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Preview: Britannia Deluxe Edition HC

BRITANNIA DELUXE EDITION HC

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP, ROBERT GILL, RYAN LEE, ROBERTO DE LA TORRE, JUAN CASTRO, BRIAN THIES
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE, FRANKIE D’ARMATA, JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA, DIEGO RODRIGUEZ, ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
$49.99 | 320 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 31st | HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-320-8

On the fringes of civilization, the world’s first detective is about to make an unholy discovery.

In the remote outpost of Britannia, Antonius Axia – the First Detective – will become Rome’s only hope to reassert control over the empire’s most barbaric frontier…and keep the monsters that bridge the line between myth and mystery at bay.

Collecting BRITANNIA #1–4, BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1–4, and BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #1–4, along with over 20+ pages of rarely seen art and extras!

BRITANNIA DELUXE EDITION HC

Preview: Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #3 (of 4)

BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #3 (of 4)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by ROBERT GILL with JUAN CASTRO and BRIAN THIES
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA with ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by DAVID MACK
Cover B by MJ KIM
Variant Cover by ANDRES GUINALDO
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 19

Where have the eagles landed?

Antonius Axia has survived the wilds of Britain and witnessed the horrors of his own homeland…and now, the trail of Emperor Nero’s stolen eagles relics has led him and gladiatrix Achillia to the newly annexed province of Egypt! But, those who once held power in the Fertile Crescent might not be so quick to welcome them…or any other nosy Romans, for that matter!

Renowned writer Peter Milligan (Detective Comics) and fan-favorite artist Robert Gill (X-O MANOWAR) follow the LOST EAGLES OF ROME into dangerous territory – and unleash a terrible new threat on the ancient world!

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #18

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #18

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE with BRIAN THIES
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA
Cover B by JIM MAHFOOD
Interlocking Variant by VERONICA FISH
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by RENATO GUEDES
Pre-Order Edition by SHANE DAVIS
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 29th

The executioner’s blade!

Sentenced to die for crimes against the empire, Aric of Dacia and his new comrade, Sabbas, have escaped the gladiatorial arena… only to find themselves in far more dire straits! Centuries before he would become X-O Manowar, can a brasher, younger Aric – sworn to combat the Romans at any cost – outwit and outmaneuver the machinations of the planet’s most powerful civilization… even as death threatens him and the fate of the entire Visigoth nation?

Review: X-O Manowar #17

XO2017_017_COVER-A_LAROSAShackled against his will and brought forward into the homeland of his enemies, Aric of Dacia – the war-hardened Visigoth who will one day become the unstoppable X-O Manowar – is about to encounter a staggering sight: the city of Rome! Soon, Aric will discover that the capital of history’s most ruthless empire can be far more dangerous than any battlefield… And even if he survives the hidden horrors of the emperor’s dungeon, can he withstand the all-out brutality of the Coliseum?

The second of Valiant’s books this week set in Rome, X-O Manowar takes a step into the past as Matt Kindt avoids conflict with Harbinger Wars II #3 where Aric plays a rather significant role by telling a story prior to his acquisition of the armour.

Although the comic follows Aric as he fumbles his way through Rome in an almost hap hazard manner, the bulk of the issue is actually focused on the newly introduced Sabbas as we learn more about him and his story. Kindt uses Sabbas to inject some slight humour into an otherwise dour tale as ultimately the highlight of the comic for me in terms of the story is Shanhara’s narration, and the oh-so-timely reminder that history can predict the future.

Whilst I can’t say this arc is my favorite I’ve read featuring X-O Manowar, I absolutely love that Matt Kindt has written a story that implores readers to learn from the past. Given that Aric is reliving a memory in order to do just that, we can see that sometimes looking backward is a window into what will come in our future if we don’t alter our course. Obviously, we can all take our own interpretations what Kindt’s specific meaning is, whether that’s a personal or more political in nature, but the old adage remains as true for Aric of Dacia as it does you and I – “those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Trevor Hairsine with Ryan Bodenhiem
Inks: Brian Thies Colorists: Diego Rodriguez and Andrew Dalhouse Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #17

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #17

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE with RYAN BODENHEIM
Inks by BRIAN THIES
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ with ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (MAY182088)
Cover B by JIM MAHFOOD (MAY182089)
Interlocking Variant by VERONICA FISH (MAY182090)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by BARRY KITSON (MAY182091)
Pre-Order Edition by SHANE DAVIS (JAN188321)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 25th

Prisoner of war!

