Blog Archives

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.

 

 


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.

 

 


Watch VALIANT LIVE Right Here!

Welcome to tonight’s presentation of VALIANT LIVE: X-O MANOWAR #1 – live from New York’s own Midtown Comics!  The panel discussion will begin at 8:30 PM EDT (5:30 PM EDT). Log into your Facebook account via the Big Live widget below to join guests Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar), Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong), Executive Editor Warren Simons, and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, and interact live with the panel and your fellow Valiant fans! Moderated by IGN Comics Editor Joey Esposito, join the conversation below to find out what the future holds for the Valiant Universe!

See you here tonight!


Critics Love Valiant's X-O MANOWAR #1! Now Read the First 6 Pages!

X-O Manowar #1 is the critical smash of the summer! Now read the first six pages of the debut issue of the all-new Valiant Universe, arriving in stores and online today! Steady yourself for 40 pages of all-out onslaught with this year’s breakout hit, as only all-star creators Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and Cary Nord (Conan) could tell it!

Now is the time to find out why critics are certain — the Summer of Valiant is off to a roaring start with X-O Manowar #1!

“It’s the best book I’ve read in a decade and stands far above the relaunch of another company from last year. A complete knockout.” – Ryan McLelland, Ain’t It Cool News

“Writer Robert Venditti and artist Cary Nord have brought a newfound sophistication and detail to [X-O Manowar]” – Jason Serafino, Complex Magazine

“With but a single issue under their belts, X-O Manowar will become the next big cosmic title you need to get your hands on!” – Chris Bushley, Cosmic Book News

“Robert Venditti and Cary Nord [are] on the job, and they’re playing near the top of their games… 10/10.” – Russ Burlingame, ComicBook.com

“4.5 stars… [As] reintroductions to comic book properties go, X-O Manowar is a great start.” – Doug Zawisza, Comic Book Resources

“Thrilling to say the least… A must have for fans and new readers alike.” – Jason Clyma, Broken Frontier

“Nine out of ten… All in all, a great start for the book, and for the [Valiant] line.” – Reid Kerr, Examiner.com

“Believe the hype about Valiant’s re-launch in 2012… [X-O Manowar #1 is] a fantastic first issue…” – Nicholas Yanes, SciFiPulse.net

“The Summer of Valiant is here, and boy did it kick off with a BANG!… X-O Manowar #1 is a must read…” – Josh Pierce, One Geek Nation

This summer, the story starts here! Don’t miss out on the summer’s most anticipated comic book blockbuster when X-O Manowar #1 arrives in stores and online today!

X-O MANOWAR #1 – ON SALE NOW!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by ESAD RIBIC (MAR121221)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CARY NORD (MAR121222)
Variant Cover by DAVID AJA (MAR121223)
QR Voice Variant by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (MAR121224)
$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.


Critics Love Valiant’s X-O MANOWAR #1! Now Read the First 6 Pages!

X-O Manowar #1 is the critical smash of the summer! Now read the first six pages of the debut issue of the all-new Valiant Universe, arriving in stores and online today! Steady yourself for 40 pages of all-out onslaught with this year’s breakout hit, as only all-star creators Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and Cary Nord (Conan) could tell it!

Now is the time to find out why critics are certain — the Summer of Valiant is off to a roaring start with X-O Manowar #1!

“It’s the best book I’ve read in a decade and stands far above the relaunch of another company from last year. A complete knockout.” – Ryan McLelland, Ain’t It Cool News

“Writer Robert Venditti and artist Cary Nord have brought a newfound sophistication and detail to [X-O Manowar]” – Jason Serafino, Complex Magazine

“With but a single issue under their belts, X-O Manowar will become the next big cosmic title you need to get your hands on!” – Chris Bushley, Cosmic Book News

“Robert Venditti and Cary Nord [are] on the job, and they’re playing near the top of their games… 10/10.” – Russ Burlingame, ComicBook.com

“4.5 stars… [As] reintroductions to comic book properties go, X-O Manowar is a great start.” – Doug Zawisza, Comic Book Resources

“Thrilling to say the least… A must have for fans and new readers alike.” – Jason Clyma, Broken Frontier

“Nine out of ten… All in all, a great start for the book, and for the [Valiant] line.” – Reid Kerr, Examiner.com

“Believe the hype about Valiant’s re-launch in 2012… [X-O Manowar #1 is] a fantastic first issue…” – Nicholas Yanes, SciFiPulse.net

“The Summer of Valiant is here, and boy did it kick off with a BANG!… X-O Manowar #1 is a must read…” – Josh Pierce, One Geek Nation

This summer, the story starts here! Don’t miss out on the summer’s most anticipated comic book blockbuster when X-O Manowar #1 arrives in stores and online today!

X-O MANOWAR #1 – ON SALE NOW!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by ESAD RIBIC (MAR121221)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CARY NORD (MAR121222)
Variant Cover by DAVID AJA (MAR121223)
QR Voice Variant by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (MAR121224)
$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.


VALIANT and COMIXOLOGY Announce Exclusive Digital Distribution Agreement

All-New Upcoming Valiant Titles To Be Available Same Day As Print

Get X-0 Manowar #1 Digitally Today At ComiXology.com

Classic Valiant Titles Also Available Today!

May 2nd, 2012 – New York, NY – Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce that it has reached an exclusive digital comics distribution agreement with comiXology, the world’s largest digital comics platform available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web with over 60 million comic and graphic novel downloads to date.

