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Preview: Doctor Tomorrow #1


Pre-Order Edition Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Wraparound Cover by JIM TOWE
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale FEBRUARY 19 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Teen hothead and star athlete, Bart Simms, is about to meet the Valiant Universe’s greatest hero… himself!

The can’t-miss superhero adventure of 2020 starts here!


Get a First Look at X-O Manowar #1 Inks

Feast your eyes on stunning new artwork from X-O Manowar #1!

Aric of Dacia, a 4th-century Visigoth warrior bonded with a powerful sentient alien armor, is facing a whole new kind of threat in the new series by best-selling writer Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum and amazing artist Emilio Laiso. Can Aric become the hero the world needs today?

X-O Manowar #1 launches on March 25th, 2020, featuring colors by Ruth Redmond, letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and covers by Christian WardJeff DekalRod ReisGreg Smallwood, and Raúl Allén.

Check out some of Emilio’s gorgeous pencils and inks below!

Valiant Reveals X-O Manowar #1 Covers by Christian Ward, Rod Reis, Jeff Dekal, Greg Smallwood, and Raúl Allén

X-O Manowar #1 launches this March with stunning covers by all-star artists!

The debut issue by Harvey Award-winner Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum and breakout star artist Emilio Laiso will feature captivating covers by Christian WardJeff DekalRod Reis, Greg Smallwood, and Raúl Allén! Take a look at the cool covers below.

The blockbuster adventure begins on March 25th, 2020, featuring colors by Ruth Redmond and letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

Cover A by Christian Ward
Cover B by Jeff Dekal
Cover C by Rod Reis
Preorder Edition Cover by Greg Smallwood
1:250 Bronze Variant Cover by Raúl Allén

X-O Manowar Launches for New Adventure in March 2020

X-O Manowar #1 unleashes the Valiant Universe’s most powerful hero in an all-new series this March!

From fan-favorite writer Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum and breakout star artist Emilio Laiso, a futuristic threat arises to destroy the planet, and the ancient warrior king – Aric of Dacia, a.k.a. X-O Manowar – is the only person with the courage and power to stand against impossible odds! Can Aric evolve into the superhero the world needs today?

The epic adventure kicks off in X-O Manowar #1 on March 25th, 2020, featuring colors by Ruth Redmond, letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and covers by Christian WardJeff DekalRod ReisGreg Smallwood, and Raúl Allén.

Feast your eyes on a first-look at the stellar artwork!

X-O Manowar #1

Preview: The Visitor #1 (of 6)

THE VISITOR #1 (of 6)

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by MJ KIM
Preorder Edition Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale DECEMBER 18 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Unstoppable. Untraceable. Unkillable. This is how he changes the world…
Who is the Visitor? Why are the leaders of the world terrified of him? And will they live long enough to find out?

THE VISITOR #1 (of 6)

Underrated: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior

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: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior.

wotewJust under a year and a half aog, Valiant Entertainment released a deluxe hardcover edition collecting the entire 14 issue run of Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior along with Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1. Fifteen comics presented in an over-sized hardcover along with 20 odd pages of bonus extras that add a lot for  those interested in the process of the creation of the series, all for $49.99. And yes, I did buy this myself (and happily so) despite having access to the review copies and single issues I had picked up when released.

This series remains one of my all time favourites, so getting a chance to read it all in one spot was something I couldn’t pass up.

But despite this being one of my all time greats, it wasn’t until about the midway point that I fell for the series. Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior didn’t start out as a series that wowed me. The first four issues seemed to struggle with pacing and the art style, especially given the series billing as a follow-up to the explosively exciting Book Of Death miniseries that (spoiler) ended in the Eternal Warrior’s death. It’s that death, and those that follow, that form the crux of the series, but without the first four issues you don’t realize the toll taken on the Eternal Warrior with each death and resurrection cycle. The comics that I felt struggled with pacing quickly became some of the most important ground-setting in modern comics – a lesson that I took to heart, and quickly so.

Comics, like all stories, need time to breath.

