Image and Skybound Entertainment has announced a new action-packed, five-issue miniseries Hardcore: Reloaded—by writer Brandon Thomas, artist Francis Portela, and Leonardo Paciarotti—launching this December. It will showcase cover artwork by Nic Klein. The comic features lettering by Thomas Mauer and edited by Jon Moisan.
Hardcore returns with more bullets than John Wick! Agent Drake once used the Hardcore tech to take control of human drones to protect our nation… but now, that tech is out in the wild. And the only one who can help him put the genie back in the bottle is his greatest enemy.
The original run of Hardcore—upon which this new miniseries builds—was the brainchild of comics legends Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri.
Hardcore: Reloaded #1 (Diamond Code OCT190046) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 18 with final order cuttoff on November 4.
We’re going back to early 2018 to revisit an old column this week, because I recently reread the book and forgot just how much I liked it.
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: Ivar, Timewalker
My comic shop recently got the deluxe hardcover edition of Valiant’s Ivar, Timewalker in on a special order for yours truly, which collects the entire twelve issue run in one place for $40. You can also pick up the series in three softcover trade paperbacks, if you’re so inclined, but I’ve become partial to the oversized hardcovers (especially because of the bonus material in the back, but then I love that stuff). I had already read the final four issues of the series long before I started reading the hardcover, which some would think would be foolish, but when you’re reading a book about time travel then it suddenly becomes less foolish.
In order to give you a bit of context, you’ll find the preview text for the series below.
“At this very moment in Geneva, Switzerland, history is being made. A thousand meters underground inside the Large Hadron Collider, researcher Neela Sethi is about to discover time travel – and jeopardize her life in the process. But she doesn’t know that yet. Ten minutes from now, every deadbeat chrononaut, wannabe conqueror, and misguided protector of the timestream will be banging down her door. Good thing that the legendary Ivar, Timewalker, got there first…right? Now it’s down to history’s most jaded, most tempestuous time traveler to stop the worst of everything that is, was, and will be…before time runs out!“
The series was written by Fred Van Lente, who was joined by Pere Perez, Francis Portella and Clayton Henry with Robert Gill, the first issue being released in January 2015, with the final issue coming in December of that year. The twelve issue series is one of the more underrated offerings from Valiant Entertainment, as many people don’t tend to think about Ivar, Timewalker when talking about the great comics to have come from this publisher – myself included.
As a story about time travel, Ivar, Timewalker is a series that rewards multiple readings – indeed, you could reasonably start at the beginning of any of the three arcs within the series, though this is admittedly more difficult to do with the deluxe edition than the single issues or the trades. Van Lente put together a story that will leave you with as many questions as it will provide answers with an intelligent script that effortlessly blends a heartbreaking story of loss, hope and determination with a sly wit that will have you laughing out loud more often than you would expect in a series that, technically, isn’t a comedy.
Time travel, and effects travelers can have on history are touched on, and often provide some interesting flashes to a story that at its heart is a tale of two incredibly different people; Ivar himself, and Neela Sethi – the scientist who will invent time travel. For as fantastical as the scenery is in this series (and thanks to the artists, it truly is phenomenal), the true draw is the relationship between the two leads.
And that relationship is why you need to read this wonderful story at least twice. I didn’t realize how good this book was when I first read it, and I dare say it’ll only get better with time. Pardon the pun.
Time travel has never been so wonderful.
Join us next week where there will doubtless be another movie, series, comic or comic related thing discussed that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.
Written by FRED VAN LENTE Art by KANO Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT Cover B by FRANCIS PORTELA Cover C by BECCA FARROW On sale June 19th, 2019 $3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color
The masterminds behind the Psiot Security and Education Program uncovered! Can Livewire save Phoebe and avoid being captured? Plus: Phoebe’s backstory is revealed!
Livewire’s one of the most powerful psiots on the planet, but she doesn’t need powers to kick butt. As she searches for the truth, she’s brought face to face with Jada, and what happens next is a real jaw-dropper. Get ready for melee mayhem in Livewire #7!
Written by VITA AYALA Art by KANO Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT Cover B by FRANCIS PORTELA Cover C by BECCA FARROW $3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 19th
The masterminds behind the Psiot Security and Education Program uncovered!
Can Livewire save Phoebe and avoid being captured?
Written by MATT KINDT Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO & ISAAC GOODHART Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ & ANDREW DALHOUSE Letters by DAVE SHARPE Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT Cover B by RYAN BODENHEIM Cover C by MICHAEL MANOMIVIBUL Interlocking Cover by FRANCIS PORTELA Pre-Order Edition Cover by JASON METCALF On sale April 17th, 2019 $3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | Full Color
This is it! This is Matt Kindt’s final issue of his Eisner Award-nominated, critically acclaimed run on X-O MANOWAR.
