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Valiant Classic Collections X-O Manowar: Retribution is Out Now

Experience the epic adventure that started it all for Valiant Entertainment’s flagship character in Valiant Classic Collections X-O Manowar: Retribution.

Witness the epic origin story of Aric of Dacia, aka X-O Manowar, originally published back in the ’90s in this digital mega-sized collection featuring 284 action-packed pages from the earliest days of the Valiant Universe. X-O Manowar: Retribution is out now and available to purchase on ComiXologyAmazon Kindle, and Google Play.

THE MOST PRIMITIVE MAN, THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON

Abducted from his own time by the predatory Spider Aliens and displaced to the present day, Aric of Dacia will make war on his one-time captors and any who stand with them. Armed with a sentient suit of battle armor and savagery born in an age of war, he will become the hero this new age demands. Tyrants from beyond time and space, superpowered corporate raiders, and corrupt government power brokers… all will quake in fear where X-O Manowar dares to tread.

Featuring groundbreaking work from comic-book legends Jim Shooter (Secret Wars), Bob Layton (Iron Man), Barry Windsor-Smith (Weapon X), Joe Quesada (Daredevil), Steve Englehart (Detective Comics) and many more, the complete adventures of Valiant’s original armored hero begin here in the first Valiant Classic Collection of the series Graphic Policy calls “a must read“!

Collecting X-O MANOWAR (1992) #0–9, and X-O DATABASE #1.

X-O MANOWAR: RETRIBUTION

ComiXology Features 5 New Comics including Daredevil and NYX/X-23!

There’s five new digital comics on comiXology today from Marvel and Harlequin. You can get shopping now or see the individual issues below!

Daredevil Vol. 4: Underboss

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Alex Maleev
Cover by Alex Maleev
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #26-31.

Who put out a hit on the Kingpin… and Matt Murdock? The mystery man named Mr. Silke has inspired Wilson Fisk’s lieutenants to rise up and take down the Kingpin of Crime! What is the connection between the underbosses’ uprising and the contract on DD’s life?

Daredevil Vol. 4: Underboss

Daredevil Vol. 5: Out

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Alex Maleev
Cover by Alex Maleev
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #32-40.

When Matt Murdock’s most guarded secret is sold to a tabloid newspaper, Daredevil’s secret identity is exposed to the world! How far will the Man Without Fear go to reclaim his life?

Daredevil Vol. 5: Out

Daredevil Vol. 6: Lowlife

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Alex Maleev
Cover by Alex Maleev
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #41-45.

After his secret identity as Daredevil is publicly exposed, Matt Murdock is forced to reckon with the problems and legal ramifications that emerged as a result of his public outing. But there isn’t much time for Matt to dwell on his problems, as a new love appears on the horizon and one of Daredevil’s most dangerous foes returns to take over the NYC underworld!

Daredevil Vol. 6: Lowlife

Nyx/X-23

Written by Craig Kyle, Joe Quesada, Christopher Yost
Art by Joshua Middleton, Billy Tan, Rob Teranishi
Cover by Billy Tan
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Collects X-23 (2005) #1-6 and NYX #1-7.

You think you know, but you have no idea. In NYX VOL. 1: WANNABE, X-23 joins up with a pack of New York City gutterpunks, the likes of which the Marvel Universe has never seen! The X-Men’s dream has always been one of creating hope from despair–in a young mutant’s darkest hour Charles Xavier will always be just around the corner, ready with open arms and a helping hand. But Xavier can’t be everywhere at once. What becomes of a group of young mutants that have to rely on themselves for everything from food to shelter to love? Wayward angels with dirty faces who, instead of preparing for Magneto’s next big assault, must learn to survive in the cold, harsh world of the city that never sleeps. The world of the X-Men is brought to the streets, and the struggle for survival has never been more uncertain…

Nyx/X-23

Tall, Dark & Royal Vol. 1: Dynasties: The Connellys

Written by Leanne Banks
Art by Hiroko Miura
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Erin has been sent to the US to teach royal etiquette to Daniel Connelly, who’s next in line for the throne of her home country, Altaria. She’d heard he was the typical oafish American, but when she meets him, she’s surprised to find out how charming and sexy he really is. She can’t help but fall in love. But the difference in their social stations isn’t the only problem… In fact, Erin has secret orders to take him down!

