Bit of slow week in comics, (outside of Marvel & DC) unless you’re Valiant. Throwing the hammer, Valiant announced late Sunday night their exploration into films, TV, and other mediums with the help of DMG. The nine figured deal is not to be taken lightly. We’re not talking Fantastic Four Roger Corman productions. DMG is a major player having already produced Iron Man 3, Looper among others. You can read the full press release here. It’s only fitting that I’m stuffing my sack with Valiant’s Ninjak #1 this week.
Before we get into this weeks picks, let’s recap last weeks: Imperium #2, ’68 Jungle Jim: Guts’N’Glorgy, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #3, and Monster Motors: The Curse of Minivan Helsing #1. All great books!
Here are this weeks snags!
Writer: Matt Kindt Penciler: Clay Mann, Butch Guice
Cover Artist: Lewis LaRosa, Clay Mann, Dave Johnson, Marguerite Sauvage, Trevor Hairsine & Tom Muller
For the first time, Ninjak’s past and future collide in the pages of an all-new ongoing series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Rai, Mind MGMT) and superstar artists Clay Mann (X-Men: Legacy, Gambit) and Butch Guice (Captain America, Action Comics)!
Then: Meet inexperienced MI-6 recruit Colin King on his first mission in the field as he learns the basics of spycraft and counterintelligence, and develops a volatile relationship with his first handler.
Now: Colin King is Ninjak, the world’s foremost intelligence operative, weapons expert, and master assassin. And he’s hunting the Shadow Seven – a secret cabal of shinobi masters with mysterious ties to his training and tragic past.
Kindt has been crushing The Valiant series, and he continues it here. Ninjak #1, part of Valiant Next, is as sharp as King’s katana sword. I’ve been comparing Colin King to a more flexible James Bond all week, not sure if die hard Valiant fans (do they have a name) like that but it’s the best comparison I could come up with.
For me, this is has been the strongest debut in The Valiant Next phase, save for maybe The Valiant. Timewalker, Imperium, and Divinity are all very, very strong titles, but Ninjak suits me better. Lush with fluid violence and smooth dialogue, Ninjak #1 is beautiful exhibit of the quality inhabiting the Valiant universe.
GODZILLA: CATACLYSM (TB)
Writer: Cullen Bunn Art: Dave Wachter
Years have passed since the monster apocalypse nearly destroyed mankind. Now it is merely a distant, nightmarish memory for Hiroshi, an elder in one of the few remaining tribes of humans. Little does Hiroshi know that the apocalypse is not over, and that his memories of the past may yet save the future!
This trade paperback is almost as big as the King of Monsters himself, 124 pages! It collects Godzilla: Cataclysm 1-5. I have also been a fan of Cullen Bunn, (The Sixth Gun is a riot), and he doesn’t disappoint here. I’m in the camp that there no bad Godzilla stories. Maybe I’m easier pleased, but Godzilla trampling along a Mad Maxish Japan! I’m mean Holy Atomic Breath!
Wachter draws a mean, nasty looking Gojira! Eerie is how I’d describe the color palate. It’s muted, old, wore…great reflection on the wasteland surrounding them. I only made it 1/2 through this monster of book, can’t wait to finish the rest.
Shameless Plug! Check out my podcast “Obi Wan’s Beard” this week’s guest is Ghostbuster, TNMT, Galaxy Quest scribe Erik Burnham, only on Slack Jaw Punks!