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Ninjak #25 (Valiant Entertainment)

Okay, take the best parts of Batman and James Bond and combine them, through in some nihilistic Buddhism, throw them in a blender, and the end result is Ninjak.

Ninjak is Colin King, a wealthy Brit who works as a spy after his parents died and he was left in the care of his abusive butler, a person so loving the Colin spent most of his childhood haunting the grounds of his estate rather than deal with the man.

He lends himself out to British Intelligence, combining all sorts of skills, gadgets, and wealth to take on the most dangerous assignments anyone can think to give him: in the past he’s been tasked with stopping alien invasions, assassinating X-O Manowar, and regularly hangs out with the Eternal Warrior. He’s a Badass Normal in the Valiant-verse, and so writer Matt Kindt gets to play with the full weight of this sort of character.

The end result is a comic that started slow and got progressively better, to where it’s now one of Valiant’s best but weirdest. There’s a lot of strange philosophy here, centered around a character who is effectively an adrenaline junkie with a death wish and enough skill to keep from dying. It’s blockbuster material.

At the start, Colin was investigating the Shadow Seven, a group of high-tech weapons dealers who dealt with cutting edge technology and weapons of mass destruction. Since then, he’s started working with them to fight off a larger threat: Master Darque, the Shadowman villain who beat his hero by recruiting him and is the background bad guy of the whole Valiant Universe, a literal god-made-flesh.

Shadowman was the weakest of the opening salvo of Valiant comics, a meandering tale that couldn’t come to terms with its hero or concept but who did have an immediately engaging villain. The protagonist faded and Darque has since plagued the Valiant Universe, causing massive destruction on a handful of occasions, and he’s one of those villains that wins even when he loses.

Back in the strongest issue of the old Shadowman series, we were given an origin story for Darque and that story has entered and currently haunts Ninjak in the form of Sandria Darque, a relative and another mysterious god-made-flesh who is clearly up to something, helping Ninjak for reasons of her own, reasons that have never been revealed, reasons that we just might learn this issue.

Artist Stephen Segovia is doing some interesting things in this book with panel layout that give an interesting illusion of movement while also making infodumps interesting. Writer Matt Kindt is Matt Kindt, so you know the story is going to be good and head in directions you might not expect – which is perfect for this title. If you like Batman and want to try something different you really should give this a look.

Review: Divinity III: Stalinverse #4

Divinity III: Stalinverse #4 is an incredibly strong conclusion #comics @valiantcomics

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The world has gone red, and now the epic final confrontation begins as Divinity, Ninjak, Shadowman, Komandar Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, and the Red Brigade all choose their side on the lines of the coming battle… Wait, you think we’ll tell you how this one ends? Nyet, comrade! The universe as we know it hinges on this, so make sure you read this one first, Valianteers! If you’re reading this review…

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X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 (“GENERAL” – PART 1)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA
Cover B by DAVE JOHNSON

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “GENERAL” – PART ONE!

In the fires of victory, a soldier becomes…a general. With the hostile Cadmium army crushed beneath his force’s boots, Aric of Dacia now commands an entire fleet into the final battle for the soul of an empire. But as a new dawn rises across this unrelenting alien world, what vicious new menace will come forth to greet it?

X-O Manowar’s path to domination darkens as blockbuster artist Doug Braithwaite (Armor Hunters) joins New York Times bestselling writer Matt Kindt (Divinity, Mind MGMT) for a perfect, planet-shaking entry point into Valiant’s biggest series yet!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale JUNE 28th

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From Friday, March 31st to Sunday, April 2nd, Valiant’s non-stop convention tour is charging into WonderCon 2017 – and they’re bringing in tons of convention-only exclusives, panels, programming, and signings that you won’t find anywhere else!

All weekend long, Valiant is making booth #1019 inside the Anaheim Convention Center the only place to find a complete selection of trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers from the largest independent superhero universe in comics!

Then: War comes to WonderCon as Valiant teams up with Los Angeles’ own Golden Apple Comics for the X-O Manowar (2017) #1 Golden Apple Exclusive Variant, featuring the art of comics legend Bill Sienkiewicz! The year’s biggest superhero sci-fi blockbuster begins here with the FIRST ISSUE of the EPIC NEW ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and Valiant-exclusive rising star Tomas Giorello that will push Aric of Dacia beyond the farthest limits of our galaxy…and into the brutal opening salvo of the ultimate X-O Manowar tale ever told! Exclusive available only at the Golden Apple booth #402!

Next: Race to the Valiant booth for signings from an all-star lineup of talent, including Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer, acclaimed writer Jody Houser, and astonishing artist Marguerite Sauvage, and receive a free copy of the Secret Weapons #1 Summer Preview – featuring your first look inside Valiant’s next extraordinary Prestige Format adventure with this exclusive comic, showcasing all-new artwork, character designs, and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks! Only available while supplies last.

Plus: Don’t miss the convention-first debut of two brand-new Valiant t-shirts from Jack of All Trades, featuring the unstoppable X-O Manowar ($25)!

