The Valiant 25th Anniversary Celebration Begins in May with Monumental New Releases for Free Comic Book Day and Beyond!

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Valiant’s 25th year is going to be the biggest one yet! The silver anniversary celebration begins this May on Free Comic Book Day 2015, and continues all summer long with monumental new releases honoring Valiant’s historic place in comics history – and laying the groundwork for another 25 years to come!

VALIANT_FCBD2015_COVER_Art by Rafa SandovalIn 1990, the first Valiant comics hit the shelves and, then, the impossible happened – an upstart, independent company created a new, cohesive universe that managed to go toe-to-toe with the industry’s biggest publishers, forever changing the comics landscape in the process. Some of comics’ greatest talents – Jim Shooter, Bob Layton, Barry Windsor-Smith, and more – joined the ranks with a who’s who of up-and-comers – including David Lapham, Joe Quesada, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Sean Chen – to build one of the first true legends of the modern age of comics.

Quickly becoming one of the most recognized comic book companies in the world with more than 80 million comics sold, Valiant became the first publisher to ever approach Marvel or DC in scope and sales. In turn, Valiant’s now-classic characters – X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, HARBINGER, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, RAI, and dozens more – became a pivotal force in comics fandom, reshaping the industry with a character-first approach to comics storytelling and creating what would eventually grow to become the largest independent universe anywhere in comics.

VALIANT_FCBD2015_001Now, two and half decades on from those monumental origins, Valiant is proud to announce the Valiant 25th Anniversary celebration – a months-long commemoration of the indelible heroes, volatile villains, and world-class creators that shaped Valiant into one of the most celebrated publishers in comics history. Spanning an all-star cast of Valiant’s talents past and present, this summer’s celebration of 25 years of Valiant begins on Free Comic Book Day with the Valiant 25th Anniversary Special, and will continue with all-new new releases across Valiant’s monthly publishing line in print and digital, hardcover and trade paperback catalog, and roster of licensed merchandise.
“Valiant has always been about creating stories that will stand the test of time 25 years from now, not reflecting on the successes of 25 years ago,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “As a member of the Valiant team across more than two decades, I can say that our 25th anniversary is an incredibly exciting turning point for us as one of the premier storytelling companies in comics. All summer long, we’ll be revealing glimpses of where Valiant is headed next with special initiatives in print, digital, and licensing for one of our largest and most coordinated efforts to date.”

VALIANT_FCBD2015_002“Even after two decades, many of the innovations Valiant brought to the industry shortly after its arrival in 1990 continue to be felt today,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “For the 25th anniversary, we’re celebrating that spirit of creative freedom that made Valiant such an influential force in the first place, and honoring those that made it possible for us to continue the mission of making the best superhero comics in the industry.

“Each year, we always make it known to fans and retailers that they can expect something big from Valiant on Free Comic Book Day,” he added. “Rarely are there occasions bigger than the 25th anniversary of one of the most iconic publishers in comics history. Kicking off with our Free Comic Book Day release, and continuing throughout the summer, we’re going to make Valiant’s 25th year its most exciting to date. Titles like BLOODSHOT REBORN, NINJAK, IMPERIUM, and DIVINITY are only the beginning. All summer long, we’ll be revealing a slew of surprises spinning out of our silver anniversary plans.”

The year’s can’t-miss celebration officially kicks off on May 2nd in the FCBD 2015: VALIANT 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL – featuring two all-new stories and a myriad of never-before-seen special features chronicling Valiant’s storied place in comics history! First, New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and blockbuster artist Butch Guice chronicle the devastating fallout of THE VALIANT as Bloodshot rises from the ashes to unleash a never-before-seen prelude to BLOODSHOT REBORN! Then, Valiant superstars Robert Venditti and Rafa Sandoval throw down the gauntlet for an action-packed introduction to the world of X-O MANOWAR and an all-new tale of DEAD HAND! Plus: NINJAK; IMPERIUM; DIVINITY; IVAR, TIMEWALKER; RAI; special guests from throughout Valiant’s decades-long history; and a cavalacade of special surprises!

