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Review: Secret Weapons #3

SW_003_COVER-A_ALLEN“Class is in session, and Amanda McKee – the machine-wielding hero codenamed Livewire – is here to show her unconventional class of recruits what it really takes to master power. And lesson number-one is…teamwork! But as these once-abandoned psiot castaways put their pain behind them to become a fully functioning unit, an even deadlier set of challenges will soon rise to meet them…”

If you haven’t read the first two issues in this four issue miniseries, and you’re thinking of starting here, don’t. I mean, you could, but why bother? Eric Heisserer has written such a compelling story that it would be a shame to start here.

Secret Weapons feels like an updated version of the X-Men, a comic that truly focuses on the trials and tribulations of a group of young misfits with some almost useless powers, only they’re not called mutants here, but psiots; one can talk to birds, one can conjure things (with no control over what he conjures) and one can turn into pure marble. Only he can’t move when he does so. The series thus far has gone from strength to strength as we’ve been introduced to the misfit central characters, had a cameo or two from the wider Valiant universe (which you don’t need to  be familiar with to enjoy the series), as well as slowly introducing the villain proper last issue.
SW_003_005This issue sees Avichal Malakar, the statue powered psiot, trying to live his life way from the others only to face hostility from the public – not because as a Sikh he wears a turban, but because he’s a psiot. Without giving too much regarding the content of the comic away, things turn from bad to worse for Avi in a reflection of some of the recent real world issues without ever slapping you in the face with the comparison. Heisserer is a newcomer to comics, but you wouldn’t think it reading this issue – it is quite simply one of the best issues I’ve read all year, and incredibly relevant.

The art, by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin (who also letters the comic), is visually arresting. Allen’s use of the grid shows a level of visual story telling that perfectly complements the writing. I am a huge fan of Allen and Martin’s work, even though I was only introduced to their art with Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior (I say “they” because I’m not quite sure where one’s contribution ends and the other begins with the art. Ultimately, when it looks this good, I’m not as worried as I should be), and to get to see them firing on all cylinders with this issue is a complete treat.

I honestly thought that the best comic I’d read all week would be Divinity #0. I am happy to say that I was wrong in thinking that. Heisserer, Allen and Martin are one issue away from giving us a multi layered story that will stand among the best of the year.

This is where I add a cliched “if you’re not reading this…” statement where I try and push you into reading Valiant comics. But honestly? You don’t need to be familiar with Valiant to appreciate just how good this is. Don’t ignore this series – it’s absolutely fantastic.

Story: Eric Heissera Art: Raul Allen with Patricia Martin
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommedation: Buy

Although Valiant provided a FREE copy to review, I read the issue I picked up from my LCS.

Harbinger Renegade #0 – Roberts & Ryp Shock the Valiant Universe in November!

Valiant has announced Harbinger Renegade #0AN ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT on the road to Harbinger Wars 2, Valiant’s seismic 2018 crossover event! On November 8th, multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts and incendiary artist Juan Jose Ryp unearth a devastating revelation that will forever alter the course of what we thought we knew about the history of Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation and the place of the telekinetically gifted individuals known as psiots in the Valiant Universe!

Beneath the wreckage of the Harbinger Foundation, there is a secret that even Toyo Harada grew to fear. A secret simply known as…the Stormbringer.

And Alexander Solomon is about to set it free.

Featuring covers by Clayton Henry, Roberto de la Torre, Juan Jose Ryp, Khari Evans, and Ben Tiesma!

Review: Divinity #0

DIVINITY_ZERO_COVER-A_RYP“DIVINITY, a lost Russian cosmonaut newly returned to Earth with god-like powers, has successfully restored the world to order after the reality-altering event known as the Stalinverse. But how can a man – even one with near-divine abilities – know for certain that the planet has been truly restored in full? To make sure, Divinity must bear witness to the world as it now stands – heroes, villains, gods, and all – to ensure the rightful order of the Valiant Universe!”

One of the most exciting new characters to come out of any publisher in the last few years is Valiant’s Divinity. A Russian cosmonaut, real name Abram Adams, who ended up with reality warping powers that make gods look like ants, all Divinity wants is to be left alone in peace. There have been twelve issues of Divinity released so far divided into three separate miniseries (I, II and III), with each telling a beautiful and compelling story that, for the most part stood alone in the Valiant universe up until III reimagined the world as we know it for four issues at the hands of another god like Russian cosmonaut (there were three on the initial mission).

Which brings us to Divinity #0. Written by Matt Kindt with art by Renato Guedes, the comic genuinely does provide a fantastic introduction into the Divinity story without giving too much away should you decide to pick up the collected editions if you haven’t read the previous issues, but the zero issue also provides a very interesting direction for the future, and where Kindt will be taking the story next.

