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Valiant Previews First Year of Matt Kindt’s X-O Manowar with Tomas Giorello, Doug Braithwaite, and Clayton Crain

Valiant has unveiled a massive trove of artwork from X-O Manowar – Valiant’s cosmos-shaking ongoing series epic from writer Matt Kindt, alongside blockbuster artists Tomas Giorello, Doug Braithwaite, Clayton Crain, and more.

Representing the culmination of months of behind-the-scenes planning and preparation from some of the top creative talents in comics today, the all-new X-O Manowar #1 – in stores March 22nd – will launch one of the definitive Valiant epics ever told…and bring Aric of Dacia to a landmark turning point that will be felt for years to come. Exotic alien planets, powerful new characters, and relentless adversaries will stand revealed as Aric of Dacia rises from “SOLDIER” to “GENERAL” to “EMPEROR” to “VISIGOTH” in a star-shattering adventure like no other in comics today!

Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age. It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth…only to find himself stranded in the modern day.

But that was a lifetime ago.

Now, far from home on a strange and primitive new world, Aric has begun a new life. Liberated from his past, he tends to his crops. Free from war. Free from violence. Free from the armor.

But the machinery of death marches his way once again. Conscripted into an alien army and thrown into an unforgiving conflict, the fury inside him finds voice as he is forced to embrace the armor once more. With it, he will decimate armies, topple empires and incite interplanetary warfare as he rises from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH. They wanted a weapon. He will give them war!

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Robert Venditti & Renato Guedes Chronicle the Coming of Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1 – Coming in May!

Valiant has announced Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1 – a punishing standalone special celebrating 25 years of Valiant’s immortal soldier…and revealing a never-before-told tale of his earliest adventures at the dawn of civilization! On May 10th, take up arms alongside writer Robert Venditti and artist Renato Guedes as they unleash the second of four special issues honoring the most beloved Valiant tales ever with a formative chapter in the life of Gilad Anni-Padda…and celebrating the original Eternal Warrior #1 by comic legends Jim Shooter and John Dixon!

On the brink of carving out victory in the most violent battle of his life, Gilad Anni-Padda suffers a devastating injury. He awakens weeks later in a strange land, nursed back to health but with no memory of his past. A tribe has shown him compassion in an age of cruelty, and he will return their gift in kind. Now the real violence will begin…

Featuring covers by superstar artist Clayton Crain, rising star Robert Gill, acclaimed artist Marc Laming, and astonishing artist Jeffrey Veregge, witness the dawn of the Valiant Universe firsthand with an essential one-shot celebrating 25 years of an indelible comic book icon – the unrelenting Eternal Warrior!

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Valiant’s Heroes Hit the Road with the 2017 Vans Warped Tour

The Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys and Valiant Entertainment today announced a new partnership to bring Valiant’s award-winning library of comic book superheroes on the road with America’s longest-running touring music festival for an immersive collaboration spanning the summer 2017 season.

Multiple fan-favorite characters from Valiant’s 2,000-plus-strong library will make Warped Tour history as the centerpieces of the 2017 tour’s “comic book” theme. All summer long, Valiant’s most iconic heroes – including X-O Manowar, Faith, Bloodshot, Livewire, Ninjak, and more – will adorn posters, promotional pieces, merchandise, and more at over 40 tour dates across the United States. The 2017 Vans Warped Tour artwork was designed by acclaimed Valiant comic book artist Kano.

Additionally, Valiant will exhibit at select Vans Warped Tour dates across the summer with a mobile comic book art installation and appearances by major comics creators – the first time that a major comics publisher has joined the touring roster of America’s longest-standing and most renowned touring music festival in more than a decade.

Valiant’s appearances on the 2017 Vans Warped Tour will benefit the publisher’s ongoing charitable partners at The Keep A Breast Foundation – a leading nonprofit organization with a mission to empower young people around the world with breast health education and support.

Now in its 23rd year, the 41-date tour will commence June 16 in Seattle, WA and end on August 6 in Southern California. The entire lineup will be released on Wednesday, March 22nd. Tickets will also go on sale Wednesday, March 22nd at 10:00AM local time.

As a bonus for early ticket buyers, the first 500 tickets sold for each show will be at the lowest price available and will include a digital download of the Official Vans Warped Tour 50-song compilation.

