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VALIANT New Printing Alert: ARMOR HUNTERS #1 SECOND PRINTING | RAI #2 SECOND PRINTING

AH_001_COVER_SECOND-PRINTThe VALIANT FIRST initiative is starting off the summer in a big, big way!

Valiant is proud to announce that two of June’s most in-demand new releases – ARMOR HUNTERS #1 (of 4) and RAI #2 – have both sold out at the distributor level and will soon return to store shelves with second printings on July 9th, right alongside ARMOR HUNTERS #2 (of 4) and RAI #3!

First, witness the brutal beginning of Valiant’s blockbuster summer crossover in the ARMOR HUNTERS #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT! From superstar creators Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar, Green Lantern) and Doug Braithwaite (Unity, Justice), start reading here as X-O Manowar leads Valiant’s most formidable against Earth’s first full-scale cosmic threat…the relentless alien strike team known only as the ARMOR HUNTERS! They will hunt. They will trap. They will kill. And they will rid the universe of the X-O Manowar armor’s incalculable destructive power…even if it means taking our world with it.

Praise for ARMOR HUNTERS:

“✮✮✮✮✮…Venditti, Braithwaite, and Martin are putting together one exciting book.” – Comic Vine
“✮✮✮✮✮…A comic event that delivers on the very first issue.” – Comic Spectrum
“✮✮✮✮✮…All killer and no filler. In Venditti and Braithwaite we trust, jump on Armor Hunters.” – All-Comic
“✮✮✮✮… The book truly feels like an event… Immersive and well rendered.” – IGN
“✮✮✮✮… Exciting and well-drawn… It’s an event story for readers who think they hate event stories.” – Comic Book Resources

RAI_002_COVER_SECOND-PRINTThen, on the heels of RAI #1‘s red-hot third printing, the all-star creative team of Matt Kindt (Unity, Mind MGMT) and Clayton Crain (Carnage, X-Force) continue their visionary journey into 41st century Japan in the RAI #2 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT! In the far future of 4001 A.D., Japan is a single endless city-state, governed by a benevolent artificial intelligence and policed by one lone enforcer – the mysterious Rai, spirit guardian of the rising sun. But, soon, a single bullet will shatter the peace it has taken 2,000 years to secure… This July, discover why there is nothing else in comics quite like RAI!

Praise for RAI:

“✮✮✮✮✮… [Rai] comes with the highest praise.” – PopMatters
“✮✮✮✮✮… A great new series… [Rai] has my attention.” – Max Level Geek
“✮✮✮✮½… Rai is just plain amazing.” – IGN
“✮✮✮✮… An immersive experience…unlike anything else in comics.” – Comic Book Resources
“✮✮✮✮… This is a book you really need to check out.” – Comic Vine

And that’s the just beginning! The Valiant First initiative continues in July with ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT #1 (of 3) and ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER #1 (of 3), and then through the summer with THE DELINQUENTS #1 (of 4) in August, and THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE #1 (of 5) in September! With a brand new entry point into Valiant’s award-winning publishing line arriving every month, these are the titles that will have you reading Valiant FIRST!

For a complete calendar of Valiant’s upcoming releases, visit Valiant online here.

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ARMOR HUNTERS #1 (of 4) (SECOND PRINTING VARIANT)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover by JORGE MOLINA (APR148537)
$3.99 | T+ | 40 pgs.
ON SALE 7/9/14 (FOC – 6/23/14)

ARMOR HUNTERS #2 (of 4)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art & Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (MAY141639)
Mask Cover by RIAN HUGHES (MAY141640)
Armor Hunters Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE (MAY141641)
Artist Variant by BRYAN HITCH (MAY141642)
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs.
ON SALE 7/9/14 (FOC – 6/16/14)

RAI #1 (THIRD PRINTING VARIANT)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (APR148446)
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs.
ON SALE 7/9/14 (FOC – 6/16/14)

RAI #2 (SECOND PRINTING VARIANT)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (APR148538)
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs.
ON SALE 7/9/14 (FOC – 6/23/14)

RAI #3
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by RAUL ALLEN (MAY141655)
Cover B by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAY141656)
Variant Cover by CAFU (MAY141657)
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs.
ON SALE 7/9/14 (FOC – 6/16/14)


VALIANT Solicitations for SEPTEMBER 2014 – THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE #1, ARMOR HUNTERS #4, THE DELINQUENTS #2, and More!

