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Shadow Man, Valiant’s Celebrated Dark Hero of PC Gaming, Arrives on GOG.com with Exclusive Offerings

Prepare for a grisly tale of revenge and redemption!

GOG.com and Valiant Entertainment are proud to announce the re-release of Shadow Man, the best-selling action-adventure horror game based on the legendary Valiant comic book series. Originally released in 1999 to rave reviews, the original Shadow Man will be available September 17th on GOG.com for only $5.99 bundled with an exclusive, limited time offering for Shadowman comic books and t-shirts available for one week only!

The dark protector of the New Orleans night, Shadowman is one of the most enduring heroes in comics with more than 5.3 million comics sold since the character’s debut in 1992. As the sole protector of the boundary between our world and the nightmare realm known only as Deadside, the Shadowman mythology forms a cornerstone of the larger Valiant Universe and his adventures continue monthly in the ongoing Valiant Entertainment comic book series by comics icon Peter Milligan and visionary artist Roberto De La Torre. Prior to the game’s debut in 1999, the character was re-imagined as “Shadow Man” for the gaming audience.

To celebrate the return of Shadow Man on GOG.com, the DRM-free Digital Distributor is offering an exclusive deal to gamers: all shoppers who purchase the game within one week of its release will receive a free Shadowman #1 digital comic book from comiXology, and a $5.99 discount – the price of the game – on a Shadowman t-shirt!

For more information, visit GOG.com or ValiantUniverse.com.

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About GOG.com

GOG.com is the Internet’s leading DRM-free digital download store. With the best games from all of history on both PC and Mac, GOG.com has become much more than just a place to buy games, GOG.com features an extensive gaming community that millions of classic gaming fans come to visit every month. Visit www.gog.com and start your exploration of the best that gaming has to offer, or follow GOG.com on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/gogcom), Twitter ( www.twitter.com/gogcom), or YouTube ( www.youtube.com/gogcom) for news, alerts, and giveaways.

About Valiant Entertainment

Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 1,500 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman, Eternal Warrior, and many more. Established in 1989, Valiant has sold over 80 million comic books, and today its characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Since its summer 2012 relaunch, Valiant has returned to the fore as one of the most highly regarded publishers in comics, winning a 2012 Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. For more information, visit ValiantUniverse.com.


A New Nation Rises in X-O MANOWAR #17

XO_017_COVER_CONRADValiant is proud to present an advance preview of X-O Manowar #17 from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Green Lantern) and fan favorite artist Lee Garbett (Batman R.I.P.)! The road to UNITY continues here! With the might of a military occupation, X-O Manowar has forged a new nation state for the Visigoth people inside of modern day Romania. But his actions will not go unnoticed – or unpunished – by a world on red alert…

Since bonding with the sentient X-O Manowar armor, Aric of Dacia has rampaged unchecked, crushing every enemy in his path. But what happens when a one-man war machine must become the protector of an entire people? Aric’s skills as ruler are about to be put to the test, and the result will set off a chain reaction that will lead to one of the biggest confrontations in the history of the Valiant Universe – UNITY!

A king claims his kingdom as the Valiant Universe universe marches toward war, only in X-O Manowar #17 – in stores September 18th!

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

X-O MANOWAR #17
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by WILL CONRAD (JUL131321)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (JUL131322)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

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VALIANT Solicitations for DECEMBER 2013

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SHADOWMAN #13 (NEW ARC)
Written by PETER MILLGAN
Art & Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
Variant Cover by BEN TEMPLESMITH
Variant Cover by SHANE DAVIS

All-new creative team… All-new arc… All-new beginning! Comics icon Peter Milligan and visionary artist Roberto De La Torre drag Jack Boniface into his blackest depths yet!

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 throughout New Orleans…

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE DECEMBER 4th!

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UNITY #2
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Variant Cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN
Variant Cover by CARY NORD

Broken but not beaten…

Unity has to put down X-O Manowar and avert nuclear war. But Harada’s super-team lasted a grand total of five minutes last issue before they were taken out. Time for Unity 2.0…but how do you get a cast of malcontents, egotists, immortal warriors, and manipulative backstabbers to work together? The answer? You don’t tell them they’re working together.

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE DECEMBER 11th!

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X-O MANOWAR #20 (UNITY TIE-IN)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY
Variant Cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA

UNITY TIE-IN! Head-to-head with Toyo Harada and the forces of UNITY!

X-O Manowar finally has it all, and his people finally have a land they can call home…but threats from all sides now threaten to destroy Aric and the peace he has struggled to secure. While unrest stirs and Aric’s camp threatens to rebel against him, the most dangerous strike force ever assembled – UNITY – have joined forces with the Harbinger Foundation’s Toyo Harada to achieve but one goal: kill Aric of Dacia. Robert Venditti and Cary Nord ratchet up their standalone story arc at the heart of the year’s biggest comic book event!

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE DECEMBER 18th!

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QUANTUM AND WOODY #6
Written by JAMES ASMUS
Art by MING DOYLE
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
Variant Cover by KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY

Bravely laying their lives on the line!

…(Unwittingly to uphold the ideals of a multi-billion-dollar private security corporation)…Quantum and Woody have blundered into a suicide mission! And if they make it out alive, it only means a whole new world of trouble for our dyadic duo!

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE DECEMBER 4th!

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ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #16 (SECT CIVIL WAR)
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by KHARI EVANS
Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant Cover by MICHAEL WALSH

Showdown on the lowdown! The secret factions of Sect Civil War steamroll into their biggest battle yet!

