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VALIANT Unleashes NINJAK In X-O MANOWAR #5

X-O MANOWAR VS. NINJAK. TWO HEROES. ONE PRIZE. The hunt for the world’s most wanted weapon is on this September in X-O Manowar #5 – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new arc for Valiant’s critically acclaimed, chart-topping series from New York Times bestselling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and fan favorite artist Lee Garbett (Batman R.I.P.)! The perfect jumping on point for the summer’s hottest series starts here!

X-O Manowar has landed on Earth – and now the world’s most lethal intelligence agent has a new target. But who is the operative known as Ninjak? And who – or what – has marked Aric of Dacia for death by his blade? Find out when the all-new, all-ruthless Ninjak makes his shocking debut – and cuts his way to the forefront of the Valiant Universe!

Jump on board the most lauded return in comics as two legends of the Valiant Universe collide for the first time this September, only in X-O Manowar #5 – featuring covers by superstar artists Mico Suayan, Philip Tan and Patrick Zircher, and the first appearance of Ninjak, co-created by Joe Quesada, Mark Moretti and Bob Layton!

And find out where the twin destinies of Aric of Dacia and the X-O Manowar armor began when the 40-page X-O Manowar #1 Second Printing Wraparound Variant arrives on June 20th! Discover why this is the series that has IGN.com raving, “[Hold] on to your butts, because this is a world worth jumping into.”

 

X-O MANOWAR #5 – ON SALE SEPTEMBER 12th!

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by MICO SUAYAN (JUL121254)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by PHILIP TAN (JUL121255)
Interlocking Variants by PATRICK ZIRCHER (JUL121256/JUL121257)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

X-O MANOWAR #1 SECOND PRINTING WRAPAROUND VARIANT – ON SALE JUNE 20th!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI (APR128197)
$3.99/Rated T+/40 pgs.


Enter NINJAK!

The hunt begins this September.

Ninjak Teaser

VALIANT Revolts With HARBINGER #1 QR VOICE VARIANT

Valiant is proud to debut the Harbinger #1 QR Voice Variant – the next in Valiant’s line of groundbreaking, QR code-augmented variant covers hitting stores this Wednesday! Illustrated by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, scripted by Joshua Dysart and animated by Neal Adams’s Continuity Studios, the Harbinger #1 QR Voice Variant is the Valiant Universe’s first introduction to Toyo Harada – the figurehead of the Harbinger Foundation and would-be mentor to the one psionic with the power to oppose him, Peter Stanchek.

Written by New York Times bestselling author Joshua Dysart with art by Harvey Award nominee Khari Evans, Harbinger #1 finds Pete out of work, on the skids, and coming to grips with the fact that he may be a psionic-powered “harbinger” with the potential to reshape the course of human history. Harada is a wealthy business magnate, a respected philanthropist and the most powerful harbinger of all – or so he thought. As they forge an uneasy alliance, will Harada offer Pete a chance for redemption – or attempt to induct him into a secret network of conspiracy, subversion and control? Pete is about to discover that he’s not alone in the world and, soon, the generation who has nothing will take on the man who has everything.

In addition to the QR Voice Variant, Harbinger #1 also boasts three other stunning covers – the standard edition by rising star Arturo Lozzi, the Pullbox Exclusive Variant for comic shop subscribers by Mico Suayan, and an incentive variant by Doug Braithwaite.

Today, the next epic installment of the Summer of Valiant begins when Pete and Harada usher in a whole new generation of hero, only in Harbinger #1!

HARBINGER #1 – ON SALE JUNE 6th!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI (APR121252)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MICO SUAYAN (APR121253)
Variant Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (APR121254)
QR Voice Variant by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (APR121255)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.


Sneak Preview: X-O MANOWAR #2

Valiant is proud to present a four-page preview of X-O Manowar #2, the next sensational issue of the summer’s hottest new series from New York Times bestselling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan)! Now’s the time to discover why this is the book that The Onion/A.V. Club calls “a stunning debut from Robert Venditti and Cary Nord that makes the title character accessible to a new audience… a great start for a hero”!

