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Review: Black Panther by Reginald Hudlin The Complete Collection Vol. 2

It’s Tuesday which means it’s new comic book day at book stores! This week we’ve got Black Panther!

Black Panther by Reginald Hudlin The Complete Collection Vol. 2 collects Black Panther (2005) #19-34 and Annual #1 by Reginald Hudlin, Scot Eaton, Manuel Garcia, Koi Turnbull, Marcus To, Francis Portela, Andrea Di Vito, CAFU, Ken Lashley, Larry Stroman, and Billy Tan.

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Ninja-K #4 Presents the Secret Origin of Ninja-G by Christos Gage & Juan José Ryp – In Stores February 14th!

Valiant has released the first lettered look inside Ninja-K #4 – A STAGGERING, 40-PAGE JUMPING-ON POINT for the EXPLOSIVE NEW ONGOING SERIES from acclaimed writer Christos Gage and red-hot artist Juan José RypOn February 14th, learn the hidden history of the Ninja Programme’s disco-era operative – NINJA-G – as she navigates a treacherous terrain full of Cold War espionage and even colder adversaries…who just might still be waiting to shatter Colin King’s world from the shadows today!

At the height of 1970s Britain, MI-6’s covert Ninja Programme has just activated its first female agent: NINJA-G! As financial instability grips the nation and anarchy brews in the streets, can MI-6’s newest ninja recruit counter a steady tide of double agents, double crosses, and dueling nation states that will take her from the leather-padded corridors of London to the most severe corners of the Soviet Bloc? The life expectancy of a ninja agent is never long…but just how and why are NINJA-G’s missions still impacting Ninjak’s deadly manhunt in the modern day? And could her legacy hold the secret to decoding the murders of the Ninja Programme’s last surviving members – before Colin King is scratched off the list once and for all?

Featuring covers by CAFUAdam PollinaRoberto de la Torre, and Juan José Ryp.

Plus: Continuing in Ninja-K #4, Valiant’s ninja mastermind Christos Gage joins forces with comics veteran Ariel Olivetti for the next harrowing chapter of an essential back-up feature chronicling the origin of Britain’s secret weapon of World War I… The mysterious NINJA-A!

Preview: Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe #1 (of 4)

NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1 (of 4)

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE BENNETT
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (NOV172006)
Cover B by CAFU (NOV172007)
Interlocking Variant by FRANCIS PORTELA (NOV172010)
Variant Cover by BOB LAYTON (NOV172011)
Photo Cover Also Available (NOV172008)
Blank Cover Also Available (NOV172009)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JANUARY 10th (FOC – 12/18/17)

A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND COMIC BOOK EXPERIENCE!

Watch the upcoming live-action digital promotion coming soon – then jump headlong into the fight-fueled showdown of the century as acclaimed writer Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and red-hot artist Joe Bennett (Teen Titans, Deathstroke) reveal the full scope and adrenaline-drenched intensity of…NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE!

Colin King is Ninjak, MI-6’s deadliest intelligence operative and weapons expert. When the ruthless assassin Roku exploits his greatest weakness, Ninjak will be forced to betray his closest allies. Now, on the run, he must face off against the most powerful heroes known to man for a high-octane, take no prisoners trial by fire more perilous and more unpredictable than any he’s faced before. In 2018, the world’s most dangerous super-spy goes to war with the Valiant Universe…

Guest-starring X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Livewire, Archer & Armstrong, Shadowman, and many more, don’t miss the ULTIMATE JUMPING-ON POINT for the most acclaimed and hotly followed publisher anywhere in comics today as Ninjak leads an all-star introduction to the most brutal fighters the Valiant Universe has to offer!

Fred Van Lente & CAFU Uncork Armstrong and The Vault of Spirits #1 – In Stores February 7th!

Valiant has released a first look inside Armstrong and The Vault of Spirits #1 – an all-new standalone special spotlighting the first landmark solo adventure in the very (very, very) long life and times of Valiant’s disorderly immortal! On February 7th, New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente and rising star CAFU cordially invite you to a party hosted within Armstrong’s own private reserve…where five millennia worth of secret revelations – the sword-shattering battles, the epic-inspiring love affairs, and the head-spinning hangovers – from the never-before-explored chronicles of Earth’s eternal hedonist are about to come bursting forth!

