Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sneak Peek at X-0 MANOWAR second story arc in June

First Look: X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – “GENERAL” Begins with AN ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT on June 28th!

      Valiant is proud to present your first look inside X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – the FIRST ISSUE of “GENERAL,” an ALL-NEW ARC and EXPLOSIVE NEW JUMPING-ON POINT for the year’s best-selling independent comic book series! On June 28th, New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (BLOODSHOT U.S.A., Justice) launch the next phase of X-O Manowar’s galaxy-razing rise to power with “GENERAL” – a three-part juggernaut putting Aric of Dacia in command of his new world’s most dreaded fighting force…and beginning an armor-plated takeover of an alien world that will soon reverberate throughout all corners of the Valiant Universe!

In the fires of victory, a soldier becomes…a general. With the hostile Cadmium army crushed beneath his force’s boots, Aric of Dacia now commands an entire fleet into the final battle for the soul of an empire. But as a new dawn rises across this unrelenting alien world, what vicious new menace will come forth to greet it?

On June 28th, X-O Manowar’s path to domination will shatter the stars themselves as Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite raise the stakes of the year’s #1 best-selling independent comic series right here with a planet-shaking entry point, only in X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – featuring a formidable line-up of covers by Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN), Dave Johnson (Superman: Red Son), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), and comics legend Bob Layton (Iron Man)!

Then: Don’t miss the next staggering act of the year’s most-talked about new series with the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4-9 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE! Available only as a pre-order set, the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4-9 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – including six, massively expanded editions of X-O MANOWAR’s “GENERAL” and “EMPEROR” story arcs by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Dept. H) and superstar artists Doug Braithwaite (Bloodshot U.S.A., Justice) and Clayton Crain (RAI, X-Force) – can only be ordered as a set and must be ordered with your local comic shop by the initial order date of April 27th2017! Released monthly from June through November, each installment of this six-issue pre-order bundle comes packed with all-new extras and bonus content, including creator commentary and behind-the-scenes process materials…including AN UNFINISHED DELETED SCENE that won’t be found anywhere else!

But first: Join the battle that has taken the comic book industry by storm on April 26th as Matt Kindt Tomas Giorello propel Aric of Dacia’s chart-dominating debut forward…and force the unstoppable X-O Manowar onto the front lines of an eons-old extraterrestrial battlefield that will forever shape the future of the Valiant Universe’s greatest hero in X-O MANOWAR (2017) #2 – in stores alongside the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 SECOND PRINTING!
 
 

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Cover A by Lewis LaRosa


X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Cover B by Dave Johnson


X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 PRE-ORDER EDITION – Cover by Doug Braithwaite


X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – X-O Manowar Icon Variant by Bob Layton


X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Interior Artwork by Doug Braithwaite with Diego Rodriguez

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Interior Artwork by Doug Braithwaite with Diego Rodriguez


X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Interior Artwork by Doug Braithwaite with Diego Rodriguez


X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Interior Artwork by Doug Braithwaite with Diego Rodriguez


X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Interior Artwork by Doug Braithwaite with Diego Rodriguez

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sneak Peek: BLOODSHOT SALVATION, coming in September

First Look: BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Lemire, LaRosa & Suayan Lead Valiant’s Next Blockbuster Ongoing Series in September!
 

As revealed last week at the third annual #ValiantSummit in Los Angeles, Valiant is proud to present your first look inside BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the BLOCKBUSTER NEW ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Moon Knight) and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN, SAVAGE) & Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN)! On September 27th, to protect his true love and newborn daughter from the forces that made him a walking weapon, Valiant’s machine-made soldier will be forced to run his most dangerous mission yet…and begin a harrowing gauntlet of revenge and bloodshed that will forever redefine the course of Bloodshot’s present and future… 

Spanning two timelines – the present day (with art by LaRosa) and the future (with art by Suayan) –  Jeff Lemire’s best-selling, critically adored Bloodshot epic explodes with an ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINTin BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – featuring the essential introduction of Jessie, Bloodshot’s daughter and a new force in the Valiant Universe, following her first cameo appearance in the upcoming VALIANT: X-O MANOWAR FCBD SPECIAL, in stores this Free Comic Book Day!

Now: In the arms of his beloved girlfriend Magic, Bloodshot has finally found hope for the future…in the form of the couple’s unborn child. But when Magic’s estranged family – a cruel and sadistic clan of homegrown criminals – re-emerge to lay claim to their lost daughter, Bloodshot will be pushed back to the brink of madness, mayhem, and warfare…

Soon: Eight years from today, Bloodshot’s daughter has inherited her father’s incredible abilities. Hunted by a high-tech kill squad called Omen, Jessie must hone her powers…and learn how to survive before the world is swallowed whole by the darkness that now pervades America…

“[BLOODSHOT SALVATION] marks a big shift for Bloodshot. He is now a parent, and his mission and focus shifts to protecting Jessie from all the various factions hunting her,” writer Jeff Lemire told IGN. “SALVATION will build off of everything I did in Reborn, but it will not retread the same themes or events. It breaks new ground and takes the character on a whole new journey." 

