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Advance Review: X-O Manowar #2

X-O MANOWAR #2

Harvey Award-winning writer Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum and breakout star Emilio Laiso unleash Valiant’s most powerful protector! Torn from the past and bonded with a living alien armor, will X-O Manowar become the hero the world needs now? As a futuristic force arises to destroy the planet, only this ancient warrior king has the courage to stand against impossible odds!

The version of X-O Manowar #2 I have read for this review was a mostly black and white comic. For this reason, I’m going to be largely avoiding talking about the color art.

I recall reading this comic the first time around about three months back; it was a super early version designed to give folks an early preview at what’s coming up for the series. I enjoyed the book when I first read it, but after everything that’s happened in the world since first reading the book, I realized that there was more to X-O Manowar #2 than I first noticed – or maybe I’m looking at the comic with a different perspective. A lot has happened in the last three months, so it’s not surprising that a piece of art resonates with me in a different way.

Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum continues his polarizing depiction of Aric as he lives within a larger city with a single mother and her teenage son. Seeing the former king and emperor in this role hasn’t been popular with some readers, but personally I’m really enjoying seeing Aric trying to find a new way to fit into the modern world now that he’s lost everything but Shanhara. We’re seeing Aric adjust to being a modern man (sort of) in a totally unfamiliar world, and Hallum is using the fish out of water to let some humor into the comic. Not at Aric’s expense, but rather more along the lines of how the jokes are made in the first Thor movie.

The story in this issue is about how X-O Manowar, for all his power and access to knowledge from across human history, is still relatively unaware how to present himself in today’s world as the media falls out of love with him and he struggles to understand the complexity of certain situations. It’s an interesting angle to take with the character, and one I hope Hallum continues to explore as the series progresses.

I’m still all in for this comic, and I can’t wait to see how it improves when the finished product arrives. Although the book doesn’t have any color in it, Emilio Laiso‘s art still brings a wonderful quality to the proceedings. If the art is as good as the last issue, then I can’t wait to reread and update this again.

Story: Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum Art: Emilio Laiso
Colors: Ruth Redmond Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 9.2 Art: NA Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Quantum and Woody #4

QUANTUM & WOODY #4

Home Alone, the boys are left to defend their lair against would-be bandits! What is Woody’s dark secret? The truth is finally revealed in Quantum and Woody #4!

The finale to the four-part miniseries finds writer Christopher Hastings, artist Ryan Browne, and color artist Ruth Redmond coming together one more time (though hopefully not for the final time) for a comic I have waited nearly three months to read. Was it worth the wait? Was I able to just pick it up and enjoy it without refreshing myself by reading the first three again?

Two kill two birds with one stone, the answer is yes.

While not everybody will want to just pick the book up and dive in after three months, the way the Hastings has been crafting the story over three almost standalone issues means that while there are some elements that cross the four issues, the specific events don’t need to have been memorized to enjoy Quantum and Woody #4 (though if you do want a refresher, there’s no reason not to go back and read the other three).

Hastings has once again packed a full story, start middle and end, into a single comic, though with the finale he also wraps up the threads he had left over the course of the previous three issues. It is in many ways a bitter sweet comic, because as far as we currently know, there aren’t any plans to bring Hastings back to Quantum and Woody, but he ends his story on a high note without leaving any real loose ends dangling – but you’ll be wanting more from him and the creative team by them time you turn the final page.

Browne’s art has been perfectly suited to the chaos that has been this series, and both he and Redmond shine in the final issue. There’s often a lot occurring on every page, but the comic never loses its ability to tell a coherent visual story. The art is bright, bold, absolutely insane, and I love it. There’s a lot going on in almost every page, but you’re never lost; this is a book that you’re going to want to take your time reading, or read it a second time so that you can really appreciate the talent on display here.

I’ve never really been the biggest Quantum and Woody fan, but Hastings, Brown, Redmond, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou have delivered one of my favourite series this year. This is a nigh-on perfect comic book in its own right, but when you take it as the final part of a four-part miniseries, then it becomes an absolute must-read book.

If every comic that I read after Diamond started delivering again was half as good as this, I’d be happy.

