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Review: Eternity #1

ETERNITY_001_COVER-A_DJURDJEVICFrom the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine comes an expedition into the Unknown. Beyond time… Beyond space… Beyond reality itself… ETERNITY awaits!

This October, Valiant unveils a new plane of existence beyond our own and unleashes a universe of new worlds, new beings, and new myths…

There are two questions I aim to answer with this review once I’ve read the comic. The obvious, whether it’s any good, is self-explanatory; but the second, whether you need to read the Divinity trilogy in order to be able to make sense of and enjoy Eternityis asked because while this is a follow up to that trilogy Valiant are billing this as an introduction of an entirely new universe in the vein of the late, great, Jack Kirby, and I suspect that the publisher are hoping to draw a larger audience to this series.ETERNITY_001_003.jpg

Eternity #1  reunites writer Matt Kindt, artist Trevor Hairsine, inker Ryan Winn, and colorist David Baron, the same team behind Divinity, as they explore the far reaches of the cosmos – an area which, truth be told, has never really excited me, and were it not for the publisher or creative team the odds are pretty even as to whether I would have picked this book up. Had I decided not to pick this up (or had I ignored the review copy… because we all know I ignore Valiant’s comics…) then I would have missed out one hell of an artistic experience. As you can see from the preview pages here, there’s very clearly an off-world feel to the opening of the comic that, for my money, has echoes of some of Kirby’s off world work. I’m not going to compare Eternity to Kirby because while I’m aware that’s a very lofty comparison, that’s not my intent – I’ve never really read much of Kirby’s work beyond his Marvel stuff, but I have seen images here and there, and when I see pages like those in this review? The art feels as though it was inspired by Kirby, and that’s no bad thing.

ETERNITY_001_004.jpg

Beyond the art we come to Matt Kindt’s story. The Divinity trilogy grew from a story about one man with god like powers to an all encompassing tale that featured almost the entire Valiant universe in one form or another, and with Eternity focusing on the wider universe (the cosmos one and not the publisher’s cast of characters universe) the new chapter in the story of Divinity flows incredibly well from the closing of Divinity III. As the opening chapter of a sequel, this feels like the beginning of a suitably epic universe spanning story that will be rooted in a very human desire.

The way Kindt is able to weave both the far cosmos into a grounded and relateable tale whilst being able to make some theoretically unrelatable godlike beings very human is something to behold. Given my love and admiration of the first three Divinity books, I had some huge expectations for this series, and honestly I am shocked that  Kindt, Hairsine, Winn and Baron have been able to exceed them. There’s a reason that Divinity is so critically acclaimed – it’s time you find out why.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Trevor Hairsine
Ink: Ryan Winn Color: David Baron

Story: 9.25 Art: 10 Overall: 9.67 Recommmendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review. And I love them for it.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays 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!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

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

Joe

Top Pick: Detective Comics #967 (DC Comics) – The alternate Batman version of Tim hanging around is exciting. Seeing him as Batman is as shocking as it was interesting. I’ve heard fans get into it over the years on which Robin would be the best Batman, and Tim is always ignored. Is this a glimpse of the future or a fun what if?

The Flash #33 (DC Comics) – This is another Metal tie in, and everything that’s come out of this event so far has been fantastic. I trust that this will be no different.

Despicable Deadpool #288 (Marvel) – Classic Deadpool vs Cable continues in this fun chase through time as the merc with a mouth has Cable’s arm and with it, his A.I. technology. I can’t to see where this arc goes.

Batman: The Merciless #1 (DC Comics) – Another of the Dark Knights gets their own book and origin story. This time we get Tomasi on writing and the fantastic Manapul on art.

DC House of Horror #1 (DC Comics) – It’s that time of year, Halloween, and with it comes a big book of fright in the DC universe. This looks like it could be spooky fun.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Eternity #1 (Valiant)Divinity is one of my favorite series, and judging from the first issue the sequel is going to be glorious. I’ve already read this, but I’m super excited to see the art without the watermarked review copy as we go into the cosmos once again.

Bloodshot Salvation #2 and X-O Manowar #8 (Valiant) – Two of Valiant’s best series are hitting shelves the same week and the’re not my top pick? This is one hell of a week! It’s no secret I love Valiant, so these picks should astonish none of you… but this week’s Valiant offerings have me super frigging excited.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Detective Comics #967 (DC Comics) – Tim Drake: Dark Batman of the Future. I cannot get enough of this story line. I remember when the “Future Titans” storyline ran in Teen Titans it was fantastic. To see the bright team turned so dark was awesome. I have always been a huge Tim Drake fan as he is the natural successor in Bruce’s detective skills. How refreshing Detective Comics featuring a top notch detective. Seeing our Tim Drake meet himself has been too cool. I am hoping we get a Tim as Batman mini – series out of the deal. This is an easy top pick for me.

