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First Look: PETER MILLIGAN and ROBERTO DE LA TORRE Initiate SHADOWMAN #13!

SM_013_COVER_DELATORREValiant is proud to present your first look inside Shadowman #13 – the FIRST ISSUE of a shocking new direction for New Orleans’ nocturnal guardian from comics icon Peter Milligan (Hellblazer, Justice League Dark) and visionary artist Roberto De La Torre (Daredevil, Age of Apocalypse)!

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…

Featuring a standard cover by De La Torre, a Pullbox Exclusive Variant for comic shop subscribers by Miguel Sepulveda (Red Lanterns) and incentive variants by Ben Templesmith (Ten Grand), and Shane Davis (Superman: Earth One), start reading here when Peter Milligan and Roberto De La Torre drag Shadowman to his blackest depths yet with an all-new jumping-on point in Shadowman #13 – arriving in stores on 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 by Peter Milligan and rising star Diego Bernard (Eternal Warrior) – bagged exclusively with Bleeding Cool Magazine #7 and available in comic stores everywhere this November!

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

SHADOWMAN #13 (NEW ARC)
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art & Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (OCT131338)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA (OCT131339)
Variant Cover by BEN TEMPLESMITH (OCT131340)
Variant Cover by SHANE DAVIS (OCT131341)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 12/4/13 (FOC – 11/11/13)

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MUST READ VALIANT: GREATEST HITS #1! 100+ PAGES for Just $5.99! Coming in JANUARY!

MUST-READ_GREATEST-HITS_001_COVERThis January, find out why VALIANT is the MUST READ superhero publisher in comics today with more than 100 pages of Valiant Comics greatness for just $5.99 – and a deep wholesale discount for retailers!

Valiant is proud to announce the upcoming release of MUST READ VALIANT: GREATEST HITS #1 – a specially priced, 112-page collection of critically adored, can’t-miss moments from across the Valiant Universe! Collecting X-O Manowar #5, Quantum and Woody #1, Harbinger #1, Harbinger Wars #2, and Shadowman #0, MUST READ VALIANT: GREATEST HITS #1 is the perfect place to find out why Valiant has IGN declaring: “Nobody is making superhero books like this, which is exactly why you should be paying attention to Valiant Comics.”

“One of our major obstacles is that everything we’ve put out has been so well received. Potential new readers are hearing good things about all of our books, which makes it difficult to know where to start reading. At New York Comic-Con this past weekend, we heard the same question again and again: ‘I’ve heard great things, my friends love Valiant, but no one can agree where I should start. Can you help?’” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “MUST READ VALIANT: GREATEST HITS #1 is the perfect answer. This is a collection of the five single issues we’ve found to be most effective at giving new readers a clean entry point and a taste for more.”

Valiant’s ongoing monthly titles will also fall under the MUST READ VALIANT banner this winter with a new wave of self-contained stories and easy jumping-on points from some of the brightest talents in the industry today. Look for new MUST READ VALIANT milestones each month, beginning in November with Quantum and Woody #5 by James Asmus and Ming Doyle; then continuing on in December with Shadowman #13 by Peter Milligan and Roberto De La Torre; and in January with Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #18 by Christos Gage, Joshua Dysart and Bart Sears; Harbinger #20 by Joshua Dysart and Clayton Henry; and Eternal Warrior #5 by Greg Pak and Diego Bernard.

Retailers take note: see your order form for incentives on all MUST READ VALIANT titles, including a steep wholesale discount price on all copies of MUST READ VALIANT: GREATEST HITS #1 ordered.

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

MUST READ VALIANT: GREATEST HITS #1
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI, JAMES ASMUS, JOSHUA DYSART, DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI, and JUSTIN JORDAN
Art by LEE GARBETT, TOM FOWLER, KHARI EVANS, CLAYTON HENRY, PERE PEREZ, ROBERTO DE LA TORRE, MICO SUAYAN, and LEWIS LAROSA
$5.99/T+/112 pgs.
ON SALE JANUARY 15th!


Heroes Go Out the H.A.R.D. Way in BLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS #15

BSCORPS_015_COVER_LUPACCHINOValiant is proud to present an advance preview of Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #15 from the all-star creative team of co-writers Christos Gage & Joshua Dysart and artist Emanuela Lupacchino! Project Rising Spirit has just activated a new crop of expendable suicide commandos…and they’re first field mission is a one-way ticket into the crosshairs of Toyo Harada!

Trapped in an enemy stronghold, Bloodshot has been broken – dismantled piece-by-piece, nanite-by-nanite by the Harbinger Foundation’s most disturbed minds. But when Bloodshot’s signal goes dark, who can the black ops military contractor known as Rising Spirit bring in to recover its most expensive soldier? Time to call in…H.A.R.D. Corps!

