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Ariel Olivetti Joins Valiant’s Ninja-K to Reveal the Lost History of MI-6’s Deadliest Agents

Valiant has announced that Ninja-K #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the EXPLOSIVE NEW ONGOING SERIES from writer Christos Gage and superstar artist Tomás Giorello – is growing to a colossal 48 pages, including a double-length lead feature ushering in MI-6’s deadly new assignment for their most feared international operations: Colin King, aka the fearless super-spy codenamed Ninjak!

Then: the international intrigue continues with 40 pages monthly as veteran artist Ariel Olivetti joins Ninja-K mastermind Christos Gage for a new series of essential back-up features revealing the top-secret origin of the operative that birthed Britain’s deep-black “Ninja Programme” amidst the raging fires of the first World War’s Western Front… For the first time, an indispensable chapter in the history of the Valiant Universe can finally be told as Gage and Olivetti reveal the saga of NINJA-A – the Japanese master of weaponry and deception who would become MI-6’s first ninja agent – in an all-new special feature, beginning in December’s Ninja-K #2 and continuing monthly for the standard $3.99 cover price!

For nearly a century, MI-6, the most elite branch of Britain’s clandestine intelligence service, has honed a ruthlessly effective, top-secret division – THE NINJA PROGRAMME – into one of its nation’s most finely wielded weapons. Tasked as the first and last line of defense for queen and country, this small shadow army of agents and assassins has produced a succession of notable assets, including NINJA-A, the Queen’s silent weapon of World War I; NINJA-E, the globe-trotting secret agent that pulled the Cold War back from the brink of Armageddon; and, most recently, NINJA-K, aka Colin King, a brash but fearless instrument of lethality that has saved the world from madmen and terror at every turn. But now… an unknown enemy is hunting and killing members of THE NINJA PROGRAMME one by one – and NINJAK is next on the list.

Ninja-K #2 features covers by Trevor Hairsine, Lucas Troya, Kenneth Rocafort, and Ben Templesmith and comes to shelves December 20th.

Valiant’s X-O Manowar #11 Unleashes “Visigoth” this January

Valiant has announced X-O Manowar (2017) #11 – the FIRST ISSUE of “VISIGOTH,” an ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT for the unrelenting science-fiction juggernaut from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and spectacular artist Ryan Bodenheim! On January 24th, the best-selling new series of 2017 from any independent publisher begins the new year with a crippling new turning point in Aric of Dacia’s yearlong rise from “SOLDIER” to “GENERAL” to “EMPEROR”… Now, exiled from the empire he once conquered and hunted by a band of cold-blooded mercenaries with a price on his head, X-O Manowar’s fall from grace is about to begin with punishing force!

Aric of Dacia’s bone-crushing climb to the throne of an alien world earned him scores of allies… and a legion of scorned enemies. Now, stripped of his crown and cast out of his kingdom, the man known as X-O Manowar must return to his roots as a sword-wielding warrior of Earth if he is to survive the relentless band of intergalactic bounty hunters that have been hired to kill him cold. But with few places left to turn, could the last Visigoth’s best hope be the all-powerful…but insidious…weapon he once swore away: the X-O Manowar armor?

In 2018, jump on board the record-setting series that reforged Valiant’s most iconic hero in a crucible of war and interstellar fury…and find out why fans and critics alike can’t stop raving about X-O MANOWAR’s cosmic quest for power:

Featuring covers by Lewis LaRosa, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Ariel Olivetti, and Jay Anacleto!

Preview: Faith and the Future Force #4 (of 4)

FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #4 (of 4)

Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by CARY NORD
Cover A by BARRY KITSON (AUG172133)
Cover B by JEN BARTEL (AUG172134)
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE (AUG172135)
Variant Cover by CHRYSSY CHEUNG (AUG172136)
$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 18th

The final countdown!

Bloodshot was a bust… Divinity didn’t work… Ninjak was nixed… No matter which of the Valiant Universe’s greatest heroes she recruits to her aid, Faith still can’t save the time stream! With time literally running out all around her, does L.A.’s sky-soaring superhero have what it takes to defend the entire universe…or will the secret key to saving existence itself come from the most darkest and most unexplored avenue of all?

