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BRITANNIA returns with WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE

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Peter Milligan and Juan Jose Ryp’s sold out Roman Mystery BRITANNIA is due for a sequel. BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE will be a four issue series starting in April. Detector Antonius Axia is back, for more mystery, intrigue, and Gladiatorial combat.

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BRITANNIA2_001_COVER-A_NORDMaster Storytellers Peter Milligan & Juan Jose Ryp Investigate a Harrowing New Prestige-Format Case for the World’s First Detective

As revealed today at io9, Valiant is proud to announce BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1 (of 4) – a brand-new journey into myth and mystery from comics master Peter Milligan (Shade, The Changing Man) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (Britannia)! On April 26th, Valiant’s critically acclaimed, ten-time sold-out magnum opus returns with an all-new beginning and a startling new case for Antonius Axia, the world’s first detective… One with a haunting connection to the horrors of Rome’s arena and the very gods themselves…

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.

“We couldn’t be prouder of the work that Peter and Juan have done in building the captivating and mysterious world of Britannia,” Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons told io9. “Having the marketplace respond to a new character and a new concept with such enthusiasm has been invigorating and emboldened the entire team to take the next series into even more challenging territory. Antonius Axia is a vital and important new addition to the Valiant line, and his next adventure will be an investigation into an unthinkable mystery plaguing the dark heart of Rome, its gods, and its citizens.”

On April 26th, the gods stalk the world of men when the smash-hit, repeatedly sold-out series that pushed the boundaries of the Valiant Universe farther than ever before returns with a must-read new volume presented in the deluxe VALIANT PRESTIGE format in BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1 (of 4) – featuring covers by Eisner Award winner Cary Nord (X-O Manowar, Conan), Eisner Award nominee David Mack (Daredevil), rising star Adam Gorham (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe), and Eisner Award winner Dave Johnson (100 Bullets)!

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BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1 (of 4) 
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by CARY NORD
Cover B by DAVID MACK
Character Design Variant by DAVID MACK
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale APRIL 26 (FOC – 4/3/17)

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X-O returns, and WAR is coming with him

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Just in time for X-O MANOWAR’s 25th anniversary in February, Valiant is teasing a new X-O MANOWAR series, with the tagline WAR IS COMING and an image of the empty X-O helmet. Is this Airic’s armor? Will someone else be in the suit?

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1st Look: HARBINGER RENEGADE #2 – Rafer Roberts & Darick Robertson March Toward HARBINGER WARS 2 in December!

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PRESS RELEASE:
The road to war is paved with grim intentions!

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of HARBINGER RENEGADE #2 – the next action-packed chapter of the stunning, smash-hit ongoing series from multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan, The Boys)! OnDecember 21st, the road to Valiant’s cataclysmic 2018 event, HARBINGER WARS 2, draws nearer as the Renegades’ manipulative new adversary, Alexander Solomon, begins a gambit that will redefine the fate of the entire Valiant Universe! Scattered throughout the nation, can Peter Stanchek, Kris Hathaway, Faith, and Torque reunite in time to confront Solomon’s actions head on? And as they battle an enemy who can predict the future, can they be sure that they’re not playing right into his hands?

Plus: Incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp (BRITANNIA) joins Rafer Roberts and Darick Robertson for the next startling chapter of Solomon’s never-before-revealed origin as the rise of Valiant’s next great villain stands revealed!

Jump on board here to find out why, after months of anticipation, fans and critics everywhere are hailingHARBINGER RENEGADE as one of the year’s best new ongoing series:

“?????… Great storytelling and art. A perfect place to jump on and enjoy the ride.”Outright Geekery

?????… The perfect entry point into the Valiant Universe and a well-executed stunner of a story.” – Spartantown

?????… A flagship title and beacon of hope for comic book excellence in the Valiant Universe; as well as the entire comic book genre. – All-Comic

?????… Roberts and Robertson are at their peak. – Nerds on the Rocks

???? ½… Incredible… Harbinger Renegade #1 is an exciting start.” – Hulking Reviewer

???? ½… Stunning… HARBINGER RENEGADE is an easy recommendation.” – Comics Bulletin

???? ½… HARBINGER RENEGADE is a comic that you shouldn’t miss out on.” – Heroes Direct

????… Excellent… Harbinger’s return is one worth watching.” – IGN

HARBINGER RENEGADE only strengthens an already impressive Valiant line up.” – Paste Magazine

A superhero story unlike any other…” – Wired

Kris Hathaway, Peter Stanchek, Faith Herbert, and John Torkelson thought they could go underground. They thought they could get their old lives back. They were wrong. As four psionically powered “psiots” that can defy the laws of physics with a thought alone, this extraordinarily dangerous team of renegades won’t be able to escape the fight that society has brought to their door. As a violent, new superpower movement spreads across the suburbs, America’s only hope will be the teenagers it wished it could forget.

