VALIANT Solicitations for MARCH 2013

X-O MANOWAR #11
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
Pullbox Exclusive Cover by CARY NORD
Variant Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
Wraparound Variant by BART SEARS

ALL-NEW ARC! PLANET DEATH has arrived! X-O Manowar’s one-man invasion of the Vine’s alien homeworld starts here!

At long last, Aric of Dacia will take his revenge on the alien race that have pursued him at every turn. As his Visigoth forefathers sacked Rome, so too will Aric of Dacia bring a devastating assault to the doorstep of his oppressors. Taking the battle directly to the Vine planet of Loam, he will decimate their armies, he will level their cities – and he will not stop until the whole of their empire is reduced to ash. But when one man declares war on an entire world, what painful consequences will he reap for himself – and for the whole of human race?

Featuring the return of superstar penciler Cary Nord, PLANET DEATH is THE event that will define X-O Manowar’s place in the Valiant Universe. Don’t miss this juggernaut of a storyline when X-O Manowar descends on PLANET DEATH in March!

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

 

SHADOWMAN #5
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN & PATRICK ZIRCHER
Art & Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER
‘Blackout’ Pullbox Exclusive Variant by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Linewide Variant by RAFAEL GRAMPA

ALL-NEW ARC! The coming of Master Darque is upon us.

Jack Boniface has just been to Hell and back. After surviving the horrors of the Deadside, Jack is taking his new abilities to the limit and discovering more about the legacy of the Shadowman with each passing night. But what if he wasn’t the only thing that managed to escape back to Earth? Something dark has arrived in New Orleans, leaving death and madness in its black wake. What’s more, the city’s deadliest cartel assassin is after Jack, and he refuses to die – literally!

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

 

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #8
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art & Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
Variant Cover by TOM FOWLER

Nothing is forever. So say the Null.

“The Wrath of the Eternal Warrior” gears up for its universe-shattering penultimate issue! “Nothing is Forever.” That is the motto of the Null, the enemies of the Geomancers for centuries. Now, at last, the Null have found the key to the utter destruction of all that is – and his name is Obadiah Archer! Can Aram and Gilad set aside their differences long enough to team up against Armstrong’s best friend – and will any of them survive the final battle?

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

 

BLOODSHOT #9
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by MANUEL GARCIA
Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant Cover by KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY

There’s no turning back now.

The man with a past he can’t remember has to make one of the most difficult decisions of his life. Should he play the role of savior and unleash a force that could possibly destabilize the world? Or should he settle into the role he knows best ¬¬– killer – and wipe the slate clean, once and for all? Full of shocks, heart-stopping action and more backstabbing than a dozen productions of Julius Caesar, Bloodshot has his finger on the trigger – and the shot that will be heard around the Valiant Universe gets fired right here.

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

 

 

HARBINGER #10
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by PERE PEREZ
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
Variant Cover by KHARI EVANS

Lead or die. Peter Stanchek is about to face his toughest test yet.

Trapped between the opposing forces of Toyo Harada’s Eggbreakers and Project Rising Spirit, Peter Stanchek and his wayward band of renegade telekinetics are about to find themselves in a vicious, three-way firefight. Can they put aside their fears and do battle as the team they’ll need to be to survive? The Renegades are about to make their big debut – and, when the smoke clears, the Valiant Universe is going to be a very different place.

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

 

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG VOL. 1: THE MICHELANGELO CODE TPB
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by MICO SUAYAN

It’s history in the breaking!

After years of meditation and training, 18-year-old Obadiah Archer has been dispatched to New York City to carry out the sacred mission of his family’s sect – locate and kill the fun-loving, hard-drinking immortal known as Armstrong! But as this naive teenage assassin stalks his prey, he’ll soon find that both hunter and hunted are just pawns in a centuries-old conspiracy that stretches from the catacombs beneath Wall Street to the heights of the Himalayas. And Archer & Armstrong will have to work together if the future is to stand any chance of surviving the past’s greatest threat!

From the New York Times best-selling creative team of writer Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies) and Clayton Henry (Incredible Herc), this volume collects ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1-4!

“This is an A+ book..” – Ain’t It Cool News
“A flawlessly executed debut…that already has almost everyone buzzing.” – Bleeding Cool

$9.99/T+/112 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9796409-8-8
ON SALE MARCH 6th

 

X-O MANOWAR VOL. 2: ENTER NINJAK TPB

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by MICO SUAYAN

X-O Manowar vs. Ninjak!

