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Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #4

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 (NEW ARC! “GENERAL” – PART 1)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (APR172114)
Cover B by DAVE JOHNSON (APR172115)
Interlocking Variant Cover by RYAN BODENHEIM (APR172117)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by BOB LAYTON (APR172118)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale JUNE 28th (FOC – 6/5/17)

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “GENERAL” – PART ONE!

In the fires of victory, a soldier becomes…a general. With the hostile Cadmium army crushed beneath his force’s boots, Aric of Dacia now commands an entire fleet into the final battle for the soul of an empire. But as a new dawn rises across this unrelenting alien world, what vicious new menace will come forth to greet it?

X-O Manowar’s path to domination darkens as blockbuster artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS) joins New York Times bestselling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) for a perfect, planet-shaking entry point into Valiant’s biggest series yet!

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Preview: Secret Weapons #1

SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4)

Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTIN
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN (APR172108)
Cover B by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (APR172109)
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (APR172112)
Variant Cover by BRYAN HITCH (APR172113)
Signature Series VVSS Variant by RAÚL ALLÉN (INDIVIDUALLY SIGNED BY ERIC HEISSERER) (FEB178016)
Blank Cover Also Available (APR172111)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale JUNE 28th (FOC – 6/5/17)

Eric Heisserer – the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of ARRIVAL and Valiant’s upcoming HARBINGER and BLOODSHOT feature films – joins Harvey Award-nominated visionary Raúl Allén (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) for an all-new Valiant Prestige-format adventure…launching Livewire and an extraordinary new team of heroes into the fight of their lives!

The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rex-O seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…

Valiant Storms into Denver Comic Con 2017

From Friday, June 30th to Sunday, July 2nd, Valiant is bringing its cross-country road show to Denver, CO for Denver Comic Con 2017 – and we’re bringing a star-studded line-up of exclusives, programming, and panels for a can’t-miss comics celebration!

All weekend long, join Valiant inside the Colorado Convention Center at booth #1546 to see why Valiant is the award-winning, chart-topping superhero universe to beat with a selection of paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for critically renowned and award-winning titles!

And don’t miss the mountains of Valiant merchandise rolling into Denver, including the Secret Weapons #1 Denver Comic Con Variant, featuring the art of fan-favorite artist Katie Cook! THE MUST-READ NEW SERIES of the summer from Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer and visionary artist Raul Allen with Patricia Martin begins here as the technopathic hero Livewire steps into the fore to lead an extraordinary new team of Harbinger Foundation escapees…and reveals a hidden, high-stakes corner of the Valiant Universe never before explored…

Plus: Be sure to visit the all-star Valiant talent that’s charging into Denver Comic Con 2017 all weekend long, including:

  • Jody Houser (Writer, FAITH, FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE)
  • Bart Sears (Artist, BLOODSHOT & H.A.R.D. CORPS, UNITY)
  • Fred Van Lente (Writer, WAR MOTHER, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG)

Then: Your official introduction to Valiant’s award-winning pantheon of heroes begins on Friday, June 30th at 2:30 p.m. MST in room #501 for the Valiant 101: The Story Starts Here panel presentation! New to the Valiant Universe? Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes! Look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!

Finally: Get the inside intel on the most devastating conflict to ever disrupt the Valiant Universe on Saturday, July 1st at 2:30 p.m. MST in room #501 for the Valiant: The Road to Harbinger Wars 2 panel presentation! The road to Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and impactful comic book event of all time starts right here! Jump on board to find out what the future holds and how the coming of Harbinger Wars 2 will soon be felt across the entire Valiant Universe!

Unboxing: June’s Comic of the Month Club

Comic of the Month Club is a new monthly comic subscription box for comic book fans everywhere. Subscribers receive 8-9 personally curated comics every month and fill out a preference form as to what they’re interested in.

There’s five different types of boxes ranging in cost from $9.99 on up to about $30. This is the high end “Collector’s Edition x2” version of the box.

You can subscribe now. Please include “Graphic Policy” in the referral space. You as a subscriber receive an extra bonus and we do get something in return.