The excitement lights up on Friday, March 31st at 1:30 p.m. PT in Room 208 for the Valiant 101: The Story Starts Here panel presentation! New to the Valiant Universe? Jump on board right here with 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!

Then, the Valiant Universe leaps out of the comics page on Saturday, April 1st at 12:00 p.m. PT in Room 211 for Valiant Digital: Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe and Beyond! Join Valiant’s own Dinesh Shamdasani, directors Aaron & Sean Schoenke, cast member Kevin Porter, Hyper RPG’s Zac Eubank, and special surprise guests as they collide MI-6’s deadly assassin against a gauntlet of Valiant’s most formidable heroes in never-before-seen footage from Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe – the bone-shattering, live-action series coming in 2017!

Next up, find out all that you need to know about the cataclysmic future that awaits on Saturday, April 1st at 6:00 pm PT in Room 209 for the Valiant: The Road to Harbinger Wars 2 panel presentation! The road to Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and most impactful comic book event of all time starts right here at WonderCon with a superstar cast of Valiant creators and staff! Jump on board here to find out how the coming of Harbinger Wars 2 will soon be felt across the entire Valiant Universe with never-before-seen artwork and announcements!

Finally, ring in the biggest silver anniversary celebration of the year on Sunday, April 2nd at 1:30 p.m. PT in Room 208 for the Valiant: 25 Years of X-O Manowar panel presentation! This March, Valiant celebrates 25 years of its most enduring comic book icon as best-selling writer Matt Kindt and a rotating cast of powerhouse interior artists launch a stunning new beginning in the all-new X-O Manowar (2017) #1! Now, right here at WonderCon, join a blockbuster roundtable of Valiant’s greatest talents for an in-depth discussion of X-O Manowar’s landmark place in comics history…and a special look forward at the must-read new series of 2017!

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Valiant Heads to WonderCon with Secret Weapons, X-O Manowar, and more #WCA #comics From Friday, March 31st to Sunday, April 2nd, Valiant’s non-stop convention tour is charging into…
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This Geek in Comics 3-22-2017

Weekly #comicbook #review #podast This Geek in #Comics for 3-22-2017

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Outright Geekery’s weekly comic book review podcast, it’s This Geek in Comics 3-22-2017. On this week’s newsy filled episode co-hosts Gaumer and AKADavid discuss some things, including this week’s comic books. We delve deep into some Teen Titans #4, as well as Hulk #4. X-O Manowar #1 gets a well deserved mention and Gaumer can’t help but rave about the new Rebels #1 book over at Dark Horse.…

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This Geek in Comics 3-22-2017

Weekly #comicbook #review #podast This Geek in #Comics for 3-22-2017

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Outright Geekery’s weekly comic book review podcast, it’s This Geek in Comics 3-22-2017. On this week’s newsy filled episode co-hosts Gaumer and AKADavid discuss some things, including this week’s comic books. We delve deep into some Teen Titans #4, as well as Hulk #4. X-O Manowar #1 gets a well deserved mention and Gaumer can’t help but rave about the new Rebels #1 book over at Dark Horse.…

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My Cat Cosplay signed items from Comics Dungeon today along with a few unsigned X-O Manowar #1 issues (and a cute giveaway rubber ring for X-O Manowar) . I bought an extra Savage #2 at ECCC (at the Valiant booth) thinking I’d missed it. I hadn’t so I brought it in to be signed by Nak and  Nathan as well. If you ever have an opportunity to meet Team Cat Cosplay, do so. They’re awesome folks and I love the work Nathan, Nak and Fawkes put into their cosplay photo shoots.

2 weeks’ worth of comics from Comics Dungeon: Divinity III Stalinverse: Escape from Gulag 396 #1, Shutter #28, Kill or Be Killed #7, Lumberjanes #36, Future Quest #11, Descender #20, Hulk #4, Invincible Iron Man #5, Batwoman #1, Daredevil #18, Superman #19, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season11 #5, Bloodshot Reborn #0, Batgirl #9, Black Panther #12, Angel Season 11 #3, Ms. Marvel #16, Black Hammer #7, X-O Manowar #1, Wonder Woman #19, Steven Universe #2, Super Sons #2, Archie #18, Iron Fist #1, and Action Comics #976.

'Zombieland' Director to Tackle Action-Comedy 'Archer & Armstrong' for Valiant (Exclusive)

Valiant Entertainment, the independent comic publisher behind Harbinger, Bloodshot and X-O Manowar, is continuing its move into movie production. Heat Vision has learned that the big screen version of action-comedy comic book Archer & Armstrong has found its writer and director.

The adaptation is quickly moving forward with Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer on board to direct, according to sources close to the project. Terry Rossio is attached as a writer. Rossio is known for work on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and was recently named the leader of Legendary's MonsterVerse writers room. Joining Fleischer as producers on the project are Jason Brown, The Mummy’s Sean Daniel and Valiant CCO Dinesh Shamdasani.

The project is being developed in-house before being shopped to studios.