Post-corporate warfare gets a whole lot deadlier when Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #15 flies out the fire and into the Harbinger Foundation on October 16th! And don’t miss the Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #15 Valiant 8-Bit Level Two Variant by artist Matthew Waite, in stores the same day.

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

BLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS #15
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE & JOSHUA DYSART
Art & Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO (AUG131492)
Valiant 8-Bit Level Two Variant by MATTHEW WAITE (AUG131493)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE OCTOBER 16th!

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NYCC: PRIEST & M.D. BRIGHT Reunite for New QUANTUM AND WOODY Mini-Series – Coming in 2014 from VALIANT

Q2_001_PROMO_BRIGHTValiant is proud to announce that Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright, the acclaimed creators of Quantum and Woody, will reunite for Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody – an all-new, five-issue mini-series bringing the original world’s worst superhero team into the 21st century!

Set wholly in the original continuity of Priest and Bright’s groundbreaking Acclaim Comics series, the new mini – which represents the return of both creators to monthly comics – will pick up in the modern day, launching an older Quantum and Woody into an all-new adventure set 20 years after the events of their original series.

“Soon as Doc and I started hashing out the plotline, we got into a huge argument. It was just like old times. Happy to be back on the goat,” said Priest.

“It’s enormously exciting to have Priest and Doc return to the iconic characters they made famous,” said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. “Over the years, the legend of the original series has only grown, and they’re about to unleash a fearless new chapter in the lives of Quantum and Woody.”

Whatever happened to the world’s worst superhero team? Twenty years past their prime, the unlikely crime-fighting duo known as Quantum and Woody have long since parted ways and retired…until a middle-aged Quantum suddenly reappears with a brand-new teenage partner—and his wisecracking ex-best friend gets mad. Now Woody is out to break up the all-new, all-different Quantum and Woody and put an end to Quantum’s recklessness and child endangerment…just as Quantum sets out to bring down a shadowy, globe-spanning agency of freelance spies and assassins. As Quantum’s plan crumbles right through Woody’s fingers, will the former friends set aside their differences…and their age…and their numerous health difficulties…to join forces one last time without driving each other crazy?

A veteran writer and editor with more than 35 years experience in the comic book industry, Christopher J. Priest has written nearly every major character in comics, with notable runs on series including Action Comics, Amazing Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain America, Conan the Barbarian, Deadpool, and many more.

M.D. Bright began his career in comics in 1978 and has worked consistently on some of the industry’s most popular and enduring titles ever since. One of the all-time definitive artists of Green Lantern, Iron Man, and G.I. Joe, Bright has also contributed to Batman, Captain America, Thor, Wonder Woman and countless others.

For more information on Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody and more, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, and at ValiantUniverse.com.

Q2: THE RETURN OF QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 (of 5)
Written by PRIEST
Art & Covers by M.D. BRIGHT
COMING IN 2014!

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NYCC: MUST READ VALIANT! GREG PAK Jumps to 4001 A.D. in ETERNAL WARRIOR #5!

EW_005_COVER_CRAINThis January, see the Valiant Universe of 4001 A.D. for the very first time!

Valiant is proud to announce that New York Times best-selling writer Greg Pak (Batman/Superman) and rising star Diego Bernard (Shadowman, Witchblade) will be jump-starting the legendary future timeline of the Valiant Universe in Eternal Warrior #5! This January, discover an all-new vision of the year 4001 as the Eternal Warrior soldiers into “Eternal Emperor” – a brand new story arc revealing a transformed Gilad Anni-Padda fighting the forces of final extinction to protect a tattered remnant of humanity on a ravaged continent.

“This is a radically different future with huge emotional ramifications for our characters,” Pak revealed today in exclusive interview at IGN. “We’re going whole hog here – taking advantage of this crazy premise to explore a massive, mind-bending story we could never do in the present.”

“The future timeline was always an essential element of the original Valiant Universe,” added Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. “We’re continuing in that grand tradition with ‘Eternal Emperor,’ an action-packed milestone that shows the Eternal Warrior in a new light, one that’s vivid and heartbreaking, and taps into the best that the character has to offer.”

EW_005_PULLBOX_BERNARDTwo thousand years from today, the planet has been transformed by science, technology…and war. The centuries have not been kind to the Earth’s own undying warrior – but a battle that could change everything is just beginning right here in the 21st century. Find out where the roots of humanity’s last stand will begin when Greg Pak and Diego Bernard build a bridge to the year 4001…and unearth a brand new era for the heroes of the Valiant Universe.

To find out more about 4001 and beyond, join Greg Pak and an all-star panel of Valiant insiders at New York Comic-Con for the Valiant Comics: Must Read Valiant panel presentation on Saturday, October 12th at 4 pm.

