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Preview: Unity #6

UNITY #6 (“TRAPPED BY WEBNET” – PART 2″)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CAFU
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
Variant Cover by RAUL ALLEN
Variant Cover by MICHAEL WALSH
Variant Cover by CAFU
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 4/9/14

Drawn into the WEBNET!

Unity is anything but unified as the team fractures and must start from scratch. But they’d better hurry because a new threat is looming…and Ninjak must tackle a viral epidemic that has been lying in wait for generations. A sickness is spreading across the land and only the doctor has the cure… Dr. Silk!

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Preview: X-O Manowar #23

X-O MANOWAR #23 (PRELUDE TO ARMOR HUNTERS)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover by CAFU (JAN141357)
Variant Cover by TOM RANEY (JAN141358)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 3/19/14 (FOC – 2/24/14)

PRELUDE TO ARMOR HUNTERS – PART 1! The countdown to the Valiant Universe event of 2014 starts now!

For eons, one threat above all others has brought pain and strife down upon civilizations across the universe – the X-O Manowar armor. And now the Manowar has come to Earth. What will follow in its wake? The road to ARMOR HUNTERS begins here as Valiant superstars Robert Venditti and Diego Bernard unleash the opening salvo of the cataclysm that is come…

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Preview: X-O Manowar #23 Launches Prelude to Armor Hunters!

Valiant has released a preview of X-O Manowar #23 – the First Issue of Prelude to Armor Hunters, an essential prologue to Valiant’s blockbuster summer 2014 crossover event! From New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and Valiant’s next superstar artist Diego Bernard, the march toward X-O Manowar’s first epic confrontation with the galaxy’s most feared team of hunter-killers, the Armor Hunters, starts here on March 19th!

For eons, one threat above all others has brought pain and strife down upon civilizations across the universe – the X-O Manowar armor. And now the Manowar has come to Earth. What will follow in its wake? Only the creature called Malgam knows the truth…and, in the wake of Unity, Aric of Dacia is about to be forced into a brutal confrontation with the deadly legacy behind the universe’s most powerful weapon.

The Valiant event of 2014 begins in full force this June in Armor Hunters #1 (of 4) by writer Robert Venditti and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite! The crossover epic of the year then continues with two brand new story arcs beginning in Unity #8 and X-O Manowar #26 – and look for even more Valiant heroes to join the fight against Valiant’s first full-scale alien incursion as the summer continues!

This summer, Earth will be the greatest hunt of all. Armor Hunters is coming!

X-O MANOWAR #23 (PRELUDE TO ARMOR HUNTERS – PART 1)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover by CAFU
Variant Cover by TOM RANEY
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 3/19/14 (FOC – 2/24/14)

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Preview: Ninjak Enters “Trapped By Webnet” in Unity #5

Valiant has released a preview of Unity #5 – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new adventure for Valiant’s elite all-star superteam! Start reading here on March 12th as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and Valiant exclusive superstar CAFU unleash a vicious new vision of Ninjak’s ultimate enemy in “Trapped by Webnet” – a new three-part story arc and a perfect standalone jumping-on point for one of the year’s best-selling, breakout new series debuts!

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 his high-tech terror cell: WEBNET! With the fate of untold millions on the line, can this team of cutthroat heroes uncover Silk’s endgame – and his deadly connection to Ninjak’s shadowed past?

The issue features four limited Pullbox Exclusive Variants by Mico Suayan, Philip Tan, Raul Allen, and Diego Bernard, pre-order with your local comic shop today to reserve your copy of this all-new, action-packed turning point for Valiant’s blockbuster superteam!

UNITY #5 (NEW ARC – “TRAPPED BY WEBNET”)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (JAN141349)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MICO SUAYAN (JAN141350)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by PHILIP TAN (JAN141351)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by RAUL ALLEN (JAN141352)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by DIEGO BERNARD (JAN141353)
Variant Cover by MATT KINDT (JAN141354)
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN (JAN141355)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 3/12/14 (FOC –2/17/14)

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Valiant Announces Armor Hunters FCBD Special Retailer Customized Editions!

Valiant is proud to announce that the FCBD 2014 Armor Hunters Special – the publisher’s flagship release for Free Comic Book Day 2014 – is now being offered in a special, customizable edition for retailers worldwide! Before Armor Hunters #1 arrives this June, get an action-packed prelude to the Valiant event of 2014 right here on Free Comic Book Day in this special FCBD release, featuring surprise details on Valiant’s newest launches, anniversary milestones, and unexpected team-ups for 2014 and beyond!

For retailers that secure a minimum order of 500 copies by the title’s February 3rd, 2014 final order cut-off (FOC) date, Valiant will design a specially customized FCBD 2014 Armor Hunters Special cover featuring their store’s logo and contact information. The customizable area can also be modified to include a store promotion or coupon.

