Batman: Sins of the Father #6
(W) Christos Gage (A/CA) Raffaele Ienco
In Shops: Jul 18, 2018
Final issue! The climactic, deadly confrontation between Batman and Deadshot, with Alfred’s life in the balance! But to save the man who is like a father to him, will Batman have to violate one of his most deeply held convictions?
“It all comes down to this! Ninjak – plus his black-ops backup squad of Livewire, Punk Mambo, Doctor Mirage, and GIN-GR – have been sent into Mexico City to destroy an indestructible target! But their quarry – The Jonin, the Ninja Programme’s seemingly ageless former sensei – has assembled his own strike force of improbable powers to meet them head on!”
The final pages of Ninja-K #8 had me giddy with excitement as possibly my favourite character in the Valiant Universe made his reappearance (needless to say if you haven’t read the previous issue, spoilers will be found ahead – though if you pay attention to the cover you can figure that out)
Both this and the previous issue of Ninja-K have built upon the slower paced Ninja-K #6 with an explosively frenetic story that is all action and very little plot. I’m not complaining about that, however, as Juan Jose Ryp is unleashed to depict the havoc of battle as only he can. With his kinetic and hyper detailed style, Ryp barrels us through the conclusion of the current chapter in Colin King’s life with all the delicacy of a hot knife through a helium balloon. It is glorious, thanks in no small part to Jordie Bellaire’s colouring work that bring out the detail in Ryp’s work and allows the reader’s eye to flow along the artwork.
Christos Gage clearly wanted to let the artists shine, and in doing that they pull a comic that suffers in the plot department into must buy territory; Gage’s plot could easily be simplified down into a single line (but then if you can break Lord Of The Rings down to “people walk a long way to return stolen property” you can break everything down quite a bit, so this is a meaningless criticism, and I am aware of that). But it’s a single line that brings back one of my favourite Valiant characters, sets up an interesting new faction in the Valiant Universe and leaves our hero surprisingly vulnerable while providing some freaking amazing visual set pieces.
Sometimes, simple is exactly what you need.
Story: Christos Gage Art: Juan Jose Ryp
Colours: Jordie Bellaire Letters: A Larger World Studios
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by LARRY STROMAN
Cover A by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Cover B by LARRY STROMAN
Ninja Programme Variant by DARICK ROBERTSON
A BLOCKBUSTER NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! In Margaret Thatcher’s Britain, meet the future of espionage: the hard-hitting, brutalizing super-spy codenamed NINJA-H!
From the encrypted files of The Ninja Programme, another secret chapter revealed! The Cold War is in full swing and the United Kingdom’s top-secret intelligence unit has come to a crossroads. As their once-elite collection of secret agents finds itself outmatched by the escalation of the United States’ H.A.R.D. Corps division, the spymasters of MI6 are about to develop a new kind of soldier for their never-ending war of global gamesmanship and international intrigue. Part man, part machine, and bound together with the most extreme technological enhancements that the 1980s have to offer, NINJA-H is faster, stronger, and deadlier than any who have come before…
Now, for the first time, the metal-crunching saga of MI6’s one-man, super-powered strike force – and his tragic fall from grace – can finally be told as renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) teams with comics legend Larry Stroman (X-Factor) to declassify the next standalone shadow-laden chapter in the history of Ninjak’s fellow Ninja Programme agents!
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 15th (FOC – 7/23/18)
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by A LARGER WORLD STUDIOS
Cover A by CARMEN CARNERO (MAY182092)
Cover B by ALAN QUAH (MAY182093)
Interlocking Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAY182094)
Ninjak Icon Variant by ADAM POLLINA (MAY182095)
Pre-Order Edition by JESSE HAMM (MAR188174)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 18th
The super team vs. super team smackdown you’ve been waiting for!
It all comes down to this! Ninjak – plus his black-ops backup squad of Livewire, Punk Mambo, Doctor Mirage, and GIN-GR – have been sent into Mexico City to destroy an indestructible target! But their quarry – The Jonin, the Ninja Programme’s seemingly ageless former sensei – has assembled his own strike force of improbable powers to meet them head on! Now, the biggest hero-versus-villain showdown of 2018 is about to reach a fever pitch in the stunning finale to “THE COALITION” from renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA)!
Valiant has released a first look within the pages of Ninja-K #10, a striking one-shot and sensational new jumping-on point for the year’s most uncontrollable ongoing series! On August 15, acclaimed writer Christos Gage joins forces with legendary comic artist Larry Stroman to unravel yet another knot in the tapestry that is MI6’s most confidential files – the secret history of the cybernetically enhanced super-spy known as Ninja-H!
