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Valiant Previews: NINJAK #13 (“OPERATION DEADSIDE”) – On Sale March 9th!

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Written by MATT KINDT
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE with JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (JAN161758)
Cover B by MATT HALEY (JAN161759)
Cover C by CLAYTON HENRY (JAN161760)
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT (JAN161761)
Variant Cover by RYAN LEE (JAN161762)

SHADOWMAN VS. NINJAK! Who will live…and what will be left of them?

As Ninjak and Punk Mambo uncover the truth about the land of the dead, Shadowman makes his final move to finally wrest control of the uncanny parallel dimension called Deadside! The terrifying, intense, and heartbreaking return of a Valiant icon comes full circle as master storytellers Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite deliver OPERATION: DEADSIDE’s riveting finale!

Plus: another chapter of THE LOST FILES chronicling Jack Boniface’s missing days, featuring art by Juan Jose Ryp!

$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale MARCH 9

 

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Valiant and Arcade Brewery Announce ARCHER & ARMSTRONG AMERICAN PALE ALE – Debuting at C2E2 2016!

A&A_APA_003_VARIANT-COVERInspired by Valiant’s Award-Winning Heroes, Arcade’s Latest Comics-Inspired Collaboration Kicks Off with an Official Release Party During Chicago’s Leading Pop Culture Event

Valiant Entertainment and Chicago’s own Arcade Brewery are proud to announce a first-of-its-kind collaboration for Archer & Armstrong American Pale Ale – a refreshing craft APA set to debut this March during C2E2 2016! Just as Valiant’s award-winning adventurers prepare to mount a star-studded return with an all-new ongoing series in A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 this March, Valiant and Arcade are gearing up to unveil a delectable new libation inspired by comics’ premier pair of history-shattering heroes and their upcoming journey into the infinite reaches of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel!

One’s an immortal libertine with a lust for the finer things, the other is a teetotaling ex-assassin with a heart of gold…and now Arcade is perfectly embodying their dysfunctional partnership with a medium-bodied ale like no other! Hopped with Columbus, Chinook, Palisade, Cascade and Mandarina, Archer & Armstrong American Pale Ale builds on a light malt profile to create a complex and wonderful citrus/tangerine character. Clocking in at 7.0% alcohol by volume, Arcade’s first Valiant-inspired ale has all the fight of a long night out with Armstrong…but is slightly sweet enough to keep Archer in the game too!

Featuring a label emblazoned with the artwork of Valiant-exclusive superstar David Lafuente, Arcade’s brand-new APA creation will make its official debut on Saturday, March 19th at the C2E2 2016: Archer & Armstrong American Pale Ale Release Party – from 7 to 11 pm CT at Headquarters Beercade’s River North location (213 W. Institute Pl., Chicago, IL 60610)!

Co-sponsored by Valiant Entertainment, Arcade Brewery, Threadless, and non-profit Hope for the Day, the first 200 party-goers will receive a strictly limited A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 ARCADE BREWERY VARIANT by artist Jay Fabares and get the chance to have it signed on-site by writer Rafer Roberts! Each attendee will also be entered in a door-prize drawing for a bottomless satchel full of A&A treasures galore, including a complete set of Archer & Armstrong trade paperbacks, a one-of-a-kind sketch cover by A&A’s own Rafer Roberts, official Archer & Armstrong swag, and much more!

Portions of the proceeds from the night will be donated to Hope for the Day supporting their suicide prevention outreach and mental health education projects. RSVP online at Facebook or Eventbrite.

Following in the footsteps of Arcade’s past comics-inspired collaborations with some of the industry’s most popular and well-respected creators, including Jason Aaron, Darwyn Cooke, Tony Moore, Jimmy Palmiotti, and more, Archer & Armstrong American Pale Ale is a limited release and will be available in Chicago area bottle shops. See a map of locations at ArcadeBrewery.com/Beers or buy online at West Lakeview Liquors, The Beer Temple, and Binny’s Beverage Depot.

Then, jump into the adventures of Valiant’s (somewhat) dynamic duo with an all-out assault on the senses in A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s next flagship series from red-hot rising star Rafer Roberts and superstar artist David Lafuente! The debut story arc – “IN THE BAG” – starts here on March 16th as Archer descends into the infinite depths of his partner’s bottomless satchel to rescue Armstrong from an age-old enemy…and battles his way through an upside-down world of arcane architecture, lost treasures, and strange creatures bent on making our world their own!

MEET ARMSTRONG: Since the ancient city of Ur, this immortal adventurer has spent the last 7,000 years drinking and carousing his way through history alongside some of the greatest merrymakers the world has ever known.

MEET ARCHER: A sheltered teenage martial arts master and expert marksman who was raised for a single purpose – to kill the devil incarnate. Little did he know that this undying evil was actually Armstrong (he’s actually a pretty good guy…once you get to know him) and, since hitting the road together, these two have become great friends and even better partners.

