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NINJAK VS THE VALIANT UNIVERSE: Panel Offers Clips & Details About Web Series [NYCC 2017]

Michael Rowe Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe

Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe Panel Jump-starts Web Series Hype

The 2017 New York Comic Con Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe sneak peek brought encouraging words – and even more encouraging preview clips – to fans anticipating the Valiant web series.

Let’s face it: ever since Batman became the boss of everybody, it’s been kind of fashionable having one, typically low-yield, low-class, anti-hero type dress down powerhouses, super teams, and the occasional universe of characters. Well, now Valiant & Bat in the Sun productions have given the character Ninjak his run of the course, and arranged a panel to provide fans a few more glimpses of the event. A trailer had been released some time earlier, which served as the springboard for the new footage to come.

Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe Trailer:

Full disclosure: I came in at Valiant’s ground floor (original address), back in the day – when works like Harbinger (which I was sure would be the first to be adapted) & X-0 were breaths of fresh air – but checked out before Ninjak (business practices, and collectors took the fun out of comics, blowing a big bubble that inevitably went pop); so this is largely an outsider’s perspective.

Doesn’t deny me the right to nit-pick, though; so even while panelist Michael Rowe did fit the description of the Colin King/ Ninjak character, the lack of an English accent irked me. Fellow panelist Chantelle Barry‘s Roku made for a decent foil; but I just couldn’t get past thoughts of Medusa, from Marvel’s Inhumans. Making Ninjak’s suit bulletproof cut down on the crazy-stunt-to-careless-shooter-ratio workload; but there had to a trick – to how Ninjak was able to ignore bullet strikes, while registering kicks & fist strikes – that I missed.

The action, acting, and production values are about as can be expected, from a web production; but I’ve seen worse on the CW. In fact, these clips promised an overall better full experience than anything I’ve seen from the CW’s Berlanti-verse.

The key word remains ‘promise,’ however. The clips gave us an idea what the end results may look like, but the most anticipation-worthy events were left as ‘have to be seen to be believed’ comments, from the panel. Ninjak was well represented by the clips provided; but other highlights included the formal introductions of Archer (Alex Meglei) & Armstrong (Kevin Porter, also present), as well as back-to-work suit-up clip for X-0, Aric Dacia (Derek Theler).

Somewhere between Porter & Rowe hyping their inevitable throw-down, and talk of everyone being kept to a specific, recognizable fighting style, I kind of started to get a feel for some of this promise, by the end. I recall no formal release date being mentioned, however; so promise will have to suffice, for now.

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Sam Joseph

Sam is an Avid consumer/observer of Geek culture, and collector of Fanboy media from earliest memory. Armchair sociologist and futurist. Honest critic with satirical if not absurdist­­ wit with some experience in comics/ animation production.

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