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Preview: Killers #2 (of 5)

KILLERS #2 (of 5)

Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by JEFF POWELL
Cover Aby JONBOY MEYERS
Cover Bby SANFORD GREENE
Cover C by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Cover D by JOHN K. SNYDER III
Pre-Order Editionby WHILCE PORTACIO with RAYMUND LEE
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 28th

What’s mightier, the superninja or the rocket launcher?

Ninjas are virtually fearless, but what can cut straight to their core and make them tremble? Enter: Ninja-F!

Featuring the first appearance of the mysterious woman named Snapdragon!

KILLERS #2 (of 5)

Review: Killers #1

Killers #1 is a book that spins out of Ninja-K, but it can also be read as a standalone story without any trouble.

In Killers #1, five deadly assassins are recruited into a game of cat and mouse by their former sensei, the mysterious Jonin!

But what does the Jonin want from them, and what do they gain out of helping him?

Each of these assassins can channel their ki—the spiritual energy within all beings—in different ways, granting them incredible powers, essentially making them “superninjas”!

I first read this book in script for to prepare for an interview with writer B. Clay Moore, which you can find here. The second time I read the book was to prepare for an interview with artists Fernando Dagnino which you can check out here. The third time I read the book was for this review. Which I honestly thought I had written when we were first sent the preview copies. But I’m apparently an idiot at times.

Each time I’ve had the opportunity to read this comic, I’ve been impressed with how the art is so bloody perfect for the debut issue, setting the story’s scene and establishing a quick pace despite the being packed full of words. I was going to try and pick out my favorite scene to talk about and stick to that to limit spoilers, but the book is so full of great moments (any one of which would be the focal point in some comics) that it’s hard to pick just one. For that reason, I’ll do the smart and/or fair thing and talk about the first few pages.

With the book opening with a former operative being attacked in her kitchen, Dagnino’s grasp of visual storytelling is on full display as he expertly guides you from panel to panel and eventually page to page whilst Moore’s words have almost nothing to do, at least on the surface, with the action. But this is where the multiple readings over the course of several weeks have come to benefit me; Killers #1 is a comic of two sides. The first is the story you’re being told – a damn good story – that you’ll be able to pick up on with no problems. The second, as befits a book about the clandestine operatives of MI6’s Ninja Programme, isn’t as obvious all of the time. You need to read between the lines, find the parallels between the art and dialogue or narration when there doesn’t seem to be any and then put the pieces together yourself.

Killers #1 is a book that spins out of Ninja-K, but it can also be read as a standalone story without any trouble. It’s a comic that has a unique flavor to its art, the work of Dagnino with Jose Villarrubia supporting him on colors is powerful, smooth and enjoyable to read. Without a doubt, it’s the highlight of the book for me.

If you see this on the shelves, pick a copy up. I will.

Story: B. Clay Moore Art: Fernando Dagnino Colours: Jose Villarrubia
Story: 8.7 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Killers #1

KILLERS #1 (of 5)

Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by JEFF POWELL
Cover A by JONBOY MEYERS
Cover B by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover C by KEN LASHLEY
Pre-Order Edition by WHILCE PORTACIO
Blank Variant Cover also available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 31st

Five deadly assassins are recruited into a game of cat and mouse by their former sensei, the mysterious Jonin!

But what does the Jonin want from them, and what do they gain out of helping him?

Each of these assassins can channel their ki—the spiritual energy within all beings—in different ways, granting them incredible powers, essentially making them “superninjas”!

KILLERS #1 (of 5)

Preview: Killers #1 (of 5)

KILLERS #1 (of 5)

Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by JEFF POWELL
Cover A by JONBOY MEYERS
Cover B by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover C by KEN LASHLEY
Pre-Order Edition by WHILCE PORTACIO
Blank Variant Cover also available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 31st

Five deadly assassins are recruited into a game of cat and mouse by their former sensei, the mysterious Jonin!

But what does the Jonin want from them, and what do they gain out of helping him?

Each of these assassins can channel their ki—the spiritual energy within all beings—in different ways, granting them incredible powers, essentially making them “superninjas”!

KILLERS #1 (of 5)

Fernando Dagnino Talks bringing out his inner Killers for the New Valiant Series

Killers #1

With art by Fernando Dagnino, five deadly assassins are recruited into a game of cat and mouse by their former sensei, the mysterious Jonin!

But what does the Jonin want from them, and what do they gain out of helping him?

Each of these assassins can channel their ki—the spiritual energy within all beings—in different ways, granting them incredible powers, essentially making them “superninjas”!

Coming July 31st is Killers from writer B. Clay Moore, art by Fernando Dagnino, colors by José Villarrubia, and letters by Jeff Powell.

We got a chance to talk to Fernando about the new series and letting the art tell the story.

GP: Killers follows a cast of characters who haven’t really been seen too much, if at all, before. How much creative input did you have with their design?