X-O Manowar takes the final battle against the galaxy’s baddest bounty hunters into space to decide the ultimate fate of the universe.
Written by MATT KINDT Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ Letters by DAVE SHARPE Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT Cover B by LEO COLAPIETRO Cover C by MICHAEL MANOMIVBUL Interlocking Variant by FRANCIS PORTELA Pre-order Variant Cover by DIEGO YAPUR On sale March 20, 2019
Long ago, Aric of Dacia left the life he knew on Earth behind to start afresh in a distant galaxy… Now the mistakes of his past have come home to roost, causing untold devastation on the planet Aric first called home! Clad in the X-O Manowar armor he once renounced, the former Emperor of Gorin has a choice to make: Does he take on this band of intergalactic warriors alone, or does he trust the mysterious woman warrior in black who’s come to his aid?
Written by MATT KINDT Art by TOMAS GIORELLO Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT Cover B by GREY WILLIAMSON Cover C by MICHAEL MANOMIVIBUL Interlocking Variant by FRANCIS PORTELA
“Hero” – Part Two!
The intergalactic bounty hunters once bested by Aric of Dacia have followed him to Earth to reclaim their victory – by any means necessary! But X-O Manowar doesn’t stand alone: From out of nowhere, another armor-clad challenger has jumped into the fray… Who is this mysterious warrior, and what business does she have with Aric?
Written by MATT KINDT Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT Cover B by DIEGO YAPUR Cover C by MICHAEL MANOMIVIBUL Interlocking Variant by FRANCIS PORTELA
NEW ARC! NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “HERO” – PART ONE!
Aric of Dacia may have left Planet Gorin behind, but its people still remember the ruin they felt in his wake…and so do the bounty hunters who sought to end his barbaric reign! Enraged by the blight on their perfect record, they’ve arrived on our world to finish the job they started – and this time, they don’t plan on taking X-O Manowar alive!
The past catches up with Earth’s Visigoth guardian in “HERO,” an unforgettable new jumping-on point for the bestselling Valiant series from Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and spectacular artist Tomás Giorello (NINJA-K)!
Now that Eric and Woody Henderson know they have what it takes to save the day, they finally have a shot at going pro – and they’re in luck, because UNITY might just be making a comeback! But the brothers aren’t ready for primetime just yet…they still have to audition for their spots, under the watchful eyes of G.A.T.E. and X-O Manowar!
Look, I won’t try to deny I am genuinely saddened that this is the final issue of Eliot Rahal‘s run on Quantum And Woody, let alone that it’s also the final issue of the current series for the two Henderson brothers. But I’m at least happy to see the series go out on a high note. A very high note. High enough to shatter the glass in your hand, if you want to take the analogy a little farther.
Francis Portella‘s art is coloured by Andrew Dalhouse, and captures Rahal’s swan song story with ease. With the story focusing on the brothers’ heavily encouraged audition for Unity, Valiant’s premier superhuman team, the story focuses on X-O Manowar putting Quantum and Woody through their paces in an amazingly understated work of art. Portella’s work here is super clean and easy to read, his judicious use of blank space an effective way of highlighting the emotional turmoil and internal conflict of certain characters within the comic. The grid work and panel layout are as simplistic and exciting as you would hope – often in the same dynamically constructed page. There are splash pages, traditional grids and enough eye catching imagery to give the reader a spectacular experience.
Yes, it’s the final issue, but I’m still trying to be vague so as to avoid spoilers for those wanting to go into the comic blind.
Somehow, with the last issue of the series, Eliot Rahal has demonstrated his amazing knack for getting into a character’s head and using that understanding to deliver some of the best comics you’ll read. He’s done it for Valiant before with the Archer and Armstrong Divinity III tie in, and once again with the finale of Quantum And Woody. Rahal questions what it is to be a hero, and the various shapes of heroism present in a costumed adventurers daily life – do you need to be constantly saving the world to earn your hero badge, or do you need to save somebody’s world? That Rahal is able to question the nature of superheroism whilst giving us a compelling single issue story is perhaps the highlight of the entire twelve issue run. It also has the benefit of being a brilliant introduction to the characters within the comic, which leaves me in a fairly unique position. It doesn’t matter that this is the final issue in the series, because it is such a fine example of comic book creativity it demands to be read by any and all with an interest in the medium.
When it comes to Quantum and Woody Valiant certainly saved the best for the last, and it’s a shame to see the series end on such a brilliant story. All I wanted after finishing this issue was to count down the days to the next issue – but that, ultimately isn’t going to happen. Like I said, it’s a shame.
Story: Eliot Rahal Art: Francis Portella
Colours: Andrew Dalhouse Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.1 Art: 8.8 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review