From the encrypted files of The Ninja Programme, another secret chapter is revealed! The Cold War is in full swing and the United Kingdom’s top-secret intelligence unit has come to a crossroads. As their once-elite collection of secret agents finds itself outmatched by the escalation of the United States’ H.A.R.D. Corps division, the spymasters of MI6 are about to develop a new kind of soldier for their never-ending war of global gamesmanship and international intrigue. Part man, part machine, and bound together with the most extreme technological enhancements that the 1980s have to offer, NINJA-H is faster, stronger, and deadlier than any who have come before…
Featuring covers by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Larry Stroman, and Darick Robertson!
Spinning out of the pages of Amazing Spider-Man #800, Dan Slott’s epic conclusion to his ten year run delivers you straight into Spider-Geddon #1, where Slott teams with writer Christos Gage and artist Jorge Molina to bring Marvel’s Spider-Heroes together in one of the most epic stories ever!
Featuring new villains and old villains, shocking deaths and shocking returns, and all the Spider-Characters you can fit into one larger-than-life tale, this is a Marvel Spider-Event not to be missed!
A follow up to Spider-Verse, Morlun and the Inheritors have escaped their prison and these Spider-Eaters want revenge!
Marvel has even more announcements regarding tie-in titles and other surprises coming in the next few weeks.
The end of the Spider-Verse is nigh…and the revenge of the Spider-Verse is here in Spider-Geddon!
Colin King has recruited a highly skilled team of black ops specialists – including Livewire, Dr. Mirage, Punk Mambo, and the robotic alien colossus called GIN-GR – for the ultimate search-and-destroy mission! The Jonin, the mysterious mentor behind the program that trained MI6’s elite ninja assassins, has resurfaced in Mexico City at the head of a covert cabal of long-lived and near-immortal renegades with incredible powers…and a mission that could destabilize human civilization as we know it!
I haven’t been as happy with a comic as I was when I finished Ninja-K #8 in a long time. But I’m jumping ahead of myself here.
Last issue saw Ninjak assemble a team of Valiant heroes of various talents geared specifically to take on a villainous cabal who may have slightly got the drop on our heroes at the end of Ninja-K #7. Picking up right where the previous issue left off, we get to see a very fast paced airborne sequence that transitions to the confrontation that Christos Gage spent all of last issue building toward. And it’s a confrontation that lasts for almost the entire comic in what proves to be a frantic action sequence that gives each character a chance to shine – all the while you’re never quite sure who could actually be considered as winning the fight. What you can be sure of, however, is that between Juan Jose Ryp and Jordie Bellaire you couldn’t expect a better illustrated battle. Bellaire’s colours are a wonderful counterpoint to the detailed line work of Ryp, the colourist brings out the detail in a way that never leaves the reader feeling over stimulated as they feast their eyes upon the chaos within the pages of the comic.
The plot itself is fairly straight forward, and barely needs any space to talk about other than to say that this is a comic where the art is the focus – I’m not saying the plot is bad, far from it, because this action packed issue is the result of the slower paced Ninja-K #7, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. But the most exciting thing about this comic, for me? Well that’d be spoiler I won’t be giving – you’ll just have to read right to the end to find out what had me grinning from ear to ear upon finishing Ninja-K #8.
Story: Christos Gage Art: Juan Jose Ryp
Colours: Jordie Bellaire Letters: A Larger World Studio
Story: 8.6 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Valiant has announced the next harrowing undertaking in its critically acclaimed super-spy thriller – “Fallout,” beginning in Ninja-K #11! On September 12th, visceral artist Roberto de la Torre joins acclaimed writer Christos Gage for a daring chase that will take Ninjak on a dangerous manhunt through the farthest reaches of the globe!
The Coalition may have been defeated…but the mission’s not over yet! Now, Ninjak must use all the super-spy skills at his disposal to save Gilad from the clutches of his friend’s erstwhile nemesis, the Dying One. But stopping an immortal genius – especially one armed with the full might of the Eternal Warrior – is a fight that not even MI6’s best and brightest secret agent can prepare for!
Featuring covers by Kano, Leo Colapietro, and Roberto de la Torre !
Batman: Sins of the Father #5
(W) Christos Gage (A/CA) Raffaele Ienco
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
The war between Deadshot and Batman hurtles toward a deadly conclusion. While Batman tries to find a way to prove Floyd Lawton and Deadshot are one and the same, Deadshot focuses his quest for vengeance on Bruce Wayne, determined to take away everything he values in life.
This September, to celebrate the launch of the highly anticipated blockbuster action video game Marvel’s Spider-Man exclusively on PlayStation 4, not only will the game’s version of the wall-crawler be showcased in a set of five variant covers, but he’ll also make his Marvel Comics in-continuity debut in the pages of Spidergeddon #0!
How will the star of one of the most anticipated video games of 2018 enter the Marvel Universe, and what role will he play in the final chapter of Spider-Verse? All will be revealed on September 26th by writer Christos Gage – who not only is the scribe of Spidergeddon #0 but is also one of the co-writers of Marvel’s Spider-Man – and acclaimed artist Clayton Crain.
Prepare to witness Marvel’s Spider-Man comic debut in Spidergeddon #0 on September 26th!