X-O Manowar has returned to Earth — and now the world’s most lethal intelligence agent has a new target. Hired by members of The Vine hidden deep within Earth’s governments, Ninjak has been sent to bring back the Manowar armor at any cost. But what happens when the world’s foremost weapons specialist engages the universe’s most powerful weapon head on? And even if Ninjak can defeat the armor’s defenses, does he stand a chance against the savage warrior that controls it? It’s raw power versus stealth and cunning in the second thrilling volume of X-O Manowar — and the Valiant Universe will never be the same again.

From New York Times best-selling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and acclaimed artist Lee Garbett (Batman & Robin), this volume collects the best-selling “Enter: Ninjak” storyline from X-O MANOWAR #5-8, featuring the debut of Valiant’s next breakout hero!

“X-O Manowar is not just one of Valiant’s best books, it’s one of the best books being published right now, period.” – IGN
“X-O Manowar is about as much fun as you’ll have with a comic all month.” – Complex

$14.99/T+/112 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9796409-9-5
ON SALE MARCH 27th


VALIANT Joins FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2013 with HARBINGER WARS and VALIANT MASTERS

Valiant’s greatest heroes of past and present will be turning out in force on Saturday, May 4th for Free Comic Book Day 2013! Valiant is proud to announce not one, but TWO special releases for next year’s Free Comic Book Day, featuring some of comics’ brightest talents and two generations of fan favorite superheroes.

First up, the critically acclaimed, best-selling comics launch of the decade throws it into high gear with the VALIANT 2013: HARBINGER WARS FCBD SPECIAL! Test your mettle with an exclusive look inside HARBINGER WARS – the blistering conflict between BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER that will crack the Valiant Universe in half. Plus – who will stand to oppose X-O MANOWAR on PLANET DEATH? What adventure lies beyond the horizon for ARCHER & ARMSTRONG? Who is the true heir to the legacy of the SHADOWMAN? And what top-secret projects could possibly be coming next?

Featuring the art of Patrick Zircher, Cary Nord, Trevor Hairsine, Clayton Crain, Marko Djurdjevic and more, everything you need to know about the Valiant Universe in 2013 happens right here this Free Comic Book Day!

Then, dive deep into the greatest stories of the original Valiant Universe – remastered and collected together for the first time anywhere – with the VALIANT MASTERS: 2013 SHOWCASE EDITION! Relive the best-selling adventures of Valiant’s definitive heroes – NINJAK, SHADOWMAN, ETERNAL WARRIOR and more – in this special FCBD release previewing the next year’s worth of Valiant Masters hardcover collections.

Featuring all-time classic work by some of comics’ most celebrated creators, including Jim Shooter, Joe Quesada, Barry Windsor-Smith, David Lapham, Bob Layton and more, this is the perfect opportunity to discover how the Valiant Universe created a new generation of comics fans and became the stuff of legend.

The best of the Valiant Universe, yesterday and tomorrow – coming this Free Comic Book Day to a retailer near you!

For more information, visit FreeComicBookDay.com.

VALIANT 2013: HARBINGER WARS FCBD SPECIAL
Written by JOSHUA DYSART, JUSTIN JORDAN, DUANE SWIERCZYSNKI, FRED VAN LENTE, ROBERT VENDITTI, and PATRICK ZIRCHER
Art by KHARI EVANS, TREVOR HAIRSINE, CLAYTON HENRY, CARY NORD, PATRICK ZIRCHER, and MORE
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
T+/32 pgs.

VALIANT MASTERS: 2013 FCBD SHOWCASE EDITION
Written by MARK MORETTI, JIM SHOOTER, BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH, and MORE
Art by DAVID LAPHAM, BOB LAYTON, JOE QUESADA, BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH, and MORE
Cover by BARRY WINDSOR SMITH
T+/32 pgs.


VALIANT Heads Back to Press on SHADOWMAN #1 and X-O MANOWAR #6!

Shadowman and Ninjak are returning to store shelves everywhere in the New Year! Valiant is proud to announce that Shadowman #1 and X-O Manowar #6 have sold out at the distributor level and will return with second printings featuring sketch variant covers by superstar creator Patrick Zircher (Hulk, Captain America) on January 9th!

Just as Shadowman #3 arrives in stores, jump into on the first adventure of Valiant’s newest hero as he inherits an uncanny legacy that just might mean his end in the Shadowman #1 Zircher Second Printing Sketch Variant! From creators Justin Jordan and Patrick Zircher, this is the perfect opportunity to join the series that IGN calls “another awesome notch in the belt of Valiant.”