NOW: Archer is about to set off on his most dangerous mission yet – a quest into the mystic reaches of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel to liberate his friend and comrade from the clutches of the mad god Bacchus! Imprisoned in Armstrong’s satchel for centuries, Bacchus now commands a legion of monsters, goblins and golems bent on escaping back into the world of man and enacting revenge on their captor… Can Archer single-handedly combat the godly embodiment of intoxication himself – and rescue his best buddy – without becoming lost amongst Armstrong’s endless repository of bizarre artifacts and historical oddities in the process?

Find out in A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 – on sale March 16th!

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About Valiant Entertainment:

Valiant Entertainment is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns the largest independent superhero universe in comics. With more than 81 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. Today, the company’s characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Valiant consistently produces some of the most critically acclaimed comics in the industry and has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including a Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. In 2015, Valiant announced a multi-picture deal to bring Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as feature films. Visit them online at ValiantUniverse.com.

About Arcade Brewery:

We love beer, art and community. With our Public Brew series, we ask our community to come up with the beer name, label artwork, and even suggest attributes of the final beer. We are also collaborating with amazing comic book artists and writers to bring label and packaging design to a whole new level of awesomeness. We are currently working with the talented Tony Moore (The Walking Dead), Eisner-nominated writer Jason Aaron (Scalped, Wolverine, PunisherMAX), and graphic artists SEIBEI and Matthew Skiff. We got all kinds of other fun stuff planned too, so stay tuned. Arcade Brewery…From Conception, To Consumption™

About Hope for the Day:

Hope For The Day (HFTD) focuses on suicide prevention and mental health education through self expression platforms to achieve outreach, education, and prevention. It’s ok not to be ok, have hope.

Hope For The Day’s vision is to bring communities together in order to shed light on the unfortunate topics of depression and suicide. We wish to share the deeply personal connection creativity can have in fostering an environment of positive change to the suffering. We view art and music as a highway to the heart; two things that have allowed humanity to express our emotions for milennia. We wish to reduce suicide rates while inspiring and empowering those who need help, to get help. Most importantly, we have the vision to use creative expression as a medium to educate communities while simultaneously striving to prevent suicide.

About Threadless:

You are Threadless. You make the ideas, you pick what we sell, you’re why we exist.

Everything we do gives you, and all the creative minds in the world, more opportunities to make great art. We started printing on t-shirts and then we realized tons of products make great canvases. We seek out these canvases, so you can continue to make and pick the best art. The weird art. The geeky art. The beautiful art. And every time you buy from us, you’re supporting great art too.

We love helping art unknowns become art totally-knowns, which is why every single one of our products carries an artist’s name. We support our artist community in every way possible, whether it be through our our annual creative awards, our commission-based award system, or simply by tweeting their name to the world. Lots of our artists have even gone on to start their own companies, and we believe that’s a success.

We’re based in Chicago and have been since we opened our doors in 2000, and we couldn’t love our hometown more.

 

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Valiant Entertainment Unveils the All-New ValiantStore.Com – Featuring Apparel, Collectibles, Home Décor, and Much More!

VALIANT_STORE_001_HOMEPAGEThe all-new ValiantStore.com is now open for business and bringing the biggest and best selection of can’t-miss merchandise that Valiant has ever had to offer!

Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce that it has updated and expanded the official Valiant online webstore at ValiantStore.com – bringing fans and collectors the greatest one-stop destination ever imagined for official Valiant apparel, accessories, high-end collectibles, furnishings, and more!

Partnering with a roster of the world’s leading licensees, the revitalized ValiantStore.com features high-quality products from industry leading companies including Trevco, Lamp-In-A-Box, Surreal Entertainment, Diamond Select Toys, Comic Images, Ata-Boy, and more. Featuring more than 8,000 items from the world’s leading independent superhero universe, ValiantStore.com brings iconic characters including X-O Manowar, Faith, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, and dozens more directly to your doorstep with:

  • T-Shirts
  • Tank Tops
  • Hoodies
  • Hats
  • Vinyl Figures
  • High-End Statues
  • Lithographs
  • Art Prints
  • Mobile Cases
  • Pillows
  • Duvets
  • Curtains
  • Ottomans
  • Mugs
  • Magnets
  • Infant Snap Suits
  • Buttons

Valiant’s wide-ranging web store features designs and artwork by many of the most popular creators in comics for a massive slate of custom products! And look for other merchandise and collectibles based upon Rai, Harbinger, Shadowman, Quantum and Woody, and other award-winning properties from Valiant Entertainment’s library of more than 2,000 superhero characters.

“As Valiant’s fan base continues to expand, this enormous offering of high-quality items is the best way to spotlight our ever-growing product line,” said Russell A. Brown, Valiant’s President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales. “Our new web store features the largest selection of Valiant merchandise to date, and we’re incredibly fortunate to have such a wide range of leading licensors who will create only the best merchandise with our characters. With thousands of products available, ValiantStore.com can take your love for the Valiant Universe to a whole new level.”

Plus: Valiant is celebrating the launch of its new flagship web store with a special discount! Spend $25.00 or more between now and March 31st, 2016, and instantly receive 25% off of your entire order!

Visit ValiantStore.com now and find the biggest and best selection of Valiant Universe products ever assembled! And look for more announcements on new merchandise and collectibles to debut at ValiantStore.com soon!