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Review: Generation Zero #7

genzero_007_cover-b_tanTap into the uncharted plane of reality called the Heroscape and you can see the world through anyone else’s eyes – and find out how their reality is governed by their own inspirations! Now, as a mysterious force preys upon Rook’s citizens, Animalia must enter the Heroscape…and experience a world filtered through her own twisted imagination! But as Generation Zero’s most militant adolescent wunderkind enters a world populated by colorful monstrosities of her own design, Animalia must lock horns — literally — with demons both outward and within!

So…  The preview text above has almost nothing to do with the issue I just read. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I went in expecting something that I didn’t get. That being said I still enjoyed the issue quite a bit.

Generation Zero #7 follows the team as they cross the Heroscape – essentially an astral plane equivalent – in order to find out where the town’s captives are being held. To be honest I’m a little unclear on the specifics of the mission, but the issue itself is perhaps a little ambiguous as to whether the story takes place within said Heroscape or in the “real” world, which I really quite enjoyed as it gave me a very Inception like feeling as I was reading the comic.

If you’re already committed to Generation Zero then you’re going to appreciate the additional pieces of the puzzle that is the sleepy town of Rook almost as much as you’ll appreciate the organic way in which those puzzle pieces are revealed to you; much like the humour in the book, Fred Van Lente doesn’t jam these revelations down your throat,  instead they’re inserted very naturally into the story. Despite the misleading preview text, or my misunderstanding of the text, this was a solid issue in which Van Lente’s writing shines.

Generation Zero has been an interesting run so far, but the more I read this series, the more I like it.

Story: Fred Van Lente Colour Art: Andrew Dalhouse
Art: Diego Bernard, Allison Rodriguez, Fred Benes, Glaber Mados, & Juan Castro
Story: 8.5 Art: 7.0  Overall: 7.5
Recommendation: Buy if you’re already reading the series

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Savage #4

savage_004_cover-b_gillOut of the jungle, into the fight…

When all hope seems lost, the final threads tethering the Sauvage family to their humanity will finally be severed. Just as the beasts within begin to take hold, the final revelation about the prehistoric island that has claimed them will finally stand revealed. But will this twist of fate offer a last chance at rescue…or forever seal their doom?

The finale of the four-part miniseries is here, and I have questions that I’m eagerly anticipating answers to; will we see this character enter the main Valiant Universe, or will he remain (at least for now) separate from the established characters? Is there going to be an actual conclusion or will the series be left on an annoy cliff hanger?

Savage #4 is a brutal comic, with some pretty fantastic action scenes involving dinosaur on human, and human on human fighting that are rendered wonderfully. Lewis Larosa opens the comic with a fantastic sequence of Savage dinosaur surfing – there is no other way for me to convey just how brilliant it is with mere words, because it’s an exhilarating piece of art. The comic takes some dips from here with Clayton Henry‘s work not quite matching up to the vibrancy of Larosa’s. Although I think that has more to do with the differing styles and how the colourists work with Larosa’s detail filled black and grey as opposed to the more minimalist line work of Henry than any gap between the two artists.

Unfortunately, the fourth issue seems to finish before it really gets going.

That isn’t to say that it was so good I couldn’t believe it was over, but rather I’d read it far faster than I expected – more than likely because of the lack of any significant dialogue or narration boxes apparent as B. Clay Moore allowed the art to tell much of the story. Indeed, it felt a little strange to see the older version of Savage to say so much during the issue, having been largely a silent character up until this point. At the end of the day, I didn’t find this issue had as satisfying a conclusion as I had hoped for, and rather than close out the first Savage miniseries with the strength of a T-Rex’s jaw, Savage #4 left me feeling as though I had just read an extended – albeit very good – prologue for what was to come next…

Story: B. Clay Moore Artists: Clayton Henry and Lewis Larosa
Colourists: Brian Reber and Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 7.5 Art:10  Overall: 8.5
Recommendation:  Buy for the art alone. Happily, the story is good.

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

super-sonsWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Joe

Top Pick: Animosity #5 (Aftershock) – This is one of the best comics to come out in the last year. It’s consistent, interesting, emotional, and just everything I want in a story. I never know where the series is headed next and that is what keeps me coming back.

The Wild Storm #1 (DC Comics) – WildStorm returns! And Warren Ellis returns with it. I am excited to see what Ellis does with this grittier new and seemingly more grounded approach to some of my favorite characters. It sounds perfect for fans, both old and new.