Story: Christopher Hastings Art: Ryan Browne
Colors: Ruth Redmond Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Story: 9.6 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Valiant has Revealed its Updated Summer Publishing Schedule

Valiant Entertainment has revealed its updated publishing schedule for Summer 2020 after consulting with comic retailers and partners throughout the industry.

Through August, Valiant will complete the fun and critically-acclaimed limited series Doctor Tomorrow and Quantum & Woody! The ongoing sci-fi series RAI is back with a brand-new story arc and a trade paperback collecting the first fan-favorite story for only $9.99! Plus: a new edition of Bloodshot #7, which kicks off a thrilling new story, arrives with eight pages of bonus content, including an interview with the hero’s co-creator Kevin Vanhook!

DOCTOR TOMORROW #3 (of 5)

Written by AJELANDRO ARBONA
Art by JIM TOWE
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by  CLAYTON COWLES
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT

The entire world vs. a madman… the world is going to need more heroes!

It’s the can’t-miss clash of 2020 as Hadrian stands against the Valiant Universe!

On sale JUNE 24th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

DOCTOR TOMORROW #3 (of 5)

QUANTUM & WOODY #4 (of 4)

Written by CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS
Art by RYAN BROWNE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by  HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Final Order Cutoff (FOC) is JUNE 15th

Home Alone, the boys are left to defend their lair against would-be bandits!

What is Woody’s dark secret? The truth is finally revealed!

On sale JULY 8th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

QUANTUM & WOODY #4 (of 4)

DOCTOR TOMORROW #4 (of 5)

Written by AJELANDRO ARBONA
Art by JIM TOWE
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by  CLAYTON COWLES
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Final Order Cutoff (FOC) is JULY 6th

The true origin of Doctor Tomorrow is finally revealed!

Can Bart Simms ready himself in time to rescue the Universe from complete annihilation?

On sale JULY 29th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

DOCTOR TOMORROW #4 (of 5)

RAI BOOK ONE TPB

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Final Order Cutoff (FOC) is JULY 13th

Welcome to the 41st century: New worlds, new characters, new adventures.

The cyborg ronin named Rai embarks on a thrilling quest to save the future. Side by side with his prototype and predecessor – the robot boy called Raijin – the spirit guardian of the fallen nation of New Japan will journey into the wastelands of Earth to set right the wrongs of their onetime overlord once and for all.

Multiple New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) joins forces with breathtaking artist Juan José Ryp (X-O MANOWAR) to begin the essential sci-fi series of the next two thousand years!

Collecting RAI (2019) #1–5.

On sale AUGUST 5th | 208 pages, full color | $9.99 US | T+

RAI BOOK ONE TPB

BLOODSHOT #7 “FULLY LOADED” EDITION

Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by MARC LAMING
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Final Order Cutoff (FOC) is JULY 20th

An explosive new story starts here

Featuring Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot on the cover, the BLOODSHOT #7 “Fully Loaded” Edition is packed with eight epic pages of bonus content that includes new artwork, classified information, and commentary from Bloodshot’s co-creator KEVIN VANHOOK!

On sale AUGUST 12th | 40 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

BLOODSHOT #7 "FULLY LOADED" EDITION

RAI #6

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover by NETHO DIAZ
Final Order Cutoff (FOC) is JULY 27th

A brand-new arc of the critically-acclaimed series begins here!

Rai and Raijin are drafted into the positronic Roman legions to face a savage threat.

On sale AUGUST 19th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

RAI #6

DOCTOR TOMORROW #5 (of 5)

Written by AJELANDRO ARBONA
Art by JIM TOWE
Colors by KELLY FITZPATRICK
Letters by  CLAYTON COWLES
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Final Order Cutoff (FOC) is AUGUST 3rd

After a universe-spanning journey, Doctor Tomorrow must face his greatest foe yet — himself!

Will the combined forces of the Valiant Universe be enough to avert total annihilation?

After the epic conclusion will there be a tomorrow?

On sale AUGUST 26th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

DOCTOR TOMORROW #5 (of 5)

Exclusive: Christopher Hastings Talks Quantum and Woody Plus an Exclusive Look at issue 4!

