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Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #19

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #19

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by ALAN QUAH
Cover C by MICO SUAYAN
Interlocking Variant by RENATO GUEDES
X-O Manowar 75th Issue Variant by MICO SUAYAN
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 26

NEW ARC! NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “AGENT” – PART 1! Celebrating the 75th issue overall of X-O MANOWAR since 2012!

Beyond time, space, and reality, there lies the Unknown…and now it’s coming here! When soldiers from a mysterious foreign realm arrive on Earth, it’s up to the armored Visigoth known as X-O Manowar – newly returned to the planet and now the leader of his own elite G.A.T.E. unit – to deal with the intrusion. But are these otherworldly emissaries truly the threat they appear to be, or does a larger danger loom over the Valiant Universe still?

Worlds collide as Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt (ETERNITY, Grass Kings) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA) bring a new plane of existence crashing down upon our own in a brand-new jumping-on point for 2017’s best-selling series!

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!

X-O Manowar #19 Breaks New Ground on September 26th!

Valiant has released a first look at the lettered and colored pages of X-O Manowar (2017) #19 – a brand-new story arc and new jumping-on point for Valiant’s armored barbarian prince, as well as the 75th overall issue of X-O Manowar published since the launch of Valiant Entertainment in 2012!

On September 26th, Aric of Dacia once again takes on his role as Earth’s galactic defender, as Eisner-nominated writer Matt Kindt and incomparable artist Juan José Ryp bring the world of the groundbreaking Divinity and Eternity series to X-O Manowar’s world!

Beyond time, space, and reality, there lies the Unknown…and now it’s coming here! When soldiers from a mysterious foreign realm arrive on Earth, it’s up to the armored Visigoth known as X-O Manowar – newly returned to the planet and now the leader of his own elite G.A.T.E. unit – to deal with the intrusion. But are these otherworldly emissaries truly the threat they appear to be, or does a larger danger loom over the Valiant Universe still?

Featuring covers by Kenneth RocafortAlan QuahMico Suayan, and Renato Guedes!

Harbinger Wars 2 #4 – Matt Kindt & Tomás Giorello Bring the Final Battle!

Valiant has released a first look within the fully lettered and colored pages of Harbinger Wars 2 #4, the final issue of this summer’s seismic event series!

On August 29thEisner-nominated writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Tomás Giorello, the creative minds behind 2017’s massively best-selling X-O Manowar – alongside sensational artist Renato Guedes – all convene to loosen the tides of war in an unforgettable firefight!

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!

Featuring covers by J.G. JonesMico SuayanJuan José Ryp, and Felipe Massafera!

X-O Manowar #19 Begins a New Battle In “Agent,” with Matt Kindt and Juan José Ryp this September!

Valiant is proud to present your first look at X-O Manowar (2017) #19, an ALL-NEW STORY ARC and NEW JUMPING-ON POINT for the best-selling comics powerhouse! On September 26th, Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt and eye-popping artist Juan José Ryp unleash“Agent,” a new challenge on our war-torn world, as Aric of Dacia once again defends Earth from extraterrestrial terrors!

Beyond time, space, and reality, there lies the Unknown…and now it’s coming here! When soldiers from a mysterious foreign realm arrive on Earth, it’s up to the armored Visigoth known as X-O Manowar – newly returned to the planet and now the leader of his own elite G.A.T.E. unit – to deal with the intrusion. But are these otherworldly emissaries truly the threat they appear to be, or does a larger danger loom over the Valiant Universe still?

Featuring covers by Kenneth RocafortAlan Quah, Mico Suayan, and Renato Guedes!

Preview: Harbinger Wars 2 #3 (of 4)

HARBINGER WARS 2 #3 (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 (MAY182076)
Cover B by MICO SUAYAN (MAY182077)
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP(MAY182078)
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA (MAY182079)
Pre-Order Edition by TOMÁS GIORELLO
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 25th

All hands on deck!

Divided but not yet conquered, Livewire and the Harbinger Renegades are making their last stand for the fate of their fellow psiots! Targeted by X-O Manowar and the governmental forces of the H.A.R.D. Corps, the most powerful players behind the cataclysmic conflict that has torn America asunder are about to converge in a violent conflict where the ultimate fate of the Valiant Universe will be decided… And Ninjak and Bloodshot are about to get a crucial new role in the heart of it all!

From coast to coast, New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, DIVINITY) and superstar artist Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR, NINJA-K) are about to unleash a sonic boom of seismic consequences as Valiant’s spectacular summer event rages forward!

Underrated: Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado

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: Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado



bs colorado.jpgJeff Lemire has been writing Bloodshot across various series for a long time. Longer, even, than I have been reading. Two days ago, I picked up the first volume of Bloodshot Reborn as despite reading from around the eighth issue of the series on, I had never actually read the opening to the series. The blurb on the back of this book gives you a pretty good idea of the book’s plot, but what it doesn’t do is tell you that this book is so much more than your typical superhero story.

Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit — a private contractor trafficking in violence — very well. Now, Bloodshot is a shadow of his former self. He lives in self-imposed exile, reeling from the consequences of his past life and the recent events that nearly drove him mad. But when a rash of shootings by gunmen who appear to look just like Bloodshot begin, his guilt will send him on a mission to stop the killers, even if it means diving head-long into the violence that nearly destroyed him.

