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Preview: Shadowman (2018) #6

SHADOWMAN (2018) #6

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC
Cover B by DAVID MACK
Interlocking Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE
Shadowman Icon Variant by KAARE ANDREWS
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 22nd

At humanity’s dawn…the rise of the Shadowman of 40,000 B.C.!

His soul cast adrift in the astral void, “DEAD AND GONE” has led Jack Boniface across the centuries in search of the origin of the Shadowman’s curse – and now it’s taking him all the way back to the beginning of mankind! Standing beside his ancestors in the kill-or-be-killed world of primordial Africa, Jack is about to awaken something ancient, hungry, inhuman…and, as darkness descends, the long-hidden face of the Shadowman loa will be known!

Preview: Quantum and Woody! (2017) #9

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #9

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE EISMA
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by TOM FOWLER
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW
Interlocking Variant by JOE EISMA
Q&W Icon Variant by SEAN CHEN
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 22nd

Breaking up is hard to do!

For Eric and Woody Henderson – adopted brothers, partners, and the erstwhile superhero twosome known as Quantum and Woody – the world has just turned upside down! Usually, they can’t stand to be near one another… Now, they literally can’t be – or their powers go on the fritz! That definitely makes being a “duo” difficult, especially when a perilous new threat is teaching you just how bad you are at superhero-ing solo!

Acclaimed writer Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and Eisner Award nominee Joe Eisma (Archie) divide the world’s worst superhero team in two as “SEPARATION ANXIETY” continues!

Preview: Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #2 (of 4)

BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #2 (of 4)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by ROBERT GILL
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by CARY NORD
Cover B by SIJA HONG
Variant Cover by KANO
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 22nd

Three Roman legions lay slaughtered, and, with them, a cache of Rome’s most prized possessions has disappeared…

The mystery of the Roman Empire’s missing relics deepens into a deadly new case for Antonius Axia, history’s first detective and the ancient world’s sole possessor of the secrets of deduction and psychology. Now, Axia is on the hunt to recover the empire’s treasure by any means…and the trail is about to lead him directly into the mystical kingdom of Egypt!

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.

X-O Manowar #19 Breaks New Ground on September 26th!

Valiant has released a first look at the lettered and colored pages of X-O Manowar (2017) #19 – a brand-new story arc and new jumping-on point for Valiant’s armored barbarian prince, as well as the 75th overall issue of X-O Manowar published since the launch of Valiant Entertainment in 2012!

On September 26th, Aric of Dacia once again takes on his role as Earth’s galactic defender, as Eisner-nominated writer Matt Kindt and incomparable artist Juan José Ryp bring the world of the groundbreaking Divinity and Eternity series to X-O Manowar’s world!

Beyond time, space, and reality, there lies the Unknown…and now it’s coming here! When soldiers from a mysterious foreign realm arrive on Earth, it’s up to the armored Visigoth known as X-O Manowar – newly returned to the planet and now the leader of his own elite G.A.T.E. unit – to deal with the intrusion. But are these otherworldly emissaries truly the threat they appear to be, or does a larger danger loom over the Valiant Universe still?

Featuring covers by Kenneth RocafortAlan QuahMico Suayan, and Renato Guedes!

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

First Impressions Featuring: Fantastic Four, Oblivion Song, Red Hood, and More!

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s First Impressions where we take a look at a handful of comics in order to discern just how accessible they are for new readers, because every comic could be somebody’s first – and that’s the first question that’ll be answered with this feature. The second is whether youshould  start there because sometimes a book could be accessible to new readers but the quality could be less than average, and so each comic will receive a score out of ten based upon Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale.

Where possible we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far. All comics were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


 

Fantastic Four #1  (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yup.
Recap & review: There’s a lot of history surrounding the Fantastic Four, and there’s a lot that has been said about why they haven’t been around the past few years, but right now none of that matter (aside from the history, maybe) because the Fantastic Four finally have their own series again. If you’re wondering what’s been going on, there’s a quick recap that covers all you need before diving into the comic proper – and this is a fantastic comic. It’s almst enough to make me want to read all the old stories! Almost (and that’s only because I don’t own them…. but there must be some on Marvel Unlimited, right?)
Rating: 8.9

Oblivion Song #6 (Image)
Can a new reader start here?
 Yes.
Recap & review: 
Nate Cole has been searching for his lost brother for ten years, saving survivors as he comes across them. Last issue he finally found him with the mysterious alternate dimension that swallowed a chunk of Philadelphia, but does his brother want to be rescued? Meanwhile, in our world, Nathan’s activities have drawn the attention of those who want him to stop… I read the last three issues of this series in one sitting, and I can’t get enough of it.
Rating: 8.7

Red Hood and the Outlaws #25 (DC)
Can a new reader start here? Uh….
Recap & review: 
One of DC’s better series for a long time, I inexplicably missed a few issues – one or two of whch would have been key to understanding this a little more than I did. That being said, what wa lost in the plot was more than made up for in the action and choreography – a book that would benefit from prior knowledge, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Rating: 7.1

