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Meet Livewire’s New Foe: Pan de Santos

Valiant has debuted an advance look at a brand-new foe, Pan de Santos! Making their debut in Livewire #2 and designed by series artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín, writer Vita Ayala describes the upcoming antagonist as “the conceptual opposite of Livewire” and a “true believer of Toyo Harada.” Feast your eyes on the character design above and a color preview from Livewire #2 below!

Powerless!

When the superpowered psiot codenamed Livewire plunged the entire country into a nationwide power outage, she made more than a few enemies – and now she’s about to meet them face to face! But these mysterious foes aren’t simply interested in bringing her to justice…no, they have other far more nefarious plans for the most wanted woman in the world…

Livewire #2 features covers by Adam Pollina and Megan Hutchison and out January 23rd.

Preview: Harbinger Wars 2 TPB

HARBINGER WARS 2 TPB

Written by MATT KINDT and ERIC HEISSERER
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO, RENATO GUEDES, RAÚL ALLÉN, PATRICIA MARTÍN, and ADAM POLLINA
Cover by JG JONES

A seismic universe-spanning event! Nothing will ever be the same…

From New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR. DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR), the most powerful Valiant event ever attempted erupts in full force as X-O Manowar, Livewire, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, the Secret Weapons, Ninjak, and a cast of thousands draw their battle lines in HARBINGER WARS 2!

For the rare and immensely powerful subset of humanity known as psiots, their unique abilities have come with an enormous cost. Once, their existence was known only to a select few. Now, the revelation that thousands of these latent telekinetic “harbingers” secretly live among us – with the potential to be activated at any moment – has led the American government to a dramatic tipping point…

Armed with new extra-governmental authority, the deep-black military contractor known as Omen has been authorized to identify, evaluate, and, if need be, eliminate all super-normal threats to the homeland. H.A.R.D. Corps units have been deployed into cities and towns across the United States to enforce their orders.

In the East, one of the most powerful minds on Earth, Peter Stanchek, is leading his band of Renegades across the country, activating any potential psiots willing to join them, and building an insurrection force of ultra-powerful and unwieldy new abilities that will soon bring war to Omen’s doorstep…and the unstoppable force known as X-O Manowar raging back to Earth…

In the West, Livewire – the telekinetic technopath with the ability to bend machines and computers to her will – will be forced to choose between her former allies…or her newfound team of Secret Weapons. As the situation escalates beyond human control, the United States will be plunged into darkness from coast to coast, launching Bloodshot and Ninjak into a dangerous mission to neutralize their one-time teammate – and setting the stage for the most shocking, most violent, and most consequential clash of powers ever witnessed in the history of the Valiant Universe!

Collecting HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1, HARBINGER WARS 2 #1-4, and HARBINGER WARS 2: AFTERMATH #1.

$19.99 | 160 pgs. | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 28th

Advanced Review: Livewire #1

LIVEWIRE_001_VARIANT-GLASS_BRAITHWAITEALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES! FOR THE FIRST TIME, LIVEWIRE TAKES CENTER STAGE!

Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable super-powered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout with her technopathic abilities, causing untold devastation. After choosing the few over the many, she must now outrun the government she served – and those she once called allies. With the whole world hunting her, what kind of hero will Livewire be…or will she be one at all?

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. That phrase stuck with me as I was reading this comic, for rather obvious reasons as we see, perhaps the first time, Livewire’s more human side since the events of Harbinger Wars II, and the catastrophic loss of life resulting from her effective nation-wide EMP pulse. Livewire #1 opens with several pages of soul searching in Livewire’s internal monologue as she justifies her actions, the end result of those actions, and her intentions. That Vita Ayala has  been able to give Livewire an almost sympathetic slant after all she has done recently in the Valiant Universe is no mean feat. The character’s desire to protect and save young psiots at any cost brings to mind both her mentor Toyo Harada, and one of Marvel’s most compelling villains in Magneto.

This is a fantastic way to approach a very complex character, one that could easily be viewed as Valiant’s new premier villain. It’s this angle that makes Livewire #1 so interesting to read. Although the audience knows what Livewire has done, you can’t help but feel for her as she struggles to justify her actions to herself and to her (former?) team, the Secret Weapons (if you haven’t read the four issue miniseries these characters originated from, the simply named Secret Weapons, then you’re missing out).