Without beating around the bush, this comic is absolutely beautiful. Guedes fully painted each page, and oh boy does it pay off. I could spend three or four hundred words describing it… but why bother when I won’t do the art any justice, and Valiant have provided us with some preview images?

DIVINITY_ZERO_002See what I mean? The entire comic looks just like this, and Dave Lanphear‘s lettering brings out the very best in the art, whilst allowing Kindt’s words to flow seamlessly from the page in what has to be the finest example of a single issue comic from Valiant this year. When each page is a work of art that brings a genuinely excellent story to life you can’t ask for more from a creative team.

This is an utterly brilliant comic in every way.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Renato Guedes Letters: Dave Lanphear
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review. I’ll be buying this Wednesday as well.

Ninjak Gets a Complete Classic Omnibus Oversized Hardcover

Valiant has announced Ninjak: The Complete Classic Omnibus Oversized HC – an 800+ page oversized hardcover compendium collecting the groundbreaking debut and complete adventures of the Valiant Universe’s master super-spy in November! From his deadly debut in the pages of Bloodshot in 1993 all the way to the final mission of his best-selling solo series, the complete classic adventures of Valiant’s deadly secret agent have finally been collected between two covers for the first time anywhere!

Colin King — sophisticated British playboy by day, elite super-spy by night! Codenamed Ninjak, King is gifted with a brilliant mind and lethal training in the world’s most dangerous fighting techniques. Both will be put to the ultimate test as he is drawn into a globe-spanning mission to bring down a cavalcade of covert agents and criminal cartels, including his greatest nemesis – the Webnet terror network and its villainous mastermind, Dr. Silk! From the British Isles to the land of the Rising Sun, Ninjak is about to leave an indelible imprint on the Valiant Universe — or die trying.

Featuring all-time classic contributions from acclaimed writers Mark Moretti, Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning, Jorge Gonzalez, Mike Baron, Kevin VanHook and more alongside legendary artists Joe Quesada, Bryan Hitch, and Luke Ross, this oversized, omnibus hardcover bursts with more than 800 pages of non-stop action and special features, including:

  • Over 30 full-color issues, including Ninjak’s landmark first appearances from BLOODSHOT (1993) #6–7, his complete solo series run from NINJAK (1994) #1–26, #0 and #00NINJAK YEARBOOK 1994 #1, and SECRET WEAPONS (1993) #5 – collected together in one volume for the first time anywhere!
  • Over 20 pages of bonus content, including rarely seen artwork and extras!
  • A stunning cover by comics legend Joe Quesada, fully remastered by Paul Mounts (The Ultimates)!
  • An oversized, deluxe hardcover presentation!

This November 22nd, find out where the legend of one of Valiant’s greatest icons began!

Preview: Secret Weapons #3 (of 4)

SECRET WEAPONS #3 (of 4)

Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTIN
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN (JUN172080)
Cover B by AFUA RICHARDSON (JUN172081)
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (JUN172082)
Variant Cover by DAVID MACK (JUN172083)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 16th (FOC – 7/24/17)

Team spirits!

Class is in session, and Amanda McKee – the machine-wielding hero codenamed Livewire – is here to show her unconventional class of recruits what it really takes to master power. And lesson number-one is…teamwork! But as these once-abandoned psiot castaways put their pain behind them to become a fully functioning unit, an even deadlier set of challenges will soon rise to meet them…

Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer (ARRIVAL) and Harvey Award-nominated artists Raúl Allén (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) and Patricia Martin (NINJAK) take the summer’s most talked-about new series to the next level – and bring the Secret Weapons into the light of day as Valiant’s smash-hit new series faces its penultimate test!

Preview: Divinity #0

DIVINITY #0

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (JUN172060)
Cover B by IBRAHIM MOUSTAFA (JUN172061)
Cover C (Wraparound) by CLAYTON HENRY (JUN172062)
Variant Cover by PETER BAGGE (JUN172064)
Variant Cover by KANO (JUN172065)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (JUN172063)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 16th (FOC – 7/24/17)

AN EPIC JUMPING-ON POINT LEADING DIVINITY THROUGH THE WHOLE OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE! 

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and explosive artist Renato Guedes (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Wolverine) present an awe-inspiring introduction to the largest independent superhero universe in comics – as told through the eyes of Valiant’s most powerful cosmic force!

DIVINITY, a lost Russian cosmonaut newly returned to Earth with god-like powers, has successfully restored the world to order after the reality-altering event known as the Stalinverse. But how can a man – even one with near-divine abilities – know for certain that the planet has been truly restored in full? To make sure, Divinity must bear witness to the world as it now stands – heroes, villains, gods, and all – to ensure the rightful order of the Valiant Universe!