Deep beneath New York City’s seediest dive bar, Armstrong – the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history’s greatest escapades – is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer… Ivar, Timewalker… Faith… Quantum and Woody… And special guests from across the Valiant Universe… All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong’s most valuable and tightly guarded treasure… From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the Crusades, raise a glass as Armstrong recounts the true stories of his wine-soaked path down through the ages and the artifacts that reside within his own secret archive!

The festivities begin featuring covers by Kalman AndrasofszkyJuan José RypRyan Bodenheim, and Clayton Henry!

Ninja-K #4 – Christos Gage & Juan Jose Ryp Reveal the Hidden History of Ninja-G on February 14th!

Valiant has released a first look inside Ninja-K #4 – a spectacular standalone jumping-on point for the EXPLOSIVE NEW ONGOING SERIES from renowned writer Christos Gage and incendiary special guest Juan José Ryp! On February 14thdiscover the untold story of Ninja-G – the first female operative of MI-6’s most deeply classified intelligence unit – and its perilous ramifications for the modern-day Valiant Universe!

At the height of 1970s Britain, MI-6’s covert “Ninja Programme” has just activated its first female agent: NINJA-G! As financial instability grips the nation and anarchy brews in the streets, can MI-6’s newest ninja recruit counter a steady tide of double agents, double crosses, and dueling nation states that will take her from the leather-padded corridors of London to the most severe corners of the Soviet Bloc? The life expectancy of a ninja agent is never long…but just how and why are NINJA-G’s missions still impacting Ninjak’s deadly manhunt in the modern day? And could her legacy hold the secret to decoding the murders of the Ninja Programme’s last surviving members – before Colin King is scratched off the list once and for all?

Featuring covers by CAFUAdam PollinaRoberto de la Torre, and Juan José Ryp!

Plus: Continuing in Ninja-K #4, veteran artist Ariel Olivetti joins NINJA-K mastermind Christos Gage for the next installment of an essential back-up feature revealing the top-secret origin of Ninja-A, the operative that birthed the “Ninja Programme” amidst the raging fires of the First World War’s Western Front!

Fred Van Lente & CAFU Decode Armstrong and the Vault of Spirits #1 in February!

Valiant has announced Armstrong and the Vault of Spirits #1 – a hard-charging, standalone special coming this winter from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente and red-hot rising star CAFU! On February 7th, join in a riotous celebration for the ages as Armstrong, for the very first time, uncorks the ancient mysteries of his centuries past – and dares his closest comrades into the adventure of several lifetimes!

Deep beneath New York City’s seediest dive bar, Armstrong – the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history’s greatest escapades – is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer… Ivar, Timewalker… Faith… Quantum and Woody… And special guests from across the Valiant Universe… All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong’s most valuable and tightly guarded treasure… From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the Crusades, raise a glass as Armstrong recounts the true stories of his wine-soaked path down through the ages and the artifacts that reside within his own secret archive!

Adventure! Mystery! Romance! Get ready to raise a glass and throw a punch! Featuring covers by Kalman Andrasofsky, Juan José Ryp, Ryan Bodenheim, and Clayton Henry!

Review: Rapture #4

RAPTURE_004_COVER-A_SUAYAN“The final battle for life itself has arrived! As Babel makes its last assault on the heavenly realm beyond the Deadside, a band of Earth’s most dangerous heroes – Ninjak, Shadowman, Punk Mambo, and Tama the Geomancer – must halt its eons-old campaign once and for all…or face a global disaster of biblical proportions! Plus, at the center of it all: The undiscovered truth about Shadowman that will change the Valiant Universe forever!”

The final chapter of Rapture has arrived, so does the miniseries go out with a bang, a whimper, or something else?

Well… it’s actually a little bit of all three, if I’m totally honest.

Let’s start with the art, shall we? The art team of Cafu and Juan Jose Ryp with Francis Portella, colours by Andrew Dalhouse and letterer Dave Sharpe deliver a visual tour de force that looks fantastic on the review copy pdf (which typically means that the physical comic will pop harder than a balloon on a cactus). Make no mistake that while there are still one or two panels where the proportions seem a off the comic looks as beautiful as a deep breath on an early Autumn morning.

