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Valiant in December 2016

DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by TOM MULLER
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
Variant Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM
Blank Cover Also Available
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

Earth has a new god. The world you know is gone. Welcome to the Stalinverse, comrade.

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 21

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DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover B by RYAN BODENHEIM
Cover C by GREG SMALLWOOD
Character Design Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Variant Cover by KANO

Out of the pages of DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE…New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Death of X) and comics superstar Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.) present the first of four essential specials chronicling the history of the Stalinverse’s worldwide superhuman regime!

He’s put down protests, led the purge of political undesirables, and executed dozens of traitors to the Soviet super-state. His name is KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT…and his existence is a hushed whisper among the terrified populace of the 21st century’s global Soviet Union. But just who is this unrelenting enforcer of state superiority… and what is the shocking truth about his power, his allegiances, and his true identity?

Valiant’s first reality-shattering event explodes outward as Jeff Lemire & Clayton Crain lead KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT from DIVINITY III…and into a gut-wrenching tale of power, sacrifice, and authority that will take Valiant’s blood-stained icon to his most punishing depths yet!

$3.99 US | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale DECEMBER 28

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HARBINGER RENEGADES #2

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON
Cover B by ADAM POLLINA
Cover C by MONIKA PALOSZ
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant Cover by KANO
Variant Cover by JIM MAHFOOD
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

They’re in your towns. In your schools. And inside your head…

Kris Hathaway, Peter Stanchek, Faith Herbert, and John Torkelson thought they could go underground. They thought they could get their old lives back. They were wrong. As four psionically powered “psiots” that can defy the laws of physics with a thought alone, this extraordinarily dangerous team of renegades won’t be able to escape the fight that society has brought to their door. As a violent, new superpower movement spreads across the suburbs, America’s only hope will be the teenagers it wished it could forget.

Chaos is coming home as Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts (A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Wolverine) continue the most subversive, most fearless new superhero series of the fall!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 21

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SAVAGE #2 (of 4)

Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY and LEWIS LAROSA
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA
Cover B by JARED FLETCHER
Character Design Variant by LEWIS LAROSA
Variant Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

Nature conquers all!

Marooned in an unforgiving prehistoric landscape, high society’s most privileged celebrity family is fighting tooth and claw – literally – for survival. With no shelter, no weapons and no escape, the Savage family is about to come face to face with the cruelest laws of nature – in the form of the lethal dinosaurs that somehow stalk the impossibly ancient island that has become their home. Once they lose everything – and each other – what part of them will endure? Where will the man inside each of them end…and the animal begin?

It’s survival of the fiercest as acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore (Aloha, Hawaiian Dick) and blockbuster artists Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS) and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) catapult the fiercest Valiant hero of all time into the bone-breaking comic book debut that will have everyone talking!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale DECEMBER 28

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BLOODSHOT U.S.A. #3 (of 4)

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover B by RYAN BODENHEIM
Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSE RYP
Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

War for the home of the brave!

New York City is in flames. From the Bronx to Broadway, panic has taken hold…and Project Rising Spirit’s latest experiment – an airborne weapons test designed to turn eight million New Yorkers into nanite-infected killers – is already paying dividends. America’s politicians have demanded action…and you can bet your bottom dollar they’re going to get it when Bloodshot and Deathmate make a last stand to defuse NYC’s very own armageddon!

The explosive standalone comics event of the fall reaches a fever pitch as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Moon Knight) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS, Justice) unleash the next barrage in Bloodshot’s borough-busting battle royale!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 21

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FAITH #6

Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by MEGHAN HETRICK and MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover A by PHILIP TAN
Cover B by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Character Design Variant by MEGHAN HETRICK
Variant Cover by COLLEEN DORAN
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

Fight and flight!

As Los Angeles’ high-flying protector, Faith has inspired the dreams of an entire metropolis… Now get ready to meet its worst nightmare! When an escaped psiot prisoner starts tearing through the streets, Faith must stop her fiery rampage before all hell break loose! But this isn’t just any ordinary threat… Not only can this empowered escapee drain the energy of everything in sight, she’s one of L.A.’s most controversial pop stars to boot!

Valiant’s chart-topping superhero is about to add a major new player to her frenemies list, courtesy of breakout writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic) and acclaimed artists Meghan Hetrick (Red Thorn) and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells)!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 7

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GENERATION ZERO #5

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A by STEPHEN MOONEY
Cover B by TOM MULLER
Character Design Variant by ANDRÉS GUINALDO
Variant Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

We live for destruction!

