The Valiant Voyeur
X-O MANOWAR #6Written by ROBERT VENDITTIArt by LEE GARBETTCover by DOUG BRAITHWAITEVariant Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHERCharacter Design Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVICNinjak vs. X-O Manowar: Round 2!Aric of Dacia has bonded with the most powerful weapon in the universe, but his command of the sentient X-O Manowar armor will lead him to cross swords with Ninjak, the world’s most skilled weapons specialist. Hired by members of The Vine hidden deep within Earth’s governments, Ninjak has been sent to bring back the Manowar armor at any cost.  It’s raw power versus stealth and cunning in the second installment of the espionage-edged thriller that pits two of Valiant’s most popular heroes against each other – to the death.$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.ON SALE OCTOBER 17th

X-O MANOWAR #6
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Variant Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Character Design Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Ninjak vs. X-O Manowar: Round 2!
Aric of Dacia has bonded with the most powerful weapon in the universe, but his command of the sentient X-O Manowar armor will lead him to cross swords with Ninjak, the world’s most skilled weapons specialist. Hired by members of The Vine hidden deep within Earth’s governments, Ninjak has been sent to bring back the Manowar armor at any cost.  It’s raw power versus stealth and cunning in the second installment of the espionage-edged thriller that pits two of Valiant’s most popular heroes against each other – to the death.
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE OCTOBER 17th

X-O MANOWAR #5
(W) Robert Venditti (A) Lee Garbett
(C) Mico Suayan, Philip Tan, Patrick Zircher
Enter…Ninjak! An all-new arc of the critically acclaimed series starts here as two legends of the Valiant Universe collide for the first time — and no one will escape unscathed.
32pgs, FC $3.99

X-O MANOWAR #5

(W) Robert Venditti (A) Lee Garbett

(C) Mico Suayan, Philip Tan, Patrick Zircher

Enter…Ninjak! An all-new arc of the critically acclaimed series starts here as two legends of the Valiant Universe collide for the first time — and no one will escape unscathed.

32pgs, FC $3.99

Ninjak vs. X-O Manowar 
Original art by Mico Suayan 

Ninjak vs. X-O Manowar 

Original art by Mico Suayan 

X-O Manowar vs. Ninjak! 
Cover art by Doug Braithwaite

X-O Manowar vs. Ninjak! 