Quantum & Woody is the world’s worst, to us one of the best, superhero teams. Fans will be able to get their hands on the finale to the current volume, Quantum & Woody #4, on July 8 with the final order cut off on June 15th from writer Christopher Hastings, artist Ryan Browne, colors by Ruth Redmond, and lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

Home Alone, the boys are left to defend their lair against would-be bandits! What is Woody’s dark secret? The truth is finally revealed!

Quantum & Woody #4

Writer Christopher Hastings talked to us about the series and we have an exclusive first look at the final issue.

Graphic Policy: Before we get started, I’ve got to warn you that the first three issues have been some of my favorite comics from the last year. I’m really enjoying the approach you’re taking with the story and the characters; how did you end up writing the World’s Worst superheroes?

Christopher Hastings: Well, thank you very much! I’ve been a lifetime fan of these characters, and it’s a massive honor to contribute to their ongoing story. As for how I wound up writing them, that’s all on our editor, Heather Antos. Heather was my editor on Unbelievable Gwenpool, and thank goodness it seems like I did a good enough job that she thought I would be good for Valiant’s best action-comedy characters.

GP: As I read the first three issues, I’ve noticed that the creative team has been in a groove from the first page. Did you know any of the creative team prior to the first issue?

CH: As our scheduling went, I don’t think we actually had our full team set by the time I finished the script for the fourth issue, which is unusual. Heather and Valiant really did me a kindness as far as getting the story down well ahead of time, which allowed us all to really make sure that the story across all the issues is cohesive. That said, Ryan Browne and I came up in a similar time of webcomics, and I think we always had similar sensibilities, so when Heather suggested putting us together, it was a no-brainer. Ryan and I are two celestial objects that have been in a decaying orbit for years, and Quantum and Woody is the project where we finally collided.

GP: How does working with Valiant differ from working with other publishers?

CH: I think the biggest thing is how much I’ve been able to get to know the sales and marketing folks. These are the people who take my insane little fantasies and have to get them into comic shops. It’s been a really wonderful experience getting to talk to them on a regular basis, take road trips to signings with them, and just get to see what that side of the comics industry looks like. It’s easy for the writer of a comic to be removed from the whole picture, but with Valiant, I feel like I get to be along for the whole trip, from inception to every individual reader.

GP: Do you approach writing for an ongoing series differently than a miniseries?

CH: Certainly! If I know a miniseries is 4 issues, I’m not going to introduce something in issue 2 that I’ll “pick up later”. When I write, I’m really conscious of the beats of various plots, and I want to make sure there is room for all of them. I don’t want to do a beat 1 and 2 if I can’t do a 3.

Quantum & Woody #4

GP: Each issue so far has essentially been a self-contained story; did the series initially set out that way, or did it evolve as you were writing?

CH: This was probably my top priority/artistic goal when I got the chance to even just pitch for Quantum & Woody. I miss episodic comics, and I wanted to make a real effort at putting them out myself. A comedy is especially well suited for this style of serialized storytelling. Drop in for a particularly funny issue, even if you haven’t read the previous! You can watch any episode of Cheers without seeing another one. Why can’t we do that in comics? I’ve also read just about every comic Marvel put out in the 60s thanks to their Essential collections, and it was the same there. If it’s good enough for Stan Lee, it’s good enough for me.

GP: Can you talk a little about your inspiration behind Woody’s “disguise” in the first issue? I thought that the sewer sequence was a great reminder to not see what you wanted to see.

CH: Clark Kent can convince people he isn’t Superman with a dumpy suit, glasses, and his hair parted on the other side of his head. Why can’t Woody?

GP: You’ve been using the brother’s powers in unique ways throughout the series; do you ever feel you’re in danger of making them competent heroes?

CH: Haha, no I think they are far enough down on the ability ladder that it left some room for them to get a little better without totally destroying their entire deal. That said, one of my favorite things in comedy is when the all around idiot happens to show off the one tiny thing they are good at. A little bit of competence goes a long way as far as character likability goes.

Quantum & Woody #4

GP: Ryan Browne’s linework and layouts have been really exciting at times in this book, especially around the ice-skating scene. I’m always interested in how much direction writers give to artists in scenes such as those. Did it come out how you expected?