Generation Zero has finally pinpointed the silent evil that has infiltrated Rook High School…but it’s not going down without a fight! Now, every corner of this idyllic techtown is about to become a war zone as Cronus, Telic, Animalia, and Cloud hit back with the force of four walking hydrogen bombs and show the world why this one group of reformed commandos aren’t just dangerous… They’re disorderly!

Generation Zero’s first field mission is about to come crashing down…but not before New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and breakout artist Francis Portela (FAITH) send them hurtling toward their next target!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 28

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BRITANNIA #4 (of 4)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by CARY NORD
Cover B by ADAM GORHAM
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Variant Cover by RENATO GUEDES
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

Final Fates!

Antonius Axia’s nightmarish journey through the heart of the remote Roman colony of Britannia has brought him to death’s door. But when the world’s first detective confronts his deepest fears about gods, men and civilization, will he be able to complete the mission given to him by Emperor Nero, or will his mind collapse under the unfathomable weight of the void that now stands revealed before him?

The horrifying secret at the heart of Britannia is laid bare as comics master Peter Milligan (Detective Comics) and blockbuster artist Juan José Ryp (NINJAK) erase the lines between fact and fable and bring Valiant’s prestige format opus to an unforgettable finale!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 14th

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NINJAK #22

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover A by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Cover B by DIEGO BERNARD
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

Silent might!

Ninjak is on the hunt for the woman who took everything from him — the sadistic assassin known as Roku! When Roku’s trail leads to a heavily guarded citadel in the Nevada desert, silence is of the essence as Ninjak undertakes a dangerous stealth mission where even the faintest noise could mean execution! But even if Valiant’s top super-spy can reach the woman once known as Angelina Alcott undetected, will he truly be able to face the former love of his life?

The Harvey Award-nominated sensation reaches its most innovative chapter yet as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (4001 A.D.) and visionary artist CAFU (RAI) present a special silent issue with minimal dialogue and groundbreaking visual storytelling!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 7

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A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #10

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by MIKE NORTON
Cover A by RYAN LEE
Cover B by MIKE CHOI
Variant Cover by DOUG PASKIEWICZ
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

Beatdown in the bayou!

Armstrong’s surreal reunion with Andromeda, his long-lost wife, gets even weirder (if that’s possible) as a legion of bath salt “empowered” Florida Men unleash total mayhem! But that’s not the only trouble awaiting Valiant’s fearless-ish adventurers… Enemies from across the globe are descending on the Sunshine State to destroy Archer & Armstrong once and for all! But never fear, dear reader, in the darkest of hours a new hero will rise — and, by Gub Gub, he’s bringing prophetic visions of the future with him!

Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (HARBINGER RENEGADES) and Eisner Award-winning artist Mike Norton (Revival) are in one heck of a sticky situation as “ANDROMEDA ESTRANGED” continues!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 7

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WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #14

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by ROBERT GILL
Cover A by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Cover B by JEFFREY VEREGGE
Variant Cover by AL BARRIONUEVO
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

Out of the abyss…and into oblivion!

Gilad Anni-Padda has faced tanks, trenches, and legions many thousands strong. Now, true peace is finally within reach of the man that myth calls the Eternal Warrior… but, to claim it, he must undertake a mission beyond the grasp of any mortal soldier…and rescue the soul of his long-lost son from the underworld. But to venture into the land of death itself means suicide even for an immortal master of war… and the cruel being known as the Pale Herder intends to make sure that this time, Earth’s Fist and Steel stays dead once and for all…

New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (X-O MANOWAR) and rising star Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH) mark “A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL” as the Eternal Warrior enters the final ring of fire!

FINAL ISSUE | $3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 14

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A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG VOL. 2- ROMANCE & ROAD TRIPS TPB

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by MIKE NORTON with DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover by KANO

A VALIANT TALE FOR THE AGES! This ain’t no ordinary team-up… It’s Archer & Faith’s first date!

First, A&A’s whirlwind ongoing series is hitting the town with the one and only FAITH! With Armstrong on the road, Archer is taking some much-needed personal time… and bringing his long-distance romance with Los Angeles’s number-one superhero off of FaceTime and into the real world! Then, Archer and Armstrong go on the hunt for Armstrong’s long-lost wife, and the clues will put them on the trail of America’s craziest traveling circus!

Come on board here as red-hot writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and Eisner Award winning artist Mike Norton (Revival) bring you more crossbows than Sleepless in Seattle and more fistfights than The Notebook!

Collecting A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #5–8.