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THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE #1 (of 5) (VALIANT FIRST)
Written by JEN VAN METER
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN
Blank Cover Variant also available

Death was just the beginning…

Doctor Mirage talks to the dead…but the only spirit Shan Fong can’t find is that of her late husband, Hwen. Instead, America’s favorite semi-retired paranormal investigator is haunted and raw, using her gift to solve homicides and bring peace to the recently bereaved. But when a big-time occultist with a classified military past hires her for a special job, Shan discovers a lead that might close the greatest mystery she’s ever tackled – how to get Hwen back. Now, Doctor Mirage must enter the undiscovered country and cross all the realms of the underworld, if she has any hope of rescuing the man she loves…or be forever lost beyond the earthly plane.

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE SEPTEMBER 3rd

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THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE #1 PLUS EDITION
Written by JEN VAN METER & MORE
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE & MORE
Cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN

For Valiant’s dedicated pullbox customers, discover the dark world of Dr. Mirage with a special expanded edition of THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE #1 (of 5) – available by pre-order only!

Featuring more than 15 pages of material that won’t be collected for the trade, including Jen Van Meter’s map of the worlds beyond our reality; an all-new comic story featuring the adventures of World War II-era occult secret agent; a handbook-style guide to the shadowy citizens, soul-eating beasts, and malevolent demons of the Deadside; and much more!

$4.99 | T+ | 48 pgs. | ON SALE SEPTEMBER 3rd

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THE DELINQUENTS #2 (of 4) (VALIANT FIRST)
Written by JAMES ASMUS & FRED VAN LENTE
Art by KANO
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
Kung Fu Variant by SHAWN CRYSTAL
Board Game Variant by JUAN DOE

Well…that escalated quickly.

Quantum and Woody and Archer & Armstrong are riding the rails looking for the lost treasure of the Hobo King. Each armed with one half of a mysterious map, these two tandems have unwittingly been pitted against each other in a four-way free-for-all…but can either team get along long enough to achieve their mission? The world’s worst crossover joyride is about to enter uncharted territory!

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE SEPTEMBER 17th

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ARMOR HUNTERS #4 (of 4) (VALIANT FIRST)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art & Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
QR Voice Variant by TOM FOWLER
Armor Hunters Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Artist Variant by CLAYTON HENRY

That was just a battle… Now get ready for the war!

X-O Manowar has played the ultimate gambit, and finally leveled the playing field against the villainous Armor Hunters. But the galaxy’s deadliest killers haven’t come this far just to surrender! Their final charge is now upon us…and it will take the combined powers of X-O Manowar, Unity, Bloodshot and the rest of the Earth’s most formidable heroes to save our world from a full-scale cosmic reckoning. The summer’s biggest crossover event is going out with a BIG bang – and, when the smoke clears, everything you thought you knew about the Valiant U will be forever changed!

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE SEPTEMBER 24th

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UNITY #11 (ARMOR HUNTERS)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Cover by RAUL ALLEN
Variant Cover by CAFU

Last hope. Last stand.

In the wake of Livewire’s stunning sacrifice, how will X-O Manowar, Ninjak, and the Eternal Warrior comes to terms? With a punishing revenge mission led by Bloodshot, that’s how! If it bleeds, they can kill it…and the leaner, meaner Unity team just became a living, breathing box of armor-piercing rounds. The Armor Hunters put Earth in their bullseye… Now, the bullseye bites back!

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE SEPTEMBER 17th

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ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT #3 (of 3) (VALIANT FIRST)
Written by JOE HARRIS
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by PHILIP TAN
Variant Cover by RILEY ROSSMO

ALIENS VS…BLOODSHOT!

M.E.R.O. headquarters has been evacuated, and Bloodshot is the only thing left standing between the alien prisoner called Malgam and the outside world. Battle-worn and brutalized, can Bloodshot survive one final confrontation with an extraterrestrial foe augmented by the unholy power of the X-O Manowar armor? If you thought the first two chapters were hardcore, stay out of the splash zone because the Armor Hunters just picked the wrong soldier to fuss with!

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE SEPTEMBER 17th

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ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER #3 (of 3) (VALIANT FIRST)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA
Variant Cover by CAFU

Harbinger team-up!

