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A First Look, Ninjak and Shadowman Besiege Rapture #2

Valiant has released a first look inside Rapture #2 (of 4) – the next astounding chapter to the summer’s most astonishing standalone event from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and explosive artist CAFU! On June 22nd, the malevolent biblical force known to the ages as Babel begins his barbarous assault on existence itself…and the only barrier between Earth and annihilation are two diametrically opposed heroes: Colin King, the cold, calculating and rational intelligence operative codenamed Ninjak; and Jack Boniface, the troubled magical guardian once called Shadowman!

As Babel’s dark forces in the Deadside rise, the afterlife’s last chance at survival rests in the living’s greatest champions. But to save heaven itself, MI-6 agent Colin King – aka Ninjak– must confront his greatest fears…and test his trusted steel against the fantastic and unknown powers of sorcery. With Punk Mambo, the Geomancer, and Shadowman at his side, Ninjak will lead the supernatural’s greatest champions into a suicide mission against beasts and barbarians…and the very gods themselves!

Featuring an astonishing assortment of covers from Mico Suayan, J.G. Jones, Kano, and Clayton Crain!

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Review: Rapture #1

RAPTURE_001_COVER-B_JONESOn a scarred landscape, two otherworldly armies prepare to battle one last time, vying for control of a massive tower named from an ancient language no longer permitted to be spoken.

One army is led by a primeval force named Babel, whose goal is singular: to breach “Heaven” no matter the cost. The only thing standing in his way is a gray-haired barbaric warrior, filled with rage and regret, a man who sees this battle as his last chance for redemption. But he knows his depleted forces have little chance of victory unless aid comes.

Enter Tama: A 12-year old girl on the crest of a hill overlooking the battle, who has just become humanity’s only hope. The last in an ancient line of mystics who protect the Earth, she has foreseen this battle and knows millions will perish if she’s unable to stop it. Now Tama and her ragtag team of malcontents – Ninjak, Shadowman and Punk Mambo – must somehow defeat an elder god hell bent on piercing the heavens.

Continuing on from Matt Kindt‘s run on the recently concluded Ninjak, Rapture #1 sees the return of Tama the Geomancer from the seminal Book Of Death miniseries from a few years ago. Although it’ll likely help if you have some familiarity with Ninjak and Shadowman, for this issue at least, it won’t hamper your enjoyment of the story if you’re picking this up purely because of the numbering.

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I mean, honestly, who doesn’t like a first issue?

Rapture #1 sets the stage for the story largely from Tama’s point of view, which allows readers to get reacquainted with the Geomancer as she explains why she needs Ninjak, Punk Mambo, and Shadowman. And does she explain… One of the surprising reasons I am so taken with the series already is the way that Kindt peppers in some lighter moments that I probably found funnier than they were intended to be. I say surprising reasons because I genuinely wasn’t expecting to find the comic funny. Obviously I hoped I’d like it, but I never expected to laugh.

Cafu provides typical Cafu art here, and that is to say that the art is brilliant.

There’s brilliant distinction between the Deadside and our world such that even if you’re unfamiliar with the differences between the two you’ll be able to easily identify the two from the visual cues. I have no holes to pick, and no complaints about this issue.

This is the second comic from Valiant that I’ve read this week, and it’s also a blinder.

 

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Cafu Colours: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided a FREE copy for review, but I read the physical copy I purchased from my LCS.

Preview: Rapture #1 (of 4)

RAPTURE #1 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (MAR172161)
Cover B by J.G. JONES (MAR172162)
Character Design Variant by KANO (MAR172165)
Variant Cover by CAFU (MAR172166)
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN (MAR172167)
NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE Variant Also Available (MAR172164)
Blank Cover Also Available (MAR172163)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 24 (FOC – 5/1/17)

On a scarred landscape, two otherworldly armies prepare to battle one last time, vying for control of a massive tower named from an ancient language no longer permitted to be spoken.

One army is led by a primeval force named Babel, whose goal is singular: to breach “Heaven” no matter the cost. The only thing standing in his way is a gray-haired barbaric warrior, filled with rage and regret, a man who sees this battle as his last chance for redemption. But he knows his depleted forces have little chance of victory unless aid comes.

Enter Tama: A 12-year old girl on the crest of a hill overlooking the battle, who has just become humanity’s only hope. The last in an ancient line of mystics who protect the Earth, she has foreseen this battle and knows millions will perish if she’s unable to stop it. Now Tama and her ragtag team of malcontents – Ninjak, Shadowman and Punk Mambo – must somehow defeat an elder god hell bent on piercing the heavens.

This summer, New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR) and artistic sensation CAFU (RAI) lead a Tolkien-esque journey into the space between life and death…through the Deadside…and into the many worlds that lie beyond right here with a spellbinding and horrific standalone event!

Preview: Ninjak #27

NINJAK #27

Written by KEVIN MAURER
Art by CAFU
Cover A by STEPHEN SEGOVIA (MAR172168)
Cover B by STEVE LIEBER (MAR172169)
Cover C by ALEX SANCHEZ (MAR172170)
Variant Cover by DAN PARENT (MAR172171)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 17 (FOC – 4/24/17)

Snakebite!