$14.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 14
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-171-6

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BLOODSHOT REBORN VOL. 4: BLOODSHOT ISLAND TPB

Written by JEFF LEMIRE with RAY FAWKES and MICHEL FIFFE
Art by MICO SUAYAN and TOMAS GIORELLO with JOE BENNETT, RAY FAWKES, KANO, and BENJAMIN MARRA
Cover by TOMAS GIORELLO

Welcome to “BLOODSHOT ISLAND”!

Stranded on a mysterious desert island, Bloodshot is running for his life! But as he tries to make sense of his surroundings, he’s quickly discovering that this is no ordinary tropical getaway… Surrounded by decommissioned relics of the same bloodstained project that created him – World War II Bloodshot, Cold War Bloodshot, Vietnam Bloodshot, and other antiquated experiments – Bloodshot is about to find out where Project Rising Spirit sends its old soldiers to die. Can this seasoned band of killers trust each other long enough to survive the threats that lie in the jungle around them…and unlock the secret at the heart of the island’s existence before they’re each permanently retired? And who or what is the sinister force called DEATHMATE that now hunts them at every turn?

Superstar creators Jeff Lemire (Extraordinary X-Men) and Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) send Bloodshot screaming into his most action-packed adventure yet as “BLOODSHOT ISLAND” ups the ante!

Collecting BLOODSHOT REBORN #14-18, and BLOODSHOT REBORN 2016 ANNUAL #1.

$19.99 | 192 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 21
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-167-9

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NINJAK DELUXE EDITION BOOK ONE HC

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAY MANN and DOUG BRAITHWAITE with RAUL ALLEN, BUTCH GUICE, JUAN JOSE RYP and STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Cover by CLAY MANN

From New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (4001 A.D.) and superstar artists Clay Mann (Poison Ivy), Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS), Butch Guice (Captain America) and many more, comes the first oversized hardcover of the seven-time Harvey Award nominated series the A.V. Club calls “immensely entertaining”!

Then: Meet inexperienced MI-6 recruit Colin King on his first mission in the field as he learns the basics of spycraft and counterintelligence, and develops a volatile relationship with his first handler.

Now: Colin King is Ninjak, the world’s foremost intelligence operative, weapons expert, and master assassin. And he’s hunting the Shadow Seven – a secret cabal of shinobi masters with mysterious ties to his training and tragic past.

Collecting NINJAK #1–13, this deluxe hardcover comes packed with more than 20 pages of rarely seen art and extras!

$39.99 | 448 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 7
DELUXE HARDCOVER | 978-1-68215-157-0

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Review: Britannia #1

BRITANNIA_001_COVER-B_LAROSAIn Nero’s Rome in the first century, battle-scarred centurion Antonius Axia finds himself restored to health by the mysterious cult of the Vestal Virgins and imbued with the secrets of human psychology – making him the one truly sane man in an insane world governed by gods, fates, and superstitions. Now, as the world’s first detective, he will find himself dispatched to the remote Roman colony of Britannia to investigate strange attacks on the legions guarding the frontier… But what he finds there will lead him to question everything he thought he knew about the true order of our world…and the monsters that lurk just beyond its bounds.

Valiant have been pushing their new awkwardly titled (especially for this sentence) initiative The Future Of Valiant quite heavily over the past month or two, and the next release is the first issue of the prestige format miniseries Britannia #1. Written by Peter Milligan, with art provided by Raul Allen and Patricia Martin (introduction), Juan Jose Ryp (the rest of the comic) and colours by the prolific Jordie Bellaire

We’ll get to the story in a moment, but before we do that, let’s talk about the art.

The introduction to Britannia #1 has a very mythologically ancient feel to it. By having a different artistic team produce those first three pages, it separates Juan Jose Ryp‘s distinctive hyper detailed style from the more classical art style of Raul Allen Patricia Martin‘s opening pages. Ryp‘s detailed line work is able to convey the casual brutality of life two thousand years ago (if you’ve seen the Spartacus TV series, you’ll have an idea as to what I’m referring too), just as effortlessly as he does the romanticized version of ancient Rome. Bellaire‘s colours shift the comic from the green jungles in the opening to the dryer climate of Rome with a varied, yet consistent palate.

When there is violence within the pages of this comic it’s visceral; Ryp doesn’t shy away from the horror of bladed combat, and with Bellaire‘s expert colouring  to compliment his work, I’m reminded why these two are some of the best in their fields.

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Taking place just after the turn of the last century, in 60 A.D. to be exact, Britannia‘s lead character, Antonius Axia is in many ways a man out of time. His understanding of psychology and the motivations of people wouldn’t be out of place in a more modern tale, and it’s this mentality that isolates him (at least in part) from his fellow Romans, but also allows the reader to find a sympathetic point of view for our more modern sensibilities in a character from 60 A.D.; there are other humanizing and character building moment that allow us to get a feel for Axia as a man of logic and understanding in a superstitious world. 

