One Punch Reviews #45: Ninjasaur
In elementary school, we learned that the stegosaurus had two brains. One peanut-sized brain in its head … and one in its butt. This little piece of trivia may be the thing that keeps the stegosaurus from joining ranks of the dinosaur elites like Tyrannosaurus Rex, velociraptor, and the enchantingly named sauroposeidon. It doesn’t matter if the stegosaurus has spiky tail and that ridge of pentagon-shaped plates that paleontologists can’t seem to determine if they’re for armor or for prehistoric sunbathing. That whole brain in the butt thing is a hard thing to live down.
But what if a stegosaurus were equipped with a spiky tail, the double-row of backplates … and a ninja sword? Yeah, who’s the butt brain now? This fantastical scenario is explored in Jason Horn’s webcomic, Ninjasaur.
You may be surprised to find out that Ninjasaur, our title hero, is a dinosaur who is also a ninja (and not the other way around). As described by Mr. Horn, Ninjasaur lives in “a world where everything exists at once.”
What does this mean for the viewers playing along at home? It means that moment Ninjasaur could be fighting an alien from outer space or Napoleon Bonaparte or a skeletal supervillain with a time machine gun; the next he could be chilling to some David Lynch movie or watching informercials. Ninjasaur generally acts like a big kid in a ninja outfit, acting all tough and flipping over things and laughing at danger.
There’s an air of innocence about Ninjasaur. Perhaps it’s because the comic’s target audience. While silly and random to us adults, Ninjasaur lives in a “smash the action figures together” world that makes all the sense in the world to kids. This makes Ninjasaur a very light and breezy webcomic. It’s not without its faults, though. Few of the storylines feel like they have any actual resolutions, which can be a little frustrating. Attempts at establishing a Ninjasaur mythos seem out of place in its generally consequence-free universe. There’s also the sporadic update schedule, which can be as little as one strip a month.
Despite all that, I can’t help but find Ninjasaur charming. There’s a very good chance that I sorta like the character because, when I was but a little luchador, I used make up stories about a Triceratops who was also a superhero named The Masked Dino. Ninjasaur follows the same absurd storytelling that you see in Dr. McNinja and Axe Cop … only it feels even less complicated and freer of irony, which is reflected in Mr. Horn’s simple and streamlined artwork. While I felt a little defensive at first from the “ninja plus dinosaur” premise, I thought that Ninjasaur was just silly enough to be cute without being overbearing.
Rating: 3 stars (out of 5).
P.S. Jason Horn, by the way, seems like an all around solid guy. Check out this Robot 6 piece about the time he spent in Guatemala drawing superheroes for underprivileged children.
Posted on May 19, 2011, in 3 Stars, action webcomic, adventure webcomic, all ages webcomic, comedy webcomic, funny animal webcomic, One Punch Reviews, The Webcomic Overlook, webcomics. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.