Eisner Award nominee Jody Houser (FAITH) is joined by Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR) to bring Valiant’s spectacular standalone event to an unfathomable finale…and when the clock reaches zero, no amount of time travel can ever undo the damage done!

Preview: War Mother #3 (of 4)

WAR MOTHER #3 (of 4)

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Cover A by DAVID MACK (AUG172124)
Cover B by ADAM GORHAM (AUG172125)
Variant Cover by MEGHAN HETRICK (AUG172126)
Variant Cover by VERONICA FISH (AUG172127)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 18th

Into the badlands…

As the only force standing between her tribe and total extinction, War Mother must protect every man, woman, and child…no matter the cost…as she braves the long journey across the mutant-infested jungles and irradiated steppes once known as South America. But when this sworn guardian discovers that the new homeland she seeks might not be the haven it was promised to be, she’ll have to save her people from the one thing she never could have anticipated: themselves!

Join New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and explosive artist Stephen Segovia (NINJAK) as they send War Mother on her darkest mission yet…and bring her first high-powered solo series to a brutal breaking point!

Valiant Teams with Pedastudio to Expand Into Africa

Unveiled during the 6th annual Lagos Comic Con in Lagos, Nigeria, Valiant Entertainment has announced a new partnership with foreign publisher Pedastudio, which will license and distribute its library of titles across Africa. Under this new partnership, the adventures of Valiant’s globally recognized superhero series – starting with Archer & Armstrong, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Harbinger Wars, and Quantum and Woody – will soon be found in print and digital under the Pedastudio banner in countries including Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Pedastudio is the latest publisher to join Valiant’s already extensive network of international partnerships around the globe, which also currently includes Bliss Comics in France, Büyülü Dükkan in Turkey, CFx in Pakistan, China Mobile in China, Cornea Entertainment in India, Jambo in Brazil, Kamite in Mexico, Lezhin in Korea, Medusa Comics in Spain, NHN Comico in Korea and Japan, OVNI Press Editorial throughout Latin America, ShoPro in Japan, Social Comics in Brazil, Sokol Express in Russia, Schwerkraft-Verlag in Germany, Star Comics in Italy, Viverra in Russia, World Publishing in China, and Wydawnictwo Fantasmagorie in Poland.

Review: Harbinger Renegade #8

As “MASSACRE” continues to tear the Harbinger Renegades apart, the battle lines reveal themselves… On one side, the fugitive psiot named Alexander Solomon and the concussive killers of the H.A.R.D. Corps…and on the other, the Harbinger Renegades and a growing army of newly activated recruits – untrained, unpredictable and potentially unstable. As their paths converge toward an inescapable confrontation, Peter Stanchek will be forced to make an impossible decision that will change the destiny of everyone in the Valiant Universe…and lay the fault lines for HARBINGER WARS 2!

Here’s the thing with this comic – and I apologize for derailing the review right off the bat – I read this comic when I needed a distraction from some personal events (that had a positive outcome), and as a result of that my views on this issue may be a little rose coloured. However despite that I still feel comfortable in saying that Harbinger Renegade #8 is one of the better issues in Rafer Roberts run on the series.

After the events of issue five’s Massacre, we got to see a little fall out last issue among the Renegades, but Harbinger Renegade #8 really seems to kick into gear regarding the story as the young psiots start doing more than just talking about reacting to the events in Rook. Although it feels like a long time coming (especially with issue six’s interlude), the pacing actually feels very right. I may have complained about the pacing before (possibly in the last review, maybe just online), but I’m happy to say that I was quite wrong – Rafer Roberts clearly had a plan and I should have had more faith (pun unintended); he’s certainly earned that from his previous work.

Although I’m still not overly fond of Darrick Robertson‘s art style (which is entirely personal preference), it seems a bit more fluid and less phoned in this issue than in the previous one – the question should be asked whether I dislike his art less because Roberts story, pacing and dialogue are much stronger in comparison to Harbinger Renegade #7, or whether Robertson is simply having a better showing the eighth issue.

Whether you read this series in trade form or in single issues, we’re starting to see a nice build up toward Valiant’s 2018 mega event Harbinger Wars 2, and if you’re a Valiant fan then I’d highly advise you to be keeping tabs on the events in this series.

