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Review: Book Of Death: The Fall Of Ninjak #1

BOD-NINJAK_001_COVER-A_KANOSo let it be written, so let it be done…

In the ruins of his mansion, Colin King hunkers down as the last living member of Unity after the Third Armor Hunt – or so he thinks. A visit from an old friend and a peace offering present the chance for Ninjak to break the cycle of death and escape the horrible fate foretold in the Book of the Geomancer. Will he betray his dead friends or will The Fall Of Ninjak come to pass?

Valiant’s Book Of Death has become one of the best event story lines from any publisher this summer, and it’s definitely my favourite, but is this tie-in standalone worth reading?

Well first of all, Book Of Death: The Fall Of Ninjak is not required reading in terms of understanding the over arching story of the event that it ties into; you can easily skip this comic and you won’t harm your enjoyment of the main Book Of Death series. If you do that, however, you’ll miss out on a tie-in comic that has a deeper reach than just the main Book Of Death story line that it will be primarily associated with. There are hints in this comic that may answer some questions from other series that readers may have, but then again maybe that’s just me.

In terms of the characterization within this comic, Matt Kindt gives us a look at a much more experienced, and a much more mature, Ninjak in this comic. This older version of Ninjak may be unfamiliar to those used to the character in his usual setting, but you can still feel echoes of that younger man in this issue. That is to say that the character presented here really feels as if he’s had sigificant life experience, and has grown a lot from the younger incarnation in the comics.; although the older Ninjak may be unfamiliar, Matt Kindt has given us a story that undoubtedly stars everybody’s favourite purple clad ninja (from the Valiant Universe).

The three artists on this book, penciler Trevor Hairsine, inker Ryan Wynn and colourist Allen Passalaqua, work together in such a way that the art work feels incredibly in sync.  Ryan Wynn‘s inks never swallow Trevor Hairsine‘s original pencil work; indeed for the first few pages I was wondering whether the pencils and inks were done by the same person. Allen Passalaqua gives us some truly fantastic final pages, really bringing the scenes to life, giving a soft beauty to the final moments in the Book Of Death: The Fall Of Ninjak.

You don’t need to read this comic book in order to follow along with the main Book Of Death story arc, but by skipping this comic you’ll miss out on a great standalone story that takes place far into Ninjak‘s future.

And you wouldn’t want to do that, would you?

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Wynn, Allen Passalaqua
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recomendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Review: Ninjak #6

NINJAK_006_COVER-A_SUAYANWho are the Shadow Seven? That’s the question Ninjak was sent to answer when he was dispatched to destroy terrorist organization Weaponeer from the inside out. As the mysterious new enemies make their move, he’s on a globe-spanning race against time to stop their machinations. Plus: discover how Colin King and Neville Alcott first met – and the deadly secret Neville has kept from Colin as Ninjak: The Lost Files continue…

The sixth issue of the ongoing monthly Ninjak series begins a new arc, The Shadow Wars, for the main story in this comic, making it as good a jumping on point as any now that the series is underway. This is the second Ninjak comic on sale this week that’s also written by Matt Kindt, the other Book Of Death: The Fall Of Ninjak being a tie in to Valiant’s event series Book Of Death, and I quite enjoyed the that book, so does Ninjak #6 hold up to that one?

Almost.

That’s certainly not to say anything negative about Ninjak #6 at all, indeed this is still a very entertaining comic, and the monthly series is certainly worth reading, but it’s just not the best Ninjak comic this week.

For those unfamiliar with the character, picture James Bond, and now imagine that he’s a ninja who continues to work for the MI-6. If you’re a fan of the Bond movies and ninjas (and, frankly, who doesn’t like ninjas?), and you also read comics, then why aren’t you at least curious about this series?

