Here's the thing about the Valiant Universe: Historically speaking, I don't think there's been a whole lot of stories about all those characters hanging out with each other. Lately, though, that's been changing. There's the connection between the three immortal brothers, of course, but Quantum & Woody hung out with Archer & Armstrong for a miniseries, and even more recently, Archer's been dating Faith from Harbinger (and Faith), so it's starting to look like a more cohesive universe. The only thing it's been lacking is a story where one guy who's super good at fighting teams up with another guy who's super good at fighting... in the future.

But now, friends and neighbors, you can check off that box on your list: When Ninjak #18 hits shelves in August, it's kicking off the time-bending The Fist & The Steel crossover, in which the Eternal Warrior teams up with Ninjak for futuristic immortal ninja action.

 

 

Here's the official solicitation:

 

NINJAK #18 (ALL NEW ARC! “THE FIST & THE STEEL” – PART 1)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by KHARI EVANS & ANDRES GUINALDO
Cover A by DIEGO LATORRE
Cover B by RYAN BODENHEIM
Cover C by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Interlocking Variant A by ADAM GORHAM
Interlocking Variant B by ADAM GORHAM
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+| COMING IN AUGUST

Many years from now, Earth’s immortal master of war and the world’s deadliest intelligence operative fight side by side as veteran brothers-in-arms. The decades of warfare and combat have taken their toll, but Ninjak and the Eternal Warrior still spend their waning days as humanity’s guardians, protecting it from the myriad threats that loom over the horizon of Earth’s future. But what united these wayward heroes as trusted allies, and how did they become the most feared force against evil?

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 reach inward for his one shot at survival. As Colin King enters a deep meditative state, his mind opens to futuristic visions of “THE FIST & THE STEEL”…and the clues that could save his cancer-ridden body!

Picking up the tale first glimpsed in last summer’s BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF NINJAK, jump on board the death-defying adventures of the MI-6’s most feared super-spy here as the Eternal Warrior joins the fight to make all of Earth their battlefield! This August, the most exhilarating standalone tale of the century begins as Matt Kindt, Khari Evans, and Andres Guinaldo unsheathe a razor-sharp turning point for “THE FIST & THE STEEL,” only in NINJAK #18 – featuring covers by Diego Latorre (Dante’s Inferno), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), Stephen Segovia (Action Comics), and Adam Gorham (DEAD DROP)!