First Look: Rafer Roberts and David Lafuente Go “IN THE BAG” for A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 – Coming in March!

AA_001_COVER-A_LAFUENTE1GET SMASHED…OR BE SMASHED! This spring, Valiant’s award-winning heroes are back…and dropping into their biggest adventure yet for an all-new monthly series!

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the NEW ONGOING SERIES from red-hot rising star Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and superstar artist David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man)! Valiant’s next blockbuster series starts here on March 16th with “IN THE BAG” – a insane rescue mission sending Archer into the depths of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel to free his roguish partner from an ages-old enemy…but only if he can fight his way through a mind-bending maze of history’s greatest lost treasures first!

MEET ARMSTRONG: Since the ancient city of Ur, this immortal adventurer has spent the last 7,000 years drinking and carousing his way through history alongside some of the greatest merrymakers the world has ever known.

MEET ARCHER: A sheltered teenage martial arts master and expert marksman who was raised for a single purpose – to kill the devil incarnate. Little did he know that this undying evil was actually Armstrong (he’s actually a pretty good guy…once you get to know him) and, since hitting the road together, these two have become great friends and even better partners.

NOW: Archer is about to set off on his most dangerous mission yet – a quest into the mystic reaches of Armstrong’s bottomless satchel to liberate his friend and comrade from the clutches of the mad god Bacchus! (Okay, so, Armstrong went into the satchel himself to get a bottle of whiskey that he kinda misplaced and got stuck. It’s like the Amazon warehouse of arcane treasures in there…and he doesn’t exactly have a maid service.)

Imprisoned in Armstrong’s satchel for centuries, Bacchus now commands a legion of monsters, goblins and golems bent on escaping back into the world of man and enacting revenge on their captor… Can Archer single-handedly combat the godly embodiment of intoxication himself – and rescue his best buddy – without becoming lost amongst Armstrong’s endless repository of bizarre artifacts and historical oddities in the process?

“A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG is a funny book. It is also action-packed and full of strange and surreal characters and situations. However, under all the humor and surrealness, there is a great deal of heart,” series writer Rafer Roberts told ComicBook.com.

“One of the most satisfying things I get to play with in A&A is the fluid dynamic of a strong friendship under the guise of a manic action series. Like in any relationship there will be ups and downs. There will be good times spent fighting an army of lizard-men and trash golems, and bad times where they are getting their asses kicked by an 80-foot tall goat monster that they unleashed upon the Earth.”

An immortal mischief-maker, a teenage assassin with a heart of gold, and the Greek god of partying walk into a fifth-dimensional messenger bag… Stop us if you’ve heard this one before when “IN THE BAG” starts with a bang on March 16th, only in A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 – featuring covers by David Lafuente (Patsy Walker: Hellcat), Kano (Swamp Thing), Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY), Clayton Henry (HARBINGER), Rafer Roberts (Carpool Buddies of Doom), and Phil Jimenez (Infinite Crisis)!

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

A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover A by DAVID LAFUENTE (JAN161737)
Cover B by KANO (JAN161738)
Cover C by TREVOR HAIRSINE (JAN161739)
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by CLAYTON HENRY (JAN161740)
Variant Cover by RAFER ROBERTS (JAN161742)
Variant Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ (JAN161743)
B&W Sketch Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE (JAN161744)
Blank Cover also available (JAN161741)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MARCH 16th (FOC 2/22/16)

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Valiant Solicitations for APRIL 2016 – DIVINITY II #1 (OF 4) |A&A #2 | NINJAK #14 (“THE SIEGE OF KING’S CASTLE”) | AND MORE!

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DIVINITY II #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by TOM MULLER
Variant Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Variant Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM
B&W Sketch Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Blank Cover also available

The much-anticipated follow-up to the five-time sold-out series that The Onion/A.V. Club calls the “Best New Superhero of 2015” is here! The acclaimed creative team returns for a perfect new jumping-on point into the expansive sci-fi saga that shook the world!