On September 27th, the circle of time envelops Bloodshot’s present and future…and the fate of Valiant’s hard-fought hero runs red as Jeff LemireLewis LaRosa, and Mico Suayan ready a punishing jumping-on point for the most devastating superhero saga in comics today. Bloodshot – and the child he’d do anything to protect – leap into the firefight of their lives when one of 2017’s most anticipated new series begins in full force in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – featuring covers by Ryan Bodenheim (NINJAK, The Dying & The Dead) and Kenneth Rocafort (The UltimatesSuperman)!
 
 

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Cover by Ryan Bodenheim


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Cover by Kenneth Rocafort


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Mico Suayan


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Lewis LaRosa


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Lewis LaRosa


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Lewis LaRosa


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Lewis LaRosa

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pre-Order Picks: Not too late to add these ALTERNA titles to your list for June 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Want to try out more new titles, but tired of paying $4 or more for something you’re not sure is right for you?  Alterna Press is making this very affordable by launching a slew of new series and mini-series printed on newsprint, which brings production costs down.  Six bucks today only buys two DC comics or 1.5 comics from most other publishers.  That same six bucks will net you all four of these #1 issues.  When the prices get this affordable, how can you not take a chance and check these out.  By the way, Alterna is not a new company so there’s no danger of their folding up the tent and moving on. They have a long track record of publishing — they just happen to be in more of the spotlight now due to their publishing initiative.  Read more below . . . . . . . 

 

 

Pre-Order @ Your Local Comic Shop >>

MOTHER RUSSIA #1 of 3 - (W/A) Jeff McComsey

Great for fans of Resident Evil, Enemy at the Gates, 28 Days Later

 

One baby. One rifle. Two million zombies! As a zombie apocalypse breaks out in WWII, a Soviet sniper risks her life to protect an innocent baby boy. Created by New York Times-bestselling author and artist Jeff McComsey. Now on newsprint!

 

($1.50; 32pgs; BW; APR171234; June 14th)

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SCRIMSHAW #1 - (W) Eric Borden (A) Dave Mims (L) Spike O'Laochdha

Great for fans of X-Men, Rat Queens, Suicide Squad

 

With the planet ravaged by war, ruthless corporations have the world's governments in their pockets. Faced with impossible odds, Captain Hans Tanaka and the rest of the crew of the Runaway Horse have been branded as pirates, cut-throats, mercs... and the good guys! Printed on newsprint!

 

($1.50; 32 pgs; Full Color; APR171235; June 28th)

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THE CHAIR #1 of 4 - (W/L) Peter Simeti (A) Kevin Christensen

Great for fans of Arkham Asylum, Memento, Shutter Island

 

Richard Sullivan has spent ten years on death row for a crime he claims he never committed. But lately inmates are being brutally murdered by the Warden and his guards. Will Sullivan escape before it's too late? Now a motion picture starring the legendary Roddy Piper. Printed on newsprint! 

 

($1.50; 32 pgs; BW; APR171236; June 21st)

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TRESPASSER #1 of 4 - (W) Justin M. Ryan (A) Kristian Rossi (L) DC Hopkins

Great for fans of The Walking Dead, The X-Files, The Road

 

After a devastating war ruins the air and food supply for most of the world, Hector and his daughter Maria struggle to survive. But when a strange visitor crash lands in the forest, Hector will go to unspeakable lengths to protect his child. Printed on newsprint!

 

($1.50; 32 pgs; Full Color; APR1712537; June 7th)

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Print this Form and Take it to Your Local Comic Shop! >>
 
 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Vote for INKWELL AWARDS until April 30

The Inkwell Awards Voting Open From April 15-30

 

FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
The Inkwell Awards Voting Open From April 15-30

New Bedford, MA/USA— Who's your favorite inker? The Inkwell Awards, a non-profit organization devoted to the education and promotion of the art of comic book inking, invites all to vote for the industry’s best of the year. The official public ballot will be available on the Inkwells’ homepage  (http://www.inkwellawards.com) from April 15 through April 30.

Voting is open to fans and professionals alike. In addition to “Favorite Inker,” categories include “Most Adaptable,” “PROPS” (inkers deserving more attention), the “S.P.A.M.I.” (Small Press And Mainstream Independent) and “All-In-One” for pencillers who ink their own work.