He’s fought the Shadow Seven, journeyed to the Deadside, and bested death itself, but MI-6’s top superspy has never tested his limits like this! When Ninjak is assigned to the Middle East for a seemingly simple extraction, this once-routine mission will quickly turns south when the laws of nature are turned upside down…and mutated soldiers bearing the animalistic abilities of nature’s deadly predators strike from the shadows! Now, Ninjak must hone his lethal skills and channel his inner warrior like never before…or end up at the bottom of the food chain!

Rapture #1 – Ninjak and Shadowman Lead Valiant’s Next Standalone Event in May!

Valiant has announced Rapture #1 (of 4) – a spellbinding standalone event from writer Matt Kindt and artist CAFU! In the epic tradition of The Valiant, the fallen hero once known as Shadowman returns to the forefront of the Valiant Universe to unite with the most unlikely ally of all – seasoned MI-6 intelligence operative Ninjak – for an epic quest into the unknown!

On a scarred landscape, two otherworldly armies prepare to battle one last time, vying for control of a massive tower named from an ancient language no longer permitted to be spoken.

One army is led by a primeval force named Babel, whose goal is singular: to breach “Heaven” no matter the cost. The only thing standing in his way is a gray-haired barbaric warrior, filled with rage and regret – a man who sees this battle as his last chance for redemption. But he knows his depleted forces have little chance of victory unless aid comes soon.

Enter Tama: A 12-year old girl on the crest of a hill overlooking the battle, who has just become humanity’s only hope. The last in an ancient line of mystics who protect the Earth, she has foreseen this battle and knows millions will perish if she’s unable to stop it. Now Tama and her ragtag team of malcontents – Ninjak, Shadowman and Punk Mambo – must somehow defeat an elder god hell bent on piercing the heavens.

Featuring covers by Harvey Award-nominated artist Mico Suayan, Eisner Award-nominated artist J.G. Jones, acclaimed artist Kano, and rising star CAFU!

Valiant: X-O Manowar FCBD Special Debuts Two Essential New Stories for Free Comic Book Day 2017!

Valiant has released a first look inside the Valiant: X-O Manowar FCBD Special – Valiant’s gold-level offering for Free Comic Book Day 2017! On Saturday, May 6th, the road toward 2017’s biggest new series – X-O Manowar and Bloodshot Salvation – starts here with two all-new, never-before-seen stories from a top-tier cast of writers and artists, including Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, CAFU, Juan Jose Ryp, and many more!

First: Valiant’s most explosive Free Comic Book Day yet begins as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and rising star CAFU present a brand-new prelude introducing the world of X-O Manowar #1 – the EPIC NEW ONGOING SERIES from Kindt and a rotating cast of blockbuster interior artists including Tomas Giorello, Doug Braithwaite, Clayton Crain, Ryan Bodenheim, and Mico Suayan!

Then: FCBD 2017 escalates even further as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp present a shocking look ahead at what awaits in Bloodshot Salvation – a top-secret new ongoing series debuting in 2017 — with THE FIRST APPEARANCE of a MAJOR NEW CHARACTER that will have major ramifications for the violent world and troubled life of Ray Garrison…

Plus: FaithHarbinger RenegadeNinjakPsi-LordsArcher & ArmstrongSecret WeaponsRAIShadowmanWar Mother… And surprise revelations for Harbinger Wars 2! On May 6th, don’t miss the all-star lineup of Valiant’s biggest heroes as Matt Kindt, CAFU, Jeff Lemire, Juan Jose Ryp, and special surprise guests present the biggest moments that the Valiant Universe has to offer!

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Review: Divinity III Stalinverse: Aric, Son Of The Revolution #1

div3-aric_001_cover-b_bernardReturned to Earth from the stars with the ultimate nuclear deterrent – the indestructible X-O Manowar armor – the champion of socialism has single-handedly consolidated the state’s military and political superiority at home and abroad. But when a surprise attack from the Deadside shines an untoward light on the modern-day Soviet Union’s darkest secret, will Aric pursue his mission…or justice for the quiet dead of an empire’s oppression?

The first question you’re probably going to want answered is whether this tie-in is going to be essential reading if you’re loving the Divinity III main series thus far, or if it’s merely a pleasant distraction?

The good news is that it’s a bit of both.

We get quite an interesting take on X-O Manowar, complete with some scenes lifted straight from the fourth issue of X-O Manowar, that allows us some insight into Aric of Dacia’s state of mind in the Stalinverse. Although it remains to be seen how much of an impact this comic will have on the remaining three issues in the main series, getting the peek into his mind via the narration boxes we get is still interesting.

If you’re an X-O fan already, you’ll probably really enjoy this comic’s alternate take on one of comicdom’s most underrated characters – I did. Likewise, if you’re loving the overall Stalinverse.  However, it’s unlikely that unless you’re already reading Divinity III or you’re already a fan of X-O Manowar, that you’ll actually find anything here beyond an enjoyable story – which isn’t anything to turn your nose up at.