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent three cosmonauts farther into space than anyone has gone before or since. Handpicked orphans with no connections to Earth, trained as devout Communists, and restricted from having families, they became lost in the stars and encountered something unknown… Something that changed them.

Long thought lost and erased from the history books, Abram Adams was the first to return, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. But, even with seemingly limitless power at his fingertips, he is concerned only with the secret love he hid away from his superiors and the unborn child he never had a chance to meet.

Now, Miska, the female co-pilot of the group, has also returned to Earth…but, unlike Abram she had no secret family. Unlike Abram, she still believes in the Communist ideal. And, unlike Abram, she intends to play a very real role in the return of Soviet glory.

Earth is about to meet a new god. And she’s a Communist. How long can it be before the nations of Earth bend before DIVINITY?

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale APRIL 20

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A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #2
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover A by DAVID LAFUENTE
Cover B by KANO
Cover C by MONICA GALLAGHER
Variant Cover by RAFER ROBERTS
Variant Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ
B&W Sketch Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE

Reunited…and it doesn’t feel so good!

After following Armstrong into the depths of his infinite satchel in a search for booze, Archer and his partner, history’s most inebriated immortal, have found themselves prisoners of…uh…what’s this villain’s name again? Armstrong may not be able to remember what their captor, Bacchus, is all about, but he sure is upset by the memories tied to a rare bottle of wine. What secret is about to come roaring out of the past to haunt him? And is Archer doomed to the repeat Armstrong’s tragic mistakes? Plus: It’s a day in the life of Valiant’s new breakout character of 2016 – hey kids, get ready for DAVEY THE MACKEREL!

Valiant’s latest blockbuster ongoing series goes even farther down the rabbit hole when “IN THE BAG” continues right here from rising star Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and comic book superstar David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man)!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale APRIL 13

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NINJAK #14 (ALL-NEW ARC! “THE SIEGE OF KING’S CASTLE” – PART 1)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by MIKE CHOI
Cover C JEFFREY VEREGGE
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant Cover by ANDRES GUINALDO
Variant Cover by MATT KINDT

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “THE SIEGE OF KING’S CASTLE” – PART 1!

Colin King, the elite MI-6 intelligence operative codenamed Ninjak, has confronted his past. He’s survived the gauntlet of the Shadow Seven. He’s walked into the Deadside and returned a changed man. Now his greatest trial yet will come to pass as the ruthless assassin called Roku returns to lay siege to Ninjak’s present and future by destroying his life from the inside out – and only the death of Colin King will stop her.

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY) and rising star Diego Bernard (X-O MANOWAR) charge into a new, four-issue blockbuster that will leave no one unscathed!

$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale APRIL 6

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BLOODSHOT REBORN #12
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA
Cover A by RYAN BODENHEIM
Cover B by PHIL JIMENEZ
Cover C by JEFFREY VEREGGE
Variant Cover by TULA LOTAY
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE

Assault on Los Angeles!

Motivated by the latest in a never-ending barrage of tragedies, Bloodshot is teaming with his old friend and ally, Ninjak, to take down the Shadowmen and G.A.T.E.’s X-O Manowar armor-drones. But Bloodshot’s not the technologically advanced warrior he once was. Can he overcome the onslaught of the future’s bleeding-edge “goo-tech” defenses? And just who is…the Man in the Tower?

New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Extraordinary X-Men) and artist extraordinaire Lewis LaRosa (The Punisher) redefine the future of the Valiant Universe with the next armor-piercing installment of “THE ANALOG MAN”!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale APRIL 20

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WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #6
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by PHIL JIMENEZ
Cover B by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Variant Cover by PERE PÉREZ

“PRELUDE TO LABYRINTH” – PART 2!

As Gilad’s oldest enemy returns, the Eternal Warrior looks to the battles of the past to prepare for war in the present.

