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Preview: Ninja-K #8

NINJA-K #8

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC (APR181855)
Cover B by ALAN QUAH (APR181856)
Interlocking Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN (APR181857)
Ninjak Icon Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (APR181858)
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (MAR188174)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JUNE 20th

Sometimes…the dead just won’t stay dead!

Colin King has recruited a highly skilled team of black ops specialists – including Livewire, Dr. Mirage, Punk Mambo, and the robotic alien colossus called GIN-GR – for the ultimate search-and-destroy mission! The Jonin, the mysterious mentor behind the program that trained MI6’s elite ninja assassins, has resurfaced in Mexico City at the head of a covert cabal of long-lived and near-immortal renegades with incredible powers…and a mission that could destabilize human civilization as we know it!

“THE COALITION” reaches a tumultuous tipping point as acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA) launch headfirst into another breakneck chapter of the espionage-fueled battle between Valiant’s newest teams of heroes and villains!

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #10

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #10

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT (APR181859)
Cover B by RENATO GUEDES (APR181860)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by KIM JUNG GI (APR181861)
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JUNE 13th

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS” – PART ONE!

Two thousand years in the future – in the year 4001 A.D. – the man once known as Ray Garrison is no more…but the microscopic nanites inside him live on. Enter Bloodshot 4001 – a strange, gunslinging echo of Bloodshot’s mind, body, and soul that is now more machine than man. But when our century’s Bloodshot finds himself delivered to the dawn of the 41st century with one last mission to fulfill, two Valiant legends will finally come face to face…just as the secret revelation that binds them together across the ages will forever reshape Bloodshot’s place at the center of the Valiant Universe!

From superstar writer Jeff Lemire (The Terrifics, Black Hammer) and artistic powerhouse Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR, Journey into Mystery), Valiant’s Eisner Award-nominated superhero saga goes back to the far, far future for the ultimate meeting of man and machine
at the crossroads of tomorrow and today!

Preview: X-O Manowar Vol. 4: Visigoth

X-O MANOWAR VOL 4: VISIGOTH TPB

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by RYAN BODENHEIM and ARIEL OLIVETTI
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (MAR182018)

From SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR…to OUTCAST!

Aric of Dacia’s bone-crushing climb to the throne of an alien world earned him scores of allies…and a legion of scorned enemies. Now, stripped of his crown and cast out of his kingdom, the man known as X-O Manowar must return to his roots as a sword-wielding warrior of Earth if he is to survive the relentless band of intergalactic bounty hunters that have been hired to kill him cold. But with few places left to turn, could the last Visigoth’s best hope be the all-powerful…but insidious…weapon he once swore away: the X-O Manowar armor?

X-O MANOWAR’s whirlwind first year in the Valiant Universe comes to a climax here in a bold new volume from Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and explosive artists Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying and the Dead) and Ariel Olivetti (Incredible Hulk)!

Collecting X-O MANOWAR (2017) #11–14.

$9.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 23rd
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-263-8

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #9

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #9

Written by JEFF LEMIRE & RAY FAWKES
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT (MAR182012)
Cover B by RENATO GUEDES (MAR182013)
Cover C by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (MAR182014)
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (MAR182015)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by SHANE DAVIS (MAR182016)
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 16th

The origin of Bloodhound!

In the wire-strewn trenches of World War I, witness the true story of a good boy gone bad, as Eisner and Harvey Award nominee Ray Fawkes (Batman: Eternal) joins New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) and astonishing artist Renato Guedes (X-O MANOWAR) for a special one-shot tale chronicling the never-before-revealed history of Project Rising Spirit’s first prototype in nanite enhancement: the indestructible canine weapons unit codenamed Bloodhound!

Before he found his place at Ray Garrison’s side, Bloodshot’s loyal companion learned the depths of mankind’s inhumanity toward brother and beast alike on the battlefields of France. Now, as the Kaiser’s war machine approaches, find out firsthand how a beloved comrade with four legs and a soul full of fury inspired a legacy that still stands after nearly a century!