The multiple Sects that secretly govern our world have stepped out of the shadows and right into each others’ faces! Now the newly reunited Archer and Armstrong (for now) must stand tall in this conspiracy free-for-all and find a way to not only survive, but save the world in the process (again)!

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE DECEMBER 11th!

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ETERNAL WARRIOR #4
Written by GREG PAK
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE & CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA
Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN
Valiant Signature Series Variant by MARK MORETTI

Fist and steel, blood and bone.

Gilad Anni-Padda is the Earth’s sworn champion…but he is not its only immortal defender. Across the globe, the rival Houses have gathered to declare war on the Earth and its Eternal Warrior and, finally, their vengeance will be wrought. Can Gilad withstand the swords gathered at his door? A battle thousands of years in the making will be fought today…and even the bravest warriors must fall sometime…

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE DECEMBER 18th!

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BLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS #17
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE & JOSHUA DYSART
Art by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
Cover by RILEY ROSSMO
Variant Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO

How does a rookie member of H.A.R.D. Corps take on Toyo Harada? With his life insurance paid up.

Bloodshot’s H.A.R.D. Corps team and the uber-powerful Toyo Harada go head-to-head with the future of the Harbinger Foundation at stake. Can this group of physically, mentally and emotionally damaged living weapons survive a battle with the most powerful man in the world? And if they do survive, just how does one walk out of a war zone unscathed?

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE DECEMBER 18th!

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HARBINGER #19
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by BARRY KITSON
Cover by KHARI EVANS
Variant Cover by ANDY FRIEDMAN

Perfect Day no more!

The grim truth behind the most shocking arc of Harbinger yet is finally revealed. Peter Stanchek prepares for the mental battle of his life, with the fate and freedom of his fellow Renegades hanging in the balance!

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE DECEMBER 11th!

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ARCHER & ARMSTRONG VOL. 3: FAR FARAWAY TPB
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by PERE PEREZ and CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by CLAYTON HENRY

Castaways in the Faraway!

Mary-Maria, Archer’s arch-nemesis/love interest/adopted sister, is back and dead-set on taking over the Sect by any means necessary. What better way to seize control of the most secret of secret societies than by unlocking their most secretive of secrets inside the secretest place on Earth? Now, as Mary-Maria sneaks her way inside Area 51 to claim a long-hidden prize, Archer & Armstrong are about to discover the forbidden history that binds America’s blackest black-ops base to the time-lost lands of the Faraway – and wind up fighting their way through each of its tightly guarded mysteries, one punch at a time.

Collecting ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #0 and ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #10-13 by New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (Amazing Spider-Man) and artists Clayton Henry (Incredible Hercules) and Pere Perez (Harbinger Wars), follow Valiant’s conspiracy-busting adventurers from the pages of their saga-smashing zero issue and into their most dangerous mission yet, right here in the next epic volume of the series that IGN calls “the most fun you’ll have in a ‘superhero’ comic”.

“It’s hard to believe that month after this book keeps getting better, but it does.” – Comic Vine
“Don’t miss one of the best books currently running!” – Mania.com

$14.99/T+/128 pages
TRADE PAPERBACK
ISBN: 978-1-939346-14-8
ON SALE DECEMBER 4th!

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X-O MANOWAR VOL. 4: HOMECOMING TPB
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

To this king…a kingdom.

With his nation state of Dacia fortified in eastern Romania, X-O Manowar has bent the world to his will. But he will not stand unopposed. With the assembled forces of the United Nations and NATO primed to assail the newly founded homeland of the Visigoth people, the man inside the indestructible Manowar armor is about find himself more vulnerable than ever – and with everything he holds dear on the threshold of a terrible turning point for the Valiant Universe…

Collecting X-O MANOWAR #15-18 and featuring X-O Manowar’s first explosive confrontation with the Eternal Warrior, start reading here as New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Green Lantern) and acclaimed artist Lee Garbett (Batman R.I.P.) launch a bold new era for the series that SuperHeroHype calls “a must read.”

“Big things are stirring in X-O Manowar.” – IGN
“X-O Manowar is a book you’d be crazy to not have on your pull list.” – Comic Vine

$14.99/T+/112 pages
TRADE PAPERBACK
ISBN: 978-1-939346-17-9
ON SALE DECEMBER 24th!


UNITY FIRST LOOK: CARY NORD Goes “Fully Rendered” for X-O MANOWAR #19!

XO_019_COVER_CRAINValiant is proud to present the first look at Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord‘s fully rendered interior art for X-O Manowar #19 – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new, standalone story arc at the heart of UNITY! Be here on November 20th as Nord reunites with New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Green Lantern) for a brand new entry point into the year’s can’t-miss comic book event!

Exploding out of the pages of UNITY #1, start reading here as X-O Manowar goes head-to-head against the united forces of Valiant’s first-ever super team! Aric of Dacia has fought to reclaim the ancestral lands of the Visigoths – and he has bled for it. But nothing he has faced before can prepare him for the combined might of UNITY – and the deadly combination of Toyo Harada, Ninjak, Eternal Warrior and Livewire!

To kill a king, they created an army – but X-O Manowar isn’t going down without a fight! Acclaimed creators Robert Venditti and Cary Nord launch the man behind the armor into his deadliest, most formidable challenge yet on November 20th, right here in X-O Manowar #19!

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)

X-O MANOWAR #19 (UNITY TIE-IN)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (SEP131356)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA (SEP131357)
Variant Cover by BART SEARS (SEP131358)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 11/20/13 (FOC – 10/28/13)

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“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.


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