Shinsuke Takahashi

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Shinsuke Takahashi, by Illya King.
Shinsuke Takahashi, by Illya King.

Shinsuke Takahashi is a ninja for hire. Ninjas in comics assassins which are fighting fodder for heroes. Takahashi doesn’t kill people. He does steal, commit espionage, and industrial sabotage for a price. Since he was a kid, Takahashi invested all his time to learn Martial Arts from McDojos. His real name is William Alarcon and he is NOT of Japanese descent. Takahashi (or Alarcon) grew up watching Anime and is a Japanophile. Shinsuke adopted Japanese culture and mannerisms, much to the chagrin of his friend and partner Robert Wheeler. Wheeler is a second generation Japanese American.

Due to an unfortunate mistake, Takahashi has ‘Rainbow’ tattooed on both his arms. Combine with his many uniforms, he has earned the moniker “The Rainbow Ninja.” Unlike stereotypical ninjas, Shinsuke outfits match his locations- He blends into his environment. But, Takahashi has a bad habit of buying gimmicky tools. For example, Takahashi would buy “ninja claws” which have no real-world applications. In his personal life, the ninja wears anime-inspired outfits. He is flamboyant about his love of Anime. The story takes place in the Rose City, but he has no interaction with other comic characters.

Shinsuke Takahashi is the first comic published through Mythos Imprint. It is a one-shot comic with no current plans to expand on the character. It was written and illustrated by Illya King. Colors are by William Rail. The comic is available at the Mythos Imprint store and Comixology.

Cover to Shinsuke Takahashi #1