This month’s comics with “rough value.”
The Amazing Spider-Man #173 (1977) – $5
The Uncanny X-Men #148 (1981) – $7
Teen Titans #43 (1973) – $4
Marvel Two in One The Thing and Iron Man #97 (1982) – $4
Action Comics #590 (1987) – $2
Action Comics #658 (1990) – $2
JSA #34 (2002) – $1
JSA #39 (2002) – $1
Harbinger #18 (1993) – $1

Total: ~$28.00

 

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Review: Rapture #2

“Might meets magic!

As Babel’s dark forces in the Deadside rise, the afterlife’s last chance at survival rests in the living’s greatest champions. But to save heaven itself, MI-6 agent Colin King – aka Ninjak– must confront his greatest fears…and place his trusted steel against the fantastic and unknown powers of sorcery. With Punk Mambo, Tama the Geomancer, and the fallen hero Shadowman at his side, Ninjak will lead the supernatural’s greatest champions into a suicide mission against beasts and barbarians…and the very gods themselves!”

You know those comics that you read and genuinely liked but don’t have much to say about it? That’s where I am right now with this issue, so this review may be shorter than normal, but these things happen.

Usually when talking about the art in a comic you’d start with the line artist, or inker, but I’m bucking the trend today because Andrew Dalhouse‘s colouring work is transcendent. His work bringing the various Loa to life adds some genuine brightness to the pages; I don’t always say how impressive  Dalhouse is in a comic because he’s always so consistent, but he seems to have stepped up a notch here, although that could also be a result of the kinetic line work from Cafu with some assistance from Roberto De La Torre. The art team have delivered a beautiful looking comic, and thankfully Matt Kindt is on form here.

I’m a big fan of the relationship between Ninjak and Punk Mambo (seriously, you could have told me this was a team-up comic with these two and I’d have brought it – Shadowman was a secondary consideration for me), and his stubborn refusal of magic is done in a way that enables some entertaining one liners while also setting up a believable technological counter weapon – I won’t elaborate more.

I genuinely enjoyed this issue; the story and the art were both on point, and combine for a comic that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Cafu with Roberto De La Torre
Colour Art: Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 8 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays 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: God Country #6 (Image) – A sleeper hit for me, I didn’t start reading this until the 4th issue had come out, and I was struck by the stark brilliance of the comic. Everything about this issue is a joy to experience; Emmett Quinlan’s attitude embodies the best of humanity’s stubborn refusal to quit, and then the creative team produce a wonderfully written and drawn issue each month.

All-Star Batman #11 (DC Comics) – I’ve made no secret of the fact I’m a Scott Snyder fan… but I loved the previous issue. I can’t wait to read this, especially with Snyder delving back into Alfred’s past.

Rapture #2 (Valiant) – This is a bit of a cheat because I’ve already read the review copy and know I like it, but I’m excited to get my hands on a physical copy to check out the gorgeous artwork.

The Chair #1 (Alterna) – I have no idea what this is about.. but it’s a dollar. Every other one of Alterna’s newsprint comics has been more than worth the money, so I see no reason for this to be any different.

 

Shay

It’s a great week to be comic book lover, so many awesome titles that this almost became a top ten list. If you’re lucky you can finish them off, if you’re not , then you’ll have more than enough to keep you occupied next weekend as you gear up for the long beach (or camping) holiday weekend.

Harley Quinn #22 (DC Comics) – Poison Ivy is back and I’m looking forward to this dynamic duo getting their friendship ( or something else) back on track.

Batwoman #4 (DC Comics) – Alas, the end of the current arc is here and it’s looking like it’s going to bring up more questions about Batwoman’s origins and give us an interesting bad guy to learn more about in the next arc.

The X-Files: Origins – Dog Days of Summer #1 (IDW Publishing) – The truth is out there and teenage Mulder and Scully are going to find it. I can legit here the theme song in my head.

Crosswinds #1 (Image) – Cat Staggs and Gail Simone have teamed give us what I’m sure will be a true gift from the comic gods!

America #4 (Marvel) – Mardrimar is revealed, the Ultimates might be getting the band together and America gets a blast from the past that reminds her that she doesn’t always get it right.