And, then, catch up on “Enter Ninjak” – the best-selling storyline that’s about to send X-O Manowar hurtling into “Planet Death” – with the X-O Manowar #6 Zircher Second Printing Sketch Variant. Continuing the debut of MI-6′s most lethal intelligence agent, Ninjak, in the Valiant Universe, do not miss a single installment of the story arc that Complex calls “wall-to-wall action on a blockbuster scale.”

Retailers, please note: Valiant will be offering Shadowman #1 and X-O Manowar #6 first printing incentives for these issues while supplies last.

SHADOWMAN #1 ZIRCHER SECOND PRINTING SKETCH VARIANT (OCT128368E)
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN & PATRICK ZIRCHER
Art & Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

SHADOWMAN #1 JOHNSON VARIANT (OCT128369E)
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN & PATRICK ZIRCHER
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

SHADOWMAN #1 SIENKIEWICZ VARIANT (OCT128370E)
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN & PATRICK ZIRCHER
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

X-O MANOWAR #6 ZIRCHER SECOND PRINTING SKETCH VARIANT (OCT128371E)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

X-O MANOWAR #6 ZIRCHER VARIANT(AUG121336)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.


HARBINGER WARS #1 – BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER Go Head-to-Head in VALIANT's First Family Crossover!

This April, the children are our future. HARBINGER WARS is coming!

Valiant is proud to announce HARBINGER WARS #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of a four-issue limited series that will set off the first-ever family crossover for the all-new Valiant Universe! Then, the Harbinger Wars saga continues with new jumping-on points in BLOODSHOT #10 and HARBINGER #11 – the beginning of brand new, standalone story arcs that will cover the collateral damage of the Valiant Universe’s first full-scale conflict.

For decades, Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation and the government’s own Project Rising Spirit have been waging a secret war over the rarest resource known to man – the unwieldy superhuman telekinetics known as harbingers. Over the years, they’ve each collected a small army of these empowered children to inflict their agendas on the world. But now the reformed harbinger hunter known as Bloodshot needs to atone for his crimes – and he’s going to start by releasing two dozen of the most volatile harbingers from their PRS prison and into the world.

Bloodshot wants to lead them. Toyo Harada wants to control them. And, Peter Stanchek, a teenage renegade with immense powers of his own, wants to give them free rein. But the runaway children of PRS have their own ideas for the future…and, as the body count rises, the Valiant Universe will realize that power this immense cannot be contained. It must be exercised. Who will survive the Harbinger Wars?

HARBINGER WARS #1 will mark a pivotal moment for the Valiant Universe as three of our heaviest hitters go guns-blazing into a conflict unlike any they’ve ever faced before,” said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. “Joshua and Duane have crafted a character-driven story that will make the Valiant Universe a very dangerous place for a hero in 2013.

“The Harbinger and Bloodshot ongoing series will push full steam ahead, documenting the massive repercussions of the very first clash between Bloodshot and the Harbinger renegades,” added Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “We’re designing each component to stand on its own, and we couldn’t be prouder of the three creative teams that will be making Harbinger Wars a crossover unlike anything else on the stands.”

Beginning in HARBINGER WARS #1 (of 4) by Joshua Dysart (Harbinger), Duane Swiercyznski (Bloodshot) and Clayton Henry (Archer & Armstrong), Harbinger Wars will encompass 12 issues of all-out action by some of comics’ premier talents:

HARBINGER WARS #1-4 by Joshua Dysart, Duane Swierczynski & Clayton Henry
BLOODSHOT #10-13 by Duane Swierczynski & Barry Kitson
HARBINGER #11-14 by Joshua Dysart & Khari Evans

This April, the entwined destinies of Bloodshot, Peter Stanchek and Toyo Harada will finally collide…and the most powerful forces in Valiant Universe will be drawn into a battle without sides, without rules and without mercy. Do not miss the first shot fired in HARBINGER WARS #1 (of 4) – coming this April from Valiant!

 

HARBINGER WARS #1 (of 4) – ON SALE IN APRIL!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART & DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA
Variant Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

BLOODSHOT #10 – ON SALE IN APRIL!
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by BARRY KITSON
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

HARBINGER #11 – ON SALE IN APRIL!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art & Cover by KHARI EVANS
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.


HARBINGER WARS #1 – BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER Go Head-to-Head in VALIANT’s First Family Crossover!

This April, the children are our future. HARBINGER WARS is coming!

