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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)

Review: Incursion #3

The cosmic and supernatural sides of the Valiant Universe collide on Earth! Oh my!

Having crossed over into the Deadside, the Eternal Warrior comes face to face with Syntilla, the young girl who poisoned Tama on behalf of her master. Will the Eternal Warrior save his young charge or will the world suffer another catastrophic loss? Meanwhile, Doctor Mirage and Hwen do their best to keep Tama alive. Will the doctors find the right medicine or will the young Geomancer perish before help arrives? There is only one world left to conquer…

In the interest of full disclosure, I actually went into this comic expecting it to be a touch lower in quality than the first two because the first half of this series was remarkable. I was wrong – so far three out of four issues of Incursion are rating at a Must Buy for me.

The broader story centers around Imperatrix Virago, a necromancer who devours the life energy of planets and uses reanimated corpses as her armies; and the Eternal Warrior’s quest to save the Geomancer – a young girl who has been poisoned by the Imperatrix from succumbing to the sickness that rages through her.

To do this, Gilad Anni-Padda cut through the Deadside and Virago’s legions to find the one person that could save the Geomancer. Incursion #3 diverges a little from the action packed second issue to bring us a little more exposition and fewer scenes where Gilad is hacking apart soldiers. The balance between the plot progression and the action is struck perfectly, with each serving to crank the tension of the series as a whole up higher and higher.

Andy Diggle and Alex Paknadel  have crafted a story that is on pace to be one of the very best Valiant have to offer. Which brings me to an aspect of the comic that is unlikely to be missed; the dialogue between Gilad and Doctor Mirage. It’s incredibly well written, with each character clearly owning their own voice, culminating in an almost terrifying question for the Valiant universe (though the answer, one can argue, can be gleaned from The Valiant).

The art once again is phenomenal. Doug Braithwaite and Diego Rodriguez are a wonderfully complimentary pair, with each bringing their A game to a comic that has an ethereal beauty. There are fine details from Braithwaite that Rodriguez highlights that seem almost too subtle to be intentional. The look in Gilad’s eyes after his final confrontation (this issue) is oddly haunting. Once again, this comic is packed with subtle visual details that enhance the story.

With Incursion #3, Diggle and Paknadel et al have delivered upon the promise of the first half of the miniseries, and use the penultimate issue to set up an explosively powerful conclusion that could very well leave readers with something to think about long after the final page has been turned (speculation, obviously, but this series feel much more personal than it should given the stakes involved).

Incursion #3 is, once again a great comic. With one issue to go, there’s a better than average chance that this will be hailed as one of Valiant’s top offerings from the last couple of years.

Story: Andy Diggle and Alex Paknadel Art: Doug Braithwaite
Colours: Diego Rodriguez Letters: Marshal Dillon 
Story: 9.3 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Incursion #3 (of 4)

INCURSION #3 (of 4)

Story by ALEX PAKNADEL & ANDY DIGGLE
Script by ALEX PAKNADEL
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE 
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ 
Letters by MARSHALL DILLION
Cover A by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover B by PASQUALE QUALANO 
B/W Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Pre-Order Edition Cover by TONCI ZONJIC
On sale April 17th, 2019 
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color

The cosmic and supernatural sides of the Valiant Universe collide on Earth! Oh my! 

Having crossed over into the Deadside, the Eternal Warrior comes face to face with Syntilla, the young girl who poisoned Tama on behalf of her master. Will the Eternal Warrior save his young charge or will the world suffer another catastrophic loss? Meanwhile, Doctor Mirage and Hwen do their best to keep Tama alive. Will the doctors find the right medicine or will the young Geomancer perish before help arrives?

INCURSION #3 (of 4)

Valiant Reveals a First Look at the Fallen World Glass Variant Cover

Valiant Entertainment has released a first look at the Fallen World #1 Glass Variant, which features a dynamic Doug Braithwaite illustration of the series’ main character, Rai, set against a red mirrored background, all on tempered glass. It was crafted by Valiant Director of Design and ProductionTravis Escarfullery, and even sports the illusion of a 3D effect, making it look like Rai is reaching out to the reader!

