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NYCC 2015: Valiant Announces The Analog Man Starting in Bloodshot Reborn #10

In 2016…Bloodshot kicks off the New Year with a mind-bending comic book event that must be seen to be believed!

As revealed in advance of New York Comic-Con 2015Valiant is proud to announce “The Analog Man” – a new four-part bombshell beginning in Bloodshot Reborn #10 from writer Jeff Lemire and blockbuster artist Lewis LaRosa! This January, Valiant’s smash-hit ongoing series leaps forward 30 years into the future to reveal a world where Bloodshot is no longer the height of technological achievement…and the heroes of the Valiant Universe have given way to a ravaged and inhospitable wasteland…

Many years from now, Los Angeles has become a post-apocalyptic no-man’s land and the once unstoppable killing machine known as Bloodshot has become The Analog Man. Hopelessly outdated, Bloodshot’s taken on a new role as the protector of a small town, eking out a subsistence existence with the great love of his life – Magic – and protecting a group of stragglers who’ve weathered the storm. But when a gang of marauders arrives, the settlement’s survival is threatened, and Bloodshot is forced to bring justice to the distorted and disjointed badlands of the Valiant Universe!

“The Analog Man” will also mark the first full-length story arc in nearly a decade from acclaimed artist Lewis LaRosa – a penciller renowned for his incredibly lifelike characters, intricate detail and dynamic storytelling. Noted for his acclaimed runs on The Punisher, Immortal Iron Fist, Amazing Spider-Man and more, LaRosa is one of Valiant’s most prolific cover artists, and this will mark his first complete storyline for Valiant Entertainment.

Featuring covers from a murderer’s row of the biggest talents in comics – including Larosa, Ryan Sook, Dave Johnson, Jeffrey Veregge, Tula Lotay, David Lafuente and Jeff Lemire – the pivotal next chapter of Bloodshot’s devastating path to redemption starts here!

To find out more about “The Analog Man,” join an all-star panel of Valiant creators and staff at New York Comic-Con 2015 on Saturday, October 10th at 5:15 pm ET for the 25 Years of Valiant: Book of Death and Beyond panel presentation, featuring even more news and announcements live from NYCC 2015!

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Cover B by RYAN SOOK
Variant Cover by TULA LOTAY
Variant Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA
Valiant Linewide Variant by JEFF LEMIRE
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ON SALE IN JANUARY!


Preview: RAI #10

RAI #10

Written by MATT KINDT
Interlocking Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (JUL151681)
Interlocking Cover B by CLAYTON CRAIN (JUL151682)
Cover C by RYAN SOOK (JUL151683)
Variant Cover by RYAN LEE (JUL151684)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale SEPTEMBER 16

New Japan’s guardian falls to Earth!

A fallen, broken, and depowered Rai finds himself captured by a mysterious and savage tribe on Earth! With his friends being hunted and tortured back in New Japan, Rai will find help in an unexpected yet familiar face who knows a thing or two about survival. Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain continue their acclaimed run with a surprise appearance as “THE ORPHAN” marches toward a coming conflict for 4001 A.D.!


Preview: Rai #9


Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (JUN151606)
Cover B by RYAN SOOK (JUN151607)
Cover C by RILEY ROSSMO (JUN151608)
Cover D by RYAN LEE (JUN151609)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (JUN151610)
$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | ON SALE AUGUST 19


Superstar creative team Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain return to their one-of-a-kind vision for the future…but will the titular hero? Broken, beaten, and cast down to Earth, Rai’s allies now find themselves hunted, persecuted, and imprisoned for their failed rebellion against Father. Rai is determined to save his friends and bring down Father once and for all–but how can he do that from Earth? And will he survive the journey?


SDCC 2015: Superman News!

At San Diego Comic-Con, Superman fans were treated to a Fortress of Solitude-sized dose of news about the Man of Steel.

DC Comics announced that legend Neal Adams will be tackling the character in Coming of the Supermen, scheduled for November. In this six-issue limited series, fans can expect the same sense of wonder that Bat-fans encountered with his Batman: Odyssey miniseries. This story pits Superman against the evil Darkseid and his son, brutal Kalibak. But this time he has help from an unlikely place: Three national heroes from the city of Kandor (now known as New Krypton) who see Superman as a legend. Even Superman’s arch-enemy Lex Luthor is forced to ally himself with these heroes to prevent Darkseid from laying waste to the universe.

Hollywood screenwriter and Eisner-nominee Max Landis will take on November’s Superman: American Alien, a seven part collection of stories from the life of Clark Kent. Ranging from heartwarming and simple to gritty and two-fisted and even humorous, each story captures a pivotal moment in Clark’s development into the archetypical hero he’s become. Landis will be joined by seven of the industry’s greatest artists, Ryan Sook will provide the cover art, with artists JOCK, Nick Dragotta, Tommy Lee Edwards, Joelle Jones, Jae Lee, Francis Manapul, and Jonathan Case providing interior art.