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The Valiant 25th Anniversary celebration continues throughout the summer with a host of new offerings in May and beyond, beginning with two very special places for fans to discover Valiant’s biggest heroes! First up, don’t miss the all-new VALIANT UNIVERSE HANDBOOK: 2015 EDITION, spotlighting everything you need to know about Valiant’s heroes – who they are, what makes them tick, and where they’re headed next! Featuring highly detailed and thoroughly updated entries on all of Valiant’s most important players, discover everything you need to know about Valiant’s award-winning publishing line here — just as the 25th Anniversary celebration begins in full force!

Then, get up close and personal with the legendary origins behind Valiant’s most indelible icons in the VALIANT: ZEROES & ORIGINS trade paperback collection, re-presenting each of Valiant’s greatest zero issue introductions to X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, HARBINGER, SHADOWMAN, and more from a world-class cast of creators including Joshua Dysart, Matt Kindt, Lewis LaRosa, Clay Mann, Peter Milligan, Mico Suayan, Robert Venditti, and many more!

Plus: don’t miss a very special new series of Valiant 25th Anniversary variant covers by red-hot artist Rafa Sandoval showcasing a diverse cast of heroes and villains from across 25 years of Valiant history beginning in May! A special series of alternate shelf covers featuring Valiant’s ever-growing line-up of heroes new and old, look for these Valiant 25th Anniversary variant covers on your favorite Valiant titles all summer long.

May 2015 is only just the beginning… Stay tuned for even more exciting Valiant 25th Anniversary news and releases in the weeks and months to come!

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Valiant Previews: THE VALIANT #3 (of 4) | IVAR, TIMEWALKER #2 | UNITY #15 – On Sale February 18th!

THE-VALIANT_003_COVERA_RIVERATHE VALIANT #3 (of 4) [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by PAOLO RIVERA (DEC141712)
Variant Cover by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT (DEC141713)
Variant Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (DEC141714)

As the world teeters on the brink of a new Dark Age, superstar creators Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Animal Man), Matt Kindt (RAI, Mind MGMT), and Paolo Rivera (Daredevil) recruit each of Valiant’s most formidable heroes into the 10,000-year-old battle for the fate of all mankind!

The entire Valiant Universe faces off against the Immortal Enemy! Can they help Eternal Warrior succeed where he has failed so many times before? Civilization’s best hope against the darkness may lie in the unlikeliest of romances…

$3.99 | 32 pages. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale FEBRUARY 18 (FOC – 1/26/15)

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IVAR_002_COVERA_ALLENIVAR, TIMEWALKER #2 [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover A by RAUL ALLEN (DEC141715)
Cover B by BRIAN LEVEL (DEC141716)
Variant Cover by PERE PEREZ (DEC141717)
Variant Cover by RAMON VILLALOBOS (DEC141718)

From the award-winning team that brought you ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, New York Times best-selling creators Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry continue a centuries-spanning race against the clock!

At this very moment in Geneva, Switzerland, history is being made. A thousand meters underground inside the Large Hadron Collider, researcher Neela Sethi is about to discover time travel – and jeopardize her life in the process. But she doesn’t know that yet. Ten minutes from now, every deadbeat chrononaut, wannabe conqueror, and misguided protector of the time stream will be banging down her door. Good thing that the legendary Ivar, Timewalker, got there first…right? Now it’s down to history’s most jaded, most tempestuous time traveler to stop the worst of everything that is, was, and will be…before time runs out!

$3.99 US | T+ | 32 pgs. | On sale 2/18/15 (FOC 1/2/15)

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UNITY_015_COVERA_PEREZUNITY #15 (ALL-NEW ARC! “HOMEFRONT” – PART 1)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by PERE PEREZ
Cover A by RAUL ALLEN (DEC141726)
Cover B by JENNY FRISON (DEC141727)
Variant Cover by CHRISCROSS (DEC141728)

ALL-NEW ARC! New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (THE VALIANT, RAI) and Harvey Award nominee Pere Perez (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) rebuild the world’s most elite super-team one member at a time!

