Here's the thing about Ninjak: It is, and I do not say this lightly, one of the most psychologically compelling superhero books I've ever read. In every story, a different aspect of Colin King's mind is examined, from his horrible childhood and relationship to his uncaring super-spy parents to his own string of self-destructive screwups as an adult, looking at what makes a man want to put on a ninja mask, learn to use a katana, and take freelance assassination jobs for the Government.

Of course, at the end of the day, it's also still a book called Ninjak that involves a purple ninja battling ridiculously super-powered enemies who have extra arms or the ability to set things on fire with their hair, so you get that psychological profiling in a pretty interesting way.

And now, with the stage set for the next great Ninjak epic, Matt Kindt and Marc Laming are taking on a handful of other psychologically interesting characters who all share a piece of his past: "The Seven Blades of Master Darque." Check out a preview and get a little more info below!

 

 

NINJAK #23 (NEW ARC! “THE SEVEN BLADES OF MASTER DARQUE” – PART 1)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by MARC LAMING
Cover A by RYAN BODENHEIM
Cover B by BEN OLIVER
Cover C by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Character Design Variant by RYAN LEE
Variant Cover by BILQUIS EVELY
Variant Cover by BEN TEMPLESMITH
$3.99 | 32 pgs | T+ | On Sale JANUARY 11 (FOC – 12/19/16)

Master Darque – the sadistic lord of death and resurrection – wrests 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...

On January 11th, steel meets shadow as Matt Kindt and Marc Laming bring Master Darque roaring back to the forefront of the Valiant Universe for a soul-shattering confrontation with the one and only Ninjak! The blood-stained saga of Valiant’s deadliest intelligence operative ratchets up the tension for a taut and terrifying duel to the death with “THE SEVEN BLADES OF MASTER DARQUE”, only in NINJAK #23 – featuring covers by Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), Ben Oliver (The Multiversity), Felipe Massafera (Shaper), Ryan Lee (Inhuman), Bilquis Evely (Wonder Woman), and Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night)!