“PERFECT DAY” Darkens in HARBINGER #16!

HAR_016_COVER_KITSONValiant is proud to present an advance preview of Harbinger #16 – the next mind-bending chapter of “Perfect Day” from all-star creators Joshua Dysart and Barry Kitson! Heading west, the Renegades have found themselves at the end of Route 66 in a little town called Los Angeles, California. And now, like the decades of wannabe starlets and rockers before them, Peter Stanchek and the Renegades are about to find out that having your dreams come true is severely overrated.

After the harrowing ordeals of the past several weeks, the Renegades found themselves enjoying a perfect beachside day and a much-deserved rest. Then it all went horribly wrong. Kris Hathaway, seemingly experiencing a psychotic break and claiming to be following instructions from troubling voices inside the ocean itself, managed to violently attack Torque, bludgeoning him beyond recognition. Has a member of the Renegades murdered one of their own? And if so…why?

The shocking saga of “Perfect Day” continues as a teammate falls – and reality sets in – only in Harbinger #16, on sale September 18th!

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

HARBINGER #16
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art & Cover by BARRY KITSON (JUL131319)
Variant Cover by ZACHARY MONTOYA (JUL131320)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 9/18/13

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MUST READ VALIANT! MING DOYLE Joins QUANTUM AND WOODY #5 in November!

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Valiant is proud to announce that fan favorite artist and rising star Ming Doyle (Mara, Guardians of the Galaxy Infinite – Rocket Raccoon) is joining writer James Asmus and colorist Jordie Bellaire as the newest member of the world’s worst superhero team!

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As revealed by Comic Book Resources, Asmus, Doyle and Bellaire will make their joint debut in November’s Quantum and Woody #5 – launching the next installment of the MUST READ VALIANT initiative with an all-new new story arc and easily accessible entry point for the wildly
acclaimed superhero series about two estranged foster brothers struggling with their newfound superpowers…and no responsibilities whatsoever.

“Quantum and Woody’s going to be my first chance to do a superhero action comedy buddy-cop type thing… It’s going to be really different, but I’m looking forward to the opportunity to play with these characters because they’re so funny,” Doyle told CBR. “I really want to get into more physical acting with them and exploring body language, and all of that goofiness… This is going to be really fun.”

Eric and Woody Henderson have just had their lives turned upside down. So what do you do when the most annoying person in your life is also the only thing keeping you alive? You move in with him! And his goat. And his barely legal clone girlfriend. Besides, every team of heroes needs a secret headquarters…and this one has a slightly used hot tub. Plus: Quantum meets his first true super-villain!

Find out why friends don’t let friends have sidekicks when Ming Doyle teams-up with Quantum and Woody #5! Start reading here when MUST READ VALIANT delivers an all-new arc, an all-new jumping-on point, and all-new problems for the world’s worst superhero team in comic shops everywhere on November 6th!

And look for Quantum and Woody Vol. 1: The World’s Worst Superhero Team – the first trade paperback collection of the series that IGN calls “freaking glorious” – in stores same day and specially priced at just $9.99!

For more information on Quantum and Woody and the rest of the Valiant Universe, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter and at ValiantUniverse.com.

QUANTUM AND WOODY #5 (NEW ARC)
Written by JAMES ASMUS
Art by MING DOYLE
Cover by ANDREW ROBINSON (SEP131359)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by LEE GARBETT (SEP131360)
Variant Cover by DAVID LOPEZ (SEP131361)
Variant Cover by MIKE McKONE (SEP131362)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 11/6/13 (FOC – 10/14/13)

 

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VALIANT and KAMITE Partner For Spanish Language Publishing in Mexico

PrintValiant is proud to announce a new foreign publishing partnership with Kamite, one of Mexico’s leading publishers of comics and graphic novels, for a new line of Spanish language comic books, translating Valiant’s leading line of monthly super-hero titles.

The partnership will launch with the debut of newly translated editions of X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, and Shadowman this coming winter. More Valiant titles – including Harbinger, Archer & Armstrong, Quantum and Woody, Eternal Warrior, and Unity – will follow in 2014.