A wave of new arcs and easy jumping-on points for Valiant’s acclaimed ongoing series, previously announced MUST READ VALIANT milestones include Quantum and Woody #5 by James Asmus and Ming Doyle; Shadowman #13 by the all-new creative team of Peter Milligan and Roberto De La Torre; and Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #18 by Christos Gage, Joshua Dysart and Bart Sears; and Harbinger #20 by Joshua Dysart and Clayton Henry. This winter, find out why VALIANT is the MUST READ publisher in comics today, right here with MUST READ VALIANT!

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

ETERNAL WARRIOR #5 (NEW ARC – ETERNAL EMPEROR)
Written by GREG PAK
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by DIEGO BERNARD
Variant Cover by DAVE BULLOCK
Variant Cover by DAVID MACK
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE IN JANUARY!

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NYCC: VALIANT Benefits USA LUGE with UNITY #1 TEAM USA LUGE VARIANT!

UNITY_001_VARIANT_LUGEValiant is proud to unveil the UNITY #1 Team USA Luge Variant – a special, benefit-edition variant cover for 2013′s most anticipated comic book event, featuring many of the USA Luge team athletes who will represent the United States in competition next February in Sochi, Russia. A portion of the proceeds from each UNITY #1 Team USA Luge Variant sold will be donated directly to the USA Luge team and contribute to their ongoing fundraising goals.

As an official sponsor of USA Luge, Valiant designed the look of the USA Luge uniforms, with luge athletes appearing in-competition at events across the world in racing suits patterned after Valiant’s flagship hero, X-O Manowar. Now, for the first time anywhere, this cutting-edge luge suit design – originally envisioned by artists Patrick Zircher and Khari Evans – will make its comic book debut in an all-new UNITY #1 cover image with artwork by rising star Diego Bernard. Featuring X-O Manowar surrounded by the real-life luge athletes he helped to inspire, the UNITY #1 Team USA Luge Variant will be the first time Valiant has produced a specially commissioned variant cover for fundraising purposes.

“With X-O Manowar taking center stage next month in UNITY #1 and the beginning of the 2014 Games just months away, the timing couldn’t be better to celebrate the unprecedented partnership between Valiant and USA Luge,” said Russell A. Brown, Valiant’s President of Licensing, Consumer Products, and Ad Sales. “It has been an enormous pleasure working the team and their incredibly gifted athletes, and now we hope to assist them even further with this one-of-a-kind, special edition cover for our biggest release of the year.”

“Valiant has truly captured the passion and vitality of our athletes with this cover,” said Gordy Sheer, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship for USA Luge. “Look for the team to bring every ounce of the energy presented here to Sochi when the Games begin this coming February.”

Written by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Justice League of America, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (Journey into Mystery), UNITY #1 is the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new ongoing series launching Valiant’s first ever super-team into battle against X-O Manowar!

As announced previously, UNITY #1 will be 100% returnable for qualifying retailers and will feature five limited Pullbox Exclusive Variants (available to fans who pre-order with their local retailer) from a “murderers’s row” of comics all-stars – Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates, Age of Ultron), J.G. Jones (Final Crisis, Wanted), Travel Foreman (Animal Man), Paolo Rivera (Daredevil) and Clayton Crain (Ghost Rider, Carnage).

Artist Doug Braithwaite and colorist Brian Reber have also joined Valiant on an exclusive basis for the launch of UNITY #1. Last week, every retailer in the United States received UNITY RED – a one-of-a-kind, limited edition look book showcasing the stunning artwork of Valiant’s newest exclusive creators.

In another first for the publisher, Valiant also recently unveiled the UNITY #1 8-Bit Evolution Variant – the first fully animated 8-bit cover, engineered by CineFix, the ultimate destination for true movie buffs & filmmakers on YouTube. Simply use any smartphone to read the QR code embedded in the cover to unlock an exclusive CineFix “8-Bit Cinema” animated short starring the team of heroes behind the year’s biggest comic book event – X-O Manowar, Toyo Harada, Eternal Warrior, Ninjak and Livewire!

To kill a king…he has created an army. The world’s most dangerous man, Toyo Harada, has been struck by the one thing he never thought possible – fear. Halfway across the globe, a new power threatens to topple modern civilization and, to preempt the cataclysm that is to come, Harada will unite the most unforgiving team the world has ever known – UNITY. Their mission: defeat the threat responsible for the destruction of MI-6, the decimation of an alien world, and the occupation of Eastern Europe… Unseat the warrior king armed with the universe’s most powerful weapon… Kill X-O Manowar!

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

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)
Team USA Luge Variant by DIEGO BERNARD (SEP131352)
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)
$3.99/T+/40 pgs.
ON SALE 11/13/13 (FOC – 10/21/13)

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NYCC: The (ORIGINAL) World’s Worst

“VALIANT COMICS: MUST READ VALIANT” PANEL.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12th. 4PM.
ONLY AT NEW YORK COMIC CON.

