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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!

Preview: Quantum and Woody (2017) #1

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1

Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by KANO
Cover A (Standard) by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO (OCT171904)
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (OCT171905)
Pre-Order Edition by NICK PITARRA (OCT171909)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (OCT171906)
Q&W Icon Variant by NEAL ADAMS (OCT171907)
The Most Variant Cover of All Time! by CLAYTON HENRY, SPECIAL GUESTS, AND EVERY GIMMICK KNOWN TO MAN! (OCT171908)
$3.99 | 32 pgs.| T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 20th

THE WORLD’S WORST SUPERHERO TEAM RETURNS IN AN EXPLOSIVE NEW ONGOING SERIES! 

This December, deeply alarming and untrustworthy writer Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and eye-popping artist Kano (Daredevil) give the Valiant Universe the adjective-worthy superheroes it deserves: QUANTUM AND WOODY!

Sometimes…you embrace your destiny. And sometimes…you and your troublemaking adopted brother find yourselves trapped in a scientific lab explosion that grants you $@&%ing awesome superpowers. As a result of their accident, Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – must “klang” their wristbands together every 24 hours or both dissipate into nothingness. Which makes superhero-ing pretty awkward when you’re not on speaking terms at the moment. See, Eric has been keeping a pretty big secret: He knows who Woody’s birth father really is…and where he’s been hiding all these years.

With great power comes great sibling rivalry! This winter, you’ll believe two men and one goat can split a one bedroom apartment and still be a credible threat to evil and injustice everywhere when QUANTUM AND WOODY make headlines and take names!

Andy Diggle & Stephen Segovia Descend into Valiant’s Shadowman #1

Valiant has announced the all-new Shadowman #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of A POWERFUL NEW ONGOING SERIES from superstar writer Andy Diggle and powerhouse artist Stephen Segovia!

Valiant’s supernatural icon starts here on March 28th with PART ONE of “FEAR OF THE DARK” – a tense and gripping three-issue introduction pushing Jack Boniface to the farthest edge of fear itself…and into a startling, adrenaline-fueled fight for survival as Shadowman takes command of the birthright he was born to uphold!

Don’t fear your demons… Fight them! Orphaned at birth and raised on the margins of society, Jack Boniface never knew his place in the world. Until he discovered it waiting for him…in a darkness far older than the reign of men…

Unbeknownst to him, Jack was fated to become the next in a long lineage of Shadowmen – mortals bound to violent voodoo spirits of immense power – that could safeguard our world against incursions from realms beyond. For years, he struggled to control the loa’s murderous urges – a battle he eventually lost.

But now, after years of self-imposed exile, the man once known as Shadowman is returning home to sharpen the weapon within…and unleash a reckoning on the evils of our world that will soon send shockwaves through heaven and hell alike…

Andy Diggle forges ahead with a riveting, two-year roadmap that will redefine the boundaries of Valiant’s paranormal underworld…and that together will encompass the most ambitious and fearsome Shadowman tale ever told.

Featuring covers by a stunning cast of artists, including Eisner Award nominee Tonci ZonjicRenato GuedesJuan José Ryp, and Travel Foreman!

Review: Bloodshot Salvation #4

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This is the story of two brothers, who were born into nothing and reaped an inheritance of anger… This is the story of Rampage – an imperfect reflection of Bloodshot’s potential, one enhanced by the very same nanite technology, but fueled by an inextinguishable furnace of hate… This is the story of the Valiant Universe’s most terrifying new villain, and a preview of the pain he has yet to inflict on an unsuspecting world…

After last issue’s cliffhanger ending, Bloodshot Salvation #4 takes a different track as it fleshes out the backstory of two major players in the series, the Scarred Man and Rampage, which means we’ll have to wait until at least issue five to get some form of resolution to the aforementioned cliffhanger. It’s almost enough to make a person feel a little miffed, or it would be if Jeff Lemire didn’t produce a compelling, if slightly telegraphed, story as he and artist Mico Suayan take a brief but welcome look into the antagonists of the series.

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The story itself, although not the most complex, or original if we’re being honest (but then you show me an entirely original origin type story these days that’s still of a high caliber) is both engaging and well told; you may suss out the ending by the midpoint, but you’ll still enjoy the journey as told by a writer at the top of his game. But just because I could see where the story was heading didn’t mean that there wasn’t a couple of smaller, more character based surprises for me toward the end of the comic.

Mico Suayan is, once again, on utterly brilliant form as the brings the story to a visceral presence as you read the comic. The underlying sense of dread as the tale unfolds, and the very palpable fear of the young characters wouldn’t be half as effective were it not for Suayan’s art and colourist Diego Rodriguez. 

