In March, Valiant Entertainment kicks off a new arc in Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite's "Unity" #5 and the publisher has provided CBR with an exclusive first look at four Pullbox Variant covers by Mico Suayan, Philip Tan, Raul Allen and Diego Bernard -- all spotlighting the Valiant Universe's deadliest assassin, Ninjak. The upcoming arc not only focuses on Ninjak, but will introduce the character's classic rogues gallery from the original incarnation of the character co-created by Joe Quesada.
"I was reading the new stuff as a fan, just because I was kind of burned out on superhero stuff, still," Kindt told CBR after the book's recent launch. "To me, it's cool to see a modern version of that, where the stories still come first. It seems like a marketing thing, but it's not. When you actually read them, you see this really is a "story comes first" kind of thing. I was happy to just be reading those and see that they were still good, and then Warren called me up and asked me to do this. There's no way I wouldn't. Someone's already writing 'X-O,' so I can't do that. Ninjak doesn't have a book yet. Anything where I can get my hands on all those characters, it's kind of a no-brainer for me."
Check out CBR's first look at the variants covers and Valiant's full press release -- with more art -- below.
Official Press Release
UNITY #5 Launches "TRAPPED BY WEBNET" – An All-New Story Arc by MATT KINDT and Exclusive Artist CAFU!
Fresh off the sold-out success of Unity #1's best-selling debut, Valiant's elite super-team is raising the stakes ever further with an all-new mission in March!
As revealed today in USA Today, Unity #5 will introduce the Valiant Universe's next A-level adversary in "Trapped by Webnet" – a new, three-part story arc launching Ninjak's most notorious arch-nemesis, Dr. Silk, and his high-tech terror network, WEBNET, into the all-new Valiant Universe! Written by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) with pencils by Valiant's newest exclusive hire CAFU (Earth 2, Action Comics), start reading here when Ninjak steps front and center for an all-new entry point into Valiant's landmark, chart-topping ongoing series.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. First came UNITY… Now meet WEBNET! Coming off of the earth-shattering repercussions of their first mission, Ninjak is leading the newly formed Unity team right back into the trenches to face the Valiant Universe's next colossal threat – the enigmatic Dr. Silk and the radical terror cell known as WEBNET! With the fate of untold millions on the line, can this team of cutthroat heroes uncover Silk's endgame – and his connection to Ninjak's shadowy past – before a global pandemic wipes humanity off the map? From the English countryside to the jungles of Taiwan, MI-6's most lethal intelligence operative and his ruthless team of egotists, immortals and malcontents are taking their fight global to stop WEBNET in its path.
"I've put a lot of thought into [Dr. Silk] and one of the things that makes him interesting is that he's crazy SMART...not just crazy. So I'm really focusing on that, and hand in hand with that is his age," Kindt said today in USA Today. "He's kind of a withered old guy which implies a lot of history. So part of his intrigue is going to be what he's done in the past and how it's going to effect our present."
Unity #5 will be 100% returnable for qualifying retailers and include four limited Pullbox Exclusive Variants (available to fans who pre-order with their local retailer) from an all-star roster comics talents - Mico Suayan (Ultimate Cataclysm), Philip Tan (Green Lantern), Raul Allen (Secret Avengers), and Diego Bernard (Eternal Warrior)!
Series writer and acclaimed artist Matt Kindt will also contribute an incentive cover for issue #5.
On March 12th, the smash-hit new series debut of the year begins a daring new act in UNITY #5 - an all-new introduction to the most feared team in comics!
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UNITY #5 (TRAPPED BY WEBNET – PART 1)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MICO SUAYAN
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by PHILIP TAN
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by RAUL ALLEN
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by DIEGO BERNARD
Variant Cover by MATT KINDT
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN
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