The first issue in the five-issue series is available to pre-order now at comic book stores everywhere in advance of its May 1, 2019 premiere date. Along with the Glass Variant Cover, Fallen World #1 features covers by Jonboy Meyers, AJ Jothikumar, and Koi Turnbull. A Pre-order Edition cover by David Mack and a blank cover are also available.

In Fallen World, it is 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.) Plus, there are dinosaurs on the loose and powerful animal-human hybrid mutants! If you love smart sci-fi and engrossing world-building, writer Dan Abnett and artist Adam Pollina’s Fallen World have you covered.

Valiant’s 2019 Free Comic Book Day offering contains an original, eight-pageFallen World story by Abnett and artist Juan José Ryp that serves as a prelude to Fallen World #1.

Retailers should note that one copy of the Fallen World #1 Glass Variant Cover can be obtained for every qualifying order of 250 copies of Fallen World #1. There is no limit per store—250 copies ordered will net one glass cover, 500 will net two glass covers, and so forth. Final orders are due to Diamond Comics on Monday, April 8th.

Fans wishing to obtain a Fallen World #1 Glass Variant should check with their local comic shop about availability.

Advance 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)

Review: Incursion #2

Incursion #2

There is only one world left to conquer…

Entire planets have suffered and died at the cold, close-fisted hands of the alien Imperatrix Virago – and now her gruesome sights are set on our world. As Earth’s chosen protector, the Geomancer named Tama fights for her life, while the Eternal Warrior goes on the ultimate mission through the perilous realm of the Deadside to find the secret to saving her…and the entire planet in the process.

This is an exciting time for Valiant. The long anticipated The Life and Death of Toyo Harada is due to hit shelves any day now, Livewire is beginning to pick up steam, and The Forgotten Queen is looking to be a sleeper hit. But it’s Incursion that has this reviewer most excited; chiefly because it features Gilad Anni-Padda, the Eternal Warrior (though I can’t deny LADOTH isn’t high on my list, either).

Conveniently enough, Incursion is what we’re talking about today, and, spoiler alert, it’s pretty freaking great.

Andy Diggle and Alex Paknadel  wasted no time in establishing the threat and setting the tone for the story in the first issue, and they keep the plot rolling here at a steady pace. Picking up almost immediately after the conclusion of the first issue, we follow Gilad as he seeks aid for Tama’s condition. The ensuing scenes show a subtly touchy (and touching) Gilad as he fusses over the young Geomancer, with his advanced years and experience showing through in an interesting, yet almost throwaway line about the sound of dry leaves over flagstones. Which brings me to an aspect of the comic that could easily be over looked; the dialogue between Gilad and Doctor Mirage. It’s incredibly well written, with each character clearly owning their own voice, culminating in an almost terrifying question for the Valiant universe (though the answer, one can argue, can be gleaned from The Valiant).

The reason the dialogue can be over looked so easily is because Doug Braithwaite and Diego Rodriguez are working with an almost symbiotic relationship – there are fine details from Braithwaite that Rodriguez highlights that seem almost too subtle to be intentional. The furrow in Gilad’s brow when he’s leaning over Tama, the concern in Doctor Mirage’s eyes… and the gradual scrapes and tears to Gilad’s clothing. Subtle details that add more to the story than you’d expect.

Up until this point, I’ve only been talking about the first nine pages of the comic; there’s a lot of comic here to dissect, a lot of comic to absorb – you certainly get a good bang for your buck here. The rest of the comic remains at a consistently high quality level, although there are moments of pure brilliance sprinkled throughout – whether it is from the art, the dialogue or the plot as a whole, this comic offers something very special.

If you wondered, you don’t need to be a Valiant fan to enjoy this story (of course, it helps). You can read this easily as a standalone story because the creative team are able to easily impart the depth of Gilad and Tama’s relationship and the weight it bears. The stakes in the comic are world-endingly high, but because the central pillar of the story is the relationship between Geomancer and the Eternal Warrior, the one against many nature of the story doesn’t seem out of place or conceited. It feels just right.

Incursion #2 is, once again a great comic. The series is on pace to end up as one of my very favorite Valiant stories – and certainly one of Valiant’s very best.

Story: Andy Diggle and Alex Paknadel
 Pencils: Doug Braithwaite 
Colours: Diego Rodriguez
Letters: Marshal Dillon 
Story: 9.3 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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