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Preview: Ninja-K Vol. 3: Fallout TPB

NINJA-K VOL. 3: FALLOUT TPB

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE, LARRY STROMAN, RYAN WINN, ANDREW DALHOUSE, JOSE VILLARRUBIA
Letters by A Larger World Studios
Cover by PHILIP TAN
On sale February 27, 2019

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

Review: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #3

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #3

At last, the ruthless minds of Project Rising Spirit believe they’ve found a way to secure the Bloodshot asset…or have they? In this world of fabricated memories, there’s no way to tell who can be trusted…and who even exists at all!

Aside from unfavourable comparisons to Jeff Lemire’s run, and the Bloodshot series before that, which I have mentioned in every review of this series thus far (and am probably beating the dead horse at this point), there really wasn’t anything in this comic that garnered any sort of emotional response from me. It was honestly just a boring issue.

Personal feelings on the prologue nature of the comic aside (because even though I know how this ends up, new readers may not – and this isn’t a series designed only for those with extensive familiarity with Bloodshot), this just wasn’t a very engaging story. Bloodshot deals with another flashback, then gets thrown into a mission. There’s a few character building moments with the supporting cast in between these moments, but they feel both forced and flat. There’s about as much character here as an old Jean Claude Van Dam film; whether we’re supposed to care about these characters or not, I don’t know, but the page is open next to me and I can’t remember their names (and have no desire to go look them up).

Artistically, the books seems… less than polished. Whether it’s the artistic team not working in a cohesive state (which isn’t unexpected given the number of folks involved), or that the art team are trying to over compensate for the characterless script, the end result is that we get pages that are serviceable. Nothing special, but serviceable, which is a touch disappointing given the talent within the creative team.

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #3 gives us yet another variation of Bloodshot’s origin and his memory implants which does lead to a somewhat amusing Man-Out-Of-Time scenario, but that’s not nearly enough to elevate the comic into being a must buy. At the end of the day, there’s just not enough here to earn my recommendation, which has been consistent for the last two issues. There’s a reason that this series has fallen off my pull list.

Story: Kevin Grevious
Breakdowns: Ken Lashley Finishes: Oliver Borges and Ryan Winn
Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 5.5 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.4 Recommendation: Pass

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #3

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #3

Written by KEVIN GREVIOUX
Art by KEN LASHLEY, OLIVER BORGES, RYAN WINN
Cover A by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Cover B by HARVEY TOLIBAO
Variant Cover by RYAN BODENHEIM
Pre-Order Edition Cover by KEN LASHLEY

At last, the ruthless minds of Project Rising Spirit believe they’ve found a way to secure the Bloodshot asset…or have they? In this world of fabricated memories, there’s no way to tell who can be trusted…and who even exists at all!

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #3

Review: Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #2

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #2

Bloodshot’s definitive origin story races forward! 

Bloodshot’s handlers have a problem: Their valuable asset isn’t quite the blank slate they’d hoped for and keeps rejecting the false memories they attempt to implant into his mind. Can Project Rising Spirit recoup their losses and produce the perfect supersoldier at last – or is their new prototype at risk of being shelved permanently?

I’ll lay my cards right down on the table – I am not fond of the concept of Bloodshot: Rising Spirit. This series is an origin story for Bloodshot that isn’t really needed if you’ve read any of the previous Bloodshot series published in the last few years (Bloodshot, Bloodshot: Reborn, Bloodshot USA and Bloodshot Salvation) because you already know how the story will end.

I understand why Valiant feel the need to revisit the character’s origin with a movie scheduled to hit theaters sometime in 2020, just as I understand that I may not be the target audience for this story as I already have some familiarity with the character.

The story aims to delve deeper into Bloodshot’s past, his creation and his training, but unlike another character with a mysterious past, we’ve already seen glimpses of what led to Bloodshot’s creation. We hadn’t seen any of the build up to what happened to Logan during his time at Weapon X, so the Barry Windsor Smith story was exciting, fresh and gave readers a new level of understanding for the character. Conversely, after two issues, Bloodshot: Rising Spirit is none of those things.

Kevin Grevioux seems to lose himself in the false memory implants that the story is shoving on Bloodshot, which has the effect  of leaving the reader doubting just what is, and what is not, real. Although this could be, and quite likely is, an intentional choice to further immerse the reader in Bloodshot’s journey, it left me waiting for the end of the comic.