(SHHH…IT’S A SECRET.)

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MUST READ VALIANT! CLAYTON HENRY Goes Exclusive for “RESISTANCE” in HARBINGER #20!

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Valiant is proud to announce that acclaimed artist Clayton Henry (Harbinger Wars, Archer & Armstrong) has signed on as the publisher’s next exclusive artist for the launch of “Resistance” – a brand new story arc beginning this January in Harbinger #20!

Henry joins artists Doug Braithwaite (Unity), Trevor Hairsine (Eternal Warrior), and Cary Nord (X-O Manowar), as well as New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (Harbinger, Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps) and acclaimed colorist Brian Reber (Unity), as the latest addition to Valiant’s roster of exclusive talent.

Harbinger20_1200px-1As revealed today in an exclusive interview at Comic Vine, the best-selling Harbinger Wars creative team of Dysart and Henry will reunite for “Resistance” – an all-new jumping on point that will lead Peter Stanchek and the Renegades into the final act of their crusade against Toyo Harada…and introduce an unlikely new ally into their growing battle against the Harbinger Foundation.

Peter Stanchek and his team of teenage superhuman outlaws have decided that the best defense is a strong offense. Pursued from coast-to-coast by their would-be overlord in the Harbinger Foundation, the Renegades are about to launch a strategic strike on Harada’s secret empire – and they’ll start by revealing to the world just what kind of power they’ve been hiding all along. The ace up their sleeve? A seemingly normal teenage hacker named Ax…who knows exactly what Harada has been up to since day one…

As the latest installment of the MUST READ VALIANT campaign, Harbinger #20 is a perfect introduction to the series that Comic Vine says “[will] leave your jaw on the floor.”

“This arc will be incredibly new-reader friendly… We’ve built a lot of great jumping-on points into the previous issues, but this will be the easiest one yet. If you’ve haven’t read the book, this is the one to try. If friends haven’t read the book, this is the one to hand to them,” Dysart told Comic Vine.

Other recently announced MUST READ VALIANT milestones include Quantum and Woody #5 by award-winning writer James Asmus and rising star Ming Doyle; Shadowman #13 by the all-new creative team of Peter Milligan and Roberto De La Torre; and Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #18 by fan favorite creators Christos Gage, Joshua Dysart and Bart Sears. This winter, find out why VALIANT is the MUST READ publisher in comics today with a new series of self-contained stories and easy jumping-on points from some of the brightest talents in comics today.

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

HARBINGER #20 (NEW ARC – RESISTANCE)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art & Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by ZACHARY MONTOYA
Variant Cover by KHARI EVANS
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE IN JANUARY!


The Road to UNITY Slams into X-O MANOWAR #18!

XO_018_COVER_CRAINValiant is proud to present an advance preview of X-O Manowar #18 from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Green Lantern) and fan favorite artist Lee Garbett (Batman R.I.P.)! Toward the future, toward UNITY… The stage is set for the can’t-miss comic book event of 2013 as X-O Manowar’s military occupation of Eastern Europe kicks into high gear!

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…

Before UNITY arrives this November, meet the warrior king at the center of the maelstrom to come on October 16th, only in X-O Manowar #18! And don’t miss the X-O Manowar #18 Valiant 8-Bit Level Two Variant by artist Donovan Santiago, in stores the same day!

For more information on X-O Manowar and the rest of the Valiant Universe, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, and at ValiantUniverse.com.

X-O MANOWAR #18
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (AUG131495)
Valiant 8-Bit Level Two Variant by DONOVAN SANTIAGO (AUG131496)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

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The SWORD OF THE WILD Strikes ETERNAL WARRIOR #2!

EW_002_COVER_JONESValiant is proud to present an advance preview of Eternal Warrior #2 from New York Times best-selling writer Greg Pak (Batman/Superman) and superstar artists Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis) and Clayton Crain (Carnage)! Who is the Sword of the Wild? And why have they brought a centuries-old war right to the doorstep of the Earth’s former guardian?

After thousands of years on the battlefield, the Eternal Warrior has finally laid down his sword. But today he learns that when you turn your back on your destiny, your destiny may find another champion. And when that new champion is your own savage, immortal daughter, the balance of the world itself may be at stake.

The Fist and Steel’s journey back to battle continues on October 9th, only in Eternal Warrior #2! And don’t miss the Eternal Warrior #2 Valiant 8-Bit Level Two Variant by artist Donovan Santiago, in stores the same day!

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

ETERNAL WARRIOR #2
Written by GREG PAK
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE & CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover by J.G. JONES (AUG131483)
Valiant 8-Bit Level Two Variant by DONOVAN SANTIAGO (AUG131484)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (AUG131485)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

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