CH: Ryan is in my favorite class of artist where he can look at a fairly specific, panel-by-panel, shot-by-shot written out script, see what I’m *actually* trying to communicate, and make changes from the script to do it better, punching up the whole thing. Ryan gets down everything important in the story, and then he just PEPPERS the rest of it with a million fun extra things. It makes the book a very satisfying one to reread several times, honestly.

GP: Was there anything you wanted to include in this series, but had to end up saving it for the next?

CH: I have SO MANY ideas for what I would want to do with Quantum and Woody after this. I sure hope I get the chance. Fingers crossed x1M.

GP: If you could write any other Valiant character, who would it be?

CH: Top choice is easily Archer & Armstrong. Such a great premise, great world, infinite potential for hijinks. Close for second place is Ninjak, just because I am a long time fan. And third place, I’d love to do Bloodshot like an 80s action movie.

GP: Thanks so much for answering our questions!


Check out the exclusive preview below!

Advance Review: Doctor Tomorrow #3

Doctor Tomorrow #3

The entire world vs. a madman… the world is going to need more heroes! Doctor Tomorrow #3 is the can’t-miss clash of 2020 as Hadrian stands against the Valiant Universe!

It has been a long time since I’ve read a new comic. Sure, I’ve read new to me comics, but this is the first new comic that I’ve read since the world shut down because of Covid 19.

Doctor Tomorrow is Valiant‘s first all-ages book set within the publisher’s continuity. This issue has what I assume to be the heroes of our Valiant Universe facing off with Doctor Tomorrow against the mad scientist Hadrian, though there’s a great little nod to the original Valiant comics which could open up interesting possibilities in the future should the publisher choose to explore and expand upon the idea introduced by that nod.

Unfortunately, that was probably the most exciting and unexpected thing in this book. It’s not a bad story, and writer Alehandro Arbona is still able to keep the sense of warmth and fun that has been a hallmark of the series so far, but the comic echoes the first part of the first issue in a away that feels a little more familiar than it should.

Joining Alejandro Arbona is artist Jim Towe, colorist Diego Rodriguez and letterer by Clayton Cowles. The comic is effectively a confrontation between the heroes and Hadrian, with a slight twist that you may see coming, but younger readers likely won’t.

Doctor Tomorrow #3 makes no apologies for putting in as many characters as it can conceivably can without breaking the story, and somehow Arbona avoids the story feeling anything but an oddly intimate affair.

Jim Towe’s art seems to fall more toward what you’d consider an “all-ages style”, though even with that there’s a page where everybody takes on a much more youthful appearance for a panel or two, but that’s honestly the only major flaws with with the book that springs to mind right away. . I’ve said before that the art reminds me of a Saturday morning cartoon in all the right ways. It’s an aesthetic that fits the style and scope of the comic by being accessible without sacrificing visual storytelling, which means that you never have to stare at a page for to long in order to figure out what’s going on – and that allows the story to move at a blistering pace.

The one downside with reading new-to-me comics and rereading older books, especially older Valiant books, is that this doesn’t stack up quite like I hoped it would. If you’ve been reading the series, you’ll know more or less what to expect from the comic. However, if you’re thinking of picking it up for the first time, then you’ll not find anything here that’ll set you world afire, but you should still enjoy the store so far.

Story: Alejandro Arbona Art: Jim Towe
Colors: Diego Rodriguez Letters: Clayton Cowles

Story: 7.2 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.4 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Valiant Hero Of The Week: It’s The Eternal Warrior vs. Wolverine, Deadpool, and Captain America!

Valiant Hero of the Week

Every Monday for the next few weeks, Valiant Entertainment is running a poll on their Twitter feed to provide fans with some escapism while new comics are in short supply. The poll allows Valiant fans the opportunity to select the Hero Of The Week from four choices – this past week, the poll featured Ninjak, Punk Mambo, Doctor Mirage and the Eternal Warrior. That week’s hero will then be the focus of free pdfs featuring the character, videos from Valiant staff, giveaways and more.

The Eternal Warrior won the poll this week, which was an excellent excuse to take a look at how Valiant’s resident immortal would fare against characters from Marvel who fall roughly within his power level and skill set based on a random first encounter (much like Batman, if you give Gilad a chance to prepare he can punch far above his weight when it comes to his adversaries).