Rapture has been a series in which the lettering has taken on a character defining trait as Sharpe gives Babel’s speech patterns a brilliantly inventive twist that gives the character as much life as the writing itself. Unfortunately Babel is also the weaker point to the story because he never really feels like a threat this issue; after three issues building him up we find out that when push comes to shove… the conclusion is almost disappointingly forgone.

That being said, Matt Kindt does pull enough character fueled moments out of his hat to compensate, and calling this comic a disappointment would be a gross exaggeration.

Rapture #4 does bring a satisfying conclusion to the miniseries, and it does so in spite of the villain fading into the background a little – though if you told me that the highlight of this issue in terms of the story wouldn’t be the final confrontation with Babel but rather the character interactions and the echoes of things yet to come then I probably wouldn’t have believed you. But, here we are. Ultimately this is still a solid story, and one that fans of both Ninjak and Shadowman should find quite compelling.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Cafu and Juan Jose Ryp with Francis Portella
Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 7.75 Art: 9 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Rapture #4 (of 4)

RAPTURE #4 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU and JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (JUN172084)
Cover B by J.G. JONES (JUN172085)
Character Design Variant by RYAN LEE (JUN172087)
Variant Cover by CAFU (JUN172088)
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN (JUN172089)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (JUN172086)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 30th (FOC 08/7/17)

Shadowman strikes back!

The final battle for life itself has arrived! As Babel makes its last assault on the heavenly realm beyond the Deadside, a band of Earth’s most dangerous heroes – Ninjak, Shadowman, Punk Mambo, and Tama the Geomancer – must halt its eons-old campaign once and for all…or face a global disaster of biblical proportions! Plus, at the center of it all: The undiscovered truth about Shadowman that will change the Valiant Universe forever!

Review: Rapture #3

RAPTURE_003_COVER-B_JONES“Ninjak and Shadowman have launched an all-out assault against Babel – the ancient being determined to breach heaven – on the dark and decaying battlefields of the Deadside. But are the combined might of sword and shadow enough to stop this biblical force of nature…or will they need the help of an ancient and weary warrior whose power transcends their understanding? And as oblivion inches ever closer to Earth, Tama the Geomancer and Punk Mambo must step out of the darkness and halt Babel’s forces from infiltrating the land of the living as Valiant’s Shadowman-driven standalone event fight on!”

When you put a comic down and say “holy shit that was awesome” you’re usually referring to the writing, art or some combination thereof. Seldom do you put down an issue and say the same things about the lettering, because when a letterer does a god job you don’t notice it as you spend more time enjoying the issue in front of you; the sign of a good letterer is when you don’t notice their work. But with Rapture #3, and indeed the entire series so far, Dave Sharpe has been bringing to life Babel’s unique way of speaking with a surprisingly effective way of lettering his speech, which allows you to get a mere glimpse at the complex mind of the series villain.

Once again, Andrew Dalhouse‘s colouring is wonderful, and truly bring the Deadside to life (pun not intended). The art team of Cafu with Roberto De La Torre gave Dalhouse some fantastic virgin art to work with, and the end result is a comic that is utterly wonderful to look at. But it’s not just wonderful to look at; Matt Kindt once again delivers a solid script, driving the plot forward without rushing the development of the story – Kindt is truly a master of his craft.

Rapture #3 is another solid issue in the story.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Cafu with Roberto De La Torre
Colour Art: Andrew Dalhouse Dave Sharpe
Story: 9 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review, but this review is based on the print copy I picked up from my LCS.

Preview: Rapture #3 (of 4)

RAPTURE #3 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (MAY171976)
Cover B by J.G. JONES (MAY171977)
Character Design Variant by RYAN LEE (MAY171979)
Variant Cover by FELIPE MASSAFERA (MAY171980)
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN (MAY171981)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (MAY171978)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 19th (FOC – 6/21/17)

Beware the lords of the Deadside!

Ninjak and Shadowman have launched an all-out assault against Babel – the ancient being determined to breach heaven – on the dark and decaying battlefields of the Deadside. But are the combined might of sword and shadow enough to stop this biblical force of nature…or will they need the help of an ancient and weary warrior whose power transcends their understanding? And as oblivion inches ever closer to Earth, Tama the Geomancer and Punk Mambo must step out of the darkness and halt Babel’s forces from infiltrating the land of the living as Valiant’s Shadowman-driven standalone event fight on!

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