Writer: Matt Kindt
Art: Doug Braithwaite & Juan Jose Ryp
Colors: Brian Reber, Soto and Ulises Arreola
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Publisher: VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT (Dec 2015)
After a mission leaves 20 dead and one survivor in a mission to the Deadside, Ninjak joins Punk Mambo in chasing the freed member of the Shadow Seven, thanks to a mystical enemy. Now, they must find the escapee and leave the other realm of Deadside … alive.
This issue hits like a ton of bricks and it is a GLORIOUS tone of brinks. While there are definitely hints of the return of Shadowman, we don’t get to see him. Instead, Kindt starts building up plenty of tension, gives us our main plot and superb character interactions between Ninjak and Punk Mambo. It is not a relationship that Colin cherishes and Kindt makes that extremely clear. There is a strong narrative that advances the story clearly while the banter between Ninjak and Punk Mambo. Kindt really shines here and with the bank up, giving us the backstory of the Magpie.
Meanwhile, the art is simply gorgeous. Braithwaite does an outstanding job with panel work that is cinematic. The panels are full of detail and sharp color. Ryp also does this with his back up, allowing readers to get get fully immersed. The colors this issue were really strong. Reber and Soto do an amazing job complimenting the line work of Braithwaite while Arreola continues to make Ryp’s pencils and inks look like some of the best of the business.
This was a strong first issue of the new storyline. We got some new lore to add to the Valiant Universe while good character development for both Ninjak and Punk Mambo. The art was spectacular, with strong detail and conveying emotion well while showing us some out of this world backgrounds. The writing was very strong on both stories and make you want more.