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblrInstagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

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Valiant Debuts Official 4001 A.D. Checklist Insert in March 2016 PREVIEWS – In Stores Now!

4001_PREVIEWS-INSERT_001The blockbuster crossover event of the summer is hitting shelves early with an advance sneak peek in Diamond Comics Distributors’ March 2016 PREVIEWS catalog – in stores now!

Before 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) arrives in stores on May 4th, get the jump on the blistering new comics event uniting Rai with the greatest heroes of the 41st century this month in the March 2016 PREVIEWS catalog – featuring an exclusive, 5.5″ x 7.5″ checklist, bound directly into Valiant Entertainment’s catalog listings! Detailing each monumental chapter of 2016’s most anticipated comics epic, from the standalone 4001 A.D. event to the return of Valiant’s acclaimed RAI ongoing series, and four all-new one-shots revealing the future incarnations of the Valiant Universe’s most iconic heroes, THE SUMMER OF 4010 A.D. starts now with this one-of-a-kind countdown to Valiant’s latest crossover spectacular – printed on laminate cardstock and only available in PREVIEWS catalog #330!

“Valiant is putting unprecedented resources behind the launch of 4001 A.D., beginning right here with the event’s very first PREVIEWS listings,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “From HARBINGER WARS to ARMOR HUNTERS to BOOK OF DEATH, the epic storytelling scale of our comics events has grown with each passing summer, and fans and retailers have enthusiastically responded in kind. Now, with 4001 A.D., we’re setting out to top ourselves yet again – from editorial to marketing to promotions, THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D. is going to be a definitive milestone in Valiant history.”

The must-read event of the summer begins on May 4th in 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of the long-awaited crossover colliding the futures forces of the Valiant Universe by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Clayton Crain! Then, THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D. explodes with the return of Rai’s award-winning ongoing series in RAI #13 by 4001 A.D. visionary Matt Kindt and acclaimed artist CAFU for the FIRST ISSUE of an ALL-NEW, FOUR-ISSUE JUMPING-ON POINT revealing the origin of New Japan and its very first protector!

Finally, THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D. escalates even further as an all-star cast of superstar talents come aboard to reveal what the 41st century holds for Valiant’s most iconic heroes in a new series of four indispensable one-shots! Featuring X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman, and the debut of an all-new, top-secret character with a crucial tie to the present and future of the Valiant Universe, THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D. erupts into full force here with four new chapters from Valiant’s most acclaimed creators:

4001 A.D.: X-O MANOWAR #1
Written by Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH); Art by Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS)
Coming in May

4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1
Written by Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN); Art by Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS)
Coming in June

4001 A.D.: SHADOWMAN #1
Written by Jody Houser (FAITH) & Rafer Roberts (A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG); Art by Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH)
Coming in July

4001 A.D.: [CLASSIFIED] #1
Written by [CLASSIFIED]; Art by [CLASSIFIED]
Coming in August

Each chapter of “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” is designed for maximum accessibility and can be read in concert with the core 4001 A.D. series or stand on its own for a new vision of the future of the Valiant Universe.

Valiant’s specially manufactured PREVIEWS insert is just the latest in a series of unprecedented promotions and publicity support soon to be revealed for the publisher’s most ambitious comics event to date. Just last week at the ComicsPRO 2016 conference, Valiant revealed plans for the official 4001 A.D. time capsule – a mysterious, retailer-exclusive offering built specifically for retailers to display in their stores or on their countertops throughout “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” The key to unlocking this one-of-a-kind mystery item will only be provided upon the arrival of 4001 A.D. #4 (of 4) – the final chapter of Valiant’s blockbuster event series – in late August 2016.

One hundred years from today, Father – the benevolent artificial intelligence that governs the island nation of Japan – will gain sentience. To defend its borders, Father will take drastic action by launching Japan into space…where its people can thrive in isolation, away from the overpopulated and resource-deprived planet below. Over the centuries, as New Japan orbits our increasingly unstable world, it will become a model society – one built on peace, prosperity…and Father’s control.

A thousand years from today, Father will create the first Rai, founding a lineage of technologically enhanced heroes engineered to defend New Japan and sworn to protect it from all enemies. For hundreds of years into the future, the Rai will single-handedly enforce New Japan’s justice well…and serve Father without question.

Now, at the dawn of 4001 A.D., the latest Rai is about to inherit the dark truth behind the origin of his kind…and discover the sinister secret at the heart of Father’s existence. For New Japan to live, Earth must die…and as Rai challenges his former master for the first time in more than a millennium, the lone guardian of New Japan will be cast out of his own Father’s kingdom…

Exiled from the only realm he’s ever known, Rai now walks the ravaged world of 4001 A.D. in search of forgotten heroes like himself…on a mission to collect the last surviving legends of a broken planet…and to forge a rebellion with the power to bring the most advanced civilization in history crashing back down to Earth.

Earth must rise. Father must fall. Rai! Eternal Warrior! X-O Manowar! Bloodshot! Shadowman! Geomancer! And more! The war for the ultimate fate of humanity begins in 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) by superstar creators Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain – and continues in May and beyond as THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D. rages on…and changes the future of the Valiant Universe for all time!

