Original Release Date: August 28, 2012
It probably seems silly, but this is one of the pages of Mike and the Ninja that gives me goosebumps. I feel weird saying that because it sounds like I'm giving myself a self-gratifying pat on the back, but it really does. I'm the kind of guy who likes to see peaceful resolution to long-standing grudges, especially resolutions I've wanted to see for a long time, and there's a lot of that happening here. We see an army of ninja delivered by semi (the way it should be, and the way it was done in the past), a handshake between a ninja and a trucker, and after that, the focus changes to Stu's amazement at Evil Bad Guy Ninja's sudden change of heart (with a delightful Rocky IV reference thrown in for good measure). The reason this gives me goosbumps is because, in life, I'll see two people, or two nations, or two pro wrestlers at odds for a long time, and wonder what they could accomplish if they just got along. All of a sudden, circumstances arise that bring them unexpectedly together. It's a really exciting moment, and this page still gets me in that way.