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Writer JOSHUA DYSART Joins VALIANT as Exclusive Creator

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Valiant is proud to announce that New York Times best-selling writer and Eisner Award nominee Joshua Dysart has signed on as the publisher’s next exclusive creator. Dysart is currently scripting and co-plotting the Harbinger Wars crossover and mini-series for Valiant, in addition to his writing duties on the ongoing Harbinger series.

“Comics is a business, but it’s also a community and a family. From the moment I met the ragtag skeleton crew that work tirelessly to hoist the Valiant flag, I felt like I’d found my next comic book family,” said Dysart. “When I first met Dinesh, the CEO of Valiant, he was carrying a box of comics along with his marketing crew, like he was just another boy in the band. That’s what I like. I like it rugged and I like it scrappy.

“I believe Valiant can change things for the better in superhero comics. I believe small is good. I believe in every single member of this team, from management to marketing. And most of all, I believe in and trust my editor, Warren Simons. These guys took a huge chance on me. They saw ‘Unknown Soldier’ and they said, ‘That dude should write superhero comics.’ They gave me the freedom to create challenging characters and build new worlds.

“So that’s it, I’m in this. This is my next thing. I want to write Harbinger for a long time and I’m super excited to be developing my next big top secret project for the Valiant Universe. So if family, creativity, innovation and loyalty aren’t reasons to commit to a business venture like this, then I don’t know what
is.”

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From 2008 to 2010, Dysart authored a two-year run on Vertigo’s Unknown Soldier with artist Alberto Ponticelli, garnering an Eisner Award nomination for Best New Series and widespread critical recognition in the process. Dysart has also contributed to some of the most acclaimed series and projects of the past decade, including B.P.R.D., Swamp Thing and Neil Young’s Greendale.

“Joshua has a singular voice in the world of comics, and he brings an extraordinarily poignant and rarified point of view to the page,” said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. “His phenomenal work on Harbinger over the course of the past year and the tremendous reaction to last week’s release of Harbinger Wars #1 speak for themselves. Everyone at Valiant is look forward to more great stories from Joshua and we couldn’t be more excited about his plans for Harbinger coming out of Harbinger Wars.”

Dysart’s first Valiant work, Harbinger #1, was released in June 2012 as the second title of the Valiant relaunch. His work on the series has drawn near-universal accolades from fans and critics, cementing Harbinger as one of Valiant’s best-selling titles.

Dysart has also played a key creative role in co-architecting the Harbinger Wars crossover event, going so far as to co-create two dozen new super-powered heroes with Harbinger artist Khari Evans. This team of characters, collectively known as Generation Zero, can next be seen in the pages of Harbinger Wars #2 (of 4), in stores May 1st. They also feature prominently in the upcoming Harbinger Wars: Battle for Las Vegas 8-bit mobile game, the first level of which will be released for free on iOS and Android devices on May 2nd.

Dysart joins Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (X-O Manowar, Conan) as the next addition to Valiant’s roster of exclusive talent.

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


HARBINGER WARS #2 Can’t Escape the HARADA PROTOCOL!

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Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of Harbinger Wars #2 (of 4) – the second issue of the uncompromising crossover event by Joshua DysartDuane Swierczynski, and Clayton Henry. After decades of secret conflict, Toyo Harada has managed in one fell swoop to cripple Project Rising Spirit through the masterful manipulation of key players in the Valiant Universe. But there’s one failsafe that not even he could ever have anticipated…Initiate the Harada Protocol!

After billions of dollars and years of development, Project Rising Spirit finally produced a weapon capable of taking down the world’s most powerful psionic – a weapon they called Bloodshot. Now, in the deserts outside Las Vegas, their escaped Harbinger hunter has finally come face-to-face with the man he was engineered to eliminate and his secret programming is about to unleash a whole new set of deadly, upgraded abilities – whether he wants it to or not! And soon Harada will discover firsthand what it means to combat an adversary that doesn’t want justice, retribution, or power. It only wants him. Dead. And any casualties are acceptable – even Bloodshot himself.

Get a ringside seat for the epic confrontation that will redefine two of the most powerful players in the Valiant Universe on May 1st in Harbinger Wars #2 (of 4) – the second staggering act of Valiant’s first crossover event!

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

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HARBINGER WARS #2 (of 4)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART & DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art & Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (MAR131316)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (MAR131317)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAR131318)
Variant Cover by STEPHANE PERGER (MAR131319)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.