Artistically, the comic is solid. Which is something that I was somewhat pleasantly surprised about after realising the art was handled by three different artists (all of whom are very talented); one was a touch worried that there may have been too many cooks in the kitchen, but in this case there seems to be just the right amount to produce a really good meal.

There are better Bloodshot stories out there. If you’re looking for an idea of where the character was before he breaks free from his masters, start with the 2012 Bloodshot. If you want to read a fantastic character breakdown and exploration of what it means to be human, superhuman and the bonds of responsibility that comes with that then start at Bloodshot: Reborn. Jeff Lemire’s run through to the end of Bloodshot: Salvation is a modern classic, and is arguably some of the writer’s best work. But if you do want to check this series out, rest assured that it isn’t a bad comic; it’s just not as good as what came before. At this point there’s very little here for existing fans, whereas new readers will have a wealth of things to discover with the character – and if Bloodshot: Rising Spirit is their gateway to Bloodshot and Valiant in general, then that’s no bad thing.

Story: Kevin Grevioux
Art – Breakdowns: Ken Lashley Finishes: Ryan Winn and Oliver Borges
Colours: Diego Rodriguez Letters: Simon Bowland
Story: 6.8 Art: 8.4 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #1

BSRS_001_COVER-B_MACKBefore a weapon is deployed in battle, it must be designed, refined, field-tested. Bloodshot was no exception.

In the early days of the private military contractor Project Rising Spirit, the nanite-infused super-soldier who would one day become their most violent and valuable asset was a resource to be mined – and it was up to one enterprising employee, the Memory Weaver, to ensure he did what he was told. But memory is a tricky thing…and the man Bloodshot used to be won’t let go of his past so easily…

Valiant Entertainment return to Bloodshot’s origin with a new first issue. It’s not uncommon for first issues to see a sales bump in the modern era before settling into a more regular pattern. Although some fans decry the renumbering of a character’s series as a cheap cash grab (and in some cases that’s entirely justifiable), Bloodshot: Rising Spirit would have required a lot of finagling to carry on as a substory within the previous Bloodshot led series so it only makes sense that the writing team of Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler, who handle the story, and Kevin Giroux who’s taking on the actual scripting of the comic, have been given a new number one.

With that out of the way, Bloodshot: Rising Spirit  is a very pretty comic. There’s a hell of an art team on the book, and not once in the issue does the imagery suffer because of all the hands involved. If you’ve ever heard the old “too many cooks” phrase, then it doesn’t ring true with this issue. It is an astonishingly wonderful comic to read from start to finish.

In the interest of full disclosure, I wasn’t fond of the idea of going back to the origin of Bloodshot after Jeff Lemire’s run across Bloodshot Reborn and Salvation, and came into this comic wanting to like it but genuinely nervous about my perception of the intended direction. I needn’t have been, because by the time I had finished the comic I understood. Not only that with the Vin Diesel helmed movie on the horizon an easy jumping on point for new fans would be needed, but the writers’ direction had much more in common with Barry Windsor Smith’s Wolverine origin story Weapon X. The similarity lays more in the feeling and overall theme of the two stories – two men changed by science into killing machines. The homage to a Valiant great, whether intentional or not, is fantastic.

This comic has surprised me. Obviously I hoped to enjoy it, but I never honestly expected it to turn into a must read book. Next month is too far away…

Story: Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler Script: Kevin Giroux
Pencils: Ken Lashly Finishes: Ryan Winn with Brian Theis and Olivier Broges
Colors: Diego Rodriguez Letters: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.9 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1

Written by LONNIE NADLER & ZAC THOMPSON
Art by KEN LASHLEY
Inks by RYAN WINN
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Cover B by DAVID MACK
Variant Cover by STAZ JOHNSON
Glass Variant Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Pre-Order Edition by KEN LASHLEY
Blank Cover Also Available

NEW ONGOING SERIES! DISCOVER THE TRUE ORIGIN OF VALIANT’S MOST UNRELENTING HERO!

Before a weapon is deployed in battle, it must be designed, refined, field-tested. Bloodshot was no exception.