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4001 A.D. #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAR161791)
Cover B by TULA LOTAY (MAR161792)
Cover C by RYAN BODENHEIM (MAR161793)
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by CLAYTON HENRY (MAR161794)
Character Design Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAR161796)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (MAR161797)
Interlocking Artist Variant by RYAN SOOK (MAR161798)
Interlocking B&W Sketch Artist Variant by RYAN SOOK (MAR161799)
Blank Cover also available (MAR161795)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MAY 4 (FOC – 4/11/16)

4001 A.D.: X-O MANOWAR #1
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover A by CAFU (MAR161805)
Cover B by PHIL JIMENEZ (MAR161806)
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT (MAR161807)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (MAR161808)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale MAY 11 (FOC – 4/18/16)

RAI #13 (NEW ARC! “4001 A.D.”)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover A by DAVID MACK (MAR161800)
Cover B by CAFU (MAR161801)
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by CLAYTON HENRY (MAR161802)
Character Design Variant by CAFU (MAR161803)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (MAR161804)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MAY 18 (FOC – 4/25/16)

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Oversized Preview: BLOODSHOT REBORN ANNUAL 2016 #1 Drafts Lemire, Kano, Fawkes, Fiffe, Bennett, Maybury and More into a 64-Page Firefight in March!

BSRB_ANNUAL_2016_COVER-A_KANOThis spring…Valiant’s first-ever annual-sized extravaganza is bursting at the seams with 64 pages of all-out action from BLOODSHOT REBORN visionary Jeff Lemire and a star-studded cast of comics talents!

Valiant is proud to present an extended look inside BLOODSHOT REBORN ANNUAL 2016 #1 – a giant-sized thrill-ride beginning with an extra-long tale of mayhem by Jeff Lemire (Extraordinary X-Men, Descender) and acclaimed artist Kano (Gotham Central)! On March 23rd, dive deep into Bloodshot’s bullet-ridden history here as Valiant’s unrelenting commando goes head-to-head with America’s most notorious slasher…and then unloads a dossier’s worth of top-secret revelations past, present and future with Joe Bennett (52), Jay Fabares (X-O MANOWAR), Michel Fiffe (Copra), Ray Fawkes (Batman Eternal), Benjamin Marra (Terror Assaulter), and Paul Maybury (Sovereign)! Join one of the most acclaimed ongoing series in comics today right here with A PERFECT JUMPING-ON POINT for the series that Ain’t It Cool News calls “a perfect mix of action and emotion”!

First: terror doesn’t wait for Friday at Camp Silver Lake! A masked menace has stalked this camp for years, but what happens when one unstoppable killing machine comes up against another? Bloodshot is about to bring his bloody brand of justice to the quiet shores of Silver Lake to take on America’s most notorious slasher!

Then: Jeff Lemire, Joe Bennett, and Jay Fabares present a very special Bloodsquirt solo adventure, alongside a never-before-told chapter of Camp Silver Lake’s horrific past by Ray Fawkes, a new vision of “THE ANALOG MAN“‘s gasoline-soaked future by Paul Maybury, and a mind-bending salvo of blood, guts, and metal by Michel Fiffe & Benjamin Marra!

From his black-ops past to his heroic present and into the uncharted future, Bloodshot’s place at the center of the the Valiant Universe gets blown sky high right here in a dynamite-laden series of stories too explosive for a single issue! Bloodshot’s 64-page spring spectacular starts with a scream right here on March 23rd, only in BLOODSHOT ANNUAL 2016 #1 – featuring covers by Kano, Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), Robert Wilson IV (Bitch Planet), and Keron Grant (Fantastic Four)!

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblrInstagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

BLOODSHOT REBORN ANNUAL 2016 #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE with RAY FAWKES, MICHEL FIFFE & BENJAMIN MARRA, and PAUL MAYBURY
Art by KANO with JOE BENNETT, JAY FABARES, RAY FAWKES, BENJAMIN MARRA, and PAUL MAYBURY
Cover A by KANO (JAN161750)
Cover B by RYAN BODENHEIM (JAN161751)
Variant Cover by ROBERT WILSON IV (JAN161752
Variant Cover by KERON GRANT (JAN161753)
$5.99 | 64 pgs. | T+| On sale MARCH 23rd (FOC 2/29/16)

 

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First Look: Matt Kindt & Diego Bernard Lead “THE SIEGE OF KING’S CASTLE” for NINJAK #14 – A Ruthless New Jumping-On Point Beginning in April!

NINJAK_014_COVER-A_DJURDJEVICThis spring…MI-6′s most dangerous master assassin is outgunned and on the run…as the lethal Roku re-emerges to destroy Colin King’s life from the inside out!

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside NINJAK #14 – the FIRST ISSUE of “THE SIEGE OF KING’S CASTLE” from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (4001 A.D.) and explosive artist Diego Bernard (X-O MANOWAR)! On April 16th, the adventures of Valiant’s elite super-spy leap into action here with an ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT pitting Ninjak against a gauntlet of cruelty and deception orchestrated by the one and only Roku – the cunning criminal mastermind with a mysterious tie to his own classified training and origin! As the secrets of their shared past threaten to come roaring back into the light of day, Roku will lead a merciless campaign to destroy every aspect of her sworn enemy’s existence, beginning with the man behind the mask – international financier Colin King! Stripped of the wealth, technology, and resources that he once relied upon, will anything – or anyone – Ninjak ever cared for survive Roku’s soul-shattering onslaught of revenge and retribution?

