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Preview: Imperium #2

IMPERIUM #2 [VALIANT NEXT]

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by RAUL ALLEN (JAN151644)
Cover B by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (JAN151645)
Cover C by BUTCH GUICE (JAN151646)
Variant Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN151647)
Character Design Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (JAN151648)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MARCH 4

The battle for utopia continues! The second shocking chapter from New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS)! 

A psychic dictator, an inhuman robot, a mad scientist, a murderous alien and a super-powered terrorist are about to try and take over the world…and you’re going to be rooting for them every step of the way. THIS IS IMPERIUM.

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Review: Imperium #1

IMPERIUM_001_VARIANT_MULLERToyo Harada is the most dangerous human being on the planet. Imbued with incredible powers of the mind, he has spent his life guiding humanity from the shadows. But today he is a wanted man. His powers are public knowledge, his allies have turned to enemies, and he is hunted by every government on the planet.

Instead of surrendering, Harada has one last unthinkable gambit to play: to achieve more, faster, and with less, he will build a coalition of the powerful, the unscrupulous and the insane. No longer content to demand a better future, he will recruit a violent legion from the darkest corners of the Earth to fight for it. The battle for utopia begins now.

I was a fan of Valiant‘s Harbinger, its series which has led into this one. The series saw Toyo Harada manipulating the world to fit his view. It was something that was present, but it wasn’t the focus, instead its goal was introducing us to this world. Toyo’s corporate empire is in shambles, and now he controls a small nation, and he no longer hides in the shadow. That massive status quo change has opened up the opportunity to truly explore what it means for a world to have people with extraordinary powers. Imperium by writer Joshua Dysart and artist Doug Braithwaite looks to explore what that means, and what it means when the most powerful of them has a vision for how the world should be.

This first issue of the new series is a fantastic kick-off with the first quarter or so of it really catching me off guard, and then hits you in the gut as what you thought might be going on is revealed to be not quite so much. It fantastically lays out the motivations, and truths and untruths setting up a series that looks to be as much fun to read, as it will get you think. There’s been so much potential in exploring Toyo Harada and his motivations, and it looks like we’re finally getting that.

The fantastic story is enhanced by Braithwaite’s art, which is crisp, and beautiful to look at, especially when you consider the story switches its focus and locations so much. The design contrast is impressive and just shows off the artistic talent on the book. Valiant’s comics usually have solid art, and this issue is no exception.

Overall, this was one of the series that I was looking forward to as part of Valiant Next and it delivers. Its perfect for long time fans as well as those who are new and just want to check out a quality comics.

Story: Joshua Dysart Art: Doug Braithwaite
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Imperium #2

Valiant has released a preview of Imperium #2 – the second devastating issue of the new Valiant Next ongoing series fromwriter Joshua Dysart and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite! The battle for utopia continues here on March 4th as an all-new member – the technologically enhanced soldier-for-hire Gravedog – steps into the ranks of the world’s most feared superhuman army!

Newly outed as one of the world’s most powerful superhumans and wanted by every authority on Earth, omega-level telekinetic Toyo Harada has abandoned the life he once knew. Out of options and run to ground, the former head of the Harbinger Foundation has retreated to a remote corner of the globe to begin building his vision of a better tomorrow…beginning with with the superhuman force capable of fighting for it. With a coalition of the brutal, barbarous, and insane recruited to enforce his will, Harada will engineer the peace he means to give the world…by starting the war that could end it all. THIS IS IMPERIUM.

A psychic dictator, an inhuman robot, a mad scientist, a murderous alien, and a super-powered terrorist are about to try and take over the world…and you’re going to be rooting for them every step of the way. Featuring covers by Raul Allen, Doug Braithwaite, Butch Guice, and Lewis LaRosa!

