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Preview: A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong Deluxe Edition HC

A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG DELUXE EDITION HC

Written by RAFER ROBERTS with FRED VAN LENTE
Art by DAVID LAFUENTE, MIKE NORTON, RYAN LEE, CARY NORD, CAFU, and MORE
Colors by BRIAN REBER, ADAM PASSALAQUA, and MORE
Letters by DAVE LANPHEAR and  DAVE SHARPE
Cover by KANO (MAY182102)
$49.99 | 368 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 11th
OVERSIZED HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-275-1

Join Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (HARBINGER RENEGADE) and superstar artists David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man) and Mike Norton (Revival) as they take Valiant’s (somewhat) dynamic duo on an all-out assault on the senses right here in the complete deluxe edition hardcover.

Meet Armstrong: Since the ancient city of Ur, this immortal adventurer has spent the last 7,000 years drinking and carousing his way through history alongside some of the greatest merrymakers the world has ever known.

Meet Archer: A sheltered teenage martial arts master and expert marksman that was raised for a single purpose – to kill the devil incarnate. Little did he know that this undying evil was actually Armstrong (he’s actually a pretty good guy…once you get to know him) and, since hitting the road together, the two have become great friends and even better partners.

Now: Archer is about to set off on his most dangerous mission yet – a quest into the mystic reaches of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel to liberate his friend and comrade from the clutches of the mad god Bacchus!

Collecting A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1-12, IMMORTAL BROTHERS: TALE OF THE GREEN KNIGHT #1, and ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1 along with more than 20 pages of rarely seen art and extras!

Real! Live! Cats! Seattle’s Comics Dungeon is Hosting a Valiant Cat Cosplay Signing

Across the millennia-spanning arc of human history, mankind has celebrated many triumphs. But, from the pyramids to the moon landing, they all now pale in comparison to the landmark achievement that Valiant has bequeathed unto civilization…with Valiant Cat Cosplay Covers!

To mark this most momentous occasion, Seattle’s Comics Dungeon will be officiating the December release of this all-new line of shelf covers with a live, in-person signing featuring stars (and real-life felines) Fawkes and Nak, alongside Freyu – creator of the Cat Cosplay of the Feline Variety blog and trusted human – on Saturday, December 17th! From 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm PT, meet the stars behind the purr-aculous covers gracing each of Valiant’s releases throughout December, pose for photos, and get your Valiant Cat Cosplay Covers paw-printed for all eternity by the legends themselves!

A portion of the proceeds from all Valiant Cat Cosplay Covers sold will benefit the Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition (BARC), a New York-based non-profit that operates a beloved, no-kill shelter for cats and dogs in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. BARC’s mission is to provide a safe haven for abandoned animals – with quality food, shelter, medical attention, and the love they deserve – and to find permanent loving homes for them.

Available as “order-all” covers across all of Valiant’s December 2016 series, each Valiant Cat Cosplay Covers will be available for retailers to order in unlimited quantities at the standard suggested retail price:

  • A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #10
  • Bloodshot U.S.A. #3 (of 4)
  • Britannia #4 (of 4)
  • Divinty III: Stalinverse #1 (of 4)
  • Faith #6
  • Generation Zero #5
  • Harbinger Renegade #2 
  • Ninjak #22
  • Savage #2 (of 4)
  • Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #14

They’re intrepid! They’re fearless! They’re cats!

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Preview: A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #9

A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #9 (NEW ARC! “ANDROMEDA ESTRANGED” – PART 1)

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by MIKE NORTON with RYAN LEE
Cover A by BRIAN LEVEL (SEP162073)
Cover B by DAN SCHKADE (SEP162074)
Character Design Variant by RYAN LEE (SEP162075)
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (SEP162076)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale NOVEMBER 9 (FOC – 10/17/16)

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “ANDROMEDA ESTRANGED” starts here!

At long last, Valiant’s gallant adventurers have finally located Armstrong’s long-missing wife…in that dreaded land that dare not speak its name: Florida! But after centuries of thinking that his near-immortal bride, Andromeda, was just a booze-induced hallucination, how will Armstrong make up for years of lies, losses, and infidelities? And, as if that wasn’t enough, a nefarious new force is about to release an army of bathsalt-using “Florida Men” to finish off Archer & Armstrong once and for all!