Enslaved aboard an interstellar colony ship by the enigmatic alien menace known as The Vine, Aric of Dacia and his fellow captives have only one thing in mind – escape! But can a ragtag band of ill-equipped humans stand against the combined technological might of an extraterrestrial army bent on subjugation and conquest? Aric will have to use the full force of The Vine’s own X-O Manowar armor to even the score – if it doesn’t kill him first…

Primitive man, meet all-powerful weapon. On June 6th, the Valiant Universe changes forever when Aric of Dacia takes his first step on the long road toward revenge, only in X-O Manowar #2 – on sale June 6th!

 

 

X-O MANOWAR #2 – ON SALE JUNE 6th!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (APR121257)
Variant Cover by ARTURO LOZZI (APR121258)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

 


Sneak Preview: BLOODSHOT #1

Valiant is proud to present an exclusive seven-page preview of the summer’s most action-packed comic – Bloodshot #1! On July 11th, acclaimed writer Duane Swierczynski and artists Manuel Garcia & Arturo Lozzi blaze a trail of destruction straight to the heart of the Valiant Universe when America’s one-man war on terror embarks on his deadliest mission yet!

You are Bloodshot. You are the pinnacle of human technological achievement and the most dangerous weapon ever assembled. You’ve had countless missions, but none more brutal, more exacting than the one that now rattles through your skull. But the clock is ticking and if you don’t uncover answers fast enough, your old war buddy Apanewicz will die as a POW. No, wait — that’s not right. Apanewicz is fine. It’s your parents. Your parents are being held hostage by terrorists and they won’t make it out alive. Or was it…your wife and baby…?

Learn the truth behind the most dangerous man in the Valiant Universe when Bloodshot #1 begins an all-new tour of duty this July 11th! And don’t forget to ask your local retailer today about how to sign up for the one-of-a-kind Bloodshot #1 Pullbox Exclusive Variant by red hot artist Mico Suayan, available only at your local comic shop!

BLOODSHOT #1 – ON SALE JULY 11th!
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by MANUEL GARCIA & ARTURO LOZZI
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI (MAY121309)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MICO SUAYAN (MAY121310)
Variant Cover by DAVID AJA (MAY121311)
Variant Cover by ESAD RIBIC (MAY121312)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.


VALIANT Solicitations for August 2012

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
Pullbox Exclusive Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant Covers by DAVID AJA & NEAL ADAMS

It’s a globetrotting quest for the Valiant Universe’s greatest secrets, from the New York Times bestselling team of Fred Van Lente (Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel Zombies) and Clayton Henry (Uncanny X-Men)!

Obadiah Archer was born and raised to cherish three things above all else: the faith of his parents, the love of his 22 brothers and sisters, and his lifelong mission to defeat the ultimate evildoer. Now, after years of training, Archer has been dispatched to the heart of America’s festering modern day Babylon, aka New York City, to root out and kill this infamous Great Satan. Unfortunately, dying has never been easy for Archer’s target ¬ the hard-drinking year-old immortal known as Armstrong. Together, this unlikely pair of heroes is about to stumble headfirst into a centuries-old conspiracy that will bring the whole of ancient history crashing down on the modern day Valiant Universe. And that’s going to mean one Hell of a hangover.

$3.99/Rated T+/On Sale August 8

 

BLOODSHOT #2
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by MANUEL GARCIA & ARTURO LOZZI
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI
Variant Cover by ANDY BRASE

Waking up inside a body bag is no way to start the day.

But that’s where you are, and worse yet, you’re 35,000 feet above the desert, guarded by the some of the toughest soldiers on the planet. You’re being flown back to the people who created you, who may have even betrayed you. You’re having a hard time separating your false memories (of family, duty, country) from the grim reality (of bullets, blood, screaming). Who’s really on your side? Why were you created? Where does the “real you” end and the programming begin? There’s only one way to find out – by reaching up and zipping open this bag. And God have mercy on anyone who comes face-to-face with the weapon — no, the man — no, the soldier — known only as Bloodshot.

$3.99/Rated T+/On Sale August 15

 

HARBINGER #3
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS & LEWIS LAROSA
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI
Variant Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER

Welcome to the Harbinger Foundation. Class is now in session.

Throughout his whole life, Peter Stanchek has been confused by his strange powers and their effect on those closest to him. Now, having abandoned everything he knows, Peter has escaped to the confines of Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation where his new training will temper his body, torture his mind and reawaken the horrors of his past. But is all of this truly giving Peter more control over his power? Or simply making him far more dangerous than he’s ever been before?

