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Preview: Ninja-K Deluxe Edition HC

NINJA-K DELUXE EDITION HC

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO, JUAN JOSÉ RYP, ROBERTO DE LA TORRE, ARIEL OLIVETTI, LARRY STROMAN, RYAN WINN
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ, ANDREW DALHOUSE, JORDIE BELLAIRE, JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by A LARGER WORLD STUDIOS 
Cover by TOMÁS GIORELLO with DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
$49.99 | 320 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 14th | HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-322-2

One by one, the operatives of MI-6’s covert “Ninja Programme” are being murdered by an unseen threat. Ninjak must confront the bloodstained legacy that spawned him…before his own name gets crossed off the list… The circle around Valiant’s deadliest superspy closes in the complete deluxe edition hardcover of the series Nerdist calls, “one hell of a ride”! Collecting NINJA-K #1–14, “Prelude to Ninja-K” from NINJAK #0, and more than 20+ pages of rarely seen process art, designs and extras!

NINJA-K DELUXE EDITION HC

Underrated: The Death Defying Doctor Mirage

Another rerun for you this week of a series that I enjoyed just as much when I reread it this week.


This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: The Death Defying Doctor Mirage



dddm.jpgDoctor Mirage real name Hwen Mirage, first appeared in Shadowman #16 during Valiant’s first run at publishing comics, eventually getting an eighteen issue series in the form of The Second Life Of Doctor Mirage that ran from 1993-1995. The character was a parapsychologist along with his wife Carmen Ruiz who ran afoul of Master Darque a few times.   After the relaunch in 2012, Doctor Mirage reappeared, quite fittingly, in Shadowman #5 as Shan Fong, a scientist and paranormal investigator searching for the spirit of her deceased husband Hwen.

All of that is more than I knew going into The Death Defying Doctor Mirage, a trade that I got in a buy one get one deal at my LCS (the one I intended to buy was Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado). I was on the fence with this one as I had tried reading an issue of The Death Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives but struggled to get into the story (probably because it was the second issue of the sequel story, if I had to make a guess). With a TV series recently commissioned, I figured I’d best give the series another shot.

So what’s the story about?

Doctor Mirage talks to the dead… but the only spirit Shan Fong can’t find is that of her late husband, Hwen. Instead, America’s favorite semi-retired paranormal investigator is haunted and raw, using her gift to solve homicides and bring peace to the recently bereaved. But when a big-time occultist with a classified military past hires her for a special job, Shan discovers a lead that might close the greatest mystery she’s ever tackled – how to get Hwen back! Now, Doctor Mirage must enter the undiscovered country and cross all the realms of the underworld if she has any hope of rescuing the man she loves…or be forever lost beyond the earthly plane.

I was hesitant when going into this book, but I needn’t have been. The Death Defying Doctor Mirage is perfectly suited to  new readers, whether you’re familiar with Valiant or not, and for those of you who  enjoy reading a complete story in one go, you’ll be super happy with this. Although there is room for a sequel, there isn’t one of those obnoxious cliff hanger endings that drive you bonkers in a miniseries.

No, what you get with The Death Defying Doctor Mirage is a really engaging story with a lot of supernatural elements that shouldn’t deter you if that isn’t your cup of tea because they end up allowing Roberto De La Torre and David Baron the opportunity to run absolutely wild with some fantastical colours and environs to bring Jan Van Meter‘s story to life. Shan Fong is a brilliant character, and the glimpses I had seen of her in other issues as she made cameo appearances didn’t prepare me for how much I enjoyed her snark, her heart and an innate sense of Indiana Jones style of gambling and reckless sense of abandon that brings the story together into a crazy mix of the supernatural adventures, a gentle horror element all set against the underlying love story between Hwen and Shan.

I really enjoyed this book – far more than I expected to. So why is it today’s subject? Because I hear very few people talk about Doctor Mirage with the enthusiasm the character deserves – that’s why the book is Underrated.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Britannia Deluxe Edition HC

BRITANNIA DELUXE EDITION HC

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP, ROBERT GILL, RYAN LEE, ROBERTO DE LA TORRE, JUAN CASTRO, BRIAN THIES
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE, FRANKIE D’ARMATA, JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA, DIEGO RODRIGUEZ, ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
$49.99 | 320 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 31st | HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-320-8

On the fringes of civilization, the world’s first detective is about to make an unholy discovery.

