On the heels of BOOK OF DEATH – Valiant’s epic, four-part event revealing the future fates of X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Ninjak and more in July – Valiant is proud to announce an all-new, first-of-its kind, retailer-incentive companion series, BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER, from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (IVAR, TIMEWALKER, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and fan-favorite artist Juan Jose Ryp (Clone, Ghosted)! As the secrets within the Book of the Geomancer wreak havoc on the present and future of the Valiant Universe, discover the true history and lineage of the very first speaker for the Earth with an all-new series of never-before-seen stories that won’t be collected in trade paperback!
Created specifically to promote Valiant’s upcoming BOOK OF DEATH event, BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER will expand the mythology of BOOK OF DEATH‘s central character – a newly appointed Geomancer, the latest in a long line of mystics that speak for the Earth and shape the course of history – and chronicle the first appearance of the founder of her kind…Anni, the very first Geomancer!
Out of the pages of BOOK OF DEATH, the origin of the first Geomancer and the sacred pact that swore her to the service of the Earth can finally be told…but, with it too, the source of the divine mysteries that have haunted her line for centuries. Has Anni’s mission redeemed or corrupted the world that followed in their wake…and will the ultimate secrets of the Geomancers’ book doom us all in the end?
“With LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER, Fred and Juan are crafting a dazzlingly beautiful, action-packed corollary to BOOK OF THE DEATH. This is the story of a character that is not only new to the Valiant Universe, but is also vitally important to its history – Anni, the very first Geomancer,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons.
“LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER is designed to be something special and something distinct from your typical ‘event’ tie-in story,” added Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “This is a little known story, the history of which is only known to a select few of the most important players in the Valiant Universe, and it’s telling will mirror its method of distribution. This will be a rare series that we hope fans will seek, much as they did decades ago for tales like the original HARBINGER #0.”
A special, retailer-incentive limited series, all four issues of BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER will be printed in limited quantities and will only be made available to retailers who qualify based on their orders of BOOK OF DEATH #1-4. Fans interested in obtaining this special incentive limited series should contact their local comics retailer to pre-order their copy before the May 28th initial order date for BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4).
Spanning eight issues total, the BOOK OF DEATH event begins in July with BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s blockbuster comics event from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (X-O MANOWAR, Green Lantern), superstar-in-the-making Robert Gill (ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER, Batgirl) and visionary artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS, Justice)! Colliding the next two thousand years of history against the most powerful heroes of today, the summer’s must-read comics event starts here as a new Geomancer emerges to build a bridge to the future of the Valiant Universe!
Then, the story continues throughout the summer with four standalone one-shots from an all-star cast of Valiant’s top talents – Jeff Lemire & Doug Braithwaite in BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF BLOODSHOT #1; Matt Kindt & Trevor Hairsine in BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF NINJAK #1; Joshua Dysart & Kano in BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF HARBINGER #1; and Robert Venditti & Clayton Henry in BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF X-O MANOWAR #1!
The Valiant heroes. X-O Manowar. Bloodshot. Ninjak. The Harbinger Renegades. Unity. This is how they lived. This is how they died.
Now we know. The Book of the Geomancer has recorded it all. But only a young girl – the last in a line of the enigmatic mystics who protect the Earth known as Geomancers – has seen this future come to pass, from the coming cataclysm to the dawn of the 41st century. Alone with her sworn protector, the Eternal Warrior – a soldier battle-forged across five thousand years of combat – the duo must defy their allies to stop the Dark Age that now threatens to eclipse our world.
Together, they are the number one target of every hero and villain on Earth. Either the Eternal Warrior hands her over…or they take him down. But can even he single-handedly protect one child when the entire Valiant Universe wages war against him?
This July, join Valiant superstars Robert Venditti, Robert Gill, and Doug Braithwaite as they begin a thousand-year journey into the future of the Valiant Universe…and rain, fire, blood and war on the heroes of today in BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)!
Then, Fred Van Lente and Juan Jose Ryp journey into the annals of prehistory to reveal the untold story of the Earth’s sacred guardians in BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER #1 (of 4) – in stores the same day as BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)! Contact your local comics retailer today to find out how to reserve your copy!
BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by ROBERT GILL & DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by ROBERT GILL
Cover B by CARY NORD
Cover C by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover D by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Character Design Variant by PAOLO RIVERA
Valiant Icons Variant by PERE PEREZ
Artist Variant by PAOLO RIVERA
Blank Cover also available
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 15 (FOC – 6/22/15)
BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF BLOODSHOT #1 (ONE-SHOT)
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover B by JEFTE PALO
Variant Cover by DAVID YARDIN
Variant Cover by TOM FOWLER
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 22 (FOC – 6/29/15)
BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER #1 (of 4)*
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
INCENTIVE | 24 pages | T+ | On sale JULY 15 (FOC – 6/22/15)
*ATTENTION RETAILERS: PLEASE SEE THE DIAMOND DAILY OR VALIANT RETAILER EMAIL TO FIND OUT HOW TO QUALIFY FOR THIS LIMITED RATIO INCENTIVE. QUANTITIES WILL BE BASED ON ORDERS OF BOOK OF DEATH #1.
This July, Valiant cordially invites you to the most momentous event of the summer…THE WEDDING OF X-O MANOWAR!
