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Preview: Shadowman (2018) #8

SHADOWMAN (2018) #8

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC
Cover B by KERON GRANT
Cover C by RYAN BODENHEIM
Interlocking Variant by RYAN LEE
Pre-Order Edition by HANNAH TEMPLER
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ |  On Sale OCTOBER 24th

NEW ARC! NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “RAG AND BONE” – PART 1!

As Shadowman returns to New Orleans with a revelatory new understanding of the immense abilities within himself, he won’t have long to adjust…because a war for control of the ultimate magical artifact – the bones of Master Darque, his old arch-nemesis – is about to erupt out of the underground and into the harsh view of day!

On one side: The Brethren, a society of wealthy and powerful occultists obsessed with Darque’s resurrection and ushering in a millennia-long reign of darkness. On the other: Shadowman’s old allies from The Abettors…and Darque’s own sister, Sandria, who would like nothing more than to grind her brother’s bones to dust…

The endless cycle of death and rebirth stops here as Shadowman and the Darque clan usher in the reckoning they’ve waited ten lifetimes to achieve – with massive repercussions for the future of the Valiant Universe – as renowned writer Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One) and high-octane artist Renato Guedes (Action Comics) return to heed the call of “RAG AND BONE”!

Preview: Quantum and Woody! (2017) #11

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #11

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE EISMA
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KYLE SMART
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW
Interlocking Variant by JOE EISMA
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN LEE
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 17th

Situation Normal All Klanged Up!

Quantum and Woody are having a pretty terrible day so far – their atoms were dissolved in the middle of a nationwide disaster; they faced down their personal demons in “The Otherverse;” and now they’re responsible for bringing a malicious entity back with them! These guys can’t even finish a jigsaw puzzle without losing a whole bunch of pieces – how are they gonna put all of reality back together?

Rising star Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and Eisner-nominated artist Joe Eisma (Morning Glories) give the world’s worst superhero team some much-needed closure as SEPARATION ANXIETY draws the two brothers closer than ever before!

Shadowman #8 – Andy Diggle and Renato Guedes Dig Up ”Rag and Bone,” on Sale This October!

Valiant has released a first look at Shadowman (2018) #8, the start of an ALL-NEW STORY ARC and NEW JUMPING-ON POINT by master comic writer Andy Diggle and incendiary artist Renato Guedes!

On October 24th, Diggle and Guedes join forces once again after a prehistoric two-parter of epic proportions in Shadowman #6 and Shadowman #7, this time bringing Jack Boniface back to the present for a new threat that bears a familiar face…

As Shadowman returns to New Orleans with a revelatory new understanding of the immense abilities within himself, he won’t have long to adjust…because a war for control of the ultimate magical artifact – the bones of Master Darque, his old arch-nemesis – is about to erupt out of the underground and into the harsh view of day!

On one side: The Brethren, a society of wealthy and powerful occultists obsessed with Darque’s resurrection and ushering in a millennia-long reign of darkness. On the other: Shadowman’s old allies from The Abettors…and Darque’s own sister, Sandria, who would like nothing more than to grind her brother’s bones to dust…

Featuring covers by Tonci ZonjicKeron Grant, Ryan Bodenheim, and Ryan Lee!

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!

Preview: Rapture #4 (of 4)

RAPTURE #4 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU and JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (JUN172084)
Cover B by J.G. JONES (JUN172085)
Character Design Variant by RYAN LEE (JUN172087)
Variant Cover by CAFU (JUN172088)
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN (JUN172089)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (JUN172086)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 30th (FOC 08/7/17)

Shadowman strikes back!

The final battle for life itself has arrived! As Babel makes its last assault on the heavenly realm beyond the Deadside, a band of Earth’s most dangerous heroes – Ninjak, Shadowman, Punk Mambo, and Tama the Geomancer – must halt its eons-old campaign once and for all…or face a global disaster of biblical proportions! Plus, at the center of it all: The undiscovered truth about Shadowman that will change the Valiant Universe forever!

Preview: Britannia: We Who Are About to Die #4 (of 4)

BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #4 (of 4)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP with RYAN LEE and ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover A by DAVID MACK (MAY171982)
Cover B by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (MAY171983)
Variant Cover by LEIF JONES (MAY171984)
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM (MAY171985)
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON (MAY171986)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale JULY 19 (FOC – 6/26/17)

Death and the deity!

The horrifying truth behind Rome’s grisly string of murders has finally come to light… but will Antonius Axia and his mysterious new partner – the gladiator Achillia – be able to stomach it? It’s a race against the clock to stop a serial killer – who may very well be the vengeful spirit of Apollo himself — before it strikes again! But should Antonius and Achillia fail in their mission, they’ll condemn not only Rome…but those Antonius holds dear as well.

Visionary creators Peter Milligan (Shade, the Changing Man) and Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA) bring the latest case for history’s first detective to a chilling close…and forever alter the history of civilization itself!

Preview: Rapture #3 (of 4)

RAPTURE #3 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (MAY171976)
Cover B by J.G. JONES (MAY171977)
Character Design Variant by RYAN LEE (MAY171979)
Variant Cover by FELIPE MASSAFERA (MAY171980)
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN (MAY171981)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (MAY171978)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 19th (FOC – 6/21/17)

Beware the lords of the Deadside!