The United have left Unity decimated – a member lost, a terrible secret revealed, and the entire world turned against them. Not Harada, not Dr. Silk, not even the mighty Armor Hunters left the team as fractured as this! Now, Unity must decide where their place is in this new world and whether they will stand together or fall apart, beginning with the one teammate that might just be the most dangerous of all…the lethal intelligence operative called NINJAK!

$3.99 | 32 pages. | T+ | On sale FEBRUARY 18 (FOC – 1/26/15

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First Look: DIVINITY #2 – The Sci-Fi Epic from Matt Kindt & Trevor Hairsine Rebuilds in March!

DIVINITY_002_COVER-A_DJURDJEVICCan the world withstand its first confrontation with a being of god-like proportions?

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of DIVINITY #2 (of 4) – the second epic issue of the new prestige format VALIANT NEXT limited series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (THE VALIANT, RAI) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis)! On March 18th, the most important Valiant debut of 2015 continues as a newly divine being makes himself known to the world…and forever changes the landscape of the Valiant Universe as we know it. His abilities are unknown… His intentions, unclear… And, now, the people of Earth must brace for what the being only known as DIVINITY plans to do next.

A Soviet cosmonaut – seemingly imbued with the powers of a god – has taken up residence in the Australian Outback. Some think him to be a savior…while others believe he will usher in a new Communist Age… Now the rest of the world’s powers must decide for themselves – will the enigmatic DIVINITY offer his hand in friendship or will Earth’s heroes find themselves helpless against the wrath of the divine?

The visionary sci-fi adventure of the year continues here on March 18th as master storytellers Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine reshape the future of Valiant’s heroes in DIVINITY #2 (of 4)! The next must-read series to be released in the “Valiant Prestige” format, each issue of DIVINITY comes complete with deluxe matte-laminate card stock covers, custom-designed end sheets, and exclusive back matter featuring never-before-seen notes and artwork by Matt Kindt – all with no advertisements and a standard $3.99 cover price!

Plus: don’t miss each essential new series from VALIANT NEXT! In the aftermath of THE VALIANT, VALIANT NEXT continues with five blockbuster new series, starring Valiant’s biggest, most-demanded heroes alongside all-new, never-before-seen characters, throughout 2015:

IVAR, TIMEWALKER #1 by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry in January
DIVINITY #1 (of 4) by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine in February
IMPERIUM #1 by Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite in February
NINJAK #1 by Matt Kindt, Clay Mann and Butch Guice in March
BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 by Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan in April

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DIVINITY #2 (of 4) [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (JAN151649)
Cover B by TOM MULLER (JAN151650)
Variant Cover by RAFA SANDOVAL (JAN151651)
Variant Cover by DIEGO BERNARD (JAN151652)
Variant Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN151653)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale MARCH 18 (FOC – 2/23/15)

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First Look: “DEAD HAND” Activates in X-O MANOWAR #34 – Beginning in March!

XO_034_COVER-A_LAROSAValiant is proud to present an advance preview of X-O MANOWAR #34 – the FIRST ISSUE of the all-new story arc and brand new jumping-on point for Valiant’s alien armored hero from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (ARMOR HUNTERS, The Flash) and superstar-in-the making Diego Bernard (Red Lanterns)! The X-O Manowar epic of 2015 starts here on March 4th as Aric of Dacia, bearer of the most powerful weapon in existence, takes to the stars for a cosmic showdown with the ultimate doomsday fail-safe…the robot army called DEAD HAND!

Born into battle, Aric of Dacia, the fifth century Visigoth now called X-O Manowar, has never known peace. Abducted and enslaved by the savage alien empire known as The Vine, Aric finally escaped his captors after stealing their ultra-powerful X-O Manowar armor and then returned to Earth…only to find that more than a thousand years had passed in his absence. Stranded in the modern day, the most primitive man on Earth now wields the most powerful weapon in existence as X-O Manowar – one of the Earth’s most formidable new heroes and a member of the international superteam codenamed Unity.

But now…in the far reaches of deep space, the ultimate fail-safe of an extinct alien race has finally counted down to zero…and the robot army called DEAD HAND has been activated. The civilization that built them has fallen…and, now, to combat the doomsday threat that destroyed their world, DEAD HAND will complete the mission that their creators could not. Soulless and brutal, this billion-strong legion is the phantom army of a dead world…and it will cleanse the universe by any means necessary.