You’ll notice I purposely avoided talking about the story because I don’t want to give anything away when it comes to the plot that has an incredibly interesting moment midway through that will make several Valiant fans happy.

For X-O fans this is bordering on a must-read comic, for those reading the main series, you’ll want to check this out for the moment mentioned above, and for the rest of you? Well, that’s on you. This is a well written, wonderfully illustrated one-shot comic from one of the most exciting publishers around right now.

Story: Joe Harris Art: Cafu Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Divinity III: Aric, Son of the Revolution #1

DIVINITY III: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION #1

Written by JOE HARRIS with MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU with JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (NOV161926)
Cover B by DIEGO BERNARD (NOV161927)
Cover C by CAFU (NOV161928)
Character Design Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE (NOV161929)
Variant Cover by KANO (NOV161930)
$3.99 US | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale JANUARY 18 (FOC – 12/26/16)

Out of DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE, Valiant’s leading legend – the unstoppable X-O MANOWAR – becomes the supreme fighting force of the CCCP in the next essential special ripped from the pages of the winter’s visionary comics events!

From bustling urban centers to the collective farms of the countryside, men, women, and children alike all idolize the same hero of the global Soviet republic: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION!

Returned to Earth from the stars with the ultimate nuclear deterrent – the indestructible X-O Manowar armor – the champion of socialism has singlehandedly consolidated the state’s military and political superiority at home and abroad. But when a surprise attack from the Deadside shines an untoward light on the modern-day Soviet Union’s darkest secret, will Aric pursue his mission…or justice for the quiet dead of an empire’s oppression?

The Valiant Universe as we now know it continues to reveal itself…as acclaimed writer Joe Harris (Snowfall) and explosive artist CAFU (Ninjak) present a star-shattering tale of sins, secrets, and tragedy for the global hero of the worldwide Communist state!

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Russia’s Reign Endures in Divinity III: Aric, Son of the Revolution #1 – Coming in January!

Then, the event-level blockbuster of the season continues in Divinity III: Aric, Son of the Revolution #1! This January, Russia rules the New Year as the Valiant Universe continues its transformation into a Soviet-ruled super-state…one where the world’s most powerful heroes now serve and protect the Motherland from all threats to the USSR’s global Iron Empire!

On January 18th, X-O Manowar becomes the guardian of the CCCP in Aric, Son of the Revolution #1 – the next essential standalone epic torn straight from the heart of the Stalinverse! Acclaimed writer Joe Harris and powerhouse artist CAFU present a star-shattering tale of sins, secrets, and tragedy for the worldwide hero of the communist state: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION!

From bustling urban centers to the collective farms of the countryside, men, women, and children alike all idolize the same hero of the global Soviet republic: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION! Returned to Earth from the stars with the ultimate nuclear deterrent – the indestructible X-O Manowar armor – the champion of socialism has singlehandedly consolidated the state’s military and political superiority at home and abroad. But when a surprise attack from the Deadside shines an untoward light on the modern-day Soviet Union’s darkest secret, will Aric pursue his mission…or uphold justice for the quiet dead of an empire’s oppression?

Featuring covers by Clayton Crain, Ryan Diego Bernard, CAFU, Trevor Hairsine, and Kano.

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X-O Manowar Smashes the Stalinverse in Divinity III: Aric, Son of the Revolution #1

This January, in the wake of the Stalinverse’s stealth takeover of the world we once knew, Valiant’s leading legend is about to become the CCCP’s greatest weapon!

Valiant has released a first look at Divinity III: Aric, Son of the Revolution #1 – the next essential special ripped from the pages of this winter’s visionary comics event! On January 18th, join acclaimed writer Joe Harris and explosive artist CAFU as they present the tragic new origin of the hero we once celebrated as X-O Manowar…and reveal his righteous place in the Stalinverse’s twisted new world order! In 2012, a man from the stars crash-landed into the Soviet-ruled territory of Romania. Wielding an extraterrestrial weapon of immense power, the Visigoth warrior known as Aric soon found himself conscripted by the military forces of the global Communist regime – a force that he now serves without question. With a past as mysterious as his power, Aric, Son of the Revolution now fights to protect the worldwide Soviet Union from threats foreign and domestic…and himself from the dark past that now threatens to undercut his very humanity itself!

From bustling urban centers to the collective farms of the countryside, men, women, and children alike all idolize the same hero of the global Soviet republic: Aric, Son of the Revolution! Returned to Earth from the stars with the ultimate nuclear deterrent – the indestructible X-O Manowar armor – the champion of socialism has singlehandedly consolidated the state’s military and political superiority at home and abroad. But when a surprise attack from the Deadside shines an untoward light on the modern-day Soviet Union’s darkest secret, will Aric pursue his mission…or uphold justice for the quiet dead of an empire’s oppression?

Featuring covers by Clayton Crain, Diego Bernard, CAFU, Trevor Hairsine, and Kano!

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