As this is only slated for a four issue series, Milligan’s plot moves along at a brisk pace, but the comic doesn’t feel rushed – there are some scenes that are clearly used to show Nero‘s lack of compassion or empathy for his slaves which is quite to the contrary when one looks at Antonius‘ relationship with his slave (I’m sure this is done to indicate the moral differences between the two men, but I may be reading too far between the lines), which resembles something more akin to that of friends or brothers in arms.

For a comic that’s achieved a significant amount of hype over the past few months, even going so far as to sell out of the first printing at the distributor level, you’d be forgiven for expecting the comic to fail to meet the buzz that’s been building around it – but that’s not the case here; Valiant‘s prestige format miniseries supposedly features a better quality of printed comic, which was certainly the case with Divinity II, but the review pdf that I have access to obviously doesn’t allow me to judge that side of things (I’ll update the review once I’ve picked up the physical copy my comic shop has for me).

What I can judge, however, is bloody fantastic.

Story: Peter Milligan
Art: Raul Allen & Patricia Martin (introduction) Juan Jose Ryp
Colours: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Valiant Teams with Keep A Breast to Raise Awareness and Money

Valiant Entertainment and The Keep A Breast Foundation are teaming up with a new ongoing partnership dedicated to furthering the California-based non-profit’s ongoing mission with new initiatives in educational publishing, fundraising merchandise, convention and exhibitions outreach around the world, and much more.

Valiant’s own leading super-heroine, Faith, who will make her debut as Keep A Breast’s official “comics ambassador” at New York Comic Con 2016. Faith will then subsequently be utilized throughout a number of Keep A Breast promotional endeavors globally in 2016 and beyond. Keep A Breast is a global youth-based breast cancer prevention organization.

Additionally, Valiant and Keep A Breast’s joint mission to promote breast health and cancer prevention across all facets of comics fandom and culture will continue with special fundraising endeavors throughout New York Comic Con 2016. From Thursday, October 6th through Sunday, October 9th, Valiant’s Faith will appear on two limited-edition collectibles, specially produced to benefit Keep A Breast and available exclusively at the publisher’s NYCC booth #1635:

FAITH #3 KEEP A BREAST #CHECKYOURSELFIE VARIANT ($10)

Faith, X-O Manowar, Livewire, Ninjak, and many more of the Valiant Universe’s greatest heroes unite to promote Keep A Breast’s #CHECKYOURSELFIE social media campaign – a hugely successful promotion embodied by placing three fingers to their breast, symbolizing an individual’s monthly commitment to selfcheck.

Artwork by Diego Bernard.

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FAITH/KEEP A BREAST BUTTON BADGE ($1)

Support Keep A Breast one dollar at a time by purchasing a collectible Faith button badge, as Valiant’s leading heroine demonstrates #CHECKYOURSELFIE for the world!

Artwork by Diego Bernard.

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Additionally, Keep A Breast Founder & CCO Shaney jo Darden will appear at the Valiant: Spotlight on Faith panel presentation on Thursday, October 7th at 6:45 pm in Room 1A05 to further detail plans for the newly minted partnership, alongside Faith writer Jody Houser, comics legend Louise Simonson, multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts, and Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

Future collaborations between Keep A Breast and Valiant will include specially designed Faith comics content promoting breast health and cancer prevention, an array of co-branded Faith/Keep A Breast merchandise, and, most notably, Valiant-sponsored Keep A Breast programming at more than 50 live events and comic book conventions nationwide – furthering Keep A Breast’s noted and longstanding mission to empower young people around the world with breast health education and support.


Over a decade ago, Keep A Breast’s founders, then involved in their own arts organization, rallied to support a friend with breast cancer. They developed an idea to express the female experience of breast cancer by reimagining the traditional canvas as a participatory sculpture. After some experimentation and partnerships with the right people, they developed and tested a technique for capturing the female bust in a plaster. The result was a white cast that was then customized by artists, such as Shepard Fairey, Mike Giant, Dalek and many more. The success of these breast casts as conversation starters, awareness builders and fundraising tools ultimately led them to what is now the non-profit The Keep A Breast Foundation.