Tall, Dark & Royal Vol. 1: Dynasties: The Connellys

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Early Preview: Eternals #1

Eternals #1

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Esad Ribic
(Variant Covers) Alex Ross, Art Adams, Mahmud Asrar, Russell Dauterman, Dave Johnson, Alan Davis, Mike Del Mundo, Frank Cho, Rian Gonzales, Jeff Johnson, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Land, Todd Nauck, Dan Panosian, Joe Quesada, Khary Randolph, Ron Lim, Otto Schmidt, Walt Simonson, Superlog, Skottie Young, Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 06, 2021
SRP: $4.99

NEVER DIE. NEVER WIN. ETERNALS.

What’s the point of an eternal battle?

For millions of years, one hundred Eternals have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity. Without them, we’d be smears between the teeth of the demon-like Deviants. Their war has waged for all time, echoing in our myths and nightmares.

But today, Eternals face something new: change. Can they – or anyone on Earth – survive their discovery?
From the thought provoking minds of Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Uncanny X-Men, Thor) and Esad Ribi? (Secret Wars, King Thor) comes a new vision of the classic Marvel mythology!

Eternals #1

Marvel Made Unlocks a New Wolverine Comic by Chris Claremont

Wolverine #1

Thanks to True Believers everywhere, the Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont Premier Bundle has reached its goal to begin production! To celebrate this Marvel Made milestone, Marvel is now offering an exclusive brand-new Wolverine comic—at no extra cost—for new and existing pre-orders of the Marvel Made Paragon Collection from today until December 4! The Marvel Made Paragon Collection features some of Claremont’s most iconic work, along with exclusive lithographs, variants, and a brand-new Days of Future Past prequel story.

Written by Chris Claremont exclusively for the Marvel Made platform, the new Wolverine comic will tie directly into the days of his legendary 1982 Wolverine limited series with Frank Miller. Check out the beautiful cover for the new comic, drawn by iconic artist Steve McNiven!

The new comic will only be available as part of the Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont Premier Bundle. Bundles will begin shipping in March 2021.

The Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont Premier Bundle is presented in an archival-quality oversized slipcase, which includes a gorgeous faux-leather, hand-numbered hardcover that collects mutant epics including The Dark Phoenix Saga and Days of Future Past; all-new lithographs from renowned artists such as Joe Quesada and Art Adams; and an exclusive variant comic book cover of Wolverine #6 by Olivier Coipel! And to make the hardcover one of the most rare and sought after collectibles for all X-Men fans, each copy will be signed by Chris Claremont and include one of four iconic X-Men quotes handwritten by the author as well as the world-debut of an exclusive 20-page prequel story for Days of Future Past, written by Claremont and drawn by Larroca!

The Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont Premier Bundle ($199 + tax and shipping) will include:

  • A high-end matte slipcase (11.02 x 13.58) with a gorgeous prestige format faux-leather hardcover collection (7.28” x 10.83”), hand-numbered and featuring 448 gold-gilded pages containing:
    • Signed with one of four iconic X-Men quotes handwritten by Chris Claremont
    • A behind-the-scenes foreword by comic book icon Louise Simonson
    • Uncanny X-Men #94 (Chris Claremont’s inaugural chapter of the X-Men)
    • Uncanny X-Men #129–137 (The Dark Phoenix Saga)
    • Uncanny X-Men #141–142 (Days of Future Past)
    • Wolverine #1–4 (Chris Claremont’s groundbreaking limited series illustrated by Frank Miller)
    • Uncanny X-Men #268 (An iconic story featuring Captain America and Black Widow)
    • X-Men #1 (The world’s best-selling comic book of all time, illustrated by Jim Lee)
    • A brand-new Days of Future Past 20-page prequel story, in continuity, with art by Salvador Larroca
    • Original Days of Future Past notes and script by Chris Claremont
    • Brand-new behind-the-scenes interviews with Chris Claremont about his most iconic and shocking X-Men stories
  • An exclusive Days of Future Past-themed variant cover of Wolverine #6 by Olivier Coipel – only available on Marvel Made!
  • An exclusive set of numbered lithographs (7″ x 10.5″) by renowned artists including Joe Quesada, Philip Tan, Phil Noto, and Salvador Larocca – only available on Marvel Made!
  • A Marvel Made Paragon Collection Certificate of Authenticity
  • New offering unlocked – An exclusive Action Figure Variant of X-Men #13 by John Tyler Christopher – only available on Marvel Made!
  • New offering unlocked – Two additional exclusive lithographs by Art Adams and Marcos Martin – only available on Marvel Made!
  • New offering unlocked – A brand-new Wolverine 20-page story, in continuity, with cover art by Steve McNiven

