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Valiant Promotes Robert Meyers to Senior to Editorial Director while Joe Illidge is Out as Executive Editor

2018 continues to be the year of staffing musical chairs…

Valiant Entertainment has announced that Editorial Director Robert Meyers has been promoted to Senior Editorial Director. In his new role, Meyers will help guide the vision of the Valiant Universe and the rich cast of characters.

Meyers joined Valiant Entertainment as an intern back in 2013. Throughout the years, Meyers fully immersed himself in the Valiant Universe, wearing multiple hats and always pushing the brand and its characters forward. He was named Managing Editor in 2016 and became Editorial Director earlier this year. He is not only an essential member of Valiant Entertainment but also one of the Valiant Universe’s biggest fans.

In other staffing news, Joe Illidge has left Valiant as their Executive Editor. He joined the company back in April. Illidge was formerly an editor at Milestone and DC and also worked for Lion Forge where was integral behind their Catalyst Prime initiative. Illidge did release a statement:


I’ve had a lot of dynamic and provocative conversations the last few days –  and am excited to be connecting with people who are truly ready to explore the deep and inherently powerful connections between character and culture in contemporary comics and other media. Stay tuned!!

But, that’s not all! Marketing Manager Victoria McNally also left the company recently. McNally was promoted in April to the position and joined the company in 2017.

Meet Livewire’s New Foe: Pan de Santos

Valiant has debuted an advance look at a brand-new foe, Pan de Santos! Making their debut in Livewire #2 and designed by series artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín, writer Vita Ayala describes the upcoming antagonist as “the conceptual opposite of Livewire” and a “true believer of Toyo Harada.” Feast your eyes on the character design above and a color preview from Livewire #2 below!

Powerless!

When the superpowered psiot codenamed Livewire plunged the entire country into a nationwide power outage, she made more than a few enemies – and now she’s about to meet them face to face! But these mysterious foes aren’t simply interested in bringing her to justice…no, they have other far more nefarious plans for the most wanted woman in the world…

Livewire #2 features covers by Adam Pollina and Megan Hutchison and out January 23rd.

Valiant Entertainment Promotes Matthew Klein to VP of Sales & Marketing

Matthew Klein

Valiant Entertainment has announced that Director of Sales Matthew Klein has been promoted to VP of Sales & Marketing. In his new role, Klein will focus on pushing Valiant’s Sales and Marketing efforts to new heights while crafting short and long-term strategies to grow the brand and expand relationships with fans, retailers, and press.

Klein, who made his bones at Forbidden Planet, one of the busiest comic book stores in Manhattan, originally joined Valiant as a Sales Manager in 2014. His enthusiasm for the Valiant Universe and inventive approaches to promoting its characters to retail partners and comic book fans earned him the title of Director of Sales. While Klein continued his focus on Sales, he also began playing a significant role in the creation of new Marketing tactics, including collaborative opportunities with the press, email campaigns, and help in shaping the message for upcoming titles and entire slates. 

Preview: Shadowman (2018) #10

SHADOWMAN (2018) #10

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC
Cover B by KERON GRANT
Cover C by SAINASIX
Interlocking Variant by RYAN LEE

Darque Destruction!

Sandria Darque’s vile plans are finally clicking into place… With his allies incapacitated, it’s up to Jack Boniface to stop the machinations of this vengeful sorceress – but can he trust in his ability to control the loa spirit bound to him, or will he have to face an ageless enemy completely alone?

Prepare yourself for an action-packed thrill ride as superstar writer Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One) and sensational artist Renato Guedes (BLOODSHOT SALVATION) launch the next suspenseful segment of the “RAG AND BONE” story arc!

 $3.88 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 12th

War Is Hell, But What If She Looked Like This? Valiant Releases a Lettered and Colored Preview of The Forgotten Queen #1

Valiant has revealed a stunning first look at the lettered and colored pages from The Forgotten Queen #1, the debut issue centered on the powerful immortal with the uncanny ability to cause conflict and violence wherever she goes!

Long ago, the mighty generals of the Mongol Empire rode from Siberia to Carpathia and conquered all who stood in their way. Legends tell of a witch who walked with them, who could infect the hearts of any warriors in her midst with an unquenchable thirst for battle and bloodshed…a War-Monger. And now she is walking again!On February 27th, 2019, superstar-in-the-making Tini Howard and powerhouse artist Amilcar Pinna unleash hell in a brand-new saga of honor, love, and savagery that’s centuries in the making, featuring covers by Kano, Viktor Kalvachev, and Veronica Fish!

Review: Ninja-K #14

NINJA-K_COVER_BFINAL ISSUE! England’s top spy has gone rogue!

After going back on his word to find and apprehend his former lover, the super-powered fugitive called Livewire, Ninjak is now on the run from MI6 himself! So, what on earth could force him to travel to the very heart of London?

When your time is coming to an end, what do you do? If you asked Christos Gage what he planned to do with the final issue of Ninja-K I’d like to think he’d smile. I don’t know him, so consequently I didn’t ask him, but if I wa writing a series like this and wanted to wrap it up in style, I’d consider myself lucky if I did it half as well as Gage did with Ninja-K 14 in what is essentially a standalone story that wraps up all of the loose ends that I can think of (or rather all that I care about) in a remarkably neat package.

