March 2014

First Look: X-O MANOWAR #25 Adds CARY NORD, TOM FOWLER, ANDY RUNTON, and MORE!

XO_025_COVER_A_DJURDJEVICBefore ARMOR HUNTERS strikes this summer, discover the life and times of Valiant’s armored champion with an all-star anniversary celebration that’s getting bigger by the minute!

Valiant is proud to announce that May’s X-O MANOWAR #25 – an oversized anniversary spectacular leading directly into June’s massive ARMOR HUNTERS crossover event – is adding even more creative firepower to an already jam-packed roster of superstar talents for X-O Manowar’s biggest milestone issue ever!

Joining previously solicited creators Robert Venditti (Green Lantern), Diego Bernard (Eternal Warrior), Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates), J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), Justin Jordan (Dead Body Road), and Rafer Roberts (Carpool Buddies of Doom), Valiant is proud to add red-hot creators Cary Nord (Conan), Sean Chen (Iron Man), Tom Fowler (Quantum and Woody), Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man), and Andy Runton (Owly) to the all-star line-up for X-O MANOWAR #25!

Find out everything you need to know about the world of X-O MANOWAR, ARMOR HUNTERS, and beyond right here with an all-new, full-length ARMOR HUNTERS prologue by Robert Venditti & Diego Bernard; the origin of X-O Manowar retold by Robert Venditti & J.G. Jones; a brand new five-page story by superstar artist Bryan Hitch; a new short story by Eisner Award winner Andy Runton; and much, much more!

Clocking in at 48 pages for just $4.99, X-O MANOWAR #25 is THE place to jump on board one of the most acclaimed ongoing superhero series in comics today – and an essential introduction to the colossal stakes of ARMOR HUNTERS, Valiant’s blistering summer crossover event beginning in June’s ARMOR HUNTERS #1 (of 4), and spinning into the pages of UNITY #8, X-O MANOWAR #26, ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT #1 (of 3), and ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER #1 (of 3)!

A relentless and surgical strike team from the farthest reaches of space – sworn to exterminate the X-O Manowar armor and all like it – have found finally their last target. They will hunt it. They will trap it. They will kill it. And, soon, the ARMOR HUNTERS will rid the universe of the X-O Manowar’s incalculable destructive power…even if it means taking the Earth with it.

This summer, Earth will be the greatest hunt of all…and the fight for survival begins on May 21st in X-O MANOWAR #25 – featuring spectacular shelf covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic and Bryan Hitch, and incentive variants by Arturo Lozzi, Sean Chen and Terry Dodson! Do not miss the must-read turning point for Valiant’s unrelenting armored warrior when X-O MANOWAR #25 opens a devastating new chapter – and brings the ARMOR HUNTERS down full bore on planet Earth!

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X-O MANOWAR #25 (ARMOR HUNTERS PRELUDE)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI with TOM FOWLER, JUSTIN JORDAN, and Many More!
Art by DIEGO BERNARD, SEAN CHEN, TOM FOWLER, BRYAN HITCH, J.G. JONES, BARRY KITSON, CARY NORD, RAFER ROBERTS, ANDY RUNTON, and Many More!
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC and BRYAN HITCH (MAR141400/MAR141401)
Armors Variant by ARTURO LOZZI (MAR141402)
Throwback Variant by SEAN CHEN (MAR141403)
Variant Cover by TERRY DODSON (MAR141404)
$4.99/T+/48 pgs.
ON SALE 5/21/14 (FOC – 4/28/14)

ARMOR HUNTERS #1 (of 4)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Chromium & Standard Edition Covers by JORGE MOLINA*
Character Design Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN
Armor Hunters Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Artist Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Blank Cover also available
CHROMIUM EDITION: $5.99/STANDARD EDITION: $3.99/T+/48 pgs.
ON SALE 6/11/14 (FOC – 5/19/14)

*RETAILERS BE ADVISED: Due to the lead time needed to produce chromium, Armor Hunters Chromium Editions will be available in robust but limited quantities set prior to solicitation, and orders may be allocated.

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VALIANT and CATALYST GAME LABS Partner for New Line of Comic Book-Based Tabletop Games

VALIANT RPG_Image by Tom RaneyValiant Entertainment is proud to announce that it has partnered with Catalyst Game Labs to produce role-playing and tabletop games featuring Valiant’s award-winning library of comic book superheroes. The partnership will lead off in mid-2014 with the release of the Valiant Universe RPG—Valiant’s first-ever role-playing game, designed for the Cue System (the Origins and ENnie awards-nominated system first published in Catalyst’s 1950s Rockets/Rayguns/Robots RPG, Cosmic Patrol). Subsequent releases, spotlighting a wide array of Valiant properties, will follow in 2015 and beyond.

