I’ve been pretty excited for the return of Valiant Comics to comic shoppe shelves. In fact, Bloodshot made it onto my Top 5 1/2 Most Anticipated Comics of 2012.
Starting with a Free Comic Book Day 2012 sampler (May 5, 2012), Valiant Entertainment starts in earnest with a Summer 2012 launch of four titles. Creators from DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, Top Shelf and others bring the new adventures of four mainstays of the olde Valiant Universe to life between May and August 2012 – one new series starts in each month.
Certainly there have been critics of DC Comics’ New 52 “big bang” relaunch in one month that may have hindered lesser known titles, but when starting from the ground-up (again), Valiant seems to have found a good way to reignite interest and garner new fans.
During the first time around with Valiant, I was a huge fan of Bloodshot and Eternal Warrior. With the Acclaim years, after the video game producer bought Valiant properties, the Eternal Warriors quarterly book spotlighting all the immortal brothers of the Anni-Padda clan was a fave. So, of the four books announced, you can gather which two I’m most excited about. 🙂 However, the other two look very promising based on creative teams involved, the solicit, covers and other related art. A sizzling summer awaits us.
Check out Valiant Entertainment‘s news release below. Any books you’re interested in?
VALIANT Launches Four New Series for Summer 2012
Valiant is proud to announce four new series for the summer of 2012 — X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, and Archer & Armstrong — featuring brand new beginnings for some of comics’ most iconic characters! Kicking off with X-O Manowar in May and Harbinger in June, the Summer of Valiant continues this July in Bloodshot #1, from acclaimed writer Duane Swierczynski (Immortal Iron Fist, Birds of Prey) and artists Manuel Garcia (Checkmate, Spider Man: Breakout) & Arturo Lozzi (Immortal Weapons)! Then, in August, the Valiant Universe’s greatest duo begins an all-new epic journey in Archer & Armstrong #1 by the New York Times bestselling creative team of Fred Van Lente (Amazing Spider-Man, Hulk: Season One) and Clayton Henry (Uncanny X-Men)! Four months. Four titles. Infinite possibilities. The Summer of Valiant is coming!
May: X-O Manowar #1
The Valiant Universe kicks off in this landmark, oversized first issue from New York Times-bestselling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates, The Homeland Directive) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan)!
Born into battle, Aric of Dacia – heir to the throne of the Visigoth people – has never known peace. After a brutal encounter with a mysterious enemy known as The Vine leaves him a prisoner on an alien world, the only hope Aric has of returning to his family and saving them from slavery is to seize a weapon of incalculable destruction and become X-O Manowar!
Comics Nexus interlude: Check out an interview by writer Robert Venditti with Newsarama where he talks X-O Manowar and shares some cool pics!
June: Harbinger #1
From New York Times bestselling author Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier, BPRD) and Harvey Award nominee Khari Evans (Carbon Grey)!
Read minds. Bend steel. Break all the rules! Teenager Pete Stanchek is out of work, on the skids, and – unbeknownst to him – a psionically-powered “harbinger” with the potential to reshape the course of human history. Toyo Harada is a wealthy business magnate, a respected philanthropist and the most powerful harbinger of all – or so he thought. As they forge an uneasy alliance, will Harada offer Pete a chance for redemption - or attempt to induct him into a secret network of conspiracy, subversion and control? When this super-hero comes of age, the entire Valiant Universe will have to learn the price of power.
Comics Nexus interlude: Check out an interview by writer Joshua Dysart with iFanboy where he reveals some interesting tidbits about this new series and shares some compelling images!
July: Bloodshot #1
From writer Duane Swierczynski (Immortal Iron Fist, Birds of Prey) and fan favorite artists Manuel Garcia (Checkmate, Spider-Man: Breakout) & Arturo Lozzi (Immortal Weapons)!
Your name is Angelo Mortalli. Your brother is trapped behind enemy lines and on the verge of — no. That’s not right. Your name is Raymond Garrison. You’ve retired from the dangers of the field, but a desperate plea from your oldest friend plunges you into a vicious firefight that — no. That’s not right, either. You are Bloodshot. You are the shade of gray that freedom requires. The perfect confluence of military necessity and cutting-edge technology. A walking WikiLeaks that is a reservoir of dirty secrets that could set the world on fire. And you’ve just been captured.
Comics Nexus interlude: Check out an interview by writer Duane Swierczynski over at IGN where he dishes on Bloodshot and shares art!
August: Archer & Armstrong #1
From the New York Times bestselling creative team of Fred Van Lente (Amazing Spider-Man, Hulk: Season One) and Clayton Henry (Uncanny X-Men)!
Born and raised to be the perfect assassin, 18-year-old Obadiah Archer has been chosen by The Sect — a cult of fanatical extremists — to destroy evil incarnate. But when Archer finally lays eyes on his target — a surly, hard-drinking immortal named Armstrong — he finds himself pulled into an unlikely partnership that will take him on globe-trotting quest to stay one step ahead of The Sect’s next nefarious plot!
Comics Nexus interlude: Check out an interview by writer Fred Van Lente over at CBR where he dishes on this new series and reveals some teaser art!
A decade in the making, the all-new Valiant Universe is on the rise. X-O Manowar in May. Harbinger in June. Bloodshot in July. Archer & Armstrong in August. This summer, the story starts here!
Shipping and Variant Cover Details
X-O MANOWAR #1 – ON SALE MAY 2nd!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by ESAD RIBIC (MAR121221)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CARY NORD (MAR121222)
Variant Cover by DAVID AJA (MAR121223)
QR Voice Variant by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (MAR121224)
HARBINGER #1 – ON SALE JUNE 6th!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MICO SUAYAN
Variant Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
QR Voice Variant by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
BLOODSHOT #1 – ON SALE JULY 18th!
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by MANUEL GARCIA & ARTURO LOZZI
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MICO SUAYAN
Variant Covers by DAVID AJA and ESAD RIBIC
ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 – ON SALE IN AUGUST!
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by DAVID AJA
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