Updated on 16 October, 2021
From the hit animated feature film "The Warrior Nun" comes a fresh new look at what is possibly the most classic comic book hero. Ashcan is introduced as a young warrior nun who is assigned to protect the monastery she works for from vampires. Unfortunately, the Scooby-gang gets caught up in some bad personalty. In this first appearance of Ashcan, we get to see her early days just after her marriage to Ben Dunn.
This first appearance of Ashcan is a little different than most comic book Superheroes. For one, she has absolutely no powers, but is still a valuable part of the team. She is loyal to Peter Parker (acted by Jackie Earle Haley) and becomes the most trusted of all the female Ninjas. In a way, she acts as a surrogate for Spider-Man, since she is the only female member of the team who doesn't have any web shooter abilities.
The premise of the comic is quite interesting. The story is told through the point-of-view of Ashcan. This means we get to see how she came to be part of the Special Forces. What I find interesting, is that in the first scene we see her in her black silk outfit. Later in the issue we get to see her in her more modern ninja gear. I think it's an interesting choice since the ninja suit doesn't really go well with the black silk outfit.
The artwork is done by Todd Lowe. It is a good look and perfectly captures the character of Ashcan. There are a few minor mistakes, but nothing too major. The facial expressions are excellent and the way they draw your eye to certain parts of the panel really works.
The story is told through the point-of-view of Peter Parker, who is presumed dead. When his father finds out that he survived the explosion that killed his parents, he tells his girlfriend April about what happened. He then goes on to tell her he has feelings for her and they begin to date. Things start to go wrong when she discovers he was framed by someone else and ends up in a martial arts class with a blond terrorist named Stick.
It turns out that the terrorist has planted a bomb inside of Peter's school, which he plans to blow up. The scene opens up as Spider-Man goes after Stick, only to be blown away. He runs into the classroom, where he sees April and tries to convince her to trust him. She does however, and gives up her money to buy a ticket out of town.
A short while later we see that Stick has planted a bomb in the school, which will explode when a certain code is triggered. We then see April trying to save the students in the school, while Stick sneaks up on her. He manages to get one of the guards and throws him through a window. Everyone rushes to safety, while Spider-Man tries to stop Stick from blowing up the school building.
The story ends with Stick dying at the end, while April watches in horror. This is a dark ending to a fantastic comic book. I recommend anyone who likes this type of superhero action series to pick it up, it may not be for everyone, but it has some great qualities that make it worth the read.
The characters are very well drawn, and have realistic complex personalities. The art is colored in a way that is appealing to the reader, while still maintaining a darker tone. The writing style is very descriptive, and not over powering, as many other comic book writers tend to be.
I have read other comics that have taken the character down an more comedic angle, but I didn't like those. This one kept it serious, and kept it entertaining. There were explosions, and other crazy things in this book, which kept it from being boring. The story was exciting, and kept you hooked from start to finish. And finally, the last thing I will say about this comic book, is that it has an excellent villain, who I believe is more like a super villain than a hero. His motives were not only sinister, but he had a plan to cause destruction in a city.
If you enjoy this type of comic book, you should pick up The Warrior Nun comic book. It's a great story, and extremely enjoyable. I highly recommend it. You can buy it online through Amazon, or you can get a copy at your local comic store. Just make sure you read the reviews before purchasing it.