The edge between superhero and villain has never been sharper. In the Valiant Universe RPG, players will immerse themselves in a dark and gritty world where every mission and every battle has deadly consequences. Whether playing X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman or even the all-powerful Toyo Harada—or any of dozens of characters—Valiant’s most fearless heroes will unite for the first time in a roleplaying game, allowing you to join their stories and create new ones! Whether you’re a longtime fan or brand new to the Valiant Universe, this is the only source you’ll need to bring Valiant’s leading characters to life in a fantastic superheroes setting!

“This is really a dream come true,” said Randall N. Bills, Managing Developer for Catalyst Game Labs. “I’ve always been a comics fan—as are most of Catalyst’ employees—and getting the chance to publish great games within a fantastic comics universe is spectacular. The fact that it’s Valiant, with its brilliant combination of heroic action and gritty realism, makes this all the more enjoyable.”

Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 1,750 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman and many more. Established in 1989, Valiant has sold over 80 million comic books, and today its characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Since its summer 2012 relaunch, Valiant has returned to the fore as one of the most highly regarded publishers in comics, winning a 2012 Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. Just last month, the publisher announced Valiant First—a brand new publishing initiative primed to unleash a major #1 new series debut monthly throughout 2014, beginning in May with RAI #1—the first issue of an all-new ongoing series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt with fully painted interiors by superstar artist Clayton Crain.

“Catalyst is exceptional at what they do, and we couldn’t be happier to be working with a games publisher of their caliber on Valiant’s very first RPG. With such a skilled an enthusiastic team at the helm, we have every faith that Valiant’s first foray into the world of role-play and tabletop gaming will live up to the expectations of our fans around the world,” said Russell A. Brown, Valiant’s President of Consumer Products, Promotions & Ad Sales. “Catalyst is dedicated to doing these characters justice, and we look forward to giving our biggest heroes the gaming debut they deserve when the Valiant Universe RPG arrives later this year.”

Look to www.catalystgamelabs.com in the future for more details surrounding these coming games!

For more information on Valiant’s award-winning library of characters,
visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, on Tumblr, and at ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

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About Catalyst Game Labs
Catalyst Game Labs is dedicated to producing high quality games and fiction that mesh sophisticated game mechanics with dynamic universes-all presented in a form that allows beginning players and long-time veterans to easily jump into our games and fiction readers to enjoy our stories even if they don’t know the games.

Catalyst Game Labs is an imprint of InMediaRes Productions, LLC, which specializes in electronic publishing of professional fiction. This allows Catalyst to participate in a synergy that melds printed gaming material and fiction with all the benefits of electronic interfaces and online communities, creating a whole-package experience for any type of player or reader. Find Catalyst Game Labs online at www.catalystgamelabs.com.


Valiant Previews: On Sale Next Week – X-O MANOWAR #23 (PRELUDE TO ARMOR HUNTERS) | HARBINGER: BLEEDING MONK #0 | SHADOWMAN #16

XO_023_COVER_CAFUX-O MANOWAR #23 (PRELUDE TO ARMOR HUNTERS)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover by CAFU (JAN141357)
Variant Cover by TOM RANEY (JAN141358)

PRELUDE TO ARMOR HUNTERS – PART 1! The countdown to the Valiant Universe event of 2014 starts now!

For eons, one threat above all others has brought pain and strife down upon civilizations across the universe – the X-O Manowar armor. And now the Manowar has come to Earth. What will follow in its wake? The road to ARMOR HUNTERS begins here as Valiant superstars Robert Venditti and Diego Bernard unleash the opening salvo of the cataclysm that is come…

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 3/19/14

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HAR_MONK_ZERO_COVER_HENRYHARBINGER: BLEEDING MONK #0
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by MICO SUAYAN, KHARI EVANS, STEPHEN SEGOVIA, and LEWIS LAROSA
Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (JAN141359)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN (JAN141360)
Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (JAN141361)

What has become of the Bleeding Monk?

The Bleeding Monk, formerly Toyo Harada’s right hand, has been missing for over a year. Now, the original creative team of Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans are journeying into the darkest corners of the Harbinger Foundation to reveal the true whereabouts of Harada’s cryptic advisor – and uncover the first of many secret revelations to come…

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 3/19/14

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SM_016_COVER_DELATORRESHADOWMAN #16
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art & Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (JAN141374)
Variant Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN (JAN141375)

A great and terrible loa of the Vodun pantheon is at large in the world of men…and its name is SHADOWMAN!