Mexico City just became ground zero for the Armor Hunters’ invasion of Earth, and the runaway army of super-powered soldiers called Generation Zero needs to bring in back-up. Better call…the Renegades?! But when powerhouse brawler Torque and lighter-than-air free spirit Zephyr join the fight, things are about to go from bleak to brutal as the Earth’s first extraterrestrial invasion force unleashes an engine of global destruction with one sole purpose – to terminate…with extreme prejudice.

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE SEPTEMBER 10th

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X-O MANOWAR #29 (ARMOR HUNTERS)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover by CAFU
Variant Cover by JUAN DOE

Broken kingdom!

The world has changed for Aric of Dacia – the armored earthbound hero known as X-O Manowar. Unable to protect his friends and allies from the interstellar hunters sworn to kill him, the Visigoth warrior who would be king now recoils from the horrendous consequences – even as a threatening new future looms. Everything changes now!

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE SEPTEMBER 24th

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HARBINGER: OMEGAS #2 (of 3)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA
Variant Cover by GLENN FABRY

Toyo Harada strikes back!

In the aftermath of the tragic firestorm between the world’s most powerful omega-level psiot and his wayward heir, casualties were claimed on both sides. Now, the last remnants of each opposing force – the Harbinger Foundation and the surviving Renegades – have been shattered and driven deep underground. But Toyo Harada – newly exposed as the world’s foremost superhuman – has no one left to stop him…and his greatest work can finally begin…

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE SEPTEMBER 24th

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ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #24
Written by KARL BOLLERS
Art & Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant Cover by PIA GUERRA

Sister. Sweetheart. ASSASSIN!

Archer and Armstrong…and Mary-Maria?! Archer’s beloved foster sister and world-class hitwoman-for-hire, Mary-Maria, takes center stage for the very first time in a high-stakes tale of hot-headed teenage temperament and tantalizing target practice! In search of her own origins, get ready to see the world through the eyes of Valiant’s number one knife-wielding love interest – just as the world of Archer & Armstrong hurtles towards next month’s colossal, issue #25 game-changer!

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE SEPTEMBER 10th

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RAI WILL RETURN ON DECEMBER 10th

RAI #5 | AN ALL-NEW STORY ARC BEGINS
MATT KINDT | CLAYTON CRAIN
COMING SOON

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HARBINGER VOL. 5: DEATH OF A RENEGADE TPB
Written by JOSHUA DYSART with VIVEK J. TIWARY, DAN GOLDMAN, and JUSTIN JORDAN
Art by CLAYTION HENRY and KHARI EVANS with BARRY KITSON, LUCY KNISLEY, LEWIS LAROSA, RAFER ROBERTS, RILEY ROSSMO, and MORE!
Cover by MICO SUAYAN

The Renegades thought they could get their old lives back. They thought they could bring down Toyo Harada and the Harbinger Foundation. They were wrong. And now one of them will die.

Once again, Peter Stanchek and the Renegades are on the run with the combined forces of the Harbinger Foundation and Project Rising Spirit closing in on all sides. This time, however, the team’s newest member, Ax, has left a trail of leaked classified information that could win the day – but also put the few loved ones they have into dire peril.

Collecting “Resistance” and “Death of a Renegade” from HARBINGER #20-25, a Renegade will fall as New York Times best-selling creators Joshua Dysart and Clayton Henry unleash a major milestone for Valiant’s acclaimed teenage superteam.

“One of the most binge-worthy superhero comics currently available… It’s nearly impossible to guess where the story is going to go next.” – The Onion/A.V. Club

$19.99 | T+ | 160 pgs. | ON SALE SEPTEMBER 10th
TRADE PAPERBACK
ISBN: 9781939346339

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QUANTUM AND WOODY VOL. 3: CROOKED PASTS, PRESENT TENSE TPB
Written by JAMES ASMUS
Art by TOM FOWLER, KANO, WILFREDO TORRES, ERICA HENDERSON, and JOSEPH COOPER
Cover by TOM FOWLER

There’s a new scourge sweeping the streets of the big city – ROBO-CRIME!

Eric needs to know he can trust Woody — and that means Woody needs to get a job, open a bank account, sign up for a library card, and do all the things a responsible adult does. But when a new gang of rogue mad-scientist super-criminals launch a wave of robot-enabled mega-crimes, will Woody stop them…or join them? Plus: the return of Edison’s Radical Acquisitions and the thrilling secret origin of… the one and only Goat!