As is often the case when a new arc begins, some measure of familiarity with the previous arc may be helpful to the reader, but it’s not overly necessary; the recap page gives you enough back ground so that you’re not lost (imagine that – a recap page recapping previous events). The main story The Shadow Wars is pretty good, not great, although it is only the opening chapter of the new arc and there is still plenty of time for the story to come into it’s own. There’s also plenty of things to love about this issue, with Matt Kindt focusing more on the leg work of the spying business than the all out action that Ninjak is capable of, and it works very well. There’s still action, but this first chapter of The Shadow Wars focuses less on that than the later chapters probably will.

That’s not a bad thing.

The back up story, The Lost Files, is also quite good, and is the perfect length for a back up tale. Although the eight page story probably isn’t enough to justify you buying the comic just for that, it’s an excellent companion piece to the main story arc; and while I actually preferred the art style to the back up story over the main story, your mileage may vary.

Overall, this is a solid issue. It’s not a great jumping on point for the series, but it is a very good one, and if you’re at all curious about Valiant‘s purple clad ninja, then this is a decent place to start reading the monthly series.

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Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Raol Allen with Patricia Martin
The Lost Files
Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Stephen Sergovia
Ninjak #6 Overall
Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Book of Death: Legends of the Geomancer #3 (of 4)

BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER #3 (of 4)

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art & Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (JUN151596)

Before BOOK OF DEATH…the coming of humanity’s first Geomancer continues!

Buried deep in a time long forgotten, the hero called Anni becomes history’s first observer – and warrior – for the Earth. But what happens when the Earth just wants humanity dead? Fred Van Lente (IVAR, TIMEWALKER) and Juan José Ryp (NINJAK) finally tell the violent, untold story of the world’s first Geomancer!

INCENTIVE | 24 pgs. | T+ | On sale SEPTEMBER 23 (FOC – 8/31/15)

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Preview: Dead Drop #4 (of 4)

DEAD DROP #4 (of 4)

Written by ALES KOT
Art by ADAM GORHAM
Cover by RAUL ALLEN (JUN151626)
$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | ON SALE AUGUST 26

Detective Cejudo pieces everything together. The long con materializes. And she might not have a way to stop it.

This was always a game within a game, since the beginning, and the person at the core of it manipulated us all along. Now, with the con revealed, the team must face the truth.

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Preview: Book of Death: The Fall of Ninjak #1

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF NINJAK #1

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by KANO (JUN151597)
Cover B by CLAY MANN (JUN151598)
Variant Cover by ROBERT GILL (JUN151599)
Variant Cover by DAS PASTORAS (JUN151600)
$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | ON SALE AUGUST 26

So let it be written, so let it be done…

In the ruins of his mansion, Colin King hunkers down as the last living member of Unity after the Third Armor Hunt – or so he thinks. A visit from an old friend and a peace offering present the chance for Ninjak to break the cycle of death and escape the horrible fate foretold in the Book of the Geomancer. Will he betray his dead friends or will THE FALL OF NINJAK come to pass and give rise to a very familiar future…

The superstar team that brought you DIVINITY – New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine – reunite to reveal an essential new chapter of BOOK OF DEATH, ripped from the future of the Valiant Universe!

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Preview: Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger #1

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF HARBINGER #1

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KANO
Cover A by RAUL ALLEN (JUL151661)
Cover B by FRANCIS PORTELA (JUL151662)
Variant Cover by RYAN LEE (JUL151663)
Variant Cover by ROBERT GILL (JUL151664)

A showdown. An apocalypse. An ending.

Many years from today, Peter Stanchek, the Renegades, the Harbinger Foundation, the Bleeding Monk, and Toyo Harada’s Imperium all reach their terminus, as the entire planet becomes the battlefield for the most devastating psionic combat humanity has ever seen. The Great Destroyer, long prophesied and foreseen, comes to Earth at last. Who will survive…and what will be left of them?

New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (IMPERIUM, HARBINGER) and blockbuster artist Kano (THE DELINQUENTS) journey to the far end of the Geomancer’s BOOK OF DEATH to reveal the final, unavoidable end for two of the Valiant Universe’s most powerful foes.