It’s a true story (not really) ripped from today’s headlines (pretty much)! Pack your Crocs and don’t skimp on the lotion because the Sunshine State is about to hit Archer & Armstrong like a bad seafood buffet…and we only have Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (HARBINGER RENEGADES) and acclaimed artist Mike Norton (Revival) to blame!

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Review: A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #8

aa_008_cover-a_kanoArcher and Armstrong are perhaps one of the more unlikely combinations that have hit comics in a long time. Archer is a martial artist that would make Chuck Norris pause, and infallibly polite having been raised in a sheltered and strictly religious setting, and trained to kill the devil himself. Armstrong is a 6,000-year-old immortal who has spent millennia in pursuit of the finest alcohols known to man. Stories of his debauchery are lost in legend, and according to Archer’s parents, he is the devil himself.

The two have become the best of friends.

Over the last few issues, the pair have been visiting a carnival full of Armstrong clones – of varying degrees of success (hey the freak show had to come from somewhere, right?) – and, much to Armstrong’s chagrin, they’ve ended up in the middle of a fight or two. All Archer wanted was to have a little fun at the circus, but the shit hit the fan, and now they’re punching people.

Rafer Roberts is one of the most effortlessly entertaining writers in comics today, switching between the often hilarious antics of the two leads and the somewhat darker (yet somehow still amusing) last stand of Sister Superior Mary Maria as her smallish group of unusually normally named assassins take their last stand against the rest of the organization that they work for.

If you’re tired of reading comics that take themselves too seriously, then read this. A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #8 is a fun comic, but not at the expense of the story – there are outlandish moments, but they’re made so much better because the title characters know how outlandish they are. It’s not the fourth-wall breaking that you see from Deadpool, but rather a self-awareness from the writer emerging from his characters. It’s not always subtle,  but it does make me laugh.

If you’re looking for a new series to add to your pull list, then look no further. This is one of Valiant‘s best titles right now.

Story: Rafer Roberts Art: Mike Norton 
Colourist: Allen Passalaqua with David Baron
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided a FREE copy for review. I also purchased a copy.

Preview: A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #8

A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG #8

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by MIKE NORTON with DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover A by KANO (AUG162062)
Cover B by DAVID LAFUENTE (AUG162063)
Variant Cover by BRIAN LEVEL (AUG162064)
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE (AUG162065)
$3.99 US | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 5 (FOC – 9/12/16)

America’s most bizarre Big Top has a brand new attraction!

Archer & Armstrong. Fearless adventurers. Best friends. Better partners. But that was before this traveling circus made them prisoners of a sideshow so freakish, it makes Davey the Mackerel look like the girl next door! Now captives beneath the world’s maddest midway, our fearless(ish) heroes are just steps from the final clue to locating Armstrong’s long-lost wife… Too bad there’s a literally “small” army of deranged and dangerous Armstrong clones protecting it with all of their miniature might! Meanwhile: Mary-Maria must confront the one force capable of putting her in her place – the Council of Elders! And whatever happened to Davey, anyway?

Come for the popcorn and stay for the mad science gone awry as rising star Rafer Roberts (HARBINGER RENEGADES) and Eisner Award-winning artist Mike Norton (Revival) bring “NEXT STOP CLOWNTOWN” roaring into a city near you!

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Preview: A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #7

A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #7 (“NEXT STOP CLOWNTOWN” – PART 2)

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by MIKE NORTON with DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover A by KANO (JUL162080)
Cover B by DARICK ROBERTSON (JUL162081)
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM (JUL162082)
Variant Cover by MIKE MCKONE (JUL162083)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 7 (FOC – 8/15/16)

No more clowning around!

The hunt for Armstrong’s estranged wife is taking a strange turn through America’s most bizarre traveling circus…and it’s no laughing matter! Besieged by a deranged troupe of malformed Armstrong clones, the world’s hardest-traveling adventurers may have finally met a match more dysfunctional than they are! And if that wasn’t enough absurdity for one day, a Russian science bear is about to come barreling through the big top with grave news for Archer & Armstrong!