Their mission is simple: equip young people with breast health education early on in their lives. They do that by talking to them face-to-face about breast cancer in their own voice and on their own turf. As the latest promotional affiliates dedicated to enabling Keep A Breast’s vital mission, Valiant joins a long list of individuals and organizations past and present that also includes 100% Pure, bareMinerals, Harveys, Pacifica, preen.me, Spy Optics, Stance, and the Vans Warped Tour, as well as musicians Blink 182, Devo, Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, and dozens more.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

britannia_001_cover-a_nordWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: Britannia #1 (Valiant) – Britain in the Dark Ages as a story setting has always fascinated me (in fact, I just picked up a book set around Ceaser’s first invasion today), so when I found out that Valiant were publishing a comic written by Peter Milligan with Juan Jose Ryp and Jordie Bellaire attached to it, I knew I’d be reading it. I know very little about the story, honestly, other than it features a Roman detective, but I can’t wait to dive in.

Batman #7 (DC Comics) – The best part about the biweekly shipping is that I don’t need to wait a whole month to get into the next issue, and with the way Tom King set up the next arc, that’s a very good thing.

Black Hammer #3 (Dark Horse) – This is a bit of a cheat, because I’ve already read the book, but I don’t hear enough chatter about Jeff Lemire’s story about Golden Age heroes that have been stuck in a purgatory-like town (though some are adapting better than others) for ten years. It’s a gripping tale, and this left me wanting more.

Phantom TP Vol. 01 Danger In The Forbidden City (Hermes) – The Phantom is  character that will always have a soft spot in my geekdom – and while there have certainly been some bad comics released featuring the Ghost Who Walks, there have been some great ones a well (Dynamites Last Phantom is one of the best I’ve read recently). So when I found out about this collection, written by Peter David, I got pretty excited.

Vote Loki #4 (Marvel) – Will Loki become President? Will he get punched in the face? Will he tell the truth at any point? I have no idea, but I can’t wait to find out.

 

Javier

Cyborg # 1 (DC Comics) – We already got a preview of what John Semper Jr. (award-winning writer who previously worked in animation on Spider-Man: The Animated Series and Static Shock), has in store for Cyborg in DC’s latest Rebirth iteration, and I am digging it. It is my top pick this week.

Horizon #3 (Image) – This unique twist on an alien incursion against Earth is impressive.

I Hate Fairyland #9 (Image) – It’s good for laughs, and I could use some.

Seven to Eternity #1 (Image) – Rick Remender has become one of my favorite writers in this new digital golden age of comics (although he can be depressing at times); plus, this new sci-fi fantasy western has echoes of The Magnificent Seven.

The Vision #11 (Marvel) – Forget the latest Batman Crossover event, this is the Tom King book everyone should be reading right now.

 

Shay

This is another great week for comics. Brik #3 deserves honorable mention since it didn’t make the cut but, my review of it should be up soon. This time around my picks are DC heavy because they’ve come out of the gate swinging.

Top Pick: The Wicked + The Divine 1831 One Shot (Image) – Wic/Div goes back in time to solve a mystery. It’s my top pick because one shots are always fun and Wic/Div is always good. Plus ,it won’t be in volume #4 so there’s no reason to wait.

Raven #1 (DC Comics) – The comic is promising a teen age Raven I’m San Fransisco exploring her human side trying to make it through high school. She gets thrown into a dark side version of a Nancy Drew mystery when a student disappears and she gets to face some true evil.

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Five #18 (DC Comics) – This issue gives us Deathstroke joining the unholy superman and Luthor team up to open portals and end the war that’s been brewing. There’s even a pop up visit by Raven to keep everyone on their toes and watching their backs.

Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo & Boomerang #2 (DC Comics) – One of my fave bad guys turned good El Diablo is now working with Checkmate and Boomerang finally gets something interesting to do avoiding even badder guys and trying get out of Latin America alive.

Carnage #12 (Marvel) – My fave baddy, who I know will never have the stand alone movie I want, has the Anti-Carnage squad in his crosshairs. I know it’s about to go down but, I’m on the fence about who to root for.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Revolution #1 (IDW Publishing) –  This is it! All of my favorite childhood properties are coming together as part of one comic universe. Transformers, G.I. Joe, Micronauts, ROM, MASK, yes, yes, yes please! Hasbro has also indicated we’ll be seeing all of this in future movies too, so this will give us an indication as to what to expect there as well. My five year old self is so excited!

Britannia #1 (Valiant) – Peter Milligan with Juan Jose Ryp and Jordie Bellaire take Valiant out of their spandex-ish superhero zone giving us the world’s first detective set in Britain during the Dark Ages.

Invisible Republic #11 (Image Comics) – If you haven’t been reading this series and you’re a fan of sci-fi (and especially politics), you’re missing out. This issue kicks off the third arc as Maia becomes embroiled in the civil war raging on.