Livewire #1 is a very intelligent read, and Ayala has already established a book with a lot of promise going forward, but a comic is more than just excellent writing; it’s a combination of words and art. The art team of Raul Allen and Patricia Martin are perhaps one of the most visually interesting and dynamic art teams I’ve ever seen in a comic book. The colours of the pages are either predominantly a pale blue, almost cold in its technical and clinical usage, or a red that has the frustration and anger palpably emanating from the panels. This is a book about cold frustration, and it shows in all the subtleties in the art.

Allen and Martin give us a powerful performance that in every way matches Ayala’s writing, and sets Valiant’s newest series up for a huge amount of success – hopefully success that will be reflected in the sales charts as well as the critical reception.

This is, frankly, a fantastic comic book. I can’t wait for the second issue (I also can’t wait to see this in print, either).

Story: Vita Ayala Art: Raul Allen & Patricia Martin Letters: Saida Temofonte
Story: 9.1 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.1 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Livewire #1’s Glass Variant to Be Printed with UV Ink!

Valiant Entertainment has revealed a first look at the Livewire #1 Glass Variant, which features a captivating image illustrated by superb artist Doug Braithwaite and a design created by Valiant Director of Design and Production, Travis Escarfullery. The cover will include a special UV ink printing process that will allow the cover to virtually glow under black light!

Following in the footsteps of their ultra-successful run of Brushed Metal Variants, Valiant first broke new ground with November’s Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 Glass Variant, becoming the first-ever publisher to print a comic book with a tempered glass cover. The initiative was a tremendous success, helping to make the issue the highest-selling Bloodshot issue in the modern era. Now, Valiant will prove once again why it leads the industry in unique innovations when the Livewire #1 Glass Variant makes its debut!

Livewire is finally getting her very first chance to shine in her own solo series after years as an integral supporting character within the Valiant Universe, featuring a brand new jumping-on point for longtime Valiant fanatics and new readers alike! On December 19th, 2018, rising star Vita Ayala is joined by Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín – to go deeper into the complex psyche of Valiant’s technopathic titan, and explore exactly what it means to be a hero…especially in a world where your reputation is defined by your last big mistake!

Retailers should note that one copy of the Livewire #1 Glass Variant can be obtained for every qualifying order of 250 copies of Livewire #1. There is no limit per store – 250 copies ordered will net one glass cover, 500 will net two glass covers, and so forth. Final orders are due to Diamond Comics on Monday, November 26th, but please note the Glass Variant Cover will ship directly from Valiant Entertainment.

Livewire #2’s Intense Encounter, Out in January!

Valiant has revealed the first look at Livewire #2 before the highly anticipated title’s debut issue goes on sale – they’re that excited about this series!

Livewire has spent years as an integral supporting character within the Valiant Universe, but now the fan-favorite former member of Unity will shine in her very own solo series! Taking place after the action-packed events in Harbinger Wars 2, Livewire is now the most wanted woman in the world and she’s being targeted by a mysterious enemy. Rising star Vita Ayala joins forces with fan-favorite art team Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín to delve deep into the powerful technopath’s psyche and tell a tale that serves as a great jumping-on point!

In the gripping preview for the second issue, Livewire comes face to face with her brutal foe in a tense encounter, but what sinister plans do they have for her? Feast your eyes on the new pages below!

With covers by Adam Pollina, and Megan Hutchison, Livewire #2 is out January 23, 2019.

Preview: Black Badge #4

Black Badge #4

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Colorist: Hilary Jenkins
Cover Artists:
Main Cover:
Matt Kindt
    Intermix Cover: Tyler Jenkins
Unlocked Retailer Variant Cover: Raúl Allén
Price: $3.99

The Black Badges are invited to the compete in the Badge of Champions—a gigantic secret convention where scouts from competing disciplines meet every year for a cut-throat survival course. The objective is to win—no matter the cost.

Incursion #1-4 Pre-Order Edition Bundle Collects the Entire Otherworldly Series by Andy Diggle, Alex Paknadel & Doug Braithwaite!

Valiant presents the Incursion #1-4 Pre-Order Edition Bundle, available only as a set to fans who reserve the entire series with their local comic shop by the final order cut-off date (FOC) of January 28, 2019!