As a courtesy, also listed on the ballot are the nominees for the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame (“HoF”), a lifetime achievement honor for an outstanding inking career of 25 or more years in American comics, whose winners are chosen by an internal committee (to avoid a “popularity contest” where recent names have more influence than past masters).

Two years ago the Special Recognition Award (SRA) was introduced and nominees for it also listed on the ballot with voting being done internally. This lifetime achievement honor differs from the HoF award due to one or more factors such as the artist being out of the “public eye,” having limited name-recognition due to semi- or full retirement or death, limited-yet-influential output, social barriers such as gender/race, or other factors that might otherwise limit them from being nominated for a traditional HoF award. The SRA nominees are not listed this year but they will be discussed at the awards ceremony along with the SRA award recipients.

“We’re as excited as ever for this event, where the best of the best ink artists and their work get the recognition they deserve,” said Bob Almond, founder and director of The Inkwell Awards. “Though inkers have their fans and followers, many often go unnoticed or glossed over by most awards events. Ours caters specifically to ink artists and allows them to be recognized and appreciated in various categories. The more voters, the better.”

Once voting ends after April 30, the winners will be announced at the live awards ceremony at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC on Friday, June 16th.

The Inkwell Awards is an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize and award the best ink artists and their work. Now in its ninth year, the organization is overseen by a committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and numerous contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.

Web site: http://www.inkwellawards.com

IDW earns STAR WARS titles for younger readers

EDITOR’S NOTES:  Disney awards IDW another license rather than give it to Marvel.  I love it!
 
Disney Licensed Publishing and IDW Combine Forces
For New All-Ages Star Wars Comics


San Diego, CA (April 14, 2017) – Just announced on the Lucasfilm Publishing Panel at STAR WARSCELEBRATION in Orlando, Disney Licensed Publishing, an imprint of Disney Book Group, LLC, has granted IDW Publishing the license to create and publish new Star Wars comic books aimed at younger readers.
 
“Lucasfilm is thrilled to expand our relationship with the talented and creative folks at IDW to bring Star Wars comics to kids,” said Michael Siglain, Creative Director of Lucasfilm Publishing. “IDW has an incredible pedigree of talent, and we look forward to working with them on the creation of these fun, action-packed adventures that span the entire Star Wars saga.”
 
The launch title, Star Wars Adventures, is timed for Fall 2017, and part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” publishing program, which will release an exciting array of content leading-up to the next cinematic chapter in the ongoing space saga.
 
IDW’s Chief Creative Officer, Chris Ryall, said “IDW has long sought to offer the next generation of comic book fans ample reading choices, and being able to provide Star Warscomics aimed directly at that audience is a massive thrill. Disney has been a great collaborator with us and we’re very excited to delve into this particular corner of the galaxy."
 
This new deal between Disney Licensed Publishing and IDW will build upon the already strong relationship they share, having previously published reprint Star Warscontent in a variety of formats such as Micro Collectors Fun Packs, and the award-winning Artist’s Editions. In addition, a series of new collections of classic Star Wars newspaper strips will be available beginning in May.
  
Storyline details and creative teams for Star Wars Adventures will be made public in a future announcement.
 

IDW earns rights to publish comics for two Disney tv shows

 
EDITOR’S NOTE:  Am I the only one who thinks this announcement is significant.  Marvel is a Disney-owned company.  Yet, who gets the comics contract for these two series?  IDW !  Guess Disney realizes that IDW will do it right while Marvel might not be as serious about it.
 
IDW Publishing Will Launch Comic Stories Based on the Animated Series
 

San Diego, CA (April 18, 2017) – Disney fans rejoice! DuckTales and Tangled: The Series are Disney's latest animated TV series to make the leap from the small screen to the printed page with brand-new comics from IDW Publishing, in collaboration with Disney Licensed Publishing, an imprint of Disney Book Group, LLC.

First, DuckTales (woo-oo) returns! Featuring familiar favorite characters like Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck, plus Huey, Dewey and Louie, this comic series will be modeled after the highly anticipated new animated series coming this summer, which has already been picked up for a second season in advance of its premiere. Their comic book tales will kick-off in a #0 issue this July for $3.99, providing the perfect jumping on point for both longtime fans and newcomers. Chances are, you’re already humming along to the catchy theme song as you read this! 

This August, Tangled: The Series debuts as an original graphic novel collection titled ‘Adventure is Calling.’ In the novel, Rapunzel will embark on exciting new adventures with Eugene (FKA Flynn Rider), Pascal, Maximus, and her new friend Cassandra in a special adaptation of the series. The collection will feature 72 pages for $9.99, available everywhere comics are sold.