The year’s smash-hit new series prepares for a shocking new story arc here with the second chapter of a special, two-part prelude reintroducing one of the greatest villains of all time! Jump on board here as New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH) and blockbuster artist Juan José Ryp (NINJAK) pave the road to “LABYRINTH” with bone, blood, and wrath!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale APRIL 13

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X-O MANOWAR #46
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by ROBERT GILL
Cover A by PHIL JIMENEZ
Cover B by STEPHEN MOONEY
Variant Cover by CHRISCROSS

The game-changing finale to “THE KILL LIST”!

X-O Manowar and Ninjak have uncovered a Vine terrorist network that goes farther up the rungs of power than they could have ever expected – and revealing its secrets may have just put everyone Aric holds dear in grave danger! Even Valiant’s two most powerful heroes might not be able to stop what’s coming next…and the countdown is about to begin!

The all-star creators behind Valiant’s blockbuster BOOK OF DEATH event, New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and red-hot artist Robert Gill, present the most dire hour ever in the life of X-O Manowar!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale APRIL 20

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FAITH #4 (of 4)
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA and MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover A by STEPHANIE HANS
Cover B by DAN PARENT
Cover C by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant Cover by COLLEEN COOVER

Outnumbered, outgunned, and out of time – but never out of Faith!

Mild-mannered blogger by day and aspiring superhero by night, Faith Herbert never imagined she’d find herself at the center of a story like this! Pursued by the agents of a stealth extraterrestrial invasion at every turn, this former Harbinger Renegade is about to realize that Earth needs a new kind of hero to save the day.

Rising star Jody Houser (Orphan Black) and explosive artists Francis Portela (Green Lantern) and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells) deliver the can’t-miss conclusion to Faith’s spotlight-stealing solo debut!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale APRIL 27

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IMPERIUM #15
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS
Cover A by KHARI EVANS
Cover B by ROBERT GILL
Variant Cover by MING DOYLE

Desperate times for Toyo Harada as “STORMBREAK” rages on!

Harada’s vision to save the world faces catastrophic failure as the Foundation Zone finds itself squeezed between the armies of the world. Now, at his weakest point, the allied forces led by Livewire and H.A.R.D. Corps’ Major Charlie Palmer conspire to hit him hard and fast on every front. But with Harada’s team of monsters starting to turn on each other, does this super-powered mastermind stand any chance of winning the fight?

New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier) and Harvey Award-nominated artist Khari Evans (HARBINGER) push the clock one minute closer to midnight for the most dangerous man in the Valiant Universe!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale APRIL 27

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VALIANT UNIVERSE HANDBOOK: 2016 EDITION #1
Cover by DIEGO BERNARD

From ARCHER & ARMSTRONG to X-O MANOWAR, explore the classified origins and heart-stopping histories of Valiant’s greatest heroes and villains right here with an all-new 40-page handbook – intro-priced at just $2.99!

Jump on board here to discover the staggering scope and epic scale of the largest independent universe in comics! Featuring complete dossiers on Valiant powerhouses like BLOODSHOT, THE ETERNAL WARRIOR, FAITH, NINJAK and RAI alongside newcomers like DIVINITY, IMPERIUM, PUNK MAMBO, and THE SHADOW SEVEN – plus never-before-seen explorations of far-flung locales like 4001 A.D. and THE DEADSIDE – this essential, oversized handbook is your one-stop introduction to the most acclaimed publishing line in comics! Featuring artwork from a blockbuster cast of superstar artists including Doug Braithwaite, Clayton Crain, David Lafuente, Lewis LaRosa, Trevor Hairsine, Mico Suayan, and many more!

$2.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale APRIL 27

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WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR VOL. 1: RISEN TPB
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art & Cover by RAUL ALLEN

New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH, X-O MANOWAR) and visionary artist Raúl Allén (NINJAK, Hawkeye) forge a new legend for Valiant’s master of war!