Fernando Dagnino: I took the concept art done by AJ Jothikumar for the Ninjas as an initial reference, but then I was given freedom to adapt the designs while maintaining the idiosyncrasy of the characters. My reference was the sort of underworld portrayed in such films as John Wick or Atomic Blonde

Fernando Dagnino Killers #1

GP: I’ve never been to Italy, despite having grown up in Europe, but the backgrounds of those scenes were immediately recognizable to me as a Mediterranean setting. How much time do you spend researching the locations in the series?

FD: In fact when I first read the script of #1, one of the things that shocked me most were the settings, in particular, the Italian scene because I had traveled to Burano two years ago. So I knew perfectly well how it looked like and how to render the scene. Burano is a beautiful island near Venice, Italy, where all the houses are painted in beautiful saturated colors and of course it´s crossed by channels just like Venice. I found it to be really original and daring to set a crime scene in such a colorful scenery.

But the constant change from one gorgeous scenery to the next one is an essential part of story and describes perfectly well the lifestyle of these sophisticated killers. In that sense building up well documented settings provides a greater realism to the story.

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GP: The first issue features quite a few moments where the narration allows the art to tell the story, especially within the opening sequences. As an artist, how do you approach these pages when you see the script?

FD: I’ve felt really comfortable working with B.Clay Moore´s script from the beginning because it allows space for the art to tell the story. I personally prefer to work like that. It makes me feel like I´m part of the storytelling too and I really get more passionate and excited about the story.

GP: Do you know roughly what you want to do for each page before you start the thumbnails and rough layouts, or does it take you a few different tries to find the best choice for each page?

Fernando Dagnino Killers #1

FD: When I first read the script I make some illegible thumbnail layouts on the paper on which I have printed the script. I got stuck in the ’90s, I still print and read!

Then, taking those cryptic thumbnails as a reference, I begin drawing on the Ipad an initial layout that would be halfway between a layout and a pencil.

In these layouts I also mark the grey scales so I get a better idea of the composition and the atmosphere of the page. That´s what I send the editors for approval and then I go on to the final art.

Some pages really come out easy whereas others I tend to resolve not so gracefully or rather using mechanical resources, in those cases I like to give a second or third try in order to step out of the way so that something simpler and more direct comes up.

GP: How much freedom do you have with the layouts and page construction with this series? Do you prefer working from a full script, or do you prefer the “Marvel Way”? 

FD: I really must thank the editors Karl Bollers and David Menchel because they have placed total trust on my narrative skills and I have felt part of the storytelling from the beginning.

Fernando Dagnino Killers #1

As you´ve mentioned some scenes are left open for a looser interpretation of the narrative, and personally not only do I feel much more comfortable from a creative point of view, but it also helps me get more involved in the story and with the characters. B.Clay Moore is to thank here for understanding the nature of the process in comic books so well. 

GP: You’ve also worked with the Walt Disney Company Imagineers. How does that experience influence your approach to comics, if at all?

FD: That was back in 1998 I was really young when I worked for the imagineers.  It was a wonderful experience being in L.A. (Glendale and Burbank). I had the chance to visit the old studios in Flower street and they even sent me to Disneyland one whole day to conduct research!

It has influenced me a lot professionally as it was my first contact with high level artistic professionals and with a working process full of talent and excellence.

Fernando Dagnino Killers #1

But I was already a comic addict by then so my main influence has always been comic book artists and writers.

GP: Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the final question; which is better? Ninjas, cowboys, aliens or zombies, and why?

FD: That´s a tricky question. To be honest, the idea of brainless hordes of undead trying to eat the remaining freethinkers of the world resonates to me now more than ever. So I go for zombies.

GP: Thanks for chatting and excited to check out the series!

Early Preview: Killers #1 (of 5)

KILLERS #1 (of 5)

Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by JEFF POWELL
Cover A by JONBOY MEYERS
Cover B by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover C by KEN LASHLEY
Pre-Order Edition Cover by WHILCE PORTACIO
Blank Cover Also Available 
On sale July 31st, 2019 (FOC July 8th, 2019) (FOC July 8, 2019)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color

Five deadly assassins are recruited into a game of cat and mouse by their former sensei, the mysterious Jonin!

But what does the Jonin want from them, and what do they gain out of helping him?

Each of these assassins can channel their ki—the spiritual energy within all beings—in different ways, granting them incredible powers, essentially making them “superninjas”!

KILLERS #1 (of 5)

Killers Gets Whilce Portacio Covers for its Pre-Order Bundle

Valiant has announced the Killers #1-5 Pre-Order Edition Bundle, the latest in the publisher’s initiative to allow readers to order a complete story arc or an entire run of a limited series in advance. Each Killers Pre-Order Edition issue will feature a cover rendered by comics luminary Whilce Portacio and contain an extra eight pages of bonus material. 

Written by B. Clay Moore and drawn by Fernando Dagnino, the Bundle is available to pre-order now at local comic book shops by the final order cutoff (FOC) date of Monday, July 8th. Issue #1 is set to debut on Wednesday, July 31st.

In Killers, five elite assassins are recruited by their former sensei to perform a deadly task for him, but what does he want from them, and what do they gain from helping him? 

