April 2013

SWIERCZYNSKI and KITSON Storm HARBINGER WARS in BLOODSHOT #10

BS_010_CVR_SUAYANValiant is proud to present an advance preview of Bloodshot #10 – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new, standalone story arc opening a new front in the Harbinger Wars with acclaimed writer Duane Swierczynski (Birds of Prey, Judge Dredd) and comics legend Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man, FF)!

In the deserts outside Las Vegas, Bloodshot has banded together with Project Rising Spirit’s most dangerous escapees. Can he shape these super-powered children into a force for good – or are they too far gone? He’ll have to find out the hard way when the opposing forces of PRS and the Harbinger Foundation descend on all sides, bringing about a crucible the likes of which the Valiant Universe has never seen…

Jump on board the series Comic Book Resources calls “the best action comic on the stands” as Bloodshot charges into the Harbinger Wars with an all-new, four-part story arc – beginning on April 17th in Bloodshot #10!

Then, bear witness to the first head-to-head showdown between Bloodshot and Toyo Harada – and discover Bloodshot’s deadly new power set – in Harbinger Wars #2 (of 4), on sale everywhere on May 1st!

Spanning 12 issues total, follow the entire Harbinger Wars saga through Harbinger Wars, Harbinger and Bloodshot or read each series independently for a complete standalone story arc.

For more information on Bloodshot, Harbinger Wars and the rest of the Valiant Universe, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, or at ValiantUniverse.com.

BLOODSHOT #10
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by BARRY KITSON
Cover by MICO SUAYAN (FEB131159)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CLAYTON HENRY (FEB131160)
Wraparound Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (FEB131161)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 4/17/13

HARBINGER WARS #2 (of 4)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART & DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art & Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (MAR131316)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (MAR131317)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAR131318)
Variant Cover by STEPHANE PERGER (MAR131319)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

BS_010_PULLBOX_HENRY BS_010_WRAPAROUND_LAROSA BS_010_001 BS_010_002 BS_010_003 BS_010_004 BS_010_005 BS_010_006 BS_010_007

Writer JOSHUA DYSART Joins VALIANT as Exclusive Creator

HWARS_004_PULLBOX_HAIRSINE

 

Valiant is proud to announce that New York Times best-selling writer and Eisner Award nominee Joshua Dysart has signed on as the publisher’s next exclusive creator. Dysart is currently scripting and co-plotting the Harbinger Wars crossover and mini-series for Valiant, in addition to his writing duties on the ongoing Harbinger series.

“Comics is a business, but it’s also a community and a family. From the moment I met the ragtag skeleton crew that work tirelessly to hoist the Valiant flag, I felt like I’d found my next comic book family,” said Dysart. “When I first met Dinesh, the CEO of Valiant, he was carrying a box of comics along with his marketing crew, like he was just another boy in the band. That’s what I like. I like it rugged and I like it scrappy.

“I believe Valiant can change things for the better in superhero comics. I believe small is good. I believe in every single member of this team, from management to marketing. And most of all, I believe in and trust my editor, Warren Simons. These guys took a huge chance on me. They saw ‘Unknown Soldier’ and they said, ‘That dude should write superhero comics.’ They gave me the freedom to create challenging characters and build new worlds.

“So that’s it, I’m in this. This is my next thing. I want to write Harbinger for a long time and I’m super excited to be developing my next big top secret project for the Valiant Universe. So if family, creativity, innovation and loyalty aren’t reasons to commit to a business venture like this, then I don’t know what
is.”

HWARS_002_001_inks HWARS_002_002_inks HWARS_002_003_inks

From 2008 to 2010, Dysart authored a two-year run on Vertigo’s Unknown Soldier with artist Alberto Ponticelli, garnering an Eisner Award nomination for Best New Series and widespread critical recognition in the process. Dysart has also contributed to some of the most acclaimed series and projects of the past decade, including B.P.R.D., Swamp Thing and Neil Young’s Greendale.

“Joshua has a singular voice in the world of comics, and he brings an extraordinarily poignant and rarified point of view to the page,” said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. “His phenomenal work on Harbinger over the course of the past year and the tremendous reaction to last week’s release of Harbinger Wars #1 speak for themselves. Everyone at Valiant is look forward to more great stories from Joshua and we couldn’t be more excited about his plans for Harbinger coming out of Harbinger Wars.”

Dysart’s first Valiant work, Harbinger #1, was released in June 2012 as the second title of the Valiant relaunch. His work on the series has drawn near-universal accolades from fans and critics, cementing Harbinger as one of Valiant’s best-selling titles.

Dysart has also played a key creative role in co-architecting the Harbinger Wars crossover event, going so far as to co-create two dozen new super-powered heroes with Harbinger artist Khari Evans. This team of characters, collectively known as Generation Zero, can next be seen in the pages of Harbinger Wars #2 (of 4), in stores May 1st. They also feature prominently in the upcoming Harbinger Wars: Battle for Las Vegas 8-bit mobile game, the first level of which will be released for free on iOS and Android devices on May 2nd.

Dysart joins Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (X-O Manowar, Conan) as the next addition to Valiant’s roster of exclusive talent.

HWARS_001_COVER_FINAL HWARS_002_COVER_HENRY HWARS_003_COVER_ZIRCHER HWARS_004_COVER_ZIRCHER

For more information on Harbinger, Harbinger Wars and the rest of the Valiant Universe, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, or at ValiantUniverse.com.


HARBINGER WARS #2 Can’t Escape the HARADA PROTOCOL!

