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Some Brief Thoughts On Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe Episode 1

ninjak vs1.jpgThe day has finally come when Valiant Entertainment and Bat In The Sun have released the formerly highly anticipated first episode of the webseries Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe. In fact, there’s a chance that the second and third episodes will be out now, too, due to the daily release schedule. To judge this against other comic book live action properties edges upon the unfair; the production budget is a fraction of those that the MCU or DCEU movies receive, and the acting isn’t on the same level as the performances of Chadwick Boseman, Hugh Jackman, or Gal Gadot – nor should you expect it to be.

Does one compare it to the live action television offerings we have received thus far? Does Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe hold up against the likes of Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Constantine? Even though some of comic book TV from the past five years has had its up and downs, the first episodes were more than likely made with a higher budget than the entire Ninjak Vs webseries has.

No, instead if you’re looking for a comparison then one should look to prior projects from Bat In The Sun. And when you do that, the first episode was alright. So allow me give you my thoughts on the first episode in bullet point form.

  • Ninjak is English. Michael Rowe doesn’t try an English accent. This bothered me more than anything.
  • The acting is about on par for a webseries
  • The plot is thin, and is solely a device to have a superhero beat down. Sadly there are numerous plot inconsistencies, and you really need to suspend your disbelief.
  • Fortunately, the choreography is actually pretty good and lends the fight scenes a weight that is missing from those in Arrow.
  • Archer and Armstrong are the highlight in terms of reflection to the source material. Watch it for their scene and Ninjak fighting.

Again, you really can’t judge this against any comic book movie or TV show – and when you do that’s where the webseries starts to fall to pieces. The title alone gives you all you need to know about the first webisode – this really is just a more complex superhero beatdown than we’re used to seeing from Bat In The Sun, and so long as you go in expecting that you won’t be disappointed.

Review: Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe #4

NJKVS_004_COVER-A_LEVELHis 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!

Alright so I’m not to try to sugar coat anything, but in an effort to refrain from an angry rant, I’ve used bullet points to gather my thoughts about Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe #4.

  • This four issue miniseries is set in a separate universe from the rest of Valiant’s comics. If you read this prior to anything else, expect to be a little confused when things aren’t the same (but happy that the writing is better).
  • If you consider a “first-of-its-kind” crossover to be an adaptation of live action and comics, you’re behind a couple decades. This may be the first crossover from webseries to comics, however. Maybe  that’s what they mean.
  • Expecting the typical quality that you would ordinarily get from a direct tie-in comic (and not an adaptation like, say, the Bloodborne comics are adapted from the videogames) will leave little room for dissapointment.
  • Eliot Rahal is a much better comic book writer than he’s showing here, because at the end of the day he’s only got so much to work with. You can only polish a turd so much, really, and even then it’s still a turd.
  • The art by Joe BennettBelardino Brabo and Ulises Arreola remain the only saving grace for an issue that caps off perhaps the worst thing Valiant have published in the last three years.
  • If you want a better story starring all the Valiant characters read The Valiant. If you want a better Ninjak story look up Ninja-K or Bloodshot Salvation to get a small dash of Ninjak with Bloodshot.

I am oddly relieved this series is over, because it wasn’t really all that good (if you enjoyed it then fair play to you. I’m not saying you’re wrong, only that we hav different opinions). I tried to find the good in it (the art, mostly), but the pervading sense I got from the entire series was that it was a poor adaptation of another story. This doesn’t read like the kind of comic Valiant, or Eliot Rahal are capable of putting out, nor like the story was ever written for comics. It’s shoehorned into the four colour medium and it doesn’t work. Hopefully the webseries that this is adapted from will be better than the series, but after having read the comics I’m not holding out much hope of anything more than a brief diversion.

Screen story: Aaron Schoenke
Screenplay: Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke, Joe Harris and Andrew Rowe
Comic Script
: Eliot Rahal Art: Joe Bennett
Ink: Belardino Brabo Color: Ulises Arreola
Story: 4.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 5.0
Recommendation: Read it if you’ve come this far. Don’t start if you haven’t.

Thankfully, Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

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!

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: 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!

Valiant Releases a New Look at Michael Rowe as Ninjak

On Monday, August 28th, Valiant and Bat in the Sun Productions will release the official trailer for Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe a new brutal, six-episode, live-action digital event.

The digital series stars Michael Rowe as Colin King aka Ninjak. It also features Jason David Frank as Bloodshot, Derek Theler as X-O Manowar, John Hennigan as the Eternal Warrior, Ciera Foster as Livewire, Chantelle Barry as Roku, Kevin Porter as Armstrong, Alex Meglei as Archer, Damion Potter as Shadowman, and Craig Robert Young as Neville Alcott.

