First Look: NINJA-K #1 – Christos Gage & Tomas Giorello Deliver a New Assignment for MI-6’s Deadliest Operative in November!
Valiant ICONS Unleashes Its Next Must-Read Monthly Series with an Oversized 40-Page Debut
As revealed today at IGN, Valiant is proud to present your first look inside NINJA-K #1 – the 40-PAGE FIRST ISSUE of the next EXPLOSIVE ONGOING SERIES from Valiant’s “ICONS” initiative! In the wake of blockbuster debuts including X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1, SECRET WEAPONS #1, and BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1, the Valiant Universe’s deadliest international operator returns to the shadow-draped world of Britain’s secret service…only to find himself in the crosshairs of a plot with tendrils stretching back decades to the formation of the Ninja Programme itself!
On November 15th, renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and Valiant’s latest superstar artist, Tomas Giorello (X-O MANOWAR), present a stunningly precise jumping-on point revealing the classified history of the black-budget spy network that trained Colin King and his predecessors…and leading 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.
“I had a blast combining real world history, pop culture, and imagination,” writer Christos Gage told IGN. “Each new design the great Tomas Giorello sends in is better than the last. For each character, I tried to give him a basic concept and some ideas, but also leave him plenty of room to use his imagination and just cut loose. And he’s been delivering in spades.”
On November 15th, Colin King accepts a new mission from high-octane storytellers Christos Gage and Tomas Giorello – and joins the rest of the Valiant “ICONS” line-up at the forefront of the Valiant Universe – for an all-new monthly series! The stakes have never been higher as Colin King dives swords-first into the mystery at the heart of MI-6’s dark legacy, only in NINJA-K #1 – featuring covers by Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY), rising star Lucas Troya, Tonci Zonjic (Who is Jake Ellis?), Kenneth Rocafort (The Ultimates), and David Mack (Kabuki)!
PLUS: Also arriving in stores on November 15th, don’t miss the NINJA-K #1 Brushed Metal Variant Cover – Valiant’s third and final metal cover of 2017! Available to retailers who place qualifying orders on NINJA-K #1, this ultra-limited edition of Valiant’s latest must-read title comes printed via a special process on an actual brushed aluminum metal sheet and features artwork by sensational artist Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT SALVATION)!
Attention retailers: One copy of the NINJA-K #1 Brushed Metal Variant Cover can be ordered by retailers who place a qualifying order of 250 copies or more. The NINJA-K #1 Brushed Metal Variant Cover is strictly limited to one copy per qualifying store. For instructions on how to qualify for the NINJA-K #1 Brushed Metal Variant Cover, please see the Diamond Retailer Site under order code: SEP172023.
The next great Valiant “ICONS” launch of the year starts here on November 20th in NINJA-K #1 – a high-stakes fight for survival for Valiant’s master assassin! Across 2017, look for WAR MOTHER, ETERNITY, BLOODSHOT SALVATION, QUANTUM AND WOODY!, and more to join the ICONS line-up with major new series as the largest independent superhero universe in comics gears up for a major leap forward.
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Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by TREVOR HARISINE (SEP172019)
Cover B by LUCAS TROYA (SEP172020)
Interlocking Variant by KENNETH ROCAFORT (SEP172021)
Ninjak Icon Variant by DAVID MACK (SEP172022)
Brushed Metal Variant by MICO SUAYAN (SEP172023)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 15th (FOC–10/23/17)
NINJA-K #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover by TONČI ZONJIĆ (SEP172024)
$15.96 [4 issues] | 48 pgs, issue #1; 40 pgs, issues #3-4 | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 15th