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Meet the Future with Doctor Tomorrow this February

Meet the Valiant Universe’s brand-new superhero: Doctor Tomorrow!

This February, teenage hothead and star athlete Bart Simms will come face to face with the Valiant Universe’s greatest hero… himself! The action-packed adventure is by rising star Alejandro Arbona and awe-inspiring artist Jim Towe. Will Bart and Doctor Tomorrow be able to save the Valiant Universe from a new and unstoppable menace? See below for the gripping opening sequence from Doctor Tomorow #1… featuring Doctor Tomorrow’s nemesis Hadrian, and quite a few familiar faces from across the Valiant Universe!

The thrilling all-ages journey begins in Doctor Tomorrow #1 on February 19th, 2020, featuring colors by Diego Rodriguez, letters by Clayton Cowles, and covers by Kenneth RocafortStacey LeeRaúl Allén, and Doug Braithwaite.

Preview: Fallen World TPB

FALLEN WORLD TPB

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
On sale NOVEMBER 13 | 128 pages | $14.99 US | T+
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-332-1

In the year 4002 AD, the cyborg samurai called Rai will face an impossible battle for the fate of humanity.

In the wake of his rebellion against the tyrannical A.I. that created him, Rai has renounced the way of the sword and works to build a new life for the refugees of the fallen nation of New Japan on the surface of the shattered Earth they once dwelled so far above.

But Rai will find his commitment to walking the path of peace tested like never before as new enemies arise from out of the wastelands and agents of the old order threaten his people from within…

Collecting the complete FALLEN WORLD five-issue miniseries.

FALLEN WORLD TPB

Preview: The Life and Death of Toyo Harada TPB

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA TPB

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CAFU, MICO SUAYAN, BUTCH GUICE, ADAM POLLINA, KANO, DIEGO YAPUR, DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-328-4
$24.99 | 224 pgs. | T+ | On sale OCTOBER 9th

The world’s most powerful man is about to become its most dangerous… Don’t miss this sweeping, continent-spanning chronicle of Toyo Harada’s last gambit to remake Earth in his own utopian image…or sacrifice everything in the process. Collecting the complete THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA six-issue limited series.

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA TPB

Review: The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #6

The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #6

The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #6, the captivating conclusion has arrived!

It is going to be very difficult to talk about this issue without spoiling anything about the series. So I’m going to break the review into two parts; one will be utterly spoiler free and full of analogies and metaphors and the other will begin with a very obvious spoiler warning, because although I won’t give away major plot points for The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #6, I will assume you’ve read the five issues released so far. If you want to read the spoiler free bit and drop down, you can do that easily. You’ll find the scores at the end after a clear notice the spoilers have ended.

If ever there has been a series that encapsulates excellence in comic book story telling, it’s this one. The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada is the kind of book you really should go in completely blind too. Whether you read Valiant’s comics or not, this series is one you should read. As the end of Harada’s tale (that’s not a spoiler, that’s a statement based on the series name), this couldn’t be more fitting. A hero to many, a villain to more; a man many have thought of as a god, and who has been labelled as a devil, over the course of his life should not have an ending in black and white.

There’s a lot to this series. A lot to unpack.

Toyo Harada is the kind of character that doesn’t come around often, and when they do, they’re always divisively popular as they begin to make one question whether they are truly villainous or merely driven by their goals. Harada was often framed as the villain in Harbinger, though one can argue that was simply because of the side of the story we were following, rather than the character being evil (again, there’s the divisive aspect of the man – there are more times than not that I find myself agreeing with his goals, but not always his methods). As Alan Moore wrote in Watchmen “I understand. Without condoning or condemning, I understand.”

I wrote this in the review of the second issue, and have yet to find a better descriptor of the character from my own words.

Obviously, there’ll be a lot more to unpack than I could possibly go into without staying spoiler free. But let’s just say that you won’t read this book just once.

It’s a story you’ll want to read numerous times; like any great book, each read gives you a deeper understanding of the material. Each read allows you to pick up on details you missed the first or second time in much the same way a video review allows a referee to go back and look again at a play – it gives them more clarity on the moment.

