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Preview: X-O Manowar #9

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #9

Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (SEP172039)
Cover B by ADAM POLLINA (SEP172040)
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (SEP172041)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by DARICK ROBERTSON (SEP172042)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale NOVEMBER 22nd (FOC – 10/30/2017)

Hail to the emperor!

With his throne attained and his enemies defeated, Aric of Dacia is not only the undisputed emperor of the war-shattered world of Gorin… He is one of the most feared warlords in the known galaxy! But as this former hero of Earth grows more confident with each brutal campaign, he’ll soon discover that his greatest enemy is…himself. Can Aric and the ultra-powerful X-O Manowar armor that he wields peacefully sustain such unyielding amounts of power…or will the thirst for war inside him consume everything he’s fought for?

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (ETERNITY, Dept. H), and superstar artist Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.) crown the final chapter of “EMPEROR” here as Valiant’s chart-topping interstellar opus challenges the cosmos itself!

Fred Van Lente & CAFU Decode Armstrong and the Vault of Spirits #1 in February!

Valiant has announced Armstrong and the Vault of Spirits #1 – a hard-charging, standalone special coming this winter from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente and red-hot rising star CAFU! On February 7th, join in a riotous celebration for the ages as Armstrong, for the very first time, uncorks the ancient mysteries of his centuries past – and dares his closest comrades into the adventure of several lifetimes!

Deep beneath New York City’s seediest dive bar, Armstrong – the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history’s greatest escapades – is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer… Ivar, Timewalker… Faith… Quantum and Woody… And special guests from across the Valiant Universe… All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong’s most valuable and tightly guarded treasure… From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the Crusades, raise a glass as Armstrong recounts the true stories of his wine-soaked path down through the ages and the artifacts that reside within his own secret archive!

Adventure! Mystery! Romance! Get ready to raise a glass and throw a punch! Featuring covers by Kalman Andrasofsky, Juan José Ryp, Ryan Bodenheim, and Clayton Henry!

Review: Harbinger Renegade #0


“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.”

To say that Valiant are doing their level best to build up the excitement level for next year’s Harbinger Wars 2 that will bring almost every character in the company’s repertoire together in what’s being positioned as an all out war. But to get to that point, the company needs to lay some ground work, and that’s just what Rafer Roberts has been doing in this series.

The recently concluded Massacre arc saw the deaths of the vast majority of Generation Zero at the hands of H.A.R.D. Corps (who also suffered significant casualties), and we also got glimpses into the reaction to those deaths. The arc was trans-formative for the Valiant Universe, including an at-the-time irrelevant interlude issue, which just about brings us to this Zero issue. Plot wise, the comic focuses on a H.A.R.D. Corps raid on an installation that’s hiding Alexander Solomon, and very little else. It’s a well written diversion that builds a little toward the inevitable war while bringing a little more relevance to the interlude issue – if you’ve read the full preview text then you have a pretty good idea of the outcome of the issue,  but I won’t reveal more regarding the ins and outs of the admittedly pretty straight forward plot as it is more fun to go in relatively blind.

Juan Jose Ryp is once again spot on with his work here, and the colouring work of Andrew Dalhouse compliments Ryp’s work in every way. The pair combine to create some utterly fantastic visuals throughout the comic with some really dynamic action sequences packed with all kinds of detail without ever feeling too convoluted. I am a big fan of Ryp’s art style, so whenever I see his name on the cover to a comic I know that even if the story sucks, which it doesn’t, then I’ll at least be able to read a good looking comic – and that’s certainly the case here.

With the zero issue designation Harbinger Renegade #0 is technically taken out of the numbering sequence, although the story would have allowed this to serve as the next sequentially numbered issue – but that’s a very minor and ultimately irrelevant point. Suffice to say that this issue is one of Roberts stronger ones, although if you’re not reading the series as a whole then a lot of the hints and half answered questions may mean nothing to you – essentially what I’m saying here is that this may not be an ideal jumping on point, but it’s a damn good comic.

Story: Rafer Roberts Art: Juan Jose Ryp Colourist Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Harbinger Renegade #0


Cover A by CLAYTON HENRY ( SEP172034)
Cover B by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE ( SEP172035)
Cover C by JUAN JOSÉ RYP ( SEP172036)
Variant Cover by KHARI EVANS ( SEP172037)
Variant Cover by BEN TIESMA ( SEP172038)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 8th (FOC – 10/16/2017)

An essential prelude to HARBINGER WARS 2 – the seismic 2018 crossover event at the epicenter of 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.

Out of the ashes of “MASSACRE,” the march toward the most consequential Valiant event of all time continues with an epic revelation at the heart of the Harbinger mythos – as told by Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA)!


Preview: X-O Manowar #8

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #8

Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (AUG172120)
Cover B by ADAM POLLINA (AUG172121)
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP(AUG172122)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by J.G. JONES (AUG172123)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale OCTOBER 25th


War has returned to the world of Gorin – but, this time, the planet’s ravaged armies face a threat from the stars, not within! Now, as the intergalactic assault reaches a critical peak, it falls to Gorin’s newly coronated emperor, Aric of Urth, to fortify not just a kingdom, but an entire world! With his sentient armor to aid him, the earthborn warrior once known as X-O Manowar will confront the conquering force known as the Mono Men on the field of battle…but if he doesn’t act fast, his reign will end just as quickly as it began!

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.) let loose the cosmos’ fiercest dogs of war for the next punishing chapter of “EMPEROR” – and bring the best-selling independent comic debut of 2017 to a white-hot crucible of unimaginable brutality!

Preview: Shadowman/Rae Sremmurd #1


Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Cover A by RENATO GUEDES (AUG172115)
Cover B (Interlocking) by LEIF JONES (AUG172116)
Cover C (Interlocking) by LEIF JONES (AUG172117)
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (AUG172118)
Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (AUG172119)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 4th (FOC – 9/11/2017)

The comics crossover event of 2017! Valiant’s superhero icon meets Rae Sremmurd, the multiplatinum hip-hop superstars behind the #1 hit “Black Beatles,” for an unforgettable showdown at the crossroads of life and death!

Before they were dominating the music charts and selling out stages worldwide, Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee were just a pair of talented, but otherwise ordinary, brothers…until a twist of fate delivered them fame and wealth beyond their wildest imagination. Now, years later as hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, the brothers are bound for New Orleans…and an otherworldly encounter with the supernatural guardian called Shadowman, the lone line of the defense between our world and the Deadside that lies beyond…

The Valiant Universe collides with two of the most influential artists in hip-hop today as Shadowman and Rae Sremmurd come face to face to forge a new legend of fame, fortune, and magic – as told by rising star Eliot Rahal (BLOODSHOT’S DAY OFF) and renowned artist Renato Guedes (Wolverine)!

Preview: X-O Manowar #7


Written by MATT KINDT
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)


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


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!

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