Luke Cage #2 (Marvel) – Luke’s in New Orleans making new friends ,dealing with enemies and getting even closer to the truth or Dr. Burstein.

Bill & Ted Save the Universe #1 (BOOM! Studios) – I’m here for it!

Brik TP (Oni Press) – The series I miss the most is back in it’s very own trade paperback. Nothing new but, it’s nice seeing it in one place so I can revisit the things that made me fall in love with it , as I pine for some new issues.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Super Sons #5 (DC Comics) – This has been a great book from the start. Great action, I love the banter between Robin and Superboy and the art is great. I couldn’t ask for anything more from a superhero book. You really should be reading this.

Iceman #2 (Marvel) – I really enjoyed the first issue of Iceman’s solo series. It really gave new readers a glimpse into the character’s past, and gave us veterans a starting point to see where Bobby is going and how he is changing. It was a good mix of action and insight into the character and I hope it carries on in this second issue.

Secret Empire: Underground #1 (Marvel) – This event, like many of Marvel’s past events, has been a real let down. Aside from the fact that Marvel turned Steve Rogers into the fascist leader of Hydra and it seems Hydra’s reach didn’t take long at all to take hold, the event has just been boring and has induced many eye rolls, at least from this reader. But, I have been enjoying the tie in series more then the main event and this book has me excited. We saw this team in action in Secret Empire #4 and I was totally into all of it. I love the line up and their agenda and I’m really looking forward to seeing more from them. And to be honest, anything with Mockingbird in it is a must read for me.

W.M.D. Weapons of Mutant Destruction #1 (Marvel) – The new Weapon X series has been so-so; nothing terribly exciting except for this new mysterious Weapon X project that seems to be hunting down mutants instead of turning them into weapons. But after issue 4, we now have a better understanding of their why after finding out who is pulling the strings. But Old Man Logan and team are on their way for a little payback, so I’m excited to see how all this is going to explode…and if the cover to W.M.D #1 is any indication, it is going to explode big time!

 

Brett

Top Pick: Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – Chip Zdarsky takes on Spider-Man and boy am I looking forward to this one. Zdarsky’s humor should fit really well with the classic Spider-Man which was more about the quips and fun. Here’s hoping!

Lobo/Road Runner Special #1 and Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil #1 (DC Comics) – The first two series that mashed up DC characters with Looney Tunes were a lot of fun and I can’t wait to read the fun that’ll be these two issues.

Solarman #3 (Scout Comics) – It’s been a long time coming, but I’m still looking forward to this issue which feels like the predecessor in some ways to Lion Forge’s Catalyst line.

Spencer and Locke #3 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – A great combination of concepts for a solid noir series with a twist.

Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer #2 (BOOM! Studios) – A new take on the classic Frankenstein story. The first issue was good and I can’t wait to see where this series goes.

Valiant Reveals the Complete Cover Program for Bloodshot Salvation #1

Valiant has unveiled the complete cover strategy behind Bloodshot Salvation #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the new ongoing series by writer Jeff Lemire and artists Lewis LaRosa and Mico Suayan!

A bloodstained new beginning for Valiant’s enduring and iconic tragic hero starts here on September 20th as Bloodshot and his daughter, Jessie, set out on a revenge-fueled mission of villains, violence, and vengeance.

Check out all of the covers you can choose from for the first issue!

Cover A (Standard)

Each month, superstar artist Kenneth Rocafort (The Ultimates) delivers a dynamic and stunning shelf cover for BLOODSHOT SALVATION’s first 12 issues

[Diamond Code: JUL172245]

Cover B (Villains)

 Across BLOODSHOT SALVATION’s first story arc, rising star Monika Palosz (FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE) introduces a member of Jeff Lemire’s new cast of Bloodshot villains, including the augmented killer Rampage, Omen’s shadow chief The Scarred Man, and the demented “Daddy”

[Diamond Code: JUL172246]

Cover C (Battle Damaged)

 Witness the raw power of BLOODSHOT SALVATION’s fury firsthand as a new artist steps up each and every issue, beginning with comics powerhouse Tomas Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) to spotlight Bloodshot and Jessie’s most punishing confrontations

[Diamond Code: JUL172247]

Pre-Order Edition (#1-12)

Available only as pre-order set! Fans who reserve the complete first year of BLOODSHOT SALVATION with their local comic retailer by July 27th, 2017 will receive these hyper-detailed covers by Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), plus eight pages of extra-added content with each issue and the BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 RAMPAGE REDUX exclusive bonus comic.