Colin King, the feared MI-6 intelligence operative codenamed Ninjak, has confronted his past. He’s survived the gauntlet of the Shadow Seven. He’s walked into the Deadside and returned a changed man. Now his greatest trial yet will come to pass as the ruthless assassin called Roku returns to lay siege to Ninjak’s present and future by destroying his identity, his fortune, and his family – and only the death of Colin King will stop her.

In the aftermath of “OPERATION: DEADSIDE”, the next great Valiant epic of 2016 starts here as Matt Kindt and Diego Bernard unleash a game-changing gauntlet of deadly surprises for “THE SIEGE OF KING’S CASTLE” – beginning in NINJAK #14! Featuring covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (Thor), Mike Choi (X-Force), Jeffrey Veregge (Red Wolf), Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS), Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark), and Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT), the darkest days of Colin King’s short and bloodied life are about to begin when “THE SIEGE OF KING’S CASTLE” takes hold…only in NINJAK #14!

Plus: Before Ninjak’s world is torn apart brick by brick, follow his latest international assignment in “THE KILL LIST” – a cloak-and-dagger action epic continuing on March 23rd in X-O MANOWAR #45! Dispatched by MI-6 to dismantle a Vine terror cell before its next devastating attack, Ninjak is re-teaming with Earth’s alien-armored guardian – the unstoppable X-O Manowar – to locate their next target…and terminate with extreme prejudice! New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) and rising star Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH) pit Ninjak and X-O Manowar against the insidious agents of the alien conspiracy that first brought them together for the next can’t-miss chapter of “THE KILL LIST” in X-O MANOWAR #45!

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NINJAK #14 (ALL-NEW ARC! “THE SIEGE OF KING’S CASTLE” – PART 1)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (FEB161890)
Cover B by MIKE CHOI (FEB161891)
Cover C JEFFREY VEREGGE (FEB161892)
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by CLAYTON HENRY (FEB161893)
Variant Cover by ANDRES GUINALDO (FEB161894)
Variant Cover by MATT KINDT (FEB161895)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale APRIL 6 (FOC – 3/14/16)

X-O MANOWAR #45 (“THE KILL LIST” – PART 3)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by ROBERT GILL
Cover A by PHIL JIMENEZ (JAN161763)
Cover B by STEPHEN MOONEY (JAN161764)
Variant Cover by JEFF DEKAL (JAN161765)
$3.99 | 32 pgs.| T+ | On sale MARCH 23 (FOC 2/29/14)

 

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Retailer Advisory: Valiant’s Sold-Out FAITH #1 Soars Even Higher into an Unprecedented Fourth Printing!

FAITH_001_COVER_FOURTH PRINTINGValiant’s FAITH #1 is the first certified hit of 2016! As word of mouth continues to spread – from The Huffington Post to The Today Show – the high-flying hero at the forefront of the Valiant Universe is zooming into yet another sold-out printing!

Valiant is proud to announce that FAITH #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of the best-selling, new limited series by rising star Jody Houser (Orphan Black) and acclaimed artist Francis Portela (Green Lantern) and Marguerite Savauge (DC Comics Bombshells) – has once again sold out at the distributor level and will return to store shelves on March 30th with the FAITH #1 (of 4) FOURTH PRINTING!

After more than two decades as the heart and soul of Valiant’s acclaimed HARBINGER team, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert’s spotlight-stealing solo debut has enraptured a new generation of fans, critics, retailers, and international media outlets – and now is the perfect time to jump on board!

Now, one of the fastest-selling, female-fronted solo series in the history of comics is leveling up with an unprecedented fourth printing for the breakout sensation of the New Year. Find out why fans everywhere are saying FAITH #1 soars above the rest:

“✮✮✮✮✮… [A] truly stunning book… This is a superhero done right, folks, and that’s something we can all appreciate.” – Nerdist

“✮✮✮✮✮… A perfect first issue… FAITH shines as a true jumping-on point…” – Comic Bastards

“✮✮✮✮✮… You will have faith in FAITH. The first page is enough to get you hooked.” – First Comics News

“✮✮✮✮½… FAITH is yet another utterly brilliant character from a company that seems to thrive on brilliant characters, and this is an upbeat, positive and – above all – a truly fun book that deserves to be seen by as many eyes as possible.” – Big Comic Page

“✮✮✮✮½… Absolutely refreshing… We need more stories like this in comics.” – Comicosity

“✮✮✮✮… [A] blast of fresh, companion field-fueled air… Welcome to the big leagues, Faith. You’ve made it.” – IGN

“✮✮✮✮… There has never been a character in comic books like Faith Herbert… A propulsive, character-centric story that gives us enough to leave us wanting to hang out with Faith and her diverse co-stars more.” – Newsarama

“✮✮✮✮… [FAITH] makes her character even more likeable, if such a thing were even possible.” – Comic Book Resources

“✮✮✮✮… Often hilarious and always mindful, [FAITH] is a Valiant slam-dunk…” – Doomrocket

Orphaned at a young age, Faith Herbert – a psionically gifted “psiot” discovered by the Harbinger Foundation – has always aspired to greatness. But now this once-ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws her into harm’s way! Well, at least she thought it would… When she’s not typing up listicles about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr!