On December 21st, Rafer Roberts and Darick Robertson take the Harbinger Renegades past the point of no return…and straight towards HARBINGER WARS 2! Be there as Alexander Solomon’s dramatic confrontation with Valiant’s most dangerous superteam makes comics history, only inHARBINGER RENEGADE #2 – Featuring covers by Darick Robertson (Happy!), Adam Polina (X-Force), rising star Monika Palosz, Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS), Kano (Daredevil), and Jim Mahfood (Tank Girl)!

Plus: Don’t miss your chance to discover an essential prelude to the conflagration that’s coming withHARBINGER WARS 2 #0 – an exclusive, limited-edition Valiant zero issue that can only be obtained by redeeming mail-away coupons included in HARBINGER RENEGADE #1-4! Featuring a can’t-miss prologue to the landmark comic event of 2018, readers simply have to clip and ship their detachable coupons to receive this one-of-a-kind, advance chapter torn from the future of the Valiant Universe! Look for full participation guidelines for redeeming your copy of HARBINGER WARS 2 #0 in all copies of HARBINGER RENEGADE #1-4!

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HARBINGER RENEGADE #2 *
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON with JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON (OCT161966)
Cover B by ADAM POLLINA (OCT161967)
Cover C by MONIKA PALOSZ (OCT161968)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (OCT161970)
Variant Cover by KANO (OCT161971)
Variant Cover by JIM MAHFOOD (OCT161972)
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available (OCT161969)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 21 (FOC – 11/28/16)
*INCLUDES MAIL-AWAY COUPON #2 (of 4) FOR HARBINGER WARS 2 #0


HARBINGER RENEGADE #2 – Cover A by Darick Robertson


HARBINGER RENEGADE #2 – Cover B by Adam Pollina


HARBINGER RENEGADE #2 – Cover C by Monika Palosz


HARBINGER RENEGADE #2 – Interior Art by Darick Robertson with Richard Clark & Diego Rodriguez


HARBINGER RENEGADE #2 – Interior Art by Darick Robertson with Richard Clark & Diego Rodriguez


HARBINGER RENEGADE #2 – Interior Art by Darick Robertson with Richard Clark & Diego Rodriguez


HARBINGER RENEGADE #2 – Interior Art by Darick Robertson with Richard Clark & Diego Rodriguez


HARBINGER RENEGADE #2 – Interior Art by Darick Robertson with Richard Clark & Diego Rodriguez


HARBINGER RENEGADE MAIL-AWAY COUPON #1 – Side 1


HARBINGER RENEGADE MAIL-AWAY COUPON #1 – Side 2


HARBINGER RENEGADE MAIL-AWAY COUPON #1 – Side 3


SAVAGE #2 1st Look

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PRESS RELEASE:

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside SAVAGE #2 (of 4) – the next bone-splintering chapter of the year’s most intense, must-read first appearance! In the wake of DIVINITY and BRITANNIA, join acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick) and explosive artists Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS) and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) on December 28th as they unleash Valiant’s next prestige-format epic…and initiate in the brutal origin of the award-winning publisher’s next major hero!

Marooned in an unforgiving prehistoric landscape, high society’s most privileged celebrity family is fighting tooth and claw – literally – for survival. With no shelter, no weapons and no escape, the Savauge family is about to come face to face with the cruelest laws of nature – in the form of the lethal dinosaurs that somehow stalk the impossibly ancient island that has become their home of last resort.

Once they lose everything – and each other – what part of them will endure? Where will the man inside each of them end…and the animal begin?

On December 28th, hone your killer instincts as B. Clay Moore, Clayton Henry, and Lewis LaRosatear into the searing comics origin story of 2016! Calamity, carnage and claws await, only in SAVAGE #2 (of 4) – featuring covers by Lewis LaRosa (Punisher MAX), Jared Fletcher (Paper Girls), and Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin)!