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale SEPTEMBER 30 (FOC – 9/7/15)

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Valiant Entertainment in November 2015

WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #1

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover A (Wraparound) by DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover B by RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover C by CARY NORD
Cover D by MARCOS MARTIN
Emblem Variant Cover by PERE PÉREZ
Artist Variant by LEWIS LAROSA
B&W Sketch Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE
Blank Cover also available

For five millennia, the Eternal Warrior has shaped history at the end of his sword. He’s razed empires, toppled civilizations, and broken armies as an immortal soldier in service to the Earth.

But now, the Eternal Warrior has been torn from the world he once protected and finds himself stranded in a hostile alien landscape unlike any he’s faced before. Separated from his earthly environs, can history’s deadliest soldier survive a realm far older, far deadlier, and fare more ruinous than anything he’s ever encountered? Beyond Earth lies eternity…

This November, New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH, X-O MANOWAR) and visionary artist Raúl Allén (NINJAK, Hawkeye) forge a new legend for Valiant’s master of war with an all-new ongoing series in…WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #1!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 18

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BLOODSHOT REBORN #8

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by BUTCH GUICE
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN
Cover B by DAVE JOHNSON
Cover C by GLENN FABRY
Variant Cover by ROBERT GILL
Variant Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA

The secrets behind Project Bloodshot are finally revealed!

Festival and Hoyt fall deep down the rabbit hole and discover a much bigger conspiracy than they ever imagined. Meanwhile, Bloodshot must race to stop the nanites from claiming another victim – this time, someone with close, personal ties to Ray Garrison…

“THE HUNT” continues here as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Extraordinary X-Men, Descender) and legendary artist Butch Guice (Captain America) bring Bloodshot to the precipice of a devastating new revelation!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 18

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NINJAK #9

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAY MANN and JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN
Cover B by DAVE JOHNSON
Cover C by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT
Variant Cover by MITCH GERADS

A duel to the death with The Shadow Seven!

As Ninjak goes head-to-head with Fakir of the Shadow Seven, devastating secrets of his past stand revealed that will change his life forever! Plus: Roku makes her move… and an atom bomb goes missing. Yeah, that’s right, an atom bomb is MISSING. The world’s gone to hell…and only Ninjak can save it…that is if he lives long enough!

Pulse-pounding artist Clay Mann (X-Men) returns to join Juan José Ryp (Clone) and New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (RAI, DIVINITY) to bring “THE SHADOW WARS” to its conclusion!

$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 4

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X-O MANOWAR #42

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover A by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover B by STEVE LIEBER
Variant Cover by AL BARRIONUEVO

“EXODUS”…excised!

As the Vine make a desperate, final stand against G.A.T.E. for a rightful home, only Aric of Dacia can bring peace. But X-O Manowar’s fed up with being manipulated… and makes a decision that will change Earth forever. New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH) and red-hot artist Rafa Sandoval (X-Men: Legacy) bring you the heartbreaking finale of “EXODUS”!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 25

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IMPERIUM #10

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CAFU
Cover A by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover B by BILQUIS EVELY
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE

“THE VINE IMPERATIVE” boils over!

The world is suspended within balances of power. Tense and delicate terms of peace, crisscrossing and humming just below the surface. The Vine plantings, undercover alien spies of a galaxy-spanning race, hold positions of influence all over the planet. Toyo Harada, Earth’s most unstoppable psiot, amassed a bedrock of power through his corporate, political, and super-powered maneuverings. A tenuous détente has long held between the slumbering giants, each with the world held loosely in their grip. Until now.

As Harada presses his gambit to wage war for utopia, the agents of the Vine who have watched him for decades move to keep the megalomaniac in check. And if Harada wants to save the world…he’ll have to get rid of the competition. Cold war turns red hot as New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER) and Valiant superstar CAFU (UNITY) unfold another chapter of IMPERIUM, the comic that Herotaku calls “an entertaining, compelling read month after month”!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 11

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UNITY #24

Written by JAMES ASMUS
Art & Cover by DIEGO BERNARD
Variant Cover by AL BARRIONUEVO

Unity vs. the Armor Hunters…rematch!