Collecting QUANTUM AND WOODY #9-12 and QUANTUM AND WOODY: THE GOAT #0, the world’s worst superhero team unleashes a volatile new batch of high-stakes hijinks right here with an all-new collection of adventures from award-winning writer James Asmus (Thief of Thieves) and acclaimed artists Tom Fowler (Hulk: Season One), Kano (Gotham Central), Wilfredo Torres (The Shadow: Year One), and Erica Henderson (Subatomic Party Girls)!

“9.8… Beautiful, ridiculous, heartbreaking and about a goat. What else could we want from a comic?” – Multiversity Comics

$14.99 | T+ | 128 pgs. | ON SALE SEPTEMBER 17th
TRADE PAPERBACK
ISBN: 9781939346391


VALIANT Brings ARMOR HUNTERS to AMAZING LAS VEGAS COMIC CON!

87d6dadc-950b-4ad2-85a4-bbef47d143e3Friday, June 20th through Sunday, June 22nd, join Valiant for a weekend packed with signings, special guests, and convention-only exclusives – only at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Convention inside Las Vegas’ South Point Hotel & Casino!

Join Valiant at Booth #515 all weekend long for signings from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (The Delinquents, Archer & Armstrong)! Plus, look for a ton of free giveaways and con-exclusive products, including the X-O MANOWAR #26 AMAZING LAS VEGAS EXCLUSIVE EDITION by Valiant legend Bart Sears – a limited edition, early release of the first issue of the all-new story arc revealing the uncanny origin of the ARMOR HUNTERS, and how the hunt for X-O Manowar armors throughout the galaxy led them to Earth!

Also, don’t miss the VALIANT FIRST AND BEYOND panel presentation on Saturday, June 21st at 2 PM in the Tree Room! As Valiant steamrolls into yet another super-summer, find out what the future holds for the publisher’s power-packed VALIANT FIRST line-up of new series – including RAI, ARMOR HUNTERS, THE DELINQUENTS, THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE, and more – with an all-star panel including Fred Van Lente (The Delinquents, Archer & Armstrong), Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, and special surprise guests!

We’ll see you in Las Vegas!

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.


ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #25 – An All-Star Anniversary Spectacular Featuring FRED VAN LENTE, CLAYTON HENRY, RAY FAWKES, MICHAEL WALSH, SHAWN CRYSTAL, and Many More!

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In the tradition of X-O MANOWAR #25 and HARBINGER #25…get ready for Valiant’s biggest, boldest, most over-the-top anniversary celebration yet – coming this fall!

Valiant is proud to announce ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #25 – an oversized, 48-page anniversary spectacular slamming into stores everywhere this October! Be here front and center as the original series creative team of New York Times best-selling creators Fred Van Lente (The Delinquents) and Clayton Henry (Harbinger) reunite to lead off a 48-page A&A hollapalooza honoring Valiant’s most dysfunctional duo!

Plus: don’t miss an all-star jamboree of madcap derring-do with new stories and shenanigans from Ray Fawkes (Batman: Eternal), Michael Walsh (Secret Avengers), Shawn Crystal (Deadpool), Justin Jordan (Dead Body Road), Pere Perez (Harbinger Wars), Donny Cates (Buzzkill) & Eliot Rahal (Dark Horse Presents), Joey Esposito (Captain Ultimate), Barry Kitson (Empire), Rafer Roberts (Carpool Buddies of Doom), and special surprise guests!

“Since issue #1, Archer & Armstrong has been nothing short of a blast to work on, and we’ve been blessed with an incredibly gifted cast of creators along the way – Fred and Clayton, Pere Perez, Khari Evans, Emanuela Lupacchino, and David Baron, just to name a few,” said Archer & Armstrong editor Josh Johns. “Now, with issue #25 coming up, we here at Valiant wanted to build the biggest, most jam-packed milestone issue possible for the fans who have made this series a success…and finally check in on some of the long-asked questions that we planted in previous arcs. This is going to be a big one!”

The official Archer & Armstrong drinking game! The never-before-told story of Armstrong’s first drink! A very special Timewalker adventure! And more! It all happens here as Valiant’s conspiracy-busting, history-smashing swashbucklers saunter into the big two-five!

For ten thousand years, the immortal currently called Armstrong has been sleeping and boozing his way across Earth, keeping one step ahead of a secret cult – known simply as the Sect – obsessed with killing him. That all changed, however, when an 18-year-old Sect assassin named Obadiah Archer turned on his masters, and joined Armstrong for a globetrotting quest to bring down the Sect’s unholy coalition of conspiracies around the world. Nazi Buddhists! Probe-happy aliens! Dead celebs! The One Percent! And even an Eternal Warrior. But Archer & Armstrong’s fight is only just beginning – and they’ll face a dire series of daft and dangerous new perils when ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #25 strikes in October!