Award-winning graphic novelist and new Superman writer Gene Yang and Action Comics co-writer Greg Pak updated fans on Superman, recapping the events from “TRUTH” and giving fans a look into what’s happening next in “JUSTICE,” where a newly de-powered Superman continues to deal with the consequences of his now public secret identity and a Metropolis police department making things increasingly difficult for folks in his neighborhood.

Fans also heard the latest on Superman’s opposite number Bizarro, courtesy of writer Heath Corson. He provided a sneak peek at what’s next for the mismatched duo of Bizarro and Jimmy Olsen as they continue on the craziest road trip in the DC Universe!

RAI #9 – Kindt & Crain Fall to Earth for The Orphan in August!

Valiant has released a preview of RAI #9 – the FIRST ISSUE of “The Orphan,” an all-new story arc from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Clayton Crain! The next visionary volume of the critically acclaimed series that has wowed fans and critics starts here on August 19th as Rai finds himself exiled from his homeland and must marshal the forces of our own ravaged planet to conquer Father’s kingdom once and for all!

Broken, beaten, and cast down to Earth, Rai and his allies now find themselves hunted, persecuted, and imprisoned for their failed rebellion against Father. Stranded thousands of miles from his former home, Rai is now more determined than ever to save his friends and bring down New Japan’s malevolent ruler once and for all…but how can he do that from Earth? And just what secrets will New Japan’s rising son discover as he journeys across the face of a planet scarred by his nation’s ascent to the stars?

Featuring covers by Clayton Crain, Ryan Sook, Riley Rossmo, Ryan Lee, and Clayton Henry, jump two millennia into the future of the Valiant Universe right here as the Earth of 4001 A.D. stands revealed!

Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (JUN151606)
Cover B by RYAN SOOK (JUN151607)
Cover C by RILEY ROSSMO (JUN151608)
Cover D by RYAN LEE (JUN151609)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (JUN151610)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. T+ | ON SALE AUGUST 19 (FOC – 7/27/15)


C2E2 2015: RAI Returns to Earth in The Orphan in August

At C2E2 2015, Valiant announced the return of New Japan’s fallen guardian this August in RAI #9 – the FIRST ISSUE of The Orphan, an all-new story arc from writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Clayton Crain! This summer, discover Kindt & Crain’s smash-hit series with a brand new jumping-on point as Rai finds himself exiled from the land he was once sworn to protect…and thrust into the never-before-seen corners of the Valiant Universe of 4001 A.D.!

For more than a year, Clayton Crain’s fully-painted interior art has beautifully captured the astonishing world of New Japan… Now, find out what has befallen the planet below nearly 2,000 years in the future! For the very first time, Rai will finally discover the true fate of the world New Japan left behind…and the Earth of 4001 will be revealed! Featuring all-new enemies, surprise guest stars, and first appearances, start reading here with The Orphan to find out why there is nothing else in comics like RAI!

Broken, beaten, and cast down to Earth, Rai and his allies now find themselves hunted, persecuted, and imprisoned for their failed rebellion against Father. Stranded thousands of miles from his former home, Rai is now more determined than ever to save his friends and bring down New Japan’s malevolent ruler once and for all…but how can he do that from Earth? And just what secrets will New Japan’s rising son discover as he journeys across the face of a planet scarred by his nation’s ascent to the stars?

Battle for New Japan was only the beginning! This summer, the war for the future has yet to be won… In order to defeat Father, Rai must marshal the forces of Earth and begin the long journey back toward home.

Written by MATT KINDT
Cover B by RYAN SOOK
Cover D by RYAN LEE
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
$3.99 | 32 pgs.  T+ | COMING IN AUGUST!


Review: Project Black Sky Sampler

project black sky sampler coverSince my return to regular comic reading I have been seeing these pesky little imprints on comics that look somewhat interesting.  Always printed by Dark Horse, they say “Black Sky Project.”  The problem with me is that I am somewhat of an absolute reader, in that I read absolutely everything or absolutely nothing.  In terms of Project Black Sky, I have never really known where to start, despite the fact that most series are not very advanced, and so I never really did get into any of them.  I would rather start with a #1 and then sort out what I want to read after I have worked my way through the series.  As if Dark Horse was reading my thoughts I discovered that they will be releasing a Project Black Sky Sampler, including the first issues of each of the series under this imprint.

Suffice to say, that for anyone that is curious about any of the series or the overall tie-in that this is an excellent place to start.  Each of the main four main characters was introduced and explained and the plot got going for each of them.  In my opinion, the best was by far Ghost, whose supernatural background does not match my own tastes very well, but whom is well written and well-drawn as well as providing an engaging story from the get-go.   If there is one criticism of this sampler it is that going in that I thought that Project Black Sky would be better explained than it was, as opposed to this being essentially just a collection.  That is likely to be the response of the readers that have already been invested into these series.  This issue is not really for them, unless they are trying to complete a collection.

