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Valiant Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – Y

Here’s a tricky one, but it’s for a good book.

Enjoy!

Yasuiti Motoniya

Yasuiti was a member of an order of monks who fought against the evil of the Warlord Akuma and Akuma’s twelve evil underlings. After a great many battles, the order successfully banished Akuma and his men from reality – but they knew it was only a matter of time before he gained the strength to return to our reality – so they kept themselves always ready.

However, the order of monk was not replenished by new blood, so soon, only one monk who knew the true tale of what they had done to Akuma remained – Yasuiti.

Desperate for someone who could fight Akuma and his men when they inevitably returned, Yasuiti went to the United States, where he began creating games with secret puzzles within them so that only the brightest, innovative minds could solve them.

Board games did not work.

Role playing games did not work.

However, during the 1990s, a video game of Yasuiti’s DID become a hit, and ultimately, a young teen named Denny Meechum solved the puzzle of the game, and Yasuiti gave this young boy all the powers of the order, and Denny became the hero known as…Ninjak!!

This was Kurt Busiek’s new take on the old Valiant character, Ninjak, and it was probably the best revamp (heck, it was probably the only particularly good revamp – even a quality series like X-O Manowar did not improve on the original concept), as the original Ninjak was a fairly bland concept (he was a British ninja – that was about it).

The series was Busiek’s take on Spider-Man if he was in the 1990s. It had great art from Neil Vokes (inked by a young Mike Avon Oeming!).

Eventually, the original Ninjak even showed up!

Sadly, the series only lasted 12 issues.

It was fun while it lasted, though!

6 Comments

Sounds like the Last Starfighter — everyday kid beats video game, gets called to do it in real life agianst gaint evil forces.

This is one people should pick up in quarter bins. Its a good solid series with great writing and art. The concept sounds lame but it was a fun comic.

Neil Vokes? Man, I want this now. Damn you Cronin, getting me interested in Valiant!

See, I don’t think I read one issue of the old Valiant, but I was all over the Acclaim comics because of the creative teams. Everything from Doctor Tomorrow to Troublemakers to whatever.

this is the book every Spider-Man revamp like Chapter One and Revamp wants to be.

Next to Quantum and Woody, Ninjak was my favorite Valiant/Acclaim title. I bought the entire run from an ailing comic book store in the late 90s for the low low price of ten cents an issue. I agree with Jeff Ryan, the concept is pretty much the Last Starfighter, but Busiek was at his peek during this time, so it was an extremely fun read.

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