Plus: Don’t miss the other must-read series of 2016 as “THE FUTURE OF VALIANT” continues with an all-new wave of ongoing series, prestige format projects and standalone events from a star-studded roster of some of comics’ most visionary talents! Beginning in July with FAITH #1, “THE FUTURE OF VALIANT” will extend throughout 2016 with a total of seven epic series – each introducing an innovative array of new concepts and characters…and firmly establishing Valiant’s place as the premier publisher of creative storytelling in comics today:

  • FAITH #1 by Jody Houser, Pere Perez, Marguerite Sauvage, and Colleen Doran in July
  • GENERATION ZERO #1 by Fred Van Lente & Francis Portela in August
  • BRITANNIA #1 (of 4) by Peter Milligan, Juan Jose Ryp, and Raul Allen in September
  • BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #1 (of 4) by Jeff Lemire & Doug Braithwaite in October
  • HARBINGER RENEGADE #1 by Rafer Roberts, Darick Roberston, Raul Allen, and Juan Jose Ryp in November
  • SAVAGE #1 (of 4) by B. Clay Moore, Clayton Henry & Lewis LaRosa in November
  • DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4) by Matt Kindt & Trevor Hairsine in December

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SAVAGE #1 (of 4) 
Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY and LEWIS LAROSA
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (SEP162049)
Cover B by JARED FLETCHER (SEP162050)
Character Design Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (SEP162052)
Variant Cover by RENATO GUEDES (SEP162053)
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (SEP162054)
Blank Cover Also Available (SEP162051)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On Sale NOVEMBER 30th (FOC – 11/7/16)

SAVAGE #2 (of 4)
Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY and LEWIS LAROSA
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (OCT161960)
Cover B by JARED FLETCHER (OCT161961)
Character Design Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (OCT161963)
Variant Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ (OCT161964)
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (OCT161965)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On Sale DECEMBER 28th (FOC – 12/5/16)

SAVAGE #2 (of 4) – Cover A by Lewis LaRosa


SAVAGE #2 (of 4) – Cover B by Jared Fletcher


SAVAGE #2 (of 4) – Variant Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz


SAVAGE #2 (of 4) – Interior Art by Lewis LaRosa


SAVAGE #2 (of 4) – Interior Art by Lewis LaRosa


SAVAGE #2 (of 4) – Interior Art by Lewis LaRosa


SAVAGE #2 (of 4) – Interior Art by Clayton Henry


SAVAGE #2 (of 4) – Interior Art by Clayton Henry


SAVAGE #2 (of 4) – Interior Art by Clayton Henry


SAVAGE #2 (of 4) – Interior Art by Clayton Henry


SAVAGE #2 (of 4) – Interior Art by Clayton Henry


HARBINGER: FAITH #0 Flies High with Joshua Dysart and Robert Gill in December!

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Valiant is proud to announce HARBINGER: FAITH #0 – a brand new one-shot exploration of Valiant’s high-flying teenage Renegade and Unity’s newest team member!

Coming in December from New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (Harbinger, Harbinger Wars) and rising star Robert Gill (Armor Hunters: Harbinger), start reading here to discover how Harbinger’s high-spirited teenage fangirl went from the heart and soul of Peter Stanchek’s teenage Renegades to the newest member of the world’s most elite super-team – UNITY!

As Faith recuperates from the events of Armor Hunters: Harbinger, jump on board and discover the complete, never-before-revealed tale of her origin – just as she steps into the limelight for a brand new story arc beginning in November’s UNITY #12!

Her first and only boyfriend to date is a little bit of a douche, her friends are all gone, and, after her insane adventure in Mexico City, Faith Hebert is feeling a little frustrated with the direction of her life. She’s just a normal super-powered young woman in an increasingly crazy world. Here’s the story of a true innocent and a kind heart in a hard world. From the comic shop of her youth to the moment she found out that she was actually light as feather, Zephyr is the western wind. Warm and kind, she blows across us all.

“She may not be physically strong, or brilliantly tactical, but her emotional intelligence and psychological strength are unparalleled among the other Renegades,” writer Joshua Dysart told Multiversity Comics. “I think some part of her understands that her light is needed even more in a world where you can lose your friends and face down horrible swarming alien insects. I think she sees a dark and violent world all around her and instead of that corrupting her, it reinforces her. Again, there’s a hint of that in this issue, but it’s also about a question we all ask ourselves, where do we go from here?”

This is HARBINGER: FAITH #0! Featuring covers by all-star artists Joe Quinones (Wednesday Comics), Lucy Knisley (Harbinger #25), and Brian Level (Lazarus), be here this December as one of the most unique, most sincere super-heroines anywhere in comics today takes on her very first solo adventure!