The only way to contain it: kill the man who houses the shadow, Jack Boniface — an innocent, cursed with possession and gifted with a tremendous power he doesn’t yet understand. But a force of nature known only as Tremble is spreading terror through the city of New Orleans. Turning Shadowman loose on his ancient rival, the god of fear, is either humanity’s best option…or impending disaster.

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 3/19/14

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Valiant 12-Page Preview: UNITY VOL. 1: TO KILL A KING – In Stores Today!

UNITY_TPB_001_TO-KILL-A-KING_COVERAt last – Valiant’s fearless all-star superteam is slamming into their first trade paperback collection!

In stores today, don’t miss UNITY VOL 1: TO KILL A KING from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (Justice)! Collecting the first four issues of one of 2013′s biggest new series debuts, start reading here to join the most volatile team of heroes ever united as Ninjak, Eternal Warrior, and Livewire go head-to-head with the rogue warrior known as X-O Manowar!

To kill a king…they created an army. The world’s most dangerous man, Toyo Harada, has been struck by the one thing he never thought possible – fear. Halfway across the globe, a new power threatens to topple modern civilization and, to preempt the cataclysm that is to come, Harada will unite the most unforgiving team the world has ever known – UNITY. Their mission: defeat the threat responsible for the destruction of MI-6, the decimation of an alien world, and the occupation of Eastern Europe… Unseat the warrior king armed with the universe’s most powerful weapon… Kill X-O Manowar!

A perfect jumping-on point for Valiant’s award-winning line of titles, UNITY VOL 1: TO KILL A KING is the place to find out why Unity is the chart-topping new series that has fans and critics wanting more:

“10 out of 10… Count me in.” – Newsarama
“★★★★★… Matt Kindt sets everything up perfectly…[and] Doug Braithwaite’s art is breathtaking.” – Comic Vine
“One of the best looking Valiant debuts yet, with a story that’s as multifaceted as the artwork…” – The Onion/A.V. Club
“A well-paced, action-packed big-screen adventure… Valiant continues to hook me.” – Comic Book Resources
“Amazing… [This] is a big superhero book done right.” – IGN
“[Unity] lives up the hype… Kindt and Braithwaite already have readers on the edge of their seats…” – Bloody Disgusting
“Gutsy, high-conflict, page-turning storytelling… If you want a great jumping on point, this is it.” – Geeks of Doom
“Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite have created something monumental. It is that simple.” – Comic Bastards
“[Unity] sets the bar high for superhero comics.” – Culture Mass
“Awesome all over the place… A very good comic that has me genuinely excited about what’s next.” – Multiversity Comics

Also arriving in comic shops today, look for UNITY #5 – the FIRST ISSUE of “Trapped by Webnet,” an all-new story arc pitting the newly fortified Unity team against a cunning and unpredictable new foe…the deadly Dr. Silk! With the fate of untold millions on the line, can this team of cutthroat heroes uncover Silk’s endgame – and his connection to Ninjak’s shadowy past?

Find out why Unity is the series that Ain’t It Cool News calls “completely satisfying” with two all-new entry points – UNITY VOL. 1: TO KILL A KING and UNITY #5 – on stands today!

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UNITY VOL. 1: TO KILL A KING TPB (JAN141356)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
112 pgs./T+/$14.99
ON SALE 3/12/14

UNITY #5 (NEW ARC – “TRAPPED BY WEBNET”)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (JAN141349)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MICO SUAYAN (JAN141350)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by PHILIP TAN (JAN141351)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by RAUL ALLEN (JAN141352)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by DIEGO BERNARD (JAN141353)
Variant Cover by MATT KINDT (JAN141354)
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN (JAN141355)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 3/12/14

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Valiant Previews: On Sale Next Week – UNITY #5 | BLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS #20

UNITY_005_COVER_CRAINUNITY #5 (NEW ARC – “TRAPPED BY WEBNET”)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (JAN141349)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MICO SUAYAN (JAN141350)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by PHILIP TAN (JAN141351)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by RAUL ALLEN (JAN141352)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by DIEGO BERNARD (JAN141353)
Variant Cover by MATT KINDT (JAN141354)
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN (JAN141355)

ALL-NEW ARC! START READING HERE! For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. First came UNITY… Now meet WEBNET!