Featuring five fabulous covers from Archer & Armstrong legends past and present – including Clayton Henry, Shawn Crystal, Pere Perez, Jim Calafiore, and Michael Walsh – start reading here as one-half of the mischievous DELINQUENTS kick the tires on the year’s merriest anniversary milestone!

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For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #25 (ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR!)
Written by FRED VAN LENTE, RAY FAWKES, JUSTIN JORDAN, DONNY CATES & ELIOT RAHAL, JOEY ESPOSITO, and MORE!
Art by CLAYTON HENRY, SHAWN CRYSTAL, MICHAEL WALSH, BARRY KITSON, RAFER ROBERTS, and MORE!
Covers by CLAYTON HENRY and SHAWN CRYSTAL
Variant Cover by PERE PEREZ
Throwback Variant by JIM CALAFIORE
Variant Cover by MICHAEL WALSH
$4.99 | T+ | 48 pgs. | COMING IN OCTOBER!


Priest & Bright Return with Q2: The RETURN OF QUANTUM AND WOODY and THE COMPLETE QUANTUM AND WOODY CLASSIC OMNIBUS – Coming in October from VALIANT!

Q2_001_COVER_BRIGHTThe most demanded return in comics finally arrives this October!

Valiant is proud to announce the release of Q2: THE RETURN OF QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 (of 5) on October 15th – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new mini-series reuniting legendary creators Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Deadpool) and M.D. Bright (Green Lantern, Iron Man) with the world’s worst superhero team!

Set in the original series continuity, 20 years on from Quantum and Woody’s last adventure, Q2 marks the beginning of an all-new chapter for one of the most acclaimed series and creative teams of the last two decades.

“As a longtime Quantum and Woody fan, this project is a dream come true, as is diving into the material and working with these amazingly talented creators,” said series editor Alejandro Arbona. “Getting in all-new scripts and all-new art of the new adventures of Eric Henderson and Woody Van Chelton is surreal. Quantum and Woody are back!”

Whatever happened to the world’s worst superhero team? Twenty years past their prime, the unlikely crime-fighting duo known as Quantum and Woody (not a couple) have long since parted ways…until a middle-aged Quantum suddenly reappears with a brand-new teenage partner. Now Woody is out to break up the all-new, all-different Quantum and Woody and put an end to Quantum’s recklessness…just as Quantum takes on a life-or-death personal mission for national security. Can these 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?

Find out when the world’s worst superhero team strikes back on October 15th in Q2: THE RETURN OF QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 (of 5)!

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Also hitting stores alongside Q2′s first issue on October 15th, Priest and Bright’s seminal run on Quantum and Woody’s original series will be collected in its entirety for the first time anywhere in THE COMPLETE QUANTUM AND WOODY CLASSIC OMNIBUS!

The first in a new line of oversized hardcover omnibuses re-presenting the most demanded series and runs from the Valiant archives, THE COMPLETE QUANTUM AND WOODY CLASSIC OMNIBUS hardcover will collect QUANTUM AND WOODY (1997) #0–21 and #32, THE GOAT: H.A.E.D.U.S. #1, and X-O MANOWAR (1996) #16 (guest-starring Quantum and Woody), the original backup stories from the QUANTUM AND WOODY trade paperback collections, and the never-before-collected story “Thunk” – plus a wealth of rarely seen sketches, character design, process art and promotional materials!

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Q2: THE RETURN OF QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 (of 5)
Written by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST
Art & Cover by M.D. BRIGHT
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE 10/15/14

THE COMPLETE QUANTUM AND WOODY CLASSIC OMNIBUS HC
Written by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST with BRIAN AUGUSTYN
Art by M.D. BRIGHT with CHARLIE ADLARD, KEITH GIFFEN, OSCAR JIMENEZ, KEVIN KOBASICK, and BART SEARS
Cover by M.D. BRIGHT
$99.99 | T+ | 624 pgs. | ON SALE 10/15/14

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Valiant Brings UNITY to Madefire’s Digital Comics Motion Book Platform – More titles including RAI and X-O MANOWAR to follow in 2014

 