But flying solo is going to be tougher than she ever thought when Zephyr uncovers a deep-rooted alien conspiracy. Two-bit burglars and car thieves are one thing, but when the world needs a hero to stave off a full-blown extraterrestrial invasion, will Faith find herself in over her head…or ready for her biggest challenge yet?

On March 30th, the worldwide celebration of comics’ next great icon gets even bigger when the FAITH #1 (of 4) FOURTH PRINTING hits comics shops everywhere – on shelves with FAITH #3 (of 4)!

Plus: Don’t miss the next pulse-pounding chapter of Faith’s first adventure this week in FAITH #2 (of 4) – on sale February 24th! Contact your local comics retailer to reserve your copy today!

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblrInstagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

FAITH #1 (of 4) FOURTH PRINTING
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA and MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (JAN168393)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MARCH 30 (FOC – 3/7/16)

FAITH #2 (of 4)
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA and MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (DEC151654)
COVER B by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (DEC151655)
Cover C by FRANCIS PORTELA (DEC151656)
Variant Cover by COLLEEN COOVER (DEC151657)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale FEBRUARY 24 (FOC – 2/1/16)

FAITH #3 (of 4)
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA and MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (JAN161754)
Cover B by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO (JAN161755)
Cover C by CLAYTON HENRY (JAN161756)
Variant Cover by COLLEEN COOVER (JAN161757)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+| On sale MARCH 30 (FOC– 3/7/16)

 

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ComicsPRO 2016: Valiant Unleashes “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” with All-New Artwork and Mystery Time Capsule – Coming Soon to a Store Near You!

4001_001_PROMO_TIME-CAPSULE“THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” is coming…and, soon, the countdown to the most ambitious comics event of 2016 is starting in a store near you!

As revealed today at the 10th Annual ComicsPRO Membership Meeting in Portland, OR, Valiant has just debuted a wealth of new details and unseen artwork for “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” – Valiant’s much-anticipated event initiative beginning on May 4th in 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Clayton Crain!

In addition to the first lettered look inside the first issue of Kindt & Crain’s staggering 41st century event series, Valiant has also unveiled first word on the official 4001 A.D. TIME CAPSULE – a mysterious, retailer-exclusive offering encapsulating a treasure trove of exclusive surprises and captivating artifacts from the future of the Valiant Universe! Arriving in advance of 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4)‘s May 4th on-sale date in comic shops throughout the United States and Canada, the 4001 A.D. TIME CAPSULE is built specifically for retailers to display in their stores or on their countertops throughout “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” The key to unlocking this one-of-a-kind mystery item will only be provided upon the arrival of 4001 A.D. #4 (of 4) – the final chapter of Valiant’s blockbuster event series – in late August 2016.

“With 4001 A.D., Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain have a created a massive new frontier for the Valiant Universe – one that is brimming with massive developments for our most well-known heroes, all-new characters to accompany them, and ideas so big that they couldn’t be limited to just one series or even the comic page alone,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “In fact, we’re so excited to reveal what the future holds for 4001 A.D. that we wanted to bring that same level of anticipation to fans all over the country with the 4001 A.D. time capsule. All summer long, we’ll be releasing teases about the incredible secrets that these unique items contain. Let the speculation begin!”

In tandem with Valiant’s ComicsPRO 2016 presentation, Valiant has also debuted a selection of new artwork and designs from “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” initiative, including full-size looks at a selection of 4001 A.D.’s most important releases, including 4001 A.D.: X-O MANOWAR #1, 4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1, 4001 A.D.: SHADOWMAN #1, and 4001 A.D.: [CLASSIFIED] #1.

Encompassing the core 4001 A.D. event, the return of Valiant’s acclaimed RAI ongoing series, and four all-new one-shots revealing the future incarnations of the Valiant Universe’s most iconic heroes, “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” is the biggest and most visionary Valiant event to date – and a perfect introduction to the largest independent superhero universe in comics today. Each chapter of “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” is designed for maximum accessibility and can be read in concert with the core 4001 A.D. series or stand on its own for a new vision of the future of the Valiant Universe.

The fight for the future begins on May 4th in 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of the all-new, standalone event series following Rai and the 41st century’s most formidable heroes into the fight against New Japan from New York times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY II) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (RAI)!

Then, “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” explodes out of the pages of 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) with the return of Rai’s award-winning ongoing series in RAI #13 – the FIRST ISSUE of an ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT revealing the origin of New Japan and its very first guardian! Discover the secrets behind 4001 A.D. here as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and acclaimed artist CAFU (UNITY) unearth the answers that have eluded mankind for nearly two millennia. How did New Japan come to orbit Earth? Who created Father? And what happened to the nine previous Rai that once swore allegiance to his empire?