Coming off of the earth-shattering repercussions of their first mission, Ninjak is leading the newly formed Unity team right back into the trenches to face the Valiant Universe’s next colossal threat – the enigmatic Dr. Silk and his high-tech terror cell: WEBNET! With the fate of untold millions on the line, can this team of cutthroat heroes uncover Silk’s endgame – and his connection to Ninjak’s shadowy past? Move over, Harada – Matt Kindt and Valiant’s next superstar artist, CAFU (Action Comics), are about to bring the world’s next A-level enemy down on Unity with the force of a hundred hydrogen bombs.

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 3/12/14

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BSCORPS_020_COVER_LAROSABLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS #20 (MISSION: IMPROBABLE – PART 2)
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE & JOSHUA DYSART
Art by TOM RANEY
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN141369)
Interlocking Pullbox Variant by JORGE MOLINA (JAN141370)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (JAN141371)

MISSION: IMPROBABLE – PART TWO!

Project Rising Spirit has sent Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps, their all-or-nothing paramilitary team, after a rogue asset – an assassin-turned-leader of a global fundamentalist terror sect — and his immortal bodyguard. And their names just happen to be…Archer & Armstrong! Do Bloodshot and the steely killers of the H.A.R.D. Corps stand a chance against a teenager and a big sweaty drunk? The answer may surprise you!

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 3/12/14 (FOC – 2/17/14)

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First Look: QUANTUM AND WOODY #9 Begins “CROOKED LIVES, PRESENT TENSE”

QW_009_COVER_FOWLERValiant is proud to present your first look inside Quantum and Woody #9, the FIRST ISSUE of “Crooked Lives, Present Tense” – an all-new story arc from award-winning writer James Asmus (Thief of Thieves) and superstar talent Kano (Swamp Thing)! There’s a new scourge sweeping the streets of the nation’s capital – robots(!!!) – and Quantum and Woody are on the case! (Or at least they’re supposed to be.)

Eric needs to know he can trust Woody – and that means Woody needs to get a job, open a bank account, sign up for a library card, and do all the things a responsible adult does. But when a new gang of rogue mad-scientist super-criminals launch a wave of robo-crime, will Woody stop them…or join them? Plus: EDISON’S RADICAL ACQUISITIONS are back…and they’d like a word or two about their goat, please.

If robo-criminals are the disease, Quantum and Woody are the cough drop! Bring a napkin because things are going to get sticky when the world’s worst superhero team deals with “Crooked Lives, Present Tense,” beginning on April 2nd in Quantum and Woody #9!

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QUANTUM AND WOODY #9 (NEW ARC – “CROOKED LIVES, PRESENT TENSE”)
Written by JAMES ASMUS
Art by KANO
Cover by TOM FOWLER
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by TOM RANEY
Variant Cover by KANO
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 4/2/14 (FOC – 3/10/14)

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First Look: PRELUDE TO ARMOR HUNTERS Hungers for X-O MANOWAR #24!

XO_024_COVER_BERNARDValiant is proud to present your first look inside X-O Manowar #24 from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and superstar newcomer Diego Bernard! Before ARMOR HUNTERS #1 arrives this June, jump on board here for an essential prelude to the summer’s blockbuster 18-part crossover event – ARMOR HUNTERS!

Aric of Dacia, a fifth-century warrior bonded to alien armor and transplanted to the modern day, is now the most important weapon in the arsenal of M.E.R.O., the top-secret American intelligence organization that monitors extraterrestrial life on Earth. In order to protect his people, Aric must undergo dangerous missions in space, but nothing can prepare him for the stunning secret that awaits him in the stars.

Who – or what – is the man called Malgam? Find out here on April 16th as the march toward X-O Manowar #25 – and the coming of the ARMOR HUNTERS – continues with a can’t–miss introduction to this summer’s biggest and most brutal comic book event right here X-O Manowar #24!

This summer, Earth will be the greatest hunt of all… ARMOR HUNTERS is coming!

X-O MANOWAR #24 (PRELUDE TO ARMOR HUNTERS)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art & Cover by DIEGO BERNARD (FEB141467)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (FEB141468)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 4/16/14 (FOC – 3/24/14)

X-O MANOWAR #25 (ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI with PETER MILLIGAN, JUSTIN JORDAN, and More!
Art by DIEGO BERNARD, BRYAN HITCH, J.G. JONES, RAFER ROBERTS, and More!
Covers by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC and BRYAN HITCH (MAR141400/MAR141401)
Armors Variant by ARTURO LOZZI (MAR141402)
Throwback Variant by SEAN CHEN (MAR141403)
Variant Cover by TERRY DODSON (MAR141404)
$4.99/T+/48 pgs.
ON SALE 5/21/14 (FOC – 4/28/14)

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