Flashback Friday: Colin King: Becoming Ninjak, the Ninja Spy

Ninjak is the type of comic book hero with amazing skills and no superpowers. He is incredibly smart and a great tactician, a master of martial arts, skilled with swords and other weapons, proficient with high-tech gadgetry, and he is a computer hacker. The Valiant Comics superhero is a ninja and a spy who has been a top MI-6 field operative.

Introduced as Colin King in Bloodshot #6 (July 1993), he was revealed as Ninjak in the following issue. Colin was created by Mark Moretti and Joe Quesada who introduced him as a wealthy man and son of a spy whose father was killed by a rival agent. 

He trained as a ninja for years, took the identity of Ninjak, and started working for Weaponeer, an organization that creates special weapons and provides security. By working for Weaponeer, he continued building his skills, learning how to use high-tech and customized gadgets and weapons.

While he was working with Weaponeer, they were attacked by Doctor Silk and Webnet, a group of powerful figures from industrial, financial, and technical institutions. Webnet destroyed Weaponeer, killing everyone but Ninjak.

He considered retiring as Ninjak until Neville Alcott, one of his father’s MI-6 colleagues, convinced him to work for British Intelligence as a freelancer. Now working with MI-6, Ninjak began his association with Valiant superheroes like Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, Geomancer, and Eternal Warrior.

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VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
(W) Jeff Parker (A) Javier Pulido (CA) David Nakayama
Out of the shadows and into the spotlight... the world's greatest superspy has been exposed!
Colin King is Ninjak and he has a target on his back like never before. With enemies lurking around every corner, how will Ninjak survive when there's nowhere left to hide and the world is gunning for him?
Hang onto your hats, folks! Jeff Parker and Javier Puildo are about to take you on a non-stop thrill ride.
In Shops: Jul 14, 2021
SRP: $3.99
PREVIEWS Page #369

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
(W) Mark Moretti, Dan Abnett, Kevin VanHook, Andy Lanning (A) Bryan Hitch, Bryan Hitch, Yvel Guichet, Kathryn Bolinger (A/CA) Joe Quesada, Jimmy Palmiotti
From his deadly debut in the pages of BLOODSHOT all the way to his final mission, it's the complete classic adventures of Valiant's sophisticated superspy - collected together for the very first time! Acclaimed writers Mark Moretti (ETERNAL WARRIOR), Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (Guardians of the Galaxy) are joined by legendary artists Joe Quesada (Daredevil) and Bryan Hitch (The Authority), along with an all-star cast of Valiant's finest for an oversized, omnibus hardcover of the best-selling super-spy series of the 1990s.
Colin King - sophisticated British playboy by day, elite super-spy by night! Codenamed Ninjak, King is gifted with a brilliant mind and lethal training in the world's most dangerous fighting techniques. Both will be put to the ultimate test as he is drawn into a globe-spanning mission to bring down a cavalcade of covert agents and criminal cartels, including his greatest nemesis - the Webnet terror network and its villainous mastermind, Dr. Silk! From the British Isles to the land of the
Rising Sun, Ninjak is about to leave an indelible imprint on the Valiant Universe - or die trying.

Collecting NINJAK (1994) #1-26, #0, and #00, NINJAK YEARBOOK 1994 #1, BLOODSHOT
(1993) #5-6, and SECRET WEAPONS (1993) #5, along with 20+ pages of rarely seen art and extras!
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
SRP: $99.99
PREVIEWS Page #441

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
(W) Matt Kindt (A) Doug Braithwaite, Raul Allen, Juan Jose Ryp, Stephen Segovia, Marguerite Sauvage, Patricia Martin, Ryan Winn (A/CA) Clay Mann
From New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (4001 A.D.) and superstar artists Clay Mann (Poison Ivy), Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS), Butch Guice (Captain America) and many more, comes the first oversized hardcover of the seven-time Harvey Award nominated series the A.V. Club calls "immensely entertaining"!

Then: Meet inexperienced MI-6 recruit Colin King on his first mission in the field as he learns the basics of spycraft and counterintelligence, and develops a volatile relationship with his first handler.

Now: Colin King is Ninjak, the world's foremost intelligence operative, weapons expert, and master
assassin. And he's hunting the Shadow Seven - a secret cabal of shinobi masters with mysterious ties to his training and tragic past.

Collecting NINJAK #1-13, this deluxe hardcover comes packed with more than 20 pages of rarely
seen art and extras!
In Shops: Jan 25, 2017
SRP: $39.99
PREVIEWS Page #438

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
(W) Eliot Rahal (A) Joe Bennett, Belardino Brabo (CA) Kevin Wada
A blistering battle royale!
  
Watch the live-action digital series, then jump headlong into the fight-fueled showdown of the century as acclaimed writer Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and red-hot artist Joe Bennett (Teen Titans, Deathstroke) reveal the full scope and adrenaline-drenched intensity of NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE!
  
Colin King is Ninjak, MI6's deadliest intelligence operative and weapons expert. When the ruthless assassin Roku exploits his greatest weakness, Ninjak will be forced to betray his closest allies. Now, on the run, he must face off against the most powerful heroes known to man for a high-octane, take no prisoners trial by fire more perilous and more unpredictable than any he's faced before. In 2018, the world's most dangerous super-spy goes to war with the Valiant Universe...
  