Cover art by Doug Braithwaite

Ninjak fights his way back into the 
Valiant Comics universe
 Ninjak is back, with attitude and throwing stars to spare.
The popular Valiant Comics ninja super-spy from the 1990s returns in September as part of the relaunched Valiant line. He’ll come in as a new foil for the hero of writer Robert Venditti’s book X-O Manowar in a story arc beginning in issue 5.
"Ninjak’s a great character who has quite a built-in fan base," says Valiant executive editor Warren Simons. "He was a key player in the original Valiant Universe — he interacted with almost all of the big guns — and fans have fond memories of both Ninjak and the amazing Joe Quesada art that accompanied the original title."
Created by Quesada, Bob Layton and Mark Moretti, Ninjak and his alter ego, wealthy British playboy/secret agent Colin King, first appeared in the pages ofBloodshot in 1993. Although he had no real superpowers, he was raised in Japan and trained in every martial art, rocked a color-changing, bulletproof costume, went into battle with a collapsible katana sword and shuriken shaped like golden disks, and was a master of every possible scenario and situation.
The first Ninjak series debuted the next year, running 26 issues and having its first issue sell more than 500,000 copies. The title was also translated into German, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian, Tagalog and Chinese.
The new version, though, will be a different and perhaps harder-edged Ninjak for the 21st century, according to Dinesh Shamdasani, Valiant’s chief creative officer.
"The world has changed a lot since Ninjak first debuted almost generation ago," he says. "If you read Ninjak in the ’90s, you will instantly recognize him. But you’ll find that the bravado and cunning that defined the original are now backed by a character with a bit more depth and real-world grounding than his predecessor."
Like with his relaunched X-O Manowar, Venditti agrees the core concept behind the new Ninjak is true to the original but modernizes certain elements for today’s readers: He’s still a spy trained in the martial arts and a billionaire playboy, yet there’s a bit of a swagger to him.
"He’s supremely confident in his intellect and his fighting ability," the writer says. "He’ll come to learn, though, that when dealing with an alien invasion and a sentient suit of armor, it isn’t always easy to foresee every possible angle."
Ninjak also has received a design makeover courtesy of X-O Manowar cover artist Patrick Zircher.
"Part of Ninjak’s appeal is that he combines technological and classic ninja skills, and, though we wanted to evoke the original character in the reader’s mind, we also wanted to capture those two aspects," Zircher explains.
"The body suit under his black shozoku has been redesigned as segmented, advanced body armor while his swords are now traditional katana. Some of the changes are intuitive, there to add excitement, such as the colored seams on Ninjak’s mask and the high-contrast belt."
Ninjak enters the picture in X-O Manowar issue 5, out Sept. 12 and featuring art by Lee Garbett. Aric of Dacia, the ancient Visigoth soldier now clad in the super-cool X-O Manowar armor, has found a way off the alien Vine colony in outer space and is back on Earth in the modern day, which is about as foreign to him as the extra-terrestrials were.
"He’s never seen a gun or a car or a skyscraper. He’ll be trying to find his place in this new world," Venditti says, acknowledging that there are forces on Earth working hard to capture the Manowar armor — and that’s where Colin King comes into play.
"Who better to send after the universe’s most powerful weapon than Earth’s most skilled weapons specialist?"
Adds Simons: “Ninjak’s introduction is wonderfully violent and imposing. It’s the best that the spy genre has to offer infused with all of the beauty that working in the superhero genre allows us. There are swords and panic rooms and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Wait until the aliens get involved.”
So far, Venditti has enjoyed writing battle scenes between Aric and Ninjak because they are such polar opposites in fighting style.
"Aric is a Visigoth accustomed to in-your-face battles on the open field. He’s a wrecking ball," the writer says. "Colin relies on stealth, lurking in the shadows until the opportunity to make a surgical strike presents itself.
Both styles have their time and place, of course, so the fun is pitting them against each other in varying scenarios and seeing how things play out.”
Ninjak is the first classic Valiant character to return after Valiant’s major summer relaunch, but there are plans for more — Venditti has been talking with Simons about bringing two more into X-O Manowar.
"Consider Ninjak just the first in a line of surprises that we’ll be rolling out for the coming fall," says Valiant CEO Jason Kothari.
Does that mean a new Ninjak series is coming? The Valiant guys are ninja silent on that prospect, although Shamdasani allows that the character had an “incredibly popular” series back in the day, with old fans still eager for new adventures.
"I don’t want to get too far ahead of Ninjak’s first appearance," Simons says, "but it’s safe to say that we’re all big fans of the character up at the office."                 

Ninjak fights his way back into the

Valiant Comics universe

 Ninjak is back, with attitude and throwing stars to spare.

The popular Valiant Comics ninja super-spy from the 1990s returns in September as part of the relaunched Valiant line. He’ll come in as a new foil for the hero of writer Robert Venditti’s book X-O Manowar in a story arc beginning in issue 5.

"Ninjak’s a great character who has quite a built-in fan base," says Valiant executive editor Warren Simons. "He was a key player in the original Valiant Universe — he interacted with almost all of the big guns — and fans have fond memories of both Ninjak and the amazing Joe Quesada art that accompanied the original title."

Created by Quesada, Bob Layton and Mark Moretti, Ninjak and his alter ego, wealthy British playboy/secret agent Colin King, first appeared in the pages ofBloodshot in 1993. Although he had no real superpowers, he was raised in Japan and trained in every martial art, rocked a color-changing, bulletproof costume, went into battle with a collapsible katana sword and shuriken shaped like golden disks, and was a master of every possible scenario and situation.