This spring, X-O Manowar is all that stands between Earth and the relentless precision of DEAD HAND‘s procession across the galaxy. Separated from his earthly allies and outnumbered a thousand to one, can one man repel a legion of single-minded killing machines and save civilization from the death grip of DEAD HAND?

Find out here on March 4th as the cosmic X-O Manowar event of 2015 begins in X-O MANOWAR #34, part one of DEAD HAND! Featuring standard covers by Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT) with specially manufactured DEAD HAND overlay cover wraps and stunning wraparound alternate covers by Jorge Molina (X-Men), discover the series that Ain’t It Cool News calls “an amazing read each and every issue” here as DEAD HAND delivers the biggest jumping-on point yet for Robert Venditti and Diego Bernard‘s superhero epic!

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X-O MANOWAR #34 (NEW ARC! “DEAD HAND” – PART 1)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN151661)
Cover B by JORGE MOLINA (JAN151662)
1:10 Variant Cover by DAS PASTORAS (JAN151663)
1:20 Character Design Variant by JORGE MOLINA (JAN151664)
1:25 Variant Cover by BUTCH GUICE (JAN151665)
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE 3/4/15 (FOC – 2/9/15)

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Valiant Previews: DIVINITY #1 (of 4) | RAI #7 | Q2: THE RETURN OF QUANTUM AND WOODY #5 (of 5) – On Sale February 11th!

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Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (DEC141707)
Cover B by TOM MULLER (DEC141708)
Valiant Next Variant by BUTCH GUICE & TOM MULLER (DEC141709)
Character Design Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (DEC141710)
Artist Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (DEC141711)
Blank Cover also available (NOV148093)

From New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (THE VALIANT, Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis) comes a shocking new vision of science fiction in an all-new prestige format limited series.

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent a man farther into the cosmos than anyone has gone before or since. Lost in the stars, he encountered something unknown. Something that…changed him.

Long thought lost and erased from the history books, he has suddenly returned, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity – one who turned the scorched desert into a lush oasis. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. Earth is about to meet a new god. And he’s a communist.

How long can it be before the first confrontation between mankind and DIVINITY begins?

$3.99 US | T+ | 32 pgs. | PRESTIGE FORMAT | On sale FEBRUARY 11

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Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (DEC141729)
Cover B by RAUL ALLEN (DEC141730)
Variant Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE (DEC141731)

“Battle for New Japan” explodes with another pulse-pounding chapter by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (THE VALIANT, Mind MGMT) and featuring fully painted artwork by superstar artist Clayton Crain (X-Force)!

Romance threatens to destroy a necessary peace between Raddies and robots as Rai builds his army for the final assault on Father! Plus: a glimpse of Earth 4001 and the secret weapon hiding out on the planet’s surface that could be the key to taking back New Japan!

$3.99 US | T+ | 32 pgs. | On sale FEBRUARY 11

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Written by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST
Art & Cover by MD BRIGHT (DEC141732)
Variant Cover by RYAN LEE (DEC141733)
Throwback Variant by MARC LAMING (DEC141734)

It all ends here! Legendary creators Christopher Priest (Black Panther) and MD Bright (Iron Man) deliver the final chapter for a comic book milestone more than a decade in the making!

Quantum. Woody. The other Quantum has disappeared. The other Woody has been revealed. Heroes, enemies, frenemies, and armies of vicious mercenaries descend on one luxurious ballroom during a black-tie affair…they all want the secret young Woody guards, and nothing will stop them from taking it. As the bullets fly and the champagne flows, can Quantum save the life of his young ward? And just whose side is the slippery Woody finally on…?

$3.99 US | T+ | 32 pgs. | On sale FEBRUARY 11

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Official Valiant Entertainment Tumblr Launches with the Complete Artwork of BLOODSHOT REBORN #1!

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Valiant is proud to announce the launch of the all-new Valiant Entertainment Tumblr (valiantentertainment.tumblr.com), beginning today with a day-long showcase of the complete artwork from BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 by New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (THE VALIANT, Green Arrow) and superstar-in-the-making Mico Suayan (HARBINGER, Moon Knight)!