Bloodshot Salvation #4 is a bit of a break from the story running though the first three issues, but it’s one that teases out the cliffhanger of the previous issue with a fleshing out of characters that, ultimately, needed a bit of fleshing out. How this will play into the rest of the series, well we’ll find out sooner or later, eh?

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Mico Suayan Colourist Diego Rodriguez
Story: 8.75 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided a FREE copy for review. I will purchase my copy anyway.

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #4

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #4

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by MICO SUAYAN
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (OCT171910)
Cover B by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (OCT171911)
Cover C by KHARI EVANS (OCT171912)
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (OCT171913)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by CULLY HAMNER (OCT171914)
$3.99 US | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 13th (FOC – 11/20/2017)

At last – the origin of Rampage!

This is the story of two brothers, who were born into nothing and reaped an inheritance of anger… This is the story of Rampage – an imperfect reflection of Bloodshot’s potential, one enhanced by the very same nanite technology, but fueled by an inextinguishable furnace of hate… This is the story of the Valiant Universe’s most terrifying new villain, and a preview of the pain he has yet to inflict on an unsuspecting world…

“THE BOOK OF REVENGE” drives another nail deep into Bloodshot’s soul and psyche as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Black Hammer) and explosive artist Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) present, for once and all time, the brutal genesis of the man-made-machine called Rampage!

Everything Goes Black! Jeff Lemire Plunges Bloodshot Salvation #7 into Total Darkness

Valiant has announced that New York Times best-selling writer and Eisner Award-winning visionary Jeff Lemire will take the helm to write and illustrate Bloodshot Salvation #7 – the year’s most terrifying, most memorable special issue…told entirely in PITCH-BLACK DARKNESS!

On March 7thas Bloodshot journeys farther into the uncanny dimension known as the Deadside for “The Book of the Dead,” everything goes black as one of the most inventive minds in comics today tests the boundaries of the medium with a gripping standalone tale of perseverance and pain at the edge of human understanding…

Deployed into the demonic realm called Deadside in search of a cure for his ailing infant daughter, Bloodshot has lost the one sense he needs most to navigate the land of the dead: his sight. Blinded with only his four-legged ally, Bloodhound, to aid him, Ray Garrison must fight onward as one man against the darkness – even as he is beset from all sides by a horde of inhuman entities that crave only death, suffering, and slaughter…

Featuring covers by Lemire, Raúl AllénRenato GuedesDavid Lafuente, and comics legend Bob Layton!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1 (DC Comics/IDW Publishing) – I thoroughly enjoyed the first miniseries featuring these two properties, and while I half expect this to be nothing more than a shameless cash grab I’m oddly excited to see the Dark Knight cross paths with the Turtles again. I would say you don’t see that happen often, but that’s not necessarily the case anymore – and I’m quite happy about that.

Green Arrow #35 (DC Comics) – One of the sleeper hits for me is Green Arrows ongoing series. The art is whimsical and sweepingly beautiful, and the story about one man fighting a giant corporate conspiracy theory is far stronger than it seemed at first. Definitely one to keep on your radar.

Faith’s Winter Wonderland Special #1 (Valiant) – Marguerite Sauvage pulls double duty on this one, and I’m curious as to what she’ll offer – as long as it’s fun (and looks as awesome as she’s proven her self capable of drawing) then I’ll be happy.

 

Jen

Top Pick: Jupiter Jet #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – The debut issue of this teenaged Robin Hood story with a science fiction twist grabbed my attention immediately. The art, vaguely reminiscent of Squirrel Girl (probably not a mistake), makes early promises of a book with lighthearted romps plastered from cover to cover.

Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #3 (DC Comics/Archie Comics) –  I am going to be honest–I didn’t know this title was out already. Time to catch up. Girl power is promised in BUNDLES in a book featuring four iconic women from comics, and the mashup of Good vs. Bad (can we definitively call Harley/Ivy evil?) should be a great time.

Jem and the Holograms Dimensions #1 (IDW Publishing) – More girl power. Step one: put a cat on the cover. Step two, promise some light-hearted hijinx featuring girls from both sides of the tracks (I’m sensing a theme this week…). Step three: throw in a good old-fashioned game of Dungeons and Dragons. What could possibly go wrong?

I Hate Fairyland Deluxe HC Vol. 1 (Image Comics) – A 36 year old woman trapped in a 6 year old’s body isn’t even close to the most grotesque thing going on in Skottie Young’s modern masterpiece. Young’s delightfully vulgar sense of humor truly shines in his first Image title. The Deluxe collection promises plenty of extras which will likely ooze with….something nasty.

