The long awaited debut of Ninjak #1 is almost here, and before our full detailed review of the book on Wednesday, here are some spoiler-free thoughts from the Valiant Central crew.

Amy’s take

This has to be one of the most anticipated releases in the Valiant Next lineup. Since the early pages of X-O, Ninjak has been a fan favorite. There’s plenty of action in the book, but Kindt gives us more insight into the man behind the mask than ever before. The additional flashback story of Ninjak’s first mission is especially telling and made me like the character even more. Clay Mann’s art is gorgeous and keeps the story flowing seamlessly. Butch Guice gives the flashback story a grittier style that fits right in with the spy theme. The darker color-theme also adds to the somber feel. This book was a great read. Be sure to review the excellent Battle Belt information – it’s illuminating.

Martin’s take

Ever since Ninjak appeared in X-O Manowar #5 I have been dying to see Ninjak’s solo adventures, and this first issue does not disappoint. The script by Matt Kindt is both funny and action packed and does a great job at intermingling the present and flashback stories and making them meaningful. Clay Mann’s pencils are beautifully detailed in every panel, and Ulises Arreola’s color work is simply magical. Be sure to pay attention to the backup story with art by Butch Guice as it will develop into a key part of the main book down the line. Great start to a title that will appeal to a wide audience!

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