Ninjak and Shadowman have launched an all-out assault against Babel – the ancient being determined to breach heaven – on the dark and decaying battlefields of the Deadside. But are the combined might of sword and shadow enough to stop this biblical force of nature…or will they need the help of an ancient and weary warrior whose power transcends their understanding? And as oblivion inches ever closer to Earth, Tama the Geomancer and Punk Mambo must step out of the darkness and halt Babel’s forces from infiltrating the land of the living as Valiant’s Shadowman-driven standalone event fight on!

Preview: Divinity III: Escape From Gulag 396 #1

DIVINITY III: ESCAPE FROM GULAG 396 #1

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A by ADAM GORHAM (JAN172130)
Cover B by KHARI EVANS (JAN172131)
Cover C by ANDRÉS GUINALDO (JAN172132)
Character Design Variant by RYAN LEE (JAN172133)
Variant Cover by KANO (JAN172134)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On Sale MARCH 15 (FOC 2/20/16)

Archer & Armstrong: Enemies of the State!

In the Soviet-controlled world of the Stalinverse, there is a place where liberty is sentenced to die…and it’s Gulag 396. A maximum-security prison where the only escape is through death, the gulag is the final stop for all enemies and detractors of the world’s oppressive authority. But when public enemy Obadiah Archer is admitted as the latest inmate, could his gospel of goodwill and optimism be the spark that ignites a new faith in the prison’s population…including the immortal undesirable known as Aram Addi-Padda?

Preview: Generation Zero #7

GENERATION ZERO #7

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover A by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (DEC162055)
Cover B by PHILIP TAN (DEC162056)
Variant Cover by RYAN LEE (DEC162057)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 15 (FOC – 1/23/17)

Animalia enters the “HEROSCAPE”!

Tap into the uncharted plane of reality called the Heroscape and you can see the world through anyone else’s eyes – and find out how their reality is governed by their own inspirations! Now, as a mysterious force preys upon Rook’s citizens, Animalia must enter the Heroscape…and experience a world filtered through her own twisted imagination! But as Generation Zero’s most militant adolescent wunderkind enters a world populated by colorful monstrosities of her own design, Animalia must lock horns — literally — with demons both outward and within!

“HEROSCAPE” travels to the darkest corners of the mind right here as New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong) and acclaimed artist Diego Bernard (X-O Manowar) transform Generation Zero’s deepest desires into their darkest nightmares!

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Review: Ninjak #24

ninjak-24As Master Darque fights to return to the land of the living, his former disciple – the deadly assassin Roku – will build an army to put him down for good. But not even the Shadow Seven — the underworld’s deadliest cabal of murderers and mercenaries — will be enough to assure victory. To truly defeat an undead lord of death and resurrection, she’ll need the complete and unquestioning allegiance of Ninjak…who isn’t interested. But when Darque’s long-missing sister Sandria returns with a gambit that could reveal his greatest weakness, an unholy alliance of light and darkness will be forged that could upset the balance of good and evil once and for all time…

Somehow between the last page of issue #23 and the first page of #24 Ninjak changed into his working clothes. It’s not a big deal if you’re reading the single issues, but unless there’s a bit of editing done then it could distract you from the story itself when being read in a collected form. It’s certainly not a deal breaker to the comic itself, however, and once you move past the quick costume change then you can get to the comic proper.

Ninjak #24 is the second part in the Seven Blades of Master Darque story that began last issue;  the first chapter of the story explained how Roku reunited the six members of the Shadow Seven, and had a surprising reveal regarding the seventh’s identity. Following on from that issue, the reason behind Roku putting such a deadly team together is revealed, and the surprising reveal of last issue is fleshed out a little more. Ninjak #24 has a great flow to the comic, and while it could serve as a perfectly acceptable jumping on point, it reads as a fantastic second chapter. By taking the time to establish the motivations behind the Shadow Seven across the first two parts of the story, when we see Ninjak join with his enemies for a common cause it doesn’t seem at all shocking, and nor is it entirely out of character – Matt Kindt has been laying the groundwork for this willing allegiance for several issues in subtle little ways (and the entirety of the silent issue).

Unsurprisingly, this is a great looking comic. The art has been solid for some time with this series, but there’s a certain flashback sequence in this issue that is frankly one of the more entertaining visual moments in a Ninjak comic in some time simply because it catches you quite by surprise. Thankfully that visual moment is only around for a few pages, so you don’t actually get tired of it; if it much longer, then there’d be a genuine chance of the luster falling away, but as it is…? Bloody brilliant.

Dodgy use of a British slang term aside, this is an incredible comic from everybody involved, and easily my favourite story we’ve had in the series to this point (when weighed against the first two issues of each arc so far). I’m beyond impressed with what Valiant have going on here, and this is one of the best issue in the series so far.

Story Matt Kindt Art: Stephen Segovia, Ryan Lee, and Ulises Arreola
Story: 9 Art: 10 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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