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Early Preview: Incursion #1 (of 4)

INCURSION #1 (of 4)

Written by ANDY DIGGLE & ALEX PAKNADEL
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover B by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
B/W Cover C by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale
 February 20, 2019

Limited event series! A new villain approaches!

Beyond the margins of human reason lies a realm known as the Deadside, where the souls of the dearly departed linger – and where demons wait for us in the dark. For countless ages, Earth’s chosen protectors have guarded the veil between both worlds – but there are other doors to the Deadside, through which gruesome terrors from galaxies untold can trespass… With the planet’s freedom at stake, can the reigning Geomancer and her steadfast Eternal Warrior stand together against an invasion unlike any they’ve ever witnessed?

From celebrated writer Andy Diggle (SHADOWMAN), rising star Alex Paknadel (Friendo), and legendary artist Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR) comes a story that will rock the Valiant Universe across dimensions!

INCURSION #1 (of 4)

Early Preview: The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1 (of 6)

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #1 (of 6)

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CAFU, MICO SUAYAN
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN
Cover B by BEN HARVEY
Cover C by DAVID MACK
Glass Variant Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Pre-order Variant Cover by CAFU
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale March 13, 2019

The Atomic Age. 

Eisner Award-nominated writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER, HARBINGER WARS) returns to the Valiant Universe to continue crafting Toyo Harada’s controversial mission to save humanity from itself. Presented in an oversized format and featuring a lineup of all-star artists, including Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT SALVATION), CAFU (RAI), and more, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA will place the planet’s most powerful man in the spotlight as he strives to control the course of history. But with the menacing mastermind’s resources dwindling after the downfall of the Harbinger Foundation and a target on his head, will the formidable psiot re-emerge as humanity’s greatest hero…or its most dangerous villain?

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #1 (of 6)

Advance Review: Incursion #1

Limited event series! A new villain approaches!

Incursion #1

Beyond the margins of human reason lies a realm known as the Deadside, where the souls of the dearly departed linger – and where demons wait for us in the dark. For countless ages, Earth’s chosen protectors have guarded the veil between both worlds – but there are other doors to the Deadside, through which gruesome terrors from galaxies untold can trespass… With the planet’s freedom at stake, can the reigning Geomancer and her steadfast Eternal Warrior stand together against an invasion unlike any they’ve ever witnessed?

The book that finally sold me on Valiant‘s comics was the 2016 Book of Death four issue mini series that focused primarily on the Eternal Warrior and the Geomancer as the former sought to protect the latter from a mystical threat. The story still holds up today. Needless to say, when I saw the blurb and art for Incursion, I was excited to see the Eternal Warrior and the Geomancer facing another threat – although this time slightly more alien in nature.

Andy Diggle, fresh of his run on Shadowman, takes the scripting helm here with Alex Paknadel  and wastes no time in establishing the threat and setting the tone for the following three issues. We don’t know a lot about the antagonist, yet, but what we do know is just enough to tantalize. The preview text (the first paragraph above) hints at an epic confrontation between the Geomancer, a person with the ability to commune with and utilize the powers of the Earth, and the Eternal Warrior, the Earth’s immortal champion, and a newly introduced antagonist who seems to hunger for life force in a way not too dissimilar to Marvel’s Galactus. However, by the time you’ll make the comparison, you’ll notice a very specific, and perhaps more horrifying, difference; where Galactus takes moments to devour a planet, Virago seems to take years (this is only a minor spoiler for the first few pages, which have been previously revealed in the back of other Valiant books or preview pages).

The writing duo have set up the following story wonderfully with a well paced opening that doesn’t fall into the familiar trap of too much exposition and not enough story progression. Instead we have a comic that’s about as complete a comic as any first issue can be; that is to it checks every box it needs to.

Speaking of checking the boxes, the comic is very nice to look at.  Doug Braithwaite‘s art seems to have very minimal inking, and based on the comic’s credits at the beginning, that’s because he penciled the book and Jose Villarrubia and Diego Rodriguez were on colour art duties. There’s no specific mention of an inker, nor is Braithwaite credited with anything other than penciling the book. I mention this because there’s a very soft edge to the art that works really well. With the definition feeling far more… I don’t want to say classical/high art style, but that’s exactly what it feels like.

I’m normally hesitant when it comes to multiple writers on the same project as in my experience aside from Eliot Rahal and Donny Cates on The Paybacks, the results are usually average at best. At best. With Incursion #1, however, Diggle and Paknadel have delivered a comic that’s every bit as good as I hoped it would be, if not more so. For some context, the series I’ve read featuring the Eternal Warrior as a prominent character (Book of Death and Wrath of the Eternal Warrior) are some of my absolute favourite so my expectations are naturally higher for any comic with the character as a focal point. And yet, I loved this issue, and am happy to say that Incursion #1 is a great comic.

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

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Jonboy Meyers’ Fallen World #1 Cover Revealed

A cyborg samurai named Rai struggles to find his morality in the year 4002. Can he become the inspirational figure that humanity desperately needs, or will he resort to solving his problems with a sword? A nanite-filled supersoldier named Bloodshot is also on a mission to save the citizens of Earth. Will the brutal Bloodshot and the peaceful Rai work together for the greater good? All signs point to no. Oh, and did we mention there are also dinosaurs on the loose and powerful animal-human hybrid mutants? Good luck with that, Rai. Love smart sci-fi and engrossing world-building? Dan Abnett and Adam Pollina’s Fallen World has you covered!

