Writer: Christopher Gage
Artist: Larry Stroman
Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: A Larger World Studios
Cover Artists: Giuseppe Cammuncoli
What You Need to Know:
Ninja-K is being exposed to all of the dirty little secrets of the Ninja program. After dealing with the breach caused by Ninja-C, he is hesitant to trust MI-6 in the slightest.
In this Issue:
The history of the Ninja program is further elaborated on with the escape of the ninja cyborg Ninja-H. After fleeing his warehouse imprisonment and killing six MI-6 agents, Colin is forced to confront Ninja-H as H confronts his own past!
This is how to write an awesome one-shot. The Ninja program was the focus of the first arc and this brings the series back to that. Colin naturally has some animosity with MI-6 as a result of the arc and it’s really appreciated to see some fallout from that. It isn’t a focus in the issue, but it is hinted at gracefully while continuing his current arc.
The highlight of this issue though is Ninja-H. He is a cool and stylized cyborg from the 80s. He looks and acts the part with numerous references to that, including a very cheeky Indiana Jones reference. The thing that surprised me was how well his internal struggle was portrayed. I won’t spoil the resolve, but it does take a wonderful little twist that changes the character enough to make him quite unique.
As with almost every Valiant book, the art is stellar. As with story, the art didn’t impress me much in the last arc, so this was a welcome return to form. The look and feel of the book are spot on. I think Ninja-K works better with the gritty and muddy coloring, rather than the sleek and glossy look of typical superhero books.