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Preview: A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong Deluxe Edition HC

A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG DELUXE EDITION HC

Written by RAFER ROBERTS with FRED VAN LENTE
Art by DAVID LAFUENTE, MIKE NORTON, RYAN LEE, CARY NORD, CAFU, and MORE
Colors by BRIAN REBER, ADAM PASSALAQUA, and MORE
Letters by DAVE LANPHEAR and  DAVE SHARPE
Cover by KANO (MAY182102)
$49.99 | 368 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 11th
OVERSIZED HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-275-1

Join Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (HARBINGER RENEGADE) and superstar artists David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man) and Mike Norton (Revival) as they take Valiant’s (somewhat) dynamic duo on an all-out assault on the senses right here in the complete deluxe edition hardcover.

Meet Armstrong: Since the ancient city of Ur, this immortal adventurer has spent the last 7,000 years drinking and carousing his way through history alongside some of the greatest merrymakers the world has ever known.

Meet Archer: A sheltered teenage martial arts master and expert marksman that was raised for a single purpose – to kill the devil incarnate. Little did he know that this undying evil was actually Armstrong (he’s actually a pretty good guy…once you get to know him) and, since hitting the road together, the two have become great friends and even better partners.

Now: Archer is about to set off on his most dangerous mission yet – a quest into the mystic reaches of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel to liberate his friend and comrade from the clutches of the mad god Bacchus!

Collecting A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1-12, IMMORTAL BROTHERS: TALE OF THE GREEN KNIGHT #1, and ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1 along with more than 20 pages of rarely seen art and extras!

Dark Horse Announces Modern Fantasy from Kristen Gudsnuk and Rafer Roberts

Magic meets the modern world in a hilarious new series from Kristen Gudsnuk and Rafer Roberts, Modern Fantasy.

Modern Fantasy follows three friends, new to the big city, as they struggle to keep their crappy day jobs and pay off their student loans. A young Ranger woman, her drug-dealing reptilian wizard roommate, and her boisterous Dwarf maiden BFF as they embark on a modern day quest to save the world. The roommates become embroiled in danger when one of their significant other’s finds himself taken by criminals, and the trio must get their $#!& together to save him.

Modern Fantasy #1 goes on sale on June 27, 2018.

Review: Harbinger Renegade #0

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“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

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: Harbinger Renegade #8

As “MASSACRE” continues to tear the Harbinger Renegades apart, the battle lines reveal themselves… On one side, the fugitive psiot named Alexander Solomon and the concussive killers of the H.A.R.D. Corps…and on the other, the Harbinger Renegades and a growing army of newly activated recruits – untrained, unpredictable and potentially unstable. As their paths converge toward an inescapable confrontation, Peter Stanchek will be forced to make an impossible decision that will change the destiny of everyone in the Valiant Universe…and lay the fault lines for HARBINGER WARS 2!

Here’s the thing with this comic – and I apologize for derailing the review right off the bat – I read this comic when I needed a distraction from some personal events (that had a positive outcome), and as a result of that my views on this issue may be a little rose coloured. However despite that I still feel comfortable in saying that Harbinger Renegade #8 is one of the better issues in Rafer Roberts run on the series.

After the events of issue five’s Massacre, we got to see a little fall out last issue among the Renegades, but Harbinger Renegade #8 really seems to kick into gear regarding the story as the young psiots start doing more than just talking about reacting to the events in Rook. Although it feels like a long time coming (especially with issue six’s interlude), the pacing actually feels very right. I may have complained about the pacing before (possibly in the last review, maybe just online), but I’m happy to say that I was quite wrong – Rafer Roberts clearly had a plan and I should have had more faith (pun unintended); he’s certainly earned that from his previous work.

Although I’m still not overly fond of Darrick Robertson‘s art style (which is entirely personal preference), it seems a bit more fluid and less phoned in this issue than in the previous one – the question should be asked whether I dislike his art less because Roberts story, pacing and dialogue are much stronger in comparison to Harbinger Renegade #7, or whether Robertson is simply having a better showing the eighth issue.