Beginning today with the release of the all-new X-O Manowar #1 by New York Times best-selling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan), comiXology will offer same-day as print digital releases for all of Valiant’s upcoming titles. Additionally, Valiant’s expansive back catalog of classic content will also be exclusively available via comiXology.

“There’s tremendous excitement around Valiant’s return, and they’re bringing with them one of the greatest libraries of comic characters and stories in comics,” said comiXology CEO and co-Founder David Steinberger. “We couldn’t be more proud to partner with Valiant in the digital marketplace. We’re sure to see the original Valiant fans energized by making these great comics available across the globe, while also bringing in a whole new generation of readers.”

Set for a much anticipated summer 2012 relaunch, Valiant will soon return with four new series, all of which will debut as same-day as print digital releases on comiXology – X-O Manowar #1 on sale today, Harbinger #1 on June 6th, Bloodshot #1 on July 11th, and Archer & Armstrong #1 on August 8th.

Moreover, in conjunction with the today’s release of X-O Manowar #1, comiXology is adding the first-ever digital editions of three classic storylines from Valiant’s vast archive of best-selling comics to comiXology’s library of more than 20,000 issues:

  • X-O Manowar (1992) #0-6 by Jim Shooter, Bob Layton, Barry Windsor-Smith & Joe Quesada
  • Harbinger (1992) #0-6 by Jim Shooter & David Lapham
  • Bloodshot (1993) #0-4 by Kevin VanHook & Don Perlin

“For the first time, through comiXology’s platform, Valiant Comics will be available anywhere in the world,” said Valiant CEO Jason Kothari. “With Valiant’s return now in full effect with today’s release of X-O Manowar #1, the timing couldn’t be better to remind people once again of the incredible characters and stories that made Valiant a household name.”

As part of the exclusive agreement, Valiant Entertainment titles will also be available through comiXology’s Digital Retailer Storefront program. This enables retailers to sell Valiant’s digital comics through their own website while comic book fans can purchase digital comics from their local comic store’s digital storefront with a portion of each purchase going directly to the retailer.

Future digital releases on comiXology will delve deeper into the Valiant catalog, and feature classic series including Archer & Armstrong, Rai, Ninjak, Shadowman, Eternal Warrior, and Quantum & Woody.

In the meantime, today fans everywhere can now add all-new Valiant material to their digital comics libraries with X-O Manowar #1, from writer Robert Venditti and artist Cary Nord, available now on the Comics by comiXology platform – available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web.

About Valiant Entertainment
Valiant Entertainment is a character-based publishing and licensing company that owns and controls some of the most cherished comic characters ever created across all media worldwide. Since their creation in 1989, Valiant characters have sold 80 million comic books and have been the basis of a number of successful video game franchises. Valiant’s extensive library includes over 1,500 characters, such as X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, and Ninjak. Visit www.valiantentertainment.com.

About comiXology
Founded in 2007 with the mission of bringing comics to people everywhere, comiXology – in just five short years – has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel world. From creating the industry leading platform for digital comics to tools and services for brick and mortar retailers, comiXology has lead the charge in exposing new audiences to the rich history and culture of comic books. With the development of the Comics by comiXology digital comics platform – available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web – comiXology provides the easiest way worldwide for people to enjoy comics at just the click of a button! Regularly ranking as the top grossing iPad app in the entire iTunes App Store, Comics by comiXology was recently selected as a preloaded app on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Providing digital comics across multiple platforms, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the earth has been turned into a comic book fan.


IGN Presents VALIANT LIVE: X-O MANOWAR #1 From NYC's MIDTOWN COMICS

UPDATE: The Valiant/IGN panel discussion is a live interactive event available only through the Big Live streaming video/interactive chat experience. Midtown Comics will NOT be open for business at the time of the event, and no members of the public will be admitted. Online participants will be able to view the discussion and interact with the panel members live via comics.IGN.com, Facebook.com/ValiantComics, or ValiantUniverse.com/News.

This Thursday, May 3rd, Valiant and IGN are partnering for a one-of-kind online experience,VALIANT LIVE: X-O MANOWAR #1, direct from New York’s own Midtown Comics! Moderated by IGN Comics Editor Joey Esposito, the inaugural VALIANT LIVE panel will be bringing the convention experience to comics fans far and wide with live streaming video and real-time audience Q&A on May 3rd from 8:30-9:15 PM EDT (5:30-6:15 PM PST)!

Hitting just one day after the release of X-O Manowar #1, this is your chance to find out all there is know about the foundations of the all-new Valiant Universe directly from a star-studded panel of guests including Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar), Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong), Executive Editor Warren Simons, and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. Via the interactive Big Live platform, viewers will be able to ask questions directly to the panel and converse with other fans. Expect surprise announcements, and a behind-the-scenes look at a ton of unseen art from X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, and Valiant’s upcoming Free Comic Book Day release!

And all you need to join the conversation is an internet connection! Just visit comics.IGN.com, Facebook.com/ValiantComics, or ValiantUniverse.com/News to participate and get a jump on the Summer of Valiant as it happens!

In the meantime, fans can submit questions ahead of time via Twitter to @ValiantComics and @joeyesposito with the hashtag #AskValiant. The best of the bunch will queued up and ready to go when VALIANT LIVE: X-O MANOWAR #1 kicks off live on May 3rd at 8:30 PM EDT (5:30 PM PDT)!


1 38 39 40 41 42 43