There was a time when Joe Quesada was a hotshot artist. Starting with his breakout work on DC’s The Ray, Quesdada and his inking partner, Jimmy Palmiotti, quickly rose to stardom. Some of his finest work came when he went to Valiant and headlined the launch of Ninjak.
I would argue that Quesada’s work on Ninjak is probably the finest art he has ever done, and that takes in to account his amazing eight issue run on the Marvel Knights Daredevil. He pushed himself to make Ninjak visually stunning, incorporating the art nouveau style of Alphonse Mucha into his panels and borders, something which he would later incorporate into much of his pinups and covers at Marvel.
Long out of print, these early issues are available again through the Valiant Masters program.
This February, the definitive origin of Valiant’s original stealth operative is headed back to print for the first time ever! Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of Valiant Masters: Ninjak Vol. 1 – Black Water — a deluxe hardcover collecting Ninjak’s best-selling solo debut in the original Valiant Universe by Mark Moretti (Bloodshot) and industry 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 a globe-spanning mission to apprehend 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 with the original series coloring, the latest Valiant Masters hardcover volume re-presents Joe Quesada’s stunning covers and interiors from Ninjak’s debut outing and origin, along with rarely-seen sketches and process art direct from the Valiant vaults. Featuring guest appearances from X-O Manowar and Bloodshot, Valiant Masters: Ninjak Vol. 1 – Black Water is an essential piece of Valiant history.