Each read of this book, this wonderful story wrapped in some of the best art you’re likely to see in a comic, just gets better and better.


Begin Spoilers


Alright. There will be spoilers here, but only minor if you’ve read the previous issue.

When The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #5 ended we were thrown a curve ball on the final page. I genuinely did not see it coming; the first part of this issue is dedicated to explaining how the final page of the previous issue, with Harada being a bit more than the atomic stain we assumed he was by the mid point of the story, tying up the loose ends that Dysart had been leaving us to pull at.

After Harada’s utter defeat at the coalition of nations and companies arrayed against him, we get to see an entirely new side to that conflict. We see how Harada had planned for and anticipated almost everything. We see how his story comes full circle. It’s a surprisingly emotional comic that will leave you with more questions about how you see the world; about how you interpret the phrase “the ends justify the means” and it will leave you rethinking your personal definition of hero and villain.

The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #6 is more than a comic. I mean yes, it is literally a comic, but it serves as so much more; it’s the finale to perhaps the greatest miniseries of the year, it’s a brilliant read in it’s own right. Dysart will play with your expectations like a lead guitarist plucking out a solo on stage or a mariachi manipulating the strings in an intimate setting. He twists around Harada’s tale before finally revealing his hand in a near perfect moment.

For while Harada has lost personally, he was willing to sacrifice everything so that his ideals would live on. In so doing, he ensure that his enemies are able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

There were less spoilers there than I expected.


End Spoilers


This has been a fantastic journey from beginning to end. If you haven’t read Dysart’s full run with the character, I highly suggest you do so. That way you’ll get the full impact of this story. If you haven’t, and you don’t want to, then you should still read The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada. It’s the kind of comic that other publishers wish they had; this has been the jewel in Valiant’s cap this year, and comes at a time when the publisher is just getting their feet under them once again after a couple of misses in 2018. Utterly phenomenal.

Story: Joshua Dysart Art: Cafu and Doug Braithwaite
Colours: Andrew Dalhouse
and Diego Rodriguez Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided a FREE copy for review, but this is a book I’ll be buying when it hits the racks.

Preview: Incursion TPB

INCURSION TPB

Story by ANDY DIGGLE and ALEX PAKNADEL
Script by ALEX PAKNADEL
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by MARSHALL DILLON
Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
$14.99 | 114 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 10th

The debut of Valiant’s biggest villain: the alien conqueror Imperatrix Virago!

The only thing standing in her way is the Eternal Warrior and Geomancer.

Can the duo of heroes protect the planet from a seemingly unstoppable extraterrestrial foe and her army of the undead?

Collecting the complete limited series, INCURSION #1-4.

INCURSION TPB

Preview: Valiant Universe Handbook: 2019 Edition

VALIANT UNIVERSE HANDBOOK: 2019 EDITION

Written by VARIOUS
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE, MICO SUAYAN, TOMÁS GIORELLO, JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover by FELIPE MASSAFERA
$3.99 | 64 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 26th

An essential reference to the entire Valiant Universe of heroes and villains.

Learn the origins, secrets, alliances, and vendettas of all of your favorite characters. You’ll find everything you need to know – from Bloodshot’s first firefight, when Archer met Armstrong, the secrets of the Deadside with Doctor Mirage, all the way to the true origin of the X-O Manowar armor and everything in between – all right here!

VALIANT UNIVERSE HANDBOOK: 2019 EDITION

Review: Incursion #4

Incursion #4

In Incursion #4, it’s time for the boss battle: Eternal Warrior vs. Imperatrix Virago! Young Tama’s life hangs in the balance during this otherworldly battle. Will she survive, or will the Earth need to choose a new Geomancer? It’s the epic conclusion of Valiant‘s miniseries.

My first question when starting this comic was whether it would be as good as the previous issues. A series that has, for my money* has been one of the best things Valiant have published in awhile.

Incursion is about an alien ivader Imperatrix Virago. She’s a being who extends her life span by devouring the life energy of planets and uses reanimated corpses as her armies. She has fatally poisoned Tama, the Geomancer – the voice of the Earth; and the Eternal Warrior’s quest to save the Tama, and consequently the world.