News of Rossio and Fleischer’s involvement in the project, which is separate from the five-picture deal Valiant has with Sony, follows the announcement of Dave Wilson - creative partner of Deadpool director Tim Miller - as director of the company’s Bloodshot at Sony, working from a screenplay by Arrival’s Eric Heisserer.

Additionally, Valiant is developing another buddy comedy project, Quantum & Woody, for television with Joe and Anthony Russo as executive producers. (Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, currently working on Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, will script the pilot.)

Rossio is represented by WME, with Fleischer represented by CAA.

Read more: ‘Bloodshot,’ 'Harbinger’ Comics to Get Film Treatment From Sony, Valiant Entertainment (Exclusive)

March 24

Granted the gift of immortality, Gilad Anni-Padda is a master tactician and one of the greatest warriors on the planet. He first appears in Solar: Man of the Atom #10 (March 24, 1992). When in danger Earth calls for her Eternal Warrior to prevent calamities and mete out justice. For countless centuries, these messages have been relayed to Gilad by the Geomancers, an unbroken line of mystics in tune with the voice of the planet. The geomancer of a given era and Gilad work together to do the bidding of the Earth. The Eternal Warrior’s journey began millennia ago in the ancient city-state of Ur when found Gilad-then a flesh-and-blood-mortal-was killed during an adventure in the mythical land of the Faraway with his brothers Aram and Ivar. As grief curdled Ivar’s mind, Gilad’s brother convinced himself that a mysterious machine captured in the Faraway could restore his brother to life. However, when activated, this device-known as “the Boon”-annihilated ancient Ur, draining the life force from thousands and ruining the city, bestowing him with immortality. Gilad’s dense molecular structure not only renders him immortal, but also grants him super-strength, some invulnerability, and a regenerative healing process. His millennia of life has also made him a master of all known combat and weaponry.

X-O Manowar #1

X-O Manowar #1
Valiant Entertainment 2017
Written by Matt Kindt
Illustrated by Tomas Giorello
Coloured by Diego Rodriguez
Lettered by Dave Sharpe

   Now, far from home on a strange and primitive new world, Aric has begun a new life. Liberated from his past, he tends to his crops. Free from war. Free from violence. Free from the armor.  But the machinery of death marches his way once again. Conscripted into an alien army and thrown into an unforgiving conflict, the fury inside him finds voice as he is forced to embrace the armor once more. With it, he will decimate armies, topple empires and incite interplanetary warfare as he rises from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH. They wanted a weapon. He will give them war!“

   I don’t normally follow Aric’s adventures outside of group or company crossovers.  But as with any first issue i’m always curious to see what’s new and welll let’s face it Matt writing something means you kind of automatically try it, right i’m not the only one who thinks that?   There really is something kind of cool and different about this issue and the direction the series is going to take and yet at the same time it’s familiar and perfectly aligned with who Aric is at his core.

   Tomas and Diego do some absolutely stunning work on the interiors here.  I love an alien landscape and they certainly deliver that what with that planet being so close and the two suns in the sky.  Then to bring us the housing structure and the harvesting of crops make it feel so completely normal.  All visuals to really set the stage for where this is taking place.  The utilisation of the page layouts through the angles, perspective and backgrounds here are so perfectly in tune with the story it’s amazing how easy the flow feels.   There’s also something extra sexy about Aric here that comes from his face, facial expressions and that body he’s rockin that draw you in.

   While I do not know why Aric left Earth, his people and his wife behind I can very well take a stab at why.  Whether or not it’s true is not relevant since he’s at this place and time in his life on another world trying to leave his old life behind.   So it shouldn’t come as any surprise then whether he likes it or not he’s being thrust back into the same kind of role he just left.  Though I have to say he’s not wearing the suit, yet, and he’s doing this without a hand and it all comes across like some old Greek epic.  

Conscripted into service against his will and then he rises up take control and eventually rule those around him, I mean that’s what we see happening here right it’s almost as if that writing is already on the wall.  It’s kind of like no matter what Aric cannot get away from that life.  It will be interesting to see how he handles the path of his destiny this time around and if he can change just enough so he’s not the same man he’s trying to forget about.

This is bold, daring and sexy as hell and it has all the makings of what we’ve seen throughout history in how legends were made.  

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Old Man Aric

I’ll have more thoughts on the relaunch of X-O Manowar later today but know this, it’s an excellent book. Despite being in “Old Man” X territory and aesthtic, it’s actually a pretty good jumping on point. Artist Tomas Giorello designs and layouts and colorist Diego Rodriguez pallet make every page feel like a Pulp cover, without the more problematic elements of that pop art. Aric is placed into a realm more akin to John Carter - maybe a dash of Adam Strange - than more classical superhero stuff. 

Best of all the trades are being released very quickly same day as the next arc at $9.99 . Each trade is only 3 issue for a set of 4 for the first year which has me curious to how they’ll read. 

Review: X-O Manowar #1

X-O Manowar #1 is a debut that’s a can’t miss #comics cc @ValiantComics

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Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age. It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth…only to find himself stranded in the modern day. But…

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