Valiant is proud to announce X-O MANOWAR #38 – an oversized, 48-page wedding spectacular uniting Aric of Dacia, aka the unstoppable X-O Manowar, with his new love, Saana of Loam, before a cast of special guests from across the Valiant Universe!
Join New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (ARMOR HUNTERS, Green Lantern) and red-hot artist Rafa Sandoval (Ultimate Hawkeye) this July to stand and witness the biggest, brashest wedding celebration of the year as Valiant’s alien armored Visigoth takes the epic next step in his evolution as a king and hero!
Aric of Dacia nearly died in battle against the Armor Hunters, and watched a world end at the hands of Dead Hand. As a king, he knows that it is his duty to marry and provide his people with an heir to protect them in the generations to come. He now makes the next step on his journey… With a guest list of the Valiant Universe’s finest, what could possibly go wrong? One hint: everything!
Plus: in addition to the full-length lead tale, the 48-page X-O Manowar wedding celebration also comes packed with special gifts and guests! First, Valiant superstars Robert Venditti (The Flash) and Clayton Henry (IVAR, TIMEWALKER) offer up a toast with a tale of Aric and Saana’s Visigoth forebears and the future they sought!
Then, Valiant newcomer Amy Chu (Vertigo CMYK) and red-hot artist CAFU (UNITY) reveal the woman who will become queen in a very special solo tale of Saana of Loam, while Rafer Roberts (Carpool Buddies of Doom) dares attend…the bachelor party of X-O Manowar! And, last but not least, Eisner Award nominee Andy Runton (Owly) returns to X-O Manowar for another chapter of Owly’s adventures with Aric’s all-powerful armor, Shanhara!
Alien warriors! Visigoth valor! Love! War! It all happens here as red-hot creators Robert Venditti and Rafa Sandoval lead off a can’t-miss matrimonial melee two millennia in the making in X-O MANOWAR #38!
Featuring covers by Rafa Sandoval, Cary Nord, CAFU, Jay Fabares, and Tom Fowler, make sure to RSVP this July and get your place at the table of the summer’s most joyous Valiant event…THE WEDDING OF X-O MANOWAR!
X-O MANOWAR #38 (WEDDING SPECTACULAR!)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI with AMY CHU, ANDY RUNTON, and RAFER ROBERTS
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL with CLAYTON HENRY, CAFU, ANDY RUNTON, and RAFER ROBERTS
Cover A (Wraparound) by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover B by CARY NORD
Cover C by CAFU
Blank Invitation Variant Also Available
Variant Cover by JAY FABARES
Variant Cover by TOM FOWLER
$4.99 |48 pgs.| T+ | ON SALE IN JULY!
Valiant is proud to debut the official video trailer and first lettered interior preview for BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the devastating new ongoing series by New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (THE VALIANT, Green Arrow) and visionary storyteller Mico Suayan (HARBINGER, Moon Knight)! On April 15th, start reading here as the VALIANT NEXT initiative reaches its boiling point with an action-packed and unpredictable new vision of Valiant’s toughest, most unrelenting hero!
Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit – a private contractor trafficking in violence – very well.
Now, Bloodshot is a shadow of his former self. He lives in self-imposed exile, reeling from the consequences of his past life and the recent events that nearly drove him mad. But when a rash of shootings by gunmen who appear to look just like Bloodshot begin, his guilt will send him on a mission to stop the killers, even if it means diving headlong into the violence that nearly destroyed him.
“I think [Bloodshot's] a really fascinating character; he’s almost a modern Frankenstien,” writer Jeff Lemire told Entertainment Weekly. “This guy whose life was torn apart and he was turned into a monster, really—the most tragic part being whoever he was before this is lost to him now. He may have had a family. Who knows what his life was like? To me, that’s a very tragic kind of thing, and a very easy thing for a writer to hook into and explore.”
THE VALIANT was only the beginning… On April 15th, discover an all-new beginning for the indestructible man-turned-machine at the center of the Valiant Universe as all-star creators Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan unleash a gripping new odyssey of destruction, death, and darkness in BLOODSHOT REBORN #1!
Plus: don’t miss each essential new series from VALIANT NEXT! Beginning with THE VALIANT #1 (of 4) by superstar creators Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera, VALIANT NEXT continues with five blockbuster new series in 2015, starring Valiant’s biggest, most-demanded heroes alongside all-new, never-before-seen characters:
• IVAR, TIMEWALKER #1 by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry in January
• DIVINITY #1 (of 4) by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine in February
• IMPERIUM #1 by Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite in February
• NINJAK #1 by Matt Kindt, Clay Mann and Butch Guice in March
• BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 by Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan in April
BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by MICO SUAYAN with JEFF LEMIRE
Cover A by JUAN DOE (FEB151641)
Cover B by MICO SUAYAN (FEB151642)
Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON (FEB151643)
Cover D by LEWIS LAROSA (FEB151644)
Valiant Next Variant by MICO SUAYAN & TOM MULLER (FEB151646)
Variant Cover by JEFF LEMIRE (FEB151647)
Variant Cover by BUTCH GUICE (FEB151648)
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (FEB151649)
Blank Cover also available (FEB151645)
$3.99 |40 pgs.| T+ | On sale APRIL 15 (FOC – 3/23/15)