Valiant is proud to announce HARBINGER WARS #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of a four-issue limited series that will set off the first-ever family crossover for the all-new Valiant Universe! Then, the Harbinger Wars saga continues with new jumping-on points in BLOODSHOT #10 and HARBINGER #11 – the beginning of brand new, standalone story arcs that will cover the collateral damage of the Valiant Universe’s first full-scale conflict.

For decades, Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation and the government’s own Project Rising Spirit have been waging a secret war over the rarest resource known to man – the unwieldy superhuman telekinetics known as harbingers. Over the years, they’ve each collected a small army of these empowered children to inflict their agendas on the world. But now the reformed harbinger hunter known as Bloodshot needs to atone for his crimes – and he’s going to start by releasing two dozen of the most volatile harbingers from their PRS prison and into the world.

Bloodshot wants to lead them. Toyo Harada wants to control them. And, Peter Stanchek, a teenage renegade with immense powers of his own, wants to give them free rein. But the runaway children of PRS have their own ideas for the future…and, as the body count rises, the Valiant Universe will realize that power this immense cannot be contained. It must be exercised. Who will survive the Harbinger Wars?

HARBINGER WARS #1 will mark a pivotal moment for the Valiant Universe as three of our heaviest hitters go guns-blazing into a conflict unlike any they’ve ever faced before,” said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. “Joshua and Duane have crafted a character-driven story that will make the Valiant Universe a very dangerous place for a hero in 2013.

“The Harbinger and Bloodshot ongoing series will push full steam ahead, documenting the massive repercussions of the very first clash between Bloodshot and the Harbinger renegades,” added Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “We’re designing each component to stand on its own, and we couldn’t be prouder of the three creative teams that will be making Harbinger Wars a crossover unlike anything else on the stands.”

Beginning in HARBINGER WARS #1 (of 4) by Joshua Dysart (Harbinger), Duane Swiercyznski (Bloodshot) and Clayton Henry (Archer & Armstrong), Harbinger Wars will encompass 12 issues of all-out action by some of comics’ premier talents:

HARBINGER WARS #1-4 by Joshua Dysart, Duane Swierczynski & Clayton Henry
BLOODSHOT #10-13 by Duane Swierczynski & Barry Kitson
HARBINGER #11-14 by Joshua Dysart & Khari Evans

This April, the entwined destinies of Bloodshot, Peter Stanchek and Toyo Harada will finally collide…and the most powerful forces in Valiant Universe will be drawn into a battle without sides, without rules and without mercy. Do not miss the first shot fired in HARBINGER WARS #1 (of 4) – coming this April from Valiant!

 

HARBINGER WARS #1 (of 4) – ON SALE IN APRIL!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART & DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA
Variant Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

BLOODSHOT #10 – ON SALE IN APRIL!
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by BARRY KITSON
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

HARBINGER #11 – ON SALE IN APRIL!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art & Cover by KHARI EVANS
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.


HARBINGER WARS. Coming in 2013.


Nord, Crain, Rivera, and Sears Invade PLANET DEATH in X-O MANOWAR #11

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of PLANET DEATH – Part 1 (of 4) in X-O Manowar #11 – the FIRST ISSUE of the most ambitious X-O Manowar storyline of all time! Written by New York Times best-selling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and illustrated by Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan), the invasion is finally here – and X-O Manowar is the invader!

Aric of Dacia, a 4th century Visigoth armed with the universe’s most powerful weapon, is all that stands between the Earth and all-out annihilation at the hands of the alien race that abducted him from his own time. Now, the day of Aric’s reckoning has finally come. As his Visigoth forefathers sacked Rome, Aric will take the battle directly to his oppressors on the Vine homeworld of Loam. He will decimate their armies, he will level their cities – and he will not stop until the whole of their empire is reduced to ash. This is PLANET DEATH!

“X-O Manowar is a soldier at heart, and he knows from his years on the battlefield that the best defense is a powerful offense,” said Executive Editor Warren Simons. “The only chance he has to protect the fate of humanity is to take the battle directly to the Vine’s doorstep and stop their alien empire from spreading further.”

The beginning of an all-new arc for the breakout series of 2012, X-O Manowar #11 features a painted standard cover by Clayton Crain (Carnage USA), a Pullbox Exclusive Variant by Cary Nord, an incentive variant by Paolo Rivera (Daredevil), and a top secret wraparound variant by legendary X-O Manowar artist Bart Sears! Featuring the return of superstar penciler Cary Nord to Valiant’s signature hero, PLANET DEATH will define X-O Manowar’s place in the Valiant Universe. Don’t miss the first chapter of a comics juggernaut when X-O Manowar descends on PLANET DEATH in X-O Manowar #11 – on sale March 20th!

