the few I’ve seen and give this comic two enthusiastic thumbs up.
Ok, now that the review for Dr.McNinja is over, let’s rant about shitty ninjas! That’s right, you Naruto-watching, headband-wearing, かわいい- saying nutjobs, this one’s for you. A ninja is a person who uses stealth and ambushes to attack. Tween-agers with magic powers who stand in the middle of fields and shout for eighteen seconds before doing anything is not. a. ninja.
I think that I have the same beef with Naruto that I have with Twilight. It’s a crap, but the biggest problem is that it’s popular crap. I know people who are in college and still watch what is essentially a kids show. Or the people who wear the headbands in everyday life. It’s not cool, it’s weird. Face the facts: stories that revolve around the “power of friendship” in a non-satire way are never any good. I’m serious, name one. Some may say that the manga is different, more “adult” and violent, compared to the anime, but let’s face it. The story is still essentially the same, and it’s still essentially crap. Just because the tweenagers die every once and a while, that doesn’t mean it’s “dark” or “adult”.
In short: Naruto is stupid, and if you are old enough to drive then you should have dropped that like it was the SUN. If you own a headband, break it over your knee and throw it away. Or, even better, give it to your kid nephew. I bet he’d like it, in between all those Transformers marathons.