And don’t miss UNITY #12 by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and red-hot artist CAFU – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new story arc recruiting Faith into the ranks of Valiant’s unbreakable all-star superteam, just as they go toe-to-toe with a brand new threat known only as The United!

HARBINGER: FAITH #0
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by ROBERT GILL
Cover A by JOE QUINONES
Cover B by LUCY KNISLEY
Variant Cover by BRIAN LEVEL
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | COMING IN DECEMBER!

UNITY #12 (NEW ARC!)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover by BRIAN LEVEL (SEP141688)
Handbook Cover by CAFU (SEP141689)
Variant Cover by RAUL ALLEN (SEP141690)
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE 12/12/14 (FOC –10/20/14)

HARBINGER: FAITH #0 – Cover A by Joe Quinones
HARBINGER: FAITH #0 – Cover B by Lucy Knisley
HARBINGER: FAITH #0 – Variant Cover by Brian Level


UNITY #12 – Cover by Brian Level


QUANTUM AND WOODY GO TO THE HARVEY AWARDS!

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In honor of their multiple HAVERY AWARD nominations,

Valiant Entertainment Presents

QUANTUM AND WOODY GO TO THE HARVEY AWARDS!

Written by
JAMES ASMUS 
Harvey Award Nominee
for
Best New Series, Quantum and Woody
Best Writer, Quantum and Woody
Most Promising New Talent, Quantum and Woody
Special Award for Humor in Comics, Quantum and Woody

Art by
PERE PEREZ
Harvey Award Nominee
for
Most Promising New Talent, Archer & Armstrong, Harbinger Wars

Colors by
DAVID BARON
Harvey Award-Nominated Team Member
for
Best Continuing or Limited Series, Archer & Armstrong

Letters by
DAVE LANPHEAR
Harvey Award Nominee
for
Best Letterer, Quantum and Woody


For more information on the 2014 Harvey Awards – to be presented this Saturday at Baltimore Comic-Con – visit HarveyAwards.org.

VALIANT SIZED QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 coming December

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QUANTUM AND WOODY Get VALIANT-SIZED with Tim Siedell, James Asmus, and Pere Perez in December!

Reality hopping, multiple Woodys, and certain destruction? Welcome to life in the Woody-Verse! This December, if you thought one Woody was too much, get ready for VALIANT-SIZED QUANTUM AND WOODY #1!

As revealed at io9.com, writer and comedian Tim Siedell (@badbanana, Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows) is joining Harvey Award nominees James Asmus (Quantum and Woody, The Delinquents) and Pere Pérez (Archer & Armstrong) to launch the world’s worst superhero team into an overloaded adventure that only a VALIANT-SIZED 40-page giant could possibly handle!

When an asteroid with a fifty-fifty chance of hitting Earth is spotted hurtling toward the planet, the unlikely super-team of Quantum and Woody are drafted onto the international team of specialists tasked with stopping it! But when the duo inadvertently cause a training exercise to go horribly wrong, they manage to doom the entire planet along with the only team capable of saving it. With few options and less time, Woody decides to ditch our world and escape into another through a secret space-time rift created by his arch-nemesis – old timey clone-Frankenstein-robot Thomas Edison! (No…you shouldn’t ask.) Our Woody’s betrayal, however, leaves the door to our dimension open to THEIR counter-Woody and his own counter-asteroid…leaving two worlds in the balance as two Woodys cut a reckless rampage through the multiverse! (Yes…it’s complicated.)

“A giant Earth-crushing asteroid is heading this way, forcing an uneasy alliance of international and interpersonal foes to put aside differences and work together to save mankind,” writer Tim Siedell told io9.com. “Quantum and Woody join forces with Edison, as well as a North Korean superhero and a rabidly anti-Semitic, but otherwise genius, nuclear scientist. This is Earth’s hastily-assembled Dream Team (or Nightmare Team, depending on how you look at it). It’s a story so big it can’t be contained on one Earth.”

Featuring covers by Eisner Award winner Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and acclaimed artist Mike Hawthorne (Deadpool, Fear Agent) – plus a partially completed “Draw Your Own ‘Blank’ Cover” on virgin board stock by “Most Promising New Talent” Harvey Award nominee Pere Pérez (Archer & Armstrong) – Quantum and Woody’s first perilous voyage into the Woody-Verse might just mean the end of all mankind!