IDW Group Editor Sarah Gaydos said “We’re extremely excited to expand IDW's relationship with Disney. There’s a lot of buzz surrounding both of these new animated series and we aim to live up to, and exceed, fan expectations.”

IDW’s history of publishing quality Disney Comics has been well established with such core titles as Walt Disney’s Comics & StoriesMickey MouseDonald DuckUncle Scrooge, and more, paving the way for DuckTalesand Tangled: The Series to become your next favorite Disney Comic. This summer, Disney begins a new chapter in comics with IDW Publishing!




More news from Valiant Summit: HARBINGER WARS 2

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Here’s another announcement I missed out on hearing about during the Valiant Summit event because HyperRPG Studios chose to cut off the broadcast before it ended (Refer to my last column).  The first run of HARBINGER remains my absolute favorite Valiant title.  I have high hopes for this one . . . .

#ValiantSummit 2017: Matt Kindt & Doug Braithwaite to Helm HARBINGER WARS 2 #0 – Coming in December! 
All-Star Creators to Lead Seminal Prelude to Publisher’s Massive Crossover Event of 2018
 

As revealed during the #ValiantSummit 2017 event live from Twitch TV’s Hyper RPG studios in Los Angeles, Valiant Entertainment is proud to reveal that New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, DIVINITY) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR, ARMOR HUNTERS) will join forces for HARBINGER WARS 2 #0 – the opening salvo to Valiant’s game-changing crossover event of 2018! This December, join Kindt and Braithwaite as they lay the foundation for the biggest conflict the Valiant Universe has ever witnessed...and prepare its bravest heroes for the untold devastation that awaits!

Available only to readers who redeem all four mail-away coupons included inside HARBINGER RENEGADE #1-4HARBINGER WARS 2 #0 is a standalone prelude that will reveal a secret chapter told in advance of 2018’s seismic event! Produced as a special reward for Valiant’s most faithful longtime readers, the events of HARBINGER WARS 2 #0 will be self-contained and will enhance, but not directly impact comprehension, of the primary storyline in 2018.

"Matt loves the Valiant Universe... He knows the clockwork that makes the whole thing tick," Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani told ComicBook.com. "We are telling a story as big as any we’ve ever told before, and it’s going to have massive consequences and ramifications. So we need someone who is as inventive as Matt is, and who understands the clockwork of Valiant so well, that he can take it apart. That’s how big of a story we’re building here."

Witness the cataclysmic events that set the impending conflict into motion with “MASSACRE” – a new, four-part jumping-on point beginning July 12th in HARBINGER RENEGADE #5THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 starts here in a hailstorm of bloodshed and brutality as multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Transmetropolitan) present the harrowing, must-read Valiant story of the year...and claim the life of a major Valiant hero! As the brutal commandos of the H.A.R.D. Corps. lead an all-out assault on an American metropolis, one of Valiant’s most beloved heroes will pay the ultimate price...and the immediate and lasting ramifications of their death will send shockwaves across the Valiant Universe as THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 begins in full force!

WARNING: Please be advised – due to the shocking on-panel death in HARBINGER RENEGADE #5, Valiant will be taking the unprecedented step of wrapping each issue in a specially manufactured advisory overlay – complete with a clearly marked warning label – that will ship on all copies of the issue at no extra-added cost.

"The catastrophic events of “MASSACRE' in HARBINGER RENEGADE #5, in which a major Valiant character dies, will have massive repercussions for not just that particular character, but for the entire political and social climate of our universe," said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. "How the universe moves on from there is an enormous, status quo changing event. And it’s going feed directly into HARBINGER WARS 2." 

Then, this December, Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite march the Valiant Universe to war – and prepare its heroes for the most impactful, world-colliding conflict they’ve ever faced! The crossover event of 2018 begins here in a punishing prelude of power and consequence, only in HARBINGER WARS 2 #0 – featuring an exclusive cover by superstar artist Clayton Crain (4001 A.D., X-O MANOWAR)! 

HARBINGER WAR 2 #0*
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
32 pgs| T+ | COMING IN DECEMBER!

*Available only by redeeming all four mail-away coupons included inside HARBINGER RENEGADE #1-4.
 

HARBINGER WARS 2 #0 – Cover by Clayton Crain


HARBINGER RENEGADE #5 – Cover A by Darick Robertson


HARBINGER RENEGADE #5 – Cover C by Clayton Crain



HARBINGER RENEGADE #5 – Wraparound Variant Cover by Marc Laming


HARBINGER RENEGADE #5 – Linewide Gold Foil Variant by Monika Palosz
 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Addition notes and comments on the 2017 Valiant Summit

EDITOR’S NOTES: Valiant Entertainment has been hosting an annual Summit Event each year since 2015 to announce their publishing plans for the entire year.  The 2017 Event was, for the first time, a live video stream from host HyperRPG studios in Los Angeles, CA that could be viewed on the twitch.tv website.