HARBINGER WAR ’69 Goes Live in HARBINGER #11

HAR_011_CVR_EVANSValiant is proud to present an advance preview of Harbinger #11 – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new, standalone story arc launching Peter Stanchek and Toyo Harada straight into the center of the Harbinger Wars, by New York Times best-selling writerJoshua Dysart and fan favorite artists Khari Evans and Trevor Hairsine!

Now that the Harbinger Wars have kicked off with a multi-megaton bang, go back to 1969 to witness the first clash of Toyo Harada and Rising Spirit Securities and the origin of their ever-escalating game of corporate warfare and superhuman subterfuge. And now, decades later, how are Peter Stanchek and his band of Renegades feeling the fallout of this 40-year-old cold war? And what secret could possibly be calling them out of the Nevada desert and directly into the sights of the Harbinger hunter called Bloodshot?

On April 10th, start reading here with a brand new entry point into Valiant’s first crossover event – beginning only inHarbinger #11! And open up another new front in the Harbinger Wars on April 17th in Bloodshot #10 – the first chapter of a new, self-contained story arc by acclaimed creators Duane Swierczynski and Barry Kitson!

Spanning 12 issues total, follow the entire Harbinger Wars saga through Harbinger Wars, Harbinger and Bloodshot or read each series independently for a complete standalone story arc!

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

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HARBINGER #11 (HARBINGER WARS)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS & TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by KHARI EVANS (FEB131156)
Pullbox Exclusive Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (FEB131157)
Variant Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER (FEB131158)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 4/10/13 (FOC – 3/18/13)

HARBINGER #12 (HARBINGER WARS)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS & TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by AMY REEDER (MAR131320)
Variant Cover by KHARI EVANS (MAR131321)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 5/8/13 (FOC – 4/15/13)


Archer Versus Everyone in ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #9!


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Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of Archer & Armstrong #9 by New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente and red-hot artists Emanuela Lupacchino and Alvaro Martinez! It all ends here for “Wrath of the Eternal Warrior”! Get ready for a titanic shake-up as Armstrong and the Eternal Warrior go toe-to-toe with the Null’s latest, greatest secret weapon…Obadiah Archer!?

What cosmic madness has turned Armstrong’s naive teenage ally into a madman with a thirst for universal genocide? Can Valiant’s immoral immortal defeat the evil inside Archer before his brother enacts the ultimate sanction? And once the stardust has settled, what will be the next battle for the undying Eternal Warrior?

It’s win or go home (i.e. “die”) on April 10thas Archer & Armstrong’s best-selling, critically acclaimed story arc reaches a bone-crushing conclusion that will rip the very fabric of the Valiant Universe – only inArcher & Armstrong #9!

And be back on May 8th to discover the time-lost origins of Armstrong and the Eternal Warrior in Archer & Armstrong #0 – a special standalone tale re-teaming writer Fred Van Lente and artist Clayton Henry with Valiant’s history-smashing adventurers!

For more information on Archer & Armstrong and the rest of the Valiant Universe, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, or at ValiantUniverse.com.

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ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #9 
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO & ALVARO MARTINEZ
Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO (FEB131164)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (FEB131165)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 4/10/13

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #0
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art & Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (MAR131324)
Pullbox Exclusive Cover by LEE GARBETT (MAR131325)
Wraparound Gatefold Variant by TOM FOWLER (MAR131326)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 5/8/13 (FOC – 4/15/13)


VALIANT’s Biggest Events Reload with HARBINGER #0 and X-O MANOWAR #10 Second Printings


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Valiant is proud to announce that two of the publisher’s biggest spring releases, Harbinger #0 and X-O Manowar #10, have both sold out on the distributor level and will soon be returning to store shelves with new printings!

With the epic events of PLANET DEATH currently rocking the Valiant Universe, don’t miss the essential prelude that launched Valiant’s premier hero off-world and into a one-man crusade against an entire alien planet in the X-O Manowar #10 Second Printing Variant by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and comics superstar Trevor Hairsine! Start reading here to get in on the ground floor of the most ambitious X-O Manowar story ever attempted on April 17th – the same day X-O Manowar #12 arrives in stores!

Then, in the aftermath of the Harbinger Wars’ first firefight, meet the man with his finger on the trigger in the Harbinger #0 Second Printing Variant – an indispensable standalone tale of Toyo Harada’s origins by New York Times best-selling author Joshua Dysart and acclaimed artists Mico Suayan and Pere Perez! Look for it in stores on May 1st– alongside Valiant’s next standalone zero issue, Shadowman #0 by Justin Jordan and Roberto De La Torre!