Civil War II #5 (Marvel) – Marvel’s event has been very hit and miss, but I’m intrigued to see what happens next.

Seven to Eternity #1 (Image) – The team of Rick Remender and Jerome Opena sold me on this one. I’m not sure how to describe it, but it’s one to check out.

 

Anthony

Top Pick: Seven to Eternity #1 (Image) – Rick Remender has been writing some of the most fresh and exciting comics on the stands. Seven to Eternity looks to be another intriguing sci-fi/fantasy concept with some absolute gorgeous art from Jerome Opena and Matt Hollingsworth. The plot focuses on Adam, whose crossroad journey is split by a major decision between killing the world’s evil God or accepting the offer being extended by the same deity.

Black Hammer #3 (Dark Horse)Black Hammer #3 looks to focus on the character of Barbalien, digging into some of his past. Each issue so far has been a treat to read as Jeff Lemire has been providing some poetic, deconstructive conversations around the group of heroes, with an art style from Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart that really provides a parallel of emotions between the warm nostalgia of the past and the cold, hard present reality.Wicked & Divine 1831 One Shot: Looking to step away from the main storyline, this one shot, diving into the past (Victorian Pantheon?) features the wonderful art of Stephanie Hans. There has always been this floating curiosity in the main series in regards to past iterations of the Pantheon so it will be very interesting to get some back story on characters unfamiliar to the present time being focused on.

The Wicked + The Divine 1831 One Shot (Image) – Looking to step away from the main storyline, this one shot, diving into the past (Victorian Pantheon?) features the wonderful art of Stephanie Hans. There has always been this floating curiosity in the main series in regards to past iterations of the Pantheon so it will be very interesting to get some back story on characters unfamiliar to the present time being focused on.

I Hate Fairyland #9 (Image)I Hate Fairyland is always an entertaining read within a very vibrant, colourful, violent world. It’s continuously fun to see the world being expanded with graceful playfulness and tongue in cheek wit.

Preview: Britannia #1 (of 4)

BRITANNIA #1 (of 4) (“THE FUTURE OF VALIANT”)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSE RYP with RAUL ALLEN
Cover A by CARY NORD (JUL162052)
Cover B by LEWIS LAROSA (JUL162053)
Variant Cover by ANDRES GUINALDO (JUL162055)
Variant Cover by RYAN LEE (JUL162056)
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON (JUL162057)
Blank Cover Also Available (JUL162054)
$3.99| 40 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On Sale SEPTEMBER 21 (FOC – 8/29/16)

On the fringes of civilization, the world’s first detective is about to make an unholy discovery…

Ruled by the Fates. Manipulated by the Gods. Commanded by Caesar. In the year 65 A.D., one’s destiny was not his own. At the height of Nero’s reign, a veteran of Rome’s imperial war machine has been dispatched to the farthest reaches of the colonies to investigate unnatural happenings… In the remote outpost of Britannia, Antonius Axia – the First Detective – will become Rome’s only hope to reassert control over the empire’s most barbaric frontier…and keep the monsters that bridge the line between myth and mystery at bay…

From comics mastermind Peter Milligan (X-Statix, Shade the Changing Man) and incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp (NINJAK, Clone) comes a psychological journey into terror, temptation, and bloodshed – presented in an all-new prestige format limited series!

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Kindt & Hairsine Rewrite Reality for Divinity III: Stalinverse #1 – An Event-Level Epic Beginning in December!

In 2015, Earth prepared to meet a new god…a lost Communist cosmonaut known only as Divinity.

In 2016, the nations of the world bent before Divinity II.

This December, a new world order takes control as Divinity III: Stalinverse rewrites the fabric of reality itself!

Valiant has released a first look inside Divinity III: Stalinverse #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of the event-level epic from the visionary Divinity creative of writer Matt Kindt, artist Trevor Hairsine, Harvey Award-nominated inker Ryan Winn and colorist David Baron!

This winter, the sold-out sci-fi saga that redefined the Valiant Universe begins a reality-shattering comics event that will collide the world’s most formidable heroes with a disturbing new vision… One where a worldwide Soviet empire now rules a world order… The Iron Curtain extends across continents, shattering governments and armies in its wake… And the communist global super-state rules not only with an iron fist, but powers far beyond the comprehension of mortal men.

Earth has a new god. The world you know is gone. Welcome to the Stalinverse, comrade.

Featuring covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Tom Muller, Jeffrey Veregge, Greg Smallwood, and Adam Gorham!

