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Preview: Harbinger Wars 2 #4

HARBINGER WARS 2 #4 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO with RENATO GUEDES
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by J.G. JONES
Cover B by MICO SUAYAN
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Pre-Order Edition by KHARI EVANS
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 29th

THE FINAL BATTLE! LIVEWIRE VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE!

We called it the biggest, most impactful, most ambitious Valiant event ever attempted – and we meant it! From across the Valiant Universe, the paths of all of the world’s most formidable heroes – X-O Manowar, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, Ninjak, the Secret Weapons, H.A.R.D. Corps, and dozens of newly activated psiots – have finally converged, drawn together by their old ally Livewire’s last-ditch effort to protect the powerless.

Now, the long-brewing battle between Valiant’s greatest icons will finally reach the stratosphere – literally – and, out of the ashes, a new order for the Valiant Universe will be hewn as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and comics juggernauts Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) and Renato Guedes (SHADOWMAN) present the MUST-READ comics showdown of 2018…and no one gets out unscathed!

Preview: Harbinger Wars Compendium TPB

HARBINGER WARS COMPENDIUM TPB

Written by JOSHUA DYSART and DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by KHARI EVANS, MANUEL GARCIA, CLAYTON HENRY, and PERE PÉREZ with PHIL BRIONES, MATTHEW CLARK, CLAYTON CRAIN, LEE GARBETT, TREVOR HAIRSINE, BARRY KITSON, LEWIS LAROSA, ARTURO LOZZI, JIM MUNIZ, and MICO SUAYAN
Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (MAR182017)

Presenting the best-selling crossover event that redefined the Valiant Universe for a new generation, now in the most complete collection yet. From the first salvo all the way to the very last shot, follow the complete saga from its beginning in the first issues of HARBINGER and BLOODSHOT and see what set them on the road to a collision in the pages of HARBINGER WARS!

When an untrained and undisciplined team of super-powered test subjects escape from Project Rising Spirit and onto the Vegas Strip, Bloodshot and the Harbinger Renegades will find themselves locked in battle against a deadly succession of opponents – and each other. As the combined forces of the H.A.R.D. Corps, Generation Zero, and omega-level telekinetic Toyo Harada all descend on Las Vegas to vie for the control of Rising Spirit’s deadliest assets, the world is about to discover the shocking price of an all-out superhuman conflict…and no one will escape unscathed. Who will survive the Harbinger Wars?

From acclaimed writers Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER) and Duane Swierczynski (BLOODSHOT) and an all-star cast of artists including Clayton Henry (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG), Khari Evans (IMPERIUM), Manuel Garcia (Black Widow), Barry Kitson (Fantastic Four), and more!

Collecting HARBINGER (2012) #1-14, BLOODSHOT (2012) #1-13, and HARBINGER WARS #1-4.

$59.99 | 768 pgs. | T+
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-261-4

Preview: Harbinger Wars 2: Prelude #1

HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1

Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTÍN
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN (MAR181990)
Cover B by MICHAEL CHO (MAR181991)
Variant Cover by CARY NORD (MAR181992)
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA (MAR181993)
Pre-Order Edition by KHARI EVANS (MAR181989)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 2nd

Before HARBINGER WARS 2 begins, JUMP ON BOARD HERE with A STANDALONE INTRODUCTION TO THE VALIANT UNIVERSE’s most powerful forces from the master storytellers behind SECRET WEAPONS: Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and Harvey Award-nominated artists Raúl Allén (SECRET WEAPONS) and Patricia Martín (BLOODSHOT REBORN)!

The Harbinger Renegades have been scattered across America… battered by the brutal MASSACRE that decimated their ranks.

Now, Livewire – leader of the Harbinger Foundation’s most unusual group of SECRET WEAPONS – is about to incite the coast-to-coast clash that brings them all together in an inescapable collision of power.

Pushed to the brink by the government she once served, Toyo Harada’s former star pupil is about to make an irreversible decision… and deactivate America’s power supply in a last-ditch bid to save the extraordinary individuals called “psiots” from extinction. As a nation goes dark, the paths of our world’s most powerful heroes will soon converge…and the stage will be set for the most cataclysmic confrontation in the history of the Valiant Universe!

Witness the ground-zero moment for the future of the Valiant Universe with a startling, self-contained prelude to HARBINGER WARS 2 – and the perfect introduction to all of Valiant’s biggest icons from one of the most acclaimed creative teams in comics today!

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #4

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #4

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by MICO SUAYAN
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (OCT171910)
Cover B by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (OCT171911)
Cover C by KHARI EVANS (OCT171912)
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (OCT171913)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by CULLY HAMNER (OCT171914)
$3.99 US | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 13th (FOC – 11/20/2017)

At last – the origin of Rampage!