NEXT STOP CLOWNTOWN continues its precarious trip trough the fetid underbelly of Americana here…and rising star Rafer Roberts (HARBINGER RENEGADES) and Eisner Award winner Mike Norton (Revival) are coming along for the ride!

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Sell-Out and New Printing Roundup

Check out some of the announced sell-outs and new printings from this past week.

Image Comics

Writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Tomm Coker launched one of the hottest new series of the summer in The Black Monday Murders. Image Comics has announced that the debut issue will be rushed to a second printing.

The Black Monday Murders is classic occultism where the various schools of magic are actually clandestine banking cartels who control all of society: a secret world where vampire Russian oligarchs, Black popes, enchanted American aristocrats, and hitmen from the International Monetary Fund work together to keep ALL OF US in our proper place.

The Black Monday Murders #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code JUL168168) as well as The Black Monday Murders #2 (Diamond Code JUL160739) will be available in stores on Wednesday, September 14th. The final order cutoff date for retailers is Monday, August 22nd.

THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS #1 2nd printing

Marvel

Before Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca’s epic series reaches its blockbuster conclusion, get caught up on the series everyone is talking about! Marvel has announced that Darth Vader #20 – #23 have all sold out at the distributor level and will all immediately head back to press!

Darth Vader has been pursuing his own agenda, but now it is time for the End of Games. As the threads begin to unravel, the Dark Lord of the Sith faces his greatest challenge yet. His deadly trials against Cylo! His machinations against the Emperor! His covert missions with Doctor Aphra and her murderous droids. All will be revealed in this explosive ending – now is the perfect time to jump on board.

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Valiant

This September, three of the summer’s biggest, most acclaimed storylines are returning to comic shops worldwide with all-new second printings!

Valiant has announced that three, brand-new jumping-on points for some of the publisher’s most acclaimed series have sold out at the distributor level and will return soon with the A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #5 Second Printing, Bloodshot Reborn #14 Second Printing, and X-O Manowar #47 Second Printing on September 21st!

First: Love is in the air when Faith flies into the pages of Valiant’s smash-hit ongoing series for a first date that is going to sweep Archer off his feet in A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #5 Second Printing! Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts and Eisner Award-winning artist Mike Norton present a landmark Valiant tale for the ages as Obadiah Archer and Faith “Zephyr” Herbert’s budding romance erupts into a romantic thrill ride that is going to change both of their lives forever! More crossbows than Sleepless in Seattle! More fistfights than The Notebook! This ain’t no ordinary team-up… It’s Archer and Faith’s first date!

Then: New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and blockbuster artist Mico Suayan drop Valiant’s nanite-enhanced commando into a scorching trial by fire in the Bloodshot Reborn #14 Second Printing – re-presenting the explosive FIRST ISSUE of “Bloodshot Island“! Live. Die. Rejuvenate. Each day, Bloodshot and his predecessors awake to find themselves hunted by the unstoppable engine of destruction called Deathmate. And each day, they die…only to begin their escape once more after the nano-technology inside them repairs their fatal injuries. As Bloodshot and his new teammates begin to understand the brutal logic behind their seaside prison, will the biggest threat to their survival be the horrors that await in the jungle around them…or each other?

Finally: The countdown to the greatest Valiant milestone of all time begins in the X-O Manowar #47 Second Printing – the FIRST ISSUE of “Long Live the King”! Witness history in the making as New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and acclaimed artists Joe Bennett and Roberto de la Torre begin the march toward X-O Manowar #50 with a cataclysmic turning point that will bring our world to its knees! An unthinkable new foe has arrived on Earth… They are The Torment – and their name means death. Thought to be a legend by the Vine, they have now become Earth’s violent reality. As old as the universe itself, they have traveled for eons to reach us…in search of Aric of Dacia and the unstoppable X-O Manowar armor. Can Aric challenge a seemingly omnipotent threat with motives beyond the comprehension of mortal men? Will the armor truly be our world’s salvation, just as the Vine’s myths foretold? And is this the beginning of the end for X-O Manowar – or the beginning of something even bigger?

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Pull into “Next Stop Clowntown” for A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #6

This summer, Archer & Armstrong are bombarding the Big Top to reveal the stomach-churning secrets at the heart of America’s most tasteless traveling circus…and it’s no laughing matter!