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #8

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #8

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT (FEB181902)
Cover B (Deadside) by RENATO GUEDES (FEB181903)
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by GERARDO ZAFFINO (FEB181904)
Interlocking Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE (FEB181905)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE (FEB181906)
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale APRIL 11th

Can Bloodshot rewrite “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD” to save his daughter from the darkness?

In the realm of the dead, three travelers now seek salvation. Bloodshot – a man remade as a weapon. Bloodhound – an innocent creature imbued with formidable power. And Baby Jessie – Bloodshot’s infant daughter, newly transformed in his own terrible image. Together, these three have all been damned by fate – an injustice they now seek to undo by striking a demonic pact to save Jessie’s life. But in the underworld known as the Deadside, there are few fair deals and even fewer promises fulfilled… With his weapons laid down, can Bloodshot tip the scales of life and death to save the one precious light his existence has ever offered?

Master storyteller Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) presents a haunting and powerful turning point in the life of Valiant’s machine-made soldier for the final chapter of the “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD” – featuring fully painted artwork by Renato Guedes (X-O MANOWAR)!

Review: X-O Manowar #13

XO2017_013_COVER-A_LAROSA“This means war!

The alien-armored warrior called X-O Manowar once commanded the most formidable army the alien world of Gorin had ever known. Now, his comrades have been forsaken, his crown has been commandeered, and his power has been rejected by the very subjects he once ruled. But he still has his sword…and a never-ending furnace of fury drawn from deep within…”

If you have been reading the solicitations, then you’ll know where Aric will be heading by the end of this issue. If you haven’t, then I’m not going to tell you here. This is only relevant because X-O Manowar caps off the series first year; a year in which we have seen some phenomenal story telling in the sequential arts. It hasn’t always been consistent, some have been merely really good as opposed to great, but without a doubt I have never felt as though I wasted my money in buying these issues (yes, I did read a review copy, but I still buy the individual comics in print).

The last issue saw Aric fully embracing the sacred armour of Shanhara as his world comes crashing down around him, There is, somewhat predictably, a series of fantastic action sequences with Aric and the armour working together in a  harmony we haven’t seen this series. Ryan Bodenheim has a style that enables you to easily follow the more action heavy scenes with the speed that they’re happening within the story. You don’t need to do this, and upon absorbing the art after reading the story there will be visual queues that may have been missed the first time through. Bodenheim’s art is given a unique flavour by the colouring work of Andrew Dalhouse, and you’re often reminded that this isn’t Earth.

With X-O Manowar #13Matt Kindt finally explains why Aric left Earth in some subtle yet powerful flashbacks. I won’t reveal the details of said flashbacks because the reason is a doozy and you need to experience it without it being spoiled online. Suffice to say that a lot of the loose end and questions are answered without anything being forced or unnaturally handed to you. As the series brings a close to the current multi-part story arc, Kindt leaves us with a very complete story that stands above the vast majority of other superhero comics being published today.

X-O Manowar is a space epic with a deeply personal story about a man finding himself, and, thankfully, the final issue is a nigh on perfect cap on a great first year. We’ve had thirteen issues, four story arcs and one amazing story. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Ryan Bodenheim
Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #13

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #13 

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Ryan Bodenheim
Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover A by Lewis Larosa (JAN182024)
Cover B by Giuseppe Camuncoli (JAN182025)
Interlocking Variant by Ariel Olivetti (JAN182026)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by Howard Chaykin (JAN182027)
Pre-Order Edition by Ryan Bodenheim (OCT171928)
Editor: Warren Simons Assitant Editor: David Menchel
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale MARCH 28th

This means war!

The alien-armored warrior called X-O Manowar once commanded the most formidable army the alien world of Gorin had ever known. Now, his comrades have been forsaken, his crown has been commandeered, and his power has been rejected by the very subjects he once ruled. But he still has his sword…and a never-ending furnace of fury drawn from deep within…

The end of X-O Manowar’s year-long conquest at the farthest reaches of the Valiant Universe draws near – and a powerful new beginning awaits – as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (ETERNITY) and astonishing artist Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead) unleash the final reckoning of “VISIGOTH”!