Overall this is a really enjoyable read that builds upon the catastrophic events of issue five in a very natural way; nothing seems forced or out of the natural flow of the story, and while I’m still not completely on board with with art it has improved. A better comic than the previous issue, and a perfect distraction when I needed one the most – and isn’t that what comics should do? Help us forget the real world for twenty or thirty minutes?

Story: Rafer Roberts Art: Darrick Robertson
Inker: Tom Palmer Colourist: Diego Rodriguez
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a Free copy for review

Bloodshot #1 Gets a Second Printing

Valiant has announced that Bloodshot Salvation #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the BLOCKBUSTER ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa and Mico Suayan – has sold out at the distributor level and will return to store shelves everywhere with the Bloodshot Salvation #1 Second Printing on November 8th!

Ray Garrison has escaped his violent past to build the one thing he never thought he’d earn: a family. But when a hateful secret from his true love’s past threatens their fragile peace, Bloodshot will be forced to run headlong into a barrage of blood, bullets, and broken bones for a revenge-fueled assault that will have crushing consequences for those he holds most dear…

His sacrifice will be her salvation.

Now: In the arms of his beloved girlfriend Magic, Bloodshot has finally found hope for the future…in the form of the couple’s unborn child. But when Magic’s estranged family – a cruel and sadistic clan of homegrown criminals – re-emerge to lay claim to their lost daughter, Bloodshot will be pushed back to the brink of madness, mayhem, and warfare…

Soon: Eight years from today, Bloodshot’s daughter has inherited her father’s incredible abilities. Hunted by a high-tech kill squad called Omen, Jessie must hone her powers…and learn how to survive before the world is swallowed whole by the darkness that now pervades America…

Violence awaits Valiant’s machine-made soldier on November 8th as Ray Garrison and his newborn daughter, Jessie, enter an unforgiving gauntlet of punishment that will bleed into the dark future that awaits them both…and will forever redefine the tragic and brutal legacy of Bloodshot for years to come!

New York Comic Con 2017: Harbinger Wars 2 Explodes with 48 Pages

Valiant has revealed the full scope and scale of 2018’s must-read crossover event, Harbinger Wars 2 – beginning on May 2nd, 2018 from two of the most powerful creative minds in comics today, New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and Academy Award nominee Eric Heisserer, alongside the powerhouse artistic team of Tomás Giorello and Raúl Allen!

Utilizing an expansive, new and never-before-attempted comics format, each issue of the Harbinger Wars 2 event will come fully loaded with 48 pages of content and two complete, full-length 22-page stories chronicling dueling fronts in the nationwide battle that will soon consume the Valiant Universe’s most powerful forces. The first, by writer Matt Kindt and artist Tomás Giorello will feature the head-on collision of the Harbinger Renegades and the newly returned X-O Manowar. The second, by writer Eric Heisserer and artist Raúl Allen with Patricia Martín will thrust Livewire and her new team of recruits into the center of a power struggle with the potential to tear America apart…

For the rare and immensely powerful subset of humanity known as psiots, their unique abilities have come with an enormous cost. Once, their existence was known only to a select few. Now, the revelation that thousands of these latent telekinetic “harbingers” secretly live among us… with the potential to become active any moment… has led the American government to a dramatic tipping point…

Armed with new extra-governmental authority, the deep-black military contractor known as OMEN as been authorized to identify, evaluate, and, if need be, eliminate all super-normal threats to the homeland. H.A.R.D. Corps units have been deployed into cities and towns across the United States to enforce their orders. 

In the east, one of the most powerful minds on Earth, Peter Stanchek, is leading his band of Renegades across the country, activating any potential psiots willing to join them, and building an insurrection force of ultra-powerful and unwieldy new powers that will soon bring war to OMEN’s doorstep… and the unstoppable force known as X-O Manowar raging back to Earth… 

In the west, Livewire – the telekinetic technopath with the ability to bend machines and computers to her will – will be forced to choose between her former allies… or her newfound team of Secret Weapons. As the situation escalates beyond human control, the United States will be plunged into darkness from coast and coast, launching Bloodshot and Ninjak into a dangerous mission to neutralize their one-time teammate – and setting the stage for the most shocking, most violent, and most consequential clash of powers ever witnessed in the history of the Valiant Universe!

