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Exclusive: Raze is an All-New Threat for the Valiant Universe. Debuting in Eternal Warrior: Scorched Earth

The Valiant Universe will face the terrifying flames of an all-new villain in Eternal Warrior: Scorched Earth. We have the exclusive reveal of Raze, the new threat that will debut in the graphic novel currently being Kickstarted.

Born of lava and hellish flame, the ancient fire deity Raze is an uncontrollable threat to Mother Earth, causing massive destruction and leaving only death in his wake.

Centuries ago, Mount Vesuvius tragically erupted and created mass devastation, laying waste to the great city of Pompeii and killing thousands. Gilad knew this to be the work of an ancient fire deity and stepped in as the Fist and Steel of Earth to imprison Raze for good.

Or so he thought…

As mysterious fires begin causing havoc all over the world, this generation’s Geomancer, Tama, tries to live up to her responsibilities of defending Earth while Gilad ventures off to confront his past. But they will soon discover they need each other now more than ever.

With Raze potentially freed of his imprisonment on a new path of annihilation, only the Eternal Warrior and Geomancer can hope to stand in his way to prevent his infernal flames from scorching the Earth.

Written by Tres Dean with art by Alberto Taracido, colors by Rain Beredo, and lettering by Tom Napolitano, Eternal Warrior: Scorched Earth has Gilad Anni-Padda facing an unimaginable threat.

The Kickstarter ends on December 2nd and has already unlocked numerous stretch goals like digital copies of Eternal Warrior (2014) Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.

Eternal Warrior: Scorched Earth is not just making history as Valiant’s first Kickstarter but also going to need a must get as it’s the debut of an all-new villain!

Get a first look at this terrifying new villain that will take both the Eternal Warrior and Geomancer to stop!

Valiant’s Eternal Warrior: Scorched Earth Launches on Kickstarter

Eternal Warrior: Scorched Earth

Eternal Warrior: Scorched Earth is Valiant Entertainment’s first original graphic novel and debut Kickstarter campaign featuring the return of fan-favorite character Gilad Anni-Padda, the Eternal Warrior, and Tama, this generation’s Geomancer of Earth as well as introducing an all-new threat to the Valiant Universe.

Kickstarter is the perfect platform for bringing the community together and celebrating the Valiant fandom, delivering the next evolution of fan engagement. This is realized through Valiant’s debut Kickstarter campaign featuring the first original graphic novel, offering a new way to engage with those who love the Valiant Universe.

Eternal Warrior: Scorched Earth is an original 100+ page graphic novel from writer Tres Dean, artist Alberto Taracido, colorist Rain Beredo, and letterer Tom Napolitano alongside acclaimed cover artist Gerald Parel. For Valiant’s first original graphic novel and a fascinating new chapter for Gilad and Tama, everything was designed for the Kickstarter platform including a special deluxe edition, exciting add-ons and so much more directly from Valiant Entertainment.

The Kickstarter campaign features a standard exclusive hardcover edition with a remarkable cover by Gerald Parel as well as an exclusive Raze’s Flame deluxe hardcover edition featuring the iconic Valiant gold treatment on the cover title and an exclusive AR code bringing the book to life like never before. The pledge tiers offer many exciting opportunities for fans to take advantage of everything the campaign features including limited offer tiers for “THE BOON” that has every single add on and “STAY VALIANT” allowing you to actually appear in the graphic novel! 

There are plenty of add-ons for any backer who wants to collect exclusive merchandise as part of this new Kickstarter campaign. These add-ons will not be available anywhere else following the end of this campaign and are a great opportunity to take advantage of some exciting deals from a new enamel pin to a signed bookplate by writer Tres Dean and artist Alberto Taracido and more.

Valiant’s Eternal Warrior: Scorched Earth Heads to Kickstarter

Valiant has announced their first original graphic novel featuring fan-favorite character Eternal Warrior. Eternal Warrior: Scorched Earth will be coming to Kickstarter and those interested can sign up now to find out when it launches.