In the remote outpost of Britannia, Antonius Axia – the First Detective – will become Rome’s only hope to reassert control over the empire’s most barbaric frontier…and keep the monsters that bridge the line between myth and mystery at bay.

Collecting BRITANNIA #1–4, BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1–4, and BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #1–4, along with over 20+ pages of rarely seen art and extras!

BRITANNIA DELUXE EDITION HC

Preview: Ninja-K Vol. 3 Fallout

NINJA-K VOL. 3: FALLOUT TPB

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE and LARRY STROMAN
Cover by PHILIP TAN

Ninjak to the rescue!

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!It’s a face-off between fist and steel as acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and spectacular artist Roberto de la Torre (THE DEATH-DEFYING DOCTOR MIRAGE) bring “FALLOUT” to Colin King’s doorstep!

NINJA-K VOL. 3: FALLOUT TPB

Preview: Incursion #1 (of 4)

INCURSION #1 (of 4)

Written by ANDY DIGGLE & ALEX PAKNADEL
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover B by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
B/W Cover C by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale
 February 20, 2019

Limited event series! A new villain approaches!

Beyond the margins of human reason lies a realm known as the Deadside, where the souls of the dearly departed linger – and where demons wait for us in the dark. For countless ages, Earth’s chosen protectors have guarded the veil between both worlds – but there are other doors to the Deadside, through which gruesome terrors from galaxies untold can trespass… With the planet’s freedom at stake, can the reigning Geomancer and her steadfast Eternal Warrior stand together against an invasion unlike any they’ve ever witnessed?

From celebrated writer Andy Diggle (SHADOWMAN), rising star Alex Paknadel (Friendo), and legendary artist Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR) comes a story that will rock the Valiant Universe across dimensions!

INCURSION #1 (of 4)

Early Preview: Incursion #1 (of 4)

INCURSION #1 (of 4)

Written by ANDY DIGGLE & ALEX PAKNADEL
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover B by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
B/W Cover C by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale
 February 20, 2019

Limited event series! A new villain approaches!

Beyond the margins of human reason lies a realm known as the Deadside, where the souls of the dearly departed linger – and where demons wait for us in the dark. For countless ages, Earth’s chosen protectors have guarded the veil between both worlds – but there are other doors to the Deadside, through which gruesome terrors from galaxies untold can trespass… With the planet’s freedom at stake, can the reigning Geomancer and her steadfast Eternal Warrior stand together against an invasion unlike any they’ve ever witnessed?

From celebrated writer Andy Diggle (SHADOWMAN), rising star Alex Paknadel (Friendo), and legendary artist Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR) comes a story that will rock the Valiant Universe across dimensions!

INCURSION #1 (of 4)

Review: Ninja-K #14

NINJA-K_COVER_BFINAL ISSUE! England’s top spy has gone rogue!

After going back on his word to find and apprehend his former lover, the super-powered fugitive called Livewire, Ninjak is now on the run from MI6 himself! So, what on earth could force him to travel to the very heart of London?

When your time is coming to an end, what do you do? If you asked Christos Gage what he planned to do with the final issue of Ninja-K I’d like to think he’d smile. I don’t know him, so consequently I didn’t ask him, but if I wa writing a series like this and wanted to wrap it up in style, I’d consider myself lucky if I did it half as well as Gage did with Ninja-K 14 in what is essentially a standalone story that wraps up all of the loose ends that I can think of (or rather all that I care about) in a remarkably neat package.

The plot itself is relatively simple, but the insights we get into Ninjak as he narrates the simple, action packed evening adventure are fascinatingly revelatory when it comes to  Gage’s run on the character. Storywise, you really couldn’t ask for a better cap to a fantastic run. Artistically? It could have been better.