Released monthly from February 2019 through May 2019, each  Pre-Order Edition comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues, plus exclusive covers that can’t be found anywhere else, beginning with powerhouse artist Tonci Zonjic – all at no extra charge!

In anticipation of the Eternal Warrior’s return to a new limited series in Incursion#1, Valiant has announced a brand-new ONE DOLLAR DEBUT, reprinting the first issue of 2015’s best-selling series: Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1 by Robert VendittiRaúl Allén, and Patricia Martín!

For five millennia, the Eternal Warrior has shaped history at the end of his sword. He’s razed empires, toppled civilizations, and broken armies as an immortal soldier in service to the Earth.

But now, the Eternal Warrior has been torn from the world he once protected and finds himself stranded in a hostile alien landscape unlike any he’s faced before. Separated from his earthly environs, can history’s deadliest soldier survive a realm far older, far deadlier, and far more ruinous than anything he’s ever encountered? Beyond Earth lies eternity…

On February 20th, master storytellers Andy Diggle, Alex Paknadel, and Doug Braithwaite reveal a story that will rock the Valiant Universe across dimensions in Incursion #1 – featuring covers by Doug Braithwaite and Roberto de la Torre!

Vita Ayala Goes on a Northeast Signing Tour to Promote Livewire #1

Valiant has announced a series of in-store creator signings for Livewire #1, the first issue in a stunning new ongoing series by writer Vita Ayala and artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín!

Beginning on December 19th, up-and-coming comic writer Vita Ayala is scheduled to sign copies of their Valiant debut, Livewire #1, in local comic book stores all across the greater New York City area, including the following locations:

Wednesday, December 19th

1pm
Forbidden Planet
Manhattan, NY

5pm
Bulletproof Comics
Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, December 20th

1pm
East Side Mags
Montclair, NJ

7pm
Anyone Comics
Brooklyn, NY

Friday, December 21st
5pm
October Country Comics
New Paltz, NY

Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable super-powered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout with her technopathic abilities, causing untold devastation. After choosing the few over the many, she must now outrun the government she served – and those she once called allies. With the whole world hunting her, what kind of hero will Livewire be…or will she be one at all?

On December 19th, Vita Ayala and artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín – the critically acclaimed duo behind SECRET WEAPONS – forge a new path for one of Valiant’s most complex and courageous characters in Livewire #1! Featuring covers by Adam PollinaHarvey Tolibao, and a special glass variant by Doug Braithwaite!

Livewire #1 Takes Center Stage In Her First Solo Series on December 19th!

Valiant has released an extended look into Livewire #1, the stunning new ongoing series by rising star writer Vita Ayala and superstar artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín!

Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable super-powered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout with her technopathic abilities, causing untold devastation. After choosing the few over the many, she must now outrun the government she served – and those she once called allies. With the whole world hunting her, what kind of hero will Livewire be…or will she be one at all?

Featuring covers by Adam PollinaHarvey Tolibao, and Doug Braithwaite!

Plus: There’s still plenty of time to pre-order the Livewire #1-8 Pre-Order Edition from your local comic shop retailer before the final order cut-off (FOC) date of November 26th, 2018! Released monthly from December 2018 through July 2019, each Pre-Order Edition comes packed with trade paperback-style extras, bonus content, and exclusive covers by a host of amazing artists – beginning with Paulina Ganucheau – all for no extra cost!

And: Don’t miss your chance to snag the ultra-limited Livewire #1 Glass Variant Cover, printed via a special multi-colored process on a pane of glass with art by Doug Braithwaite! Ask your local comic store to contact Valiant’s dedicated sales team to learn more!

Your First Look at Matt Kindt & Tyler Jenkins’ Black Badge #4 from BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Black Badge #4, the next chapter of the acclaimed monthly series from Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins, the Eisner Award-nominated team behind Grass Kings.

After the harrowing events of last issue, Black Badge #4 sends the top-secret, elite branch of government-sponsored boy scouts to the idyllic location of Hawai’i …but not for a vacation. Instead, they find themselves gathered on the beach with scouts from all over the world, ready to do battle. As the Black Badges prepare to defend their honor and their lives, these elite scouts must ask themselves a very important question: who exactly can they trust?  

Black Badge #4 features a main cover by Matt Kindt, along with variant covers by Tyler Jenkins  and Raúl Allén. Print copies will be available for sale on November 21, 2018.

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