Who is the Eternal Warrior?

Eternal Warrior

An immortal warrior who is bound to defend the Geomancers – those who speak for the earth. Gilad Anni-Padda is thousands of years old, and has the combat experience that time and practice bring. An expert tactician and weapons master, Gilad also has enchanced strength, durability, stamina and a restorative healing ability that can repair critical injuries in a matter of days.

Although if Gilad takes enough damage he can die, he will always return to a fully healed body – but he can take a lot of damage; he is used to being impaled, cut, stabbed shot and burned. He can take and ignore a lot of damage and pain.

In terms of weaponry, Gilad has most recently carried with him an axe, a sword, two revolvers a grenade or two and several explosive charges. Due to the random encounter style of these imaginary fights, I’ll ignore the vast amounts of equipment he could bring to the field.

But the real question (or questions) that we’re all looking forward to answering are whether the Eternal Warrior could defeat…

Wolverine

When it comes to fighting Wolverine, the difference maker is Logan’s skeleton. Eternal Warrior is on par with Logan in terms of speed, is arguably stronger and has thousands of years of combat experience on Logan.

While Gilad doesn’t heal as fast as Wolverine, he his more durable in terms of the punishment his body can take before it needs to heal. If Logan gets shot, the bullet can bounce of his bones, Gilad’s muscles can absorb the bullet. But I can’t see them stopping Wolverine’s adamantium claws.

Wolverine may not carry as much weaponry as the Eternal Warrior tends to, but he doesn’t need to. Between his adamantium and his healing factor, then he leaves Gilad very little chance to effectively stop Wolverine for any real length of time.

At the end of the day, this would come down to who can soak the most damage from their opponent. The Eternal Warrior can take as much as Wolverine, but doesn’t heal as fast (the caveat here is that depending on the writer, we’ve seen both men take and walk away from a lot of punishment; it’s not unheard of for Gilad to allow himself to lose body parts to win, or to die just to learn his opponents tactics). No matter what happens in this fight, it would more than likely come down to the smallest of things between these two; does Wolverine break the Eternal Warrior’s axe and sword before they end up doing severe damage? Can the Eternal Warrior avoid the claws long enough to sever Logan’s femoral or carotid artery?

Ultimately, f it wasn’t for Wolverine’s adamantium skeleton, then I’d say there’s no way that he’d be able to stand against the Eternal Warrior for long, but as it is I think it’s slightly more likely that Wolverine walks away victorious, but severely wounded.

Deadpool

Deadpool verses the Eternal Warrior would be a fantastic thing to see, but I think that it would result in Valiant’s immortal guardian leaving pieces of Wade Wilson in the dirt.

In terms of fighting ability, Gilad’s experience would trump Deadpool’s skill, and their weaponry would be fairly similar (depending on which version of Deadpool we’re looking at). As we saw with Wolverine above, the Eternal Warrior’s ability to heal from wounds would come at a distant second to Deadpool – but Gilad’s body is much hard to damage than Wade’s. Does Deadpool have the ability to stand toe to toe with Gilad in a fight? Absolutely. But I think that the difference here will be in their attitudes. The Eternal Warrior won’t spend as much time talking as he will trying to kill Deadpool, and Deadpool may not take his opponent as seriously.

Or, he’ll be too busy trying to distract the Eternal Warrior with some fourth wall breaking quips as his body starts to lose pieces.

When the dust settles, the Eternal Warrior will be walking away with half a sword impaled within him as Deadpool’s head laugh’s at the absurdity of the fight.

Captain America

If Captain America can disarm the Eternal Warrior then he stands a chance. Weaponless, the two men would be on fairly equal footing in terms of physical strength and stamina.

Now whether Captain America talks Gilad into an unarmed combat or he’s able to use his shield to knock away the axe and sword that’ll probably be down to the writer’s discretion (if it was me, I’d say that Cap would be able to disarm Gilad, but would likely lose his shield in the process).

At this point it’d be a first fight. We know Cap will never back down, and that he can go all day, but so can the Eternal Warrior.

Whether it’s hours or days, Gilad will eventually over come Captain America.


If you want to read more about the Eternal Warrior, check out this link for some recommendations.

