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Ninjak Gets a Complete Classic Omnibus Oversized Hardcover

Valiant has announced Ninjak: The Complete Classic Omnibus Oversized HC – an 800+ page oversized hardcover compendium collecting the groundbreaking debut and complete adventures of the Valiant Universe’s master super-spy in November! From his deadly debut in the pages of Bloodshot in 1993 all the way to the final mission of his best-selling solo series, the complete classic adventures of Valiant’s deadly secret agent have finally been collected between two covers for the first time anywhere!

Colin King — sophisticated British playboy by day, elite super-spy by night! Codenamed Ninjak, King is gifted with a brilliant mind and lethal training in the world’s most dangerous fighting techniques. Both will be put to the ultimate test as he is drawn into a globe-spanning mission to bring down a cavalcade of covert agents and criminal cartels, including his greatest nemesis – the Webnet terror network and its villainous mastermind, Dr. Silk! From the British Isles to the land of the Rising Sun, Ninjak is about to leave an indelible imprint on the Valiant Universe — or die trying.

Featuring all-time classic contributions from acclaimed writers Mark Moretti, Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning, Jorge Gonzalez, Mike Baron, Kevin VanHook and more alongside legendary artists Joe Quesada, Bryan Hitch, and Luke Ross, this oversized, omnibus hardcover bursts with more than 800 pages of non-stop action and special features, including:

  • Over 30 full-color issues, including Ninjak’s landmark first appearances from BLOODSHOT (1993) #6–7, his complete solo series run from NINJAK (1994) #1–26, #0 and #00NINJAK YEARBOOK 1994 #1, and SECRET WEAPONS (1993) #5 – collected together in one volume for the first time anywhere!
  • Over 20 pages of bonus content, including rarely seen artwork and extras!
  • A stunning cover by comics legend Joe Quesada, fully remastered by Paul Mounts (The Ultimates)!
  • An oversized, deluxe hardcover presentation!

This November 22nd, find out where the legend of one of Valiant’s greatest icons began!

Preview: Penguins of Madagascar Vol. 1


STORY BY: Alex Matthews, Jai Nitz, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
ART BY: Lucas Fereyra, Lawrence Etherington, John Burns, Tanya Roberts, Steve Musgrave, Bambos Georgiou, Robert Wells, Grant Perkins, Anthony Williams, Dan Davis, Robin Smith
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics​
PAGECOUNT: ​64​ pp
RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Join Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private on their adventures in the first DreamWorks’ Penguins of Madagascar collection. Brought to you by comedy geniuses Alex Matthews (Phoenix, Dandy), Jai Nitz and Lawrence Etherington, with eye-popping art from Lucas Fereyra and Anthony Williams. Feathers are set to fly!


Guardians of the Galaxy Gets Nominated

writers guild awardsToday, the nominees for the Writers Guild Awards was announced. Guardians of the Galaxy actually made the list and was nominated for “Adapted Screenplay.” Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; the movie is based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning.

The movie is nominated along with American Sniper, Gone Girl, The Imitation Game and Wild.

The 67th Annual Writers Guild Awards will be held February 14.

Preview: Marvel UK Returns in Your First Look at Revolutionary War: Alpha!

In 2014, Marvel readers should prepare for the next British Invasion. Starting in January, cult favorite Marvel UK characters return for an 8-issue limited series kicking off in Revolutionary War: Alpha #1! Today, Marvel is excited to present your first look at that exciting first issue from blockbuster creative team of writers Andy Lanning & Alan Cowsill and artist Richard Elson!

Long ago, Captain Britain, Dark Angel, Motormouth and the pantheon of Marvel UK Heroes believed they had defeated the shadowy Mys-Tech organization in one Earth-shattering climactic battle. But they were wrong. Mys-Tech has returned, and their presence threatens not only the world – but the entire universe!

Now, Marvel UK’s greatest heroes must band together for the first time in 20 years to stop a long forgotten enemy.  But are they too late? The battle begins this January in Revolutionary War: Alpha #1 and continues one week later Revolutionary War: Dark Angel #1 and various one-shots on-sale through February and March!

