VALIANT Slashes First Four TPB Collections to $9.99!

Valiant is proud to announce that it is cutting the price of the upcoming trade paperback volumes collecting the four series that launched the “Summer of Valiant” – X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, and Archer & Armstrong – to the special introductory price of $9.99!

Due to popular demand, each of Valiant’s previously solicited trade paperback collections will be joining X-O Manowar Vol. 1: By The Sword TPB by Robert Venditti and Cary Nord – on sale December 5th – at the $9.99 price point. With one collection hitting stores each month through March, this is the perfect entry point into the new Valiant Universe, the critically acclaimed comic book relaunch of 2012!

“Valiant is dedicated to getting its titles into the hands of as many new readers as possible and a $9.99 price point is the perfect way to do that,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “Our ‘Summer of Valiant’ launch generated a tremendous amount of critical acclaim, and retailer support for the first X-O Manowar trade paperback has been through the roof. If you’ve been holding out on trying a particular title or the new Valiant Universe as a whole, this is the perfect opportunity to find out what you’ve been missing. You’ll get hooked!”

Four series. Four months. Four all-new entry points into the superhero universe that has everyone talking. Featuring work from some of the industry’s leading talents, find out why Valiant has topped the charts and won over a legion of fans and critics worldwide with the X-O Manowar Vol. 1: By The Sword TPB, Harbinger Vol. 1: Omega Rising TPB, Bloodshot Vol. 1: Setting The World On Fire TPB, and Archer & Armstrong Vol. 1: The Michelangelo Code TPB – on sale in finer comic shops everywhere this winter!

X-O MANOWAR VOL. 1: BY THE SWORD TPB (OCT121241)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by ESAD RIBIC
$9.99/Rated T+/112 pgs.
Collecting X-O MANOWAR #1-4
ISBN: 978-0-97964094-0-5
ON SALE DECEMBER 5th!

HARBINGER VOL. 1: OMEGA RISING TPB (NOV121345)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI
$9.99/Rated T+/128 pgs.
Collecting HARBINGER #1-5
ISBN: 978-0-979-6409-5-7
ON SALE JANUARY 9th!

BLOODSHOT VOL. 1: SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE TPB (DEC121274)
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by MANUEL GARCIA & ARTURO LOZZI
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI
$9.99/Rated T+/112 pgs.
Collecting BLOODSHOT #1-4
ISBN: 978-0-9796409-6-4
ON SALE FEBRUARY 6th!

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG VOL. 1: THE MICHELANGELO CODE TPB
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
$9.99/Rated T+/112 pgs.
Collecting ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1-4
ISBN: 978-0-9796409-8-8
ON SALE MARCH 6th!


Venditti & Hairsine Enter PLANET DEATH in X-O MANOWAR #9

The most ambitious X-O Manowar event EVER – Planet Death – kicks off this January with a two-part prologue beginning in X-O Manowar #9 by New York Times best-selling author Robert Venditti and comics superstar Trevor Hairsine! Jump on board one of the most buzzed about books of the year as X-O Manowar ignites an interstellar war and changes the landscape of the Valiant Universe forever!

It has all led to this. Abducted from his time and enslaved by an alien race known as the Vine, Visigoth warrior Aric of Dacia has escaped into the modern day with the universe’s most feared weapon – the all-powerful X-O Manowar armor. Hounded by the Vine at every turn since his return to Earth, X-O Manowar is about to face his most formidable foe yet – an elite unit of X-O Commandos, sent to reclaim their weapon at any cost! But if the Vine can’t defeat the X-O Manowar armor, they’ll find another human to wield it…

Cities will be leveled. Vengeance will be wrought. And a new X-O Manowar will rise – beginning in Prelude to Planet Death – Part 1 (of 2) this January in X-O Manowar #9 and concluding this February in X-O Manowar #10!

Then, X-O Manowar takes the battle away from Earth and directly to the doorstep of the Vine homeworld with Planet Death – Part 1 (of 4) in X-O Manowar #11 – featuring the triumphant return of Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord to Valiant’s signature hero.

The culmination of X-O Manowar’s first year in the Valiant Universe is almost upon us. Don’t miss the crucial first chapter when Valiant begins the campaign to conquer Planet Death this January in X-O Manowar #9 – featuring a Pullbox Exclusive Variant by Cary Nord and a variant cover by Clayton Crain!