Super Sons #1 (DC Comics) – Holy cow, it feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this! Robin and Superboy go on wild adventures in what I can imagine as fun, action packed, and nostalgic to be everything a teen superhero book should be.

God Country #2 (Image) – What an awesome comic. A comic that takes the idea behind Thor and has some fun with it. This revolves around an old man with Alzheimer’s who remembers everything when he touches a magical sword. There’s also gods and demons, so there’s that.

Batman #17 (DC Comics) – The end of the last issue was intense, even if it was just symbolic. What will Bane do? What will Batman do? This has been coming to a head and I expect the doors to be blown off everything as these two collide. Tom King’s series is really getting some legs and I expect all of the slower issues to pay off soon with the excellent building up to this pressure cooker story.

 

Alex

Top Pick I: Savage #4 (Valiant) – Usually by the time I’m writing this I’ve already read Valiant’s offerings for the week, but in a strange twist I actually haven’t opened the review copy just yet and I’m debating just waiting for the print copy from my LCS to read, but we’re expecting a bout of weather early in the week that may impact the postal service… anyway. Savage has been a really interesting series so far, and I’m really excited to see whether this issue will tie the character into the rest of the Valiant Universe or not. Plus it has some of the best art I’ve seen in a long time.

Top Pick II: Voracious: Feeding Time #3 (Action Lab Entertainment) – So… I’ve actually already read this issue, and it’s frigging phenomenal. Why am I excited to pick it up? Because are some visual sequences that I need to see in print.

God Country #2 (and #1) (Image) – I somehow missed the first issue of this series, and would have missed this were it not for the fact that it’s being written by Donny Cates, one of the authors behind The Paybacks, which is al the reason I need to go find these issues on Wednesday.

Old Man Logan #18 (Marvel) – The Aliens vibe of the recent arc has been fantastic. Jeff Lemire’s ability to capture the isolation of outer space, as well as the desolation of the waste lands of Old Man Logan’s past is stunning.

Super Sons #1 (DC Comics) – If you put Damian Wayne in a comic, I’m going to read it.

 

Paul

Top Pick: The Mighty Thor #16 (Marvel) – The Shi’ar and their royal guard have invaded Asgard, bested some of their greatest warriors and have managed to kidnap Thor, to bring her face to face with their gods. I am pumped to see the Shi’ar and their royal guard back in action and curious to see what their beef with Asgard and Thor is all about.

Old Man Logan #18 (Marvel) – This a series that has not disappointed.  I’m not Wolverine’s biggest fan, and I have never read the original Old Man Logan story this book is named after. But I have consistently been enjoying this book and recommend it. This story arc in particular has been pretty trippy. Logan is trying to save Alpha Flight from the Brood; but also in the Wastelands trying to rescue the Cage baby and both are happening at the same time? A great story that comes to a close with this issue; you don’t want to miss it.

Uncanny Inhumans #19 (Marvel) – Maximus has the secret to create Terrigen crystals. This cannot be good for the X-Men or mutants as a whole. Or can it? The tie-ins for the Inhumans vs. X-Men event have worked very well in telling the smaller stories outside of the main battle issues, but I think Maximus’ plan will have larger consequences that will bring an end to the fighting, one way or another.

Uncanny X-Men #18 (Marvel) – So last issue was a little slower, focusing on some character development between Storm and Forge. It was an alright issue that saw the X-Men’s plan to take care of the Terrigen cloud literally blow up in their faces. This issue says Magneto will be deploying his team of secret mutant sleeper agents to aid in the fight against the Inhumans. Secret sleepers you say? That alone has me anxious to read this issue.

 

Shay

Gamora #3 (Marvel) – Gamora racks up enemies like nobodies business, she also unearths some secrets that might rock her world.

Batwoman Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – The issue is a prologue of epic proportions and I’m here for the backstory.

Harley Quinn #14 (DC Comics) – It’s fun with some serious shade to the current political climate and some serious girl power thrown in for good measure.