Find out who lives…who dies…and which evil doppelgänger has the best goatee…when VALIANT-SIZED QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 leaps into comic shops everywhere this December!

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VALIANT-SIZED QUANTUM AND WOODY #1
Written by TIM SIEDELL and JAMES ASMUS
Art by PERE PEREZ
Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY
Draw Your Own “Blank” Variant by PERE PEREZ
Variant Cover by MIKE HAWTHORNE
$4.99 | ONE-SHOT | T+ | 40 pgs. | ON SALE IN DECEMBER!

VALIANT-SIZED QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 – Cover by Chip Zdarsky


VALIANT-SIZED QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 – Draw Your Own “Blank” Cover by Pere Perez


VALIANT 1st LOOK: ETERNAL WARRIOR: DAYS OF STEEL #1

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First Look: Peter Milligan and Cary Nord Usher in ETERNAL WARRIOR: DAYS OF STEEL #1 – Coming in November!

From steel comes salvation!

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of ETERNAL WARRIOR: DAYS OF STEEL #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of a new three-issue mini-series chronicling the brutal and bloodied history of Valiant’s immortal champion from master storyteller Peter Milligan (Hellblazer, X-Statix) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (X-O Manowar, Conan)!

For more than 10,000 years, the Eternal Warrior has stood on guard, protecting the Earth from all who would seek to do it harm. A master of countless weapons and long forgotten martial arts, he is guided by the Geomancers – those who speak for the Earth. Confident in his role, the Eternal Warrior believed he had seen and survived it all…until a mysterious quest in the tenth century led him to question the very foundation of his existence. After completing another brutal mission at the behest of the Geomancers, the Earth’s undying guardian is approached with a cryptic task: to find and save a newborn child – in whose hands might rest the fate of an entire people. But when a thousand conquering Magyar invaders join the quest for the child, can history’s most expert killer be trusted to keep one precious life alive?

Swords! Savagery! Steel! Before Gilad joins Bloodshot and an all-star cast of Valiant’s greatest heroes in December for a brand-new crusade against the Immortal Enemy in THE VALIANT #1 by Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera, take up the blade and discover the roots of Earth’s undying champion in ETERNAL WARRIOR: DAYS OF STEEL #1 – in stores this November!

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ETERNAL WARRIOR: DAYS OF STEEL #1 (of 3)
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by CARY NORD
Cover A by BRYAN HITCH (SEP141680)
Cover B by RAFA SANDOVAL (SEP141681)
Variant Cover by CARY NORD (SEP141682)
B&W Sketch Variant by CARY NORD (SEP141683)
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE 11/5/14 (FOC – 10/13/14)

ETERNAL WARRIOR: DAYS OF STEEL #1 – Cover A by Bryan Hitch


ETERNAL WARRIOR: DAYS OF STEEL #1 – Interior Art by Cary Nord with Brian Reber




ETERNAL WARRIOR: DAYS OF STEEL #1 – Cover B by Rafa Sandoval


ETERNAL WARRIOR: DAYS OF STEEL #1 – Variant Cover by Cary Nord


ETERNAL WARRIOR: DAYS OF STEEL #1 – B&W Sketch Variant by Cary Nord



First Look: Robert Venditti, Clay Mann, and Dave Johnson Enlist for X-O MANOWAR #0 – Coming in October!

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Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of X-O MANOWAR #0 – a colossal comics milestone and an all-new jumping-on point arriving in October from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (ARMOR HUNTERS, Green Lantern) and superstar artist Clay Mann (X-Men: Legacy, Gambit)! In the wake of the sold-out success of ARMOR HUNTERS, start reading here as the world’s most wanted hero returns to his roots for a never-before-revealed look into X-O Manowar’s past!

Also joining this landmark exploration of Valiant’s hardest-hitting hero is Eisner Award-winning artist Dave Johnson (100 Bullets, Superman: Red Son), who will contribute FIVE interlocking shelf covers for X-O MANOWAR #0!

In addition to the centuries-spanning origin tale by Venditti and Mann, each component of Johnson’s epic, five-piece interlocking image revisits a different chapter in the life of Aric of Dacia, the man behind the armor – his abduction and enslavement by the maleficent alien race known as The Vine in the fifth century A.D.; his escape and arrival in the modern day with The Vine’s ultra-powerful X-O Manowar armor; his pursuit by the cunning intelligence agent called Ninjak; his ascent into the ranks of the unbreakable all-star superteam codenamed: Unity; and, finally, his battle against the onslaught of the alien Armor Hunters!