 

  I watched the web stream, hoping to catch some news on the upcoming Ninjak television series and the Harbinger and Bloodshot feature films.  However, the event was dedicated solely to publishing news — of which there was plenty.  This was detailed in a neat press release summary, which was made available to BC readers in our last post.

 

   If you haven’t guessed by now from reading my blog, I’m a big fan and supporter of what Valiant is doing!  What follows are some additional notes that I made on the live event . . . . .

 

       Watching this presentation was similar to having a close-up front row seat at a comic convention panel.  The live streaming video was hosted by Valiant Marketing VP Hunter Gorinson, with CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani and Editor-In-Chief Warren Simons serving as the major commentators. Several of the series writers were interviewed and some exclusive artwork was showcased.  The video stream utilized a split screen presentation, which was very effective. 

 

    One of the most impressive things about the Valiant Universe is how intricately plotted and intertwined it is, with no loose ends (unlike some other bigger publishers).  When Valiant creates an epic event, they always make it worthwhile for readers without over-saturating the number of crossover issues or over-extending the duration. CEO Shamdisani revealed that they work very far ahead, at least one year at a time. The recently featured VALIANT ICONS is their notice that they plan to evolve beyond the beginnings of 2012, when Valiant was re-introduced to the comics world. Shamdisani said that 2016 was the year to expand through the introduction of brand-new characters.  2017 will be the year to return all the established characters (X-O Manowar, Shadowman, etc.) and continue the expansion of new role-players in the Valiant Universe.

 

   There is a very epic nature to these announcements. During the various discussions, frequent references were made to both Star Wars and The Lord Of The Rings as inspiration for some of the creators to create new tales worthy of comparison to those two landmark works. 

 

X-O MANOWAR

 

     Writer Matt Kindt was interviewed, and stated that “I’m a big fan of barbarians. Just getting X-O back to barbarian mode was something I was really excited about.”  The series is already plotted out for five story arcs, and Kindt doesn’t know what the last issue will be yet.  X-O starts over as a simple farmer on a totally alien world, and progresses through solider to general to emperor.  Issue #10 will be the first stand-alone issue, featuring bounty hunters (inspired by Star Wars) and fall in-between the Emperor and Visigoth story arcs. 

 

BRITTANNIA Sequel: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE

 

     Britannia was the first Valiant series to feature all brand-new characters, and went through ten printings.  This new arc returns the same creative team and introduces a new female gladiator character.

 

RAPTURE

 

     This new limited series was described as “Lord Of The Rings for the Valiant Universe.”  In the interview, writer Matt KIndt spoke of that inspiration and his “big scope” plans for Rapture. A fan of Lord Of The Rings, Kindt said he was even more impressed by Tolkein’s Silmarillion, which detailed all the back-story and world building behind the LOTR universe.  Kindt aims to “make the Deadside a real place” in Rapture beyond what Ninjak, Shadowman and Punk Mambo have explored before. 

 

SECRET WEAPONS

 

   The Valiant Summit Event introduced Eric Heisserer as the screenwriter for both the Harbinger and Bloodshot film adaptations, which is impressive considering that Heisserer was nominated for an Oscar for his work on the script of science-fiction film Arrival. 

     While working on the scripts for Harbinger and Bloodshot, Heisserer came up with some ideas for the development of Livewire and received a green light to work up a comics series.  Livewire takes some misfit psiots from the Harbinger Foundation and finds ways to best utilize their powers working as a team.

 

     It was announced that Livewire is positioned to be a break-out character the same way as Faith in 2016.  The Secret Weapons limited series will also be part of Valiant’s Pre-Order Editions, offering four 48-page special editions with 8 pages of extra content. Orders need to be placed for the Pre-Order bundle with local comics shops before April 27.

 

FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE

 

    During the announcement for this new series, writer Jody Houser was interviewed. She mentioned the creation of a rogues gallery of villains leading up to Issue #12, when the new series will debut in July and involve time travel. 

 

CLASSIFIED

 

   This will begin in August 2017, and I didn’t learn anything more about it from watching the Summit than the little bit that Valiant teased in their press release. 

 

BLOODSHOT SALVATION

 

     The idea of Bloodshot actually having a family is something that Jeff Lemire is most qualified to write about, and I’m looking forward to this new story line. As editor Simons stated, Lemire “is one of the most accomplished and talented plotters I’ve ever seen.”