Whether you read this series in trade form or in single issues, we’re starting to see a nice build up toward Valiant’s 2018 mega event Harbinger Wars 2, and if you’re a Valiant fan then I’d highly advise you to be keeping tabs on the events in this series.

Overall this is a really enjoyable read that builds upon the catastrophic events of issue five in a very natural way; nothing seems forced or out of the natural flow of the story, and while I’m still not completely on board with with art it has improved. A better comic than the previous issue, and a perfect distraction when I needed one the most – and isn’t that what comics should do? Help us forget the real world for twenty or thirty minutes?

Story: Rafer Roberts Art: Darrick Robertson
Inker: Tom Palmer Colourist: Diego Rodriguez
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a Free copy for review

Preview: Harbinger Renegade #8

HARBINGER RENEGADE #8

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON (AUG172128)
Cover B by BALDEMAR RIVAS (AUG172129)
Cover C by KANO (AUG172130)
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE (AUG172131)
B&W Sketch Variant by DARICK ROBERTSON (AUG172132)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 11th (FOC – 9/18/2017)

Massacred!

As “MASSACRE” continues to tear the Harbinger Renegades apart, the battle lines reveal themselves… On one side, the fugitive psiot named Alexander Solomon and the concussive killers of the H.A.R.D. Corps…and on the other, the Harbinger Renegades and a growing army of newly activated recruits – untrained, unpredictable and potentially unstable. As their paths converge toward an inescapable confrontation, Peter Stanchek will be forced to make an impossible decision that will change the destiny of everyone in the Valiant Universe…and lay the fault lines for HARBINGER WARS 2!

“MASSACRE” seeks its final victim as Harvey Award nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Transmetropolitan) prepare for the biggest, bloodiest confrontation in Valiant history!

 

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!

Valiant Charges Into Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 With Exclusives, Panels, Signings, And More!

Just a few short weeks remain until Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 and Valiant is bringing their A-game to Maryland’s biggest celebration of comics and pop culture!

From Friday, September 22nd through Sunday, September 24th, Valiant Entertainment will be charging headfirst into Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 with a plethora of convention-only exclusives, signings, panels, programming, and other can’t-miss surprises you’re going to want to see for yourself!

All weekend long, stop by the Baltimore Convention Center at Booth #2008 to discover why Valiant is the most celebrated publisher in the comic book industry with a complete selection of critically acclaimed Valiant trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers!

Also, be sure not to miss the Bloodshot Salvation #1 Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive Variant, featuring the amazing work of legendary artist Barry Kitson! Witness a devastating new beginning for best-selling writer Jeff Lemire‘s superhero saga here as he follows the Eisner and Harvey-nominated success of Bloodshot Reborn with a staggering ongoing series, featuring art by Lewis LaRosa, and Mico Suayan.

Then: Join artist Barry Kitson for signings throughout the weekend, alongside other greats including including Joe EismaMatt Kindt, and Rafer Roberts!

Plus: Find out what awaits the Valiant Universe in the coming months with exclusive panels and presentations throughout Baltimore Comic-Con 2017! First, join us on Friday, September 22nd at2:00 pm ET for the Valiant Spotlight: Matt Kindt panel presentation – featuring a wide-ranging conversation with one of the most lauded creative minds in comics today! From his creator-owned series – like Mind MGMT, Dept. H, Grass Kings, Ether, and dozens more – to his work at the forefront of the Valiant comics line – including X-O Manowar, Divinity, Ninjak, and the upcoming Harbinger Wars 2 – join the New York Times best-selling and Eisner Award-nominated writer and artist for a wide-ranging discussion of his work, present and future.

The excitement continues on Saturday, September 23rd at 1:30 pm ET with the Valiant Presents ICONS: X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Faith, and Beyond panel presentation! With record-setting series like X-O Manowar, Faith, and Secret Weapons, Valiant is gearing up for its biggest year yet! Now, find out what’s coming next for Valiant’s next blockbuster series like Bloodshot Salvation, Eternity, Ninja-K,and Quantum and Woody! with an all-star cast of guests, including writers Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar, Eternity) and Rafer Roberts (Harbinger Renegade)! Valiant’s next major leap forward starts here with exclusive announcements and artwork, first at Baltimore Comic-Con 2017!

