Tag Archives: jeff parker

Preview: Meteor Men: Expanded Edition

Meteor Men: Expanded Edition

(W) Jeff Parker (A) Sandy Jarrell, Kevin Volo
Includes 20 new pages of story!

One summer night, Alden Baylor sits in a field watching the largest meteor shower in human history. What begins as teenage adventure becomes something more—the celestial event brings travelers who will change the world completely, and Alden discovers a connection to one of them. How does a young man who had to grow up fast handle the invasion of his planet? Can Alden keep humanity from oblivion? From writer Jeff Parker (AquamanHulk) and artist Sandy Jarrell (Batman ’66) comes this story of adolescence, friendship, and hard decisions. The deluxe Expanded Edition features twenty new pages of story and art interspersed with the original pages of this modern classic!

Meteor Men: Expanded Edition

FCBD 2022: Valiant Features New Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, and Ninjak

Explore the Valiant Universe on Free Comic Book Day 2022. Arriving on May 7th, The Year of Valiant 2022 FCBD Special will present new content featuring exciting original stories, insightful behind-the-scenes looks at upcoming comics, in-depth interviews with Valiant creators, and exclusive teasers for fan-favorite characters. The compelling tales starring flagship characters will reward longtime Valiant fans while also serving as easily accessible jumping-on points for new readers.

The Year of Valiant 2022 FCBD Special includes…

  • An all-new Bloodshot story from Ringo Award-nominated writer Deniz Camp and acclaimed artist Jon Davis-Hunt. It’s a brutal brawl between living weapons as the nanite-infused supersoldier stands alone against a terrifying foe in a small town. Only Bloodshot can stop the twisted creation from unleashing more bloodshed and devastation on the neglected part of the country.
  • The fan-favorite duo of Archer & Armstrong go on a brand-new adventure! Written by the Eisner-nominated Steve Foxe and featuring art by rising star Marcio Fiorito, the young and optimistic Archer drags the care-free, hard-drinking and immortal Armstrong on a quest that leads them right into the base of an eldritch cult.
  • The award-winning creative team of Jeff Parker and Mike Norton present an action-packed ride starring Ninjak. In this thrilling original tale, a pair of tech-savvy hitmen set their sights on the superspy in an effort to collect the enormous bounty that is on his head.
  • Plus: Exclusive first looks at the future of Valiant’s iconic characters, including Shadowman and X-O Manowar!
The Year of Valiant 2022 FCBD Special
Cover by Dexter Soy & Veronica Gandini

Review: Ninjak #4

ninjak #4

The first four issues of Jeff Parker and Javier Pulido Ninjak are here, and the long and the short of this review is that Ninjak #4 is really enjoyable, but there is a rather large asterisk added to that sentence that I’ll come back to in a moment because it does verge into spoiler territory – if you want to avoid that, then just know that the book is still worth picking up if you’ve enjoyed the other three issues.

At this point if you’ve been following the chatter about this series then you’ll know that not all of it has been positive when it comes to the art. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, but I’m genuinely enjoying Javier Pulido’s work; he brings a fresh look to Valiant’s comics, and I’ve since sought out other comics Pulido has contributed to, such as Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye run. One of the strengths of Pulido’s artwork is in how he uses the panel layouts to add to the motion of the story in ways that are both overt and subtle; Pulido’s style allows you to flow across the page much like a skate over ice, which is a poor metaphor to say that it’s a smooth read.

The story of Ninjak #4 focuses on Ninjak looking to assassinate Kingmaker and Syphon, which is a fairly straight forward conclusion to the arc thus far. We’ve seen Ninjak use firearms more in Jeff Parker’s run with the character we typically have before, which makes a lot of sense given his lack of high tech equipment after the destruction of his home and separation from MI6 (in Matt Kindt’s Ninjak and Christos Gage’s Ninja-K, respectively). It’s a facet to the character that I enjoy, though admittedly it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The issue’s pacing is a touch slower than Ninjak #3, as Parker spends time revealing what he’s been hinting at when it comes to how Kingmaker and Syphon have been operating.