Released monthly from July 2019 through November 2019, each 40-page Pre-Order Edition issue comes packed with cool extras—including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, character designs, and cover galleries—that can’t be found anywhere else. Each issue is priced at $3.99, the same price as the regular-edition copies!

Valaint Reveals Breakthrough, their 2019 Lineup

Breakthrough is a boundary-shattering lineup of new #1s from Valiant Entertainment that will serve as perfect jumping-on points for new fans while expanding the shared universe. Breakthrough offers every reader four new gateways to the rich storytelling of Valiant.

Breaking through this March is the previously announced The Life and Death of Toyo Harada– a heart-wrenching, character-driven tale about the world’s most powerful superhuman facing his final battle – coming from Eisner Award-nominated writer Joshua Dysart and a rotating cast of awe-inspiring artists, including CAFUMico SuayanLewis LaRosa, and Adam Pollina.

The Life and Death of Toyo Harada

From the twisted minds of Cullen Bunn and Adam Gorham comes the debut of Punk Mambo in April. This five-issue limited series, about a British voodoo priestess lurking just outside of New Orleans, unleashes a supernatural adventure with equal parts terror and humor.

Punk Mambo

Fallen World by mastermind writer Dan Abnett and astonishing artist Adam Pollina is a five-issue event series beginning in May that will pull readers into a captivating cyberpunk future unlike any they’ve ever seen before. In the year 4002 AD, the cyborg samurai called Rai will face an impossible battle for the fate of humanity.

Fallen World

The slate races forward with Killers from acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore and energetic artist Fernando Dagnino, a non-stop thrill ride as the deadliest superspies on the planet compete to claim the ultimate prize, coming in July.

Killers

Four new series, four boundary-breaking tales to experience. New fans will love the wide range of stories and genres, while Valiant superfans will make new discoveries about their favorite characters. BREAKTHROUGH will propel Valiant into its breathtaking second half of 2019, featuring surprises, returns, and reveals that longtime fans have been demanding!

Review: Savage #4

savage_004_cover-b_gillOut of the jungle, into the fight…

When all hope seems lost, the final threads tethering the Sauvage family to their humanity will finally be severed. Just as the beasts within begin to take hold, the final revelation about the prehistoric island that has claimed them will finally stand revealed. But will this twist of fate offer a last chance at rescue…or forever seal their doom?

The finale of the four-part miniseries is here, and I have questions that I’m eagerly anticipating answers to; will we see this character enter the main Valiant Universe, or will he remain (at least for now) separate from the established characters? Is there going to be an actual conclusion or will the series be left on an annoy cliff hanger?

Savage #4 is a brutal comic, with some pretty fantastic action scenes involving dinosaur on human, and human on human fighting that are rendered wonderfully. Lewis Larosa opens the comic with a fantastic sequence of Savage dinosaur surfing – there is no other way for me to convey just how brilliant it is with mere words, because it’s an exhilarating piece of art. The comic takes some dips from here with Clayton Henry‘s work not quite matching up to the vibrancy of Larosa’s. Although I think that has more to do with the differing styles and how the colourists work with Larosa’s detail filled black and grey as opposed to the more minimalist line work of Henry than any gap between the two artists.

Unfortunately, the fourth issue seems to finish before it really gets going.

That isn’t to say that it was so good I couldn’t believe it was over, but rather I’d read it far faster than I expected – more than likely because of the lack of any significant dialogue or narration boxes apparent as B. Clay Moore allowed the art to tell much of the story. Indeed, it felt a little strange to see the older version of Savage to say so much during the issue, having been largely a silent character up until this point. At the end of the day, I didn’t find this issue had as satisfying a conclusion as I had hoped for, and rather than close out the first Savage miniseries with the strength of a T-Rex’s jaw, Savage #4 left me feeling as though I had just read an extended – albeit very good – prologue for what was to come next…

Story: B. Clay Moore Artists: Clayton Henry and Lewis Larosa
Colourists: Brian Reber and Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 7.5 Art:10  Overall: 8.5
Recommendation:  Buy for the art alone. Happily, the story is good.

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Savage #4 (of 4)

SAVAGE #4 (of 4)

Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY and LEWIS LAROSA
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (DEC162058)
Cover B by ROBERT GILL (DEC162059)
Character Design Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (DEC162060)
Variant Cover by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (DEC162061)
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (DEC162062)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale FEBRUARY 15 (FOC – 1/23/17)

Out of the jungle, into the fight…

When all hope seems lost, the final threads tethering the Sauvage family to their humanity will finally be severed. Just as the beasts within begin to take hold, the final revelation about the prehistoric island that has claimed them will finally stand revealed. But will this twist of fate offer a last chance at rescue…or forever seal their doom?

The past and present collide as Valiant’s next great hero rises in a baptism of bloodshed! Be there as acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick) and explosive artists Clayton Henry (Harbinger Wars) and Lewis LaRosa (Bloodshot Reborn) bring their primal origin story to a close!

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