All of Valiant’s Spanish language Kamite titles will be available through Kamite’s two Mexico City comic book speciality stores, as well as via Grupo Sanborns, a major Mexican retail chain with more than 165 locations nationwide. Kamite will also host an array of Valiant-branded merchandise, produced by Cinderblock, through their online retail site.

“Valiant has quickly reestablished itself as one of the most exciting and vital publishers in the comics business today,” said Kamite CEO Miguel Ángel Lara del Valle. “We’re just over a year into the new Valiant Universe, and the timing couldn’t be better to introduce X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman, and the like to our ever-expanding and eager readership in Mexico.”

“With successful foreign language publishing efforts already underway in Brazil, Spain, France, and Italy, Mexico is a perfect next step to bring the Valiant Universe to a whole new audience,” said Russell A. Brown, Valiant’s President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales. “These are characters that resonate globally, and Kamite’s dedicated team and incredible supply chain across Mexico make them an ideal partner for Spanish language publishing.”

As the Mexican publisher of titles including The Walking Dead, 300, Simpsons Comics, Spawn, and more, Kamite consists of professionals with extensive experience in publishing and media throughout the realm of comics, manga and trade paperbacks. Nationally, they are among Mexico’s most important publishing houses in the sector of science fiction, entertainment, and pop culture.

Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 1,500 characters. 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. Valiant’s current titles include X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, Shadowman, Quantum and Woody, and Eternal Warrior with an eighth series – Unity – scheduled to debut this November.

For more information, visit Kamite.com.mx or ValiantUniverse.com.


Tora! Tora! Tora! It’s ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #13 vs. 500 Shades of Greys!

AA_013_COVER_CONRADValiant is proud to present an advance preview of Archer & Armstrong #13 – the slam-bang, saucer-smashing final chapter of “Far Faraway” from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente and fan favorite artist Pere Perez!

When the war for the Faraway descends into all-out chaos, can the combined forces of Archer, Armstrong, Mary-Maria, and a whole mess of dinosaurs be enough to defeat General Redacted and his inglorious army of alien greys? Also: a horrible revelation is about tear apart the friendship between Valiant’s conspiracy-busting adventurers! Learn why we may have to re-title this book Archer VERSUS Armstrong right here in the epoch-spanning conclusion of “Far Faraway”!

The series that Newsarama calls “highly recommended” makes history in the land that time forgot on September 11th, only in Archer & Armstrong #13!

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

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #13
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by PERE PEREZ
Cover by WILL CONRAD (JUL131323)
Variant Cover by JUAN DOE (JUL131324)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 9/11/13

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MUST READ VALIANT! PETER MILLIGAN and ROBERTO DE LA TORRE Demystify SHADOWMAN #13!

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This December, comics icon Peter Milligan (Hellblazer, X-Statix) and visionary artist Roberto De La Torre (Daredevil, Age of Apocalypse) are honing Shadowman to a razor-sharp point aimed straight at the jugular of the Valiant Universe!

SM_013_001As revealed today in USA Today, Milligan and De La Torre will begin their run as Valiant’s newest ongoing creative team in Shadowman #13 – the FIRST ISSUE of all-new story arc exposing the malignant roots of Shadowman’s superhuman abilities…roots that began in Jack Boniface’s own tortured past…and now extend through the bloodied back-alleys of 21st century New Orleans.

When a troubled young man with a history of violence and a penchant for blackouts meets an overwhelming source of power with a mystical scythe, the results are doomed to be destructive. A voodoo loa has possessed Jack Boniface – or so he believes. But after Jack awakens in an alleyway covered in blood, he embarks on a journey across lands of shadows and death to discover if he can expel the dark force that’s seized control of his life…and which may be responsible for a violent rampage through the city he swore to protect.

“My first arc will be an attempt to dig up some dirt, dislodge a few skeletons, and find out what the Hell is really going on with Jack. I’m not throwing everything out with the bath water, I’m just making the bath water a bit more grimy and, hopefully, unpleasant,” Milligan told USA Today. “Something is wrong with Jack and to find out what it is he’ll need to face some terrible truths about himself and make some big changes in his life.”