The asterisk I had mentioned earlier in the review, however, is that the story doesn’t really come to any kind of satisfying conclusion. If there was another issue coming in November or December, then the ending of the book would make total sense; as it is, the story feels a little too unfinished for an extended break. This may just be me wishing that Valiant were publishing more than two or three books a month, but when it comes to Ninjak the break has a very real chance of slowing any momentum the comic was gaining. The break seems a little too abrupt given the place the story is in.

That said, at the end of the day, I thoroughly enjoyed the book as it is, and ultimately that’s what is important when it comes to reading comics.

Story and Art: Jeff Parker and Javier Pulido
Letters: Dave Sharpe and Javier Pulido
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXologyKindleZeus ComicsTFAW

Preview: Ninjak #4

NINJAK #4

Written by JEFF PARKER
Art by BENI LOBEL & JAVIER PULIDO
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Cover B by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
Pre-order Cover by PEDRO ANDREO
On sale OCTBER 13th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Part 4 of “Daylight!”

The truth revealed. Nowhere left to run. A formidable foe strikes first.

The stunning final chapter of Jeff Parker and Javier Pulido’s explosive first story arc.

NINJAK #4

Preview: Ninjak #3

NINJAK #3

By JEFF PARKER, JAVIER PULIDO
Cover A by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Cover B by ALITHA MARTINEZ
Pre-order Cover by ZU ORZU
On sale SEPTEMBER 15th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

The critically-acclaimed team of JEFF PARKER and JAVIER PULIDO continue their globe-trotting adventure with Valiant’s top superspy… and the secret behind Ninjak’s mysterious enemies is revealed!

One look at Pulido’s pages and you’ll see why NINJAK is one of 2021’s most talked-about comics.

NINJAK #3

Review: Ninjak #3

Ninjak #3

I’m genuinely surprised by how much I’m enjoying Javier Pulido‘s artwork in this series. Upon initially seeing the preview pages for Ninjak #3, I was cautiously optimistic that I would come to like the artist’s style as I had flashbacks of another comic that I was initially disappointed in the art style before I began to appreciate what the team were doing with the comic. I’m in a similar position now, albeit starting from a more open position, and watching Pulido play with the panels, borders and layouts on each page is a genuinely exciting feeling. Especially once you realize how the page needs to be read (which is honestly one of the only drawbacks to his creativity is that it sometimes took me a few seconds to work out how to read the page because of the layouts).

Ninjak #3 continues to evoke the series James Bond vibes as Ninjak and Agent Myna confront a kill team sent after Neville Alcott before the duo head to a mysterious mountain base. With the comic picking up exactly where the previous issue left off, Jeff Parker throws you right back into the action – which is going to be great for the trade, but because of the gap between issues, it adds to the pace of things on the page as your brain recalls what had happened in the immediate pages leading up to what you’re about to see.

Because we’re now three issues into this creative team, you’re going to know whether you want to continue with the series and its creative team or not; Ninjak #3, for me, establishes the unique aesthetic (when it comes to Valiant’s comics at any rate) and the consistent pacing of the comic places it higher on my weekly reading list than a lot of other books. Parker and Pulido have delivered another solid comic that’s sure to have people talking – I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next issue.

You’ll see the first few pages above to get an idea of just what Pulido is capable of; at first glance the style seems like an overly simplistic one at first, but the depth of storytelling he delivers is fantastic.

Story and Art: Jeff Parker and Javier Pulido
Letters: Dave Sharpe and Javier Pulido
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXologyKindleZeus ComicsTFAW

Preview: Ninjak #3

NINJAK #3

By JEFF PARKER, JAVIER PULIDO
Cover A by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Cover B by ALITHA MARTINEZ
Pre-order Cover by ZU ORZU
On sale SEPTEMBER 15th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

The critically-acclaimed team of JEFF PARKER and JAVIER PULIDO continue their globe-trotting adventure with Valiant’s top superspy… and the secret behind Ninjak’s mysterious enemies is revealed!

One look at Pulido’s pages and you’ll see why NINJAK is one of 2021’s most talked-about comics.

