Ups, don't believe what they say on the internets.
Another version, with partly inspired partly custom ninja font:
IMHO looks better still, but perhaps could be better? How? I looked at it so much, I don't see anything objectively anymore. Perhaps change composition, more elements like shuriken/katana, less stuff, lighting, different contrast or brightness, richer texture, do something with the footprints, less flashy efects or on contrary etc.
I'm asking just for completness, other than that I think logo is good enough and moving to other areas.
Wow guys, thanks for all the feedback you gave! Doodles
Thanks to your ideas, I created this:
Which IMHO looks much better then the first ones. I didn't go with the custom "fonts" yet, first wanted to nail the colors, but I think I'll do sth with ninja font only, zombie for me looks good enough. Also, I will make the blood splash more realistic by using smaller droplets and more color variations, currently I have resolution dependence due to outline filter.
I'm waiting for your comments
PS lesson learned: disable Flux while designing, only now I see how washed away it was.