Batman: The Merciless #1 (DC Comics) – So far these Metal tie ins have been great. I like the idea of Bruce and Diana as an item here and Bruce is treated to more pain by losing his love. The mash up of Batman/ Wonder Woman traits should be very entertaining. I expect another good read here from the Metal tie ins. Just move along to get me to the Man who Laughs! I think Tomasi and Manapul will rock the house here. It’s freaking Metal,man! Rock on!!

WWE #10 (BOOM Studios) – Being a die hard wrestling fan, this series is gold. The way the creative team jumps rope with the line between kayfabe and reality is so terrific. Right now we are in the middle of a story with the spotlight firmly on The Big Dog: Roman Reigns. It should be said that this comic makes me do something that WWE telelvision hasn’t done in a long time: Cheer for Roman. I can’t get enough of this series and I love all the variants as well. Great book. OOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

 

Brett

Top Pick: Verax: The True History of Whistleblowers, Mass Surveillance, and Drone Warfare (Metropolitan Books) – Everything you need to know as to why this is at the top of my list is in the description. Pratap Chatterjee, journalist sleuth, dives deep into the world of electronic surveillance and introduces its cast of characters: developers, companies, users, government agencies, whistleblowers, journalists, and, in a leading role, the devices themselves. He explains the complex ways governments follow the movements and interactions of individuals and countries, whether by tracking the players of Angry Birds, deploying “Stingrays” that listen in on phone calls or “deep packet inspection” that mines email, or by weaponizing programs with names like Howlermonkey and Godsurge to attack the infrastructure of states such as Iran and remotely guide the U.S. missiles used in drone killings. He chronicles the complicity of corporations like Apple, Verizon, and Google, and the daring of the journalists and whistleblowers who made sure that the world would know.

Action Comics #990 (DC Comics) – “The Oz Effect” shouldn’t work, but it totally does as things devolve even more and the confrontation between father, son, and son happens. I have no idea where this is going but it feels like it’s building up to something big.

Gotham City Garage #2 (DC Comics) – DC characters reimagined as bikers fighting a fascist government in a dystopian world. What’s not to like?

First Strike #6 (IDW Publishing) – This comic is every battle I made up as a kid where my toys fought each other on the basement floor (with Cybertron as a replacement for my LEGO city).

Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #1 (IDW Publishing) – The classic kids books come to comics for a whole new generation and a generation that’s nostalgic to check them out again.

 

Preview: Eternity #1

ETERNITY #1 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (AUG172103)
Cover B by TOM MULLER (AUG172104)
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT (AUG172106)
Wraparound Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA (AUG172107)
Blank Cover Also Available (AUG172105)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | PRESTIGE FORMAT | On Sale OCTOBER 25th

A VISIONARY NEW SERIES!

From the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY, X-Men: Deadly Genesis) comes an expedition into the Unknown. Beyond time… Beyond space… Beyond reality itself… ETERNITY awaits!

This October, Valiant unveils a new plane of existence beyond our own and unleashes a universe of new worlds, new beings, and new myths…

Advanced Review: Eternity #1

ETERNITY_001_COVER-A_DJURDJEVICFrom the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine comes an expedition into the Unknown. Beyond time… Beyond space… Beyond reality itself… ETERNITY awaits!

This October, Valiant unveils a new plane of existence beyond our own and unleashes a universe of new worlds, new beings, and new myths…

There are two questions I aim to answer with this review once I’ve read the comic. The obvious, whether it’s any good, is self-explanatory; but the second, whether you need to read the Divinity trilogy in order to be able to make sense of and enjoy Eternityis asked because while this is a follow up to that trilogy Valiant are billing this as an introduction of an entirely new universe in the vein of the late, great, Jack Kirby, and I suspect that the publisher are hoping to draw a larger audience to this series.ETERNITY_001_003.jpg

Eternity #1  reunites writer Matt Kindt, artist Trevor Hairsine, inker Ryan Winn, and colorist David Baron, the same team behind Divinity, as they explore the far reaches of the cosmos – an area which, truth be told, has never really excited me, and were it not for the publisher or creative team the odds are pretty even as to whether I would have picked this book up. Had I decided not to pick this up (or had I ignored the review copy… because we all know I ignore Valiant’s comics…) then I would have missed out one hell of an artistic experience. As you can see from the preview pages here, there’s very clearly an off-world feel to the opening of the comic that, for my money, has echoes of some of Kirby’s off world work. I’m not going to compare Eternity to Kirby because while I’m aware that’s a very lofty comparison, that’s not my intent – I’ve never really read much of Kirby’s work beyond his Marvel stuff, but I have seen images here and there, and when I see pages like those in this review? The art feels as though it was inspired by Kirby, and that’s no bad thing.