Hey Kids! Comics! #1 (Image)
Can a new reader start here? |Technically, yes.
Recap & review: As a first issue, there’s no recap needed. As a history, or fictionalized retelling of history, it helps if you’re already intimately familiar with the gentlemen portrayed in this book – of course the names have been changed, which doesn’t help those without an already deep understanding, leading to the first real problem with the book. The next is that despite being hugely interested in comic book history, I struggled to get through this. It felt flat, overly wordy, and remarkably boring.
Rating: 5

Amazing Spider-Man #3 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yeah, pretty much.
Recap & review: Perhaps one of the most surprising things about Nick Spencer’s run is that each issue feels fresh and accessible to all readers; recap or no, you can enjoy this. And if you want to look for the other two issues, feel free, but they’re not require to enjoy this comic.
Rating: 8

Bloodshot Salvation #12 (DC)
Can a new reader start here? Nope
Recap & review: I’m not entirely sure why I included the finale of Jeff Lemire’s run on this book because there’s a lot to recap, and it’ not really worth doing so for the entire run just so you can red the book. The run is great, and doesn’t deserve a nutshell retelling just for this comic.
Rating: 7.8

 

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!

Review: Bloodshot Salvation #12

BSS_012_COVER-A_ROCAFORTBloodshot has traveled from the depths of the Deadside to the far-flung future of 4002 A.D. to save his daughter’s life…and spare her the murderous inheritance of the nanites that flow through both their veins. Now, stranded at the crossroads of the 41st century with one last mission between them and freedom, the question will finally be answered: Was it all for naught?

That’s a question that you’ll be asking yourself after reading this comic. It’s not that Bloodshot Salvation #12 is a bad comic, but it’s a comic that takes the series out on a half-hearted bang rather than the explosive finale that we as readers were expecting given all the build up and tension layered through the series thus far. Maybe the issue wasn’t long enough, maybe Jeff Lemire had too many loose ends to wrap up fully and still allow room for the action to fully percolate. Maybe I expect more out of Lemire than I do any other writer (which is true) and so when he delivers a comic that’s not as good as some of his other work on the character it’s noticeable. Either way, although this is a good comic, it’s not a great comic.

Reservations with the comic’s plotting aside, there are several scenes that, while they could have benefited from further expansion, are still worth reading the comic for; Doug Braithwaite and Jordie Bellaire send the comic off on a high note, with the action easy to follow with some gorgeously brutal set pieces (or the results of off screen violence) that leave the reader with a moment of satisfaction as one plot thread after another is smoothly wrapped up into Lemire’s Bloodshot tapestry. Yes, there are a couple threads left open for further exploration in the future, but never at the expense of a complete story being told here. The world and the people in it will move on, and whether we get to see their next adventures all depend on the direction Valiant want to take with the next chapter in Blodshot’s life coming later this year.

Ultimately, Bloodshot Salvation #12 just doesn’t have the page count to allow it to end as well as it could have, with the standard number of pages leading to a truncated ending, and the unanswered question of what could have been had Lemire and the others been allowed another five to ten pages.

Story: Jeff Lemire Artist: Doug Braithwaite
Colourist: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.8 Overall: 7.4 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Valiant and Humble Bundle Present the Valiant Universe Bundle

Valiant Entertainment and Humble Bundle are proud to announce the launch of a new pay-what-you-want digital collection featuring over 20 titles from the publisher’s critically acclaimed line of comics, available starting today on humblebundle.com!

Perfect for new fans and existing fans alike, HUMBLE COMICS BUNDLE: VALIANT UNIVERSE contains over 150 issues worth of content from some of the comic industry’s most notable talents, including writer Jeff Lemire (The Terrifics), Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT), Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier), Jody Houser (Mother Panic) and Eric Heisserer (Arrival), as well as superstar artists Trevor Hairsine (Judge Dredd), Raúl Allén (Hawkeye), Tomás Giorello (Conan), and others – a combined retail value of $476, available now for a flexible price!

Customers can pay $1 or more to gain access to DRM-free digital files of a set of first issues for hit new Valiant series NINJA-K, SHADOWMAN (2018), and QUANTUM AND WOODY (2017), as well as introductory volume 1 trades like X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT SALVATION, BRITANNIA, and more – plus a discount code for 15% off all purchases at the Valiant Store!

At the $8 or more tier, unlock a new tier of books that includes volume one trades of FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE, HARBINGER RENEGADE, GENERATION ZERO, and the HARBINGER WARS DELUXE EDITION and SECRET WEAPONS DELUXE EDITION, as well as a discount code for 20% off all purchases at the Valiant Store!!

And for $15 or more, fans can unlock a massive premium tier of Valiant titles, including deluxe editions of BLOODSHOT, X-O MANOWAR, NINJAK, DIVINITY, and other content-stuffed special offerings – and a bonus discount code for 25% off all purchases at the Valiant Store!! Curious fans should check out humblebundle.com for the full lineup of available titles.

A portion of the proceeds will go to support The Keep A Breast Foundation, whose mission is to create awareness for breast health and education with young people all over the world.

The fundraising campaign will run for two weeks, ending at 11:00 a.m. Pacific on August 22nd, so head to humblebundle.com now for some great comics!

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