Comic Book Review: Ninja-K #1

Title: Ninja-K #1
Publisher: Valiant
Words: Christos Gage
Art: Tomás Giorello
Colors: Diego Rodriguez
Letters: A Larger World Studios
Publication Date: November 15th, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: A NEW CAN’T-MISS ONGOING SERIES! From acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and superstar artist Tomás 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 succession of notable assets, including NINJA-A, the Queen’s silent weapon of World War I; NINJA-E, the globe-trotting secret agent that pulled the Cold War back from the brink of Armageddon; and, most recently, NINJA-K, aka Colin King, a brash but fearless instrument of lethality that has saved the world from madmen and terror at every turn. But now… an unknown enemy is hunting and killing members of THE NINJA PROGRAMME one by one – and NINJAK is next on the list.

As it should, the publisher’s epic summary does its job in summing up this issue, so I’m not going to repeat anything from it. Just know that Ninja-K #1 is a fantastic jumping on point for readers who are looking to get into Valiant comics or, more specifically, Ninjak. Aside from being entertaining, this book gets readers up to speed quickly and sets up the story in a way that leaves readers eager to continue.


I’m a fan of Christos Gage’s work on Netflix’s Daredevil, and although I would say that his television writing is damn good, his comic book writing—specifically in Ninja-K #1—far surpasses his previous work. The man knows a thing or two about how humans naturally interact while dealing with heightened levels of stress or working their way through intense situations, thus, comics like Ninja-K #1 feel real when read. His dialogue is captivating, and any insight that Gage offers ends up resonating with readers for some time.


If you’ve read any of my X-O Manowar reviews, you’ll already know that I am very fond of Tomás Giorello’s art style and approach to illustrating comics. His panels are sleek and smooth and stuffed with delicious details that give readers good reason to return to the book. There’s a certain naturalness—a certain organic feel—to Giorello’s artwork that sets his pages apart from his contemporaries. This feel is apparent throughout Ninja-K #1 and works well in creating a visually inviting reading experience.

The Bottom Line:

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.