SM_013_002Featuring a standard cover by De La Torre, alongside Pullbox and incentive variants by Miguel Sepulveda (Red Lanterns), Ben Templesmith (Ten Grand), and Shane Davis (Superman: Earth One), Shadowman #13 is also the first title in the MUST READ VALIANT initiative – a new series of self-contained stories and easy jumping-on points across the Valiant publishing line from some of the brightest talents in comics today.

“As a publishing company, our number one priority is always accessibility. With that in mind, we’ve built MUST READ VALIANT to showcase a handful of new, exciting entry points across all of Valiant’s monthly series,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “Valiant is among the most talked-about publishers in comics today, and we are constantly being approached by new readers looking for clean introductions to our characters and our universe. Start reading in UNITY #1 this November – then explore the rest of what we have to offer when MUST READ VALIANT kicks off with Shadowman #13.”

You’ve heard the buzz. You’ve seen the reviews. Now, find out why VALIANT has been heralded as the MUST READ publisher in comics today when Peter Milligan and Roberto De La Torre drag Jack Boniface to his blackest depths yet in Shadowman #13 – in stores December 4th!

And get a sneak peek at things to come in Shadowman #13X – a special standalone prelude to Shadowman’s all-new story arc from Peter Milligan and newcomer Diego Bernard (Witchblade) – bagged exclusively with Bleeding Cool Magazine #7 and available in comic stores everywhere on October 23rd!

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

SHADOWMAN #13
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art & Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
Variant Cover by BEN TEMPLESMITH
Variant Cover by SHANE DAVIS
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 12/4/13 (FOC – 11/11/13)

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Celebrated Cartoonist ANDY FRIEDMAN Covers HARBINGER #19

HAR_019_VARIANT_FRIEDMANValiant is proud to announce that celebrated cartoonist and musician Andy Friedman has contributed a stunning variant cover for December’s Harbinger #19 – the final installment of the acclaimed “Perfect Day” story arc from New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart and legendary artist Barry Kitson!

As a noted contributor to The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic and many more, Friedman’s gag cartoons and portraits of cultural icons have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines across the world. Friedman is also a prolific singer-songwriter with three acclaimed albums to his credit – 2007′s Taken Man, 2009′s Weary Things and 2011′s Laserbeams and Dreams – and for over a decade has enjoyed performing in the nation’s premier music venues.

Harbinger #19 will mark his first foray into monthly comics.

“The opportunity to present the human side of Peter Stanchek was interesting to me. The [Harbinger Renegades] are a group of outcasts, which makes them instantly relatable, because I would venture to guess that feeling like an outcast is something that we all feel at times, some perhaps more than others,” said Friedman. “When we come to terms with the positive aspects of what might set us apart from the rest of the people, we begin to celebrate our unique existence in the world, and only then do we tend to discover and put to good use our true powers and purpose. Harbinger reinforces this truth and it’s a healthy metaphor, the way I see it.”

“Andy is a singular artistic talent. He’s delivered an incredible new vision of the world that Joshua Dysart and Barry Kitson have been building with this series. His inimitable depiction of Peter Stanchek – who he’s captured here not as a superhero, or a Renegade, or an omega-level Harbinger, but as an everyday teenager – is the perfect way to cap off the end of our tensest, most mind-bending story arc yet,” added Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons.

Join the series that Comic Book Resources calls “one of the best superhero comics currently available” here as Peter Stanchek prepares for the mental battle of his life, with the fate and freedom of his fellow Renegades hanging in the balance. It all happens when “Perfect Day” reaches its unforgettable conclusion in Harbinger #19 – in stores December 11th! And look for the Harbinger #19 Order All Friedman Variant on shelves at your local comics retailer.

HARBINGER #19
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by BARRY KITSON
Cover by KHARI EVANS
Variant Cover by ANDY FRIEDMAN
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE IN DECEMBER!

