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Review: Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe #3

“The pulse-pounding expansion of Valiant’s upcoming, live-action digital series wages its most dangerous gambit yet as Colin King – aka the international super-spy codenamed Ninjak – battles his way through his former friends and allies! Ninjak’s arch-nemesis – the deadly and cunning assassin Roku – has manipulated MI6’s most dangerous asset into turning on his former masters and stealing an object of immeasurable power. So who can MI6 send to stop him? EVERYONE! The bone-cracking showdown of a lifetime continues here as Ninjak battles X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Livewire, Archer & Armstrong, and all of Valiant’s most formidable heroes!”

Despite the live action version of this story having been faced with multiple delays, Valiant have published Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe as an alternate universe story with no real bearing on the other comics in the publisher’s line up.  Being an adaptation, there’s a few hands in the creative pot steering the series with Eliot Rahal adapting Aaron Schoenke‘s screen story (the screenplay itself credits Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke, Joe Harris and Andrew Rowe) with often mixed results; the first issue wasn’t great although the second was a step up. The third… is neither a step up nor a step back. Once again this remains the comic equivalent to a  popcorn fueled action movie, but this time the charm isn’t holding as strongly as you would hope.

The story has the unique honour of limping along in a disjointed shambles and yet moving with the speed of a track runner. Think a zombie running the hundred meters without any hint of the humour that should be present and you’ll not be far off.

Joe Bennett (pencils),  Belardino Brabo (inks) and Ulises Arreola (colours) are on art duties again, and provide a comic that is presumably close to the visual style of the web-series, but doesn’t really do anything to wow you completely. Visually the comic is solid, if unspectacular, and you won’t feel short changed by the art. But unfortunately Ninjak Vs The Valiant Universe #3 is an exercise in mediocrity. It’s not bad, but it’s just not that great, either.

Ultimately, although this series isn’t going to be winning any major awards, it’s not bad as a primer for the web-series.

Story: Eliot Rahal Pencils: Joe Bennett
Inks: Belardino Brabo Colours: Ulises Arreola
Story: 6.7 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Valiant Brings Harbinger Wars 2, Shadowman, and More to WonderCon 2018

It’s almost time for WonderCon 2018, and Valiant is ready to bring its A-game to Anaheim, California, for a weekend packed with panels, special guests, and stunning surprises!

From March 23rd to March 25th, join Valiant Entertainment inside the Anaheim Convention Center for an incredible roster of action-packed panels and programming, offering an inside scoop at the latest news from the most acclaimed independent superhero publisher in comics today – including can’t-miss details on series like Harbinger Wars 2, Shadowman, X-O Manowar, Bloodshot Salvationand much, much more!

First, on Friday, March 23rd, at 4:00 pm PT in Room 211, join us for Valiant Presents: Harbinger Wars 2 and Beyond! This summer, Harbinger Wars 2 – Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and most impactful comic book event of all time – is about to erupt in full force as X-O Manowar, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, Secret Weapons, and a cast of thousands draw their battle lines! Valiant’s next major leap forward starts here… And don’t miss special looks and much, much more!

Next: New to the Valiant Universe? Look no further than the Valiant 101: Jump On Board Here! panel presentation on Saturday, March 24th at 12:00 pm PT in Room 211 – a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes! Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today… Now, look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!

Preview: Quantum & Woody! (2017) #4


Art by KANO
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (JAN182021)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (JAN182022)
Q&W Icon Variant by FRED HEMBECK (JAN182023)
Pre-Order Edition by NICK PITARRA (OCT171909)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MARCH 21st

There are bad dads. And then there’s Rutherford Van Chelton…

They went looking for Woody’s birth father…and they’re about to wish they didn’t! Woody’s pop has left a long trail of broken promises and broken bottles behind him across the decades. Now, Quantum and Woody – the world’s worst superhero team, currently estranged – are thousands of miles from home, riding shotgun across Australia with the human dive bar that forever changed the course of both their lives. Will the senior Van Chelton convert his long-lost son to his hard-traveling ways? And can Quantum take on an older, smarter, and slightly more inebriated version of his unpredictable partner?

Valiant’s high-energy superheroes are hitting the road for a once-in-a-lifetime family reunion as rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and eye-popping artist Kano (Daredevil) bring “KISS KISS, KLANG KLANG” south of the equator!

Preview: Ninja-K #5


Cover A by TREVOR HAIRSINE (JAN182012)
Cover B by LUCAS TROYA (JAN182013)
Interlocking Variant by KENNETH ROCAFORT (JAN182014)
Ninjak Icon Variant by PHILIP TAN (JAN182015)
Pre-Order Edition by TONCI ZONJIC (SEP172024)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MARCH 21st

London falling!

The murderous assault on MI6 has spilled out of the shadows and onto the streets of Britain’s capital! With his would-be killer unmasked, can Ninjak grapple with the truth behind the bloodstained legacy of MI6’s covert Ninja Programme…and an opponent with more experience, more precision, and more ruthless instincts than any he’s faced before?

Acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and superstar artist Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) unlock the secret of “THE NINJA FILES” as Colin King dares death onward!

Review: Secret Weapons #0: Owen’s Story

SWOWEN_ZERO_COVER-A_ALLEN“Owen Cho is a conjurer…which can be a great deal more frustrating than it sounds. You see, Owen’s “psiot” ability – unlocked at great expense and even greater danger – allows him to materialize objects out of thin air…but he can’t control what to summon or when it might arrive. But what do you do with a heap of undesirable objects conjured from parts unknown, anyway? Have a garage sale, of course!”

Valiant’s Secret Weapons is a critically acclaimed four issue series that was one of the most exciting things to happen in comics last year, and it has subsequently spawned two zero issues focusing on two of the characters from the minis series. Understandably the expectation of quality lays heavily upon these prequel issues, and although the first didn’t quite meet the those expectations, Owen’s Story can still live up to its prestigious sequel series, right? It doesn’t. Not really. And unfortunately comparisons are inevitable.

Although the creative team reunites again for this issue, Secret Weapons #0: Owen’s Story lacks the magic of the main series, and unless you’ve read Nikki’s Story this won’t flow as well as it could. It’s a shame, because Raul Allen and Patricia Martin once again provide a visually stimulating comic that is deceptive in its seeming simplicity. If there is one reason to buy this comic it is the visuals. Eric Heisserer‘s script isn’t bad, but it feels a little light in comparison to the other comics under the Secret Weapons comics. Dare I say that the comic feels like an unessential addition to the series? If nothing else it shouldn’t be your introductory issue into the Secret Wars story, but it will scratch the itch you have for more from the creative team and these characters.

Story: Eric Heisserer Art: Raul Allen and Patricia Martin 
Story: 6.4 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Read if you’ve read Secret Weapons

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Harbinger Wars 2: Prelude #1 – Heisserer, Allén & Martín Set the Stage for 2018’s Seismic Comics Event on May 2nd!

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside Harbinger Wars 2: Prelude #1 – a STUNNING STANDALONE INTRODUCTION to the biggest comic event of the summer! On May 2nd, the creative team behind the best-selling Secret Weapons – including Academy Award nominee Eric Heisserer and visionary artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín – reunite to deliver the powerful prologue to the SEISMIC, SIX-ISSUE EVENT that will soon reshape the landscape of the Valiant Universe!

The Harbinger Renegades have been scattered across America…battered by the brutal Massacre that decimated their ranks.

Now, Livewire – leader of the Harbinger Foundation’s most unusual group of Secret Weapons – is about to incite the coast-to-coast clash that brings them all together in an inescapable collision of power.

Pushed to the brink by the government she once served, Toyo Harada’s former star pupil is about to make an irreversible decision… and deactivate America’s power supply in a last-ditch bid to save the extraordinary individuals called “psiots” from extinction. As a nation goes dark, the paths of our world’s most powerful heroes will soon converge…and the stage will be set for the most cataclysmic confrontation in the history of the Valiant Universe!

Featuring covers by Raúl AllénMichael ChoCary Nord, and Felipe Massafera!

Valiant High #2 – Valiant’s All-Ages Adventure Skips Second Period with Daniel Kibblesmith & Derek Charm in June!

Valiant has released a look inside Valiant High #2 (of 4), the second issue of AN UPROARIOUS, ALL-AGES ESCAPADE from rising star Daniel Kibblesmith and Eisner Award-winning artist Derek Charm! On June 6th, class is in session as the most powerful heroes of the Valiant Universe return to high school for a hair-raising, all-ages adventure that’s perfect for new readers!

As Valiant Universe’s best and brightest young minds know all too well, Valiant High isn’t your average everyday high school… It’s the kind of place where dodgeball is a literal blood sport and trying to find a date to homecoming can be just as stressful as saving the world! But deep within the hero-filled halls of this otherwise prestigious institute, Principal Harada is hiding a mysterious secret…and Valiant High’s newest foreign exchange student, Colin “Ninjak” King, is ready to seek out the truth – once he’s done giving omega-level nerd Peter Stanchek a cool-kid makeover first, of course!

On June 6th, get ready for second period as Daniel Kibblesmith and Derek Charm detail another hysterical day in the life of the world’s most talented teenagers, in an incredible all-ages adventure set outside of Valiant’s standard superhero continuity – featuring covers by David Lafuente and Dan Parent!

Valiant Presents Shadowman #4-11 Pre-Order Edition Bundle – Spanning “Dead and Gone” and “Rag and Bone” in June and Beyond!

Valiant has announced the Shadowman (2018) #4-11 Pre-Order Edition Bundle – available only as a pre-order set to fans who reserve the next two stunning storylines,“Dead and Gone” and “Rag and Bone,” with their local comic shop by the initial order date (IOD) of April 26th, 2018

Released monthly from June 2018 through January 2019, 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 rising star Hannah Fisher (Tomb Raider) that can’t be found anywhere else!