For more information on Valiant’s FCBD 2014 ARMOR HUNTERS SPECIAL retailer customized editions, contact Valiant Sales Manager Atom Freeman at (530) 830-2866 or at atomf@valiantentertainment.com.

VALIANT: ARMOR HUNTERS FCBD 2014 SPECIAL
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI, MATT KINDT, JOSHUA DYSART, FRED VAN LENTE, and PETER MILLIGAN
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE, BRYAN HITCH, CLAYTON CRAIN, CAFU, CLAYTON HENRY, DIEGO BERNARD, and MORE
Cover by J.G. JONES
T+/32 pgs.
IN STORES 5/3/14 (FOC – 2/3/14)

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Armor Hunters #1 – X-O Manowar and Unity Spearhead the Valiant Event of 2014!

The most ambitious crossover event of 2014 begins in Armor Hunters #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new, four-issue mini-series by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and artist Doug Braithwaite!

When Aric of Dacia returned to Earth with the stolen X-O Manowar armor of an alien race, he thought he finally found a weapon to guard the peace and kingdom he’d struggled so long to secure.  But now, a relentless and surgical strike team from the farthest reaches of space – sworn to exterminate the armor and all like it – have found their final target. The Armor Hunters are coming. They will hunt. They will trap. They will kill. And they will rid the universe of the X-O Manowar’s incalculable destructive power…even if it means taking the Earth with it.

Armor Hunters #1 kicks off Valiant’s landmark 2014 crossover event in June. Then, Armor Hunters continues with two brand new story arcs beginning in Unity #8 by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and rising star Diego Bernard; and X-O Manowar #26 by Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord. And look for even more Valiant heroes to join the fight against Valiant’s first full-scale alien incursion as the summer continues. Further details will follow in 2014.

Plus: don’t miss the Valiant: Armor Hunters FCBD 2014 SPECIAL – featuring an all-star look inside the definitive Valiant Universe event of the summer and beyond with previews, interviews, and more from Robert Venditti, Doug Braithwaite, Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain, Peter Milligan, Bryan Hitch, Clayton Henry and many more!

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ARMOR HUNTERS #1 (OF 4)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
COMING IN JUNE!

UNITY #8 (ARMOR HUNTERS)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
COMING IN JUNE!

X-O MANOWAR #26 (ARMOR HUNTERS)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
COMING IN JUNE!

VALIANT: ARMOR HUNTERS FCBD 2014 SPECIAL
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI, MATT KINDT, JOSHUA DYSART, FRED VAN LENTE, and PETER MILLIGAN
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE, BRYAN HITCH, CLAYTON CRAIN, CAFU, CLAYTON HENRY, DIEGO BERNARD, and MORE
Cover by J.G. JONES
T+/32 pgs.
IN STORES 5/3/14

Preview: 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!

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 with pencils by Valiant’s newest exclusive artist, CAFU, 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.

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 of comics talents – Mico Suayan, Philip Tan, Raul Allen, and Diego Bernard!

Series writer and acclaimed artist Matt Kindt will also contribute an incentive cover for issue #5.

This March, the smash-hit new series of the year begins a daring new act in Unity #5 – an all-new introduction to the most feared team in comics!

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
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 3/12/14 (FOC 2/17/14)

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Preview: Kot, Cafu, Sebela and More Haunt Shadowman #12

Valiant has released a preview of this week’s Shadowman #12 – featuring three complete tales of New Orleans’ nocturnal guardian by some of the brightest talents in comics today!

Follow Ales Kot and CAFU into the realm of arcane horrors for “Deadside Blues”; Christopher Sebela and Matthew Southworth present the “Lucky Charm” of the Big Easy’s underworld; and Duffy Boudreau and Diego Bernard go “Blackout” for an uneasy day-in-the-life of Jack Boniface, the mysterious Shadowman! Plus – a special short story starring Jaunty the Deadside monkey by acclaimed webcomic creator Neil Dvorak!

SHADOWMAN #12
Written by ALES KOT, CHRISTOPHER SEBELA, DUFFY BOUDREAU, and NEIL DVORAK
Art by CAFU, MATTHEW SOUTHWORTH, DIEGO BERNARD, and NEIL DVORAK
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON (SEP131369)
Variant Cover by KEKAI KOTAKI (SEP131370)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 11/6/13

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Review: Action Comics Vol. 2: Bulletproof

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Generally I don’t subscribe to the hype surrounding writer Grant Morrison and this trade paperback shows off quite well the issues I have with his writing. This new Action Comics hardcover collects five issues and the first annual, featuring President Superman, Nimrod the Hunter, The Forgotten Superman and much more! Plus: meet “The Boy Who Stole Superman’s Cape,” in a tale from Clark Kent’s early days in Metropolis. That’s a lot to cover and partially why I had issues with this second volume.

