Valiant Comics today announced “Operation Deadside,” a four-part event beginning in Ninjak #10 that will see the return of Shadowman to the Valiant Universe. The story will be told by the Unity creative team of writer Matt Kindt and artist Doug Braithwaite.
The 40-page first issue of “Operation Deadside” will ship with glow-in-the-dark covers from Braithwaite, Tom Muller (Wolf), and Trevor Hairsine (Divinity). Each subsequent issue of “Operation Deadside” will feature more glow-in-the-dark variants by different artists.
"I’ve been excited to bring Shadowman back for a while… He’s got a pretty dark past and some murky motivations that help him live up to his name," Kindt told Entertainment Weekly. "As a writer, it’s some pretty juicy stuff to sink your teeth into. I also think that reader anticipation and curiosity over the character is another thing that really makes him attractive… So picking up a character like that and catching up with where he is and what he’s done since is going to be pretty dark...and pretty fun."
"We're incredibly excited to be bringing Shadowman back to the forefront and thrilled to be doing it with Matt, Doug and Ninjak," said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. "The fans have been screaming for Shadowman to return. The last time they saw him we left them with an emotional cliffhanger. We've been slowly laying the seeds for his big return and I can't think of a cooler, more exciting way to reveal what he's been up to."
In “Operation Deadside,” a covert military intelligence unit sent a team of 20 agents and one special operative into a parallel dimension. Only one came back. The purpose of their mission was classified. Now, out of options, MI-6 has recruited their most elite operative - codname: NINJAK – to follow the doomed mission's sole witness – the mysterious occult specialist PUNK MAMBO – back into the dimension called Deadside…and bring her missing teammates home.
"Over the past year, Matt has built an intrigue-laden master plan for Ninjak, and many of the threads he's set up – the secret of Ninjak's training, the revelation of the Shadow Seven's identities, and the fallout of 'THE SHADOW WARS' – will converge in 'OPERATION: DEADSIDE,'" said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. "At the heart of it, 'OPERATION: DEADSIDE' is the story of a mission gone horribly wrong and what happens when someone who under any other circumstances would be considered a master of his element finds himself washed up – figuratively and literally – in a new environment that quickly outmatches the abilities of his mind and body. This is a tale of survival…and Ninjak is going to have to adapt quickly to what Deadside has in store to discover what secrets it has been hiding all along."
“Operation Deadside” kicks off this December in Ninjak #10. Check out the covers for the issue, and character designs for Ninjak and Punk Mambo, in the gallery below.