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Valiant Masters: Ninjak Volume 1 - Black Water HC Hardcover – March 19, 2013


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  • Series: Valiant Masters
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Valiant Entertainment, LLC; First Edition edition (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979640970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979640971
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Drew on March 27, 2013
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If you're on this page now, there's a good chance that either a) you read this comic or were familiar with this character twenty years ago or b) Ninjak's appearance in last year's relaunched X-O Manowar series has whet your appetite. If you're in column A, skip to the end. Column B, here's what you need to know: titular character Ninjak is the codename of rich British playboy Colin King. In addition to living in a mansion in merry old England with all sorts of wonderful gadgets, he is also a stealthy super spy and enforcer working for a secretive arms dealing organization known as Weaponeer. What starts as a simple arms deal with another shadowy organization lead by a brilliant (also creepy and deranged) biophysicist leads King on a globe trotting adventure, pitting him against the likes of the yakuza, corrupt Japanese officials, and even Aric of Dacia, X-O Manowar himself. It's essentially a mash-up of Batman, James Bond, and martial arts flicks, and is one of the best superhero comics of the 90s.

As for the presentation, the fact that its even collected at all is a feat in itself. These issues (#1-6, #0 & #00, 8 issues total) have never been reprinted, and up until a year ago the mere prospect of these issues being collected would've been completely laughable. It's a good looking edition, the spine and cover dress are the same sleek and modern look that the recent Valiant relaunch TPBs have, so if you have those as well this will look great on your bookshelf next to them. The interiors look great, and feature the same inking/coloring found in the single issues: no digitalization found whatsoever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris JV on September 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Ninjak was one of Valiant first attempts to break out of the "Valiant house style". Using nice artwork to go with a James Bond-esue super spy, Ninjak takes on a wide range of villains. I never really got Ninjak too much (wouldn't a spy want to maintain a low profile and not be in costume) but the story lines were entertaining and the artwork was undeniably pretty. While Valiant is putting on current great comics, if you want to see Valiant old school, this is a good issue to start, one of the hits in the post-Shooter era.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By shadow5555 on June 5, 2013
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This review will consist of comments I wrote elsewhere on the internet, but pertain nicely to this review, so I thought I'd use some of them here. Ninjak was the idea of Bob Layton Valiant's Editor-in-Chief at the time and he wanted to launch a new book with this character he had thought up and then fleshed out with Mark Moretti and Joe Quesada.

Per Layton,
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"My love for the "James Bond-spy genre" had inspired me to create a character that would fit into the Valiant world"

My thoughts -

"There and in itself is a good reason why the series failed -

It would have worked better as a foil for Eternal Warrior and Bloodshot as a sister book to both , originally I thought Ninjak was the weaponeer, but that concept got so conceited and confusing that no one could follow it as the organization became whatever the writer wanted it to be instead of an established and structured entity or person-slash-people. Ninjak was directly tied into the Secret Weapons revamp (if memory serves) which would have been a cool Avengers type book, but for some reason it never worked, since Valiant never had a super hero teamup type book since the Unity saga happened. (each book kinda happens in it's own little world, making crossovers a very rare event indeed.
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I was a huge fan-boy of the original VEI back in the early to mid-90's. And I own a huge collection of Valiant stuff. With that said, this is a pretty decent HC of some fairly decent story-telling with some great art by Joe Q and Jimmy. They're legendary.
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Format: Hardcover
A must, the art and story are fantastic.
Why did I write Joe Quesada in the title?
Guess who is now the CEO of Marvel comics ~ thats correct, Joe Quesada!

I loved ninjak from valiant, the charactor is more mi 5 / mi6 covert spy rather than ninja as the title suggests.

Personally I am into the story storiess, but the style of art in this book just blows you away ~ art nouveo backgrounds, dynamic and gracefull movements.

Please do not confuse this book with the Ninjak released latter by the Accliam lable. Completely different charactor.

If you have been reading XO manowar or the trades from the Valaint relauch 2012. This is the same style of Ninjak~ get this book ~ you will love it.
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