$3.99/T+/On Sale August 15

 

 

X-O MANOWAR #4

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Variant Cover by DON KRAMER

X-O Manowar vs. 2012 A.D.

With the enormous power of the X-O Manowar armor at his command, Aric has returned to Earth hell bent on destroying the Roman Empire. But the Rome he encounters is as alien to him as the Vine colony ship he escaped from – because 1,600 years have transpired in his absence. Without fully understanding the consequences of his actions, will Aric’s first act in the modern day ignite a new world war? Meanwhile, the secret history of the Vine’s presence on Earth is finally revealed. Who is corporate mogul Alexander Dorian? Will he be Aric’s one ally in this strange new world – or his very first enemy?

$3.99/Rated T+/On Sale August 29


X-O MANOWAR #1 Posts Massive Sellout, Returns With 2nd Printing


Valiant is proud to announce that X-O Manowar #1 has sold out at the distributor level, rocketing through its initial print run of 45,000 copies. Due to demand, Valiant is going back to press on the first issue of the all-new Valiant Universe for the X-O Manowar #1 Second Printing Wraparound Variant – featuring a never-before-seen cover by rising star Arturo Lozzi!

“We’ve been telling the industry for months that Valiant would have everyone talking in 2012, but these figures have exceeded even our expectations,” said Publisher Fred Pierce. “We can’t thank the retail community enough for the massive support they’ve shown us, and this sellout speaks volumes about the amazing job our creators are doing with this series.”

From the creative team of New York Times bestselling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan), X-O Manowar #1 is the first title of the publisher’s summer 2012 relaunch and heralds a new beginning for one of Valiant’s all-time best-selling heroes. And the Summer of Valiant has only just begun! Fans and retailers take note – Harbinger #1 arrives on June 6, and will be followed by Bloodshot #1 on July 11, and Archer & Armstrong #1 on August 8.

“This is an outstanding performance for an independent publisher, especially with a debut title. We look forward to great things from Valiant in the months and years to come,” said Bill Schanes, VP of Purchasing for Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.

“The success of this book is due in no small part to Rob and Cary’s phenomenal work, and our staff deserves a big round of applause as well,” said Valiant Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Warren, Fred, and the rest of the team spent months making sure Valiant’s return would make as big an impact as possible.”

“Valiant has never underestimated the resonance that its characters have with comics fans around the world,” added Valiant CEO Jason Kothari. “X-O Manowar #1 has already taken a lot of people by surprise, and, with Harbinger #1 and Bloodshot #1 just around the corner, this is truly going to be a summer of Valiant.”

Now’s the time to witness the epic beginning of Valiant’s return all over again! Jump onboard the summer’s hottest new series when the X-O Manowar #1 Second Printing Wraparound Variant arrives in stores everywhere on June 20th!

X-O MANOWAR #1 SECOND PRINTING WRAPAROUND VARIANT – ON SALE JUNE 20th!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI (APR128197)
$3.99/Rated T+/40 pgs.

X-O MANOWAR #2 – ON SALE JUNE 6th!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (APR121257)
Variant Cover by ARTURO LOZZI (APR121258)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

HARBINGER #1 – ON SALE JUNE 6th!
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI (APR121252)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MICO SUAYAN (APR121253)
Variant Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (APR121254)
QR Voice Variant by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (APR121255)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

BLOODSHOT #1 – ON SALE JULY 11th!
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by MANUEL GARCIA & ARTURO LOZZI
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI (MAY121309)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MICO SUAYAN (MAY121310)
Variant Cover by DAVID AJA (MAY121311)
Variant Cover by ESAD RIBIC (MAY121312)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 – ON SALE AUGUST 8th!
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant Covers by DAVID AJA & NEAL ADAMS
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.


VALIANT Bolsters Editorial Team With JODY LEHEUP

Valiant is proud to announce that former Marvel editor and Harvey Award nominee Jody LeHeup has been named to the position of Associate Editor. In his new role, LeHeup will contribute to Valiant’s newly relaunched stable of ongoing titles, including X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, and Archer & Armstrong. LeHeup is the latest addition to Valiant’s growing editorial team, joining Assistant Editor Josh Johns and Executive Editor Warren Simons.