From 12 noon ET onward, the official Valiant Entertainment Tumblr will serialize all 25 pages of inked interior artwork from April’s BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 – the highly anticipated first issue of the latest series from the VALIANT NEXT initiative. Months in the making, Mico Suayan’s exquisite interior artwork features a level of detail rarely seen in the comics medium. Renowned for his covers for HARBINGER, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, ARMOR HUNTERS, and more, Suayan now brings his star talent to the interior page for his first ongoing series at Valiant.

In the days ahead, the official Valiant Entertainment Tumblr will feature daily updates and behind-the-scenes looks inside Valiant’s award-winning line of titles, including X-O MANOWAR, IMPERIUM, DIVINITY, IVAR TIMEWALKER, UNITY, RAI, and more…plus special advance glimpses of projects yet to come.

“Social media is a great way to spotlight the characters and creators that have made Valiant one of the most talked-about publishers in comics today,” said Valiant Digital Sales & Special Projects Manager Josh Johns. “We’ve ramped up our efforts on Twitter and Facebook, building awareness and fostering a meaningful relationship with fans new and old. The Valiant Entertainment Tumblr is the next step, offering fans a daily look inside the creative process that they can’t find anywhere else.”

“Valiant prides itself on its close relationship with fans around the world, and this is a terrific place for us to add a whole new depth to that experience,” said Hunter Gorinson, Valiant’s Director of Marketing Communications & Digital Media. “Every day, we’ll be showcasing something special from the walls of Valiant HQ – advance artwork, covers, webcomics, interviews, and more – beginning with each and every page of artwork from the biggest Valiant release of 2015 thus far: BLOODSHOT REBORN #1.”

On April 15th, the VALIANT NEXT initiative presents BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 – the first issue of the all-new ongoing series from all-star creators Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan! Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit – a private contractor trafficking in violence – very well. Now, Bloodshot is a shadow of his former self. He lives in self-imposed exile, reeling from the consequences of his past life and the recent events that nearly drove him mad. But when a rash of shootings by gunmen who appear to look just like Bloodshot begin, his guilt will send him on a mission to stop the killers, even if it means diving headlong into the violence that nearly destroyed him.

Beginning today, get an exclusive look at rising star Mico Suayan‘s complete artwork for the most anticipated Valiant release of 2015 – BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 – by following the official Valiant Entertainment Tumblr!

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First Look: If You Want Peace…Prepare for War in IMPERIUM #2 – Coming in March from VALIANT NEXT!

IMPERIUM_002_COVER-A_ALLENValiant is proud to present an advance preview of IMPERIUM #2 – the second devastating issue of the new VALIANT NEXT ongoing series from New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER, Unknown Soldier) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS, Justice)! The battle for utopia continues here on March 4th as an all-new member – the technologically enhanced soldier-for-hire Gravedog – steps into the ranks of the world’s most feared superhuman army!

Newly outed as one of the world’s most powerful superhumans and wanted by every authority on Earth, omega-level telekinetic Toyo Harada has abandoned the life he once knew. Out of options and run to ground, the former head of the Harbinger Foundation has retreated to a remote corner of the globe to begin building his vision of a better tomorrow…beginning with with the superhuman force capable of fighting for it. With a coalition of the brutal, barbarous, and insane recruited to enforce his will, Harada will engineer the peace he means to give the world…by starting the war that could end it all. THIS IS IMPERIUM.

A psychic dictator, an inhuman robot, a mad scientist, a murderous alien, and a super-powered terrorist are about to try and take over the world…and you’re going to be rooting for them every step of the way. The shocking first story arc, “Collecting Monsters,” from Valiant superstars Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite continues right here on March 4th in IMPERIUM #2 – featuring covers by Raul Allen (RAI), Doug Braithwaite (UNITY), Butch Guice (Captain America), and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT)!