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 by an inextinguishable furnace of hate… This is the story of the Valiant Universe’s most terrifying new villain, and a preview of the pain he has yet to inflict on an unsuspecting world…

“THE BOOK OF REVENGE” drives another nail deep into Bloodshot’s soul and psyche as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Black Hammer) and explosive artist Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) present, for once and all time, the brutal genesis of the man-made-machine called Rampage!

The Origin of Rampage Revealed in Bloodshot Salvation #4 – On Sale December 13th!

aliant is proud to present your first look inside Bloodshot Salvation #4 – AN ESSENTIAL ORIGIN ISSUE revealing the roots behind the much-demanded return of Bloodshot’s most unrelenting nemesis… On December 13th, 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 a brutal tour-de-force led by two of Valiant’s most masterful storytellers!

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 by an inextinguishable furnace of hate… This is the story of the Valiant Universe’s most terrifying new villain and a preview of the pain he has yet to inflict on an unsuspecting world…

Featuring covers by Mico SuayanJuan José RypKhari EvansRoberto de la Torre, and Cully Hamner!

Review: X-O Manowar #9

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“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?”

Aright, let’s talk about this comic. Or rather, why don’t I talk about it and because you’re (hopefully) curious, why don’t you keep reading?  Yeah, look I clearly blew my intro. I’m sorry. I was a mite distracted by how fucking gorgeous the opening double page spread is, but it’s okay now. I’m good. I promise.

Okay, I’m not. Why don’t you just spend a minute ogling this with me? Seriously, look at it below!

Imagine this is print. It’s going to be so awesome. But now my eyes are back in my skull and my jaw is no longer on the floor, it’s time to get into the review proper.

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X-O Manowar #9 finds Aric as the defacto emperor of a planet in the far reaches of the galaxy after having recently overthrown the former ruler, but in a rather interesting move Matt Kindt focuses the story less on the title character and more on the results of his actions over the past eight issues as told by those affected. It’s a point of view you seldom see in comics, the fallout of the big victory, and Kindt shines a light on the struggles faced by the three factions impacted. Just because the war is won, doesn’t mean the struggle to survive is over.

Clayton Crain (with special thanks to Khari Evans) delivers a comic  that is nothing short of jaw droppingly beautiful (but you already knew my thoughts on the art). The pages are darkly atmospheric, giving you as much a sense of the planet’s situation as Kindt’s words do – and much faster if you’re paying attention to the art as a story telling device.

Ultimately, while X-O Manowar #9 is a powerful look at the effects war has on people, cultures, and their way of life, this issue is a bridge from the previous three arcs (Soldier, General and Emperor) to the upcoming Bounty Hunters. And while one could say that Lemire could have made that bridge with a paragraph (hell, even a sentence) in the first few pages of that arc, had he done so we would have missed out on an incredibly dark comic that deserves to be read by anybody who visits a comic shop (or digital storefront) this Wednesday.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Clayton Crain with special thanks to Khari Evans
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.75 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review, but I’ll be buying this Wednesday anyway.

Preview: Harbinger Renegade #0

HARBINGER RENEGADE #0

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
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)!

 

Review: X-O Manowar #8

XO2017_008_VARIANT_ICON_JONES“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!”

I’ll be honest with you: I’ve never been partial to stories set in the far reaches of space. It would be fair to say that for the most part I’ve actively avoided them (I really only saw the Star Wars movies properly in the last couple of years), especially when it comes to comics. The reason I tell you this is because I hope that it provides a little context when I express my feelings toward this series.

There will always be one Valiant comic a month that I’ll forgo reading the review copy and wait for the print version from my LCS (hey, I buy most of the comics Valiant puts out, why not actually read them once in awhile?), and this month the comic I physically read was X-O Manowar #8, written by Fred Van Lente with art by Clayton Crain and Renato Guedes with special thanks to Khari Evans. I’ll  be completely honest with you: I don’t know specifically the contribution of each artist to the comic, only that the final product is remarkable.

Although the issue details the end of the planet encompassing war that Aric has become embroiled with as he rose through the ranks from soldier to captain to general, the war itself isn’t the main focus of the comic – but rather a fantastic backdrop to an intense character study as the most powerful man in the war discovers more about who he is.

X-O Manowar has been one hell of a ride so far as Van Lente and the art team give us a comic where the story is just as exemplary as the art work in each issue. Truly one of the best series on the shelves right now.

Story: Fred Van Lente
Art:  Clayton Crain and Renato Guedes with special thanks to Khari Evans
Story: 9 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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!

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