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

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

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE BENNETT
Cover A by BRIAN LEVEL (FEB181907)
Cover B by CAFU (FEB181908)
Interlocking Variant by FRANCIS PORTELA (FEB181910)
Variant Cover by BARRY KITSON (FEB181911)
Photo Cover Also Available (FEB181909)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale APRIL 18th

Last man standing!

His allies have turned against him. His last options have been exhausted. And there is nowhere left to run. Now, Ninjak – the rogue super-spy turned against his former masters by the cunning assassin called Roku – must face the final revelation of his no-holds-barred showdown with the heroes of the Valiant Universe. Bloodied but unbowed, Colin King’s gauntlet ends here…and Valiant’s first-of-its-kind crossover between live action and the comic book page is about to come to an explosive finale that will leave you stunned!

Preview: Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe #3 (of 4)

NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #3 (of 4)

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE BENNETT
Cover A by GREG SMALLWOOD (JAN182028)
Cover B by CAFU (JAN182029)
Interlocking Variant by FRANCIS PORTELA (JAN182031)
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (JAN182032)
Photo Cover Also Available (JAN182030)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MARCH 14th

Rogue agent!

The pulse-pounding expansion of Valiant’s upcoming, live-action digital series wages its most dangerous gambit yet as Colin King – aka the international super-spy codenamed Ninjak – battles his way through his former friends and allies! Ninjak’s arch-nemesis – the deadly and cunning assassin Roku – has manipulated MI-6’s most dangerous asset into turning on his former masters and stealing an object of immeasurable power. So who can MI-6 send to stop him? EVERYONE! The bone-cracking showdown of a lifetime continues here as Ninjak battles X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Livewire, Archer & Armstrong, and all of Valiant’s most formidable heroes!

The Life and Death of Toyo Harada, a Six-Part Prestige Series

Valiant has announced The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of a SIX-PART, PRESTIGE SERIES from Eisner Award-winning writer Joshua Dysart and spectacular rising star CAFU! Alongside each oversized issue’s main narrative – set in the present day and featuring stunningly detailed art by CAFU – each chapter of The Life and Death of Toyo Harada will also feature a striking episode from Harada’s past, illustrated by a rotating cast of staggering guest talents, including Mico SuayanLewis LaRosaAdam Pollina, and more yet to be revealed when the series debuts in early 2019.

The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1 will see Dysart – one of the driving forces behind Valiant’s visionary Harbinger saga – make his long-awaited return to the forefront of the Valiant Universe with a sweeping, continent-spanning chronicle of the man behind the rise and fall of the Harbinger Foundation…and, in the modern day, his last gambit to remake Earth in his own utopian image…or sacrifice everything in the process…

“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.” – Toyo Harada, 1992

In 1945, the bombing of Hiroshima awakened an immense and terrifying power inside young Toyo Harada. A literal “child of the bomb,” as a newly orphaned teenager he quickly discovered that the explosion had unlocked extraordinary and extremely rare psionic powers within him. Powers that could allow him to read thoughts and control matter… To bend steel and stop bullets… To manipulate armies and deceive governments… To reshape the wills of men…and build a better world.

Ripped from his own family in a blinding flash of heat and fire, Harada set out to build a new one for himself…and dedicated decades to finding and activating other unique “psiots” – thousands of fellow latent telekinetics unknowingly living across the globe – that could be harnessed to further his mission. Across the years, he publicly became a billionaire businessman and philanthropist as CEO of Harada Global Conglomerates, while in secret, he quietly erected the Harbinger Foundation – a clandestine international operation dedicated to recruiting and training psiots for the day when their skills would be needed.

In 2019, that day will finally come. With the existence of psiots revealed to the world and the Harbinger Foundation left in ruins, Harada has been run to ground and outed as the invisible hand behind the course of recent human history. With his resources dwindling and a death warrant on his head, the world’s most powerful man is about to become its most dangerous…

Featuring cover artwork by Eisner Award-nominated artist Butch Guice and more yet to be revealed!

