Reviews: The Adventuresof Dr Mcninja

Weird Weird Weird

The Adventures of Dr. Mc Ninja is about a doctor who is also a ninja who fights crime with a twelve year old bandito who rides a velociraptor. They do battle with a mafia lead by a dirt bike riding super-king, and regularly fight giant monsters, regular sized monsters, and people who've turned into Paul Bunyan.

But you know what the weirdest part is?

It's well written.

Seriously, this comic somehow makes all this absurdity make sense within the context of the world (this crazy, crazy world). When new elements are introduced, like time traveling space dinosaurs, after you finish laughing you go, "oh that makes sense." It takes crazy amounts of talent to make something as silly as Count Dracula owning a moon base make logical sense.

Read it.

You would like Doctor McNinja if you like the following (spoilers)

  • Ninjas
  • Doctors
  • Ninjas who are Doctors
  • Doctors who are Ninjas
  • Gorilla receptionist
  • Paul Bunyan's Disease
  • Organic Jetpacks
  • Velociraptor riding banditos
  • Robotic bears
  • The clone of Benjamin Franklin
  • Pizza
  • Horses that stalk people
  • The zombie of Benjamin Franklin
  • Spurting poison from your eyes like a toad
  • Chainsaw nun-chucks
  • Fart Burgers
  • Unicorn motorbikes
  • Ghost wizards with clown fetishes
  • Pirates with peg faces
  • Tennis related doomsday devices
  • Dolphins with guns
  • Surfing the robot Dracula through the cosmos
  • Mayors who install Zombie Defence systems
  • Monsters who own supermarkets
  • The Cumberland mafia
  • Weathermen
  • Purgatory
  • Death in a swimsuit
  • King Radical
  • Evil Ronald Mc Donald (so... normal Ronald Mc Donald)
  • Wise hallucination turkeys
  • Submarines
  • Aztecs
  • Punching snakes in the face
  • Astronauts
  • Curing Death
  • Parents that try and kill you
  • Flesh wounds
  • Crazy balloonist
  • A midget riding a grizzly bear
  • One-sided blood feuds
  • Technomages
  • The zombie of Benjamin Franklin dancing to "Thriller"
  • Neck beards
  • Headless Horsemen
  • Not actually knowing batman but claiming to
  • Learn facts like "Ninjas can't catch you if youíre on fire"
  • Pickled beets and precisely aimed demolitions
  • The reality behind the Red Cross
  • Alt tags
  • Hank's luxurious hair
  • Vomiting maple syrup
  • Ninja vaccines
  • Growing moustaches through willpower
  • Catching babies
  • Vampiric moon bases
  • Explosive soda machines
  • Tricksty lobster men

Very easy to get caught in the mess

When I first started reading Dr. McNinja, it was more or less the usual thing you get when you start a new series. You get your bearings, figure out who's who, which of the characters are most important, etc. Once Judy showed up, I knew that I was in for a wild ride. And as the series progressed and one thing led to another, I was actually pretty impressed with the complete attention to continuity and linear storytelling. The story is wonderful and really roped me in, that mega-arc that started first with the ninjas, then with Frans Reyner, then with the zombie ninjas, then astronauts, then Ben Franklin in Purgatory, then Headless Horsemen, then Dracula's moonbase, until finally the story arc ended with Dr. McNinja Astronaut riding Robot Dracula from the Moonbase after Ben Franklin died for the final time and successfully eliminating all zombie ninja threats. And that's not even scratching the surface of KNIFE-EYE ATTACK and Robot Animal Fighting.

Then a whole new linear story arc shows up, with Sparklelord the unicorn-motorcycle, King Radical and Dr.McNinja basically switching sides from the good-guy-bad-guy aesthetic, and then you get the promise of more present-tense action and promises of an awesome story. And you do get an awesome story—one that CALLS BACK ON THE ORIGINAL STORY ARC. With clones and Sky Pirates.

Honestly, the continuity here in Dr. McNinja is awesome, and no matter which on the scale of Awesomeness Vs Lameness the nonsense can get (Most Awesome: Dr McNinja Astronaut riding Robot Dracula Who Can Shoot Laser Beams from the Moon to the Earth and then giving Ben Franklin's Ghost a new pizza-head. Most Lame: Robster the Lobster Person), its still got the power to rope you in as much as any Myth Arc can, maybe even more. You enter the world of Dr. McNinja, and you have so much fun you're tempted to whine 'but MoOoOoOoOOoom!' when you inevitably have to leave the computer screen to attend to the boredom of real life, where there are no Raptor Riding Banditos or Zombie Ninja Children to be found. :(

Let's read D.A.R.E again :)

Refuge in Audacity Indeed.

This comic runs on pure Crazy Awesome, and it works out amazingly. From Raptor Riding Banditos to Dracula's moonbase, Doctor Mc Ninja delivers a healthy dosage of asskicking with style. And Chainsaw Nunchucks.