Constantly defeated by Samurai Jack‘s prowess in battle, Aku decides to change tactics and attack the samurai’s mind in the latest issue of the IDW series. Taking various forms and disrupting Jack’s childhood memories, at first Aku wins several small victories, but the master of shape shifting darkness soon finds out just how mentally strong his adversary is as well.
The story from writer Jim Zub focuses on the mental strength of the time-displaced hero offering several moments of levity once Samurai Jack’s unconscious begins fighting back against Aku’s attempts to destroy the samurai’s mind.
Although I think Andy Kuhn’s art is a little rough in spots, the adventure does offer the artist a chance to draw Aku in several different shapes and sizes and give us variations of younger Jacks. The result is a fun storyline that underscores the fact that Jack’s ability in battle and magical sword are far from the samurai’s only weapons against the evil that is Aku. Worth a look.