Ninja-K #1

Writer: Christos Gage Artist: Tomas Giorello Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: November 15, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 12
9.0Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

A NEW CAN'T-MISS ONGOING SERIES! From acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix's Daredevil) and superstar artist Tomas Giorello (X-O MANOWAR), the United Kingdom's most dreaded intelligence operative delves into the cold, calculating world of espionage and international intrigue!
For nearly a century, MI-6, the most elite branch of Britain's clandestine intelligence service, has honed a ruthlessly effective, top-secret division - THE NINJA PROGRAMME - into one of its nation's most finely wielded weapons. Tasked as the first and last line of defense for queen and country, this small shadow army of agents and assassins has produced a success more

  • 10
    All-Comic - Jesse Izdepski Dec 7, 2017

    Ninja-K #1 is comic book excellence of the highest quality. It is visually stunning with an interesting story and compelling characters that makes it well worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Nov 20, 2017

    'Ninja-K' blends the best of different genres into one tour-de-force adventure. Spies, ninjas, assassins, intrigue, corruption, action, and mystery all rolled into one. There's never been a better time to be a Valiant Comics fan. 'Ninja-K' is your gateway to a cinematic blockbuster you can hold in your hands. Make sure to pick it up and every month.  Read Full Review

  • 10
    PopCultHQ - Joshua Winchester Nov 15, 2017

    Ninjak returns to Valiant with a new series. With Ninja-K, this first issue is a real smorgasbord for returning readers and new readers. Theres heavy action, fantastic dialogue, eye-popping art and colors. Its a splash-down for Valiant and the new team working to bring Ninja-Ks world to more fans. Make a point to pick up a copy of this issue, its not one to be missed! Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Liam Nolan Nov 14, 2017

    An excellent comic and a great start to the next chapter in the titular character's journey. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Jason Laframboise Nov 19, 2017

    My overall impressions of this book are extremely positive. It is a worthy successor to the phenomenal volume one of this character's adventures. I am relieved. As I said above I loved this book, I love the direct it is going, I love the story telling and I love the art. It seems like a carefully written book, that was a pleasure to read. It should be a definite read if you find it. I am not going to start calling him Ninja-K though. He will always be Ninjak to me. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Nov 12, 2017

    Think one part James Bond, one part Batman Begins! The action is fast, the story is fun, and we can't wait to see what's next! Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Nov 15, 2017

    Nina-K is remarkable; a triumph that takes the industry standard to a whole new level. Everything about this book is epic and shouldn't be missed. Ninja-K #1 is the jumping-on point that you've been waiting for; don't miss the opportunity to get on board with this sensational new series. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Nov 15, 2017

    With the launch ofNinja-Kand the ongoing publication of Bloodshot SalvationandX-O ManowarValiant have found themselves in a very enviable position of having three books that stand head and shoulders above anything else on the racks. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Outright Geekery - Christopher Amundson Nov 11, 2017

    Simply put, this book is amazing! It promises so much and doesn't leave you flat. It's a book that should be on your pull list, so you need to make room. Christos and Tomas promise a great adventure, a fantastic plot and story line, maybe even a little romance! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Nov 26, 2017

    Ninja-K gives Ninjak the well-deserved spotlight, and adds new depth to one of Valiants best. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Nathanael Beasley Nov 23, 2017

    It's been a big year for Valiant. Many of their leads have received new titles, all of which were met with near-universal critical acclaim. There are pros and cons to this approach. A #1 issue is designed to bring in new readers, but sometimes creates a jumping-off point for previous readers. If you enjoyed Matt Kindt's Ninjak, you will feel right at home here. Ninja-K is, at this writing, my favorite new comic of the year. You get every penny of the $3.99 price with an extra page count, an exciting story any Valiant fan will love, and beautiful artwork worthy of a museum. Be sure to make room on your pull list for your new favorite action comic! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - David Conine Jan 11, 2018

    Christos Gage does the most incredible job of rebooting the origins of and background for Ninja-k, or Ninjak. Weaving an action-packed story that covers a century of espionage and betrayal, these Ninjas, this elite shadow army saving the world on plenty of occasions all the while Toms Giorello, delivers the most amazing illustrations, the action literally jumping off the page, panel by panel, the story builds to its climactic end, murder, mystery, intrigue, the most lethal assassins known to man, yet they have become compromised and the cliffhanger leaves you guessing! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Connor Stephens Nov 22, 2017