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Killer Vol. 5 (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – For those who are unfamiliar with Matz and Luc Jacamon’s epic story the short version is Frank, aka “The Killer” is James Bond for the Third World. Evil political dealings involving oil, assassinations, IMF, political jockeying, imperialism, for a political geek like me, this series has cool and depth. This is the fifth and final installment, and I can’t wait to see how it all wraps up. Will Frank find happiness? Will he go out in a blaze of bullets? How Matz and Jacamon finish the series will be interesting and I can’t wait to see what they have to “say” when it’s over.

Dead Inside #3 (Dark Horse) – A murder inside a prison… sounds like an easy case, right? Nope! The last issue ended with a shocker and this southern noir-ish crime comic has me engrossed.

The Rift #2 (Red 5 Comics) – The first and second issue feel like a classic Amazing Stories or Twilight Zone story. Entertaining and just plain fun. Like comics should be.

Super Sons #1 (DC Comics) – The team-up we’ve seen so far of Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne in Superman has been amazing and for them to get their own series… well, I’m super excited. Having read the first issue, it’s everything I was hoping for with an energy and enthusiasm that perfectly fits it’s two young leads.

The Wild Storm #1 (DC Comics) – I’m not the biggest Warren Ellis fan (he’s hit and miss for me), but I’m intrigued to see what will happen in this re-imagining of the classic universe. The first issue is a solid start that reminds me a lot of the third volume of Wildcats. In today’s world, that’s exactly what I was hoping for.

Preview: Generation Zero #7

GENERATION ZERO #7

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover A by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (DEC162055)
Cover B by PHILIP TAN (DEC162056)
Variant Cover by RYAN LEE (DEC162057)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 15 (FOC – 1/23/17)

Animalia enters the “HEROSCAPE”!

Tap into the uncharted plane of reality called the Heroscape and you can see the world through anyone else’s eyes – and find out how their reality is governed by their own inspirations! Now, as a mysterious force preys upon Rook’s citizens, Animalia must enter the Heroscape…and experience a world filtered through her own twisted imagination! But as Generation Zero’s most militant adolescent wunderkind enters a world populated by colorful monstrosities of her own design, Animalia must lock horns — literally — with demons both outward and within!

“HEROSCAPE” travels to the darkest corners of the mind right here as New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong) and acclaimed artist Diego Bernard (X-O Manowar) transform Generation Zero’s deepest desires into their darkest nightmares!

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Preview: Savage #4 (of 4)

SAVAGE #4 (of 4)

Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY and LEWIS LAROSA
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (DEC162058)
Cover B by ROBERT GILL (DEC162059)
Character Design Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (DEC162060)
Variant Cover by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (DEC162061)
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (DEC162062)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale FEBRUARY 15 (FOC – 1/23/17)

Out of the jungle, into the fight…

When all hope seems lost, the final threads tethering the Sauvage family to their humanity will finally be severed. Just as the beasts within begin to take hold, the final revelation about the prehistoric island that has claimed them will finally stand revealed. But will this twist of fate offer a last chance at rescue…or forever seal their doom?

The past and present collide as Valiant’s next great hero rises in a baptism of bloodshed! Be there as acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick) and explosive artists Clayton Henry (Harbinger Wars) and Lewis LaRosa (Bloodshot Reborn) bring their primal origin story to a close!

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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!

Harbinger Renegade #2 and Savage #3 Have Sold Out and Will Return in March

Valiant has announced that two of this winter’s most critically acclaimed comics have sold out at the distributor level and will return to store shelves everywhere with the Harbinger Renegade #2 Second Printing and the Savage #3 Second Printing! On March 1st, discover why Valiant is blazing the trail in cutting-edge superhero storytelling as two of their most highly praised titles return for encore presentations!

First, Valiant’s team of teenaged psiots blast off of the sidelines and into the firefight of their lives for the Harbinger Renegade #2 Second Printing! Join multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts, and superstar artist Darick Robertson as they continue the march to Harbinger Wars 2…and chronicle the rise of the Valiant Universe’s next major antagonist, Alexander Solomon!

Then, Valiant’s bone-breaking origin story goes primal for the Savage #3 Second Printing! Release the animal within as acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore and explosive artists Clayton Henry and Lewis LaRosa sharpen their killer instincts for the must-read debut of Valiant’s next major hero! Marooned in an unforgiving prehistoric landscape, high society’s most privileged celebrity family is fighting tooth and claw – literally – for survival. Once they lose everything – and each other – what part of them will endure? Where will the man inside each of them end…and the animal begin?

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