The first Ninjak series debuted the next year, running 26 issues and having its first issue sell more than 500,000 copies. The title was also translated into German, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian, Tagalog and Chinese.

The new version, though, will be a different and perhaps harder-edged Ninjak for the 21st century, according to Dinesh Shamdasani, Valiant’s chief creative officer.

"The world has changed a lot since Ninjak first debuted almost generation ago," he says. "If you read Ninjak in the ’90s, you will instantly recognize him. But you’ll find that the bravado and cunning that defined the original are now backed by a character with a bit more depth and real-world grounding than his predecessor."

Like with his relaunched X-O Manowar, Venditti agrees the core concept behind the new Ninjak is true to the original but modernizes certain elements for today’s readers: He’s still a spy trained in the martial arts and a billionaire playboy, yet there’s a bit of a swagger to him.

"He’s supremely confident in his intellect and his fighting ability," the writer says. "He’ll come to learn, though, that when dealing with an alien invasion and a sentient suit of armor, it isn’t always easy to foresee every possible angle."

Ninjak also has received a design makeover courtesy of X-O Manowar cover artist Patrick Zircher.

"Part of Ninjak’s appeal is that he combines technological and classic ninja skills, and, though we wanted to evoke the original character in the reader’s mind, we also wanted to capture those two aspects," Zircher explains.

"The body suit under his black shozoku has been redesigned as segmented, advanced body armor while his swords are now traditional katana. Some of the changes are intuitive, there to add excitement, such as the colored seams on Ninjak’s mask and the high-contrast belt."

Ninjak enters the picture in X-O Manowar issue 5, out Sept. 12 and featuring art by Lee Garbett. Aric of Dacia, the ancient Visigoth soldier now clad in the super-cool X-O Manowar armor, has found a way off the alien Vine colony in outer space and is back on Earth in the modern day, which is about as foreign to him as the extra-terrestrials were.

"He’s never seen a gun or a car or a skyscraper. He’ll be trying to find his place in this new world," Venditti says, acknowledging that there are forces on Earth working hard to capture the Manowar armor — and that’s where Colin King comes into play.

"Who better to send after the universe’s most powerful weapon than Earth’s most skilled weapons specialist?"

Adds Simons: “Ninjak’s introduction is wonderfully violent and imposing. It’s the best that the spy genre has to offer infused with all of the beauty that working in the superhero genre allows us. There are swords and panic rooms and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Wait until the aliens get involved.”

So far, Venditti has enjoyed writing battle scenes between Aric and Ninjak because they are such polar opposites in fighting style.

"Aric is a Visigoth accustomed to in-your-face battles on the open field. He’s a wrecking ball," the writer says. "Colin relies on stealth, lurking in the shadows until the opportunity to make a surgical strike presents itself.

Both styles have their time and place, of course, so the fun is pitting them against each other in varying scenarios and seeing how things play out.”

Ninjak is the first classic Valiant character to return after Valiant’s major summer relaunch, but there are plans for more — Venditti has been talking with Simons about bringing two more into X-O Manowar.

"Consider Ninjak just the first in a line of surprises that we’ll be rolling out for the coming fall," says Valiant CEO Jason Kothari.

Does that mean a new Ninjak series is coming? The Valiant guys are ninja silent on that prospect, although Shamdasani allows that the character had an “incredibly popular” series back in the day, with old fans still eager for new adventures.

"I don’t want to get too far ahead of Ninjak’s first appearance," Simons says, "but it’s safe to say that we’re all big fans of the character up at the office."                 