Archie #26 (Archie Comics) – What can I say, I’ve been a sucker for the redhead and his bumbling misadventures since I was a kid. Old habits, and all that. But the All-new Archie has taken us some places we’ve never been before, and I for one can’t wait to see where we go next.

 

Shay

Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #3 (DC Comics) – Do I really need a reason? It’s like my childhood met my teen hood in a bar and I’m here for it. This might be one of the few times where crossing the streams is a good thing.

Throwaways #10 (Image Comics) – Dean and Abby are still trying to get to the bottom of the conspiracy theory that is their life while dealing with the latest hinderences , like being separated by guards, as the hunt for the truth. The series is hit or miss but, they seem to be getting their bearings so either way this will be interesting.

Hawkeye #13 (Marvel) – Clint and Kate in LA on a case. There will be humor, there will be blood, there will be awesome , in the start of what looks like a killer story arc.

 

Brett

Top Pick: A Small Revolution (Soaring Penguin Press) – A revolution in a small country seen through the yes of an innocent child. If there’s ever been a comic more geared towards me, I don’t know what it is. The concept sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it.

Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was a perfect balance of action, characterization, and social justice. Hope this issue continues that trend.

Captain America #696 (Marvel) – The first issue was good (not great) but Mark Waid and Chris Samnee seem to be exploring what it means to be Captain America. What they have to say should be interesting and both know the character well, so this should be an interesting read no matter what.

The Consultant #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – When superheroes screw up, this is the guy who cleans up the mess. I’ve read the first issue and while there’s some slight issues with characters standing out in design, the story is fantastic and exactly what I hoped for.

Winter War (Caliber Entertainment) – The story of the 100-day war of Finland versus the Soviet Union at the dawk of World War II. Sounds really interesting.

Ninja-K #1 – Valiant’s Sold-Out Super-Spy Thriller Returns with Second Printing on January 3rd!

Valiant is proud to announce that Ninja-K #1 – the 48-PAGE FIRST ISSUE of the EXPLOSIVE NEW ONGOING SERIES from acclaimed writer Christos Gage and superstar artist Tomás Giorello – has sold out at the distributor level and will return with the Ninja-K #1 Second Printing on January 3rd!

Gage and Giorello dive deep into the classified history of the black-budget spy network that trained Colin King and his predecessors…and launch Ninjak on a manhunt through a cold, calculating world of espionage and international intrigue in search of a killer targeting all ninja agents – past and present!

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.

On January 3rd, start at the beginning to experience the full intensity of the espionage-laden, super-spy thriller!

Preview: Faith’s Winter Wonderland Special #1

FAITH’S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1

Written by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA and M.J. KIM
Cover A by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (OCT171929)
Cover B by PAULINA GANUCHEAU (OCT171930)
Variant Cover by SIBYLLINE MEYNET (OCT171931)
Variant Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE (OCT171932)
$3.99 US | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 6th (FOC – 11/13/2017)

Eisner Award and Russ Manning Award-nominated artistic sensation Marguerite Sauvage (FAITH, Shade the Changing Girl) takes the helm for a fanciful tale of Faith Herbert’s very first holiday extravaganza, alongside high-spirited special guest artists Francis Portela (FAITH) and M.J. Kim (NINJAK)! 

As cheer fills the air, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert is about to take a trip down the rabbit hole… and into a mind-bending winter wonderland where every day is something special! But hiding behind the tinsel, all is not what it seems… White rabbit meets red-nosed reindeer as Faith squares off against a realm of make-believe and merriment for a whimsical flight of superhero fancy!

Quantum and Woody! #2 Gets a Slightly Less Collectible Second Issue

Valiant has released a first look inside Quantum and Woody! (2017) #2 – the second sensational issue of the ALL-NEW and UNPREDICTABLE ONGOING SERIES by rising star Daniel Kibblesmith and eye-popping artist Kano! On January 31st, the must-read superhero-action-family-drama-buddy-comedy throwdown of 2018 cries all the tears as it tells the saddest truth of all: Quantum and Woody are the world’s worst superhero team…no more!

It’s the ones you love that hurt you the most…and, in the case of super-powered adoptive brothers Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – this is definitely going to leave a mark! Quantum has kept the truth about Woody’s biological father a secret, and now that Woody has found out about his brother’s betrayal, their once-promising superhero career has ground to a standstill. So now it’s time for one last shot at teaming up as our heroes head “down under” – ahem, to Australia – in search of Woody’s one true DNA match. Like father, like son? Let’s hope not.

Featuring covers by Julian Totino Tedesco, Geoff Shaw, and Mike Allred!

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