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Review: Ninja-K #12

NINJA-K_012_COVER-A_KANOWith the fate of the Eternal Warrior hanging in the balance, Ninjak has tracked The Dying One – a being who reemerges in a new human body whenever they die – to a small town outside of Chernobyl. But Colin King is about to uncover secrets more unsettling than the loss of his friend Gilad. Abandoned in the wilds of the Russian wilderness, the world’s most dangerous super-spy must now survive against an unthinkable onslaught of science experiments from the twisted mind of his immortal foe!

I’m going to start off by saying I have read Ninja-K #12 twice, and both times  I found the art a little tough to penetrate, which I both enjoyed and didn’t all in the same breath. Roberto De La Torre‘s line work is very reminiscent of the 2000AD comics I read as a youngling where some of the strips would be much darker and far more murky than others. It had the effect of lending a very horror-esque atmosphere to the panels, drenching each page with an atmosphere that you would struggle to achieve otherwise. Conversely, it also meant the art was a little harder to read at first glance which encouraged the reader to really take in each page.

Likewise, Ninja-K #12.

The art is also hampered by, or enhanced by depending on your preference, the nearly monotone colouring of Jose Villarrubia. For the most parrt it worked for me, but there were moments when I found it took me a few moments to properly process what was happening during a fight scene. It is a dark and murky issue, which does fit with the theme of the story, but may turn some away from being able to fully enjoy the comic.

Which is a shame, because Christos Gage has written a really interesting issue. With the Dying One inhabiting the Eternal Warrior’s body, and having committed untold atrocities whilst doing so, we finally get to see Ninjak face off against his friend’s body after having cut his way past the henchmen of the Dying One. What I quite enjoyed is that never once is Ninjak focused on stopping the Dying One and saving thse he has manipulated verses saving his friend. It’s an interesting development for a character that has frequently been portrayed as having troubles connecting with people, because this isn’t a mission Ninjak is being paid to undertake we’re seeing the character’s genuine motivations.

Ninjak-K #12 has the potential to be a divisive comic based on the art, and while I enjoyed the visuals of the comic I can understand why you may not. Fortunately, the story more than makes up for any shortcoming you may see in the art. If you’ve been reading the arc so far, then there’s no reason for you to stop.

Story: Christos Gage Art: Roberto De La Torre
Colours: Jose Villarrubia Letters: A Larger World Studios
Story: 8.8 Art: 7.9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Ninja-K #12

NINJA-K #12

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by DAVE LANPHEAR
Cover A by KANO
Cover B KOI TURNBULL
Ninja Programme Variant by ADAM GORHAM
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 10th

Catch me if you can!

With the fate of the Eternal Warrior hanging in the balance, Ninjak has tracked The Dying One – a being who reemerges in a new human body whenever they die – to a small town outside of Chernobyl. But Colin King is about to uncover secrets more unsettling than the loss of his friend Gilad. Abandoned in the wilds of the Russian wilderness, the world’s most dangerous super-spy must now survive against an unthinkable onslaught of science experiments from the twisted mind of his immortal foe!

“FALLOUT” continues as renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and celebrated artist Roberto de la Torre (THE DEATH-DEFYING DOCTOR MIRAGE) lead a manhunt for the ages!

NYCC 2018: Amanda Ripley Leads the Resistance in Aliens: Resistance

Since 1979, Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi horror masterpiece Alien has spawned a cultural phenomenon and an enormous franchise that has branched out to sequels, spin-offs, merchandise, video games and, of course, comics. Following Brian Wood’s 2016 critically acclaimed miniseries Aliens: Defiance, Wood returns to pen the sequel story Aliens: Resistance.

Aliens: Resistance follows the events of the popular video game Aliens: Isolation which starred Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda Ripley fifteen years after the events of the original film as she fought for survival against the monstrous xenomorph aboard a remote space station while attempting to uncover the hidden secrets of her mother’s disappearance from the insidious Weyland-Yutani Corporation. Now, in Aliens: Resistance, Ripley is kept silent by Weyland-Yutani now that the xenomorph threat has been brought to light. But when Zula Hendricks, the Ex-Colonial Marine from Aliens: Defiance, arrives in need of Ripley’s help to expose a sinister bio-weapons program, the duo teams up to lead a resistance against an upgraded arsenal designed to keep the darkest atrocities secret!

With an intense script by Brian Wood, cinematic art by Robert Carey, dynamic colors by Dan Jackson, letters by Nate Piekos, covers by Roberto De La Torre, and featuring the return of Aliens: Defiance alum Tristan Jones on variant covers, Aliens: Resistance is the action-packed blockbuster comics series not to be missed!

Aliens: Resistance #1 (of four) goes on sale January 23, 2019.

Review: Ninja-K #11

NINJA-K_011_COVER-A_KANOThe 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!

I’m a little conflicted on the art for this issue. Roberto De La Torre‘s art is both very detailed and yet full of oddly murky moments where it can be a little tough to decipher what’s occuring on the page – it’s possible this is due to the review copy water mark, or is a deliberate style choice to emphasize Ninjak’s ability to blend into his surroundings (because he’s a ninja) rather than a case of the art and colouring not working as well as it could. The reason I’m conflicted about the art is that I love the murky style as it feels like to 2000AD comics I read as a youngling back in England.

Speaking of murky, Ninja-K #11‘s story thrives in the shadowy world of spymasters, mercenaries and ethically questionable moments as the titular hero scrathes somebody’s back so they scratch his. The back and forth during this sequence between Ninjak and Neville is really well done; the verbal chess match feels every bit as tense and exciting as the action scenes to come (complete with their own questionable moment).  Stripping this book down, you get a great sense of who Ninjak is at his core as you see him make choice after choice that borders on the questionable – but makes for some really ineresting comics as each choice is within character and understandable from a story perspective.

And ultimately that is something to get excited about with your comics; something that makes you think about what the characters are doing, and whether you’re comfortable agreeing with their choices.

Story: Christos Gage Art: Roberto De La Torre
Colourist: Jose Villarrubia Letters: A Larger World Studio
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Ninja-K #11

NINJA-K #11

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by DAVE LANPHEAR
Cover A by KANO
Cover B by LEO COLAPIETRO
Ninja Programme Variant by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 12th

NEW ARC! NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “FALLOUT” – PART 1!

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 DR. MIRAGE) bring “FALLOUT” to Colin King’s doorstep!

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…

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