GIN-GR, the reformed killer robot who destroyed Mexico City and rampaged through downtown Los Angeles during the Armor Hunters’ attack, has turned on her Unity teammates! As she perpetrates the world’s most unstoppable jailbreak – a head-first, guns-blazing, kamikaze flight straight into the military base that holds her one-time squad – can X-O Manowar, Livewire, Ninjak, and the Eternal Warrior stop the giant engine of destruction…while trapped inside it? And if they survive GIN-GR, all they have to look forward to is the remaining Armor Hunters attacking from all sides!

Multiple Harvey Award nominee James Asmus (QUANTUM AND WOODY) and rising superstar artist Diego Bernard (X-O MANOWAR) rocket UNITY into their most action-packed battle yet!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 11

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IVAR, TIMEWALKER #11

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by PERE PÉREZ
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover B by CAROLINA BONITA SOLER
Variant Cover by TOM FOWLER

Who dares survive the Space-Loop?!

Trapped as the planet Earth whips through history at lightning speed, Ivar and Neela must confront their feelings for one another – and Neela finds herself about to make a fateful decision that may save history forever – but cost her own life! New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and Harvey Award-nominated artist Pere Pérez (UNITY) bring you one step closer to “ENDING HISTORY”!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 25

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ONE DOLLAR DEBUT: THE VALIANT #1

Written by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by PAOLO RIVERA

Re-presenting THE VALIANT #1 (2014)

$1.00 US | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 4

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ONE DOLLAR DEBUT: X-O MANOWAR #1 (NEW PRINTING)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by DAVID AJA

Re-presenting X-O MANOWAR #1 (2012)

$1.00 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 18

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RAI WILL RETURN IN DECEMBER!
12 | “THE ORPHAN” CONCLUDES!
MATT KINDT | CLAYTON CRAIIN

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IMPERIUM VOL. 2: BROKEN ANGELS TPB

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by SCOT EATON
Cover by KANO

Harada’s team of “BROKEN ANGELS” confront…DIVINITY!

The telepathic mastermind. The alien assassin. The mercenary super-soldier. The mad scientist. And the killer robot with a soul. Toyo Harada has collected the monsters that will make his vision of world peace a reality. Now he pursues the most difficult and desirable asset of all – the spaceman with all the powers of a god – the outcast who can rewrite reality with a thought – the man who is no longer a man – the all-powerful being who is simply called Divinity.

From New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER) and veteran artist Scot Eaton (X-Men: Legacy, Battle Scars) Toyo Harada’s mission to shape the future of humanity – by any means necessary – continues right here!

Collecting IMPERIUM #5–8.

$14.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 4
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 | ISBN: 978-1-939346-89-6

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UNITY VOL. 6: THE WAR-MONGER TPB

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by JOSE LUIS with JEFTE PALO
Cover by KANO

Out of the darkest recesses of the 20th century…the WAR-MONGER rises to rage against the combined might of Valiant’s most elite superteam!

For thousands of years, the Eternal Warrior has waged battle; and for thousands of years, one spirit has vexed him…the spirit of warfare itself. Today, Gilad Anni-Padda and his teammates in Unity must reckon with a long – thought-forgotten enemy–unseen since Unit-Y faced it in World War II – now returned to bring destruction and death to the heroes once and for all. Unity may not survive the coming of War-Monger!

From New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY) and red-hot artists Jose Luis and Jefte Palo, the unstoppable War-Monger tears a swath through the ranks of Unity right here in the next volume of the chart-topping series IGN calls “a big superhero book done right.”

Collecting UNITY #19–22.

