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Preview: Marvel Vault of Heroes: Captain America

Marvel Vault of Heroes: Captain America

(W) Paul Tobin, Scott Gray, J.M. Dematteis (A) Craig Rousseau, Ronan Cliquet, Kevin Sharpe (CA) Clayton Henry
In Shops: Jul 08, 2020
SRP: $15.99

The legend of Captain America begins when Steve Rogers survives a WWII experiment to become a Super-Soldier and the Sentinel of Liberty! He’ll face off against Hydra, P.R.O.D.O.K., the Rhino, A.I.M., and even an army of genetically re-created cavemen. Shield-slinging adventures lead to Avengers team-ups with Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Doctor Strange, and even the Hulk!

Marvel Vault of Heroes: Captain America

Preview: Starcadia Quest: Heart of a Star

Starcadia Quest: Heart of a Star

(W) James Roberts (A) Aurelio Mazzara (CA) Nicoletta Baldari
In Shops: Jul 08, 2020
SRP: $9.99

CMON games brings their most beloved game properties to graphic novels!

The Starcadia universe is expanding for the first time with all new stories. Expanding the world of Starcadia Quest, the latest stand-alone game in the Arcadia Quest family where players fight alien monsters and each other, find new gear, explore the far reaches of space, and do their best to not become alien chow.

Starcadia Quest: Heart of a Star

Preview: Eve Stranger Vol. 1

Eve Stranger Vol. 1

(W) David Barnett (A/CA) Philip Bond
In Shops: Jul 15, 2020
Final Orders Due: Jun 22, 2020
SRP: $17.99

You have unlimited funds, a jet-set lifestyle, and extraordinary abilities. So what happens when you develop a sneaking suspicion you’re working for the bad guys? Meet Eve Stranger, amnesiac for hire. Eve wakes up in a hotel room without knowing who she is or how she got there. Beside her is a teddy bear, a credit card, a briefcase of cash, a used syringe, and a letter in her own handwriting that explains her next mission. She’s living week by week, undertaking different, seemingly impossible tasks on behalf of a mystery benefactor. Her bloodstream is flooded with nanobombs, and the contents of the syringe deactivates them for one week and also wipes her memory. Because every Friday morning she wakes up with a clean slate and a new job, from black ops action/adventure hero to personal shopper, scuba treasure hunter to space station saboteur.

Eve Stranger Vol. 1

Valiant Hero Of The Week: Ninjak

Every Monday for the next few weeks, Valiant Entertainment is running a poll on Twitter to provide fans with some escapism while new comics are in short supply. The poll allows Valiant fans the opportunity to select the “Hero Of The Week” from four choices. That week’s hero will then be the focus of free pdfs featuring the character, videos from Valiant staff, giveaways, and more. This week, the poll featured Ninjak, Rai, Doctor Tomorrow and Livewire.

Valiant Hero of the Week

But this week’s winner (as you’ve probably guessed) was…


Who is he? A freelance mercenary frequently contracted by the British government. Colin King is a super wealthy man who has been trained in the ninja arts, possesses an incredible intelligence and affinity for technology. His parents died when he was young, he was raised by their butler, and it’s around this point that the Batman similarities end. Colin King’s parents were spies for the British government’s MI-6 who would eventually defect to the Soviet Union, leaving him in the custody of their Russian butler Alain who may or may not have been his biological father but was definitely an ex-KGB agent in hiding. Alain

What should you read?

X-O Manowar: Enter Ninjak

X-O Manowar has returned to Earth — and now the world’s most lethal intelligence agent has a new target. Hired by members of The Vine hidden deep within Earth’s governments, Ninjak has been sent to bring back the Manowar armor at any cost. But what happens when the world’s foremost weapons specialist engages the universe’s most powerful weapon head on? And even if Ninjak can defeat the armor’s defenses, does he stand a chance against the savage warrior that controls it? It’s raw power versus stealth and cunning in the second thrilling volume of X-O Manowar — and the Valiant Universe will never be the same again.

The introduction of Ninjak to the modern Valiant universe was in the second arc of X-O Manowar (a series worth reading in and of itself). If you want to see how effective Ninjak can be against somebody who on paper far outclasses him, then this is the book for you; yes, it does initially fall into the Superhero Team Up cliche, but this is one I over look because as Ninjak’s first appearance in the modern Valiant era, it was possible that his alignment may have shifted a little. I read this long after I had discovered who Ninjak was, but still thoroughly enjoyed the story nonetheless.

The only danger with reading this book is that you’ll probably want to jump into the world of X-O Manowar too, but don’t worry if that’s the case. It’s a world that’s well worth getting lost in.

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Nnjak: Weaponeer

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Every master spy…has to start somewhere.

Then: Meet inexperienced MI-6 recruit Colin King on his first mission in the field as he learns the basics of spycraft and counterintelligence, and develops a volatile relationship with his first handler.

Now: Colin King is Ninjak, the world’s foremost intelligence operative, weapons expert, and master assassin. And he’s hunting the Shadow Seven — a secret cabal of shinobi masters with mysterious ties to his training and tragic past.