Shackled against his will and brought forward into the homeland of his enemies, Aric of Dacia – the war-hardened Visigoth who will one day become the unstoppable X-O Manowar – is about to encounter a staggering sight: the city of Rome! Soon, Aric will discover that the capital of history’s most ruthless empire can be far more dangerous than any battlefield… And even if he survives the hidden horrors of the emperor’s dungeon, can he withstand the all-out brutality of the Coliseum?

“BARBARIANS” continues here as the superstar creative team behind DIVINITY – New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (HARBINGER WARS 2) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (ETERNITY) – present a visionary tour de force of swords and savagery!

Preview: Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1 (of 4)

BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #1 (of 4)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by ROBERT GILL
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA with DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by CARY NORD (MAY182072)
Cover B by BRIAN THIES (MAY182073)
Variant Cover by DAVID MACK (MAY182074)
B&W Sketch Variant by CARY NORD (MAY182075)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale JULY 25th

AN ALL-NEW EPIC BEGINS! Valiant’s sold-out descent into the horrors of the ancient world returns with A BLOODSTAINED JUMPING-ON POINT from legendary comics master Peter Milligan (Detective Comics) and Harvey Award-nominated artist Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH) as Antonius Axia, history’s first detective, launches into an otherworldly mystery of monsters, magic, and conspiracy at the boundaries of human understanding…

The Roman standard – the eagle borne at the front of each Roman legion – was more than just a symbol of the soldiers that carried it… It was a symbol of Rome itself, the ultimate embodiment of the empire’s power…

But now, in the mist-shrouded Germanic forest of Tottenwald, the unthinkable has happened: A rampaging barbarian horde has crushed three of Rome’s most highly skilled detachments in battle… and captured their mighty Roman eagles.

His authority threatened by this all-too-public shame, the mad emperor Nero has dispatched Antonius Axia, the empire’s finest “detectioner” and hero of Britannia, and Achillia, the sword-wielding champion of the gladiatorial arena, to reclaim his stolen relics at any cost.

But what began as a simple mission will soon become a terrifying journey into the dark heart of belief itself, as the isolated woodlands of Rome’s enemies reveal unseen dimensions…and the true power of the legion’s lost eagles threatens to consume any who would pursue them…

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #16

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #16

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE with BRIAN THIES
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ and JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (APR181851)
Cover B by JIM MAHFOOD (APR181852)
Interlocking Variant by VERONICA FISH (APR181853)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by PHILIP TAN (APR181854)
Pre-Order Edition by SHANE DAVIS (JAN188321)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JUNE 27th

As HARBINGER WARS 2 rages…witness the birth of “BARBARIANS”!

Long ago, on the bloodstained battlefields of centuries past, Aric of Dacia cut a swath through the armies of the ancient world as a brash but cunning warrior – and all without the X-O Manowar armor. Now, the untold story of Aric’s swashbuckling youth – and how it unknowingly forged his fate as the defender of 21st century Earth – can finally be told as the man who would be X-O Manowar leaves the Visigoth homeland behind to infiltrate the Roman Empire’s gleaming capital from within!

New York Times best-selling author Matt Kindt (HARBINGER WARS 2, DIVINITY) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY) reunite to repel the rising tide of Roman invasion with a compelling new tale of death, fortune, and glory torn from the age of empires!

Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1 – Peter Milligan & Robert Gill Reveal New Horrors on July 25th!

Valiant has released a first look at Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1, the incredible introduction to an ALL-NEW EPIC SERIES and BLOODSTAINED JUMPING-ON POINT! On July 25th, writer Peter Milligan returns to the ancient world with fan-favorite artist Robert Gill for an an all-new, self-contained entry into Valiant’s supernatural sleuthing series!

The Roman standard – the eagle borne at the front of each Roman legion – was more than just a symbol of the soldiers that carried it… It was a symbol of Rome itself, the ultimate embodiment of the empire’s power…

But now, in the mist-shrouded Germanic forest of Tottenwald, the unthinkable has happened: A rampaging barbarian horde has crushed three of Rome’s most highly skilled detachments in battle…and captured their mighty Roman eagles.

