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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Review: Valiant - Ninja-K #2

Colin King continues the hunt next week in the pages of Ninja-K #2.

The issue opens with a trip back to 1952, where we encounter an unnamed operative of the Ninja Programme. Feeling empty and unfulfilled, he seeks out the company of a beautiful young barmaid, but is soon forced to leave her behind when he is unexpectedly called back into the field.

Upon returning from a successful mission, the young operative, codenamed Ninja-C, attempts to seek out the young woman, but is heartbroken to learn that she left the country in his absence.

Fast forwarding back to the present, we rejoin a vengeful Colin King as he attempts to get to the bottom of his friend's murder. When his mark is suddenly blown to Hell by an unknown assailant, Ninja-K decides to track down the mysterious Madame Charade - an old foe, and former lover, of the now deceased Ninja-D.

After making quick work of the woman's security systems, King comes face to face with the vile villain. Caught off guard by the sudden intrusion, Madame Charade does her best to conceal her true form. However, the shape shifting assassin eventually reveals herself to be nothing more than a bitter old woman who has been ravaged by the passage of time.

Now housebound and completely alone, Madame Charade wants nothing more than to die for her sins and to leave her old life behind. However, given her past, Colin sees her as a potential person of interest in his investigation and decides to keep her alive. As they discuss her past, Colin soon learns that the woman actually used to keep his mentor company while he was working out of a training facility located in Birmingham.

Leaving the aged Charade behind with her vanity ever intact, Colin contacts Neville and the pair locate the now abandoned training facility that Ninja-D used to call home. Ever alert to potential threats, Colin begins exploring the facility and unlocks some deep and dark secrets about the organization that recruited him into the Ninja Programme.

However, his search is suddenly cut short when he is beset upon by an equally skilled assailant working from the shadows - the former Ninja Programme operative known as Ninja-C!

Issue #2 of Ninja-K is another very strong entry in the newest tale of Valiant's deadliest super spy. As the forces of evil close in around him, Colin King must venture into the deepest and darkest corners of the Ninja Programme and confront the bloodstained past of the organization that spawned him - before he becomes the next one crossed off the list!

Ninja-K #2 stands as continued proof of the amazing year Valiant has enjoyed in 2017. This is a high-tech sleuthing story at its very finest that serves as a welcome break from the constant crime fighting capers of the countless costumed superheroes dominating comic books today!

Kudos to Christos Gage and Tomás Giorello for crafting yet another engaging read that offers a near perfect blend of spycraft, stealth, and steel with ever turn of the page.

Rating: 5/5 - "As the hunt for a killer continues, Colin King is forced to confront the bloodstained past of the organization that created him."

Ninja-K #2 arrives on newsstands Wednesday, December 20th.

Don't miss it!

Until next time, Infinite Earths fans!

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