ETERNITY_001_004.jpg

Beyond the art we come to Matt Kindt’s story. The Divinity trilogy grew from a story about one man with god like powers to an all encompassing tale that featured almost the entire Valiant universe in one form or another, and with Eternity focusing on the wider universe (the cosmos one and not the publisher’s cast of characters universe) the new chapter in the story of Divinity flows incredibly well from the closing of Divinity III. As the opening chapter of a sequel, this feels like the beginning of a suitably epic universe spanning story that will be rooted in a very human desire.

The way Kindt is able to weave both the far cosmos into a grounded and relateable tale whilst being able to make some theoretically unrelatable godlike beings very human is something to behold. Given my love and admiration of the first three Divinity books, I had some huge expectations for this series, and honestly I am shocked that  Kindt, Hairsine, Winn and Baron have been able to exceed them. There’s a reason that Divinity is so critically acclaimed – it’s time you find out why.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Trevor Hairsine
Ink: Ryan Winn Color: David Baron

Story: 9.25 Art: 10 Overall: 9.67 Recommmendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review. And I love them for it.

Eternity #1 Extended Preview. Confront the Ultimate Cosmic Frontier on October 25th!

Valiant has released a lettered look inside Eternity #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of A VISIONARY NEW SERIES coming this fall from the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine! On October 25th, journey to a realm that defies all description to enter an eons-old universe of gods and heroes!

Beyond time… Beyond space… Beyond reality itself… ETERNITY awaits! This fall, in the sold-out, critically acclaimed footsteps of Divinity, Divinity II, and Divinity III: Stalinverse, two of Valiant’s most formidable creative minds unveil a new plane of existence beyond our own and unleash a universe of new worlds, new beings, and new myths…

On October 25th, jump into the year’s most astonishing journey as Abram Adams, the lost cosmonaut known as Divinity, travels outside the bounds of the Valiant Universe as we know it to explore the most distant frontier of imagination…to the incomprehensible kingdoms of the realm only known as Eternity…

Featuring covers by Jelena Kevic-DjurdjevicTom MullerTrevor HairsineMatt Kindt and Felipe Massafera!

Eternity #2 Exclusive Early Preview. Encounter the Unknown Itself.

ETERNITY #2 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by TOM MULLER
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT
Variant Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE

Divine intervention!

Beyond the barriers of our reality… Outside the boundaries of human understanding… A universe of immensely powerful beings and advanced civilizations has evolved parallel to our own… But what links this strange plane of existence to ours, and what do its majestic inhabitants want with the child of Abram Adams – the denizen of Earth now called Divinity? To find out, Abram and his comrade, Myshka, must enter Eternity’s infinite realm…and encounter the Unknown itself!

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY) push the year’s most visionary series light years ahead…and open up a new frontier in Valiant’s acclaimed sci-fi meta-epic!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | PRESTIGE FORMAT | On Sale NOVEMBER 29th

Explore the Valiant Universe in Divinity #0 – AN EPIC JUMPING-ON POINT Coming in August!

Valiant has announced Divinity #0 – AN EPIC JUMPING-ON POINT leading Abram Adams, the supremely powerful being known as Divinity, through the whole of the Valiant Universe! On August 16th, writer Matt Kindt and explosive artist Renato Guedes present an awe-inspiring introduction to the largest independent superhero universe in comics – as told through the eyes of Valiant’s most powerful cosmic force!

Divinity, a lost Russian cosmonaut newly arrived to Earth with god-like powers, has successfully restored the world to order after the reality-altering event known as the Stalinverse. But how can a man – even one with near-divine abilities – know for certain that the planet has been truly restored in full? To make sure, Divinity must bear witness to the world as it now stands – heroes, villains, gods, and all – to ensure the rightful order of the Valiant Universe!

