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Ninja-K #11 Vaults Headfirst into a New Mission on September 12th!

Valiant has released a complete lettered preview of a brand-new jumping-on point for the publisher’s explosive super-spy series, Ninja-K #11!

Incendiary artist Roberto de la Torre joins acclaimed writer Christos Gage on an immortal manhunt in part one of  “Fallout,” as Colin King faces off against the unmatched strength of his former teammate: the Eternal Warrior!

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 KanoLeo Colapietro, and Roberto de la Torre.

Underrated: The Death Defying Doctor Mirage

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.

Ninja-K #11 Unleashes “Fallout” in September, by Christos Gage and Roberto de la Torre!

Valiant has released a first look at Ninja-K #11, the FIRST ISSUE in a BRAND-NEW STORY ARC and a striking new jumping-on point for the EXPLOSIVE ONGOING SERIES from renowned writer Christos Gage and dynamic artist Roberto de la Torre! On September 12th, “Fallout” begins as Ninja-K accepts a new mission: tracking down the Eternal Warrior’s body!

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 KanoLeo Colapietro, and Roberto de la Torre!

Ninja-K #11 – Christos Gage and Roberto de la Torre Give Chase in “Fallout,” Beginning in September!

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 KanoLeo Colapietro, and Roberto de la Torre !

Ninja-K #10-14 Pre-Order Bundle Edition Deals With “Fallout” – Beginning In August!

aliant is proud to present the Ninja-K #10-14 Pre-Order Bundle Edition – available only as a pre-order set to fans who reserve the next thrilling jumping-on point, “Fallout,” with their local comic shop by the final order cut-off date (FOC) of July 23rd, 2018! The next five issues are from writer Christos Gage and dazzling interior artists Larry Stoman and Roberto de la Torre.

Released monthly from August 2018 through December 2018, 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 by Philip Tan that can’t be found anywhere else!

The only way to obtain these exclusive items is to pre-order all five issues with your local comic shop by the final order cut-off date of July 23rd, 2018! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

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…

Preview: Valiant FCBD 2018 Shadowman Special – On Sale May 5th!

VALIANT FCBD 2018 SHADOWMAN SPECIAL

Written by ANDY DIGGLE, MATT KINDT, AND ERIC HEISSERER
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA, ARIEL OLIVETTI, MJ KIM, and RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTIN
Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (JAN180046)
FREE! | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 5th (FOC – 2/5/18)

Superstar writer Andy Diggle and high-octane artist Stephen Segovia present an all-new introduction to SHADOWMAN as Jack Boniface reemerges from the Deadside to reclaim his birthright… and forges a new legend of magic, might, and malice for the long-awaited return of Valiant’s most-demanded hero! Then, New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and legendary artist Ariel Olivetti return Aric of Dacia to Earth in X-O MANOWAR – just in time for the seismic comics event of 2018! Finally, Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer and artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín plunge the whole of the Valiant Universe into an epic power struggle in the prelude to HARBINGER WARS 2!

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”!

Preview: Ninja-K #3

NINJA-K #3

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO with ROBERTO DE LA TORRE and ARIEL OLIVETTI
Cover A by TREVOR HAIRSINE ( NOV172026)
Cover B by LUCAS TROYA (NOV172027)
Interlocking Variant by KENNETH ROCAFORT (NOV172028)
Ninjak Icon Variant by TOMÁS GIORELLO (NOV172029)
Pre-Order Edition by TONCI ZONJIC (SEP172024)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JANUARY 24th

Spy vs. super-spy!

At last, Ninjak is about to find himself face-to-face with the surgically precise killer that has been eliminating the operatives of MI-6’s most elite intelligence service – the deep-black training unit known as the “Ninja Programme” – one by one. But this shocking truth will also bring a devastating realization about Colin King’s own past screaming into the modern day… With a gun at his back and a sword at his side, Britain’s most elite super-spy is about to have his faith in queen and country tested like never before…

The mystery of “THE NINJA FILES” continues as renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and superstar artist Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) lead MI-6’s deadliest secret agent ever deeper into a shadow-laden game of cat and mouse…

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: Ninja-K #2

NINJA-K #2

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO with ROBERTO DE LA TORRE and ARIEL OLIVETTI
Cover A by TREVOR HAIRSINE (OCT171919)
Cover B by LUCAS TROYA (OCT171920)
Interlocking Variant by KENNETH ROCAFORT (OCT171922)
Ninjak Icon Variant by BEN TEMPLESMITH (OCT171923)
Pre-Order Edition by TONJI ZONJIC (SEP172024)
Blank Cover Also Available (OCT171921)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 20th

Who is hunting the agents of MI-6’s most elite intelligence unit?

One by one, the operatives of MI-6’s covert “Ninja Programme” are being murdered by an unseen threat that is as mysterious as it is deadly. But who could possibly have the knowledge and expertise to eliminate the lethal men and women of Britain’s most secret service…and why are they hellbent on reaping revenge against Colin King and his predecessors? As the walls close in around him, Ninjak must confront the bloodstained legacy that spawned him… before his own name gets crossed off the list…

Acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and superstar artist Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) draw the circle close around Valiant’s deadliest super-spy for an orchestra of spycraft, stealth, and steel as Valiant’s next essential new ongoing series dares onward!

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