    All in all though, Ninja-K #1 is a spectacular opening issue. A perfect show of what a great action comic and a great Valiant comic will bring. Non-stop pacing, filled with history, action, intrigue, mystery and mayhem; Ninja-K kicks off a super spy epic to remember, with some of the most stunning art of the year. And for 40 pages of incredible content for $3.99, there is nowhere to go wrong. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Nov 28, 2017

    Valiant has set a high bar for itself, andNinja-K #1hurdles it with ease. Gage and Giorello have not just laid the foundation for a compelling series, but they kick it into high gear in the issue's final pages. With a compelling narrative and beautiful artwork,Ninja-Kis agripping page-turner. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 20, 2017

    The series is off to a strong start, and this is a perfect jumping-on point for Ninja-K! Best of all, you'll avoid the shame of saying his name wrong (like some guys I could name)! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Nov 14, 2017

    After a quality zero issue, Ninja-K kicks things off with a bang: intrigue, action, mystery, and a presented story that offers far more depth than a single issue can convey. Gage and Giorello are really clicking here, and the addition of Ariel Olivetti makes this series a must-read. Also? British swears are so damn fun! Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    SciFiPulse - Oral Frier Nov 23, 2017

    This series is an instant hit, and should never be overlooked. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 15, 2017

    Ninja-K #1 is the latest Valiant comic to offer a clean, engaging gateway to one of the publisher's heroes. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Nov 15, 2017

    As far as debut issues go for a new ongoing series, Ninja-K #1 knocked it out of the park as the full package. No stone was left unturned between venturing into the life of Ninjak, Colin King, or the Ninja Programme. We also know what kind of threat Ninjak faces, and the urgency to fight or survive. This new ongoing has the potential to build upon a lot in Ninjak's corner of the Valiant Universe and offers more to keep you invested in what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Nov 12, 2017

    Ninja-K #1 is available in comic shops and online from Wednesday, November 15th. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Nov 17, 2017

    Cape comics are a never-ending battle. As one series ends, another begins. At least in the case of transitioning from "Ninjak" to "Ninja-K," the creative teams set the titular character off on a fresh new chapter and intend to go in a different direction from the previous series. Valiant is at its best when they take their characters and cast them as something other than the Superhero and mix genre. Leaning into the spy antics and institutional history of Valiant's best spy gives the book a novel quality that should be solid ground for new and returning readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Robert Anderegg Nov 17, 2017

    Ninja-K #1 only suffers from one true flaw and because that is entirely my opinion, you may think this comic is spectacular. It's a real tour de force in writing and art, and despite the slight name change, Ninja-K still embodies Colin King and Ninjak. I just don't want to deal with having multiple, equally correct backstories for a character and this may be the beginning of that. (As a Nightcrawler fan, I know all about convoluted origin stories.) If this is your first time to pick up Ninjak, by all means you will have a blast reading Ninja-K. Also, if you're a longtime reader that doesn't mind the new twist, you'll think King is done justice. But if you're like me, this great comic will leave a nagging little voice in your head whispering about continuity and driving you nuts. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Dan Foley Nov 28, 2017

    If you like ninjas, action, and awesome stories, pick up this first issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 14, 2017

    With its extra-sized page count, you definitely will be getting your money's worth with Ninja-K #1, a story that brings a sense of history and weight to the Ninjak mythos without feeling particularly self-conscious or silly. Perhaps this is due to the creative team taking this story so seriously, both in the narrative and in its gorgeous artwork. While there are a handful of rough edges and pacing issues in this first installment, Gage gets Colin King exactly where he needs him for what will likely be a no-holds-barred thriller. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Brendan Hodgdon Nov 9, 2017

    The issue wraps all this up with a scene that effortlessly combines all three of the threads from the rest of the issue. Colin King's outsider status within the Ninja programme, his disconnection from the people around him, and the history of the programme itself all come together to launch us into the mystery of the series' first story arc. And after how well Gage, Giorello et al. set this story up, I'm very curious to see where it goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Nov 15, 2017

    Yes, I had a few things I wasn't super down with about issue #1 of Ninja-K but does that mean that it's bad and that I didn't enjoy it? I actually think that I liked it quite a bit. I had fun reading it, even if I was picking out a few things I didn't like as I was going. But it's a solid story with a huge and tumultuous history. I am sure there are things I overlooked or just completely missed that long-time fans of the character will have caught. I don't know. There's a lot to work with here and I'm actually pretty excited to see where it goes. I think I'm also going to take some time to dig into other Ninjak stories. And probably other Valiant titles too. Read Full Review

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