It would also be fair to say that the art team of Raul Allen and Patricia Martin were not immediately to my taste. In furtherance to that, it would also be fair to say that my taste quickly changed as the series progressed and the elegance and artistic genius of the husband and wife team gave me a new appreciation of the majesty of sequential art.  There are other artists who contribute to the series, all with a fantastic level of talent; it’s these contributions that give the series the honour of being one of the most visually stunning and diverse pieces of sequential art published by Valiant.

Robert Venditti has written some incredible comics in his time, but one of the finest examples of his work comes in the fourteen issue run of Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior. Taking you on a journey through history,  across continents and beyond death, Venditti weaves an incredibly deep tale that reveals a different layer upon each subsequent reading.

It’s also violent as all hell in places, which should satisfy the need we have for a bit of blood and conflict in our comics, but there’s also a deep emotional story here that cannot – and should not – go ignored. The Eternal Warrior is an ancient being, and his life has not always been sunshine and roses – but he still picks himself up and dusts himself off.

Isn’t there a saying that’s roughly it isn’t how many times we fall, but how many times we pick ourselves up?

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior is a fantastic series, and I envy those of you who get to read the entire thing in one sitting; the deluxe hardcover is worth picking up for that series alone, which is why I haven’t mentioned Eternal Warrior: Awakening at any point in this week’s column because that’s the cherry on top of the fantastic main course. Mixed metaphors aside, Awakening is another really good comic, and serves as another nice bonus for those who buy the collection.

I’ll  make no secret of my abject love for this series, indeed the fact I own both the individual issues and the deluxe hardcover when I also have access to the review copies should hopefully speak volumes to that love. It’s a love that I genuinely believe you’ll share when you give the series a chance – it’s an underrated gem.

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

Preview: Strange Skies over East Berlin #3

Strange Skies over East Berlin #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jeff Loveness
Artist: Lisandro Estherren
Colorist: Patricio Delpeche
Letterer: Steve Wands
Cover Artists: 
Main Cover:
Evan Cagle
Unlocked Variant Cover: Raúl Allén

Herring’s cover is blown! Captured by the spyhunter Keiner, Herring must go toe-to-toe in a mental battle with his old nemesis, while outside their interrogation room, the alien monster begins a psychic attack of its own.

Strange Skies over East Berlin #3

Meet the Future with Doctor Tomorrow this February

Meet the Valiant Universe’s brand-new superhero: Doctor Tomorrow!

This February, teenage hothead and star athlete Bart Simms will come face to face with the Valiant Universe’s greatest hero… himself! The action-packed adventure is by rising star Alejandro Arbona and awe-inspiring artist Jim Towe. Will Bart and Doctor Tomorrow be able to save the Valiant Universe from a new and unstoppable menace? See below for the gripping opening sequence from Doctor Tomorow #1… featuring Doctor Tomorrow’s nemesis Hadrian, and quite a few familiar faces from across the Valiant Universe!

The thrilling all-ages journey begins in Doctor Tomorrow #1 on February 19th, 2020, featuring colors by Diego Rodriguez, letters by Clayton Cowles, and covers by Kenneth RocafortStacey LeeRaúl Allén, and Doug Braithwaite.

Your First Look at Strange Skies Over East Berlin #3

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Strange Skies Over East Berlin #3, the newest issue of an all-new original series from Jeff Loveness and artist Lisandro Estherren, a chilling and intense thriller about an American spy who encounters a terrifying inhuman threat at the heart of the Cold War. 

Herring’s cover is blown! Captured by the spyhunter Keiner, Herring must go toe-to-toe in a mental battle with his old nemesis, while outside their interrogation room, the alien monster begins a psychic attack of its own. 

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #3 features main cover art by illustrator Evan Cagle, and a variant cover by artist Raúl Allén. It comes to shelves December 4, 2019.

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #3

Preview: Psi-Lords #6


Cover A by ROD REIS
On sale NOVEMBER 13 | 32 pages | $3.99 US | T+

“If you love great sci-fi action, a good mystery and/or beautiful art, this book is basically all you need wrapped up in a tidy little package.” – Comic Watch

Witness a cosmic trial by combat… your monthly dose of surreal sci-fi fun has landed!

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