If you only know about Ninjak from hearing me talk about how much I love him, then there are probably a few things you don't know about Colin King, MI-6's favorite ninja assassin. Sure, you know about his floppy hair, and his amazing purple ninja outfit, and you know that he's been having a rough time this year what with his house being blown up while he was running a mission in the mystical Deadside, but I don't think I've ever gotten around to explaining how he became a ninja when an undead monk psychically commanded him to train.

The thing is, Ninjak isn't the Undead Monk's only student. There are six more. And while Ninjak did a pretty thorough (and violent) job of taking them out in the book's first arc, it seems that they've found new a new employer: the mystical and sinister Master Darque.

Meet the Seven Blades of Master Darque in the new arc by Marc Laming and Matt Kindt, kicking off in Ninjak #23 in January.

 

 

Here's the official announcement from Valiant about the upcoming arc:

 

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+ | COMING IN JANUARY!

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...

“I'm incredibly excited about the revelations we have in store for THE SEVEN BLADES OF MASTER DARQUE. This is a story we've been building towards right from Ninjak's first issue,” said Valiant Editor in Chief Warren Simons. “From the truth of Ninjak’s training and origin to the final revelation about the Shadow Seven’s secret final members, Matt and Marc are about to unleash some major, game-changing ramifications that are going to leave jaws dropped.”

It’s all led to this! On January 11th, be there as Matt Kindt and Marc Laming present a death-defying jumping-on point that will leave Valiant’s seven-time Harvey Award-nominated series forever shattered when “THE SEVEN BLADES OF MASTER DARQUE” strikes 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), the countdown to the biggest Ninjak tale ever attempted starts here in 2017!