“When we began our search for a new Associate Editor, Jody’s name was at the top of my list,” said Simons. “I had the opportunity to share an office with Jody at Marvel, and I saw firsthand how dedicated he was to creating amazing, innovative stories. He has a tremendous love for our medium, and I know he’ll be an exceptional addition to our hardworking team at Valiant.”

A four-year veteran of Marvel editorial, LeHeup edited a host of bestselling and critically lauded titles during his tenure, including Uncanny X-Force, Age of Apocalypse, Deadpool, and X-Factor, while his work on the acclaimed anthology Strange Tales garnered him a Harvey Award nomination in 2011.

“Valiant is already off to a roaring start and I’m thrilled to be joining such a talented team,” said LeHeup. “Warren is one of the best editors in the industry and I’m happy to have the chance to work with him, as well as the rest of Team Valiant, in continuing to redefine the Valiant Universe for a new generation.”

“Jody is an excellent addition to our incredibly talented editorial roster,” added Valiant CEO Jason Kothari. “We’ve worked hard to assemble a formidable team across all facets of Valiant and, with Jody now working at the side of Warren, we look forward to producing great stories for many years to come.”


VALIANT Takes Aim With BLOODSHOT #1

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of Bloodshot #1 by acclaimed writer Duane Swierczynski and the lethal artistic tag team of Manuel Garcia and Arturo Lozzi! On July 11th, in the wake of X-O Manowar, find out why fans and critics agree – the Summer of Valiant simply can’t be stopped!

Your name is Angelo Mortalli. Your brother is trapped behind enemy lines and on the verge of — no. That’s not right. Your name is Raymond Garrison. You’ve retired from the dangers of the field, but a desperate plea from your oldest friend plunges you into a vicious firefight that — no. That’s not right, either. You are Bloodshot. You are the shade of gray that freedom requires. The perfect confluence of military necessity and cutting-edge technology. A walking WikiLeaks that is a powder keg of dirty secrets waiting to explode. But now you’ve just been captured, and you’re about to find out once and for all what’s more deadly: you or what’s inside your head?

This July, every mission is a suicide mission and even death won’t stop your tour of duty. Go back behind enemy lines with one of comics’ all-time bestselling heroes when Valiant unleashes Bloodshot #1 – on sale July 11th!

Don’t forget to ask your retailer about Mico Suayan’s Bloodshot #1 Pullbox Exclusive Variant, available only at your local comic shop. And look for an uncensored sneak peek at Bloodshot only in Harbinger #1, the first issue of Valiant’s next staggering series, by New York Times bestselling author Joshua Dysart and Harvey Award nominee Khari Evans – on sale June 6th!

X-O Manowar. Harbinger. Bloodshot. Archer & Armstrong. This summer, the story starts here.

BLOODSHOT #1 – ON SALE JULY 11th!
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by MANUEL GARCIA & ARTURO LOZZI
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI (MAY121309)
Pullbox Exclusive Cover by MICO SUAYAN (MAY121310)
Variant Cover by DAVID AJA (MAY121311)
Variant Cover by ESAD RIBIC (MAY121312)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.


VALIANT Debuts ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 Cover

Valiant is proud to present Mico Suayan’s skull-smashing cover for Archer & Armstrong #1 – the Summer of Valiant’s next sensational series from the New York Times best-selling creative team of Fred Van Lente (Amazing Spider-Man) and Clayton Henry (Incredible Hercules)!

Obadiah Archer was raised to uphold three things above all else: the values of his parents, the love of his 22 brothers and sisters, and his lifelong mission to defeat the ultimate evildoer. Now, after years of training, Archer has been dispatched to the heart of America’s debauched modern day Babylon, aka New York City, to root out and kill this infamous Great Satan. Unfortunately, dying has never been easy for Archer’s target – the hard-drinking immortal known as Armstrong! Together, this unlikely pair of heroes is about to stumble headfirst into a centuries-old conspiracy that could bring the whole of ancient history crashing down on modern civilization.

It began with X-O Manowar, Harbinger and Bloodshot – could it all end here? Find out on August 8th when two mortal enemies come together to make an epic first impression on the Valiant Universe, only in Archer & Armstrong #1!

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 – ON SALE AUGUST 8th!
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
Pullbox Exclusive Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant Covers by DAVID AJA & NEAL ADAMS
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

 

 


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