Valiant has released a first look inside A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #6 – the FIRST ISSUE of “Next Stop Clowntown,” an ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT from rising star Rafer Roberts and Eisner Award-winning artist Mike Norton! They’ve got lions. They’ve got bears. Oh, and malformed mutant clones too! Oh my! Valiant’s mismatched pair of conspiracy-smashing heroes thought they’d stumbled into an ordinary roadside funfair…but now Archer & Armstrong are about to become the star attractions of a midway where mad science and illicit experimentation rule the day!

Archer & Armstrong are on the hunt for Armstrong’s long-lost wife, and the clues have put them on the trail of America’s craziest traveling circus! But it’s not just clowns, carnies, and strongmen lurking under the Big Top… When the world’s premier adventure duo discover dozens of mutated Armstrong doppelgängers secretly running the show, all heck is bound to break loose! And it’s only going to get worse when Davey the Mackerel returns with a shocking new set of secrets about Armstrong’s bottomless satchel…and what else might be soon plotting its escape!

Featuring covers from David Lafuente, Darick Robertson, Pere Perez, Rafer Roberts, and Diego Latorre!

A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #6 (NEW ARC! “NEXT STOP: CLOWNTOWN” – PART 1)
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by MIKE NORTON
Cover A by DAVID LAFUENTE (JUN161890)
Cover B by KANO (JUN161891)
Cover C by DARICK ROBERTSON (JUN161892)
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by PERE PÉREZ (JUN161893)
Variant Cover by RAFER ROBERTS (JUN161894)
Variant Cover by DIEGO LATORRE (JUN161895)
$3.99| 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 10 (FOC – 7/18/16)

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Preview: A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #4

A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #4

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover A by DAVID LAFUENTE (APR162070)
Cover B by KANO (APR162071)
Cover C by MONICA GALLAGHER (APR162072)
Variant Cover by RAFER ROBERTS (APR162073)
Variant Cover by THONY SILAS (APR162074)
B&W Variant Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE (APR162075)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 15th

We’re gonna need a bigger bag!

Archer and Armstrong – with the help of Mary-Maria and the Sisters of Perpetual Darkness – must stop Bacchus’ cavalcade of terror! Will our heroes be able to defeat this 40-foot foe before the party stops forever? Will Armstrong ever find that bottle of Lagavulin? Will we ever find out who or what Davey the Mackerel is?! The answers to two of these questions might possibly be found in this issue!

Be here as red-hot creators Rafer Roberts (Shutter) and David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man) bring “IN THE BAG” to a close with a bang! Or a snap. However Armstrong’s satchel closes.

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Faith Sweeps Archer Off His Feet in A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #5

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #5 – an ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT guest-starring the breakout character of 2016 by red-hot writer Rafer Roberts and Eisner Award-winning artist Mike Norton! On July 20th, don’t miss a landmark Valiant tale for the ages as Obadiah Archer and Faith “Zephyr” Herbert’s budding romance undergoes its first trial by fire…complete with dinner, a movie, and a dazzling display of crime fighting par excellence!

With Armstrong on the road, Archer is taking some much-needed personal time…and bringing his long-distance romance with Los Angeles’s number-one superhero off of FaceTime and into the real world! As these friends take their relationship to the next level, will romance conquer all? Or will they still find the time to brawl with some loan sharks? When a teenaged martial arts expert and a high-flying psiot get together, anything goes!

With spell-casting covers by Kano, David Lafuente, Darick Robertson, Joe Eisma, Pere Perez and Diego Latorre, this ain’t no fairy tale!

A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #5
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by MIKE NORTON
Cover A by KANO (MAY161861)
Cover B by DAVID LAFUENTE (MAY161862)
Cover C by DARICK ROBERTSON (MAY161863)
Cover D by JOE EISMA (MAY161864)
Valiant Emoji Variant by SWYFT MEDIA (MAY161865)
FAITH #1 Interlocking Variant by PERE PÉREZ (MAY161867)
Variant Cover by DIEGO LATORRE (MAY161868)
B&W Sketch Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE (MAY161866)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 20 (FOC – 6/27/16)

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