After narrowly surviving the events of ARMOR HUNTERS, X-O Manowar – or what is left of him – must look to the future, but, to do so, he must first learn the startling secret of his past. Be here on October 8th to learn the violent, never-before-told origin of Visigoth life under the brutality of the Roman Empire, and how the modern day’s most feared armored hero began his journey to the stars nearly two millennia ago.

Don’t miss the most demanded Valiant story of the year as Robert Venditti and Clay Mann usher in a brand new beginning for one of the most acclaimed series in comics today, only in X-O MANOWAR #0 – now featuring five, must-see interlocking variant covers by the incomparable Dave Johnson!

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X-O MANOWAR #0 
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CLAY MANN
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (AUG141713)
Cover B by CLAY MANN (AUG141714)
Interlocking Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON (TBD)
Interlocking Cover D by DAVE JOHNSON (TBD)
Interlocking Cover E by DAVE JOHNSON (TBD)
Interlocking Cover F by DAVE JOHNSON (TBD)
Interlocking Cover G by DAVE JOHNSON (TBD)
Variant Cover by JEFF LEMIRE (AUG141715)
Variant Cover by BRYAN HITCH (AUG141716)
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs.
ON SALE 10/8/14 (FOC – 9/15/14)

X-O MANOWAR #0 – Cover A by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic


X-O MANOWAR #0 – Interlocking Covers by Dave Johnson


X-O MANOWAR #0 – Pencils by Clay Mann


X-O MANOWAR #0 – Pencils by Clay Mann

X-O MANOWAR #0 – Pencils by Clay Mann


Rai #1 Review

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Release Date: April 30th, 2014

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Publisher: Valiant Entertainment

Written By: Matt Kindt

Art By: Clayton Crain

Price: 3.99

Review:

Rai jumps back into the comic book world at Valiant Entertainment. The spirit protector of Japan in the far future makes his return as the badass defense system for the A.I. known as Father which controls all of Japan and its citizens. 90s nostalgia on paper.

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The story so far is one many fans my age probably already know with a few tweeks and alterations. The A.I. is called Father now and Spylocke is now an actual real character in Japan instead of a fictional hero. The peaceful existence Japan has been enjoying is shattered as a seemingly random, vicious killing makes headlines as the first murder in 1,000 years. The world is new and the characters are basically brand new for the most part so it becomes difficult to soak it all in sometimes. There is a ton of new stuff to take in and it’s almost impossible to really digest it all and get the feel of this book. I had to re-read several pages over and over but maybe I’m just slow on the uptake. Or maybe I’m mesmerized by Crain’s art. Next paragraph for that. The story isn’t convoluted at all but it is packed full of info. The overall story is covered fine though. Rai starts investigating and finds another suspect with a pirate style flintlock pistol. Who are the people using these antique weapons to murder…boom, suicide bomber. Hours after the first murder in 1,000 several others happen and Rai is overwhelmed. He then encounters Spylocke and some kind of crudely made Frankenstein-esque robot man thing who proceeds to whoop his futuristic samurai butt. In short, the storyline is a massive info dump without being extra wordy and still making it fun to read. I also like how seeds are planted already of Father’s possible mistakes and Rai’s statement that he doesn’t take orders, he defends Japan. Smells like an uprising to me.

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Now, on to the big draw. Clayton Crain is one of my favorite artists in damn near any medium of art you can imagine and he doesn’t disappoint in Rai. When I found out he was drawing an awesome sci-fi hero from 90s Valiant, I was giddy like a school girl. The entire tone of the book from top to bottom, left to right is completely futuristic. It screams 4001 AD on every page and doesn’t let up on the gadgets, architecture, people, and every other possible thing that needs to be upgraded for it to be believable and feel like almost 2000 years from now. The action is adrenaline-fueled katana swingin’, ninja kung fu madness and Rai looks like possibly one of the most badass characters I’ve seen in forever. The last page of this comic book is worth the cover price by itself. I mean it is truly a beautiful thing to behold. I hated when Crain stopped drawing Carnage but this is an even better fit for him.

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All in all, this trip down memory lane seems to be a good one so far. It may be a ton of info but it is the 1st issue. That being said, the story lays down an excellent foundation for what’s to come. It has murder, mystery, pirate guns in 4001 AD , katanas, cyborgs, and everything else geeks love. Plus there’s Clayton Crain. Another win for Valiant.