But there’s a lot more to it than that; Incursion isn’t just a battle to save Tama’s life; it’s also a story about saving two souls. It’s a story about an immortal guardian and his mortal charge. But it’s also story about family.

The finale of this series gives us three or four stunning set pieces. Each had me at the edge of my seat for most of the twenty odd pages of the comic. It’s capped off with an epilogue that serves to tie up the story. It also sets the stage for Gilad Anni-Padda and the Earth going forward. In other words, Incursion #4 is one of the best concluding chapters to a miniseries that I have read from any publisher in some time; delivering on and frequently exceeding expectations in both the writing and art.

Andy Diggle and Alex Paknadel  have crafted a wonderful story that will likely end up among my top five Valiant stories once I’ve given it some time to soak my brain after the third of fourth reading. The relationships between the protagonists, the oddly tender moments from Gilad and the line that had me grinning early in the comic that opened with “I’m Gilad…” were like the sprinkles on a chocolate strawberry. But that’s not to say that there isn’t any action here; as one would expect from the finale of any story featuring such brutal combat as Incursion, there are several great fight sequences within the comic.

The art, and the fight choreography, once again is phenomenal. Doug Braithwaite must be one of the most consistently brilliant artists in comics; his near photo-realistic facial expressions add a level of emotional understanding that you instinctively grasp; Braithwaite’s work means that Diggle and Paknadel don’t need to spoon feed you the story, which means that the words they use have a greater impact because of the lack of over saturation.

Incursion #4 rounds out a fantastic four issue series, one that keeps the stakes high in regarding the consequences of Gilad’s failure, but never once feels as though he has any choice but to act (almost) alone. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and hope that we get to experience the next step on the Eternal Warrior and the Geomancer’s journey very soon.

Story: Andy Diggle and Alex Paknadel Art: Doug Braithwaite
Colours: Diego Rodriguez and Leonardo Paciarotti
Letters: Marshal Dillon 
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

*because despite getting access to the review pdfs I will still buy then floppies.

Preview: Incursion #4 (of 4)

INCURSION #4 (of 4)

Story by ANDY DIGGLE and ALEX PAKNADEL
Script by ALEX PAKNADEL 
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by MARSHALL DILLON
Cover A by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover B by RENATO GUEDES
B/W Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
On sale May 22nd, 2019
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color

It’s time for the boss battle: Eternal Warrior vs. Imperatrix Virago!

Young Tama’s life hangs in the balance during this otherworldly battle. Will she survive, or will the Earth need to choose a new Geomancer?

Get ready for an epic conclusion!

INCURSION #4

Doctor Mirage’s Bloody Battle in Incursion #4 (of 4)!

Doctor Mirage bravely stands against Imperatrix Virago in the final chapter of Alex PaknadelAndy Diggle, and Doug Braithwaite‘s epic event! How will this Earth-shattering alien invasion wrap up, and what will it mean for the Eternal Warrior and Geomancer? Find out in the final chapter of Incursion,on sale May 22!

Story by ANDY DIGGLE AND ALEX PAKNADEL
Script by ALEX PAKNADEL
Pencils by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by MARSHALL DILLON
Cover A by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover B by RENATO GUEDES
B/W Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale May 22nd

It’s time for the boss battle: Eternal Warrior vs. Imperatrix Virago!

Young Tama’s life hangs in the balance during this otherworldly battle. Will she survive, or will the Earth need to choose a new Geomancer?

Get ready for an epic conclusion!

Incursion #4

Preview: Fallen World #1

FALLEN WORLD #1 (of 5)

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Letters by JEFF POWELL
Cover A by JONBOY MEYERS
Cover B by AJ JOTHIKUMAR
Cover C by KOI TURNBULL
Glass Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Initial Orders Due by March 28
FOC is April 8
On sale May 1, 2019

In the year 4002, a cyborg samurai named Rai struggles to find his morality, while the nanite-filled supersoldier Bloodshot is on a mission to save the citizens of Earth. Will they work together for the greater good? All signs point to no.

Love smart sci-fi and engrossing world-building? FALLEN WORLD has you covered.

FALLEN WORLD #1 (of 5)
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