 

ETERNITY

 

     Divinity has been a big success at Valiant, with the first series going through eleven printings. Divinity II had five printings. Divinity III: Stalinverse has been selling out.  But Valiant wanted to make sure that readers understood Eternity is not intended to be Divinity IV, even though the story of the Russian cosmonaut returning to Earth was the launch point for this new limited series. 

 

     Eternity will be an entirely new story in a pocket universe. Eternity is a place, perhaps the place where Divinity receive his powers. In the words of Matt Kindt, he “wanted to capture a Jack Kirby-like vibe for the Valiant Universe”.  In Eternity, Divinity has a child, who vanishes, and he goes back to the unknown universe in search.

 

   It’s an exercise in work building for Kindt, who has plans for 25 new characters and more unique aspects to the Eternity pocket universe.

 

NINJA-K

 

   So far, Ninjak has been built up as a solo character.  New writer Christos Gage will reveal that Nijak is not the only ninja to work for MI6 - - he’s actually the eleventh in a line that stretches back to WWI. These ninjas were identified by alphabetic designations from A through J.  Someone is now killing them off and Ninja-K investigates.

 

    Ninja-K promises to be a more espionage-driven take on the character. Gage said that he’s “such a fan of what Matt Kindt did - - why retread the same ground?”

 

QUANTUM AND WOODY

 

  This is the point in the video stream that everything cut out, and I was shut out from viewing anymore.  This was the only part of the Valiant Summit that annoyed me, and I doubt that they are responsible. 

 

    The Summit was noted to be a one-hour broadcast. The actual length was one hour and thirty seven minutes.  Everything ran smoothly on the steam I watched until after the one-hour mark, when the replay became choppy and the screen would often freeze for several seconds before resuming.  I tried to get back to the live stream by clicking pause and then play and it worked once. On the second attempt, a commercial popped up.

Eventually, the video stopped entirely to be replaced by a screen message that said in order to continue watching I needed to be a HyperRPG subscriber.  That annoyed me enough that I shut it down.  I don’t know if the subscription was free or not — I was just disturbed by that unfriendly tactic.

Note from VALIANT SUMMIT 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE:  I watched the live event today, and took four pages of notes.  However, thanks to VP Hunter Gorinson and the Valiant Marketing Staff they have re-capped all of the major announcements right here.  Thanks for making my job easier!  Read on to learn all the details . . . .

#ValiantSummit 2017:
 Valiant Unveils a Staggering Line-Up of New Series Spanning 2017 with BLOODSHOT SALVATION, NINJA-K, QUANTUM AND WOODY!, and More!


X-O MANOWAR | BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE | RAPTURE | SECRET WEAPONS | FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE | [CLASSIFIED] | BLOODSHOT SALVATION | ETERNITY |
NINJA-K | QUANTUM AND WOODY! 

 

As revealed today during the #ValiantSummit 2017 event live from Twitch TV’s Hyper RPG studios in Los Angeles, Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce “ICONS” – an all-new wave of ongoing series, prestige format projects and standalone events spanning the Valiant Universe’s greatest heroes and top talents! Out of the record-setting success of X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 – the year’s best-selling series debut from any independent publisher – “ICONS” will continue throughout 2017 with one major new series launch each month, featuring the publisher’s most enduring heroes:
  • X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 by Matt Kindt & Tomas Giorello in March 
  • BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1 by Peter Milligan Juan Jose Ryp in April 
  • RAPTURE #1 by Matt Kindt & CAFU in May
  • SECRET WEAPONS #1 by Eric Heisserer & Raul Allen with Patricia Martin in June
  • FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #1 by Jody HouserStephen SegoviaBarry Kitson & Special Guests in July
  • [CLASSIFIED] #1 by [TOP SECRET] and [TOP SECRET] in August
  • BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 by Jeff LemireLewis LaRosa & Mico Suayan in September
  • ETERNITY #1 by Matt Kindt & Trevor Hairsine in October
  • NINJA-K #1 by Christos Gage & Tomas Giorello in November
  • QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 by Daniel Kibblesmith & Kano in December
“X-O MANOWAR wasn’t just the launch of a new series, it was a statement of purpose,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Even before the first issue hit stands, the success of that series has emboldened Valiant and its creators to redouble our efforts and create what might just be our most high-profile roster of titles to date. Over the course of the coming year, Valiant has dedicated itself to bringing the same level of creative vision, formidable storytelling and intensive quality to each of its most important new series and most beloved characters – a process that began with X-O MANOWAR and will soon extend outward into FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE, BLOODSHOT SALVATION, NINJA-K, QUANTUM AND WOODY! and some of our most exciting titles yet.”

“Valiant is fortunate to have a team of some of the most dedicated and talented creators anywhere in the industry manning the frontline of our universe, and, together, Valiant’s ‘ICONS’ have a very bright future indeed,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “From FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE to BLOODSHOT SALVATION to NINJA-K to QUANTUM AND WOODY!, you’re about to see our biggest and most-demanded characters step into their most memorable adventures yet.”