Roberto De  La Torre has a very unique style that I’ve struggled with during his time on this series. Ninja-K #14 is a comic of two halves; there are moments of pure brilliance that are off set by sequences where you really have no bloody clue what’s going on. However. There’s a very good chance that in print (or on a non-watermarked digital copy) that the art will be less muddled – and because I won’t be able to pick up my print copy for almost a week after publication date, I’m willing to give the art the benefit of the doubt based upon the previous issue holding up better in person than on the review copy I read at first.

Ultimately, despite some questions on the art, this is a book that is well worth reading, and fans who have read thus far are going to be very happy with the final product. Whether it’s worth picking this up just for the standalone story, well personally I think it is. This comic give you enough context (yay recap page!) that you are more than capable of enjoying the story within without any fear of feeling lost or confused as the events unfold across the page. We’ve already said “so long” to another Valiant series this month as Quantum And Woody gave us perhaps the best farewell issue I’ve ever read, but Christos Gage and Ninja-K #14 sure gave it a run for its money.

Story: Christos Gage Art: Roberto De La Torre
Colours: Jose Villarrubia Letters: A Larger World Studios
Story: 9.5 Art: 8.1 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Ninja-K #14

NINJA-K #14

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover A by KANO
Cover B FELIPE MASSAFERA
Ninja Programme Variant by MEGAN HUTCHISON

FINAL ISSUE! England’s top spy has gone rogue!

After going back on his word to find and apprehend his former lover, the super-powered fugitive called Livewire, Ninjak is now on the run from MI6 himself! So, what on earth could force him to travel to the very heart of London?

$3.99 US | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 5th

Incursion #1-4 Pre-Order Edition Bundle Collects the Entire Otherworldly Series by Andy Diggle, Alex Paknadel & Doug Braithwaite!

Valiant presents the Incursion #1-4 Pre-Order Edition Bundle, available only as a set to fans who reserve the entire series with their local comic shop by the final order cut-off date (FOC) of January 28, 2019!

Released monthly from February 2019 through May 2019, each  Pre-Order Edition comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues, plus exclusive covers that can’t be found anywhere else, beginning with powerhouse artist Tonci Zonjic – all at no extra charge!

In anticipation of the Eternal Warrior’s return to a new limited series in Incursion#1, Valiant has announced a brand-new ONE DOLLAR DEBUT, reprinting the first issue of 2015’s best-selling series: Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1 by Robert VendittiRaúl Allén, and Patricia Martín!

For five millennia, the Eternal Warrior has shaped history at the end of his sword. He’s razed empires, toppled civilizations, and broken armies as an immortal soldier in service to the Earth.

But now, the Eternal Warrior has been torn from the world he once protected and finds himself stranded in a hostile alien landscape unlike any he’s faced before. Separated from his earthly environs, can history’s deadliest soldier survive a realm far older, far deadlier, and far more ruinous than anything he’s ever encountered? Beyond Earth lies eternity…

On February 20th, master storytellers Andy Diggle, Alex Paknadel, and Doug Braithwaite reveal a story that will rock the Valiant Universe across dimensions in Incursion #1 – featuring covers by Doug Braithwaite and Roberto de la Torre!

Incursion #1 – Andy Diggle, Alex Paknadel, and Doug Braithwaite Unveil a New Threat This February!

Valiant has released a first look at Incursion #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of AN UNEARTHLY NEW SERIES by celebrated writers Andy Diggle and Alex Paknadel, with superstar artist Doug Braithwaite!

On February 20th, one of Valiant’s most iconic and beloved heroes, the Eternal Warrior, emerges to lead the charge in an all-new limited event series, featuring the stunning premiere of a completely new villain to the Valiant Universe – a ruthless intergalactic conqueror known as Imperatrix Virago!

Beyond the margins of human reason lies a realm known as the Deadside, where the souls of the dearly departed linger – and where demons wait for us in the dark. For countless ages, Earth’s chosen protectors have guarded the veil between both worlds – but there are other doors to the Deadside, through which gruesome terrors from galaxies untold can trespass… With the planet’s freedom at stake, can the reigning Geomancer and her steadfast Eternal Warrior stand together against an invasion unlike any they’ve ever witnessed?

Featuring covers by Doug Braithwaite and Roberto de la Torre!

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