The plot itself is relatively simple, but the insights we get into Ninjak as he narrates the simple, action packed evening adventure are fascinatingly revelatory when it comes to  Gage’s run on the character. Storywise, you really couldn’t ask for a better cap to a fantastic run. Artistically? It could have been better.

Roberto De  La Torre has a very unique style that I’ve struggled with during his time on this series. Ninja-K #14 is a comic of two halves; there are moments of pure brilliance that are off set by sequences where you really have no bloody clue what’s going on. However. There’s a very good chance that in print (or on a non-watermarked digital copy) that the art will be less muddled – and because I won’t be able to pick up my print copy for almost a week after publication date, I’m willing to give the art the benefit of the doubt based upon the previous issue holding up better in person than on the review copy I read at first.

Ultimately, despite some questions on the art, this is a book that is well worth reading, and fans who have read thus far are going to be very happy with the final product. Whether it’s worth picking this up just for the standalone story, well personally I think it is. This comic give you enough context (yay recap page!) that you are more than capable of enjoying the story within without any fear of feeling lost or confused as the events unfold across the page. We’ve already said “so long” to another Valiant series this month as Quantum And Woody gave us perhaps the best farewell issue I’ve ever read, but Christos Gage and Ninja-K #14 sure gave it a run for its money.

Story: Christos Gage Art: Roberto De La Torre
Colours: Jose Villarrubia Letters: A Larger World Studios
Story: 9.5 Art: 8.1 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

First Impressions Featuring: Dead Man Logan, X-O Manowar, Warning, and More

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s First Impressions where we take a look at a handful of comics in order to discern just how accessible they are for new readers, because every comic could be somebody’s first – and that’s the first question that’ll be answered with this feature. The second is whether you should  start there because sometimes a book could be accessible to new readers but the quality could be less than average, and so each comic will receive a score out of ten based upon Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale.

Where possible we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far. All comics were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


 

X-O Manowar #21 (Valiant)
Can you start here?
Uh…. yeah
Recap & Review: 
Having returned to Earth after some time in the far reaches of space, X-O Manowar has been tasked to investigate an alien spacecraft that crash landed along with Colonel Capshaw an ended up in the middle of a surprisingly interdimensional conflict. 
Score: 8.9

These Savage Shores #2 (Vault)
Can you start here?
Yup
Recap & Review: 
Having missed the first issue, I dove into this head first without any idea what this comic as about –  and I thoroughly enjoyed the tale about a vampire hunter in the 1700s. I’ll be back for the next issue.
Score: 8.6

Dead Man Logan #1 (Marvel)
Can you start here? Yes

Recap & Review: Old Man Logan’s story begins to come full circle as he tries to stop the man who could potentially kill the X-Men, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four in the final way. But is Mysterio really that deadly? Personally, I’ve been a big fan of this character, and I am curious how his story ends now that the younger Wolverine has returned – bonus that the first issue is pretty good.
Score: 8

Warning #1 (Image)
Can you start here?
Yes.
Recap & Review: First issue of a new erie – no recap needed. But the comic, while not my cup of tea, evokes memories of Universal Soldier, Independence Day and a half dozen other  enhanced soldier stories. I didn’t hate it..
Score:
 6.8

Flash #59 (DC)
Can you start here?
More or less.
Recap & Review: Honestly, I haven’t read a Flash comic in a few months, and all this did was remind me why I stopped.
Score:
 5.0

Valiant Teases their Future

Valiant has a pretty interesting 2019 lineup already with Incursion, The Forgotten Queen, and The Life and Death of Toyo Harada but there’s obviously more to come and the publisher is beginning to tease that out.

They’re releasing jaw-dropping artwork and updates starting today. What do you think it might be? Sound off with your guesses below in the comments!

Preview: Ninja-K #14

NINJA-K #14

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover A by KANO
Cover B FELIPE MASSAFERA
Ninja Programme Variant by MEGAN HUTCHISON

FINAL ISSUE! England’s top spy has gone rogue!

After going back on his word to find and apprehend his former lover, the super-powered fugitive called Livewire, Ninjak is now on the run from MI6 himself! So, what on earth could force him to travel to the very heart of London?

$3.99 US | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 5th

Valiant Heroes Collectible Card Game App Now Available

VirtTrade and Valiant Entertainment have announced the official launch of Valiant Heroes – Card Battles, available now for iOS devices. Developed by VirtTrade, the card-collecting and battle game features characters from the vast Valiant Universe, including Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, and Faith, plus many more. The game was initially announced in September.

In VALIANT HEROES, characters join forces to fight in single and multiplayer battles across the Valiant Universe. Players can collect cards and battle with them to gain XP, and build collections to improve their ranking against other players globally.

Additionally, players can compete in the “Fight Zone,” where they are able to trade and upgrade for cards with improved health and attack scores, giving them enhanced skills and powers for the battles ahead. Players can also earn regular rewards, including coins and free cards, as they return to the game each day.

VirtTrade has previously found success developing apps for the NFL, NBA, Discovery and, most recently, partnering with Formula 1 to make F1 Pack Rivals.

Valiant Heroes is out now and free to download on the App Store and will be available soon on Google Play for Android devices.

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