[Diamond Code: JUL172248]

Interlocking Variant

Visionary artist Greg Smallwood (Moon Knight) reveals the events of BLOODSHOT SALVATION’s painful odyssey across the coming year with a single interlocking image spanning the series’ first story arc.

[Diamond Code: JUL172249]

Bloodshot Icons Variant

Bloodshot meets the industry’s greatest talents head-on in a new series of high-end variants for each and every issue, beginning with Eisner Award-winning artist Dave Johnson (Superman: Red Son)

[Diamond Code: JUL172250]

Brushed Metal Variant

Available for BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 only, Valiant’s latest, stunning metal cover comes printed via a special process on an actual brushed aluminum metal sheet featuring artwork by interior artist Mico Suayan

[Diamond Code: JUL172251]

 

Preview: Britannia: We Who Are About to Die #3 (of 4)

BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #3 (of 4)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by DAVID MACK (APR172130)
Cover B by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (APR172131)
Variant Cover by ROBERT GILL (APR172132)
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM (APR172133)
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON (APR172134)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On Sale JUNE 21st (FOC–5/29/17)

Wrath of the gods!

The women of Rome march to rebellion! Magic and mystery continue to intertwine as the clock ticks down to Rubria’s final hours. Will Antonius Axia and his mysterious new partner—the brutal female gladiator known as Achillia—untangle the knots that threaten to hang the Roman Empire…or will Nero finally obtain the dark power he lusted for? As the beaten ghost of Apollo finally rises to cast his dark judgment on all of Rome, history’s first detective must act swiftly before humanity’s final hours slip into madness!

Preview: Rapture #2 (of 4)

RAPTURE #2 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU with ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (APR172119)
Cover B by J.G. JONES (APR172120)
Character Design Variant by KANO (APR172122)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (APR172123)
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN (APR172124)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (APR172121)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JUNE 21st

Might meets magic!

As Babel’s dark forces in the Deadside rise, the afterlife’s last chance at survival rests in the living’s greatest champions. But to save heaven itself, MI-6 agent Colin King – aka Ninjak– must confront his greatest fears…and place his trusted steel against the fantastic and unknown powers of sorcery. With Punk Mambo, Tama the Geomancer, and the fallen hero Shadowman at his side, Ninjak will lead the supernatural’s greatest champions into a suicide mission against beasts and barbarians…and the very gods themselves!

Valiant’s epic standalone event enters is next spellbinding chapter as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR) and powerhouse artist CAFU (RAI) strike at the veil between life and death!

Valiant Presents Ninjak #0 – A Star-Studded Jumping-On Point from Matt Kindt, Francis Portela & Special Guests Galore in September!

Valiant has announce Ninjak #0 – an all-new jumping-on point for the Valiant Universe’s most dangerous intelligence operative, and a massive 40-page milestone, arriving in comic shops everywhere this September!

FIRST: New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt brings his masterful, record-setting run to a close as he puts Ninjak’s past and present in the crosshairs with a shocking and revelatory tale – as illustrated by fan-favorite artist Francis Portela and an all-star cast of comics luminaries, each detailing a different moment in Colin King’s bloodstained path from boyhood to international infamy…

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? 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: Before Ninjak launches into a riveting new ongoing series this November in the pages of NINJA-K #1, the torch is passed to acclaimed writer Christos Gage and blockbuster artist Tomas Giorello as they prepare a startling introduction to Colin King’s next mission with a shocking prelude to the winter’s most anticipated new series!

The past, present, and future bleed together here with an unstoppable 40-page jumping-on point, only in Ninjak #0 – featuring a blockbuster lineup of covers from David MackClayton Henry, rising star Yama OrcePeter Bagge, and Javier Pulido!

 

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