Valiant Hero Of The Week: It’s The Eternal Warrior vs. Batman, Deathstroke, and Vandal Savage!

Valiant Hero of the Week

Every Monday for the next few weeks, Valiant Entertainment is running a poll on their Twitter feed to provide fans with some escapism while new comics are in short supply. The poll allows Valiant fans the opportunity to select the Hero Of The Week from four choices – this past week, the poll featured Ninjak, Punk Mambo, Doctor Mirage and the Eternal Warrior. That week’s hero will then be the focus of free pdfs featuring the character, videos from Valiant staff, giveaways and more.

The Eternal Warrior won the poll this week, which was an excellent excuse to take a look at how Valiant’s resident immortal would fare against characters from Marvel who fall roughly within his power level and skill set based on a random first encounter (much like Batman, if you give Gilad a chance to prepare he can punch far above his weight when it comes to his adversaries).

Who is the Eternal Warrior?

Eternal Warrior

An immortal warrior who is bound to defend the Geomancers – those who speak for the earth. Gilad Anni-Padda is thousands of years old, and has the combat experience that time and practice bring. An expert tactician and weapons master, Gilad also has enchanced strength, durability, stamina and a restorative healing ability that can repair critical injuries in a matter of days.

Although if Gilad takes enough damage he can die, he will always return to a fully healed body – but he can take a lot of damage; he is used to being impaled, cut, stabbed shot and burned. He can take and ignore a lot of damage and pain.

In terms of weaponry, Gilad has most recently carried with him an axe, a sword, two revolvers a grenade or two and several explosive charges. Due to the random encounter style of these imaginary fights, I’ll ignore the vast amounts of equipment he could bring to the field.

But the real question (or questions) that we’re all looking forward to answering are whether the Eternal Warrior could defeat…

Batman

I was thinking that Batman would be at a disadvantage right from the offset, but it’s not like Batman hasn’t come across somebody stronger and physically tougher than him before and come out on top without any time to plan ahead. Only this time, he’d be coming up against a man every bit as skilled as he.

Does the Dark Knight have enough equipment on him to defeat Gilad? Maybe, but it’d be a very close thing. Batman can’t out fight or outlast the Eternal Warrior, and he’d have a much harder time hurting him then Gilad would hurting Batman. The question really comes down to whether Batman can figure out how to take his opponent down with what he has on him and how he employs it. Will the Dark Knight underestimate the Eternal Warrior?

Will the Eternal Warrior leave Batman alive when the dust has settled? One thing’s for sure – if Batman loses the first encounter, and survives, then he’d be more likely to win the second once he knows who and what he’s up against.

I think that it’s more likely Batman will win the rematch than he will the first encounter given how they match up.

Deathstroke

Probably the most interesting match-up in terms of ability and equipment in a random encounter, the Eternal Warrior verses Deathstroke would be a fantastic fight to read in a comic book. Breaking it down, their strength, speed, endurance and stamina are very at very comparable levels. Deathstroke does seem to heal at a faster rate than Gilad, but the Eternal Warrior is a bit more durable than DC’s antihero.

Deathstroke is a highly skilled and deadly combatant, but the Eternal Warrior has him beat in terms of experience and ability. If it was two men facing off with swords and a couple of pistols, then I wouldn’t hesitate to give the nod to the Eternal Warrior. He’s beaten faster and stronger opponents than Deathstroke before by relying on his ability to read their style (thousands of years of combat does tend to give one an edge).

But with all things being as equal as they are, I think that Deathstroke’s Ikon suit would give him an edge. Could Eternal Warrior break through it? Maybe, but I think that the suit adds just enough of an advantage to for Deathstroke so that the scales would tip in his favour.

Vandal Savage

Valiant’s immortal hero verses DC’s immortal villain. It’d be a fight that could last for a long time, and if it was a comic book it could span thousands of years as the two face off across the years. But in a random encounter? I think that the Eternal Warrior is more likely capable of doing more serious damage to Vandal Savage in a random encounter based on what you see Savage typically carry, and the Eternal Warrior’s tendency to take any advantage he can.