Plus: stay tuned as the Stalinverse spreads with four top-secret Divinity III one-shots detailing the redacted history of the Soviet Union’s most notorious patriots, agitators, and outcasts in December and beyond!

DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by TOM MULLER
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
Variant Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On Sale DECEMBER 21st (FOC – 11/28/16)

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Sell-Outs and New Printings

Check out some of this week’s announced sell-outs and new printings.

Image Comics

The highly-anticipated, genre-bending crypto-noir series The Black Monday Murders by Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker launched to critical-acclaim and overwhelming fan enthusiasm. Both the first and second issues are slated for third and second printing respectively in order to keep up with increasing customer demand.

The Black Monday Murders #1, 3rd printing (Diamond Code AUG168217), The Black Monday Murders #2, 2nd printing (Diamond Code AUG168218), and The Black Monday Murders #3 (Diamond Code AUG160616) will be available on Wednesday, October 12th.

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Image Comics and Top Cow Productions have announced Eclipse #1 by Zack Kaplan and Giovanni Timpano is being fast-tracked for a second printing in order to keep up with customer demand.

The second issue hits shelves October 5th and the first issue’s 2nd printing comes out October 12th.

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Glitterbomb #1 by Jim Zub and Djibril Morissette-Phan is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with demand.

The explosive new series is the story of Farrah Durante, a middle-aged actress hunting for her next gig in an industry where youth trumps experience. But the shallow, celebrity-obsessed culture she’s drowning in isn’t the only problem—her frustrations are a powerful lure for something horrifying out beyond the water…something ready to strike.

The second printing comes to shelves October 12th.

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The hot new crime series Kill or Be Killed from bestselling creative team Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips continues to fly off the shelves as the body count rises in each issue. Image Comics is thrilled to announce that the first and second issues are again being fast-tracked for third and second printings in order to keep up with increasing customer demand.

Both new printings and the third issue will be out October 12th.

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Valiant

Following on the wake of 4001 A.D.’s massive conclusion, Valiant is proud to announce that 4001 A.D.: War Mother #1 – featuring the first appearance of the 41st century’s next major hero – has sold out at the distributor level and will rocket back onto store shelves everywhere on October 12th with the 4001 A.D.: War Mother #1 SECOND PRINTING! The newest groundbreaking power player starts here as writer Fred Van Lente and Valiant-exclusive superstar Tomas Giorello present War Mother’s baptism by fire with a standalone tale spiraling out of Rai’s cosmic rebellion with New Japan!

The new printing arrives October 12th.

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Valiant Wins the Internet with Cat Cosplay Covers & It Helps Raise Money for Charity

First came fire… Then the wheel… Now, after centuries of struggle, the most acclaimed publisher in comic books today is proud to present the next great advancement in human civilization: the Valiant Cat Cosplay cover!

Valiant is bringing the three capital Cs of popular culture – cats, comics, and cosplay – together for the first time anywhere in December as ordinary, household feline companions are transformed into the world’s most valiant heroes for a fur-bulous new line of shelf photo covers spanning 10 best-selling series! From teenage martial arts master Archer to reality-warping cosmonaut Divinity to sky-soaring sensation Faith and MI-6 super-spy Ninjak, each Valiant Cosplay Cover cover captures a furried friend pouncing into action as one of Valiant’s leading heroes inside a custom-built costume – tailor-made and photographed by the minds behind the Cat Cosplay of the Feline Variety blog.

Available as “order-all” covers across all of Valiant’s December 2016 series, each cover will be available for retailers to order in unlimited quantities at the standard suggested retail price:

  • A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #10
  • Bloodshot U.S.A. #3 (of 4)
  • Britannia #4 (of 4)
  • Divinity III: Stalinverse #1 (of 4)
  • Faith #6
  • Generation Zero #5
  • Harbinger Renegades #2 
  • Ninjak #22
  • Savage #2 (of 4)
  • Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #14

A portion of the proceeds from all Valiant Cat Cosplay covers sold will benefit the Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition (BARC), a New York-based non-profit that operates a beloved, no-kill shelter for cats and dogs in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. BARC’s mission is to provide a safe haven for abandoned animals – with quality food, shelter, medical attention, and the love they deserve – and to find permanent loving homes for them.

They’re intrepid! They’re fearless! They’re cats! (Lint roller not included.)