Prelude to Planet Death Part 1 (of 2):
X-O MANOWAR #9 – ON SALE JANUARY 23rd!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art & Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE (NOV121333)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CARY NORD (NOV121334)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (NOV121335)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

Prelude to Planet Death – Part 2 (of 2):
X-O MANOWAR #10 – FEBRUARY 20th!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art & Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE (DEC121266)
Variant Cover by CARY NORD (DEC121267)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.


Venditti & Hairsine Enter PLANET DEATH in X-O MANOWAR #9

The most ambitious X-O Manowar event EVER – Planet Death – kicks off this January with a two-part prologue beginning in X-O Manowar #9 by New York Times best-selling author Robert Venditti and comics superstar Trevor Hairsine! Jump on board one of the most buzzed about books of the year as X-O Manowar ignites an interstellar war and changes the landscape of the Valiant Universe forever!

It has all led to this. Abducted from his time and enslaved by an alien race known as the Vine, Visigoth warrior Aric of Dacia has escaped into the modern day with the universe’s most feared weapon – the all-powerful X-O Manowar armor. Hounded by the Vine at every turn since his return to Earth, X-O Manowar is about to face his most formidable foe yet – an elite unit of X-O Commandos, sent to reclaim their weapon at any cost! But if the Vine can’t defeat the X-O Manowar armor, they’ll find another human to wield it…

Cities will be leveled. Vengeance will be wrought. And a new X-O Manowar will rise – beginning in Prelude to Planet Death – Part 1 (of 2) this January in X-O Manowar #9 and concluding this February in X-O Manowar #10!

Then, X-O Manowar takes the battle away from Earth and directly to the doorstep of the Vine homeworld with Planet Death – Part 1 (of 4) in X-O Manowar #11 – featuring the triumphant return of Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord to Valiant’s signature hero.

The culmination of X-O Manowar’s first year in the Valiant Universe is almost upon us. Don’t miss the crucial first chapter when Valiant begins the campaign to conquer Planet Death this January in X-O Manowar #9 – featuring a Pullbox Exclusive Variant by Cary Nord and a variant cover by Clayton Crain!

Prelude to Planet Death Part 1 (of 2):
X-O MANOWAR #9 – ON SALE JANUARY 23rd!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art & Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE (NOV121333)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CARY NORD (NOV121334)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (NOV121335)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

Prelude to Planet Death – Part 2 (of 2):
X-O MANOWAR #10 – FEBRUARY 20th!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art & Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE (DEC121266)
Variant Cover by CARY NORD (DEC121267)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.


Kitson, Garbett, Clark and Henry Join HARBINGER's "RENEGADES"

 

An all-star cast of comics’ top talents is joining Harbinger for the season’s biggest story arc – “Renegades” in Harbinger #6-10!

Valiant is proud to announce that Barry Kitson (Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man), Lee Garbett (X-O Manowar, Batman & Robin), Matthew Clark (Ghost Rider) and Clayton Henry (Archer & Armstrong) will be teaming with New York Times best-selling author Joshua Dysart for Harbinger #6-10 – a BRAND NEW storyline introducing a new team of allies to Peter Stanchek’s crusade against the Harbinger Foundation.

Kicking off in Harbinger #6 – on sale this Wednesday – “Renegades” is the perfect entry point into the acclaimed series that Comic Book Resources calls “one of the best things to happen to superhero comics…” Plus, each issue features a new interlocking cover spotlighting a new team member by red-hot artist Mico Suayan!

Led by omega-powered psionic Toyo Harada, the Harbinger Foundation is a secret organization that has controlled and subverted the course of recent history. With a secret army of psychic soldiers at his command, no one has dared defy Toyo Harada’s plans for the human race – until now. Harada’s most powerful student, Peter Stanchek, has discovered the true nature of the Harbinger Foundation and he will stop at nothing to prevent Harada’s vision from coming to pass. With a classified list of Harada’s next recruits in hand, it’s down to Peter to draft the next generation of empowered youth and form the frontline in humanity’s resistance to the Harbinger Foundation.

Peter. Kris. Zephyr. Flamingo. Torque. Their fight for the future comes out the shadows and into the Valiant Universe when “Renegades” begins on November 21st, only in Harbinger #6!