Marvel Unlimited Annual and Marvel Unlimited Annual+ members who pre-order the Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont Premier Bundle will also receive an exclusive Days of Future Past-themed sketch variant cover of Wolverine #6, drawn by Olivier Coipel!

The Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont Premier Bundle will not be sold anywhere else, so don’t miss your chance to own a stunning chapter of Marvel Comics history!

Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont

ComiXology Delivers 6 New Releases Including Daredevil, Wolverine, and Punisher vs. Bullseye

There are six new releases on comiXology today from Marvel and Harlequin. Marvel delivers classic stories from Daredevil, Wolverine, and Punisher vs. Bullseye. Check them all out now or the individual releases below.

Battle For Love

Written by Stephanie Howard
Art by Hiroko Miura
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When Shiona is reunited with her stepbrother, Jake, his scornful gaze brings back the pain of the past. Her mother had married into Jake’s family, and Shiona had always secretly been in love with him. But he still blames her for his brother’s death. Jake’s cold attitude toward Shiona shatters her, but his engagement brings forth an unexpected turn of events!

Battle For Love

Daredevil: Marvel Knights Collection Vol. 1

Written by David Mack, Jimmy Palmiotti, Joe Quesada, Kevin Smith
Art by Rob Haynes, Joe Quesada, Dave Ross
Cover by Joe Quesada
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #1-15.

Claiming her infant is humanity’s savior, a teenager entrusts her baby to Matt Murdock. Plus: The femme fatale called Echo sets her sights on Daredevil.

Daredevil: Marvel Knights Collection Vol. 1

Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 2

Written by Chris Claremont, Erik Larsen, Marv Wolfman
Art by John Buscema, Klaus Janson, Erik Larsen, Joe Rubinstein
Cover by John Byrne
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Collects material from Marvel Comics Presents #39-50.

Like things as clear as black and white? You’re in luck — but Wolverine isn’t, as the mysterious Black Shadow/White Shadow uses his energy powers to double-team everyone’s favorite feral fighter! Then, Wolverine wanders into a costumed kidnapping scheme run by an old classmate of the web-slinger known as Spider-Man! And find out just how connected Wolverine is as we meet another mysterious marvel from his past!

Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 2

Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 3

Written by Michael Higgins, Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza
Art by Dan Day, Chris Ivy, Rob Liefeld
Dave Ross, Joe Rubinstein
Cover by Dale Keown
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Collects material from Marvel Comics Presents #51-61.

A murderous mutant is loose, forcing Wolverine to face a feral former teammate whose descent into death could be his own! Plus: the clawed Canadian gets another rematch with the Incredible Hulk! Featuring the return of a long-forgotten X-Man!

Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 3

Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 4

Written by Howard Mackie, Dwight Zimmerman
Art by Harry Candelario, Paul Ryan, Mark Texeira
Cover by Rob Liefeld
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Collects material from Marvel Comics Presents #62-71.

The mayhem-loving mutant faces occult intrigue against Abdul Alhazred, while fallout from the Acts of Vengeance brings him face to facelessness with the ninjas of Deathwatch! Wolverine does it again, and he does it the best! Guest-starring Ghost Rider!

Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Vol. 4

Punisher vs. Bullseye

Written by Daniel Way
Art by Steve Dillon
Cover by Mike Deodato Jr.
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Collects Punisher vs Bullseye #1-5.

Alphonse Patrillo’s a rare breed: a mob boss who looked down the barrel of the Punisher’s rifle and lived to tell about it. Ever since that day, he’s taken pains – great pains – to stay under the Punisher’s radar while he schemed his revenge. Now, Uncle Fonzie has got a plan: He’s going to fight fire with fire. Who do you hire to take out a relentless psychopath like the Punisher? An even more relentless psychopath. And this guy, well, let’s just say he never misses.

Punisher vs. Bullseye

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Valiant Reveals their Classic Collections

Experience the epic stories that started it all. Valiant Entertainment is releasing Valiant Classic Collections, a brand-new line of digital mega-sized collections that feature the earliest tales from the Valiant Universe and its iconic characters.

Up first are two action-packed stories from 1992: Archer & Armstrong: Revival and X-O Manowar: Retribution. In addition to collecting the complete storylines that spanned a year of publishing, these collections also feature bonus content like process artwork and in-depth looks into the creation of these fan-favorite characters. See below for more details.

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG: REVIVAL

SQUARE PEGS IN A ROUND WORLD

Archer is the world’s greatest hand-to-hand fighter, an expert marksman, and a seeker of truth and righteousness. Armstrong is an immortal warrior who has reluctantly brawled his way from pre-history to modern times only to realize that the best way to face life’s many challenges is to grab a drink. But Armstrong counts as his worst day the one when Archer turned up and decided that they were partners – a team chosen by fate to save the world!

From the minds of legendary creators Barry Windsor-Smith (Weapon X), Jim Shooter (Secret Wars), Bob Layton (Iron Man), and more comes the first Valiant Classic Collection of the groundbreaking series!

Collecting ARCHER & ARMSTRONG (1992) #0–12

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG: REVIVAL is on sale now at ComiXologyDriveThru ComicsAmazon Kindle, and Google Play.

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG: REVIVAL

X-O MANOWAR: RETRIBUTION

THE MOST PRIMITIVE MAN, THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON

Abducted from his own time by the predatory Spider Aliens and displaced to the present day, Aric of Dacia will make war on his one-time captors and any who stand with them. Armed with a sentient suit of battle armor and savagery born in an age of war, he will become the hero this new age demands. Tyrants from beyond time and space, superpowered corporate raiders, and corrupt government power brokers… all will quake in fear where X-O Manowar dares to tread.

Featuring groundbreaking work from comic-book legends Jim Shooter (Secret Wars), Bob Layton (Iron Man), Barry Windsor-Smith (Weapon X), Joe Quesada (Daredevil), Steve Englehart (Detective Comics) and many more, the complete adventures of Valiant’s original armored hero begin here in the first Valiant Classic Collection of the series Graphic Policy calls “a must read“!

Collecting X-O MANOWAR (1992) #0–9, and X-O DATABASE #1

X-O MANOWAR: RETRIBUTION will release on December 9th, 2020, and is currently available to pre-order on ComiXologyAmazon Kindle, and Google Play.

X-O MANOWAR: RETRIBUTION

Marvel Teams Up with Fortnite for September and October Variants

The worlds of Marvel and the Island collide in Nexus War in Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 4! This new season will feature your favorite Marvel heroes crossing over with the amazing world of the Fortnite via character skins, weapons, comics – and a new series of stunning variant covers releasing this September and October!

Some of the industry’s top artists including Joe Quesada, Ed McGuinness, Sara Pichelli, Russell Dauterman, and more will showcase Fortnite favorites like Blaze and Carbide side by side with the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the X-Men! Check out the complete list of the Fortnite variant covers coming your way:

  • AVENGERS #36 Fortnite Variant by Sara Pichelli
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #24 Fortnite Variant by Giuseppe Camuncoli
  • SAVAGE AVENGERS #12 Fortnite Variant by Adam Kubert
  • MARAUDERS #13 Fortnite Variant by Russell Dauterman
  • THOR #8 Fortnite Variant by Olivier Coipel
  • VENOM #29 Fortnite Variant Aaron Kuder
  • X-FORCE #13 Fortnite Variant Joshua Cassara
  • AVENGERS #37 Fortnite Variant by Mark Brooks
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #24 Fortnite Variant by Ed McGuinness
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #22 Fortnite Variant by Iban Coello
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #7 Fortnite Variant by Javier Garron
  • IRON MAN #2 Fortnite Variant by Marco Checchetto
  • X-MEN #13 Fortnite Variant by Joe Quesada

Set in Marvel Comics continuity, the events of NEXUS WAR take place between the panels of THOR #4, which released this past March. To learn more, don’t miss a special 10-page Fortnite/Thor crossover story written by Donny Cates and drawn by Greg Land in FANTASTIC FOUR #24, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled in Marvel comics to catch hints of where these characters go – and return from – next!