The Eternal Warrior, Gilad Anni-Padda, is back alongside Tama the Geomancer in Valiant’s thrilling first original graphic novel which was designed for the Kickstarter platform with a special deluxe edition, exciting add-ons and so much more directly from Valiant Entertainment. The use of Kickstarter is Valiant’s next step in fan engagement.

Eternal Warrior: Scorched Earth is a 100-page original graphic novel from writer Tres Dean, artist Alberto Taracido, and acclaimed cover artist Gerald Parel, featuring fan-favorite characters the Eternal Warrior, Geomancer, and more as well as introducing a brand-new threat into the Valiant Universe. When a series of mysterious fires appear more targeted than natural, Gilad and Tama begin to suspect there is something more than natural disasters occurring. As Gilad suspects an ancient fire deity is at work and ventures off to ensure they are locked away, Tama focuses on her role as the Geomancer without living in Gilad’s shadow and begins to gain notoriety for her public deeds. Together, the two will uncover secrets long buried and learn just how important their relationship is.

The first 250 subscribers to the official Valiant Kickstarter newsletter will gain free access to an exclusive day one offer when the Kickstarter campaign goes live to receive a bookmark featuring artwork from the graphic novel. Sign up now HERE and stay up to date on all the latest announcements for Valiant’s debut Kickstarter campaign featuring the first original graphic novel.

The Kickstarter campaign is expected to go live in November with pledge tiers ranging from a digital copy to a special deluxe edition, as well as an option catered to retailers. Plus, stay tuned for all the exciting stretch goals and add-ons soon to be revealed.

Vault Announces We Ride Titans from Tres Dean and artist Sebastián Piriz

Vault has announced We Ride Titans, an epic new mecha and kaiju series co-created by writer Tres Dean and artist Sebastián Piriz. Kaiju hit hard. Family hits harder.

Trying to keep your family from imploding is a tall order. Kit Hobbs is about to find out it’s an even taller order when that family has been piloting the Titan that protects New Hyperion from kaiju for generations. Between a spiraling brother, a powder keg of a father, and a whole bunch of twenty-story monsters, she’s got her work cut out for her.

We Ride Titans #1 will hit store shelves in December 2021, and will debut with a variant cover by Vault Cover Artist-in-Residence, Joshua Hixson

Z2 Comics and Universal Announce a Freddie Mercury Graphic Novel

Z2 Comics is partnering with Universal Music Group and Mercury Songs Ltd for Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs, the first-ever graphic novel paying tribute to one of the greatest figures the music world has ever known. 
A first in the comics format, Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs will be a journey through Freddie’s life; from his childhood in Zanzibar and India’, through his formative years in England, to becoming the rock star, known and loved by millions around the globe. The story is told in his own words, with each chapter giving a glimpse into the many facets of his life. 
Written by Tres Dean, the graphic novel will give true insight into the many experiences that helped shape the young Farrokh Bulsara and his compelling existence, both on and off stage—that was the life of Freddie Mercury, Lover of Life, Singer of Songs.
Following up on the tremendous success of the Oscar-winning 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody, and inspired by the book Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words,  compiled by Greg Brooks and Simon Lupton, this upcoming graphic novel will be another essential addition to the bookshelf or coffee table of fans new and old, sumptuously illustrated by Kyla SmithRobin RichardsonSafiya Zerrougui, Tammy Wang, and Amy Liu, with accompanying cover painting by David Mack
Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs is available for preorder in standard 136-page softcover ($19.99) and hardcover ($29.99) editions, released in finer comic shops, book and record stores in November. Available exclusively through Z2 in a special hardcover deluxe edition for $99.99 complete with an exclusive vinyl LP, as well as limited edition prints by Sarah JonesKyla Smith, and Sanya Anwar. Reserve your copy today!

Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs

Z2 Comics and All Time Low Team for Young Renegades

Young Renegades

Z2 Comics continues to roll out news of the best in music-related comics and graphic novels for the coming year with news that platinum-selling Fueled By Ramen band All Time Low will be collaborating on a brand new storyline inspired by their 2017 album, Last Young Renegade, which took home Rock Sound’s ‘Album of the Year’ award upon release!