“Renegades” Part I – Kris:
HARBINGER #6 – ON SALE NOVEMBER 21st!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by PHIL BRIONES
Cover by MICO SUAYAN (SEP121225)
Variant Cover by MATTHEW CLARK (SEP121226)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

“Renegades” Part II – Flamingo:
HARBINGER #7 – ON SALE DECEMBER 19th!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by BARRY KITSON
Cover by MICO SUAYAN (OCT121235)
Flamingo Variant by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO (OCT121236)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

“Renegades” Part III – Torque:
HARBINGER #8 – ON SALE JANUARY 23rd!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by MICO SUAYAN (NOV121342)
Torque Variant by KHARI EVANS (NOV121343)
Linewide Variant by JEFF LEMIRE (NOV121344)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

“RENEGADES” Part IV – Zephyr:
HARBINGER #9 – ON SALE FEBRUARY 20th!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by MATTHEW CLARK
Cover by MICO SUAYAN (DEC121263)
Variant Cover by KHARI EVANS (DEC121264)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

“RENEGADES” Part V – Peter:
HARBINGER #10 – ON SALE MARCH 20th!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
Variant Cover by KHARI EVANS
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.


Kitson, Garbett, Clark and Henry Join HARBINGER’s “RENEGADES”

 

An all-star cast of comics’ top talents is joining Harbinger for the season’s biggest story arc – “Renegades” in Harbinger #6-10!

Valiant is proud to announce that Barry Kitson (Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man), Lee Garbett (X-O Manowar, Batman & Robin), Matthew Clark (Ghost Rider) and Clayton Henry (Archer & Armstrong) will be teaming with New York Times best-selling author Joshua Dysart for Harbinger #6-10 – a BRAND NEW storyline introducing a new team of allies to Peter Stanchek’s crusade against the Harbinger Foundation.

Kicking off in Harbinger #6 – on sale this Wednesday – “Renegades” is the perfect entry point into the acclaimed series that Comic Book Resources calls “one of the best things to happen to superhero comics…” Plus, each issue features a new interlocking cover spotlighting a new team member by red-hot artist Mico Suayan!

Led by omega-powered psionic Toyo Harada, the Harbinger Foundation is a secret organization that has controlled and subverted the course of recent history. With a secret army of psychic soldiers at his command, no one has dared defy Toyo Harada’s plans for the human race – until now. Harada’s most powerful student, Peter Stanchek, has discovered the true nature of the Harbinger Foundation and he will stop at nothing to prevent Harada’s vision from coming to pass. With a classified list of Harada’s next recruits in hand, it’s down to Peter to draft the next generation of empowered youth and form the frontline in humanity’s resistance to the Harbinger Foundation.

Peter. Kris. Zephyr. Flamingo. Torque. Their fight for the future comes out the shadows and into the Valiant Universe when “Renegades” begins on November 21st, only in Harbinger #6!

“Renegades” Part I – Kris:
HARBINGER #6 – ON SALE NOVEMBER 21st!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by PHIL BRIONES
Cover by MICO SUAYAN (SEP121225)
Variant Cover by MATTHEW CLARK (SEP121226)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

“Renegades” Part II – Flamingo:
HARBINGER #7 – ON SALE DECEMBER 19th!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by BARRY KITSON
Cover by MICO SUAYAN (OCT121235)
Flamingo Variant by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO (OCT121236)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

“Renegades” Part III – Torque:
HARBINGER #8 – ON SALE JANUARY 23rd!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by MICO SUAYAN (NOV121342)
Torque Variant by KHARI EVANS (NOV121343)
Linewide Variant by JEFF LEMIRE (NOV121344)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

“RENEGADES” Part IV – Zephyr:
HARBINGER #9 – ON SALE FEBRUARY 20th!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by MATTHEW CLARK
Cover by MICO SUAYAN (DEC121263)
Variant Cover by KHARI EVANS (DEC121264)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

“RENEGADES” Part V – Peter:
HARBINGER #10 – ON SALE MARCH 20th!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
Variant Cover by KHARI EVANS
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.


The Rise of the RENEGADES Begins in HARBINGER #6

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of Harbinger #6 – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new arc by New York Times best-selling author Joshua Dysart and fan favorite artist Phil Briones! Peter Stanchek has fought his first battle against Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation, but the war is just beginning. “Renegades” starts now!

Battered and broken after escaping the Harbinger Foundation, telekinetic teenager Peter Stanchek only has one option left: run. But he won’t have to go it alone. Crisscrossing America with the only two people he can trust, Peter will have to activate a new team of super-powered recruits before Toyo Harada and his Harbinger shock troops can reach them first. Peter Stanchek. Zephyr. Kris. Flamingo. Torque. Outside the law, inside your head – you’ve never met a team of super-powered teenagers quite like the Renegades. And, together, they’ll dismantle Harada’s global empire one brick at a time.