I stopped reading Action Comics with the first or second issue. This second volume is the middle of Morrison’s epic storyline, and having read the very beginning and the tale end, some of it makes more sense to me, but still the stories are disjointed a common issue I have with Morrison’s writing. It’s like he has grand ideas, but issues explaining them coherently.

Bouncing back and forth across the multiverse, Morrison in these issues covers multiple Supermen, never really focusing on one for too long. Some of the stories are fantastic, but also feel like they’re dropped in the middle of an ongoing story, not connected at all to what’s going on. That’s a shame too. At least one of the the Supermen covered deserves an arc all to himself, but this second volume jumps around too much to get us to focus on the Clark Kent and Superman we know.

What confuses me more is Action Comics at this point is set years before where DC’s New 52 is in time. It’s the origin of Superman. With a lack of focus on that character, how are w supposed to really connect with him? This seems like a grand-storyline for down the road, not to kick things off.

Then there’s that time issue. Some of it is in the past, some of it is in the present, you have to guess based on the costumes. Some of it makes no sense whatsoever.

If I could sum this up with one word, it’d be “disjointed.” For die-hard Superman fans only.

Collects Action Comics #9-12, 0 and Action Comics Annual #1.

Story: Grant Morrison, Sholly Fisch, Max Landis Art: Rags Morales, Brad Walker, Cully Hammer, Gene Ha, Ben Oliver, Cafu, Ryan Sook, Rick Bryant, Andrew Hennessy, Bob McLeod
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Shatner, Ryan, Lee at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Stan Lee, WWE® Superstar CM Punk™ Headline Expanded 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Nina Dobrev, Tom Felton, Bruce Campbell, Jon Bernthal, 50+ Other Celebrities, Dozens of Top Creators Set For Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 9-12

NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., April 4, 2012 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, which for nearly two decades has thrilled hundreds of thousands of fans with standout celebrities, top-notch superstar artists, VIP experiences and more, rolls out an expanded, full four-day show, August 9-12 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  More than 50 celebrities, including headliners like William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Stan Lee, Jon Bernthal and WWE® Superstar CM Punk™, notable artists Carlos Pacheco, George Pérez, Greg Capullo and dozens of others are already signed up to attend what is shaping up as the biggest Wizard World show ever and the Midwest’s No. 1 Pop Culture Convention.

The international pop culture icon Shatner (“Star Trek,” “T.J. Hooker”) will appear on Friday, Aug. 10, and Saturday, Aug. 11, Ryan (“Star Trek: Voyager,” “Boston Public”) on Sunday, Aug. 12, Eisner Award Hall of Famer and comic book legend Lee and Bernthal (“The Walking Dead,” The Ghost Writer) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and WWE® Superstar CM Punk™, the current WWE®  champion, on Saturday.

“Wizard World Chicago Comic Con continues to grow in all areas, from celebrity guests to Artist Alley to evening entertainment to VIP experiences, so much so that we’ve made it a full four-day show for the first time,” said John Macaluso, CEO, Wizard World.  “William Shatner, Jeri Ryan and Stan Lee are at the top of a deep celebrity roster that will connect with fans of all ages.”

The announcement follows the recent news that one of Hollywood’s fastest-risers, Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers), will headline Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on June 2.

The longest-running and highest-attended show annually on the Wizard World calendar, 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con will also feature movie and television stars such as Nina Dobrev (“The Vampire Diaries,” CHLOE), Kate Mulgrew (“Star Trek: Voyager,” Remo Williams), Bruce Campbell (Army Of Darkness, Evil Dead), Tom Felton (Harry Potter, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Amy Acker (“Angel,” The Cabin In The Woods) and dozens of others.

Eisner Award winner Pérez (“Superman,” “JSA”), nominee Pacheco (“X-Men,” “Green Lantern”) and Capullo (“Batman,” “Spawn”) are joined in Artist Alley by Rodolfo Migliari (“Green Arrow,” “Green Lantern”), “Brom” (“Dungeons & Dragons,” “The Plucker), “CAFU” (“Superboy,” “Action Comics”), Ken Kelly (“Batman,” “Star Wars”) and Pat Lee (“Spider-Man,” “Iron Man”), among a first-class roster of special guests.

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

For more on the 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/home-ch.html.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworldcomiccon.com.

***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****
April 14-15 – Wizard World Toronto Comic Con
May 31 – June 3 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 9-12 –  Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30 –  Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28 –  Wizard World Austin Comic Con
TBD –  Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

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