X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA


WAR IS COMING!

Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age. It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth…only to find himself stranded in the modern day.

But that was a lifetime ago.

Now, far from home on a strange and primitive new world, Aric has begun a new life. Liberated from his past, he tends to his crops. Free from war. Free from violence. Free from the armor.

But the machinery of death marches his way once again. Conscripted into an alien army and thrown into an unforgiving conflict, the fury inside him finds voice as he is forced to embrace the armor once more. With it, he will decimate armies, topple empires and incite interplanetary warfare as he rises from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH. They wanted a weapon. He will give them war!

A stunning new beginning for Valiant’s most enduring icon starts here as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, NINJAK, Mind MGMT) and a rotating cast of powerhouse interior artists spanning the series’ first year – including Tomas Giorello (4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER, BLOODSHOT REBORN), Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS, BLOODSHOT U.S.A.), Clayton Crain (RAI, Carnage), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), and Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) – present the biggest Valiant debut of all time…and unleash the brutal opening salvo of the ultimate X-O Manowar tale ever told!

ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING MARCH 2017
 

BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover by CARY NORD


Valiant’s critically acclaimed, 10-time sold-out magnum opus returns with a brand-new journey into myth and mystery, from comics master Peter Milligan (Shade, The Changing Man) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA)!

Fifty thousand Romans stand on their feet, watching from the rafters of the coliseum with captured breath as Achillia, a gladiator unlike any that Rome has seen before, faces incredible odds – one lone warrior against five of Rome’s greatest. Such is the tradition, when a female gladiator enters the fray. When the carnage is complete, the coliseum roars its approval as Achillia stands victorious. Now, only one match away from winning her freedom, she has begun to gain renown. The women of Rome, suppressed by their husbands and fathers, have noticed. The men of Rome, husbands and fathers to a growing horde of women entertaining ideas of independence, have noticed as well.

On the other side of Rome, a strange mystery swirls through the Palatine Hill. In the dead of night, down winding alleys, Rome’s elite swear that they see visions of a blood-soaked Apollo walking the city…visions that are driving them mad. Even more are becoming sick with weird fever god-dreams. Panic ensues in the city. The Chief Vestal, Rubria, is arrested by Emperor Nero and threatened with crucifixion unless the deadly curse that’s fallen on Rome is lifted. She asks Antonius Axia, hero of Britannia and Rome’s only detective, for help. She offers only one clue…the gladiator Achillia.

LIMITED SERIES | BEGINNING APRIL 2017
 


RAPTURE #1
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover by MICO SUAYAN


On a scarred landscape, two otherworldly armies prepare to battle one last time, vying for control of a massive tower named from an ancient language no longer permitted to be spoken.

One army is led by a primeval force named Babel, whose goal is singular: to breach “heaven” no matter the cost. The only thing standing in his way is a gray-haired barbaric warrior, filled with rage and regret – a man who sees this battle as his last chance for redemption. But he knows his depleted forces have little chance of victory unless aid comes soon.

Enter Tama: A 12-year old girl on the crest of a hill overlooking the battle, who has just become humanity’s only hope. The last in an ancient line of mystics who protect the Earth, she has foreseen this battle and knows millions will perish if she’s unable to stop it. Now Tama and her ragtag team of malcontents – Ninjak, Shadowman and Punk Mambo – must somehow defeat an elder god hell bent on piercing the heavens.

This summer, New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR) and artistic sensation CAFU (RAI) lead a Tolkien-esque journey into the space between life and death…through the Deadside…and into the many worlds that lie beyond right here with a spellbinding and horrific standalone event!

LIMITED SERIES | BEGINNING MAY 2017
 

SECRET WEAPONS #1 
Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTIN
Cover by RAÚL ALLÉN


Eric Heisserer – the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of ARRIVAL and Valiant’s upcoming HARBINGER and BLOODSHOT feature films – joins Harvey Award-nominated visionary Raúl Allén (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) for an all-new Valiant Prestige-format adventure…launching Livewire and an extraordinary new team of heroes into the fight of their lives!

The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rex-O seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…

PRESTIGE FORMAT LIMITED SERIES | BEGINNING JUNE 2017
 
  
FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #1 
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA and BARRY KITSON
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC


A SPECTACULAR SUMMER EVENT! Every second counts when acclaimed writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Star Wars: Rogue One), explosive artist Stephen Segovia (NINJAK, Action Comics), comics legend Barry Kitson (Fantastic Four), and special surprise guests push Faith into a centuries-spanning fight for existence alongside the greatest heroes of the Valiant Universe…past, present, and future!

