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EXCLUSIVE REVEAL: Ninjak's New Origin Prologue From Valiant's Ninja-K #1

By Luke Y. Thompson

EXCLUSIVE REVEAL: Ninjak's New Origin Prologue From Valiant's Ninja-K #1

Valiant's Ninjak was originally Colin King, a British playboy who was raised in the east, trained as a ninja, and came back to work for the British government as a master of the martial arts. With the recent frosty reception Iron Fist got on TV, you can see why that might be the sort of thing due for a retcon.

And a retcon it gets. Just as Weapon X was revealed to be Weapon 10 in his program, Ninjak is now Ninja-K, the latest in a line of Ninjas on the side of the British government dating back to the Japanese Ninja-A in World War I, when the two countries were allies.

Check out the first 12 pages of Christos Gage and artist Tomas Giorello's new Ninja-K #1 -- a prologue that lays out the new origin story, and begins the 48-page comic out next month. The first five pages have been previously revealed, but this is the first time the entire set of 12 have been shown together:

From the official solicitation:

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NINJA-K #1
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)

A NEW CAN’T-MISS ONGOING SERIES! From acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and superstar artist Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR), the United Kingdom’s most dreaded intelligence operative delves into the cold, calculating world of espionage and international intrigue!

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.

$3.99 | 48 pgs. | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 15th (FOC – 10/23/2017)"


Oh, hey, wanna see those variant covers? Here ya go:

Images: Valiant.