This spring, the story starts here! Jump into two of Valiant’s most exciting, sold-out storylines with the X-O Manowar #10 Second Printing Variant and the Harbinger #0 Second Printing Variant – coming soon to finer comics shops everywhere!

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X-O MANOWAR #10 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (FEB138333)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art & Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 4/17/13 (FOC – 3/25/13)

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Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by MICO SUAYAN & PERE PEREZ
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 5/1/13 (FOC – 4/8/13)


JAMES ASMUS and TOM FOWLER Bring on QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 in July!

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On July 10th, a new era begins for the world’s worst superhero team in Quantum and Woody #1!

Valiant is proud to announce that award-winning writer James Asmus (Gambit, Thief of Thieves, Captain America & Bucky) and acclaimed artist Tom Fowler (Venom, Hulk: Season One) are bringing Valiant’s first full-on superhero team back to the Valiant Universe with an all-new ongoing series beginning on July 10th in Quantum and Woody #1!

Once upon a time, Eric and Woody Henderson were inseparable. Adopted brothers. Best friends. Brilliant minds. Years later, they are estranged siblings, petty rivals, and washed-up failures. But when their father’s murder leads them into the throes of a life-altering scientific accident, Eric and Woody will find themselves with a whole new purpose – and a perfectly legitimate reason to wear costumes and fight crime. Go big or go home, folks! Quantum and Woody are coming! And the action-packed, zeitgeist-shredding exploitation stunt comic you demanded is here at last.

(And, yes, there will be a goat too. Eventually.)

“Quantum and Woody are one of the most beloved superhero duos in comics. There’s a rich history to draw on here and we have some very exciting things on deck for Quantum and Woody in 2013 and beyond,” said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons.

“Since the day X-O Manowar #1 hit shelves, everywhere we’ve turned, fans have been demanding that Quantum and Woody step back into the spotlight,” said Quantum and Woody Editor Jody LeHeup. “James, Tom and Jordie are delivering a smart, heart-filled take on the team that will be central to the new Valiant Universe, and one that honors the spirit and bravado of what came before.”

QW_001_PULLBOX VARIANT_MARTINLaunched by Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright for Acclaim Entertainment’s rebooted Valiant Universe in 1997, Quantum and Woody became one of the most beloved independent superhero titles of the decade, spawning a rabid and loyal following that endures to this day. Most recently, Valiant Entertainment re-issued the entirety of the original series for the first time digitally via comiXology.

“In all of comics, there’s no other book that mixed style and substance quite like Quantum and Woody. I was willing to literally kill someone for the chance to write the relaunch for the new Valiant Universe. I might have. Those first days after I got the call are a blur. But Quantum and Woody isn’t (just) a superhero book – it’s action-comedy, it’s family drama, it’s a boys-meet-goat tale that tugs at the heartstrings,” said writer James Asmus.

On July 10th, the Valiant Universe’s most infamous duo enter the fray with writer James Asmus, artist Tom Fowler and colorist Jordie Bellaire in Quantum and Woody #1 – featuring a standard cover by Ryan Sook, a Pullbox Exclusive Variant by Marcos Martin for customers who pre-order with the their local retailer, an incentive variant by Andrew Robinson, and an interactive QR Voice Variant by Tom Fowler (with real talking goat action)!

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

QUANTUM & WOODY #1
Written by JAMES ASMUS
Art by TOM FOWLER
Cover by RYAN SOOK
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MARCOS MARTIN
Variant Cover by ANDREW ROBINSON
QR Voice Variant by TOM FOWLER
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE JULY 10th!

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ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #0 – The Top Secret Story of History’s First Epic Fail!


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Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of Archer & Armstrong #0 from the New York Times best-selling creative team of Fred Van Lente (Amazing Spider-Man) and Clayton Henry (Harbinger Wars)! On May 8th, join Valiant’s immortal wayfarer, Armstrong, for a trek into the distant past in a special standalone tale of dinosaurs, robots, mad kings, and mortal combat that also sets the stage for “Far Faraway” – the next great arc of A&A beginning this June in Archer & Armstrong #10!

Here, for the first time, the one hundred percent true story of the Epic of Gilgamesh can finally be told… A tale of three warriors, the adventuring Anni-Padda – three immortal brothers that would one day roam the Valiant Universe as Armstrong, the Eternal Warrior, and the mysterious Timewalker – on a quest from the city-state of Ur to the mythical Faraway to recover the Boon… And their sword-swinging conquest of a land beyond time itself… A land inhabited by man-eating brutes, futuristic technology, and perhaps the greatest secret in all of the Valiant Universe!

