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The Deadside War Begins in January in Shadowman #5

Terror takes over the Valiant Universe this January…

The critically-acclaimed series Shadowman will unleash part 1 of ‘Deadside War’ in Shadowman #5, a gripping horror storyline that will unfold within the pages of Shadowman for four issues and feature the eagerly anticipated return of fan-favorite character Punk Mambo.

Jack Boniface is Shadowman, the brave and powerful supernatural protector who keeps humanity safe from the deadly creatures that dwell within the dimension known as the Deadside. When more and more of these nightmarish creatures start clawing into the world of the living, Jack won’t be able to stand alone against the global threat.

Rising star artist Pedro Andreo joins writer Cullen Bunn for a haunting story that brings horror to new heights blending in energetic action sequences.

Every new chapter of ‘Deadside War’ in Shadowman will feature a primary cover by Jon Davis-Hunt, a new Horror Movie Homage variant cover, and a pre-order cover. See below for the SHADOWMAN #5 covers featuring artwork by Davis-Hunt, Jonathan Marks Barravecchia, and Adam Pollina.

Part 1 of ‘Deadside War’ in Shadowman #5 will kick off The Year of Valiant, a year-long celebration of Valiant throughout 2022 featuring new launches, new creators, and the return of more fan-favorite characters.

Review: Shadowman (2021) Vol. 1

Shadowman kicks off with a whole new volume that has the character trying to figure out why breaches keep happening around the world.

Collecting issues #1-4 of the 2021 series.

Story: Cullen Bunn
Art: Jon Davis-Hunt
Color: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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The Year of Valiant Begins in 2022 with a Year Long Celebration

The Valiant Universe is about to expand.

The Year of Valiant will be a year-long celebration of Valiant throughout 2022, consisting of new launches with new creators, the return of fan-favorite characters, the formation of new teams, and the Valiant characters exploring beyond traditional publishing methods. To celebrate the announcement, Valiant Entertainment is incredibly proud to showcase its universe with exciting new artwork from acclaimed creators Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto.

The Year of Valiant Teaser

The Year of Valiant kicks off with the return of the critically-acclaimed series Shadowman in January. The first chapter of ‘Deadside War’, an epic horror storyline that will see the return of Punk Mambo and other familiar faces from the Valiant Universe, will begin in Shadowman #5 on January 19th from the master of horror Cullen Bunn, rising star artist Pedro Andreo, and Eisner-nominated creators Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles.

Shadowman #5

More announcements about new launches from The Year of Valiant will arrive in the coming months!

Weekly Preview! AfterShock, First Second, Valiant, and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux!

There’s a lot of comics coming out this week to be covered. Check out some of what we’ll be reviewing and this is only the beginning!

This week’s reviews include:

  • Beyond the Breach #4 (AfterShock)
  • Clans of Belari #4 (AfterShock)
  • Horse Trouble (First Second)
  • Marshmellow & Jordan (First Second)
  • Shadowman (Valiant)
  • Why is Everybody Yelling? (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

AfterShock, First Second, Valiant, and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Valiant Announces Audrey Meeker as New Assistant Editor

 Audrey Meeker

From an internship to the Editorial department…

Meet former Valiant Entertainment intern and current Valiant Assistant Editor Audrey Meeker. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sequential Art and a minor in Creative Writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Audrey learned a lot about the hard work that goes into creating comics during her education.

After making an impact as an intern, Valiant was more than happy to offer Audrey the opportunity to join the team full-time as an Assistant Editor. Audrey’s responsibilities include communicating with comic book creators, reviewing pitches, managing and organizing files, and supporting Executive Editor Rob Levin and Senior Editor Lysa Hawkins.

Fun fact: Audrey’s favorite Valiant character is Punk Mambo. “I think her character design is super unique, and I especially love her take-no-prisoners attitude,” explained Audrey. “Plus, the complexity of her character makes me want to learn more and more about her, which I may get to do in the future…
 
Luckily for Audrey, Punk Mambo will return in the next arc of Shadowman, which begins in issue #5 this January.

Valiant Announces a New Groupees Bundle!

Valiant Entertainment has partnered with Groupees to announce a brand-new Shadowman inspired bundle with a portion of the proceeds going directly to benefit The Hero Initiative.

Valiant has launched a brand-new Groupees Shadowman build-a-bundle featuring an assortment of exciting opportunities to score great deals on comics, win exclusive prizes and help give back to The Hero Initiative. The Hero Initiative is a nonprofit group which creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. The Groupees Shadowman bundle is live HERE for 3 weeks now through October 12th

With this special Groupees Shadowman bundle, fans will be able to build their own unique bundle from a list of over twenty of their favorite Valiant digital comics .

The more titles you add to your bundle the greater the discount!

Anyone who purchases a bundle will instantly receive access to a discount code giving 25% off their next purchase at the all new and improved Valiant Store featuring new Shadowman merch like a replica necklace torn from the pages of the comic. Fans who spend over $40 on their Groupees bundle will be given a special grab bag to get $100 worth of assorted Valiant merchandise including pins, t-shirts, hats, mugs and more. 

The first 25 contributors who spend over $200 will receive a special limited edition of the Shadowman Classic Omnibus Vol. 1 Hardcover with a sketched bookplate from series artist Bob Hall!

There will also be tiered rewards for the TOP 5 contributors to the Groupees Shadowman bundle as well. Top contributor prizes include limited edition, out of print, and unique one-of-a-kind exclusive incentives that are sure to excite both new and longtime fans alike such as a print copy of the classic Shadowman #1 from 1992, a limited edition Shadowman print by Tony Moore signed by Shadowman series writer Cullen Bunn, a copy of Shadowman (2021) #1 Black Glass variant signed by Cullen Bunn and even an original commissioned Shadowman sketch from Shadowman artist Stephen Segovia.