NINJAK #3

Preview: Ninjak #2

NINJAK #2

By JEFF PARKER & JAVIER PULIDO
Cover A by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Cover B by MICHAEL WALSH
Pre-order Cover by DAVID LOPEZ
On sale AUGUST 25th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Part 2 of “Daylight!”

Who are the trio of extremely powerful bounty hunters hunting Ninjak?

Javier Pulido and Jeff Parker’s next stop on their action-packed thrill ride brings Ninjak and fellow agent, Myna, to Scotland in search of the last remnants of MI6…

NINJAK #2

Exclusive Review: Ninjak #2

Ninjak #2

Ninjak #2 has the ex-MI6 agent taking on three mercenaries with only minimal equipment, introduces a new antagonist, and also has a spot of skydiving thrown in to boot. It’s honestly the most James Bond-like comic I’ve read in a while, ironic considering I’ve always looked an Ninjak as an amalgamation of Bond and Batman.

That view is amplified in this issue as you see Ninjak facing off against the aforementioned mercenary trio, who bear a slight resemblance to three members of the X-Men (which I thoroughly enjoyed). The fight is well choreographed and Javier Pulido‘s art style really makes every panel pop – the simpler style allows the action to flow as fast as you can read it, and given how much happens in the first ten or so pages, I can’t see many other art styles being able to keep up with Jeff Parker‘s script. I’ve been reading a lot of old comics from the 70’s and early 80’s, and I’m always surprised by how much story is packed within those pages; I’m getting the same feeling from this book with the amount of story told within its 20-some pages.

Despite how fresh and exciting the art is (and I’m not just saying that, Pulido’s style has genuinely grown on me) I’m getting heavy nostalgic vibes from this book. In many ways this comic has all the hallmarks of the 60’s with a modern twist, making this comic an utterly fantastic read as it subverts the modern expectations from the story.

In every way, Ninjak #2 improves upon the previous issue – the comic is tightly paced as Parker and Pulido control the narrative without allowing the book to slip into chaos. Although the book isn’t quite on par with some of Valiant’s best offerings, the progression in quality from the first to the second issue is giving me a lot of hope for the book going forward. I know that Pulido isn’t an artist that is universally appreciated, but if you’re looking for something fresh and different to feast your eyes on, then this is a comic for you. His style isn’t quite abstract, and while it’s objectively simpler in comparison to others, his layouts absolutely shine in this comic, adding to the overall excitement of the comic.

I’m aware that I’m going into this comic wanting to love it, and perhaps because of that the things I see people unhappy with on social media genuinely don’t bother me. I’m really enjoying the added artistic diversity that Pulido brings to the Valiant universe, and I’m hoping we see more in the future.

Story and Art: Jeff Parker and Javier Pulido
Letters: Dave Sharpe and Javier Pulido
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Pre-order: comiXologyKindleZeus ComicsTFAW

Preview: Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #2

Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #2

writers: Jonboy Meyers, Jeff Parker, David F. Walker
artists: Jonboy Meyers, Natalie Nourigat, Will Robson
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Jonboy Meyers (B), David Nakayama (C), Tabitha Lyons Cosplay Variant (D), Jonboy Meyers (RI-E/Line Art), David Nakayama (RI-F/Line Art), Jonboy Meyers (RI-G/BW), Tabitha Lyons Cosplay Variant (RI-H/Virgin), David Nakayama (RI-I/BW), Lucio Parrillo (RI-J/BW)
FC | 40 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $4.99 | Teen+

The greatest tales!

The most amazing storytellers!

Red Sonja, like you’ve NEVER seen before… all presented in beautiful black, white, and red!

JONBOY MEYERS (Teen Titans) presents an aging Queen Sonja, face-toface with a long-forgotten foe who threatens to change the world for the worse…

JEFF PARKER (Aquaman) and NATALIE NOURIGAT (Disney) toss Sonja into a living sentient fungus bog, with no easy exit out…

DAVID F. WALKER (Naomi, Bitter Root) and WILL ROBSON (Fantastic Four) feature a creature from myth, with a craving for the blood of a She-Devil…

Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #2
« Older Entries Recent Entries »