On May 8th, start reading here to begin the adventures of Valiant’s gallant immortals – then be back in 30 for Archer & Armstrong #10, the FIRST ISSUE of the brand new story arc, “Far Faraway”! Ten millennia on, what could bring Armstrong and his new partner back to the land of the Faraway? Begin the adventure that will bring past and future full circle this May in Archer & Armstrong #0!

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Far Faraway – Prelude:
ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #0
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art & Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (MAR131324)
Pullbox Exclusive Cover by LEE GARBETT (MAR131325)
Wraparound Gatefold Variant by TOM FOWLER (MAR131326)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 5/8/13 (FOC – 4/15/13)

Far Faraway – Part 1 (of 4):
ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #10
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by PERE PEREZ
Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (APR131281)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by JUAN DOE (APR131282)
8-Bit Variant by MATTHEW WAITE (APR131283)
Variant Cover by ANDREW ROBINSON (APR131284)
ON SALE 6/6/13 (FOC – 5/13/13)

 


X-O MANOWAR #12 Begins the Siege of PLANET DEATH!

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Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of X-O Manowar #12 from the critically acclaimed, blockbuster creative team of Robert Venditti and Cary Nord! On April 17th, the most ambitious X-O Manowar story ever kicks into overdrive as PLANET DEATH smashes into its second world-shaking chapter!

Aric of Dacia has taken his one-man war to the Vine’s homeworld, Loam, and is using their own X-O Manowar armor to wage it. Finding an ally in the unlikeliest of places, Aric is about to discover that his mission to reduce Loam to ash will come with the highest price imaginable. Past, present, and future are about to collide, and if Aric isn’t careful, he will be the common thread that undoes them all.

On April 17th, X-O Manowar’s first year in the Valiant Universe comes to a violent and fiery turning point in X-O Manowar #12 – Part 2 (of 4) of PLANET DEATH!

 

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PLANET DEATH – Part 1 (of 4):
X-O MANOWAR #11
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (JAN131298)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CARY NORD (JAN131299)
Variant Cover by PAOLO RIVERA (JAN131300)
Wraparound Variant by BART SEARS (JAN131301)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE NOW!

PLANET DEATH – Part 2 (of 4):
X-O MANOWAR #12
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC (FEB131162)
Variant Cover by JUAN DOE (FEB131163)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 4/17/13 (FOC – 3/25/13)

PLANET DEATH – Part 3 (of 4):
X-O MANOWAR #13
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE (MAR131330)
Variant Cover by RYAN SOOK (MAR131331)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 5/15/13 (FOC – 4/22/13)

PLANET DEATH – FINALE:
X-O MANOWAR #14
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI (APR131288)
8-Bit Variant by MATTHEW WAITE (APR131289)
ON SALE 6/26/13 (FOC – 6/3/13)


The World’s Worst Teaser

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VALIANT Heads West For WONDERCON ANAHEIM 2013!

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This March, Valiant is bringing the Harbinger Wars to the West Coast!

Valiant is proud to announce its debut appearance at WonderCon Anaheim onMarch 29-31, 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center – and we’re bringing along a ton of free giveaways, show exclusive products, and special guests to celebrate!

Visit Valiant at booth #710 all weekend long to get a sneak peek at the future of the Valiant Universe inside the pages of the Harbinger Wars Sketchbook – a FREE first look inside the biggest Valiant event of the summer! And look for signing sessions throughout the weekend with New York Times best-selling author and Harbinger Wars co-writer Joshua Dysart!

Valiant will also be debuting new “Harbinger Wars blue” Valiant logo t-shirts for sale, alongside a complete selection of Valiant comics, trade paperbacks, hardcovers, and blank convention-only flip books.

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And don’t forget to join us on Saturday, March 30th at 4:30 pm in room 208 for the “Valiant 2013: Harbinger Wars and Beyond” panel – the only place to find out everything you need to know about the Valiant Universe in 2013!

With the opening shot of Harbinger Wars just weeks away, get ready to discover the secrets that will put Harbinger and Bloodshot on an inescapable collision course – directly from a panel of Valiant insiders, including writer Joshua Dysart (Harbinger, Harbinger Wars), Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce, Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, and some special surprise guests!

For information, visit ValiantUniverse.com or Comic-Con International’s WonderCon homepage.

We’ll see you at WonderCon Anaheim!

 


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