$14.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 25
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 | ISBN: 978-1-939346-90-2

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ARCHER & ARMSTRONG VOL. 1: THE MICHELANGELO CODE TPB (NEW PRINTING)

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art & Cover by CLAYTON HENRY

It’s history in the breaking! An all-new printing of the sold-out first volume of the series named one of the best comics of the year by Bloody Disgusting, Inside Pulse, and Comic Book Resources!

After years of meditation and training, 18-year-old Obadiah Archer has been dispatched to New York City to carry out the sacred mission of his family’s sect — locate and kill the fun-loving, hard-drinking immortal known as Armstrong! But as this naive teenage assassin stalks his prey, he’ll soon find that both hunter and hunted are just pawns in a centuries-old conspiracy that stretches from the catacombs beneath Wall Street to the heights of the Himalayas. And Archer & Armstrong will have to work together if the future is to stand any chance of surviving the past’s greatest threat!

From the New York Times best-selling creative team of writer Fred Van Lente (IVAR, TIMEWALKER) and Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS), this volume collects ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1-4!

$9.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 4
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-0-9796409-8-8

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X-O MANOWAR VOL. 2: ENTER NINJAK TPB (NEW PRINTING)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by MICO SUAYAN

X-O MANOWAR VS NINJAK! An all-new printing of the sold-out volume from New York Times best-selling author Robert Venditti (The Flash) and acclaimed artists Lee Garbett (Loki: Agent of Asgard) and Stefano Gaudiano (The Walking Dead). 

X-O Manowar has returned to Earth – and now the world’s most lethal intelligence agent has a new target. Hired by members of The Vine hidden deep within MI6, Ninjak has been sent to bring back the Manowar armor at any cost. But what happens when the world’s foremost weapons specialist engages the universe’s most powerful weapon head on? And even if Ninjak can defeat the armor’s defenses, does he stand a chance against the savage warrior that controls it? It’s raw power versus stealth and cunning in this thrilling volume of X-O MANOWAR – and the Valiant Universe will never be the same again.

Start reading here to discover the smash-hit debut of the Valiant Universe’s deadliest master spy before following him to the pages of his ongoing series in NINJAK!

Collecting X-O MANOWAR #5–8.

$14.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 4
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-0-9796409-9-5

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THE VALIANT DELUXE EDITION HC

Written by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by PAOLO RIVERA

From New York Times best-selling writers Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Green Arrow) and Matt Kindt (NINJAK, Mind MGMT), and Eisner award-winning artist Paolo Rivera (Daredevil) comes an epic ten millennia in the making – now in deluxe oversized hardcover format!

The Eternal Warrior has protected the Earth for more than 10,000 years. A master of countless weapons and long forgotten martial arts, he is guided by the Geomancers — those who speak for the Earth. During his long watch, the Eternal Warrior has failed three times. Each time, the Geomancer was killed…and a new dark age for humanity began. Each time, he was unable to stop The Immortal Enemy – a monstrous force of nature. A civilization killer. A horror that appears differently each time it arrives…and whose seemingly only purpose is to bring disorder and darkness to the world. Now, the time has come for The Immortal Enemy to return once more. But, this time, the Eternal Warrior will be ready. This time, he has a force greater than any single warrior. This time, he has…THE VALIANT.

Collecting THE VALIANT #1–4 – the sold-out limited series event nominated Best Continuing or Limited Series by the 2015 Harvey Awards – THE VALIANT DELUXE EDITION HC comes packed with 20+ pages of rarely seen extras including designs, process art, sketches, commentary and more!

$24.99 | 160 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 11
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 | ISBN: 978-1-939346-91-9

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DIVINITY DELUXE EDITION HC

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC

Re-presenting the sold-out sci-fi epic from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (NINJAK, Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis), the critically acclaimed debut of Valiant’s first all-new headlining character gets the deluxe oversized hardcover treatment!

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent a man farther into the cosmos than anyone has gone before or since. Lost in the stars, he encountered something unknown. Something that…changed him.