The series is directed by Aaron Schoenke and written by Aaron and Sean Schoenke, Joe Harris, and Andrew Rowe.

Valiant has also released a new look at Michael Rowe as Ninjak.

 

 

 

Valiant Reveals Second Wave of Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Covers

Valiant has revealed its second wave of Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe variant covers – the next in an all-new line of steel-shattering shelf covers spotlighting the battle-hardened heroes of the upcoming VALIANT DIGITAL webseries! Arriving on shelves in comic shops everywhere throughout the summer, get your first look at the hotly anticipated live-action debut of Valiant’s most iconic and renowned heroes – including Ninjak, Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Livewire, Archer & Armstrong, and more – as realized by the series’ star-studded cast.

Announced last year at New York Comic Con, Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe is a first-of-its-kind, live-action digital series. Premiering online in late 2017, the bone-shattering, six-episode series will pit MI-6’s master assassin, Ninjak, against a gauntlet of Valiant’s most formidable heroes for a bloodstained battle royale torn from the pages of the largest independent superhero universe in comics. The series will be the first project from VALIANT DIGITAL – a new division of Valiant Entertainment committed to producing original content in live-action, animation and emerging media created specifically for the digital arena.

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 2017, the world’s most dangerous super-spy goes to war with the Valiant Universe…

Each Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe variant cover is available as a standard “order all” shelf cover and will be available for retailers to order in unlimited quantities at the standard suggested retail price.

Valiant Unveils Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Covers

Valiant has unveiled the first look at the upcoming Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe series of variant covers – an all-new line of steel-shattering shelf covers spotlighting the battle-hardened heroes of the upcoming VALIANT DIGITAL webseries! Arriving on shelves in comic shops everywhere from May through August, get your first look at the hotly anticipated live-action debut of Valiant’s most iconic and renowned heroes – including Ninjak, Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Livewire, Armstrong, and more – as realized by the series’ star-studded cast.

Announced last year at New York Comic Con, Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe is a first-of-its-kind, live-action digital series. Premiering online in late 2017, the bone-shattering, six-episode series will pit MI-6’s master assassin, Ninjak, against a gauntlet of Valiant’s most formidable heroes for a bloodstained battle royale torn from the pages of the largest independent superhero universe in comics. The series will be the first project from VALIANT DIGITAL – a new division of Valiant Entertainment committed to producing original content in live-action, animation and emerging media created specifically for the digital arena.

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 2017, the world’s most dangerous super-spy goes to war with the Valiant Universe…

Now, before the world’s deadliest intelligence operative collides with an awe-inspiring cast of heroes from across Valiant’s groundbreaking, award-winning superhero universe in 2017, take home a piece of the action with the Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe line of variant covers – hitting stores all summer long on the following Valiant Entertainment releases:

ETERNAL WARRIOR: AWAKENING #1
Written by Robert Venditti; Art by Renato Guedes
On Sale MAY 10th

RAPTURE #1 (of 4)
Written by Matt Kindt; Art by CAFU
On Sale MAY 24th

RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1
Written by Rafer Roberts; Art by Francis Portela
On Sale JUNE 14th

RAPTURE #2 (of 4)
Written by Matt Kindt; Art by CAFU
On Sale JUNE 21st

BLOODSHOT’S DAY OFF #1 
Written by Eliot Rahal; Art by Khari Evans
On Sale JULY 5th

RAPTURE #3 (of 4)
Written by Matt Kindt; Art by CAFU
On Sale JULY 19th

DIVINITY #0 
Written by Matt Kindt; Art by Renato Guedes
On Sale AUGUST 16th

RAPTURE #4 (of 4)
Written by Matt Kindt; Art by CAFU
On Sale AUGUST 30th

Each Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe variant cover will be available as a standard “order all” shelf cover and will be available for retailers to order in unlimited quantities at the standard suggested retail price.

My Mighty Morphin Interview With Jason David Frank

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With the new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie coming out nationwide today, I thought now would be a good time to write my interview with the most well know of all the Power Rangers Jason David Frank.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jason at Rhode Island Comic Con in November. I have been a huge fan of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers since it first aired in August of 1993 and have been a huge fan of Tommy Oliver and the Green Ranger since he made his Power Rangers debut in October of 1993.

Graphic Policy: Thank you for granting me this interview.