From Bloodshot to Faith to Ninjak to X-O Manowar and dozens of surprise guest stars, traverse the world of Valiant’s most enduring icons as Divinity guides a standalone entry point into the most acclaimed publishing line in comics today!

Featuring covers by incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp, Eisner Award nominee Ibrahim Moustafa, pulse-pounding artist Clayton Henry, legendary cartoonist Peter Bagge, and comics superstar Kano!

Plus: This October, Valiant unveils a universe of new worlds, new beings, and new myths in Eternity #1 – a VISIONARY NEW SERIES from the minds of writer Matt Kindt and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine! The next evolution of Valiant’s acclaimed Divinity saga starts here with an expedition into the Unknown. Beyond time… Beyond space… Beyond reality itself… Eternity awaits!

Valiant Unveils A Staggering Line-Up of New Series Spanning 2017

As revealed today during the #ValiantSummit 2017, Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce “ICONS” – an all-new wave of ongoing series, prestige format projects and standalone events spanning the Valiant Universe’s greatest heroes and top talents! Out of the record-setting success of X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 – the year’s best-selling series debut from any independent publisher – “ICONS” will continue throughout 2017 with one major new series launch each month, featuring the publisher’s most enduring heroes:

  • X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 by Matt Kindt & Tomas Giorello in March
  • BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1 by Peter Milligan & Juan Jose Ryp in April
  • RAPTURE #1 by Matt Kindt & CAFU in May
  • SECRET WEAPONS #1 by Eric Heisserer & Raul Allen with Patricia Martin in June
  • FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #1 by Jody Houser, Stephen Segovia, Barry Kitson & Special Guests in July
  • [CLASSIFIED] #1 by [TOP SECRET] and [TOP SECRET] in August
  • BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 by Jeff Lemire, Lewis LaRosa & Mico Suayan in September
  • ETERNITY #1 by Matt Kindt & Trevor Hairsine in October
  • NINJA-K #1 by Christos Gage & Tomas Giorello in November
  • QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 by Daniel Kibblesmith & Kano in December

Find complete details on each series individually below:

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA

WAR IS COMING!

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!

A stunning new beginning for Valiant’s most enduring icon starts here as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, NINJAK, Mind MGMT) and a rotating cast of powerhouse interior artists spanning the series’ first year – including Tomas Giorello (4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER, BLOODSHOT REBORN), Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS, BLOODSHOT U.S.A.), Clayton Crain (RAI, Carnage), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), and Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) – present the biggest Valiant debut of all time…and unleash the brutal opening salvo of the ultimate X-O Manowar tale ever told!

ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING MARCH 2017


BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover by CARY NORD

Valiant’s critically acclaimed, 10-time sold-out magnum opus returns with a brand-new journey into myth and mystery, from comics master Peter Milligan (Shade, The Changing Man) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA)!

Fifty thousand Romans stand on their feet, watching from the rafters of the coliseum with captured breath as Achillia, a gladiator unlike any that Rome has seen before, faces incredible odds – one lone warrior against five of Rome’s greatest. Such is the tradition, when a female gladiator enters the fray. When the carnage is complete, the coliseum roars its approval as Achillia stands victorious. Now, only one match away from winning her freedom, she has begun to gain renown. The women of Rome, suppressed by their husbands and fathers, have noticed. The men of Rome, husbands and fathers to a growing horde of women entertaining ideas of independence, have noticed as well.

On the other side of Rome, a strange mystery swirls through the Palatine Hill. In the dead of night, down winding alleys, Rome’s elite swear that they see visions of a blood-soaked Apollo walking the city…visions that are driving them mad. Even more are becoming sick with weird fever god-dreams. Panic ensues in the city. The Chief Vestal, Rubria, is arrested by Emperor Nero and threatened with crucifixion unless the deadly curse that’s fallen on Rome is lifted. She asks Antonius Axia, hero of Britannia and Rome’s only detective, for help. She offers only one clue…the gladiator Achillia.

LIMITED SERIES | BEGINNING APRIL 2017


RAPTURE #1
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover by MICO SUAYAN

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.

This summer, New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR) and artistic sensation CAFU (RAI) lead a Tolkien-esque journey into the space between life and death…through the Deadside…and into the many worlds that lie beyond right here with a spellbinding and horrific standalone event!

LIMITED SERIES | BEGINNING MAY 2017


SECRET WEAPONS #1
Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTIN
Cover by RAÚL ALLÉN

Eric Heisserer – the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of ARRIVAL and Valiant’s upcoming HARBINGER and BLOODSHOT feature films – joins Harvey Award-nominated visionary Raúl Allén (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) for an all-new Valiant Prestige-format adventure…launching Livewire and an extraordinary new team of heroes into the fight of their lives!