The Valiant Universe gains a whole new set of heroes in Harbinger #6 – a brand new jumping-on point for one of the year’s most critically acclaimed new series!

“‘Harbinger’ is a book people need to know about.” – Comic Book Resources
“Four words, ladies and gentlemen: Read this book NOW.” – Ain’t It Cool news
“One hell of a kick ass series.” – IGN
“Intense and emotionally charged… [Harbinger] opens up a world of potential…” – Newsarama
“You won’t want to miss what’s to come.” – Comic Vine

And go back to the beginning on January 6th to discover Peter Stanchek’s induction into the Harbinger Foundation – and his fateful first encounter with Toyo Harada – in the Harbinger Vol. 1: Omega Rising TPB, collecting Harbinger #1-5!

 

HARBINGER #6 – ON SALE NOVEMBER 21st!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by PHIL BRIONES
Cover by MICO SUAYAN (SEP121225)
Variant Cover by MATTHEW CLARK (SEP121226)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

HARBINGER VOL. 1: OMEGA RISING TPB – ON SALE JANUARY 9th!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI (NOV121345)
$14.99/Rated T+/128 pgs.
Collecting HARBINGER #1-5
ISBN: 978-0-9796409-5-7


VALIANT Solicitations for FEBRUARY 2013

HARBINGER #0
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art & Cover by MICO SUAYAN
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CLAYTON HENRY & CLAYTON CRAIN
Wraparound Gatefold Variant by LEWIS LAROSA

Rise to power!

Toyo Harada, CEO of Harada Global Conglomerates and the most potent known psionic in the world, has a vision for the perfect future. A vision he will realize with or without the consent of the rest of humanity. In order to achieve it, he’s built a private army of super-powered hyper-telekinetics within the Harbinger Foundation. But who was Harada before he became the world’s most powerful man? And what are the origins of his vast ambitions? Don’t miss those answers and more in this special standalone issue that will define the future of the Valiant Universe.

$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE FEBRUARY 6th

 

X-O MANOWAR #10
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art & Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Variant Cover by CARY NORD

Planet Death looms! A new X-O Manowar rises! And nothing can stop what’s coming.

With the Vine invasion fleet waiting in orbit, Aric of Dacia is forced into the one battle he never wanted, against the strongest, most horrifying opponent he’s ever faced. This adversary doesn’t want the X-O Manowar armor. It doesn’t want Earth. It only wants Aric — dead. The winner will hold the fate of everyone – human and Vine – in the palm of his hand. Because before this fight is over, the armor will reveal that it wields far more destructive potential than anyone could have possibly imagined. Robert Venditti and Trevor Hairsine conclude the two-part prelude that sets the stage for the epic war everything has been building up to. X-O Manowar is going home!

$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE FEBRUARY 20th

 

 

BLOODSHOT #8
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by MANUEL GARCIA
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI
Variant Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE & CLAYTON CRAIN

CHAINSAW EAT BLOODSHOT!

Bloodshot may be the best, but he wasn’t the first. Bloodshot is taking his revenge on Project Rising Spirit—the secret quasi-government experimental division that created him — one body at a time. But nothing could have prepared him for what’s waiting for him inside the Nursery. Deep underground, get ready to go to war with the band of misfit killers that Bloodshot used to call brothers-in-arms. Cleaner. Recon. Point. Gunner. Team: CHAINSAW is reporting for duty, sir!

$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE FEBRUARY 13th

 

 

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #7
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art & Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY

Who shoots The Shootist?!

What would an Eternal Warrior be without an immortal enemy? For centuries, The Shootist – the Sect’s most feared assassin – has been a pivotal player in world events. Now he has Archer & Armstrong in his sights! With Gilad and the new Geomancer’s help, can they stop the man who only fires shots heard ’round the world?

$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE FEBRUARY 13th

 

 

HARBINGER #9
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by MATTHEW CLARK
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
Variant Cover by KHARI EVANS

Nothing can bring her down.

She’s the light in the dark. The soul of a rising resistance movement. Here now, for the first time, is the story of Zephyr (aka Faith Herbert… but shhh don’t tell anyone)! As danger closes in on all sides, Faith must begin the trials and tribulations of being the Valiant Universe’s first real-life superhero. Learn the secret potential of her powers and the truth about her time at the Harbinger Foundation, then follow her into battle to save the other Renegades. Look, up in the air! It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s freakin’ Zephyr!