Plus: “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” escalates even further as an all-star cast of superstar talents come aboard to reveal what the 41st century holds for Valiant’s most iconic heroes in a new series of four indispensable one-shots! Featuring X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman, and the debut of an all-new, top-secret character with a crucial tie to the present and future of the Valiant Universe, “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” erupts into full force here with four new chapters from Valiant’s most acclaimed creators:

4001 A.D.: X-O MANOWAR #1
Written by Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH); Art by Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS)
Coming in May

4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1
Written by Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN); Art by Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS)
Coming in June

4001 A.D.: SHADOWMAN #1
Written by Jody Houser (FAITH) & Rafer Roberts (A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG); Art by Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH)
Coming in July

4001 A.D.: [CLASSIFIED] #1
Written by [CLASSIFIED]; Art by [CLASSIFIED]
Coming in August

One hundred years from today, Father – the benevolent artificial intelligence that governs the island nation of Japan – will gain sentience. To defend its borders, Father will take drastic action by launching Japan into space…where its people can thrive in isolation, away from the overpopulated and resource-deprived planet below. Over the centuries, as New Japan orbits our increasingly unstable world, it will become a model society – one built on peace, prosperity…and Father’s control.

A thousand years from today, Father will create the first Rai, founding a lineage of technologically enhanced heroes engineered to defend New Japan and sworn to protect it from all enemies. For hundreds of years into the future, the Rai will single-handedly enforce New Japan’s justice well…and serve Father without question.

Now, at the dawn of 4001 A.D., the latest Rai is about to inherit the dark truth behind the origin of his kind…and discover the sinister secret at the heart of Father’s existence. For New Japan to live, Earth must die…and as Rai challenges his former master for the first time in more than a millennium, the lone guardian of New Japan will be cast out of his own Father’s kingdom…

Exiled from the only realm he’s ever known, Rai now walks the ravaged world of 4001 A.D. in search of forgotten heroes like himself…on a mission to collect the last surviving legends of a broken planet…and to forge a rebellion with the power to bring the most advanced civilization in history crashing back down to Earth.

Earth must rise. Father must fall. Rai! Eternal Warrior! X-O Manowar! Bloodshot! Shadowman! Geomancer! And more! The war for the ultimate fate of humanity begins in 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) by superstar creators Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain – and continues in May and beyond as “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” rages on…and changes the future of the Valiant Universe for all time!

For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

4001 A.D. #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAR161791)
Cover B by TULA LOTAY (MAR161792)
Cover C by RYAN BODENHEIM (MAR161793)
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by CLAYTON HENRY (MAR161794)
Character Design Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAR161796)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (MAR161797)
Interlocking Artist Variant by RYAN SOOK (MAR161798)
Interlocking B&W Sketch Artist Variant by RYAN SOOK (MAR161799)
Blank Cover also available (MAR161795)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MAY 4 (FOC – 4/11/16)

4001 A.D.: X-O MANOWAR #1
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover A by CAFU (MAR161805)
Cover B by PHIL JIMENEZ (MAR161806)
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT (MAR161807)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (MAR161808)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale MAY 11 (FOC – 4/18/16)

RAI #13 (NEW ARC! “4001 A.D.”)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover A by DAVID MACK (MAR161800)
Cover B by CAFU (MAR161801)
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by CLAYTON HENRY (MAR161802)
Character Design Variant by CAFU (MAR161803)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (MAR161804)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MAY 18 (FOC – 4/25/16)

 

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ComicsPRO 2016: Valiant Reveals the First Look Inside DIVINITY II #1 – The Sold-Out Sci-Fi Epic Returns in April!

DIVINITY2_001_COVER-A_DJURDJEVICEarth is about to meet a new god…and she’s a Communist. This spring…the nations of Earth will prepare to bend before DIVINITY as Valiant’s sold-out sci-fi sensation returns with an all-new prestige format limited series!

In advance of the 10th Annual ComicsPRO Membership Meeting in Portland, OR, Valiant is proud to present your first look inside DIVINITY II #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of the long-awaited limited series reuniting acclaimed creators Matt Kindt (NINJAK), Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY), Ryan Winn (X-O MANOWAR), and David Baron (BLOODSHOT REBORN) for a gripping new installment of the blockbuster superhero saga that turned the world upside-down! On April 20th, don’t miss a moment as the god-like entity that the A.V. Club calls the “Best New Superhero of 2015″ returns to confront a ghost torn from his own past…one that now threatens the very fabric of existence itself!

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent three cosmonauts farther into space than anyone has gone before or since. Handpicked orphans with no connections to Earth, trained as devout Communists, and restricted from having families, they became lost in the stars and encountered something unknown… Something that changed them.

Long thought lost and erased from the history books, Abram Adams was the first to return, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. But, even with seemingly limitless power at his fingertips, he is concerned only with the secret love he hid away from his superiors and the unborn child he never had a chance to meet.

Now, Myshka, the female co-pilot of the group, has also returned to Earth…but, unlike Abram she had no secret family. Unlike Abram, she still believes in the Communist ideal. And, unlike Abram, she intends to play a very real role in the return of Soviet glory.

