Not a lot coming from the fine folks at Valiant Entertainment in terms of first issues outside of the continuation with their “Book Of Death” initiative which gives us a chapter featuring Ninjak. Check out the cover and premise which I have presented below. Of course there are other titles running at the same time which you can see on the shelves when you hit the comic store for this issue.
Book Of Death – Fall Of Ninjak #1 – So let it be written, so let it be done… In the ruins of his mansion, Colin King hunkers down as the last living member of Unity after the Third Armor Hunt – or so he thinks. A visit from an old friend and a peace offering present the chance for Ninjak to break the cycle of death and escape the horrible fate foretold in the Book of the Geomancer. Will he betray his dead friends or will THE FALL OF NINJAK come to pass and give rise to a very familiar future… The superstar team that brought you DIVINITY – New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine – reunite to reveal an essential new chapter of BOOK OF DEATH, ripped from the future of the Valiant Universe!
Writer: Matt Kindt, Penciler: Trevor Hairsine, Cover Artist: Kano, Clay Mann, Robert Gill, Das Pastoras
X-O Manowar: By The Sword (TPB New Printing): An all-new printing of the sold-out volume that launched the Valiant Universe – now with newly expanded special features and back-up material! Aric of Dacia is a brash warrior and heir to the throne of the Visigoth people. He has lived his life under the heel of the Roman Empire, but now a far more terrible enemy has come to subjugate him. Taken from his home and family, Aric is enslaved aboard a starship belonging to a brutal race of alien colonizers known as The Vine. If he is to have any hope of escaping and returning to Earth, he will have to steal the Vine’s most powerful weapon — a sentient suit of indestructible armor — and become X-O Manowar! Start reading here as New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (ARMOR HUNTERS, Green Lantern) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan) launch the smash-hit series named Best Ongoing Series by Ain’t It Cool News and Best Revival by The Onion/A.V. Club and nominated for Comic Book of the Year by the Diamond Gem Awards. Collecting X-O MANOWAR #1-4, along rarely seen designs, sketches, and process art!
Writer: Robert Venditti; Penciler: Cary Nord; Cover Artist: David Aja; Editor: Warren Simons
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I always liked Ninjak so will keep it brief and say that I will be checking this issue out to see what transpires and since I did NOT manage to secure the single issues of the X-O Manaowar title, I will surely be snagging myself a copy of this new trade paperback edition. He is one of my very favorite Valiant Comics characters after all. What about you readers?
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