His authority threatened by this all-too-public shame, the mad emperor Nero has dispatched Antonius Axia, the empire’s finest “detectioner” and hero of Britannia, and Achillia, the sword-wielding champion of the gladiatorial arena, to reclaim his stolen relics at any cost.

But what began as a simple mission will soon become a terrifying journey into the dark heart of belief itself as the isolated woodlands of Rome’s enemies reveal unseen dimensions…and the true power of the legion’s lost eagles threatens to consume any who would pursue them…

Featuring covers from Cary NordBrian Thies, and David Mack!

Review: X-O Manowar #15

xo manowar 15As Harbinger Wars 2 besieges the Valiant Universe – and X-O Manowar along with it – Aric of Dacia cannot escape the flames that now threaten his future…or the shadows that cloud his past. Before space… Before the armor… Return to the apex of the Visigoth conquest as a younger, brasher Aric and a sword-wielding grifter set off on a continent-spanning quest for fortune, glory, and power! From the bloodstained sands of the gladiatorial arena to the dunes of the Arabian Desert, meet the man who would become the warrior-king of an alien civilization – and our own world’s most powerful hero – as he sets out to seize his destiny once upon a time in a land of faraway kings and unrepentant conquerors!

In space, no one can hear you think, but still Aric of Dacia is faced with distraction. As he tries to make a decision (presumably in relation to his position in Harbinger Wars 2) the armour takes him on a trip through human history circa 393 AD, with Trevor Hairsine getting to illustrate a battle scene in four different parts of the globe, which becomes an interesting visual device. Personally I’d have loved to see a cameo of the Eternal Warrior in one of those panels, but that’s because I can’t get enough of that character, and is an utterly irrelevant point for this review.

As Aric takes a trip through memory lane, complete with nods to the first few issues of the original X-O Manowar run from Valiant‘s 2012 relaunch, Matt Kindt forgoes a traditional flashback story where the focus remains solely in the flashback, and instead never lets you forget that this is a man remembering his youth and seeking guidance from the past with the help of a sentient armour. But it’s not just his past he is seeking guidance from, as we’re taken to Zambia for a sequence that introduces a somewhat naive new character who will doubtless play a bigger role in the near future.

The remainder of the issue follows a young Aric as he and his companions travel toward Rome to retrieve a hostage in a mission that may not be explicitly sanctioned by anybody but Aric. How this spontaneous decision will impact the present day, and whether Aric will learn from the lessons of the past remains to be seen, but it’s a discovery that readers will be happy to follow along with as the creative team deliver a high quality experience that takes us away from the Harbinger Wars 2 build up with a more introspective look at our hero. It doesn’t hurt that the series is remarkably pretty to look at, and Simon Bowland‘s way of inserting the more mechanically orientated dialogue of the sentient armour is an effective way of reminding you that Aric and Shanhara may be bonded, but they have their own distinct voices.

A comic that is worth reading for new and established fans alike, this is an example of Valiant having so much to offer.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Trevor Hairsine
Inks: Brian Thies with Stephen Guidino Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Peter Milligan and Robert Gill Go to War in Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1 – On Sale July 25th!

Valiant has released a first look at Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1, the incendiary opening salvo of an ALL-NEW EPIC SERIES and BLOODSTAINED JUMPING-ON POINT from Peter Milligan and Robert Gill! On July 25thprepare yourselves for a perilous journey into the barbarian age as history’s first detective takes on another challenging case at the crossroads of magic, mystery, and monsters!

The Roman standard – the eagle borne at the front of each Roman legion – was more than just a symbol of the soldiers that carried it… It was a symbol of Rome itself, the ultimate embodiment of the empire’s power…

But now, in the mist-shrouded Germanic forest of Tottenwald, the unthinkable has happened: A rampaging barbarian horde has crushed three of Rome’s most highly skilled detachments in battle… and captured their mighty Roman eagles.

His authority threatened by this all-too-public shame, the mad emperor Nero has dispatched Antonius Axia, the empire’s finest “detectioner” and hero of Britannia, and Achillia, the sword-wielding champion of the gladiatorial arena, to reclaim his stolen relics at any cost.

But what began as a simple mission will soon become a terrifying journey into the dark heart of belief itself as the isolated woodlands of Rome’s enemies reveal unseen dimensions…and the true power of the legion’s lost eagles threatens to consume any who would pursue them…

Featuring covers from Cary Nord, Brian Thies, and David Mack!

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