IMPERIUM #2 [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by RAUL ALLEN (JAN151644)
Cover B by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (JAN151645)
Cover C by BUTCH GUICE (JAN151646)
Variant Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN151647)
Character Design Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (JAN151648)
$3.99 US | T+| 32 pgs. | On sale MARCH 4 (FOC – 2/9/15)

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Preview: Imperium #2

IMPERIUM #2 [VALIANT NEXT]

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by RAUL ALLEN (JAN151644)
Cover B by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (JAN151645)
Cover C by BUTCH GUICE (JAN151646)
Variant Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN151647)
Character Design Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (JAN151648)
$3.99 US | T+| 32 pgs. | ON SALE 3/4/15 (FOC – 2/9/15)

The battle for utopia continues! The second shocking chapter from New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS)! 

A psychic dictator, an inhuman robot, a mad scientist, a murderous alien and a super-powered terrorist are about to try and take over the world…and you’re going to be rooting for them every step of the way. THIS IS IMPERIUM.

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Preview: Imperium #1

IMPERIUM #1 [VALIANT NEXT]

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A (Harada) by RAUL ALLEN (DEC141700)
Cover B (Lord Vine-99) by RAUL ALLEN (DEC141701)
Cover C (Mech Major) by RAUL ALLEN (DEC141702)
Valiant Next Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE & TOM MULLER (DEC141704)
Character Design Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (DEC141705)
Artist Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (DEC141706)
Blank Cover also available (DEC141703)
$3.99 US | T+ | 32 pgs. | On sale FEBRUARY 4

A daring new superhero saga from New York Times best-selling creator Joshua Dysart – writer of of the Harvey-Award nominated series HARBINGER – and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (UNITY, Justice)!

Toyo Harada is the most dangerous human being on the planet. Imbued with incredible powers of the mind, he has spent his life guiding humanity from the shadows. But today he is a wanted man. His powers are public knowledge, his allies have turned to enemies, and he is hunted by every government on the planet.

Instead of surrendering, Harada has one last unthinkable gambit to play: to achieve more, faster, and with less, he will build a coalition of the powerful, the unscrupulous and the insane. No longer content to demand a better future, he will recruit a violent legion from the darkest corners of the Earth to fight for it. The battle for utopia begins now.

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Valiant Announces Imperium: Prelude

The Valiant Next initiative is introducing its latest milestone ongoing series on February 4th in Imperiun #1 by writer Joshua Dysart and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite, and now Valiant is giving fans a chance to discover the next essential series of 2015 with the Imperium: Prelude – an exclusive, never-before-seen prologue sequence by the ongoing creative team of Dysart and Braithwaite that will make its print debut in Valiant’s February titles!

Bridging the gap between Valiant’s Harbinger and Toyo Harada’s rise in Imperium #1, the spiritual successor to Harbinger starts here with a fresh start for new readers! A psychic dictator, an inhuman robot, a mad scientist, a murderous alien, and a super-powered terrorist are about to try and take over the world…and you’re going to be rooting for them every step of the way.

Fully detachable and printed on high-grade cover stock, this exclusive prelude to one of the year’s most highly anticipated new series will come bound into the following February titles:

  • X-O Manowar #33 – on sale February 4th
  • RAI #7 – on sale February 11th
  • Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody #5 (of 5) – on sale February 11th
  • Unity #15 – on sale February 18th
  • Ivar, Tmewalker #2 – on sale February 18th
  • Quantum and Woody Must Die #2 – on sale February 25th

Toyo Harada is the most dangerous human being on the planet. Imbued with incredible powers of the mind, he has spent his life guiding humanity from the shadows. But today he is a wanted man. His powers are public knowledge, his allies have turned to enemies, and he is hunted by every government on the planet. Instead of surrendering, Harada has one last unthinkable gambit to play: to achieve more, faster, and with less, he will build a coalition of the powerful, the unscrupulous and the insane. No longer content to demand a better future, he will recruit a violent legion from the darkest corners of the Earth to fight for it.

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Preview: Imperium #1. Valiant reveals covers and Interiors for the new series!

A psychic dictator, an inhuman robot, a mad scientist, a murderous alien, and a super-powered terrorist are about to try and take over the world…and you’re going to be rooting for them every step of the way.

