In Review: Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe #1

Let's throw canon to the wind!

Synopsis: Ninjak, or Ninja-K if you’re nasty, is arguably the deadliest super-spy on the planet. Luckily, he works for MI-6. Well, he did work for MI-6 until he was blackmailed by the femme fatale named Roku. The assassin forces Ninjak to turn against all of his allies to secure an asset in a highly restricted vault from his employers. If he resists, Roku will violently kill the family of Ninjak’s handler. This will be one of the toughest fights of his life because Ninjak must face the heroes of the Unity squad. Good luck and Godspeed.

Review: One of the biggest obstacles publishers consistently have to face is obtaining new readers. This is partly due to what people call canon or continuity. Readers usually don’t like to jump into a story midway. However, Ninjak vs does the brilliant job of tossing all of that out the window. Readers don’t need to know who is who, nor do they need endless amounts of back story to find the issue entertaining. What is necessary is on the page. This man is a super-spy, and he has to go up against his allies in a mission to save innocent lives. The issue just goes with flow, and it is completely refreshing.

In a book where the setup is brief, the action must stand out. Consider issue #1 mission accomplished. The reader is introduced to Ninjak as he goes about a normal day of espionage. We then quickly shift to the initial Roku attack and ultimatum. Both scenes feel electric, and there is an ease to following the action. No panel is cluttered: no panel is wasted. The final pages where the rest of Unity is economical, but it expertly excites the reader for issue #2.

This does not feel like a heavy Valiant title because it lacks a real emotional weight. That lack of gravitas allows this miniseries to be a fun romp, and it is stronger for it.

Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe #1
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