FOC – 12/09/14  On-Sale – 1/08/14

FOC – 12/16/13 On-Sale – 1/15/14


Preview: Battlestar Galactica Vol. 1: Memorial TPB


Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (w)
Cezar Razek (a)
Alex Ross (c)
FC • 152 pages • $19.99 • Teen+

The original Battlestar Galactica returns in an all-new, star-spanning adventure, celebrating the 35th anniversary of its original sci-fi TV airing! Overwhelmed by a surprise Cylon assault, the crew of the Battlestar Galactica turns to forbidden temporal weapons as their desperate last resort. However, the experimental technology backfires, throwing two Viper pilots, Apollo and Starbuck, into an alternate reality where their beloved capital ship never existed. In a universe without the Galactica… the Cylons rule supreme! Can Apollo and Starbuck survive the brutality of the Cylon overlords and return home?

Collection Features:

  • Issues one to five of the series by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
  • Complete cover gallery featuring art by Alex Ross, Chris Eliopoulos and a photo cover
  • Issue one’s script by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
  • Artist designs by Cezar Razek



Preview: Battlestar Galactica #5


Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (w)
Cezar Razek (a)
Alex Ross (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Starbuck and Apollo must help the beleaguered human resistance fighters against overwhelming odds as they face extinction at the hands of the all-pervading Cylon empire. It’s all or nothing for our time-displaced heroes as winning may jeopardize their chances of returning home.


Preview: Battlestar Galactica #4


Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (w)
Cezar Razek (a)
Alex Ross (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
Alex Ross “sketch art” retailer incentive cover

Marooned in a reality where the Battlestar Galactica never existed and the Cylons rule supreme, Apollo joins a very different version of his father in his relentless resistance against the Cylon domination. Meanwhile, imprisoned in the holding cells of a Cylon Basestar, Starbuck discovers an unexpected and startling new ally…


Preview: Battlestar Galactica #3


Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (w)
Cezar Razek (a)
Alex Ross (c)
FANS, ASK YOUR RETAILER FOR THE Alex Ross “sketch art” retailer incentive cover
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Apollo and Starbuck face perils on their own! While Starbuck teams with a tangly familiar acquaintance, Apollo joins in humanity’s last effort to overthrow the decades-old tyranny. Behold, the consequences of a reality where the Battlestar Galactica never existed, as the all-conquering Cylon Empire grinds humanity to dust!


Preview: Battlestar Galactica #2


Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (w)
Cezar Razek (a)
Alex Ross (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the original Battlestar Galactica TV series, by the industry’s premiere cosmic writers, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (Legion, Nova, Guardians of the Galaxy)! After a brutal Cylon attack, Apollo and Starbuck are lost in time and space, and the Battlestar Galactica has been erased from existence! In a reality without the Galactica… the Cylons rule supreme! How will the legendary Viper pilots get back?

Alex Ross “sketch art” retailer incentive cover


Review: Six-Gun Gorilla #1, Supurbia #8, Hypernaturals #12, Suicide Risk #2

Six-Gun Gorilla #1

6GG_01_preview_Page_1Welcome to “the Blister” — a bizarre other-world colonized by humans sometime in the 22nd century, which quickly became a hotly-contested source of fertile land and natural resources long ago exhausted on Earth. In this new frontier, a rogue gunslinger and his companion wander across a wilderness in the grips of a civil war, encountering lawlessness, natives, and perversions of civilization in a world at the crossroads between the past and the future. The fact that said gunslinger is a bio-surgically modified silverback gorilla toting a pair of enormous revolvers is neither here nor there.

Six-Gun Gorilla is a pulpy mash-up of Western weirdness and lo-fi science fiction unlike anything else on the stands. I read the comic and thought about it for quite a while as it really is unlike anything else I’m currently reading. The comic shares more with the British comics of the 80s than today’s stories. And that’s not a bad thing.

It starts off strong with great humor and an interesting world. There’s something that drew me in, just on the weirdness factor alone. Due to that weirdness factor, it does take a bit to get used to the comic, a feeling like I get at times with the British comics of the 80s. So, not shocking for me with this.

For the originality and difference alone the comic is a buy. It definitely isn’t for everyone and for it’s title, there really is little gorilla in this first issue. It’s all set-up in what might be the strangest comic of the year.