X-O Manowar 
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Valiant Comics X-O Manowar #2 preview at IGN

Valiant Comics X-O Manowar #2 preview at IGN

X-O MANOWAR #1 Posts Massive Sellout, Returns With 2nd Printing
Valiant is proud to announce that X-O Manowar #1 has sold out at the distributor level, rocketing through its initial print run of 45,000 copies. Due to demand, Valiant is going back to press on the first issue of the all-new Valiant Universe for the X-O Manowar #1 Second Printing Wraparound Variant – featuring a never-before-seen cover by rising star Arturo Lozzi!
“We’ve been telling the industry for months that Valiant would have everyone talking in 2012, but these figures have exceeded even our expectations,” said Publisher Fred Pierce. “We can’t thank the retail community enough for the massive support they’ve shown us, and this sellout speaks volumes about the amazing job our creators are doing with this series.”
From the creative team of New York Times bestselling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan), X-O Manowar #1 is the first title of the publisher’s summer 2012 relaunch and heralds a new beginning for one of Valiant’s all-time best-selling heroes. And the Summer of Valiant has only just begun! Fans and retailers take note – Harbinger #1 arrives on June 6, and will be followed by Bloodshot #1 on July 11, and Archer & Armstrong #1 on August 8.
“This is an outstanding performance for an independent publisher, especially with a debut title. We look forward to great things from Valiant in the months and years to come,” said Bill Schanes, VP of Purchasing for Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.
“The success of this book is due in no small part to Rob and Cary’s phenomenal work, and our staff deserves a big round of applause as well,” said Valiant Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Warren, Fred, and the rest of the team spent months making sure Valiant’s return would make as big an impact as possible.”
“Valiant has never underestimated the resonance that its characters have with comics fans around the world,” added Valiant CEO Jason Kothari. “X-O Manowar #1 has already taken a lot of people by surprise, and, with Harbinger #1 and Bloodshot #1 just around the corner, this is truly going to be a summer of Valiant.”
Now’s the time to witness the epic beginning of Valiant’s return all over again! Jump onboard the summer’s hottest new series when the X-O Manowar #1 Second Printing Wraparound Variant arrives in stores everywhere on June 20th!

X-O MANOWAR #1 Posts Massive Sellout, Returns With 2nd Printing

Valiant is proud to announce that X-O Manowar #1 has sold out at the distributor level, rocketing through its initial print run of 45,000 copies. Due to demand, Valiant is going back to press on the first issue of the all-new Valiant Universe for the X-O Manowar #1 Second Printing Wraparound Variant – featuring a never-before-seen cover by rising star Arturo Lozzi!

“We’ve been telling the industry for months that Valiant would have everyone talking in 2012, but these figures have exceeded even our expectations,” said Publisher Fred Pierce. “We can’t thank the retail community enough for the massive support they’ve shown us, and this sellout speaks volumes about the amazing job our creators are doing with this series.”

From the creative team of New York Times bestselling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan), X-O Manowar #1 is the first title of the publisher’s summer 2012 relaunch and heralds a new beginning for one of Valiant’s all-time best-selling heroes. And the Summer of Valiant has only just begun! Fans and retailers take note – Harbinger #1 arrives on June 6, and will be followed by Bloodshot #1 on July 11, and Archer & Armstrong #1 on August 8.

“This is an outstanding performance for an independent publisher, especially with a debut title. We look forward to great things from Valiant in the months and years to come,” said Bill Schanes, VP of Purchasing for Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.

“The success of this book is due in no small part to Rob and Cary’s phenomenal work, and our staff deserves a big round of applause as well,” said Valiant Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Warren, Fred, and the rest of the team spent months making sure Valiant’s return would make as big an impact as possible.”

“Valiant has never underestimated the resonance that its characters have with comics fans around the world,” added Valiant CEO Jason Kothari. “X-O Manowar #1 has already taken a lot of people by surprise, and, with Harbinger #1 and Bloodshot #1 just around the corner, this is truly going to be a summer of Valiant.”

Now’s the time to witness the epic beginning of Valiant’s return all over again! Jump onboard the summer’s hottest new series when the X-O Manowar #1 Second Printing Wraparound Variant arrives in stores everywhere on June 20th!

X-O Manowar #4

X-O Manowar #4

X-O Manowar #4 
On Sale Aug 2012
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X-O Manowar #4 

On Sale Aug 2012

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