Jason David Frank: Thank You

GP: As you are one of my childhood heroes I am incredibly honored to be doing this. I don’t want to spend a whole lot of time talking about the Rangers, because I am sure everyone asks about your time with the Power Rangers, however, you have been doing this for 21 years as a ranger with Super Power Beat Down and Bat in the Sun Productions.

JDF: I think it is a little longer than that, I think 23 years about a year before the show started. Pretty much 23 years

GP: Ok so did you think that back in 1993 that you would still be doing this for 23 years?

JDF: You know man I just look at life as what I look at it today. I like to put as much energy time and focus into your day so you can have a future. Like for me, I don’t look at what tomorrow is going to bring. I look at how much I can do today in order to have a successful tomorrow. Like the most challenging things about the shows (cons) for me is that I try to hold myself in a high standard where I want the last person, thousandth person to come in line and be treated like the first. And that’s something you have to work and strive to be the best you can. So, I think putting 110% energy into the day actually got me a future. You know because I don’t think anyone wants to see me 20 years down the road and I look now and oh my gosh I’m going to be 63 or whatever. But I am happy and blessed to be who I am and what I do and you know I obviously embrace it.

GP: Well that’s awesome and you know, I have to say I follow all your social media’s YouTube channel and everything and I read the comments on you and you are true to form man, and I have to say you care about us and thank you we appreciate that.

JDF: Thank you, I try to uphold to high standards for myself. Only you can set your standards and I believe the fans make me and I really truly believe and I count my blessings, that’s the only way I can get through this stuff. Is that I am making people smile, doing interviews do whatever else that makes people happy and that makes me happy.

GP: That’s great. So now you have this new role for Valiant with Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe. How did this project come about, did they reach out to them or did they reach out to you?

JDF: So, with the new role as Bloodshot for Valiant. They have a series called Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe and it’s produced by Bat in the Sun. And Aaron called one day and said you would be perfect for Bloodshot. I didn’t know much about Bloodshot, so I read every single book and I am actually a big fan of Valiant and a big fan of Bloodshot it’s kind of the independent comic cons you know the independent comic label that like has all these cool superhero characters under it.

GP: Alright, awesome. Now you’re a busy man between My Morphin Life, Bat in the Sun Productions, The Rising Sun Karate School, all the conventions you do. Man, when do you get time for yourself?

JDF: Well don’t forget the My Morphin Vlog I just started.

GP: Yes, and the My Morphin Vlog (on YouTube)

JDF: I have to balance it a little bit. I really enjoy what I am doing. So, I mean it’s an outlet for me, so obviously, I am working all the time, but it’s like for me it’s an outlet. Like you know it’s a healthy outlet for me. Instead of doing other stuff, I don’t drink I don’t do all that stuff so there are a lot of unhealthy outlets out there, and I kinda just keep this as an outlet. So, the more you see me, the healthier I am I guess.

GP: OK, alright that is always good. Lastly, and to be honest with you I don’t know too much about it myself, but the one thing a lot of fans don’t know about is Jesus Didn’t Tap. So, what is it about and why is it so important to you?

JDF: Jesus Didn’t Tap, Jesus didn’t give up, you know Jesus didn’t just quit on us.  Like, you know he got crucified for all of his sins for us. And I am a believer in a relationship with God and Jesus and I don’t push that or force that on anyone. I think that’s what people appreciate about me is that I feel that people have their own rights to what they believe in and stuff. But I just have a personal relationship God and I’ll testify that I am blessed. As you can see today (I have) the biggest line out of everyone the most loyal fans because people want to be, you know, you can just feel it, you can feel the love I have. And I try every time I come in here, I try to be like my Pastor, I have a Pastor Keenan, when I shake his hand he never makes you feel like he’s in a rush. He gives you eye contact, he makes you feel love and that’s the only way to get through this. Is that I have to think of my Pastor. When someone comes up I shake their hand, give them a hug, look them in their eyes and I think a lot of people don’t do that. So, Jesus Didn’t Tap to me is important, because it means that he never quit, never gave up for us to actually be here on Earth

GP: That’s awesome man, that’s awesome! That’s all I got for you man. Thank you so much for your time

JDF: I appreciate it, buddy.

GP: It’s been a pleasure and definitely an experience I will always remember, thank you.


I waited in line for 3 hours just to shake his hand and speak with him and I can attest that everything Jason David Frank said in our interview is 100% accurate. He cares deeply for his fans and he really is humble about it and even when he is in between fans he is entertaining the crowd waiting for him. It was really amazing to see. I would like to sincerely thank Jason and his team for being amazing people. If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet him at a convention and you are a fan of the Power Rangers or Bloodshot for that matter, then I would highly suggest you do. You will not be disappointed.

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