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #7

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #7

Written & Art by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by JEFF LEMIRE and RENATO GUEDES
Lettering by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by JEFF LEMIRE (JAN182007)
Cover B by RAÚL ALLÉN (JAN182008)
Cover C by RENATO GUEDES (JAN182009)
Interlocking Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE (JAN182010)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by BOB LAYTON (JAN182011)
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
Editor WARREN SIMONS
Assistant Editor BENJAMIN PETERSON
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale MARCH 7th

Master storyteller Jeff Lemire takes the helm for the year’s most terrifying, most memorable special issue – told entirely in PITCH-BLACK DARKNESS!

Deployed into the demonic realm called Deadside in search of a cure for his ailing infant daughter, Bloodshot has lost the one sense he needs most to navigate the land of the dead: his sight. Blinded with only his four-legged ally, Bloodhound, to aid him, Ray Garrison must fight onward as one man against the darkness – even as he is beset from all sides by a horde of inhuman entities that crave only death, suffering, and slaughter…

Told in total darkness from Bloodshot’s point of view, “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD” enters uncharted territory with a seminal experiment in storytelling written and staged by Eisner Award-winning visionary Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer, Animal Man)!

Review: X-O Manowar #12

XO2017_012_COVER-A_LAROSABehold the untamed fury of Earth’s last Visigoth!

Left for dead by a mercenary band of bounty hunters far more twisted and devious than any enemy he’s faced before, Aric of Dacia has managed to cling to life…and a thirst for revenge. Now, his campaign of retribution against those who have wronged him can begin in full force…and, when the dust settles, the alien world of Gorin will rue the day it ever brought the savage sword of X-O Manowar crashing down upon it…

When X-O Manowar #12 opens we find Aric unclothed and weaponless in the wastelands having a little snack. Ryan Bodenheim (art) and Andrew Dalhouse (colors) produce a sweeping desolate vista that wastes scant time in letting the reader know just how deadly, yet incredibly beautiful all the same, the landscape of this planet actually is. While the story set against this vista equally as well written, I’ll get to that in a moment, because I wanted to spend a moment more on the exquisite art within the comic that has a very distinct “comic book” sense about it, and yet wouldn’t look out of place on the poster to a science fiction movie in your theater. The action, figures and motion within the panels are easy to read and seamless in their presentation as the story progresses from the wastelands to the capital.

Matt Kindt brings the comic along at a steady pace, alternating between violently elegant confrontations and equally tense verbal confrontations that surround our hero as he brings a truth that none had previously considered. There’s a character moment or two in X-O #12 that will play into Aric’s role in the coming months as Harbinger Wars 2 approaches, and he comes to an understanding of just who – and what – he is.

When you break down this comic into it’s most basic of themes, it’s that of communication, or the lack there of. Had those who usurped Aric not taken to the most extreme avenue before taking the simplest then one could surmise that this arc would have been significantly shorter. But that would have meant we wouldn’t get this issue in its current form – and that would have been a shame.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Ryan Bodenheim Color: Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #2

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #12

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by RYAN BODENHEIM
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (DEC171915)
Cover B by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (DEC171916)
Interlocking Variant by ARIEL OLIVETTI (DEC171917)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by BEN OLIVER (DEC171918)
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (OCT171928)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 28th

Behold the untamed fury of Earth’s last Visigoth!

Left for dead by a mercenary band of bounty hunters far more twisted and devious than any enemy he’s faced before, Aric of Dacia has managed to cling to life…and a thirst for revenge. Now, his campaign of retribution against those who have wronged him can begin in full force…and, when the dust settles, the alien world of Gorin will rue the day it ever brought the savage sword of X-O Manowar crashing down upon it…

From the minds of master storyteller Matt Kindt (ETERNITY, Dept. H) and astonishing artist Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), the sci-fi comics juggernaut of 2018 reaches a pounding crescendo as “VISIGOTH” launches Valiant’s iconic hero into an intergalactic battle of will and wanton ferocity!

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