Picking up after the events of The Valiant (expect spoilers for that book if you haven’t read it), Colorado opens with a monologue telling you who Bloodshot was juxtaposed against images in stark contrast to who he is now. Lemire wastes no tie in showing you that a  man who was forced to kill for others has, seemingly, wasted his opportunity at a second chance for a normal life. Within a page or two, you’re hitting rock bottom with the man formerly known as Bloodshot. You can feel his guilt and shame emanating  from the paper as you turn the page, and not once do you blame him for what he’s going through.

This is a man who was broken, and who doesn’t know how to move past what he was. Who woke up from a nightmare only to understand that he was the monster, and now wears the question of whether he deserves to move on as an armour.

Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado is an origin story, of sorts, for Ray Garrison. Which means you don’t need to have read Bloodshot prior to picking up this comic (and, really, although the first series post Valiant relaunch is good, it pales in comparison to the more psychological horror take on the character that Lemire presents us with). This first volume in the series is a brilliant read; I devoured it in one sitting and immediately wanted to read more. I am a huge fan of Jeff Lemire, and think his take on the character is a vastly underrated one when looked at in the grand scheme of the comics read world.

Lemire’s take on Bloodshot is my favourite version of the character, but the opening of his story takes more from the horror genre than one would initially expect. The character’s inner turmoil is obvious and very clear to the reader as Ray Garrison struggles to discover who he is now that he’s no longer a monster; and his biggest fear, and one he must confront as the volume progresses, is that he’s nobody. Without the monster, he is a shell of a man.

Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado is a book I can’t speak highly enough of (were this a review I’d be giving it a solid 10; the art is every bit as impressive as the story), and it genuinely surprised me that I hadn’t heard much about it prior to reading it myself. Maybe that was part of the magic, that unexpected kick in the teeth, but this first volume of Bloodshot Reborn needs to find its place on your shelf – whether physical or digital.


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

Harbinger Wars 2 #3 – Matt Kindt & Tomás Giorello Send Shockwaves Through the Valiant Universe on July 23rd!

All hands on deck!

Valiant has released a first look within the pages of Harbinger Wars 2 #3 (of 4), the next incendiary installment in the SEISMIC COMICS EVENT OF 2018! On July 25th, Eisner-nominated writer Matt Kindt and sensational artist Tomás Giorello rush past the point of no return and deliver another unstoppable onslaught upon the heroes of the Valiant Universe!

Divided but not yet conquered, Livewire and the Harbinger Renegades are making their last stand for the fate of their fellow psiots! Targeted by X-O Manowar and the governmental forces of the H.A.R.D. Corps, the most powerful players behind the cataclysmic conflict that has torn America asunder are about to converge in a violent conflict where the ultimate fate of the Valiant Universe will be decided… And Ninjak and Bloodshot are about to get a crucial new role in the heart of it all!

Featuring covers by J.G. JonesMico Suayan, Juan José Ryp, Felipe Massafera, and Lewis LaRosa!

Preview: Harbinger Wars 2 #2

HARBINGER WARS 2 #2 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO and RENATO GUEDES
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by JG JONES (APR181842)
Cover B by MICO SUAYAN ­­(APR181843)
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (APR181844)
HW2 Icon Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA (APR181845)
Pre-Order Edition by TOMÁS GIORELLO (MAR181989)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JUNE 27th

And so…the unstoppable X-O Manowar enters the fray!

From East to West, the nation has been cleaved down the middle as Livewire’s defensive attack on the U.S. power grid envelops America in darkness and sets the stage for the biggest clash of powers ever witnessed… On one side, Peter Stanchek’s ragtag team of Renegades – alongside their newly activated army of untrained and wildly unstable psiots – ready themselves for an unsparing firefight with H.A.R.D. Corps and the agents of Omen. On the other, Ninjak and Bloodshot prepare to enter Livewire’s domain inside blacked-out Los Angeles. But as the casualties pile up and the losses mount on both sides, none of them will be ready to confront the full fury of raw power personified as X-O Manowar makes his long-awaited return after a year of self-imposed exile among the stars…and delivers a single concussive strike that will send shockwaves across the whole of the Valiant Universe!

The most powerful Valiant event attempted continues in full force with another seismic chapter as New York Times best-selling author Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) unleash X-O Manowar on a world he thought he’d left behind…and fire off the next brutal volley in the coast-to-coast clash of comics icons that will leave no hero unscathed!

Harbinger Wars 2 #2 – Matt Kindt & Tomás Giorello Draw Their Battle Lines on June 27th!

Valiant has released a first look at the lettered pages for Harbinger Wars 2 #2 (of 4), the SEISMIC CROSSOVER EVENT OF 2018! On June 27th, the Earth-shattering crossover continues in full force with another epic chapter, as Eisner-nominated writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Tomás Giorello unleash X-O Manowar on a world he thought he’d left behind…and fire off the next brutal volley in the coast-to-coast clash of comics icons that will leave no hero unscathed!

From East to West, the nation has been cleaved down the middle as Livewire’s defensive attack on the U.S. power grid envelops America in darkness and sets the stage for the biggest clash of powers ever witnessed… On one side, Peter Stanchek’s ragtag team of Renegades – alongside their newly activated army of untrained and wildly unstable psiots – ready themselves for an unsparing firefight with H.A.R.D. Corps and the agents of Omen. On the other, Ninjak and Bloodshot prepare to enter Livewire’s domain inside blacked-out Los Angeles. But as the casualties pile up and the losses mount on both sides, none of them will be ready to confront the full fury of raw power personified as X-O Manowar makes his long-awaited return after a year of self-imposed exile among the stars…and delivers a single concussive strike that will send shockwaves across the whole of the Valiant Universe!

Featuring covers by J.G. JonesMico SuayanJuan José Ryp, and Felipe Massafera!

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