From BLOODSHOT to FAITH to NINJAK and dozens of surprise guest stars, traverse the world of Valiant’s most enduring icons as DIVINITY guides a standalone entry point into the most acclaimed publishing line in comics today!

Eternity #2 Exclusive Early Preview. Encounter the Unknown Itself.

ETERNITY #2 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by TOM MULLER
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT
Variant Cover by DAVID LAFUENTE

Divine intervention!

Beyond the barriers of our reality… Outside the boundaries of human understanding… A universe of immensely powerful beings and advanced civilizations has evolved parallel to our own… But what links this strange plane of existence to ours, and what do its majestic inhabitants want with the child of Abram Adams – the denizen of Earth now called Divinity? To find out, Abram and his comrade, Myshka, must enter Eternity’s infinite realm…and encounter the Unknown itself!

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY) push the year’s most visionary series light years ahead…and open up a new frontier in Valiant’s acclaimed sci-fi meta-epic!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | PRESTIGE FORMAT | On Sale NOVEMBER 29th

Bloodshot Salvation #1 Gets the “Valiant Premium” Format

As the highly anticipated Bloodshot Salvation #1 prepares for a revenge-fueled mission of violence, villains, and vengeance on September 20th, Valiant has revealed that one of the fall’s most anticipated new series debuts will now ship in the acclaimed “VALIANT PREMIUM” format – the same form of deluxe packaging introduced earlier this year with the launch of the all-new X-O Manowar #1!

Beginning with the release of Bloodshot Salvation #1 on September 20th –  the FIRST ISSUE of the BLOCKBUSTER ONGOING SERIES from writer Jeff Lemire and a star-studded cast of artists spanning the first year, including Lewis LaRosa, Mico Suayan, Renato Guedes, and Doug Braithwaite – fans and readers everywhere can now look forward to the “VALIANT PREMIUM” format appearing on each issue of Bloodshot Salvation in 2017 and beyond. From the Deadside to the year 4001 A.D., Bloodshot is about to begin a bloodstained odyssey through the darkest corners of the Valiant Universe…

Features for Bloodshot Salvation #1 will include:

–Deluxe matte finish cover stock covers
–Upgraded, heavyweight interior pages
–An oversized first chapter
–Minimal advertisements for an uninterrupted storytelling experience

Valiant’s Ninjak #0 Expands with Kindt, Gage, Portela, Giorello & Five Special Guests

Valiant has unveiled the complete cast of sensational guest artists joining September’s Ninjak #0AN EXPLOSIVE 40-PAGE JUMPING-ON POINT and ALL-NEW VALIANT MILESTONE chronicling the final chapter of writer Matt Kindt’s record-setting run on the adventures of England’s dreaded super-spy…and passing the torch to the incoming creative team of writer Christos Gage and artist Tomas Giorello in advance of November’s Ninja-K #1!

On September 13th, Colin King’s life as MI-6’s most elite operative finally comes full circle as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and acclaimed artist Francis Portela reveal a never-before-told secret at the heart of Ninjak’s training and origin! Told in an innovative storytelling style, Ninjak #0’s lead story will feature Portela joined by one of five guest artists – including Roberto de la Torre, Khari Evans, and Juan Jose Ryp alongside newcomers Sija Hong and MJ Kim – as they juxtapose moments from Ninjak’s present and past side-by-side for an action-packed tour de force!

Behind the years of training… Underneath the high-tech gadgetry… MI-6’s most experienced operative is still flesh and blood. So just how is a mortal man like Colin King able to survive in a world filled with telekinetic psiots, eternal warriors, and sentient suits of alien armor? As a result, the key to Ninjak’s survival is buried deep in the past…and today the world’s most dreaded super-spy prepares to reveal his most closely guarded secrets!

Then, after Ninjak #0’s main feature, steel yourself for Ninjak’s launch into a brand-new ongoing series this November in the pages of Ninja-K #1 as Christos Gage and artist Tomas Giorello takes the reins of Colin King’s death-defying escapades with AN EXCLUSIVE PRELUDE TALE that directly sets the stage for the winter’s most anticipated new series!

In addition, the issue features covers by David Mack, Clayton Henry, rising star Yama Orce, Peter Bagge, and Javier Pulido!

Ninjak #0 is on sale September 13th!

 

Secret Weapons #1 and Harbinger #5 Get New Printings

Valiant has announced that Harbinger Renegade #5 and Secret Weapons #1 (of 4) – two of the much-talked-about new releases setting the stage for 2018’s seismic crossover event, Harbinger Wars 2 – have once again sold out at the distributor level and will return to store shelves everywhere with new printings on August 30th!

Harbinger Renegade #5 is written by Rafer Roberts with art by Darick Robertson. Secret Weapons #1 is written by Eric Heisserer with art by Raul Allen. This is the second printing for Harbinger Renegade #5 and third for Secret Weapons #1.

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