Valiant has released a first look inside Imperium #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the all-new Valiant Next ongoing series from writer Joshua Dysart and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite! The daring new superhero saga of the year starts here on February 4th as Toyo Harada rises from the ashes of the Harbinger Foundation to recruit a more explosive…more cunning…more ruthless army to remake the future of Earth in their own image. This is Imperium!

Toyo Harada is the most dangerous human being on the planet. Imbued with incredible powers of the mind, he has spent his life guiding humanity from the shadows. But today he is a wanted man. His powers are public knowledge, his allies have turned to enemies, and he is hunted by every government on the planet. Instead of surrendering, Harada has one last unthinkable gambit to play: to achieve more, faster, and with less, he will build a coalition of the powerful, the unscrupulous and the insane. No longer content to demand a better future, he will recruit a violent legion from the darkest corners of the Earth to fight for

Featuring three standard shelf covers introducing the vanguard of Imperium‘s ultra-powered ideologues – commander Toyo Harada, the alien powerhouse Lord Vine-99, and the manipulative artificial intelligence Mech Major – start reading here as the global takeover begins…and Imperium rises.

IMPERIUM #1 [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A (Harada) by RAUL ALLEN (DEC141700)
Cover B (Lord Vine-99) by RAUL ALLEN (DEC141701)
Cover C (Mech Major) by RAUL ALLEN (DEC141702)
Valiant Next Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE & TOM MULLER (DEC141704)
Character Design Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (DEC141705)
Artist Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (DEC141706)
Blank Cover also available (DEC141703)
$3.99 US | T+ | 32 pgs. | On sale FEBRUARY 4 (FOC – 1/12/15)

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Preview: Harbinger: Faith #0

HARBINGER: FAITH #0

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by ROBERT GILL
Cover A by JOE QUINONES (OCT141701)
Cover B by LUCY KNISELY (OCT141702)
Variant Cover by BRIAN LEVEL (OCT141703)
$3.99 | 32 pages. | ONE-SHOT | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 17

This is Faith #0!

Her first and only boyfriend to date is a little bit of an 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 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.

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Preview: Harbinger: Omegas #3 (of 3)

HARBINGER: OMEGAS #3 (of 3)

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (AUG141729)
Variant Cover by GLENN FABRY (AUG1417
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | On sale OCTOBER 29th

Cold war no more!

Peter Stanchek. Toyo Harada. The two most destructive superpowers in the world — literally — have come to a reckoning of will, and in the fallout of their cataclysmic conflict, each will come to grips with a world in which the other is free…and unchecked. Their former families, the Harbinger Foundation and the Renegades, lie in shards around them. What will stop these men — either of them — from reducing the world to ashes?

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New York Comic Con 2014: Valiant Debuts Valiant Next – Six Epic New Series Coming in 2015!

In 2015…the story starts here!

Valiant Entertainment has announced Valiant Next – an all-new wave of ongoing series and prestige format projects from some of the premier creative talents in comics today. Beginning in December with The Valiant #1 (of 4) by Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera, Valiant Next continues with five blockbuster new series in 2015:

  • IVAR, TIMEWALKER #1 by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry in January
  • DIVINITY #1 (of 4) by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine in February
  • IMPERIUM #1 by Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite in February
  • NINJAK #1 by Matt Kindt and Clay Mann in March
  • BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 by Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan in April

Following the critically acclaimed, smash-hit success of Valiant First in 2014, Valiant Next will present six new starting points perfect for readers new and old. Featuring an exciting selection of new series starring Valiant’s biggest, most-demanded heroes alongside all-new, never before seen characters, Valiant Next is the NEXT epic evolution of Valiant’s best-selling, fan-favorite publishing line.

For more information on Valiant Next, join Valiant this week at New York Comic Con 2014 for the Valiant Comics: The Valiant, Rai, X-O Manowar, and Beyond panel presentation on Friday, October 10th at 12:15 pm. Featuring Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Paolo Rivera, Fred Van Lente, Robert Venditti, Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons, and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, get your first look inside each Valiant Next release right here, only at New York Comic Con!