In the early days of the private military contractor Project Rising Spirit, the nanite-infused super-soldier who would one day become their most violent and valuable asset was a resource to be mined – and it was up to one enterprising employee, the Memory Weaver, to ensure he did what he was told. But memory is a tricky thing…and the man Bloodshot used to be won’t let go of his past so easily…

Celebrated writer Kevin Grevioux (New Warriors) teams up with the incomparable writing duo of Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson (The Dregs) and comics legend Ken Lashley (Black Panther) to open a door once closed and reveal answers to questions that Bloodshot himself would never think to ask!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 14th

Valiant Sends Convention Exclusives to Heroes Dutch Comic Con 2018!

Valiant has announced that it has partnered with Heroes Dutch Comic Con, the biggest comic convention in the Netherlands, to bring some of the publisher’s critically acclaimed comic titles and merchandise across the Atlantic for an unbeatable celebration of pop culture and European fandom!

From November 24th to November 25th, check out all the fun and festivities at the Jaarbeurs Convention Centre in Utrecht, Netherlands – and while you’re there, make sure you pick up a copy of the Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 Heroes Ducth Comic Con Variant Cover, available only at Heroes Dutch Comic Con!

This limited variant cover will only be sold in the Netherlands and features artwork by Valiant fan-favorite artist and Heroes Dutch Comic Con guest Manuel Garcia!

Created by a brutal brain trust of comic elites that includes writers Kevin Grevioux, Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson; artist Ken Lashley; inker Ryan Winn; and colorist Diego Rodriguez, Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 begins the definitive origin story of Valiant’s walking weapon of war in a brand-new prequel series!

Review: Ninja-K #10

NINJA-K_010_COVER-A_CAMUNCOLIFrom the encrypted files of The Ninja Programme, another secret chapter revealed! 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…

Ninja-K #10 serves both as a bridge between the last arc and the one that kicks off next issue, and as a fantastic jumping on point for new readers. Christos Gage has penned a fantastic one-shot story that focuses as much on Ninja-H as it does Ninja-K; and by doing this we get a deeper understanding of where Colin King stands after all he has uncovered about MI6’s Ninja Programme. It’s a clever way of advancing the long game in the background as we’re placated with one of the more interesting agents of the Ninja Programme we’ve seen so far.

As far as superhero comics go, this is a remarkably complete offering. We’ve got the tragic story, the brilliant choreography, and a story that holds more emotional revelations than you’d expect given the ninja verses ninja set up.

Larry StromanRyan Winn and Andrew Dalhouse deliver a near flawless offering on art duties (pencils, inks and colours respectively), with only a panel or two containing slightly unnaturally posed or shaped figures. Those figures aside, each page is a masterfully composed piece of art that brings Gage’s script to a vividly brutal life. Oddly enough, the single issue story in Ninja-K #10 really is the best jumping on point you’re likely to find unless you start from the first issue (and really, I’d suggest you do if you have the means and are even a little curious).

Christos Gage has been writing some of the bet Ninjak I have ever read – this issue is a great example of that, and a great gateway to character for new readers.

Writer: Christos Gage Pencils: Larry Stroman
Inks: Ryan Winn Colours: Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 9 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Ninja-K #10

NINJA-K #10

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by LARRY STROMAN
Inks by RYAN WINN
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by A LARGER WORLD STUDIOS
Cover A by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Cover B by LARRY STROMAN
Ninja Programme Variant by DARICK ROBERTSON
Pre-Order Edition by PHILIP TAN
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 15th

A BLOCKBUSTER NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! In Margaret Thatcher’s Britain, meet the future of espionage: the hard-hitting, brutalizing super-spy codenamed NINJA-H!

From the encrypted files of The Ninja Programme, another secret chapter revealed! 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…

Now, for the first time, the metal-crunching saga of MI6’s one-man, super-powered strike force – and his tragic fall from grace – can finally be told as renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) teams with comics legend Larry Stroman (X-Factor) to declassify the next standalone shadow-laden chapter in the history of Ninjak’s fellow Ninja Programme agents!

Preview: Red Hood and the Outlaws #25

Red Hood and the Outlaws #25

(W) Scott Lobdell (A) Dexter Soy, Ryan Winn, Phil Hester, Ande Parks (A/CA) Trevor Hairsine
In Shops: Aug 08, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Batman versus Red Hood for the right to fight in Gotham-grab your ringside seat for the battle 25 years in the making! Jason Todd broke a promise to his mentor, and must now confront an angry and betrayed Batman. That means a good time for readers, but probably not so much for Jason: it’s likely going to take more than the Outlaws’ help in order for the Red Hood to avoid wearing an orange jumper in prison.

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