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Photo: Gus Powell

More with ANDY FRIEDMAN on HARBINGER #19 and Beyond:

This is the first time you’ve ever worked in the monthly comic book format. What brought you to comics at this stage in your career?

AF: Comics brought me to comics – I’ve been interested in them as a visual medium for as long as I could remember. I was never quite the collector or scholar with them the way I was with, say, baseball cards, but it was the graphic design over the content of both of these forums that initially reeled me in. Same with music. I had visual relationships with album covers long before I heard any of the music that they contained. With comic books, I would absorb the relationship between ink and color in each frame and that, for the most part, was the story, as far as I was concerned. I clamored for the comic books that were drawn well — that was the prerequisite. It was less about the characters for me. I still always have a stack of comic books in my studio that I pore through for visual inspiration, and I take them as seriously as plates of paintings by Diego Velazquez.

Out of all of Valiant’s titles, what was it about Harbinger that appealed to you in particular?

AF: The opportunity to present the human side of Peter Stanchek was interesting to me. The [Harbinger Renegades] are a group of outcasts, which makes them instantly relatable, because I would venture to guess that feeling like an outcast is something that we all feel at times, some perhaps more than others. When we come to terms with the positive aspects of what might set us apart from the rest of the people we begin to celebrate our unique existence in the world, and only then do we tend to discover and put to good use our true powers and purpose. Harbinger reinforces this truth and its a healthy metaphor, the way I see it.

Your work as a cartoonist has appeared primarily in magazines. How is working for the monthly comics medium different? Was it a challenge?

AF: It makes no difference to me whether I’m presenting a piece of art to a magazine, a comic book, a book, or any other medium. My job and my passion is to get to the inner truth of the subject and tell the story in the way I’ve got to tell it, and that’s what I do. It’s always a challenge to be truthful, confident, and economical with the language that one uses in the telling of a story, at least in my experience, but its no more of a challenge than getting up in the morning and having a great day. Its all about relying on what it is you’ve got to say with the means available to express it, however limited or expansive those means may be. It’s the code of blues, poetry, and meditation. To me, part of being an artist is about finding that place where you can do no wrong. I aspire to do what I’m naturally inclined to do, and therein lies the challenge with every aspect of my work, regardless of the medium or forum in which its presented.


First Look: UNITY #1 – The Can’t-Miss Comic Event of 2013 Starts Here!

UNITY_001_COVER_BRAITHWAITEValiant is proud to present an advance preview of UNITY #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new ongoing series by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Justice League of America) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (Justice, Journey into Mystery)! On November 13th, find out why Valiant is the must-read publisher of 2013 when UNITY #1 launches the most dangerous, most ruthless, most volatile team of heroes ever united against a foe unlike any other – X-O Manowar!

To kill a king…he has 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!

You’ve heard the buzz. You’ve seen the reviews. On November 13th, start reading here to discover the most acclaimed universe in comics. UNITY #1 is the perfect entry point for new readers!

And contact your local comic shop today to pre-order your favorite UNITY #1 Pullbox Exclusive Variant! Featuring artwork from a “Murderer’s Row” of comics brightest talents – Bryan Hitch, J.G. Jones, Travel Foreman, Paolo Rivera, and Clayton Crain – the limited UNITY #1 Pullbox Exclusive Variants are available only to comic shop subscribers who pre-order with their local retailer. To find a comic shop near you, visit ComicShopLocator.com.

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

UNITY #1
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (SEP131344)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by BRYAN HITCH (SEP131346)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by J.G. JONES (SEP131345)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by TRAVEL FOREMAN (SEP131349)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by PAOLO RIVERA (SEP131347)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN (SEP131348)
Valiant 8-Bit Evolution Variant by DONOVAN SANTIAGO (SEP131350)
Valiant Signature Series Variant by BART SEARS (SEP131353)
Variant Cover by NEAL ADAMS (SEP131354)
B&W Sketch Variant by NEAL ADAMS (SEP131355)
Blank Variant also available (SEP131351)
Team USA Luge Variant also available (SEP131352)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 11/13/13 (FOC – 10/21/13)

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VALIANT Brings UNITY to BALTIMORE COMIC-CON with ROBERT VENDITTI, BARRY KITSON and More!