$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE FEBRUARY 20th

 

 

SHADOWMAN #4
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN & PATRICK ZIRCHER
Art & Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

All hell breaks loose.

Shadowman and the monstrous Mr. Twist battle to the death! Everything is at stake for Jack, Dox, and Alyssa – and for the world as they know it – because if Twist succeeds, then Master Darque will walk the earth once more.

$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE FEBRUARY 6th

 

 

 

BLOODSHOT VOL. 1: SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE TPB
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by MANUEL GARCIA & ARTURO LOZZI
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI

Every mission is a suicide mission.

Your name is Angelo Mortalli. Your brother is trapped behind enemy lines and on the verge of — no. That’s not right. Your name is Raymond Garrison. You’ve retired from the dangers of the field, but a desperate plea from your oldest friend plunges you into a vicious firefight that — no. That’s not right, either. You are Bloodshot. You are the shade of gray that freedom requires. The perfect confluence of military necessity and cutting-edge technology. A walking WikiLeaks. A reservoir of dirty secrets that could set the world on fire. And you’ve just been captured.

Collecting BLOODSHOT #1-4 (2012) by best-selling writer Duane Swierczynski and acclaimed artists Manuel Garcia & Arturo Lozzi, find out why this is the series that has IGN proclaiming “Valiant is quickly becoming the publisher to beat.”

$14.99/Rated T+/128 pgs.
ISBN: 978-0-9796409-6-4
ON SALE FEBRUARY 6th

VALIANT MASTERS: NINJAK VOL. 1 – BLACK WATER HC
Written by MARK MORETTI
Art by JOE QUESADA & MARK MORETTI
Cover by JOE QUESADA

Collected for the very first time – Ninjak’s solo debut in the original Valiant Universe by Mark Moretti (Bloodshot) & comics icon Joe Quesada (Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man)!

Colin King – sophisticated British playboy by day, elite super-spy by night! Codenamed Ninjak, King is gifted with a brilliant mind and lethal training in the world’s most dangerous fighting techniques. Both will be put to the ultimate test as he is drawn into globe-spanning mission to apprehend Dr. Silk, mastermind of the WEBNET terror network, before the mysterious weapon known as “Black Water” goes online. From the British Isles to the land of the Rising Sun, Ninjak will leave an indelible imprint on the Valiant Universe – or die trying. Collecting NINJAK (1994) #1-6, #0, and #00 and featuring special, rarely seen sketches and process art from the Valiant vault!

$24.99/Rated T+/184pgs.
ISBN: 978-0-9796409-7-1


ENTER NINJAK Kicks into Overdrive in X-O MANOWAR #7!

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of X-O Manowar #7 by New York Times best-selling author Robert Venditti and fan favorite artist Lee Garbett! Ninjak’s chart-topping debut in the all-new Valiant Universe continues right here, as the conflict between X-O Manowar and MI-6′s most lethal intelligence operative escalates into open warfare!

Agents of the alien race known as The Vine have been living in secret among us for centuries and now they’ve just been activated for one final mission – purge the Earth of all human life! An invasion fleet is on its way and the only weapon in existence powerful enough to defeat it is the X-O Manowar armor. To pinpoint The Vine’s weaknesses, Aric will need to enlist the help of the master weapons specialist charged with taking him down – the feared and formidable Ninjak. But, first, Aric will have to convince him that his masters in British Intelligence have sold humanity into the hands of the enemy…

The Valiant Universe’s two most formidable heroes are all that stand between Earth and annihilation on November 21st, only in X-O Manowar #7! With Planet Death on the rise, now is the time to jump on board the series that Complex calls “wall-to-wall action on a blockbuster scale”!

X-O MANOWAR #7 – ON SALE NOVEMBER 21st!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (SEP121229)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

X-O MANOWAR #8 – ON SALE DECEMBER 19th!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (OCT121239)
Variant Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE (OCT121240)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

Prelude to PLANET DEATH – Part 1 (of 2):
X-O MANOWAR #9 – ON SALE JANUARY 24th!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art & Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE (NOV121333)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CARY NORD (NOV121334)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (NOV121335)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.


ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #4 is Classified! FUBAR! Verboten!

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of Archer & Armstrong #4 by the New York Times best-selling creative team of Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry! The epic climax of Archer & Armstrong’s first trek through the Valiant Universe is almost upon us. The Boon’s unholy power unleashed! The genesis of Archer’s abilities revealed! Ziplines! It all happens right here (and, well, in the eventual trade paperback collection too).