The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rex-O seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…

PRESTIGE FORMAT LIMITED SERIES | BEGINNING JUNE 2017


FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #1
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA and BARRY KITSON
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC

A SPECTACULAR SUMMER EVENT! Every second counts when acclaimed writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic, Star Wars: Rogue One), explosive artist Stephen Segovia (NINJAK, Action Comics), comics legend Barry Kitson (Fantastic Four), and special surprise guests push Faith into a centuries-spanning fight for existence alongside the greatest heroes of the Valiant Universe…past, present, and future!

Faith “Zephyr” Herbert – former member of Unity, current Harbinger Renegade, and Los Angeles’ #1 superhero – is the universe’s last, best chance at survival! Centuries from today, a devious artificial intelligence has unleashed a blistering attack on the very foundations of time…one that is unwriting history from beginning to end! Now, with her options exhausted, Neela Sethi, Timewalker – the self-appointed protector of what is and will be – has returned to the 21st century to recruit Earth’s greatest champions of today and tomorrow to oppose this existential threat…and she needs Faith to lead them! But why Faith? And why now?

This July, fly to the farthest edges of the future in a death-defying race to save time itself, as Faith leads the charge alongside Valiant’s greatest heroes…and becomes a new legend for the ages!

LIMITED SERIES | BEGINNING JULY 2017


CLASSIFIED
Written by [TOP SECRET]
Art by [TOP SECRET]
Cover by [TOP SECRET]

BEGINNING AUGUST 2017


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA & MICO SUAYAN
Cover by RYAN BODENHEIM

A BLOCKBUSTER NEW ONGOING SERIES! From New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Moon Knight) and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) & Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN), a bloody and vengeful new era for Bloodshot begins this September as Ray Garrison escapes his violent past to build the one thing he never thought he’d earn: a family. But when a hateful secret from his true love’s past threatens their fragile peace, Bloodshot will be forced to run headlong into a barrage of blood, bullets, and broken bones for a revenge-fueled assault that will have crushing consequences for those he holds most dear…

Now: In the arms of his beloved girlfriend Magic, Bloodshot has finally found hope for the future…in the form of the couple’s unborn child. But when Magic’s estranged family – a cruel and sadistic clan of homegrown criminals – re-emerge to lay claim to their lost daughter, Bloodshot will be pushed back to the brink of madness, mayhem, and warfare…

Soon: Eight years from today, Bloodshot’s daughter has inherited her father’s incredible abilities. Hunted by a high-tech kill squad called Omen, Jessie must hone her powers…and learn how to survive before the world is swallowed whole by the darkness that now pervades America…

ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 2017


ETERNITY #1
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE

A VISIONARY NEW SERIES! From the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine comes an expedition into the Unknown. Beyond time… Beyond space… Beyond reality itself… ETERNITY awaits!

This October, Valiant unveils a new plane of existence beyond our own and unleashes a universe of new worlds, new beings, and new myths…

LIMITED SERIES | BEGINNING OCTOBER 2017


NINJA-K #1
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by TOMAS GIORELLO
Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE

A NEW CAN’T-MISS ONGOING SERIES! From acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and superstar artist Tomas Giorello (X-O MANOWAR), the United Kingdom’s most dreaded intelligence operative delves into the cold, calculating world of espionage and international intrigue!

For nearly a century, MI-6, the most elite branch of Britain’s clandestine intelligence service, has honed a ruthlessly effective, top-secret division – THE NINJA PROGRAMME – into one of its nation’s most finely wielded weapons. Tasked as the first and last line of defense for queen and country, this small shadow army of agents and assassins has produced a succession of notable assets, including NINJA-A, the Queen’s silent weapon of World War I; NINJA-E, the globetrotting secret agent that pulled the Cold War back from the brink of armageddon; and, most recently, NINJA-K, aka Colin King, a brash but fearless instrument of lethality that has saved the world from madmen and terror at every turn.

But now…an unknown enemy is hunting and killing members of THE NINJA PROGRAMME one by one – and NINJAK is next on the list.

ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING NOVEMBER 2017


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1
Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by KANO
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO

THE WORLD’S WORST SUPERHERO TEAM RETURNS IN AN EXPLOSIVE NEW ONGOING SERIES! This December, four-time-offending writer Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and taser-proof artist Kano (Daredevil) give the Valiant Universe the adjective-worthy superheroes it deserves: QUANTUM AND WOODY!