Long thought lost and erased from the history books, he has suddenly returned, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity -– one who turned the scorched desert into a lush oasis. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. Earth is about to meet a new god. And he’s a communist. How long can it be before the first confrontation between mankind and DIVINITY begins?

Collecting DIVINITY #1–4, along with more than 20 pages of rarely seen art and extras, including designs, process art, sketches, commentary and more!

$24.99 | 160 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 18
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 | ISBN: 978-1-939346-92-6

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Preview: Ninjak #6

NINJAK #6 (NEW ARC! “THE SHADOW WARS” – PART 1)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by RAUL ALLEN with STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (JUN151601)
Cover B by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (JUN151602)
Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON (JUN151603)
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT (JUN151604)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (JUN151605)
$3.99 | 40 pages | T+ | ON SALE AUGUST 26

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “THE SHADOW WARS” START NOW!

WHO ARE THE SHADOW SEVEN? That’s the question Ninjak was sent to answer when he was dispatched to destroy terrorist organization Weaponeer from the inside out. As the mysterious new enemies make their move, he’s on a globe-spanning race against time to stop their machinations. Plus: discover how Colin King and Neville Alcott first met – and the deadly secret Neville has kept from Colin as NINJAK: THE LOST FILES continue…and Matt Kindt, Raul Allen, and Butch Guice begin a pivotal new chapter of the year’s smash-hit new series!

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The Vine Imperative Launches in Imperium #9 – Coming in October!

In 1968…Earth’s most powerful man brokered peace with a secret alien faction. This October…their peace will erupt into war!

Valiant has released an advance preview of Imperium #9 – the FIRST ISSUE of “The Vine Imperative“, an all-new story arc from New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart and red-hot rising star CAFU! Start reading here on October 7th with a perfect new jumping-on point as Toyo Harada’s war to save humanity collides with the only enemy that this planet cannot contain…a sinister network of undercover alien spies!

A deadly chess game between Harada and the alien visitors called the Vine has been unfolding for decades. The Vine plantings, the secret alien agents of a galaxy-spanning race, now hold positions of influence all over the planet. Toyo Harada, Earth’s most powerful psiot, has amassed a bedrock of power through his corporate, political, and super-powered maneuverings. A tense standoff has long held between these two slumbering giants and each was content to bend the world to their will without the other interfering…until now.

Now, openly hunted by the governments of the world, Harada’s campaign of world domination continues from his East African stronghold, the Foundation Zone. Soon, the Vine agents who have watched him for decades will move to keep his machinations in check, and, if Harada wants to rule the world…he’ll have to get rid of the competition first!

Featuring covers by Kano, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Juan José Ryp!

IMPERIUM #9 (NEW ARC! “THE VINE IMPERATIVE” – PART 1)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CAFU
Cover A by KANO (AUG151776)
Cover B by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (AUG151777)
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (AUG151778)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 7 (FOC – 9/14/15)

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Preview: Book of Death #3 (of 4)

BOOK OF DEATH #3 (of 4)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by ROBERT GILL and DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by CARY NORD (JUL151656)
Cover B by CLAYTON CRAIN (JUL151657)
Cover C by STEPHEN SEGOVIA (JUL151658)
Valiant Icons Variant by PERE PEREZ (JUL151659)
Artist Variant by PAOLO RIVERA (JUL151660)

The force behind the fall of the Valiant Universe stands revealed… There is no hope… Only MASTER DARQUE!

The terrible future chronicled in the Book of the Geomancer continues to reveal itself as an unexpected and untold player…Master Darque…emerges to make his bid for control of the Earth’s newest Geomancer! But does the reappearance of history’s most powerful necromancer mean an apocalyptic future has been avoided…or guaranteed? As the heroes of the Valiant Universe fall and nature itself turns on humanity, all that stands between the devastated planet and ultimate evil is the Earth’s undying Fist and Steel himself…Gilad Anni-Padda, the Eternal Warrior!

$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale SEPTEMBER 23 (FOC – 8/31/15)

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