Featuring covers by superstar artist J.G. Jones and more top talents soon to be revealed!

Preview: Harbinger Renegade #8

HARBINGER RENEGADE #8

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DARICK ROBERTSON
Cover A by DARICK ROBERTSON (AUG172128)
Cover B by BALDEMAR RIVAS (AUG172129)
Cover C by KANO (AUG172130)
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE (AUG172131)
B&W Sketch Variant by DARICK ROBERTSON (AUG172132)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 11th (FOC – 9/18/2017)

Massacred!

As “MASSACRE” continues to tear the Harbinger Renegades apart, the battle lines reveal themselves… On one side, the fugitive psiot named Alexander Solomon and the concussive killers of the H.A.R.D. Corps…and on the other, the Harbinger Renegades and a growing army of newly activated recruits – untrained, unpredictable and potentially unstable. As their paths converge toward an inescapable confrontation, Peter Stanchek will be forced to make an impossible decision that will change the destiny of everyone in the Valiant Universe…and lay the fault lines for HARBINGER WARS 2!

“MASSACRE” seeks its final victim as Harvey Award nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Transmetropolitan) prepare for the biggest, bloodiest confrontation in Valiant history!

 

Review: Shadowman/Rae Sremmurd #1

SM_RS_001_COVER-A_GUEDESThe comics crossover event of 2017! Valiant’s superhero icon meets Rae Sremmurd, the multiplatinum hip-hop superstars behind the #1 hit “Black Beatles,” for an unforgettable showdown at the crossroads of life and death!

Before they were dominating the music charts and selling out stages worldwide, Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee were just a pair of talented, but otherwise ordinary, brothers…until a twist of fate delivered them fame and wealth beyond their wildest imagination. Now, years later as hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, the brothers are bound for New Orleans…and an otherworldly encounter with the supernatural guardian called Shadowman, the lone line of the defense between our world and the Deadside that lies beyond…

In the interest of fairness, I wanted to let you know that I’m not a hip hop fan. In fact hip hop is one of the last genres of music I would ever willingly listen to, coming out ahead of dance music (and all its incessant variations). No, give me a metal band any day of the week (or a Disney soundtrack – don’t judge me). I tell you this so you’ll understand that when I opened this comic I did so without any frame of reference for who Rae Sremmurd actually are – indeed, up until I read the above preview text above I had no idea this was a crossover, I had assumed that Rae Sremmurd were Valiant characters, and this was just a one shot story.

Anyway.

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The comic, written by Eliot Rahal with some wonderfully painted artwork courtesy of Renato Guedes, is more than enjoyable if you, like me, are utterly oblivious to who Rae Sremmurd are. I’d imagine that it’d be more so if you’re a fan of both Valiant and the hip hop  duo.

The basis for the story is an age-old music story fable, and is set out within the first few pages; that of selling your soul for rock ‘n’ roll (or musical greatness, but rock ‘n’ roll sounds better). Although you can probably tell where the story heads with this being a Shadowman comic, the visual journey is utterly fantastic to witness – the double page spread above is one of the many great looking pieces of art that make up this otherwise predictable comic.

Unfortunately, as great as the artwork is in this comic, the story doesn’t quite measure up to the visuals. However I think that’s more of a result of the constraints of the nature of a oneshot crossover story than any shortcomings on Rahal’s behalf as he gives each character a distinct voice within the comic – including the surprising and unexpected guest star that will leave non Valiant fans befuddled. For all that, the comic is still very enjoyable; although I assume fans of Rae Sremmurd will enjoy the issue, those who follow both the musical duo and Valiant – specifically Shadowman – will get the most from this issue.

Although Shadowman Rae Sremmurd #1 is a fun diversion it doesn’t add a whole lot to Shadowman’s story post Rapture, so whether this is a must buy is up to you – but the art more than justifies you reading this book.

Story: Eliot Rahal Art: Renato Guedes
Story: 7.0 Art: 10 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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