Faith “Zephyr” Herbert – former member of Unity, current Harbinger Renegade, and Los Angeles’ #1 superhero – is the universe’s last, best chance at survival! Centuries from today, a devious artificial intelligence has unleashed a blistering attack on the very foundations of time…one that is unwriting history from beginning to end! Now, with her options exhausted, Neela Sethi, Timewalker – the self-appointed protector of what is and will be – has returned to the 21st century to recruit Earth’s greatest champions of today and tomorrow to oppose this existential threat…and she needs Faith to lead them! But why Faith? And why now?

This July, fly to the farthest edges of the future in a death-defying race to save time itself, as Faith leads the charge alongside Valiant’s greatest heroes…and becomes a new legend for the ages!

LIMITED SERIES | BEGINNING JULY 2017
 

CLASSIFIED 
Written by [TOP SECRET]
Art by [TOP SECRET]
Cover by [TOP SECRET]


BEGINNING AUGUST 2017
 
 
BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA & MICO SUAYAN
Cover by RYAN BODENHEIM


A BLOCKBUSTER NEW ONGOING SERIES! From New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Moon Knight) and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) & Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN),  a bloody and vengeful new era for Bloodshot begins this September as Ray Garrison escapes his violent past to build the one thing he never thought he’d earn: a family. But when a hateful secret from his true love’s past threatens their fragile peace, Bloodshot will be forced to run headlong into a barrage of blood, bullets, and broken bones for a revenge-fueled assault that will have crushing consequences for those he holds most dear…

Now: In the arms of his beloved girlfriend Magic, Bloodshot has finally found hope for the future…in the form of the couple’s unborn child. But when Magic’s estranged family – a cruel and sadistic clan of homegrown criminals – re-emerge to lay claim to their lost daughter, Bloodshot will be pushed back to the brink of madness, mayhem, and warfare…

Soon: Eight years from today, Bloodshot’s daughter has inherited her father’s incredible abilities. Hunted by a high-tech kill squad called Omen, Jessie must hone her powers…and learn how to survive before the world is swallowed whole by the darkness that now pervades America…

ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 2017
 


ETERNITY #1 
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE


A VISIONARY NEW SERIES! From the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine comes an expedition into the Unknown. Beyond time... Beyond space… Beyond reality itself… ETERNITY awaits!

This October, Valiant unveils a new plane of existence beyond our own and unleashes a universe of new worlds, new beings, and new myths…

LIMITED SERIES | BEGINNING OCTOBER 2017
 


NINJA-K #1
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by TOMAS GIORELLO
Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE


A NEW CAN'T-MISS ONGOING SERIES! From acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and superstar artist Tomas Giorello (X-O MANOWAR), the United Kingdom’s most dreaded intelligence operative delves into the cold, calculating world of espionage and international intrigue! 

For nearly a century, MI-6, the most elite branch of Britain’s clandestine intelligence service, has honed a ruthlessly effective, top-secret division – THE NINJA PROGRAMME – into one of its nation’s most finely wielded weapons. Tasked as the first and last line of defense for queen and country, this small shadow army of agents and assassins has produced a succession of notable assets, including NINJA-A, the Queen’s silent weapon of World War I; NINJA-E, the globetrotting secret agent that pulled the Cold War back from the brink of armageddon;  and, most recently, NINJA-K, aka Colin King, a brash but fearless instrument of lethality that has saved the world from madmen and terror at every turn. 

But now…an unknown enemy is hunting and killing members of THE NINJA PROGRAMME one by one – and NINJAK is next on the list.

ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING NOVEMBER 2017
 


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 
Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH 
Art by KANO
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO


THE WORLD'S WORST SUPERHERO TEAM RETURNS IN AN EXPLOSIVE NEW ONGOING SERIES! This December, four-time-offending writer Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and taser-proof artist Kano (Daredevil) give the Valiant Universe the adjective-worthy superheroes it deserves: QUANTUM AND WOODY!

Sometimes…you embrace your destiny. And sometimes…you and your trouble-making adopted brother find yourselves trapped in a scientific lab explosion that grants you $@&%ing awesome super-powers. As a result of their accident, Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – must “klang” their wristbands together every 24 hours or both dissipate into nothingness. Which makes superhero-ing pretty awkward when you’re not on speaking terms at the moment. See, Eric has been keeping a pretty big secret: He knows who Woody’s birth father really is…and where he’s been hiding all these years. 

With great power comes great sibling rivalry! This winter, you’ll believe two men and one goat can split a one-bedroom apartment and still be a credible threat to evil and injustice everywhere when QUANTUM AND WOODY make headlines and take names!

ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING DECEMBER 2017