Preview: Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe #2 (of 4)

NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #2 (of 4)

Screen Story by AARON SCHOENKE
Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE BENNETT
Cover A by KEVIN WADA (DEC171919)
Cover B by CAFU (DEC171920)
Interlocking Variant by FRANCIS PORTELA (DEC171922)
Variant Cover by JOE EISMA (DEC171923)
Photo Cover Also Available (DEC171921)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 21st

A blistering battle royale!

He betrayed his friends. He betrayed his country to save us all… In advance of NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE’s stunning digital debut – coming soon to digital devices everywhere – get the full story behind the head-to-head showdowns, hero-on-hero collisions, and epic consequences that await as Ninjak goes it alone against a gauntlet of the Valiant Universe’s biggest and most beloved icons! Watch the live-action, episodic series… Then follow the action directly onto the comics page with extra-added action, intrigue, and revelations behind Ninjak’s grueling firefight against Valiants’ most indelible heroes – with red-hot creators Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and Joe Bennett (Deathstroke) calling the shots!

Preview: Ninja-K #4

NINJA-K #4

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP with ARIEL OLIVETTI
Cover A by CAFU (DEC171907)
Cover B by ADAM POLLINA (DEC171908)
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (DEC171909)
Ninjak Icon Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (DEC171910)
Pre-Order Edition by SIJA HONG (DEC171911)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | $3.99 US | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 14th

A DEADLY NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! From the Queen’s classified files… Enter: NINJA-G! 

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?

Learn the hidden history of Valiant’s cold warriors as renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and special guest artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA) debrief with an essential and self-contained jumping-on point for the espionage-laden, super-spy thriller Entertainment Weekly calls “fresh and exciting”!

Review: Armstrong And The Vault Of Spirits #1

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“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!”

I have been partial to stories about the Anni Padda brothers ever since I started reading Valiant comics a few years ago, and there was always something about Armstrong that fascinated me so it should go without saying I was intrigued in this book (it doesn’t hurt that Fred Van Lente is writing it, either).

Armstrong And The Vault Of Spirits is a one shot story that reads as a love letter to the Valiant Universe; while Armstrong opens his vault for an hour each year, the various nefarious elements of the whom Armstrong has run afoul of over the last thousand or  so years are waiting to break into the vault for various purposes that are brilliantly comic-booky, and perfectly explained in their simplicity. Van Lente deftly balances the tender, heartbreaking moments with a comedic infusion that’s never quite too much, but occasionally just subtle enough to be overlooked. This one shot will reward fans of Van Lente’s previous work for Valiant – specifically Ivar, Timewalker and Archer And Armstrong – but familiarity with those series isn’t required to enjoy this. Armstrong’s interactions with the biblical  Noah alone are worth the price of admission alone, and provide an interesting Valiant fueled twist on the story as biblical verses are used, albeit sparsely, throughout the sections.

Artistically the comic is solid, if a little ink-heavy in places (all personal preference), depicting the action with all the aplomb you could hope for in a comic, but the selling point here for Valiant fans is Van Lente’s return to a character (or three) that he wove some utterly fantastic stories with.

Everything else is just the cherry on top of a wonderful sundae.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Cafu with Darrick Robertson
Colourists: Andrew Dalhouse with Diego Rodriguez
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Armstrong and the Vault of Spirits #1

ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by CAFU and DARICK ROBERTSON
Cover A by KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY (DEC171924)
Cover B by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (DEC171925)
Variant Cover by RYAN BODENHEIM (DEC171926)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (DEC171927)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On Sale FEBRUARY 7th

What secrets await inside the Vault of Spirits?

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!

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG maestro Fred Van Lente returns with rising star CAFU (RAPTURE) and comics legend Darick Robertson (HARBINGER RENEGADE) to chronicle the first landmark solo adventure in the very (very, very) long life and times of Valiant’s very own disorderly immortal!

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.

Get your copy. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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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!

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