SAN FRANCISCO – June 14, 2014 – Today at Special Edition NYC, Madefire, a digital storytelling and technology company that provides a platform to artists, writers and publishers to create a new reading experience called Motion Books and Valiant Entertainment, today announced a new partnership to release Valiant’s award-winning library of titles – including Unity, Rai, X-O Manowar, and more – through Madefire’s Motion Books Marketplace within the 5-star rated Madefire digital comics app and through the exclusive Motion Books network within the deviantART website.

iPad-unity_01-3 (1)Delivering a truly revolutionary reading experience powered by Madefire’s Motion Book Tool, the partnership begins today with the release of Valiant’s chart-topping series Unity by New York Times best-selling author Matt Kindt (Rai, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (Armor Hunters, Justice).

To read a Madefire-enhanced preview of Unity #1, visit Valiant’s Madefire page HERE.

Featuring the debut appearance of the first-ever all–star super team in Valiant’s two-decades long history, Unity features X-O Manowar, Ninjak, Eternal Warrior, and Livewire as they unite to pull the world back from the brink of a global cataclysm engineered by billionaire philanthropist and secret superhuman Toyo Harada.

“Since the launch of X-O Manowar #1, Valiant has always put storytelling first, and the opportunity to apply Madefire’s immersive and captivating Motion Books technology to our most high-profile titles has been electrifying. Unity is the perfect book to launch this new partnership and, as you can now see, Madefire’s work is one hundred percent additive to the already brilliant story that Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite unleashed on the world last year. This is Valiant as it has never been seen before,” said Valiant CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

“Doug Braithwaite is one of the finest, most respected artists in the business,” said Liam Sharp, CCO and Co-Founder of Madefire. “It’s great to have him returning to the Madefire experience with Unity – a studio favorite! Doug’s work has always been grounded but dynamic, and with a great script by Matt Kindt it’s perfect as a Motion Book!”

Designed for reading on a screen, Madefire has built an end-to-end publishing platform called Motion Books that immerse the reader in an interactive experience with sound, motion, and depth. Their web-reading partner is social network and creative giant deviantART, the largest creative community in the world and host to the exclusive Motion Book library on the web. Madefire Motion Books is a free comic app that delivers the most innovative reading experience for iOS devices as it pioneers the next chapter in storytelling; it has been 5-star rated since launch, and was named the Apple iTunes App Store’s “Best of 2012”.

The digital space is slowly maturing but settling in as a major medium for the industry as readers shift toward reading on screens such as tablets and mobile. Madefire continues to take a digital-first approach to storytelling, and makes its content immediately available to users on their device with in-app purchasing.

About Madefire

Founded in 2011 by Ben Wolstenholme, Liam Sharp and Eugene Walden, Madefire is a media and technology company. Madefire has built the Motion Books publishing platform that provides artists, writers and publishers tools for creating a new reading format called Motion Books. Madefire is backed by Toni Schneider at True Ventures, The recent CEO of Automattic, makers of WordPress, as well as Bill Woodward (Anthem Ventures, former Chairman of Macromedia). The Advisory Board also includes industry leaders Mike McCue, CEO and Founder of Flipboard, angel investor Sina Tamaddon, former Senior Vice President of Applications for Apple Inc, Dave Gibbons, co-creator of Watchmen, the bestselling graphic novel of all time, and Bill Sienkiewicz, widely recognized as one of the greatest innovators of sequential art. For more information go to madefire.com or the Madefire Facebookand Twitter pages.

About Valiant Entertainment

Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 1,750 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. Outside of the United States and Canada, Valiant titles are published in a number of languages and territories internationally, including Brazil, Mexico, France, Italy, Spain, China, and others.

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Valiant Previews: On Sale June 18th, 2014 – UNITY #8 (ARMOR HUNTERS) | HARBINGER #24 (“DEATH OF A RENEGADE”)

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Written by MATT KINDT
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Chromium & Standard Edition Covers by MICO SUAYAN* (APR141416/APR141415)
Character Design Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN (APR141417)
Armor Hunters Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE (APR141418)

ARMOR HUNTERS descends on Valiant’s all-star superteam in an all-new story arc from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and red-hot artist Stephen Segovia (Superior Carnage)!

When an ultra-powerful threat from deep space begins brutalizing Earth, humanity’s first response is – who else? – the fearless team of heroes, soldiers, and short fuses called Unity! Now it’s down to Ninjak, Eternal Warrior and Livewire – plus some special surprise recruits – to lead the assault on the ARMOR HUNTERS’ frontline…even if they die trying!