Sometimes…you embrace your destiny. And sometimes…you and your trouble-making adopted brother find yourselves trapped in a scientific lab explosion that grants you $@&%ing awesome super-powers. As a result of their accident, Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – must “klang” their wristbands together every 24 hours or both dissipate into nothingness. Which makes superhero-ing pretty awkward when you’re not on speaking terms at the moment. See, Eric has been keeping a pretty big secret: He knows who Woody’s birth father really is…and where he’s been hiding all these years.

With great power comes great sibling rivalry! This winter, you’ll believe two men and one goat can split a one-bedroom apartment and still be a credible threat to evil and injustice everywhere when QUANTUM AND WOODY make headlines and take names!

ONGOING SERIES | BEGINNING DECEMBER 2017

Review: The Ultimates 2 #1

ultimates21-coverIn Ultimates 2 #1, writer Al Ewing, artist Travel Foreman, and colorist Dan Brown depart from the petty in-fighting that dominated the book thanks to Civil War II and return the Ultimates to their initial purposes as a team of intelligent powerhouses who solve cosmic scale problems proactively. The comic starts macro with a bird’s eye view of chained Eternity and goes micro as it focuses on the tense relationships between Blue Marvel and Spectrum and Captain Marvel and Black Panther for the brunt of the book before the team reassembles in a logical, yet epic way as the double page spreads from Foreman fly.

Since the beginning of Ultimates‘, Dan Brown has been a major ingredient in the comic’s success from his depictions of the multiversity as a slightly trippy and overwhelming place that would make Jack Kirby smile  to the different energy attacks that the characters use. His colors have given the book an extra level of grandeur, and he plays an even bigger role in Ultimates 2 #1 in matching Travel Foreman stride for stride as the artist goes from sketchy and slightly cartoonish to photorealistic from panel to panel. This might make it seem that Ultimates 2 has inconsistent art, but Foreman has a purpose behind the difference in his figures. He’s like a cinematographer who uses different camera filters to shoot varied and interesting scenes. For example, he draws Captain Marvel and Black Panther with lighter lines and more cartooning when they’re pretending to be on an awkward online date to avoid suspicion as they talk about possibly reforming the Ultimates. However, Foreman goes full photorealistic and Brown puts on a hearty helping of black and silver when Black Panther responds to Captain Marvel’s claim that he would do anything for Wakanda.

It’s a visual representation of the “I Am Wakanda” moment  as well as yet another example of what is sort of becoming a signature of Travel Foreman. In Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man, he used nearly photographic flashbacks of Uncle Ben, the robber, and Aunt May to show how much loss affected Spider-Man as a hero in a ultimates2interiorpivotal moment. In Ultimates 2, he uses a fierce panther behind T’challa to show how much the legacy of ancestors means to him, and how his destiny is wrapped up in his state. But he still sees the bigger picture, and Brown opens up his palette with reds and golds as Galactus reassembles the Ultimates to fight the binder of Eternity as the issue comes to its conclusion.

Along with somehow reassembling the Ultimates and setting up Ultimates 2′s premise of Eternity being bound, Ewing spends a lot of time looking into the relationship between Blue Marvel and Spectrum. His usually clinical, scientific dialogue for Blue Marvel has taken on a new romantic angle as he has really fallen for Spectrum. Also, a good way to connect with your partner is to share their interests, and Blue Marvel takes this to a new level by trying to give himself Spectrum’s cosmic perception through light waves to himself. Superpowers have been used as a metaphor for everything from racial discrimination to puberty, but Ewing is more creative and uses Blue Marvel’s attempt to replicate Spectrum’s light powers to both show how he is trying to see the world from her perspective and also share something in common. It also connects nicely to seeing Eternity in pain bridging plot and character nicely.

Ultimates 2 #1 is a slow burn start to Al Ewing and Travel Foreman’s cosmic story of redemption as former baddies Galactus and Anti-Man lead the fight against a nefarious force that threatens to destroy the multiverse, timestream, and basically everything. But even though the comic’s scope is massive (And Dan Brown’s color palette is intoxicating.), they don’t neglect the individual personalities of the Ultimates’ members and their relationships between the double page tapestries of nearly omnipotent beings in pain. (Poor Eternity!)

Story: Al Ewing Art: Travel Foreman Colors: Dan Brown
Story: 8 Art: 9.5 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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