THE VALIANT #1 (of 4)

Written by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT
Art by PAOLO RIVERA
PRESTIGE FORMAT LIMITED SERIES | BEGINNING DECEMBER 2014

A battle ten millennia in the making…

The Eternal Warrior has protected the Earth for more than 10,000 years. A master of countless weapons and long forgotten martial arts, he is guided by the Geomancers – those who speak for the Earth. During his long watch, the Eternal Warrior has failed three times. Each time, the Geomancer was killed…and a new dark age for humanity began. Each time, he was unable to stop The Immortal Enemy – a monstrous force of nature. A civilization killer. A horror that appears differently each time it arrives…and whose seemingly only purpose is to bring disorder and darkness to the world. Now, the time has come for The Immortal Enemy to return once more. But, this time, the Eternal Warrior will be ready. This time, he has a force greater than any single warrior. This time, he has…THE VALIANT.

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IVAR, TIMEWALKER #1

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING JANUARY 2015

From the award-winning team that brought you ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, New York Times best-selling creators Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry present a centuries-spanning race against the clock!

At this very moment in Geneva, Switzerland, history is being made. A thousand meters underground inside the Large Hadron Collider, researcher Neela Sethi is about to discover time travel – and jeopardize her life in the process.  But she doesn’t know that yet. Ten minutes from now, every deadbeat chrononaut, wannabe conqueror, and misguided protector of the timestream will be banging down her door. Good thing that the legendary Ivar, Timewalker, got there first…right?  Now it’s down to history’s most jaded, most tempestuous time traveler to stop the worst of everything that is, was, and will be…before time runs out!

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DIVINITY #1 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
PRESTIGE FORMAT LIMITED SERIES | BEGINNING FEBRUARY 2015

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent a man farther into the cosmos than anyone has gone before or since. Lost in the stars, he encountered something unknown. Something that…changed him.

Long thought lost and erased from the history books, he has suddenly returned, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity -– one who turned the scorched desert into a lush oasis. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. Earth is about to meet a new god. And he’s a communist.

How long can it be before the first confrontation between mankind and DIVINITY begins?

From New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine comes a shocking new vision of 21st century science fiction in an all-new prestige format limited series.

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IMPERIUM #1

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING FEBRUARY 2015

A daring new superhero saga from New York Times best-selling creator Joshua Dysart – writer of of the Harvey-Award nominated series Harbinger – and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite!

Toyo Harada is the most dangerous human being on the planet. Imbued with incredible powers of the mind, he has spent his life guiding humanity from the shadows. But today he is a wanted man.  His powers are public knowledge, his allies have turned to enemies, and he is hunted by every government on the planet.

Instead of surrendering, Harada has one last unthinkable gambit to play: to achieve more, faster, and with less, he will build a coalition of the powerful, the unscrupulous and the insane. No longer content to demand a better future, he will recruit a violent legion from the darkest corners of the Earth to fight for it. The battle for utopia begins now.

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NINJAK #1

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAY MANN
ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING MARCH 2015

Then: Meet inexperienced MI-6 recruit Colin King on his first mission in the field as he learns the basics of spycraft and counterintelligence, and develops a volatile relationship with his first handler.

Now: Colin King is Ninjak, the world’s foremost intelligence operative, weapons expert, and master assassin.  And he’s hunting the Shadow Seven – a secret cabal of shinobi masters with mysterious ties to his training and tragic past.

For the first time, Ninjak’s past and future collide in the pages of an all-new ongoing series from New York Times bestselling writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Clay Mann!

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BLOODSHOT REBORN #1

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by MICO SUAYAN with JEFF LEMIRE
Colors by DAVID BARON
ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING APRIL 2015

From New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and red-hot rising star Mico Suayan, Valiant delivers an all-new ongoing series for Valiant’s most unrelenting hero!

Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit – a private contractor trafficking in violence – very well.

Now, Bloodshot is a shadow of his former self. He lives in self-imposed exile, reeling from the consequences of his past life and the recent events that nearly drove him mad. But when a rash of shootings by gunmen who appear to look just like Bloodshot begin, his guilt will send him on a mission to stop the killers, even if it means diving headlong into the violence that nearly destroyed him.

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