Finally: New to the Valiant Universe? Look no further than the Valiant 101: Jump On Board Here! panel presentation on Sunday, September 24th at 1:30 pm ET – a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes, from Bloodshot and Divinity to Faith and Harbinger to Ninjak and X-O Manowar! From Buzzfeed and Entertainment Weekly to The Guardian and dozens more, Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today… Now, look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!

Review: Harbinger Renegade #7

HR_007_COVER-B_PORTELAMASSACRE has claimed a life from the Renegades’ own ranks… and their new mission starts now: to rally as many psiots to their cause as possible. Now, this damaged team of telekinetic teenagers are off the grid and on the move, traveling America to recruit soldiers for the inevitable war they all see coming. But they are being watched…

You know those comics that sound really interesting from the previews and solicits, but then fail to live up to any of the promise shown in those texts? Yeah, that’s this one.

Harbinger Renegade #7 has the dubious task of following on from an interlude issue (albeit a pretty good one) which in turn followed the first part of the Massacre story line in which half a dozen or so semi prominent Valiant characters were killed – but none of those characters had previously appeared in this series, so it’s been quite awhile since we’ve seen the Renegades in any real form – and this is our first chance to see how they’ve reacted to the events in Rook. Unfortunately, the emotion shown from the team as they react to the news of their friends being nearly wiped out feels, with one exception, a little blasé (although one could make the argument that with all the death they’ve seen in their young lives, this is exactly the point).

That being said, the tone of this issue is one of grief and how people deal with it in different ways; unfortunately the execution isn’t as strong as one would hope, and while there were an occasional small hill, overall the issue felt a little flat – though a large part of that was likely due to the art.

To say that artistically, this really wasn’t my cup of tea would be bordering on an understatement. HR_007_005 While the pages did have some interesting layouts, the art is far from my favourite. Obviously this is personal opinion, and you may love the art – if that’s the case then I’m happy for you – but I just found it generally boring. I feel the need to reiterate that this is purely personal preference because the art is well done it just didn’t excite me; in fact I felt the exact same way reading this as I would when looking at an Archie Digest comic: the art is just there, but it’s nothing special.

Ultimately this isn’t a bad issue, and I’m hesitant to rag on it too much because I feel it’s just a weaker chapter in the overall direction of the comic, rather than the new quality level we’ll get going forward. I also think that the gap between issues isn’t helping the series, either and while part of that is down to the placement of the interlude issue (which I quite enjoyed) last month that directly  interrupted the flow of the Massacre story line, the multi-month gap since we last saw the Renegade team isn’t helping either.

If you’re reading this series, then it’s worth at least flicking through Harbinger Renegade #7, but if you want to start with Valiant’s comics, then you can do a lot better than starting here.

Story: Rafer Roberts Penciler: Darick Robertson
Inker: Walden Wong Colourist: Diego Rodriguez
Story: 6.5 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Read

Valiant Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Harbinger Renegade #7

HARBINGER RENEGADE #7

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON (JUN172070)
Cover B by FRANCIS PORTELA (JUN172071)
Cover C by RAUL ALLEN  (JUN172072)
Variant Cover by COLLEEN COOVER (JUN172074)
B&W Sketch Variant by DARICK ROBERTSON (JUN172075)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 6th
Moving targets!

“MASSACRE” has claimed a life from the Renegades’ own ranks… and their new mission starts now: to rally as many psiots to their cause as possible. Now, this damaged team of telekinetic teenagers are off the grid and on the move, traveling America to recruit soldiers for the inevitable war they all see coming. But they are being watched…

“MASSACRE” seeks its next victim as multiple Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Transmetropolitan) escalate THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 to the point of no return…and lead the Renegades toward their most seismic confrontation yet!

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