Valiant has revealed a cover to Fallen World #1 by Jonboy Meyers.

Out this May, Fall World is part of the “Breakthrough” lineup of comics. It features additional covers by Koi Turnbull, AJ Jothikumar, Doug Braithwaite, and David Mack.

Fallen World #1

The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1-6 Gets a Pre-Order Bundle

Valiant has announced that The Life and Death of Toyo Harada – the much-anticipated limited series by Eisner Award-nominated writer Joshua Dysart and a lineup of all-star artists – including CAFUMico SuayanButch GuiceAdam PollinaDiego Yapur, Kano, and Doug Braithwaite – is available to pre-order now at comic book stores everywhere in advance of its March 13, 2019 premiere date!

Available only as a pre-order set, The Life and Death of Toyo Harada Pre-Order Edition Bundle – six massively expanded editions of the most powerful man on the planet’s campaign to better humankind, no matter what the cost – can only be ordered together and must be reserved with your local comic shop by the final order cut-off date of February 18th, 2019!

The Life and Death of Toyo Harada will place the menacing mastermind in the spotlight as he strives to control the course of history. But with his resources dwindling after the downfall of the Harbinger Foundation and a target on his head, will the formidable psiot re-emerge as humanity’s greatest hero…or its most dangerous villain?

Released monthly from March 2019 through August 2019, each 48-page PRE-ORDER EDITION issue comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content – including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs, first looks at upcoming issues, and exclusive covers by interior artist CAFU that can’t be found anywhere else – and for no additional cost!

The only way to obtain these exclusive items is to pre-order all six issues with your local comic shop by the final order cut-off date of February 18th, 2019! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation Vol. 3 The Book of Revelations

BLOODSHOT SALVATION VOL. 3: THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS TPB

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT

Time to kill!

Two thousand years in the future – in the year 4001 A.D. – the man once known as Ray Garrison is no more…but the microscopic nanites inside him live on. Enter Bloodshot 4001 – a strange, gunslinging echo of Bloodshot’s mind, body, and soul that is now more machine than man. But when our century’s Bloodshot finds himself delivered to the dawn of the 41st century with one last mission to fulfill, two Valiant legends will finally come face to face…just as the secret revelation that binds them together across the ages will forever reshape Bloodshot’s place at the center of the Valiant Universe!

From superstar writer Jeff Lemire (The TerrificsBlack Hammer) and artistic powerhouse Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR, Journey into Mystery), Valiant’s Eisner Award-nominated superhero saga comes to a thrilling conclusion right here in the far, far future with the ultimate meeting of man and machine at the crossroads of tomorrow and today!

Collects BLOODSHOT SALVATION #10–12.

$14.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 19th
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-293-5

Review: Marvel Knights Punisher The Complete Collection Vol. 1

In the late 90s, the Punisher was a bit listless with different takes including him being the head of an organized crime family and another being a supernatural agent. But, in 2000 the character got back to basics when Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon took over.

Marvel Knights Punisher The Complete Collection Vol. 1 includes Punisher (2000) #1-12, Punisher (2001) #1-5 and Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe by Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chris Sotomayor, Wes Abbott, Doug Braithwaite, Robin Riggs, Sean Hardy, Donald Hudson, Michael Halbeib, Martin Griffith, Livesay, Shannon Blanchard, Tom Smith, Malibu, and Bill Oakley.

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores December 24th! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/comiXology/Kindle
TFAW

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Preview: Livewire #1

LIVEWIRE #1

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN & PATRICIA MARTÍN
Cover A by ADAM POLLINA
Cover B by HARVEY TOLIBAO
B/W Variant Cover by ADAM POLLINA
Glass Variant Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Blank Cover Also Available

All-new ongoing series! For the first time, Livewire takes center stage!

Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable superpowered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout with her technopathic abilities, causing untold devastation. After choosing the few over the many, she must now outrun the government she served – and those she once called allies. With the whole world hunting her, what kind of hero will Livewire be…or will she be one at all?

From rising star Vita Ayala (Supergirl) and astounding artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín (SECRET WEAPONS) comes an electrifying new series that will launch the Valiant Universe into a new age of champions!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 19th

Livewire #1’s Glass Variant to Be Printed with UV Ink!

Valiant Entertainment has revealed a first look at the Livewire #1 Glass Variant, which features a captivating image illustrated by superb artist Doug Braithwaite and a design created by Valiant Director of Design and Production, Travis Escarfullery. The cover will include a special UV ink printing process that will allow the cover to virtually glow under black light!

Following in the footsteps of their ultra-successful run of Brushed Metal Variants, Valiant first broke new ground with November’s Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 Glass Variant, becoming the first-ever publisher to print a comic book with a tempered glass cover. The initiative was a tremendous success, helping to make the issue the highest-selling Bloodshot issue in the modern era. Now, Valiant will prove once again why it leads the industry in unique innovations when the Livewire #1 Glass Variant makes its debut!

Livewire is finally getting her very first chance to shine in her own solo series after years as an integral supporting character within the Valiant Universe, featuring a brand new jumping-on point for longtime Valiant fanatics and new readers alike! On December 19th, 2018, rising star Vita Ayala is joined by Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín – to go deeper into the complex psyche of Valiant’s technopathic titan, and explore exactly what it means to be a hero…especially in a world where your reputation is defined by your last big mistake!

Retailers should note that one copy of the Livewire #1 Glass Variant can be obtained for every qualifying order of 250 copies of Livewire #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, November 26th, but please note the Glass Variant Cover will ship directly from Valiant Entertainment.

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