“[DIVINITY II’s] focus will shift slightly to the two members of DIVINITY’s crew that were left in space at the end of the first arc. Especially the woman that went with him – and her struggle to survive and return to Earth. She is not happy about what happened,” series writer Matt Kindt told Vulture. “We’ll see things from her perspective that will really inform our opinion of DIVINITY and what he did in the first series.”

After universal critical acclaim and 11 sold-out printings, the cosmos-spanning epic that birthed a new Valiant icon takes its next staggering leap into the unknown on April 20th in DIVINITY II #1 (of 4)! Featuring covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (Thor), Tom Muller (Wolf), Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis), Phil Jimenez (Infinite Crisis), and Adam Gorham (DEAD DROP), DIVINITY II #1 (of 4) will be presented in the deluxe Valiant Prestige format with no ads, matte-laminate cardstock covers, custom-designed endsheets.

Attention retailers attending this week’s 10th Annual ComicsPRO Membership Meeting: Ask a Valiant representative about how to obtain retailer-exclusive offerings, including DIVINITY II ballpoint pens!

For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

DIVINITY II #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (FEB161875)
Cover B by TOM MULLER (FEB161876)
Variant Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE (FEB161878)
Variant Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ (FEB161879)
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM (FEB161880)
B&W Sketch Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE (FEB161881)
Blank Cover also available (FEB161877)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale APRIL 20 (FOC – 3/28/16)

 

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ComicsPRO 2016: Valiant Debuts A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 Animated Trailer and 10-Page Extended Preview!

In advance of the 10th Annual ComicsPRO Membership Meeting in Portland, OR, Valiant is proud to debut the official animated trailer and an extended look inside for A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES from red-hot writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm, Shutter) and Valiant-exclusive superstar David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man)! On March 16th, get smashed or be smashed when Valiant’s award-winning adventurers go “IN THE BAG” for an insane rescue mission pitting Archer into the mind-bending maze of lost treasures and historical oddities that awaits inside Armstrong’s magical satchel! (Oh yeah, and there are some ninja-nuns, a talking fish-man, and a Greek god with a thirst for revenge too… It’s starting to get pretty rowdy in there!)

MEET ARMSTRONG: Since the ancient city of Ur, this immortal adventurer has spent the last 7,000 years drinking and carousing his way through history alongside some of the greatest merrymakers the world has ever known.

MEET ARCHER: A sheltered teenage martial arts master and expert marksman who was raised for a single purpose – to kill the devil incarnate. Little did he know that this undying evil was actually Armstrong (he’s actually a pretty good guy…once you get to know him) and, since hitting the road together, these two have become great friends and even better partners.

NOW: Archer is about to set off on his most dangerous mission yet – a quest into the mystic reaches of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel to liberate his friend and comrade from the clutches of the mad god Bacchus! Imprisoned in Armstrong’s satchel for centuries, Bacchus now commands a legion of monsters, goblins and golems bent on escaping back into the world of man and enacting revenge on their captor… Can Archer single-handedly combat the godly embodiment of intoxication himself – and rescue his best buddy – without becoming lost amongst Armstrong’s endless repository of bizarre artifacts and historical oddities in the process?

“Bacchus has…actually been trapped inside Armstrong’s satchel for thousands of years — a very, very long time, and he was put there by Armstrong, who was “joking around” and forgot that he had done it. [Laughs] There is a long backstory, but it’s basically an old friendship gone bad, and now Bacchus has great desire to get revenge,” writer Rafer Roberts told Comic Book Resources. “It’s really all about the mistakes that you made back in the day when you drank too much booze. Just because you don’t remember doing it doesn’t mean that you didn’t do something bad.”

All this…plus the return of Mary-Maria and the Sisters of Perpetual Darkness! The landmark first appearance of Davey the Mackerel! Fleabag motels! A taste of the world’s greatest whiskey! And surprises galore! Take two aspirin and call us in the morning because, on March 16th, Valiant’s history-smashing heroes are going “IN THE BAG” for A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 – featuring covers by David Lafuente (Patsy Walker: Hellcat), Kano (Swamp Thing), Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY), Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS), Rafer Roberts (Carpool Buddies of Doom), and Phil Jimenez (Infinite Crisis)!

Attention retailers attending this week’s 10th Annual ComicsPRO Membership Meeting: Ask a Valiant representative about how to obtain A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG retailer-exclusive offerings, including bottle openers, coasters, note pads, sales bags, and a ComicsPRO-exclusive edition of the complete first issue!

For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover A by DAVID LAFUENTE (JAN161737)
Cover B by KANO (JAN161738)
Cover C by TREVOR HAIRSINE (JAN161739)
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by CLAYTON HENRY (JAN161740)
Variant Cover by RAFER ROBERTS (JAN161742)
Variant Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ (JAN161743)
B&W Sketch Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE (JAN161744)
Blank Cover also available (JAN161741)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MARCH 16th (FOC 2/22/16)

A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #2
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover A by DAVID LAFUENTE (FEB161884)
Cover B by KANO (FEB161885)
Cover C by MONICA GALLAGHER (FEB161886)
Variant Cover by RAFER ROBERTS (FEB161887)
Variant Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ (FEB161888)
B&W Sketch Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE (FEB161889)

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