And don’t miss each essential new series from VALIANT NEXT! In the aftermath of THE VALIANT, VALIANT NEXT continues with five blockbuster new series, starring Valiant’s biggest, most-demanded heroes alongside all-new, never-before-seen characters, throughout 2015:

IVAR, TIMEWALKER #1 by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry in January
DIVINITY #1 (of 4) by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine in February
IMPERIUM #1 by Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite in February
NINJAK #1 by Matt Kindt, Clay Mann and Butch Guice in March
BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 by Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan in April

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IMPERIUM #1 [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A (Harada) by RAUL ALLEN (DEC141700)
Cover B (Lord Vine-99) by RAUL ALLEN (DEC141701)
Cover C (Mech Major) by RAUL ALLEN (DEC141702)
Valiant Next Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE & TOM MULLER (DEC141704)
Character Design Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (DEC141705)
Artist Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (DEC141706)
Blank Cover also available (DEC141703)
$3.99 US | T+ | 32 pgs. | On sale FEBRUARY 4

IMPERIUM #2 [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by RAUL ALLEN (JAN151644)
Cover B by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (JAN151645)
Cover C by BUTCH GUICE (JAN151646)
Variant Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN151647)
Character Design Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (JAN151648)
$3.99 US | T+| 32 pgs. | On sale MARCH 4 (FOC – 2/9/15)

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Valiant Presents DEAD DROP #1 – A Riveting New Superhero Conspiracy Thriller from Ales Kot and Adam Gorham!

DEAD-DROP_001_COVER-A_ALLENFour issues. Four stories. One ticking clock. The countdown to DEAD DROP begins this May!

Valiant is proud to announce DEAD DROP #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new four-issue limited series from red-hot writer Ales Kot (Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier, Secret Avengers) and rising star Adam Gorham (Zero)! Beginning this May, an unlikely cast of superhuman operators – X-O Manowar, Archer, MI-6 spymaster Neville Alcott, outdated android Beta-Max, and Quantum and Woody’s inside woman on the DCPD, Detective Alejandra Cejudo – fall in deep for an undercover conspiracy action thriller in the darkest corners of the Valiant Universe…

There is a secret black market in New York. It is hidden in plain sight – in our streets, trains, restaurants. Those who know how to navigate it exchange secrets of extraordinary nature. But when the secret in circulation is a biological weapon derived from Vine technology, the gloves are off – and the most extraordinary agents are released to stop the disaster before it occurs.

Otherwise, in less than thirty minutes, there will be no world to come back to.

X-O Manowar, Archer, Neville Alcott, Detective Cejudo and Beta-Max are ready to save the world.

DEAD DROP is a series of self-contained issues, each with a slightly different theme and atmosphere, but they all connect,” writer Ales Kot told Comic Book Resources. “The first one is very much a human tank x parkour runner chase through Manhattan, the second one is…well, a chase as well, but without pants (it’s Archer, after all) and with a ‘man chases a car through Brooklyn’ vibe, the third one is spy game weirdness, and the fourth one is a whodunit.”

“With DEAD DROP, Ales Kot and Adam Gorham have drilled deep into the insane brain of the Valiant Universe, creating a helluva story featuring four characters that don’t normally hang out together, including the Visigoth warrior X-O Manowar and the outdated cyborg known as Beta-Max,” added Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “Each story’s unique tone is based on the issue’s key character, which makes the series a combination of action, subversiveness, humor, and mystery. Across these four issues, you’ll see four characters with four very different viewpoints deal with an unprecedented threat in a manner that only Ales could cook up.”

X-O Manowar

Heir to the throne of the Visigoth people, the fifth-century warrior named Aric of Dacia was abducted and enslaved by an alien race called The Vine before escaping with the aid of their most powerful weapon – the X-O Manowar armor. Returning to Earth, Aric found himself stranded in the modern day where he now defends the planet from threats both internal and extraterrestrial as the alien-armored hero called X-O Manowar.

Archer

Adopted and raised by an evil organization called The Sect, Obadiah Archer’s uncanny ability to mimic any skill made him an invaluable asset to his parents’ mission: kill the drunken immortal called Armstrong. Archer eventually turned on his parents and formed an unlikely partnership with his former quarry as they travelled globe to root out and destroy The Sect’s conspiratorial plots.