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.

Planet Death – Part 1 (of 4):
X-O MANOWAR #11 – ON SALE MARCH 20th!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CARY NORD
Variant Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
Top Secret Wraparound Variant by BART SEARS
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

Planet Death – Part 2 (of 4):
X-O MANOWAR #12 – ON SALE IN APRIL!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.


CHAINSAW Pushes BLOODSHOT #6 to the Limit

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of Bloodshot #6 from the gut-punching, back-breaking creative team of Duane Swierczynski and Manuel Garcia! The all-new story arc, “The Rise & The Fall”, is just getting started and the stakes have never been higher!

Bloodshot has penetrated Project Rising Spirit’s secret headquarters and now there’s no turning back. Pursued from room to room by the proto-Bloodshot team of super-soldiers known as Chainsaw, Bloodshot is about to pay the price for his incursion – and face down his own brutal legacy in the Valiant Universe. He may have made it inside the most heavily fortified building on Earth…but Chainsaw are going to make sure he never makes it out.

Homecomings are hard, but Bloodshot’s has just turned downright deadly. Reload on the series that Complex calls “cutting-edge and action-packed” as Swierczynski and Garcia unleash a blistering tour de force of bullets and bravado in Bloodshot #6 – on sale December 12th!

BLOODSHOT #6 – ON SALE DECEMBER 12th!
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by MANUEL GARCIA
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI (OCT121237)
Variant Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE (OCT121238)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.


SHADOWMAN #2 Hits the Big Easy Hard

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of Shadowman #2 by rising star Justin Jordan (The Legend of Luther Strode) and comics superstar Patrick Zircher (Hulk, Captain America)! The return of Shadowman to the Valiant Universe continues on December 5th in the staggering second chapter of the new series that Fangoria calls “an eerie, demonic, face-smashing good time!”

Jack Boniface’s first night on the job may just be his last. As Shadowman, he has just inherited an untold amount of power – which would be great if he had any idea what he was doing. But he doesn’t and he’s out of time. Master Darque has dispatched the terrifying Mr. Twist to destroy Jack and the demonic creature is tearing through New Orleans in search of his prey. But if the Abettors – the mysterious organization that’s spent hundreds of years protecting the city – can reach Jack first, he just might have an outside shot at making it through the night.

Find out if the Valiant Universe’s newest midnight marauder will live to see tomorrow on December 5th, only in Shadowman #2!

SHADOWMAN #2 – ON SALE DECEMBER 5th!
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN & PATRICK ZIRCHER
Art & Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER (OCT121233)
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON (OCT121234)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.


VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT and RITTENHOUSE ARCHIVES Join Forces

Valiant Entertainment has teamed up with long-established collectibles company Rittenhouse Archives to create trading card series and collectors’ albums for the Valiant Universe, which includes beloved comic book characters X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Shadowman, Harbinger, Rai, H.A.R.D. Corps, Archer & Armstrong, Ninjak, and Armorines. The cards and albums are planned to launch in the US and Canada, at Comic Con San Diego, in 2013.

“All of us at Rittenhouse are extremely excited to add Valiant Comics to our distinguished list of evergreen properties,” said Rittenhouse President Steve Charendoff. “Valiant has rapidly returned to its rightful place among the top publishers of comics today, and, in a world that increasingly craves quality super-hero stories and characters in all forms of media, its future prospects couldn’t be brighter.”

Rittenhouse Archives, Ltd. is a leading producer of science fiction, fantasy and comic book trading cards. Rittenhouse currently produces trading cards for James Bond, Star Trek, Marvel Comics, Game of Thrones, True Blood, Spartacus, Falling Skies, Warehouse 13 and other top properties.

“We are proud to partner with Rittenhouse Archive as one of the leaders in this category,” said Valiant Entertainment CEO Jason Kothari. “The creative force applied to Valiant’s fan favorite comic books is being combined with Rittenhouse’s complementary talents to develop and implement state of the art cards and collectibles – together, we have already identified concepts not yet seen that will be truly exciting for Valiant fans and help bring in a host of new fans.”

Valiant previously released four hugely successful trading card series in the 1990’s including three with Upper Deck and one with Comic Images. The deal launches a three-year commitment between the companies.

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 and Shadowman. These new issues garnered rave reviews and are consistently the best-selling independent comic book titles in the industry.


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