Roku #1 Dives Deep Into A Super-Spy Filled Underworld

by Tony Thornley

Super-spies and assassins are among the funnest character types to see in basically every form of media. So when the Valiant Universe dives into their seedy underworld, with a character who’s stepping into the spotlight for the first time, it’s a formula for an incredibly fun read. That’s exactly what Roku #1 delivers.

Cover by Dave Johnson

Cullen Bunn, Ramon Bachs, Stephanie Paitreau and Dave Sharpe dive deep into the underworld.

Roku walks through her latest job, tearing through a gang of thugs without breaking a sweat. However, she quickly learns that the job was just a tryout for a much bigger job. However, this target is unlike any other Roku has pursued before.

This was simply a fun comic. Bunn leans into a lot of spy movie tropes, to a great result. It’s not complicated or deep, but it doesn’t need to be. A few of the twists and turns were relatively predictable, but knowing Bunn’s past work, it’s just the first step in a larger story. It was good read, and leads to a conclusion that leaves the reader on the edge of their seat wanting more.

Bachs has a cartoony style that’s very different from the majority of Valiant’s output. However, it softens the ultra-violence a little bit, which makes the story a bit more accessible. He does a great job with the fight choreography, especially using Roku’s prehensile hair. Paitreau uses dark colors, but adds bright splashes to emphasize Roku herself.

Sometimes a comic just needs to be a fun, uncomplicated read. That’s exactly what this book accomplishes, setting up an intense action thriller. I’m excited to see where it goes!

Roku #1 is available now from Valiant Entertainment.

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