To celebrate their comics debut, the band will release a vinyl edition of their 2017 album in a brand-new colorway available ONLY with the deluxe graphic novel package, exclusively through the Z2 website, and available for preorder now!

Who needs a high school reunion when your favorite band is playing a secret show the same night? That’s what Connor and Becca, two classmates who never crossed paths until their ten-year reunion, decide when they hear about a secret All Time Low show in town. As they follow the clues to the secret location, they begin to realize that larger forces are pushing them together and learn the power of hearing the right song in the right place at the right time

The All Time Low Presents: Young Renegades graphic novel pairs writer Tres Dean with Heartthrob co-creator Robert Wilson IV, and artist Megan Huang and will be released in a standard softcover edition in comic shops and bookstores alike in June 2021, as well a special deluxe edition available for preorder now only through the Z2 website, which will include a special exclusive new vinyl edition of the band’s 2017 album Last Young Renegade in a strictly limited edition! 

Young Renegades Deluxe

Comic Creator Hope Nicholson Named in Sexual Assault

A year ago, writer Tres Dean went public with an article on Huffington Post recounting a sexual assault that he experienced by a female comic creator. While he doesn’t name the creator, he does talk about the events in a broader article about men and sexual assault.

Dean recounts at an industry event he had a fellow comic creator stick “her tongue down (his) throat” and did it twice more. The creator made further “drunken passes” both physical and verbal towards Dean through the night.

Dean’s article focuses on the stereotype of men when it comes to events like this and how men are treated when they come forward regarding allegations of sexual assault.

While Dean doesn’t name the creator and goes out of his way to keep her name anonymous, the story is back in the news as the creator has admitted to the events on Twitter.

Hope Nicholson Tweeted that while she doesn’t “think that’s the case” as it being assault, she does admit to events in that she “hurt” Dean and would indicate the account of kissing him is correct. She goes on to say the article is “largely accurate” saying she was “…rude. An idiot. A messy drunkard. A pest.” And that doesn’t excuse her actions.

Nicholson is the latest individual to be named when it comes to assault in the comic industry.

If you feel you have been assaulted and need help, visit RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website.

Update: The article better reflects the original HuffPo article ran a year ago.

Review: Joey Ryan: Big In Japan

You may have noticed from my previous reviews that I very much enjoy wrestling. So when I noticed the Kickstarter for Joe Ryan: Big in Japan by Chido Comics, who also produced the Lucha Underground comics, I knew I needed to throw some money behind it. Written by Tres Dean with art by Jamie Jones and editing by Ivan Plaza, Joey Ryan: Big In Japan is exactly the over-the-top and a little bit lewd romp you’d expect from wrestling.

For those that don’t know, Joey Ryan the actual wrestler partners with Candice LeRae across the indie circuit as the World’s Cutest Tag Team. That’s not giving them a nickname or making some kind of statement; that’s what the team is genuinely called.

In Big In Japan, ostensibly LeRae (who is never mentioned by name) was injured in a match years ago where an opponent ended up dead. It drove Ryan out of wrestling and into empty glasses and bottles… until his arch-nemesis comes back around. Unlike the current WWE ongoing, this isn’t entirely what happened and Big In Japan is much further from the kayfabe-as-life story you might be used to there. This is closer to the wackiness of bygone eras of wrestling kept alive throughout independent promotions.


This comic isn’t for everyone, given that Ryan’s character is built on sleaze and crude humor. He has multiple suplex variations that are decidedly not PG and is also known as the King of Dong Style. Still, it’s a little weird and a lot of fun, just like a bunch of independent wrestling out there. The art is fun, colorful, full of movement, and unafraid of being a little ridiculous. All in all, the package works very well and I’m excited to see more tales from the indies in the future.

Joey Ryan: Big In Japan was first funded through a Kickstarter campaign that ended on May 4th with the PDF released to backers on June 9th.

Keep an eye on Chido Comics via their site, Twitter, and Facebook for more info and different ways you can pick up a copy for yourself if you missed out.



Story: Tres Dean Art: Jamie Jones Edited: Ivan Plaza
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Pick it up when you can

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