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This September, Valiant is headed to Baltimore Comic-Con for a weekend packed with special guests, exclusive programming, and convention-only giveaways!

On September 7th and Sunday, September 8th, join the publisher behind 2013′s most anticipated comics event, UNITY, at Booth #1505/1506 for signings and appearances by some of Valiant’s greatest talents, including New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar, Green Lantern) and legendary artist Barry Kitson (Harbinger, Bloodshot)!

Be sure to stop by and pick up your copy of the UNITY #1 Preview Edition – an all-new convention-only comic book featuring the very first look inside UNITY #1 by Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite! The first issue of all-new ongoing series debuting this November, UNITY #1 is the perfect place to find out why Valiant is the most-talked about publisher in comics!

And, as always, Valiant will also have a one-stop selection of comics, trade paperbacks, hardcovers, and official Cinder Block merchandise – including t-shirts, limited edition prints, mugs and more – available for readers new and old!

Plus, no fan will want to miss Valiant Comics: The Road to Unity – Valiant’s Baltimore-exclusive panel presentation on Saturday, September 7th at 2 pm! Join an all-star panel of Valiant insiders for a must-see round of news and announcements about the most talked-about publisher in comics! Featuring creators J.G. Jones (Eternal Warrior), Barry Kitson (Harbinger, Bloodshot), Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar), and Jim Zub (Shadowman), alongside Publisher Fred Pierce and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, find out everything you need to know about the massive repercussions of UNITY and what’s next for Valiant’s greatest heroes – only at Baltimore Comic-Con!

For more information, visit BaltimoreComicCon.com and ValiantUniverse.com.

We’ll see you in Baltimore!


Visit VALIANT This Week at FAN EXPO CANADA!

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This weekend, Valiant Entertainment is heading north for Fan Expo Canada!

SBOOK_COVER_AFrom Thursday, August 22nd to Sunday, August 25th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, visit Valiant at Booth #738 for a week jam-packed with special guests and exclusive giveaways!

Stop by for signings and appearances all weekend long by some of the Valiant’s greatest talents, including Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (X-O Manowar) and Harvey Award-nominated writer Jim Zub (Shadowman)! And shop a complete selection of Valiant comics, trade paperbacks, hardcovers, and merchandise – including t-shirts, prints, mugs and more!

New to the Valiant Universe? Be sure to pick up your FREE Eternal Warrior #1/Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #14 Sketchbook! Get the inside track on the the Summer of Valiant’s next two blockbuster releases with this convention giveaway – featuring exclusive artwork by Trevor Hairsine and Emanuela Lupacchino!

For more information, visit FanExpoCanada.com and ValiantUniverse.com.

We’ll see you in Toronto!


Twin Evils, Twin Origins in SHADOWMAN #10

SM_010_COVER_PERGERValiant is proud to present an advance preview of Shadowman #10 – continuing the uncanny origin tale that began in Shadowman’s critically acclaimed zero issue! The arcane source of all Shadowmen, past and present, will stand revealed when Valiant opens the next chapter in the lives of Nicodemo and Sandria Darque!

Long ago, in the antebellum South, Master Darque’s evil spawned the one thing that could stop him: the Shadowman. Discover how the Darques’ depravity has intertwined with Shadowman for more than a century and the betrayal that forged them both in this special standalone bookend to Shadowman’s first year in the Valiant Universe.

From the bloodied battlefields of Gettysburg to the darkest corners of the Deadside, Harvey Award-nominated writer Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode) and an all-star cast of comics talent expand the origin saga that Bloody Disgusting calls “simply flawless” on September 4th, only in Shadowman #10!

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

SHADOWMAN #10
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN
Art by DIEGO BERNARD and ANDREA CUNEO with MICO SUAYAN, LEWIS LAROSA, and CARMEN NUNEZ
Cover by STEPHANE PERGER (JUL131314)
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (JUL131315)
Variant Cover by RILEY ROSSMO (JUL131316)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 9/4/13

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