Neville Alcott

Little is known about the MI-6 liaison who pulls the strings of the most powerful beings on Earth – Neville Alcott. But as the designated handler of superteam UNITY, his reach and influence are seemingly limitless.

Beta-Max

Beta-Max is a genius who pioneered cyborg technology using himself as a test subject. Unfortunately, his transformation was completed in the 1980s…and any modern day upgrades would be lethal. He can send a mean fax though!

Detective Cejudo

A genetic copy of the Crone, leader of an evil secret science society, Detective Alejandra Cejudo broke free from her creator thanks to the bumbling efforts of Quantum and Woody. She now serves as their top liaison inside the Washington D.C. metro police department.

A virus on the loose… A king after him… Things are not what they seem… This May, acclaimed creators Ales Kot and Adam Gorham bring the far corners of the Valiant Universe crashing down on New York City for a four-issue race against the clock in DEAD DROP #1 (of 4) – featuring covers by Raul Allen (IMPERIUM), Adam Gorham (Zero), Juan Jose Ryp (Ghosted), and Brian Level (Lazarus)!

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DEAD DROP #1 (of 4)
Written by ALES KOT
Art by ADAM GORHAM
Cover A by RAUL ALLEN
Cover B by ADAM GORHAM
Cover C by JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover D by BRIAN LEVEL
$3.99 US | T+ | 32 pgs. | On sale MAY 2015

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Valiant’s Sold-Out Epic Returns with New Printings of THE VALIANT #1 and THE VALIANT #2 in March! Plus: Your First Look Inside THE VALIANT #3 by Lemire, Kindt, and Rivera!

THE-VALIANT_001_COVER_THIRD-PRINTINGValiant is proud to announce THE VALIANT #1 (of 4) and THE VALIANT #2 (of 4) – the first two chapters of the critically acclaimed four-issue epic from superstar creators Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera – have once again sold out at the distributor level and will return to stores shelves with THE VALIANT #1 (of 4) THIRD PRINTING and THE VALIANT #2 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING on March 4th!

“Since day one, we knew that THE VALIANT was going to be a special book with the potential to win over not only long-time Valiant fans, but new readers as well. We’re committed to publishing the best comics anywhere in the business today, and THE VALIANT epitomizes that to a tee,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “The fantastic work of Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera continues to amaze with each new issue. Whether this is your first Valiant comic or your hundredth, we dare you to try THE VALIANT and not come back for more.”

Jump on board the year’s most astonishing new adventure here as Bloodshot is drafted into the eons-old war against mankind’s oldest, darkest enemy! The Immortal Enemy has crawled out from the black depths of history to destroy this generation’s Geomancer and send Earth back to the Dark Ages! Now…the Eternal Warrior, Ninjak, and Kay McHenry must overcome their worst nightmares before the unlikeliest of white knights rides in to save the day. Will he be enough to battle back the unyielding evil that threatens to plunge the Valiant Universe into the darkness?

The first series to be released in the VALIANT PRESTIGE format, both of THE VALIANT‘s latest sold-out chapters come complete with deluxe matte-laminate card stock covers, custom-designed end sheets, and exclusive back matter curated by Matt Kindt and Paolo Rivera – all with no advertisements and a standard $3.99 cover price!

Go back to the beginning and discover a battle ten millennia in the making right here March 4th in THE VALIANT #1 (of 4) THIRD PRINTING and THE VALIANT #2 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING! Start reading here to find out why fans and critics are heralding THE VALIANT by New York Times best-selling writers Jeff Lemire & Matt Kindt and Eisner Award-winning artist Paolo Rivera as the perfect entry point into the award-winning world of Valiant’s greatest heroes:

“A riveting first issue with a huge sense of scale… [THE VALIANT] has the potential to become a true superhero epic.” – The Onion/A.V. Club

“An event book with a beating heart… A near-perfect introduction to an ascending cosmos, and more importantly, a damn fine comic.” – Paste Magazine

“An all-star lineup of Valiant Entertainment’s time-spanning heroes as told by an all-star lineup of creative talent…” – Comic Book Resources

“If you’re looking for a gateway into Valiant’s growing comic book universe, you’ll be hard-pressed to do better than THE VALIANT… [It's] one of the most visually stunning comics on the stands.” – IGN

“Kindt, Lemire, and Rivera are creating a must read comic together… [THE VALIANT] is a striking introduction filled with action, humor, and some of the best storytelling in superhero comics. If you’re not reading Valiant comics, this is the place to start.“– ComicBook.com

“A very exciting start. Curious about Valiant? Go pick this up and see why so many of us have fallen in love with this universe.” – Comic Vine

Plus: don’t miss the third shocking installment of the series IGN calls a “fantastic debut” on February 18th in THE VALIANT #3 (of 4) as X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, H.A.R.D. Corps, Dr. Mirage, and more of Valiant’s most formidable heroes join the millennia-old battle to save civilization from the darkness of the Immortal Enemy!

And don’t miss each essential new series from VALIANT NEXT! In the aftermath of THE VALIANT, VALIANT NEXT continues with five blockbuster new series, starring Valiant’s biggest, most-demanded heroes alongside all-new, never-before-seen characters, throughout 2015:

IVAR, TIMEWALKER #1 by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry in January
DIVINITY #1 (of 4) by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine in February
IMPERIUM #1 by Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite in February
NINJAK #1 by Matt Kindt, Clay Mann and Butch Guice in March
BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 by Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan in April

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THE VALIANT #1 THIRD PRINTING [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
$3.99 | 32 pages. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale MARCH 4 (FOC – 2/9/15)

THE VALIANT #2 SECOND PRINTING [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
$3.99 | 32 pages. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale MARCH 4 (FOC – 2/9/15)

THE VALIANT #3 (of 4) [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by PAOLO RIVERA (DEC141712)
Variant Cover by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT (DEC141713)
Variant Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (DEC141714)
$3.99 | 32 pages. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale FEBRUARY 18 (FOC – 1/26/15)

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Valiant Previews: IMPERIUM #1 | X-O MANWOWAR #33 – On Sale February 4th!


IMPERIUM_001_COVER-AIMPERIUM #1 [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A (Harada) by RAUL ALLEN (DEC141700)
Cover B (Lord Vine-99) by RAUL ALLEN (DEC141701)
Cover C (Mech Major) by RAUL ALLEN (DEC141702)
Valiant Next Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE & TOM MULLER (DEC141704)
Character Design Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (DEC141705)
Artist Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (DEC141706)
Blank Cover also available (DEC141703)

A daring new superhero saga from New York Times best-selling creator Joshua Dysart – writer of of the Harvey-Award nominated series HARBINGER – and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (UNITY, Justice)!

Toyo Harada is the most dangerous human being on the planet. Imbued with incredible powers of the mind, he has spent his life guiding humanity from the shadows. But today he is a wanted man. His powers are public knowledge, his allies have turned to enemies, and he is hunted by every government on the planet.

Instead of surrendering, Harada has one last unthinkable gambit to play: to achieve more, faster, and with less, he will build a coalition of the powerful, the unscrupulous and the insane. No longer content to demand a better future, he will recruit a violent legion from the darkest corners of the Earth to fight for it. The battle for utopia begins now.

$3.99 US | T+ | 32 pgs. | On sale FEBRUARY 4

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XO_033_COVERA_SAUVAGEX-O MANOWAR #33 (ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT!)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover A by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (DEC141719)
Cover B by RYAN LEE (DEC141720)
Variant Cover by CHRISCROSS (DEC141721)

X-O Manowar has beaten the Vine. Survived the Armor Hunters. Come face to face with the Armorines. Now he faces an unimaginable threat…a threat from beyond the grave.

The lesson needed to defeat them resides with his past and the greatest love of his life, Deidre of Dacia. But the last Aric knew of her, she was captured by the Roman legions and heading towards a slave camp. Her story, however, did not end there. Heavy hangs the head the that wears the crown.

Join New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Green Lantern, The Flash) and rising star Rafa Sandoval (X-Men: Legacy) for this special done-in-one jumping-on point issue – revisiting a mystery ripped from the pages of X-O Manowar #1!

$3.99 US | T+ | 32 pgs. | On sale FEBRUARY 4

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