CHROMIUM EDITION: $5.99 | STANDARD EDITION: $3.99
T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE 6/18/14 (FOC – 5/26/14)

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Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (APR141430)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (APR141431)

One of the Renegades is dead…but the battle isn’t over yet.

The penultimate issue of the most important Harbinger story ever told is almost here, and the countdown to the “EVERYTHING CHANGES,” mind-shattering spectacular of Harbinger #25 is heading toward you like a freight train. Hold on tight!

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE 6/18/14 (FOC – 5/26/14)

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Enlist with the ARMOR HUNTERS NAME GENERATOR Today! Stop the X-O MANOWAR Outbreak!

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Many have fought. Many have died. Were you one of the ARMOR HUNTERS‘ honored fallen? How many armors did you destroy in pursuit of a safer universe? And what brought about your untimely end? Discover the deadly legacy of the X-O Manowar – and your role in it – today with the ARMOR HUNTERS NAME GENERATOR at ValiantUniverse.com/ArmorHunters!

Once a member of an army of thousands recruited from worlds across the galaxy, you fought and died as one of the elite ARMOR HUNTERS selected to eliminate the X-O Manowar armor and all others like it. Now, reveal your unique ARMOR HUNTERS persona and data file dossier, and share the results with your friends and followers – all in time to read the first issue of Valiant’s blockbuster crossover event, ARMOR HUNTERS #1 (of 4), in stores today

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From superstar creators Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar, Green Lantern) and Doug Braithwaite (Unity, Justice), start reading here to discover the true history of the X-O Manowar armor – and the ruinous fate that it brought to thousands of inhabited worlds before our own. Once infected, each bearer of the armor will eventually turn on on its family…its people…and its planet. Only the ARMOR HUNTERS can defeat this ultra-powerful threat…and now the last known surviving veterans of this relentless alien strike force have located their final target…Aric of Dacia, the X-O Manowar of Earth. They will hunt him. They will trap him. They will kill him. And, soon, the ARMOR HUNTERS will rid the universe of X-O Manowar’s incalculable destructive power…even if it means taking our planet with it.

This summer, Earth will be the greatest hunt of all…and it all begins today in ARMOR HUNTERS #1 (of 4)! Then, Valiant’s most formidable heroes launch the resistance against the world’s first full-scale alien incursion with all-new, standalone story arcs beginning in UNITY #8 and X-O MANOWAR #26 in June; and ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT #1 (of 3) and ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER #1 (of 3) in July – each featuring one of five wraparound Chromium shelf covers by some of the biggest talents in comics today!

Discover your own secret history with the ARMOR HUNTERS NAME GENERATOR today at ValiantUniverse.com/ArmorHunters – then join the fight in ARMOR HUNTERS #1 (of 4), on sale now!

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

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VALIANT, OREN’S DAILY ROAST and MIDTOWN COMICS Brew Up Custom Beverages, Free Comic Giveaways, and More!

X-O MANOWAR_Green-Tea-BlastValiant Entertainment today announced a new partnership with New York’s premier coffee roaster, Oren’s Daily Roast, and leading New York comic book retail chain Midtown Comics for a three month-long celebration of Valiant’s flagship hero – the one and only X-O Manowar! Beginning on Friday, June 13th, head to any of Oren’s ten Manhattan beverage locations for a limited edition X-O Manowar Green Tea Blast – a deliciously cold combination of frozen matcha green tea and vanilla perfect for the height of summer.

And that’s not all! For the next three months, customers who purchase any Oren’s coffee or tea beverage will receive a Valiant-branded java jacket redeemable at any of Midtown Comics ‘ three Manhattan locations – Midtown Times Square, Midtown Grand Central, and Midtown Downtown – for a free, collectible Valiant comic book while supplies last! Plus, present a Valiant comic book at any Oren’s location to receive 10% off your next Oren’s purchase.

The collaboration kicks off on Friday, June 13th with a special, invitation-only X-O Manowar Green Tea Blast Release Party at Oren’s flagship Times Square location from 3 to 5 PM EST – with Valiant comics and special surprise gifts, courtesy of Midtown Comics!