Guest-starring X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Livewire, Archer & Armstrong, Shadowman, and more, don't miss the ULTIMATE JUMPING-ON POINT for the most acclaimed and hotly followed publisher anywhere in comics today as Ninjak leads an all-star introduction to the most brutal fighters the Valiant Universe has to offer!
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
SRP: $9.99
PREVIEWS Page #438

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
(W) Matt Kindt (A) Juan Jose Ryp (A/CA) Doug Braithwaite
In December 2015, a covert military intelligence unit sent a team of 20 agents and one special operative into a parallel dimension. Only one came back.
The purpose of their mission was classified. Now, out of options, MI-6 has recruited their most elite operative - codename: Ninjak - to follow the doomed mission's sole witness back into the dimension called Deadside...and bring her missing teammates home.
What will they find there? And who will be waiting for them? Jump on board here as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY) and superstar
artists Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS) and Juan José Ryp (Clone) reunite for a terrifying journey into an unknown plane of existence...and bring Ninjak head-to-head with Shadowman.
Collecting NINJAK #10-13
In Shops: Jun 01, 2016
SRP: $14.99
PREVIEWS Page #441

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
(W) Matt Kindt (A) Diego Bernard, Khoi Pham, Alisson Rodrigues (CA) Lewis LaRosa
The last stand of Colin King!
Colin King, the elite MI-6 intelligence operative codenamed Ninjak, has confronted his past. He's survived the gauntlet of the Shadow Seven. He's walked into the Deadside and returned a changed man. Now his greatest trial yet will come to pass as the ruthless assassin called Roku returns to lay siege to Ninjak's present and future by destroying his life from the insideout - and only the death of Colin King will stop her.
New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY) and rising star Diego Bernard (X-O MANOWAR) charge into a new blockbuster story that will leave no one unscathed! Collecting NINJAK #14-17.
In Shops: Sep 14, 2016
SRP: $14.99
PREVIEWS Page #476

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
(W) Matt Kindt (A) Khari Evans, Andres Guinaldo, Eric Nguyen (CA) Diego Latorre
THE FIST & THE STEEL FIGHT ONWARD!
Many years from now, Earth's immortal master of war and the world's deadliest intelligence operative fight side-by-side. As was foretold in the BOOK OF DEATH, an aging Ninjak and Eternal Warrior are fated to spend their days as
humanity's guardians, protecting it from the myriad threats that loom over the horizon of Earth's future. But when the ultimate menace rises to obliterate all traces of life, can Colin King and Gilad Anni-Padda - Ninjak and the Eternal Warrior - cement their status as the Valiant Universe's greatest heroic duo...or will their legacy go up in flames?

Plus: Back in the present, the unthinkable has happened to Ninjak and his fellow MI-6 agents that survived the horrors of the Deadside! Infected with an aggressive and lethal cancer from his exposure to a noxious parallel dimension, Ninjak must race against the clock for a cure before he makes a permanent trip to the realm of the dead!

Jump on board the steel-shattering adventures of Valiant's number-one super-spy here as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (4001 A.D.) and explosive artists Khari Evans (IMPERIUM) and Andrés Guinaldo (Justice League Dark) read from the BOOK OF DEATH...and bring the full weight of the future crashing down on Ninjak and the Eternal Warrior!

Collecting NINJAK #18-21.
In Shops: Feb 08, 2017
SRP: $14.99
PREVIEWS Page #429

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
(W) Matt Kindt (A) Stephen Segovia, Marc Laming (CA) Felipe Massafera
Darque destinies!
Master Darque - the sadistic lord of death and resurrection - yearns to be free once again, but first he must fight for his life. Darque is a target, his powers are weak, and his enemies know it. Now, Darque's own former pupil and Ninjak's ruthless arch-nemesis - the lethal assassin known as Roku - has gathered the Shadow Seven together again for the sole purpose of putting Darque down for good. And the only thing holding their uneasy alliance together is a mysterious benefactor from the shadows... someone who also goes by the name Darque...Everything has led to this... Out of the ashes of BOOK OF DEATH, Ninjak and Master Darque will collide in a punishing circle of death, destruction and hellfire!

Join New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Divinity III: Stalinverse) and blistering artists Marc Laming (Planet Hulk) and Stephen Segovia (Unity) here for a steel- hardened jumping-on point that will leave Valiant's seven-time Harvey Award-nominated series forever scarred!
In Shops: Jul 19, 2017
SRP: $19.99
PREVIEWS Page #455

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
(W) Mark Moretti, Kevin VanHook (A) Mark Moretti, Jimmy Palmiotti, Kathryn Bolinger, Howard Simpson, Louis Small, Randy Elliott, Dick Giordano (A/CA) Joe Quesada
Collected for the very first time--Ninjak's solo debut in the original Valiant Universe by Mark Moretti (Bloodshot) & comics icon Joe Quesada (Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man)! Colin King--sophisticated British playboy by day, elite super-spy by night! Codenamed Ninjak, King is gifted with a brilliant mind and lethal training in the world's most dangerous fighting techniques. Both will be put to the ultimate test as he is drawn into globe-spanning mission to apprehend and execute Dr. Silk, mastermind of the WEBNET terror network, before the mysterious weapon known as "Black Water" goes online.  From the British Isles to the land of the Rising Sun, Ninjak will leave an indelible imprint on the Valiant Universe - or die trying. Collecting Ninjak (1994) #1-6, #0, and #00 and featuring special, rarely seen sketches and process art from the Valiant Archives!
In Shops: Mar 06, 2013
SRP: $24.99
PREVIEWS Page #337

This article originally appeared in Gemstone Publishing’s e-newsletter Scoop.

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