This collection covers the first five issues of Ninjak’s Valiant Entertainment relaunch, and is written by Matt Kindt and features Clay Mann, Butch Guice, and Juan Jose Ryp‘s artistic talents. This is where you’ll want to go for your introduction to the character, despite his first appearance coming in an issue of X-O Manowar a couple of years prior. We’re (re)introduced to Colin King and discover how he became Ninjak in flashbacks that twin with the present as King hunts down the Shadow Seven. It’s a spy thriller in the vein of James Bond, but starring a character who is closer to Batman than most other agents.

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Ninjak: The Siege Of King’s Castle

Colin King, the elite MI-6 intelligence operative codenamed Ninjak, has confronted his past. He’s survived the gauntlet of the Shadow Seven. He’s walked into the Deadside and returned a changed man. Now his greatest trial yet will come to pass as the ruthless assassin called Roku returns to lay siege to Ninjak’s present and future by destroying his life from the inside out – and only the death of Colin King will stop her.

One of the best things about Ninjak and his mercenary life is that once you have a basic understanding of the character you realize that while his stories do follow a continuity you don’t have to read them in a linear fashion. This story follows Colin King as he loses everything and answers the question; who is he without his technology?

A classic stripping down of a character to his essence, this is Ninjak at his most resourceful – and consequently it’s one of my favourite tales.

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Ninjak K: The Ninja Files

For nearly a century, MI-6, the most elite branch of Britain’s clandestine intelligence service, has honed a ruthlessly effective, top-secret division – THE NINJA PROGRAMME – into one of its nation’s most finely wielded weapons.

Tasked as the first and last line of defense for queen and country, this small shadow army of agents and assassins has produced a succession of notable assets, including NINJA-A, the Queen’s silent weapon of World War I; NINJA-E, the globe-trotting secret agent that pulled the Cold War back from the brink of Armageddon; and, most recently, NINJA-K, aka Colin King, a brash but fearless instrument of lethality that has saved the world from madmen and terror at every turn. But now…an unknown enemy is hunting and killing members of THE NINJA PROGRAMME one by one – and NINJAK is next on the list.

The first volume of a series that dealt with Ninjak’s legacy as a member of MI-6’s Ninja Programme, this is a story that focuses less on Colin King and more on his predecessors, but it also means we get to see a lot of fantastic art from Tomas Giorello as he explores the different eras that MI-6’s ninja’s have been operating.

Another story that you can easily read out of order, this also comes highly recommended from yours truly.

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It’s worth noting that you can get Deluxe Editions of many of these stories that collect what amounts to three trades in a hardcover. They are comparatively better valued, but present a higher initial cost (based on standard retail pricing not including sales and discounts). They’re my personal preference.

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Preview: Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Vol. 1 Quest for the Dual Glaive

Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Vol. 1 Quest for the Dual Glaive

(W) Nicole Andelfinger (A) Matias Basla (CA) Mona Finden
In Shops: Jul 01, 2020
SRP: $24.99


Based on a story by Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Netflix series writers, Will Matthews & Jeffery Addiss, Nicole Andelfinger (Lumberjanes) and Matias Basla (Sparrowhawk) present an official tie-in to the next chapter of the pop culture phenomenon, now streaming on Netflix.

Return to another world, another time… in the age of wonder. The great warrior Ordon is sent on a quest to retrieve the mythical weapon that promises to save his people. His only ally is Fara, the future leader of the Stonewood clan. Together, they must find the Dual Glaive before their entire way of life is destroyed.

Collects issues #1-4.

Jim Henson's Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Vol. 1 Quest for the Dual Glaive

Preview: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Comic Book Archive

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Comic Book Archive

(W) Evan Dorkin (A/CA) Evan Dorkin
In Shops: Jul 01, 2020
SRP: $24.99

The most non-heinous Eisner Award-nominated series, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Comic Book, has returned! This archive edition contains Evan Dorkin’s (Milk & Cheese, Beasts of Burden) entire 11-issue series run on Bill & Ted’s Excellent Comic Book and the Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey adaptation completely remastered and collected in a prestigious, full-color softcover at an all new value price! Experience the comic like never before with all-new bonus features, including original artwork, art commissions, alternate versions of previously published artwork, and behind-the-scenes process pieces from Evan Dorkin.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Comic Book Archive

Preview: Steven Universe Vol. 7 Our Fearful Trip

Steven Universe Vol. 7 Our Fearful Trip

(W) Terry Blas (A) Gabriele Bagnoli (CA) Missy Pena
In Shops: Jul 01, 2020
SRP: $14.99

Check in on Lars and the Off-Colors in this newest chapter of Steven Universe!

After their harrowing battle with Emerald, Captain Lars thinks that he and his crew are in for smooth sailing, but it turns out to be harder to reach Earth than they thought!

When the ship accidently flies too close to a strange nebula, the crews worst fears are brought to life, and they will each have to overcome their own demons to make it home!

Collects issues #25-28

Steven Universe Vol. 7 Our Fearful Trip

Preview: H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau

H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau

(W) Ted Adams, Gabriel Rodriguez (A/CA) Gabriel Rodriguez
In Shops: Jul 15, 2020
SRP: $24.99

Ted Adams (Diablo House) and Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key) collaborate on a chilling tale of a man’s tremendous intellect coupled with great hubris-with catastrophic results!

The first half of this collection features the complete story. In the second half of the book, we reproduce all of Gabe’s stunningly beautiful blue-pencil renderings, Artist’s Edition style-a true joy to behold!

H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau
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