Ninjak or Ninja-K aka Colin King is one of my favorite characters in the Valiant Universe. He is a British millionaire playboy that also serves as a special agent of MI-6’s Ninja Programme. When he is not working for them, Ninjak is out working for the highest bidder.
In the past, Ninjak’s character has benefitted from fantastic writers like Matt Kindt, Christos Gage, and Eliot Rahal. Complimented by ridiculous art by Clay Mann, CAFU, and Stephen Segovia to name a few. Today Valiant Entertainment announced a few new names that will be added to the list of creators to take on the super-spy.
Kicking off 2021, the new Ninjak series will be written by Ringo Award-winning writer, Jeff Parker. He is joined in the series by artist Javier Pulido. Below is the synopsis for the series as well as the cover art and preview pages for the series!
Colin King is NINJAK, an ex-MI6 superspy who is second to none in the Valiant Universe. There is no target that Colin cannot strike, no mission that he cannot complete. But what happens to the world’s greatest secret agent when all of his secrets are exposed? The entire criminal underworld has Ninjak in their sights… How will the undercover operative survive when there’s nowhere left to hide?
“I love how Javier’s mind works,” said Jeff about the acclaimed artist. “He comes up with the most brilliant panel progressions and layouts, and very striking compositions that look so simple but you have to be a next-level talent to attempt a lot of what he does.”
“Senior Editor Lysa Hawkins’ relentless support, along with Jeff’s steely story-sense for adventure, and NINJAK is the action book I’ve wanted to work on for years,” stated Pulido. “In fact, it’s designed to grab the reader by the throat as soon as the first page is opened.”
Hawkins calls Parker and Pulido an unstoppable creative team and a perfect fit for this globe-trotting spy saga. “Jeff weaves a spy thriller that starts at full throttle and never lets up! Coupled with the eye-popping bold strokes of Javier’s art style, you’ve never seen Ninjak like this before!”
I am going to admit that I am excited to see Parker’s story for Ninjak. But I must also say that I really don’t think that Pulido’s artwork is a good fit for the series. I feel that to appreciate the action sequences that should be in a Ninjak series, you need a greater level of detail. For me, it will be interesting to see if the artwork takes me away from the story. I would hate for Parker’s story to have to suffer because he was paired with the wrong artist.
What do you think of our first look at the new Ninjak title? Let us know in the comment section below!
Valiant Entertainment’s Ninjak drops sometime in 2021.
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