Show your support for the Hero Initiative and buy a digital build-a-bundle from a selection of the complete library of SHADOWMAN trades HERE including nearly every crossover appearance beginning now through October 12th. With access to special discounts at the Valiant Store plus an array of limited edition, out of print, and unique one of a kind prizes for the TOP 5 contributors, this is one bundle fans won’t want to miss. 

Limited Edition Shadowman Replica Necklace On Sale Now

Valiant Entertainment has revealed the Limited Edition Shadowman Replica Necklace, available exclusively at the Valiant Store while supplies last.

Carefully crafted to look just like the emblem that is worn by Jack Boniface, aka Shadowman, in the pages of his comic book series, the deluxe limited edition collectible is molded from a metal alloy, soft enamel, and a black waxed paracord necklace. Only 100 replicas were made available for purchase on the Valiant Store.

The Limited Edition Shadowman Replica Necklace can be purchased here for $39.99 USD while supplies last. More exclusive products from the Valiant Store will be revealed at a later date.

Review: Shadowman #4

Shadowman #4

The opening arc of Shadowman has kept my interests pretty high. As a reader, we have a Shadowman book where the protagonist can let loose and dive right into the heart of the evil around him. We’ve seen in this series that the Deadside, which is as it sounds, is trying to use the Earth as its own power battery and there are powerful creatures escaping to the Earth. And rightfully so, we’ve seen Shadowman step up and take out whatever threat has arisen. The first three issues have been very enjoyable. Is Shadowman #4 going to hit like the previous three?

Another thing has escaped the Deadside. This is something that spreads a hallucinogenic experience to those it comes in contact with. Its effect is that of a very violent drug trip and that leads Shadowman and Samedi to track it to a crackhouse on the streets of London. Shadowman falls victim and comes face-to-face with his biggest threat; the Deadside is taking on a physical form and has let itself known to Shadowman. After overcoming the effects, Shadowman dispatches his foe but knows something far bigger and sinister now walks the world. He thinks he understands the relationship between the Deadside and the Earth and how he must deal with it.

To me, there was a lot to unravel with this issue. The villain of this issue was downright creepy and what it caused in its wake was really disturbing stuff. People imagining their babies are spawning into grotesque creatures or people hurting themselves because of what they think they see. I thought the way the fight between it and Shadowman went down was interesting. It wasn’t much of a fight but an invitation to see the true culprit. There’s something really interesting building within the pages of Shadowman and writer Cullen Bunn basically makes it sound like the series is going on hiatus to set up some other machinations within the Valiant universe. That part is a really big letdown, as this book has been great for every issue. Jon Davis-Hunt continues illustrating the creepiest, sickest villains around and with Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles, have continued to put out one of the better-looking books around.

I think that one key element has been that we see a lot with this series how normal folks have reacted or been treated by the Deadside beings and it really helps ratchet up the threats that Shadowman faces. And Shadowman, while being a hero, isn’t quite a superhero with this take. I hope when the book returns, it’s with this same creative team. They have done no wrongs on Shadowman and honestly, you can argue it’s the best we’ve gotten with the character in many years. Let’s hope that the publishing break isn’t a big one because whether it’s the entire four issues or just this fourth one, these stories are setting up something and should not be forgotten about.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Jon Davis-Hunt
Colors: Jordie Bellaire Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology – Kindle – Zeus Comics – TFAW

Review: Shadowman #4

Shadowman #4

Shadowman #4 finds Jack Boniface in London, England to track down another villain of the week. The way in which writer Cullen Bunn has been telling standalone stories every issue linked by an over arching theme has been a strong feature of the series so far, and I’m loving how the story is coming together.

Before we get to that though I’ve got to mention, once again, how much I love the recap page as told by Samedi. It adds a brilliant flavour to the book and lets you know to look out for the odd dry line here and there which turn out to be far funnier than one would necessarily expect from a horror book. Well, at least far funnier than I would expect, at any rate. Shadowman has been one of the incredibly rare comics that has me reading this page even though I know what happened before, because I enjoy the way it’s retold.

I also love the relationship between Shadowman and Samedi within the comic, too. It’s easily one of the highlights for me every issue.

The comic, written by Bunn, with art by Jon Davis-Hunt and colors by Jordie Bellaire, is by far and wide the best thing Valiant has published in a while, but it’s also among the very best of comics that are coming out right now. For my money (and despite getting review copies, I’m still buying this) Shadowman tops everything being published right now – the only asterisk is Scout Comic’s By The Horns, which is also simply incredible. It’s hard for me to overstate how much I love this book, and even harder to stay away from too much hyperbolic wording.

The combination of Davis-Hunt and Bellaire balance Bunn’s writing with a beautifully vibrant and often grotesque imagery. The art isn’t of the photo-realistic variety, but I wouldn’t change it for a moment – this is how I see Shadowman man now, and I hope we continue to see this creative team together on the character long after the story is concluded.

Shadowman is simply amazing in every way. There’s not much else to be said.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Jon Davis-Hunt
Colors: Jordie Bellaire Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology – Kindle – Zeus Comics – TFAW

Preview: Shadowman #4

SHADOWMAN #4

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by CLAYTON COWLES
Cover A by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Cover B by MICHAEL WALSH
Cover C (Horror Movie Homage) by JUAN GIMENEZ
Pre-order Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY
On sale JULY 28th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Masters of Horror Cullen Bunn and Jon Davis-Hunt bring Shadowman’s descent into the darkness of London.

Danger is a drug and it’s deep in the veins of mankind. Shadowman’s on a quest to find the source of his hallucinations and Jack has less control than he once thought. The worst has happened… Deadside has arrived.

SHADOWMAN #4
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