First: Shadowman’s inaugural year spirals into “Dead and Gone” – an epic exploration into the true power and impact of the Shadowman legacy across the ages, beginning in Shadowman #4 and featuring a rotating cast of all-star artists, including Shawn Martinbrough, Doug Braithwaite, and Renato Guedes, on each issue!

For years, Jack Boniface believed that he knew the true story of the Shadowman loa – the true story of the curse inside him. He was wrong.

For the first time, Jack Boniface is about to discover the long-hidden history of the supernatural power that became his birthright… Unmoored in time and space, the loa is about to reveal its untold dimensions…and now, the last defender of the wall between our realm and the Deadside is falling backwards through the astral void, finding himself face to face with his forebears across the centuries – from the paranoia-addled alleyways of 1940s New York to the fire-scorched plantations of the Civil War…all the way back to the primeval height of the African savannah in 40,000 B.C.!

Then: Just in time for Halloween, the battle for the legacy of Master Darque erupts into civil war as the factions of New Orleans’ occult underground vie for control of his earthly remains…and the untapped power they contain…in “Rag and Bone, an all-new jumping-on point beginning in Shadowman #8!

For some men – like the sadistic necromancer Nicodemo Darque, whose eternal conflict with the Boniface family’s lineage of Shadowmen was bound in blood nearly two centuries ago – the true path to power lies beyond death… And even the last relics of their earthly remains can become a doorway themselves…

As Shadowman returns to New Orleans with a revelatory new understanding of the immense abilities within himself, he won’t have long to adjust…because a war for control of the ultimate magical artifact – the bones of Master Darque, his old arch-nemesis – is about to erupt out of the underground and into the harsh view of day!

On one side: The Brethren, a society of wealthy and powerful occultists obsessed with Darque’s resurrection and ushering in a millennia-long reign of darkness. On the other: Shadowman’s old allies from The Abettors…and Darque’s own sister, Sandria, who would like nothing more than to grind her brother’s bones to dust…

The endless cycle of death and rebirth stops here as Shadowman and the Darque clan usher in the reckoning they’ve waited ten lifetimes to achieve – with massive repercussions for the future of the Valiant Universe – as high-octane artist Stephen Segovia returns to heed the call of “Rag and Bone”!

Fans and retailers, take note: The only way to obtain these exclusive items is to pre-order all eight issues with your local comic shop by the initial order date of April 26th, 2018! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

Valiant High #1 – Daniel Kibblesmith & Derek Charm Bring Valiant’s First All-Ages Escapade to Comic Shops Everywhere on May 30th!

Valiant has announced that Valiant High #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of AN UPROARIOUS ALL-AGES ESCAPADE from rising star Daniel Kibblesmith and Eisner Award-winning artist Derek Charm – is coming to comic shops everywhere just in time for summer vacation! On May 30th, get ready for your first day of school inside a hilarious reimagining of Valiant‘s award-winning superhero universe – one where the next world-ending cataclysm will have to wait until after prom night!

Before they became legends, the world’s most formidable heroes were roaming the halls at Valiant High – a super-powered preparatory academy where Aric “X-O Manowar” Dacia is a record-setting running back, Colin “Ninjak” King is a debonair foreign exchange student, and Coach Bloodshot is way, way too into dodgeball. Now, Amanda “Livewire” McKee and her best friend, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, are taking it all in for the first time at the one high school where power trumps popularity!

You’ve never seen the heroes of the Valiant Universe quite like this before! In the tradition of Archie and DC Super Hero Girls, this side-splitting adventure takes place outside of Valiant‘s standard continuity…and comes packed with all-new incarnations of virtually every Valiant hero and villain!

Featuring covers by David Lafuente and Sina Grace!

Shadowman #2 – Andy Diggle & Stephen Segovia Fuel “Fear of the Dark” on April 25th!

Valiant has released a first look inside Shadowman (2018) #2 – the second adrenaline-fueled installment of A POWERFUL NEW ONGOING SERIES from superstar writer Andy Diggle and high-octane artist Stephen Segovia! A brand-new beginning for New Orleans’ supernatural icon continues here with the next awe-inducing, 30-page chapter of “Fear of the Dark” – Diggle and Segovia’s introductory storyline – as Jack Boniface retakes his rightful place in the vanguard of Valiant’s most powerful heroes…even as an otherworldly force prepares to drag him to the damned darkness he thought he’d left behind…

Jack Boniface has only just returned home to New Orleans…but the Deadside won’t let him stay gone! From across the veil of life and death, the malignant presence of Baron Samedi – a ravenous voodoo deity bent on consolidating power at all costs – now seeks to infiltrate the mortal plane and claim the legacy of Shadowman for himself! But even as Jack and Alyssa marshal a defense to Samedi’s inhuman agenda, a monstrous new force – driven by killer instinct and a rabid hatred of the Shadowman – is about to turn the Big Easy’s back alleys into a hunting ground…

Featuring covers by Tonci Zonjic, Renato Guedes, Juan José Ryp, and Ben Templesmith!

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