Valiant Entertainment came out with a big fat teaser today:
It looks from the picture that Ninjak will be appearing in X-O Manowar #5, the September issue. Each of the previous teases has been the cover of the first issue of that series, but I am guessing this isn’t a cover to Ninjak, since it prominently features the X-O Manowar helmet.
The drawing in this teaser was drawn by Mico Suayan.
Also, the rumblings on the internet seem to be that Ninjak won’t have his own title (at least, not yet), but will just have an appearance in another series.
Prudent listeners will remember that Ninjak is a character that a few of us thought was most in need of an update, and it looks like we will see the new, updated Ninjak sooner rather than later.
It’s also interesting, if indeed this appearance will be in X-O Manowar, that we will see the first appearance of Ninjak in another title.
The Classic Valiant had a fine tradition of placing character’s first appearances in another title:
- Jack Boniface (Shadowman) appears in the background of X-O Manowar #4
- Turok first appears in the Valiant Universe in Magnus, Robot Fighter #12
- Gilad, the Eternal Warrior, first appears in Solar, Man of the Atom #10
- Bloodshot first appears in Eternal Warrior #4 (cameo), and his first full appearance is in Rai #0
- H.A.R.D.Corps first appears in Harbinger #10
And of course,
- Ninjak first appears in Bloodshot #6
One thing I’ve wondered, ever since Valiant Entertainment got the ball rolling with this relaunch, is how much this new Universe will resemble the original Universe, and how much they would use some of the techniques we saw in the Classic Universe, such as characters first appearing in other books.
We already saw Gilad, the Eternal Warrior, in another title, and this is looking to be the second appearance of a major character in a title that is not their own.
It looks like this is one aspect of the original that we can mark as being continued in the comics of this new Valiant Universe.
Bring on the #FallOfNinjak!
And finally, round 2 of this book: