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Preview: X-O Manowar #7

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #7 (NEW ARC! “EMPEROR” – PART ONE)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (JUL172252)
Cover B by ADAM POLLINA (JUL172253)
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (JUL172254)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by BEN TEMPLESMITH (JUL172255)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale SEPTEMBER 27th (FOC – 9/4/17)

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “EMPEROR” – PART ONE!

The ultimate turning point! A war has been won, a victory has been decided…and, now, an entire alien world kneels before the throne of their new leader: the unstoppable X-O MANOWAR! He has traded his armor for a crown and a new age now begins…even as an extraterrestrial invader readies an interplanetary attack that could pull Aric of Dacia from the newfound safety of his imperial palace and back into the blood-sodden battlefields where his conquest began.

Comics superstar Clayton Crain (4001 A.D., RAI) joins New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (RAPTURE, Mind MGMT) to summit the next pinnacle of 2017’s best-selling independent superhero series – and unleash a blistering, new interstellar opus chronicling the most powerful moment yet in the history of Valiant’s unrelenting icon!

First Look: Harbinger Renegade #0 – Rafer Roberts and Juan Jose Ryp Decode the Secret of the Stormbringer in November!

Valiant has revealed a first look inside Harbinger Renegade #0 – AN ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT and MUST-READ MILESTONE building a bridge between the bloodstained fallout of “MASSACRE” and HARBINGER WARS 2, Valiant’s seismic 2018 crossover event! On November 8th, multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp bring the Valiant Universe’s most powerful forces to bear before a dreaded and unrepentant foe that’s more ancient, more sinister, and more dangerous than anything they’ve faced before…

Beneath the wreckage of the Harbinger Foundation, there is a secret that even Toyo Harada grew to fear. A secret simply known as… the Stormbringer.

And Alexander Solomon is about to set it free.

This near-immortal telekinetic has troubled mankind for centuries… and left the ruins of civilizations it in its wake. Now, for the first-time, the modern-day Valiant Universe confronts the reality of its evil head on in an all-new, standalone battle royale revisiting Solomon’s decades-old gambit to unleash the Stormbringer’s wrath… and guest-starring H.A.R.D. Corps, the Bleeding Monk, and more of HARBINGER’s most important and influential characters across the ages!

Featuring covers by Clayton Henry, Roberto de la Torre, Juan José Ryp, Khari Evans, and Ben Tiesma!

Preview: Ninjak #0

NINJAK #0

Written by MATT KINDT with CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA with MJ KIM, KHARI EVANS, ROBERTO DE LA TORRE, SIJA HONG, JUAN JOSÉ RYP, and TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by DAVID MACK (JUL172260)
Cover B by CLAYTON HENRY (JUL172261)
Cover C by YAMA ORCE (JUL172262)
Variant Cover by PETER BAGGE (JUL172264)
Variant Cover by JAVIER PULIDO (JUL172265)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (JUL172263)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 13th

AN ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! AN EXPLOSIVE 40-PAGE MILESTONE! Ninjak’s past and future – in the crosshairs!

Behind the years of training… Underneath the high-tech gadgetry… MI-6’s most experienced operative is still flesh and blood. So just how is a mortal man like Colin King able to survive in a world filled with telekinetic psiots, eternal warriors, and sentient suits of alien armor? The key to Ninjak’s survival is buried deep in the past…and today, the world’s most dreaded super-spy prepares to reveal his most closely guarded secrets!

FIRST: Superstar writer Matt Kindt concludes his masterful, record- setting run alongside fan-favorite artist Francis Portela (FAITH) and an all-star cast of special guests with an essential and revelatory tale of Ninjak’s deadly beginnings!

THEN: The gauntlet is passed to acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and blockbuster artist Tomas Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) as they prepare a startling introduction to Colin King’s next mission with a shocking prelude to NINJA-K #1, a riveting new ongoing series beginning in November!

 

Valiant’s Newest Villains Strike Back in Bloodshot Salvation #4 and X-O Manowar #10 – Coming in December!

Valiant has announced that Bloodshot Salvation #4 and X-O Manowar #10 are two essential introductions to the next insidious enemies that will soon threaten Valiant’s most formidable heroes in 2018 and beyond! Designed as self-contained entry points, jump on board here to the witness the dawn of the new unrelenting forces at the heart of Valiant’s unfolding mythology with two must-read, single-issue salvos from the premier creative talents in comics today!

The introduction of characters is part of the publisher’s ongoing effort to expand the universe. The company has found success in doing so with Divinity, Savage, Britannia, Generation Zero, Punk Mambo, and War Mother.

FIRST: New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and explosive artist Mico Suayan present, for once and all time, the brutal genesis of the man-turned-machine called Rampage in Bloodshot Salvation #4 – a self-contained origin issue revealing the roots behind the much-demanded return of Bloodshot’s most unrelenting nemesis…

This is the story of two brothers, who were born into nothing and reaped an inheritance of anger… This is the story of Rampage – an imperfect reflection of Bloodshot’s potential, one enhanced by the_very same nanite technology, but fueled an inextinguishable furnace of hate… This is the story of Valiant’s most terrifying new villain, and a preview of the pain he has yet to inflict on an unsuspecting world…

The issue features covers by Mico Suayan, Juan Jose Ryp, Khari Evans, Roberto de la Torre, and Cully Hamner!

THEN: Valiant’s alien-armored conqueror is wanted dead or alive by the galaxy’s deadliest band of bounty hunters in X-O Manowar #10 – an all-new interlude bridging the events of “Emperor” and “Visigoth”… featuring the first of appearance of Aric of Dacia’s most deadly opponents yet!

Meet the most fearsome band of bounty hunters that the Valiant Universe has ever known right here as writer Matt Kindt and blockbuster artist Renato Guedes present a bruising, standalone interlude.

One does not rise to power without making enemies along the way…and for X-O Manowar, the armored emperor of the planet Gorin, those enemies’ grievances have now come due. To end his reign, Aric of Dacia’s adversaries have paid a blood-fueled bounty to a ragtag assemblage of cosmos’s most feared undesirables and cutthroat killers – alien beings whose viciousness is matched only by their greed. And their hunt starts…now.

Featuring covers by Lewis LaRosa, Kenneth Rocafort, and Felipe Massafera!

Review: Rapture #4

RAPTURE_004_COVER-A_SUAYAN“The final battle for life itself has arrived! As Babel makes its last assault on the heavenly realm beyond the Deadside, a band of Earth’s most dangerous heroes – Ninjak, Shadowman, Punk Mambo, and Tama the Geomancer – must halt its eons-old campaign once and for all…or face a global disaster of biblical proportions! Plus, at the center of it all: The undiscovered truth about Shadowman that will change the Valiant Universe forever!”

The final chapter of Rapture has arrived, so does the miniseries go out with a bang, a whimper, or something else?

Well… it’s actually a little bit of all three, if I’m totally honest.

Let’s start with the art, shall we? The art team of Cafu and Juan Jose Ryp with Francis Portella, colours by Andrew Dalhouse and letterer Dave Sharpe deliver a visual tour de force that looks fantastic on the review copy pdf (which typically means that the physical comic will pop harder than a balloon on a cactus). Make no mistake that while there are still one or two panels where the proportions seem a off the comic looks as beautiful as a deep breath on an early Autumn morning.

Rapture has been a series in which the lettering has taken on a character defining trait as Sharpe gives Babel’s speech patterns a brilliantly inventive twist that gives the character as much life as the writing itself. Unfortunately Babel is also the weaker point to the story because he never really feels like a threat this issue; after three issues building him up we find out that when push comes to shove… the conclusion is almost disappointingly forgone.

That being said, Matt Kindt does pull enough character fueled moments out of his hat to compensate, and calling this comic a disappointment would be a gross exaggeration.

Rapture #4 does bring a satisfying conclusion to the miniseries, and it does so in spite of the villain fading into the background a little – though if you told me that the highlight of this issue in terms of the story wouldn’t be the final confrontation with Babel but rather the character interactions and the echoes of things yet to come then I probably wouldn’t have believed you. But, here we are. Ultimately this is still a solid story, and one that fans of both Ninjak and Shadowman should find quite compelling.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Cafu and Juan Jose Ryp with Francis Portella
Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 7.75 Art: 9 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Rapture #4 (of 4)

RAPTURE #4 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU and JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (JUN172084)
Cover B by J.G. JONES (JUN172085)
Character Design Variant by RYAN LEE (JUN172087)
Variant Cover by CAFU (JUN172088)
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN (JUN172089)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (JUN172086)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 30th (FOC 08/7/17)

Shadowman strikes back!

The final battle for life itself has arrived! As Babel makes its last assault on the heavenly realm beyond the Deadside, a band of Earth’s most dangerous heroes – Ninjak, Shadowman, Punk Mambo, and Tama the Geomancer – must halt its eons-old campaign once and for all…or face a global disaster of biblical proportions! Plus, at the center of it all: The undiscovered truth about Shadowman that will change the Valiant Universe forever!

Harbinger Renegade #0 – Roberts & Ryp Shock the Valiant Universe in November!

Valiant has announced Harbinger Renegade #0AN ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT on the road to Harbinger Wars 2, Valiant’s seismic 2018 crossover event! On November 8th, multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts and incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp unearth a devastating revelation that will forever alter the course of what we thought we knew about the history of Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation and the place of the telekinetically gifted individuals known as psiots in the Valiant Universe!

Beneath the wreckage of the Harbinger Foundation, there is a secret that even Toyo Harada grew to fear. A secret simply known as…the Stormbringer.

And Alexander Solomon is about to set it free.

Featuring covers by Clayton Henry, Roberto de la Torre, Juan Jose Ryp, Khari Evans, and Ben Tiesma!

Preview: Divinity #0

DIVINITY #0

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (JUN172060)
Cover B by IBRAHIM MOUSTAFA (JUN172061)
Cover C (Wraparound) by CLAYTON HENRY (JUN172062)
Variant Cover by PETER BAGGE (JUN172064)
Variant Cover by KANO (JUN172065)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (JUN172063)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 16th (FOC – 7/24/17)

AN EPIC JUMPING-ON POINT LEADING DIVINITY THROUGH THE WHOLE OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE! 

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and explosive artist Renato Guedes (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Wolverine) 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 returned 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 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!

Valiant’s Ninjak #0 Expands with Kindt, Gage, Portela, Giorello & Five Special Guests

Valiant has unveiled the complete cast of sensational guest artists joining September’s Ninjak #0AN EXPLOSIVE 40-PAGE JUMPING-ON POINT and ALL-NEW VALIANT MILESTONE chronicling the final chapter of writer Matt Kindt’s record-setting run on the adventures of England’s dreaded super-spy…and passing the torch to the incoming creative team of writer Christos Gage and artist Tomas Giorello in advance of November’s Ninja-K #1!

On September 13th, Colin King’s life as MI-6’s most elite operative finally comes full circle as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and acclaimed artist Francis Portela reveal a never-before-told secret at the heart of Ninjak’s training and origin! Told in an innovative storytelling style, Ninjak #0’s lead story will feature Portela joined by one of five guest artists – including Roberto de la Torre, Khari Evans, and Juan Jose Ryp alongside newcomers Sija Hong and MJ Kim – as they juxtapose moments from Ninjak’s present and past side-by-side for an action-packed tour de force!

Behind the years of training… Underneath the high-tech gadgetry… MI-6’s most experienced operative is still flesh and blood. So just how is a mortal man like Colin King able to survive in a world filled with telekinetic psiots, eternal warriors, and sentient suits of alien armor? As a result, the key to Ninjak’s survival is buried deep in the past…and today the world’s most dreaded super-spy prepares to reveal his most closely guarded secrets!

Then, after Ninjak #0’s main feature, steel yourself for Ninjak’s launch into a brand-new ongoing series this November in the pages of Ninja-K #1 as Christos Gage and artist Tomas Giorello takes the reins of Colin King’s death-defying escapades with AN EXCLUSIVE PRELUDE TALE that directly sets the stage for the winter’s most anticipated new series!

In addition, the issue features covers by David Mack, Clayton Henry, rising star Yama Orce, Peter Bagge, and Javier Pulido!

Ninjak #0 is on sale September 13th!

 

Review: Harbinger Renegade #6

Harbinger Renegade #6 Cover A LarosaIn Harbinger Renegade #6, at the height of the Dark Ages, one of the world’s first psiots has made a terrible discovery: he’s not alone. Lurking in the shadows, a mind as sadistic as it is powerful waits. A predator with a darkness so great, it will consume any rivals that dare reveal themselves. How will the secret of these legendary figures come to bear on the modern day? How will it shape the catastrophic Harbinger War that is to come?!”

After the chaotic battle that resulted in the death of major somewhat known Valiant characters last issue, Harbinger Renegade #6 provides an interlude. Also, it makes us wait another month before reading about the consequences of the death filled fifth issue. And it does so by whisking the audience back nearly a thousand years.

The advantage to this is that those unfamiliar with the series can read a standalone story set around the time of the Crusades. The cost is that this issue has nothing obvious to do with any previous issues of Harbinger Renegade. That may not be ideal for new readers carrying on with the series. If you’re already reading the series, then you’ll be pleased to hear that this seemingly standalone interlude story delivers. Juan Jose Ryp has a talent for depicting the savageness of war waged with bladed weapons. When the basic premise of this issue is an army besieging a castle, then you know you’re in for a visual treat.

Rafer Roberts handles the interlude issue well. It gives us an issue that tells a compelling one shot story that has little impact on previous events. But, it’s bound to set a lot up in the future, Roberts makes you forget about the fact that it’ll be another month before we see the aftermath of the events of Massacre. Sir Gerald Of Catalonia is the issue’s narrator and the commander of the force supplied by an ancient order dedicated to wiping out a demon, the Brotherhood Of Cuth. The story is well paced and feels neither padded nor rushed. We get what is an incredibly solid story that has minimal ties to the larger Harbinger story. At least until this issue’s story progesses over the coming months.

I enjoyed this issue far more than I expected. I suspect that those more invested in the Valiant universe will find a few nods to other mysterious factions. Some even from Roberts’ own stories. Whether those factions are one and the same with a thousand year gap…. I’ll leave that to you to decide.

My only complaint with Harbinger Renegade #6 is that because it’s an interlude story, we probably won’t revisit the time period again.

Story: Rafer Roberts Art: Juan Jose Ryp Colours: Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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