The overall effect of this release is what it aimed for though, at least in terms of myself as a reader.  While three of the series I am happy to follow in passing, I am likely going to give Ghost a try on a monthly basis, and for anyone interested in a superhero setting outside of the Big Two, they might just find something, or everything, that they are after in this book.

Story: Tim Seeley, Fred Van Lente, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Christpher Sebela and Frank Barbiere Art: Mike Norton, Freddie Williams II, Ryan Sook and Colin Lorimer
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Boom studios and Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.  

Preview: Garth Ennis’ Red Team: Season One TPB


Garth Ennis (w)
Craig Cermak (a)
Ryan Sook (c)
FC • 200 pages • $19.99 • Mature

Eddie Mellinger, Trudy Giroux, Duke Wylie and George Winburn are Red Team: the NYPD’s elite anti-narcotics unit. They’ve taken down one drug lord after another with a careful blend of surveillance, violence and- where necessary manipulation of evidence. But now, driven beyond distraction by the cruel machinations of murderous gangster Clinton Days, the team are resorting to extreme measures- setting them down a path from which there can be no return. As they’re about to discover, doing the wrong thing can be very, very seductive. Writer Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Crossed) and artist Craig Cermak (Voltron: Year One) present a hard boiled tale of cops on the wrong side of the law- where the simple pull of a trigger is enough to doom victim and killer alike.

This volume collects issues 1-6 of the critically acclaimed series by Garth Ennis and Craig Cermak. It also features all of the covers by Howard Chaykin, Ryan Sook, and Russ Braun, early character sketches by Craig Cermak, and Garth Ennis’ original script to Red Team #1.


Preview: Apocalypse Al #1 (of 4)

Apocalypse Al #1 (of 4)

Story By: J. Michael Straczynski
Art By: Bill Farmer
Cover By: Bill Farmer
Cover By: Ryan Sook
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: DEC130489
Published: February 5, 2014

Alison Carter is a private detective. Her beat: the end of the world, or more accurately, preventing same. With an attitude of “shoot first and the hell with the questions,” she leads a life that would drive other investigators mad, filled with monsters, demons, trolls, mad prophets, zombie detectives, techno-wizards, machinegun toting imps, and dead boyfriends. In the first action-packed installment of this new universe, Al is given her biggest assignment ever, one that will take her into the heart of Ultimate Darkness itself. The first of a four-issue miniseries, this issue contains 30 pages of story, unbroken by advertisements.


Review: Ghost #1

20131215-203321.jpgDark Horse‘s ethereal heroine has been resurrected (pun intended) in a number one issue of Ghost, an exciting look at journalist Elisa Cameron’s war against extradimensional demons in Chicago. With her first appearance in 1993, this series represents a character two decades in the making. When the windy city’s mayor banished Elisa to a hellish dimension in the midst of her investigation, two paranormal investigators, Vaughn Barnes and Tommy Byers, accidentally used a powerful box to bring her back as Ghost, a woman trapped between two worlds. Though keenly aware of her current abilities, Elisa still struggles with her past…the fact that she doesn’t remember it.

The balancing act between story and art teeters in favor of the latter. While I’m sure there’s added pressure in a first issue, writers Kelly Sue DeConnick and Chris Sebela commit a cardinal sin…the entire-plot-in-one-sentence trick. “Elisa, I know this whole resurrection thing has been tough on you, but the former mayor installed otherdimensional demon entities into powerful positions throughout the city.” I know storytellers are constrained by space, but it can undermine the intelligence of the reader and detracts from the power of a well placed panel, glance, or comment.

Not to belabor the point, but I read an even better example earlier this year in Captain Midnight (a sister publication from Dark Horse, coincidentally). “You misunderstand Major. The man came through a time vortex of unknown origin in the Bermuda Triangle after chasing a Nazi who stole top secret Albright Industries tech.” Dreadful. Don’t let that scare you off though, the dialogue and story as a whole are exciting enough to make me want to read the second issue (which I will).

The art and color create a vibrant cityscape filled with equally colorful demons. Terry Dodson‘s cover sets an almost unmatchable standard, though illustrator Ryan Sook takes up the challenge. Sook takes this female Moon Knight and adds a melancholy, almost sultry persona as she scours the city for answers (the two panels of Elisa in front of a mirror are particularly exceptional). I’m a firm believer in reinvigorating characters and storylines as zero issues or number one issues, and Ghost is no different. While they should have taken more time to flesh out the story, DeConnick, Sebela, and Sook will take Chicago’s apparitional superhero to new heights.

Story: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Chris Sebela Art: Ryan Sook
Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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