Story: Simon Spurrier Art: Jeff Stokely
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Supurbia #8

Supurbia_08_preview_Page_1The Galactic Protection Systems Expo finally comes to its explosive finish… and you won’t believe who’s making the deadly keynote address! Will the Meta Legion be able to save a convention center under villainous assault? And will the housewives in attendance make it back to the neighborhood alive?

On it’s own, this is a hard comic to recommend. It brings together a lot of the plot threads that have been building up for a while now. Because of that, a new reader will have no idea as to what’s going on.

With that being said…..

This comic does exactly what a good soap opera does. After months of set-up it begins to bring together numerous story lines, the big pay off.

And that’s what this comic is, a soap opera in comic form. The plot lines are over the top, the characters are caricatures in a way. And this is all good stuff. I love this series, it’s my version of the daily soaps (and boy do I wish I could get a daily fix).

There’s some action instead of love triangles, but there’s those. There’s shocking twists and turns. Characters you love and love to hate. The series continues to move ahead with it’s fun universe that I want more of.

This issue is perfect for long time readers with some payoff but horrible for new readers. For them, I absolutely going back and starting from the beginning, it’s totally worth it.

Story: Grace Randolph Art: Russell Dauterman
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Hypernaturals #12

hypernaturals #12 coverWith the entire Quantinuum’s fate hanging in the balance, the Hypernaturals must make the ultimate sacrifice — but who will step up to the plate? And who will try to stop them?

Find out here, in the final issue of The Hypernaturals!

I love the sci-fi that comes out of the minds of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. With the world of the Hypernaturals, they crafted a world from scratch, one that was entertaining and had so much potential. Unfortunately it looks like with this issue, it’s final, that world is coming to an end.

While the twelve issues are far from perfect, they were original and solid sci-fiction material mixed with superheroes. The characters, their powers, the world they functioned in is entertaining and over the twelve issues seemed to grow more and more. It was as much the small details that were fun as the story overall.

And this twelfth issue has a lot to wrap up. It needs to explain what’s going on, fix the issue with the Quantinuum, take care of the bad guys. A tall order for one issue. And the comic pulls it off, but does come off as rushed. There’s a lot to cram in there, so some plot lines get the short end of the stick. But, things are wrapped up and done so nicely.

I’m hoping that, while this is the end to this particular story, it isn’t the end for this world and we get a second volume. There’s just too much solid material here to not explore. While this final issue wrapped up a lot, it also opened up so much more that is too good to be left on the shelf to gather dust.

Story: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning Art: Francesco Biagni
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Suicide Risk #2

SuicideRisk_02_preview_Page_1After barely surviving a super-powered bank heist gone horribly wrong, beat cop Leo Winters vowed to try and find a way to stop them. Following a lead, he discovered two lowlifes who seemed to be able to grant a person powers… for the right price. Thing is: you don’t get to choose which power. It’s seemingly random, a crap-shoot, a risk. And now Leo will find out just how big of a risk he took…

Suicide Risk is a high octane, mind-bending exploration of what it means to be a hero. So far it’s taken a lot of the themes and issues we might see in the various cop driven television shows and mixes it with the superhero genre. That’s a cool mix as I’m a fan of both (shocker I know).

What’s really nice is the series so far in it’s two issues has focuses on Leo and his family. It really takes a look at how his decision(s) and his job affects not just him, but also his family life. You can see the stress on him, but he’s not in a bubble and that stress flows over onto his family as well. Something that’s often overlooked in comics.

There’s also some small details that are fantastic. Leo now has some powers after his decision of the first issue and he has to learn to use them. And for a bit there it has you going as to how it’ll all impact his life. Could his powers also kill him? It had me going for quite a while and the issues he must deal with while “learning” about his new life is entertaining.

I’m hoping as the series moves on we get more of the impact of decisions on Leo and his family life and it doesn’t turn in to just another superhero comic.

I’m looking for Southland with a superpower spin, and this might just pull that off if the first two issues are any indication.

Story: Mike Carey Art: Elena Casagrande
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with FREE copes for review

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