When it comes to two skilled fighters going at each other, one unarmed and one not, then I think the outcome is heavily weighted in the favour of the man with the axe and sword. Despite the two being immortal, and despite neither one being able to stay dead, I think that the Eternal Warrior would stumble away victorious from the fight, leaving the pieces of Vandal Savage to regroup.


If you want to read more about the Eternal Warrior, check out this link for some recommendations.

Preview: Doctor Tomorrow #3 (of 5)

DOCTOR TOMORROW #3 (of 5)

Written by ALEJANDRO ARBONA
Art by JIM TOWE
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by CLAYTON COWLES
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by PEACH MOMOKO
Preorders due JUNE 1st | On sale JUNE 24th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

The entire world vs. a madman… the world is going to need more heroes!
It’s the can’t-miss clash of 2020 as Hadrian stands against the Valiant Universe!

DOCTOR TOMORROW #3 (of 5)

Our Favorite Vintage Eternal Warrior Covers

The Eternal Warrior gets the spotlight this week as the winner of Valiant‘s “Hero of the Week. Fans chose him over Ninjak, Punk Mambo and Livewire, and we (well, me) thought it would be a great chance to highlight some of our favorite covers featuring the character. All of these covers will be pre the 2012 relaunch of Valiant and are shown in no particular order.

The below covers are some of the most striking, iconic or just plain cool images featuring the Eternal Warrior.

Sound off on your favorite covers below!

Underrated: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior.



wotewJust under a year and a half aog, Valiant Entertainment released a deluxe hardcover edition collecting the entire 14 issue run of Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior along with Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1. Fifteen comics presented in an over-sized hardcover along with 20 odd pages of bonus extras that add a lot for  those interested in the process of the creation of the series, all for $49.99. And yes, I did buy this myself (and happily so) despite having access to the review copies and single issues I had picked up when released.

This series remains one of my all time favourites, so getting a chance to read it all in one spot was something I couldn’t pass up.

But despite this being one of my all time greats, it wasn’t until about the midway point that I fell for the series. Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior didn’t start out as a series that wowed me. The first four issues seemed to struggle with pacing and the art style, especially given the series billing as a follow-up to the explosively exciting Book Of Death miniseries that (spoiler) ended in the Eternal Warrior’s death. It’s that death, and those that follow, that form the crux of the series, but without the first four issues you don’t realize the toll taken on the Eternal Warrior with each death and resurrection cycle. The comics that I felt struggled with pacing quickly became some of the most important ground-setting in modern comics – a lesson that I took to heart, and quickly so.

Comics, like all stories, need time to breath.

It would also be fair to say that the art team of Raul Allen and Patricia Martin were not immediately to my taste. In furtherance to that, it would also be fair to say that my taste quickly changed as the series progressed and the elegance and artistic genius of the husband and wife team gave me a new appreciation of the majesty of sequential art.  There are other artists who contribute to the series, all with a fantastic level of talent; it’s these contributions that give the series the honour of being one of the most visually stunning and diverse pieces of sequential art published by Valiant.

Robert Venditti has written some incredible comics in his time, but one of the finest examples of his work comes in the fourteen issue run of Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior. Taking you on a journey through history,  across continents and beyond death, Venditti weaves an incredibly deep tale that reveals a different layer upon each subsequent reading.

It’s also violent as all hell in places, which should satisfy the need we have for a bit of blood and conflict in our comics, but there’s also a deep emotional story here that cannot – and should not – go ignored. The Eternal Warrior is an ancient being, and his life has not always been sunshine and roses – but he still picks himself up and dusts himself off.

Isn’t there a saying that’s roughly it isn’t how many times we fall, but how many times we pick ourselves up?

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior is a fantastic series, and I envy those of you who get to read the entire thing in one sitting; the deluxe hardcover is worth picking up for that series alone, which is why I haven’t mentioned Eternal Warrior: Awakening at any point in this week’s column because that’s the cherry on top of the fantastic main course. Mixed metaphors aside, Awakening is another really good comic, and serves as another nice bonus for those who buy the collection.

I’ll  make no secret of my abject love for this series, indeed the fact I own both the individual issues and the deluxe hardcover when I also have access to the review copies should hopefully speak volumes to that love. It’s a love that I genuinely believe you’ll share when you give the series a chance – it’s an underrated gem.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

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