HWARS_002_HARADA-PROTOCOL

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of Harbinger Wars #2 (of 4) – the second issue of the uncompromising crossover event by Joshua DysartDuane Swierczynski, and Clayton Henry. After decades of secret conflict, Toyo Harada has managed in one fell swoop to cripple Project Rising Spirit through the masterful manipulation of key players in the Valiant Universe. But there’s one failsafe that not even he could ever have anticipated…Initiate the Harada Protocol!

After billions of dollars and years of development, Project Rising Spirit finally produced a weapon capable of taking down the world’s most powerful psionic – a weapon they called Bloodshot. Now, in the deserts outside Las Vegas, their escaped Harbinger hunter has finally come face-to-face with the man he was engineered to eliminate and his secret programming is about to unleash a whole new set of deadly, upgraded abilities – whether he wants it to or not! And soon Harada will discover firsthand what it means to combat an adversary that doesn’t want justice, retribution, or power. It only wants him. Dead. And any casualties are acceptable – even Bloodshot himself.

Get a ringside seat for the epic confrontation that will redefine two of the most powerful players in the Valiant Universe on May 1st in Harbinger Wars #2 (of 4) – the second staggering act of Valiant’s first crossover event!

For more information on Bloodshot, Harbinger and the rest of the Valiant Universe, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, or at ValiantUniverse.com.

HWARS_002_COVER_HENRY HWARS_002_PULLBOX_LAROSA HWARS_002_VARIANT_CRAIN HWARS_002_VARIANT_PERGER HWARS_002_001 HWARS_002_002 HWARS_002_003 HWARS_002_004

 

HARBINGER WARS #2 (of 4)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART & DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art & Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (MAR131316)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (MAR131317)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAR131318)
Variant Cover by STEPHANE PERGER (MAR131319)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.


HARBINGER WAR ’69 Goes Live in HARBINGER #11

HAR_011_CVR_EVANSValiant is proud to present an advance preview of Harbinger #11 – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new, standalone story arc launching Peter Stanchek and Toyo Harada straight into the center of the Harbinger Wars, by New York Times best-selling writerJoshua Dysart and fan favorite artists Khari Evans and Trevor Hairsine!

Now that the Harbinger Wars have kicked off with a multi-megaton bang, go back to 1969 to witness the first clash of Toyo Harada and Rising Spirit Securities and the origin of their ever-escalating game of corporate warfare and superhuman subterfuge. And now, decades later, how are Peter Stanchek and his band of Renegades feeling the fallout of this 40-year-old cold war? And what secret could possibly be calling them out of the Nevada desert and directly into the sights of the Harbinger hunter called Bloodshot?

On April 10th, start reading here with a brand new entry point into Valiant’s first crossover event – beginning only inHarbinger #11! And open up another new front in the Harbinger Wars on April 17th in Bloodshot #10 – the first chapter of a new, self-contained story arc by acclaimed creators Duane Swierczynski and Barry Kitson!

Spanning 12 issues total, follow the entire Harbinger Wars saga through Harbinger Wars, Harbinger and Bloodshot or read each series independently for a complete standalone story arc!

For more information on Harbinger, Bloodshot, and the rest of the Valiant Universe, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, or at ValiantUniverse.com.

HAR_011_PULLBOX_HENRY HAR_011_VARIANT_ZIRCHER HAR_011_001 HAR_011_002 HAR_011_003 HAR_011_004 HAR_011_005 HAR_011_006

HARBINGER #11 (HARBINGER WARS)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS & TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by KHARI EVANS (FEB131156)
Pullbox Exclusive Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (FEB131157)
Variant Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER (FEB131158)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 4/10/13 (FOC – 3/18/13)

HARBINGER #12 (HARBINGER WARS)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS & TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by AMY REEDER (MAR131320)
Variant Cover by KHARI EVANS (MAR131321)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 5/8/13 (FOC – 4/15/13)


Archer Versus Everyone in ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #9!


AA_009_COVER_LUPACCHINO
Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of Archer & Armstrong #9 by New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente and red-hot artists Emanuela Lupacchino and Alvaro Martinez! It all ends here for “Wrath of the Eternal Warrior”! Get ready for a titanic shake-up as Armstrong and the Eternal Warrior go toe-to-toe with the Null’s latest, greatest secret weapon…Obadiah Archer!?

What cosmic madness has turned Armstrong’s naive teenage ally into a madman with a thirst for universal genocide? Can Valiant’s immoral immortal defeat the evil inside Archer before his brother enacts the ultimate sanction? And once the stardust has settled, what will be the next battle for the undying Eternal Warrior?

It’s win or go home (i.e. “die”) on April 10thas Archer & Armstrong’s best-selling, critically acclaimed story arc reaches a bone-crushing conclusion that will rip the very fabric of the Valiant Universe – only inArcher & Armstrong #9!

And be back on May 8th to discover the time-lost origins of Armstrong and the Eternal Warrior in Archer & Armstrong #0 – a special standalone tale re-teaming writer Fred Van Lente and artist Clayton Henry with Valiant’s history-smashing adventurers!

For more information on Archer & Armstrong and the rest of the Valiant Universe, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, or at ValiantUniverse.com.

AA_009_VARIANT_HENRY AA_009_001 AA_009_002 AA_009_003 AA_009_004 AA_009_005 AA_009_006

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #9 
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO & ALVARO MARTINEZ
Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO (FEB131164)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (FEB131165)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 4/10/13

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #0
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art & Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (MAR131324)
Pullbox Exclusive Cover by LEE GARBETT (MAR131325)
Wraparound Gatefold Variant by TOM FOWLER (MAR131326)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 5/8/13 (FOC – 4/15/13)


1 2