High in the Himalayas, Valiant’s bow-and-bottle-slinging adventurers are primed to storm the Sect’s secret citadel. Can they make it before the Nazi lamas within release the civilization-shattering power of the Boon? And when Archer’s parents suddenly attack, can anyone prepare for the revelation of the secret ally that could ensure victory for their own personal last crusade? (Hint: they chose…poorly.)

You’ve read the reviews. You’ve trolled the comments section. You’ve begged and pleaded with your retailer to make the senseless praise stop. Now step into the light and behold the glory that is Archer & Armstrong #4 – on sale November 14th. Fnord!

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #4 – ON SALE NOVEMBER 14th!
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY with PERE PEREZ
Cover by JASON PEARSON (SEP121227)
Variant Cover by JUAN DOE (SEP121228)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.


VALIANT’s Superhero X-O MANOWAR Inspires USA LUGE Athletes

Valiant Entertainment, one of the leading comic character-based entertainment companies, will design the competition and practice race suits for the USA Luge team through 2014. The USA Luge National and Junior National teams will wear Valiant-designed race suits for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 World Cup and World Championship seasons. This groundbreaking partnership marks the first time ever that an entertainment company has outfitted a national sports organization with uniquely designed uniforms inspired by a comic book character. Valiant and USA Luge will also work together to create the look of the team’s race gear when they compete at Sochi, Russia during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The partnership also includes other marketing and cross-promotional opportunities.

Each suit created by Valiant and its illustrators will be designed to resemble the look of the character X-O Manowar, one of the comic book industry’s most popular characters with over 8 million comic books sold and a best-selling 2012 comic book relaunch. A key character of the Valiant Universe, X-O Manowar is a time-displaced warrior bonded to a suit of extraterrestrial armor, the most technologically advanced weapon in existence, and is also notable for a best-selling, multiplatform video game crossover with Marvel’s Iron Man.

USA Luge spends a considerable amount of time researching the fastest possible fabrics for their race suits. Each summer, tests are conducted at the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel to determine, among other things, the most aerodynamically efficient race suit for competition use. The suits are fitted and tailored to each athlete, as even the smallest wrinkle can result in lost speed, especially in a sport timed to the 1/1000th of a second.

“This partnership between Valiant and USA Luge is an incredibly exciting and unique opportunity. As entertainment marketing becomes more challenging and the marketplace more global, we see this as a fantastic way to marry many elements. Olympic sports are a worldwide pastime enjoyed by millions, while Valiant comics and their characters seek to embody the same superhuman traits so often found in these special athletes. And just as X-O Manowar is enhanced by his armor, it is our hope that the athletes of USA Luge are similarly emboldened by their X-O Manowar designed race suits. Luge is not just any sport — it is a thrilling endeavor of high speed, challenge and edge, which makes its athletes a perfect fit for our Valiant superheroes,” said Jason Kothari, CEO of Valiant Entertainment.”We are honored to be working with the world-class team at Valiant. This is a tremendous opportunity for USA Luge to reach out to a new group of fans and grow with a company on the fast track, just like our athletes. Our organization has always taken pride in working with our family of sponsors to create unique marketing opportunities surrounding our sport and the Valiant partnership is no exception. We look forward to the build-up to 2014 with Valiant in our corner,” said Gordy Sheer, USA Luge Marketing Director and 1998 Olympic silver medalist.

USA Luge National and Junior National Team athletes will unveil their new X-O Manowar inspired speedsuits at the World Cup at the first races on November 24th and 25th in Innsbruck, Austria.

Valiant Entertainment is one of the leading comic character-based entertainment companies in the world that owns and controls a library of 1,500 characters. Since their creation in 1989, Valiant characters have sold 80 million comic books, been the basis of a number of video game franchises and a slate of major motion pictures are in development. In 2012, Valiant relaunched print and digital comic books based on a number of its most popular properties, such as X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong. These new issues garnered rave reviews and are consistently the best-selling independent comic book titles in the industry. In 2013, the Company has plans to become a financing partner alongside film studios for major motion pictures based on its characters.

Since 1985, USA Luge team members have won over 560 World Cup and World Championship medals and 4 Olympic medals. Luge is one of the most competitive and thrilling sports in the Olympics with racers reaching speeds in excess of 90 MPH.

Luge Suit Design by Patrick Zircher & Khari Evans


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