Review: Faith #3

faith_003_cover-b_sauvageMild-mannered blogger by day. L.A.’s leading superhero by night. Faith Herbert – aka the high-flying hero called Zephyr – has come a long way since she first set foot in the City of Angels. But nothing can prepare her for the pinnacle of all her experiences to date: California’s biggest comic book convention! But even amidst a sea of fellow fans, cosplayers, and collectibles, crime waits for no man! With thousands watching and even more at stake, can Faith prevent all-pandemonium – and preserve her secret identity – when the fun turns to frenzy?

I have two questions for you; 1) Do you read comics? 2) Have you ever thought about being a superhero?

If the answer is yes to one of those, then you should really think about adding Faith to your pull list. There’s a lightness to this issue that, while present all series, isn’t as frequently seen in other comics.The closest I can get to describing this series without any spoilers is that it’s Ultimate Spider-Man for a new generation – it’s a fun, upbeat and positive comic, but it’s also telling some really great stories.

Now if you’ll allow me to get a little personal, today wasn’t exactly the best of days for me (I’ll spare you the details), so when I sat down with the print copy of Faith #3 it wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that I was in need of a bit of a pick-me-up.

And for the ten minutes or so it took me to read the comic, I can honestly say I felt better. This was exactly what I needed after the day I had; with Faith I was able to ignore the world and get lost in the comic as the titular character attended a comic book convention with her boyfriend, the sheltered former assassin Archer. It’s a brilliant read, and I honestly cannot recommend this series to you enough.

The art in the fantasy sequences is whimsically brilliant, Pere Perez (with Andrew Dalhouse‘s colouring) and  Maguerite Sauvage handle different segments of the comic, but their styles complement each other fantastically well – so well, in fact, that I’m running out of hyperbolic adjectives to describe this comic.

If you read comics, or you’re involved in geek culture in anyway, then this is the series for you. Faith reminds me why I love comics every month, and I can’t thank Jody Houser, Pere Perez, Andrew Dalhouse and Maugerite Sauvage enough for that.

Story: Jody Houser Art: Pere Perez Colour Art: Andrew Dalhouse
Fantasy Sequence (line & colour art): Marguerite Sauvage
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review, but I read the print version which I paid for at my comic shop. 

Review: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #11

wrath_011_cover-b_rypGilad Anni-Paddathe Eternal Warrior, has sacrificed his humanity for the betterment of the Earth. Empowered with the gift to recover from any wound – including death – he has waged an endless crusade to guide the path of civilization through the ages. But as the centuries pass and his list of battlefield victories grows, he is fated to always reap the same sad reward: to see his families, his children, and all his loved ones…age, wither, and die.

Wrath Of the Eternal Warrior, as a series, has grown on me quite a bit over the last four issues, and a lot of that is thanks to the way in which Robert Venditti is constructing the story of the Earth’s immortal guardian. If you’ve been reading from the start, then you’ll be able to appreciate the way that the story  has built upon foundations laid in the very first issue – and in ever arc since.

Whether it’s the first four issues where Venditti took his time in telling us what Gilad endures, and sacrifices, to achieve resurrection each time he dies, or the slowly explained tension between Gilad and his first born son Kalam, there are seeds planted every issue or two that will inevitably bear fruit later. 

But what if you haven’t been with the series from the get go? What if you’ve drawn in by the preview text that tells you that this is a brand new jumping on point (and, being the first part of a story, that’s technically true)?

Then you’re in luck; just because Venditti has been weaving plot threads throughout numerous issues doesn’t mean that this issue specifically is inaccessible for new readers. The recap page tells you (albeit with a minimum of detail) about the events that you’ve missed, and while you won’t see how idyllic Gilad’s post death life could be, or what he fought through when his son was stolen from him, you do learn enough that you can follow along with the story.

Robert Gill and Mike Spicer have taken over art duties from the team who, aside from issues 5 and 6, had handled the book since the first issue.  The new direction isn’t a jarring change, though, and retains much of the same feel as the previous arc – which I’m aware may not be to everybody’s tastes, but I enjoy the style.  This issue, and perhaps this arc, has a similar enough style of art that there is no jarring switch as the artistic team is changed up. You’ll notice a little shift in a how the panels are laid out, and the usage of shadow and negative space, but nothing that’ll take away from your enjoyment.

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #11 is a great place for new readers to start, but it’s also a comic that rewards readers who have been with the series for an issue or two.  As the first part to a new arc, the comic sets up the story very well;  it builds upon the themes of sacrifice, and the loss that comes with that sacrifice, that a thousand lifetimes in service to the Earth can bring a person. Based upon the first issue alone the story shows some significant promise aready, and I’m excited to see where Robert Venditti takes the character from here.

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Robert Gill Color: Mike Spicer
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE  copy for review. I also purchased a copy.

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