Marvel’s Storyboards Season 1 Debuts July 23

As a surprise for Marvel fans everywhere, Marvel Entertainment will unveil the world premiere of Marvel’s Storyboards on Thursday, July 23!

Marvel’s Storyboards is a 12-episode non-fiction series following Joe Quesada, EVP, Creative Director of Marvel Entertainment, as he explores the origin stories and inspirations of storytellers of all mediums, backgrounds, and experiences at their favorite spots throughout New York City and beyond. The series will be aired in two six-episode seasons, showcasing a variety of visionary, critically acclaimed storytellers including Bobby Lopez (EGOT winning songwriter, Frozen, Avenue Q), Johnny Weir (former Olympic figure skater), Christian Borle (Something Rotten, Smash), Margaret Stohl (Life of Captain Marvel), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Sasheer Zamata (SNL), Ed Viesturs (high-altitude mountaineer), Natalia Cordova-Buckley (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Nelson Figueroa (former MLB pitcher for the New York Mets), Gillian Jacobs (Community, Love), Samhita Mukhopadhyay (Executive Editor, Teen Vogue), and Taboo (Black Eyed Peas)!

Fans will be able to tune in to the first season of Marvel’s Storyboards on Marvel’s YouTube channel and Marvel.com this summer – all for free!

Marvel’s Storyboards Season 1 Episode Release Schedule:

  • Thursday, July 23: Episode 1 feat. Hugh Jackman
  • Thursday, July 30: Episode 2 feat. Natalia Cordova-Buckley
  • Thursday, August 6: Episode 3 feat. Christian Borle
  • Thursday, August 13: Episode 4 feat. Johnny Weir
  • Thursday, August 20: Episode 5 feat. Margaret Stohl
  • Thursday, August 27: Episode 6 feat. Robert Lopez

Underrated: X-O Manowar: Birth

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: X-O Manowar: Birth


I’ve been a Valiant fan for nearly four years now, and while I have dabbled in the original comics (affectionately known as VH1 among the fanbase), it has primarily been the modern era, comics from 2012 to the present day (known as the VEI era), that has been my reading and collecting focus. But a couple of weeks ago, the owner of my LCS returned from visiting one of his other stores with a hardcover for me because he thought I’d be interested. That hardcover reprinted the first six issues of the original X-O Manowar run from 1992, the #o issue and an original story featuring the origin of one the early issues villains. This collection represents the earliest comics from Valiant I’ve yet read, and although I prefer the 2012 origin for X-O Manowar, I can understand why Valiant was able to hook fans in with the original X-O stories. I’m looking at this book today from the perspective of somebody who has read a lot, or even some, of the modern X-O Manowar comics before ever touching the original VH1 run, and asking whether that person would be interested in looking to the past.

If you’re at all familiar with Aric of Dacia, the X-O Manowar armour and his abduction and subsequent return to Earth then you’ll know the essence of the plot this book. The 2012 origin took a lot from these six or seven comics, and although some details were updated or modified, the the influence the original story still bears upon the modern is easy to see. Aside from Aric’s Hulk-like speech patterns that do, thankfully, begin to diminish as he learns English, the barbarian’s character still shows flashes of the man he will become when the publisher relaunched.

The Vine are replaced with the Spider-Aliens, although aside from the name there is little that distinguishes them from the first few comics in the 2012 run. Where as the Vine become one of the more interesting and complex plot points in the VEI stories, the Spider-Aliens show little of the same qualities at this point (yes, there are signs that there is more to the Vine within the first three issues of the VEI run), but then that really just makes it easier to enjoy the battle carnage as Aric tears his way through the soldiers and corporate representatives of the Spider-Aliens.

Although you can enjoy the book without any prior knowledge, for a Valiant fan of the old or new school (or both) this beautifully presented book is a must read. And most of us will seek the story out if we can, but for those not entrenched in Valiant lore, this standalone story here represents an Underrated gem from comics history.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

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