“As one of New York’s preeminent comic book publishers, it is Valiant’s distinct pleasure to partner with two fellow independent, local businesses for a partnership that engages all of our fans and customers,” said Russell A. Brown, Valiant’s President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales. “It was a Valiant supporter within Oren’s that first brought this idea to our attention, and, with the major marquee locations of both Oren’s and Midtown just two blocks from one another in the heart of Times Square, this a perfect opportunity to bring even more new fans of X-O Manowar and the entire Valiant Universe into the fold.”

“There is nothing I like more than working with quality, like-minded New York companies providing great products in the greatest city on Earth,” said Oren Bloostein, founder and roastmaster of Oren’s Daily Roast. “And to celebrate this promotion, we created the X-O Manowar Green Tea Blast, perfect for quenching your summer thirst!”

Abducted from his own time by a vicious alien race, the courageous Visigoth warrior called Aric of Dacia spent years in slavery among the stars before escaping with his captors’ most feared weapon – the X-O Manowar armor. Now, stranded in the modern day, the world’s most primitive man also just happens to wield its most powerful weapon and serves the United States government as X-O Manowar. Since debuting in 1992, the character has starred in more than 120 issues of his own self-titles series, sold more than 8 million comic books, and spawned toys, merchandise, and a video game crossover with Marvel Entertainment’s Iron Man.

Recently relaunched with a chart-topping, award-winning new series by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord, X-O Manowar recently returned to the fore as one of the most acclaimed ongoing series in comics today. Beginning on June 11th, X-O Manowar will anchor Valiant’s major summer 2014 crossover event, Armor Hunters, as a team of extraterrestrial hunter-killers invade Earth in pursuit of his ultra-powerful armor.

To find an Oren’s location near you, visit OrensDailyRoast.com.

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

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About Valiant Entertainment

Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 1,750 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. Outside of the United States and Canada, Valiant titles are published in a number of languages and territories internationally, including Brazil, Mexico, France, Italy, Spain, China, and others. Visit Valiant online at ValiantUniverse.com.

About Oren’s Daily Roast

Oren’s Daily Roast was founded in 1986 in New York City by Oren Bloostein, Roastmaster. Oren only sources the world’s highest-quality specialty coffee beans and roasts them in small batches every day. Those same freshly roasted beans are served at his ten Manhattan retail locations as well as to wholesale customers found locally and worldwide. You can order them too at orensdailyroast.com.

About Midtown Comics

MIDTOWN COMICS opened its first store in 1997, and is now the industry’s leading retailer of comic books, graphic novels, and manga, with its online store as well as three landmark New York City locations in Times Square, Grand Central and Downtown, as well as Comics Boutiques in the iconic FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue and Toys“R”Us Times Square. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and the Midtown blog! More information available online at: http://www.midtowncomics.com.


VALIANT Unveils Exclusives, Signings, Panels, and More for SPECIAL EDITION: NYC!

UNITY_008_VARIANT_SPECIAL-EDITIONOn Saturday, June 14th and Sunday, June 15th, Valiant will be joining the festivities at New York City’s newest comic book festival, Special Edition: NYC, and we’re bringing a boatload of special guests and exclusives to celebrate!

Join Valiant at Booth #303 inside the Javits Center for a weekend packed with signings from Valiant creators, including acclaimed artists Robert Gill (Armor Hunters: Harbinger, Eternal Warrior) and Emanuela Lupacchino (Archer & Armstrong, Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps), and more special surprise guests! Plus, look for a ton of free giveaways and con-exclusive products, including the UNITY #8 Special Edition: NYC Exclusive Variant by Robert Gill – a limited edition, early release of the first issue of the all-new story arc drawing Valiant’s unbreakable superteam into the heart of this summer’s colossal ARMOR HUNTERS crossover event.

Then, join us on Sunday, June 15th at 11 AM in Theater A – 1E19 for the VALIANT Presents VALIANT FIRST: ARMOR HUNTERS AND BEYOND panel presentation! As New York’s own Valiant Entertainment steamrolls into yet another super-summer, find out what the future holds for their power-packed VALIANT FIRST line-up of new series – including RAI, ARMOR HUNTERS, THE DELINQUENTS, THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE, and more! Join an all-star panel of Valiant creators and staff, including Joe Harris (Armor Hunters: Bloodshot), Robert Gill (Armor Hunters: Harbinger), Executive Editor Warren Simons, and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, for an exclusive round of news, artwork, and announcements right here, only at Special Edition: NYC!

We’ll see you at the show!

For tickets, programming information, and more, visit SpecialEditionNYC.com.

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.


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