For five millennia, the Eternal Warrior has shaped history at the end of his sword. He’s razed empires, toppled civilizations, and broken armies as an immortal soldier in service to the Earth. But now, the Eternal Warrior has been torn from the world he once protected and finds himself stranded in a hostile alien landscape unlike any he’s faced before. Separated from his earthly environs, can history’s deadliest soldier survive a realm far older, far deadlier, and fare more ruinous than anything he’s ever encountered? Beyond Earth lies eternity…

Collecting WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #1-#4

$9.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On sale APRIL 13
ISBN: 978-1-68215-123-5

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X-O MANOWAR DELUXE EDITION BOOK 3 HC
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI with JUSTIN JORDAN and ANDY RUNTON
Art by DIEGO BERNARD and DOUG BRAITHWAITE with SEAN CHEN, TOM FOWLER,
BRYAN HITCH, J.G. JONES, BARRY KITSON, CARY NORD and ANDY RUNTON
Cover by CLAYTON HENRY

From New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH, The Flash) and all-star artists Diego Bernard (Red Lanterns) and Doug Braithwaite (NINJAK) comes the next oversized volume collecting the series IGN calls “fantastic, action-packed storytelling that never fails to satisfy” as X-O Manowar begins his greatest challenge yet!

Aric of Dacia, a fifth-century warrior bonded to alien armor and transplanted to the modern day, is now the most important weapon in the arsenal of M.E.R.O., the top-secret American intelligence organization that monitors extraterrestrial life on Earth. In order to protect his people, Aric must undergo dangerous missions in space, but nothing can prepare him for the stunning secret that awaits him in the stars. The Armor Hunters are coming. They have sworn to rid the universe of the X-O Manowar armor’s incalculable destructive power and they have found their final target. Earth will be the greatest hunt of all… and the fight for survival begins here.

Featuring backup stories from an all-star cast of comic book superstars – including Sean Chen (Iron Man), Tom Fowler (QUANTUM AND WOODY), Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates), J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man), Cary Nord (Conan), and many more – the pulse-pounding storyline that redefines Valiant’s flagship hero is collected here in a prestige-sized hardcover packed with 20+ pages of rarely seen bonus materials and special features!

Collecting X-O MANOWAR #23–#29 and ARMOR HUNTERS #1-4

$39.99 | 304 pgs. | T+ | On sale APRIL 20
ISBN: 978-1-68215-131-0

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QUANTUM AND WOODY BY PRIEST & BRIGHT VOL. 4 : Q2 – THE RETURN TPB
Written by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST
Art & Cover by M.D. BRIGHT

The most demanded return in comics is finally here! The original Quantum and Woody are back! Legendary creators Christopher Priest (Black Panther) and M.D. Bright (Iron Man) return to one of the most acclaimed series of the modern era!

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?

Collecting Q2: THE RETURN OF QUANTUM AND WOODY #1–5 in trade paperback as a perfect companion to the QUANTUM AND WOODY BY PRIEST & BRIGHT collections!

$17.99 | 144 pgs. | T+ | On sale APRIL 27
ISBN: 978-1-68215-109-9

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


Retailer Advisory: Valiant’s FAITH #1 Soars into Advance Sell-Out; Retailers to Receive Bonus Second Printing in Stores Alongside First

FAITH_001_COVER_SECOND-PRINTINGValiant is proud to announce that FAITH #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of the long-awaited solo series debut for the breakout star of HARBINGER – has sold out at the distributor level in advance of its January 27th street date and will immediately return to store shelves with the FAITH #1 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING.

To meet surging demand for Faith’s solo series debut on the heels of mainstream recognition by a diverse array of media outlets including The A.V. Club, Bustle, Cosmopolitan, The Guardian, MTV, People, Seventeen, The Washington Post, Vox, and many more, Valiant is providing participating retailers with a complimentary overship of the FAITH #1 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING that will arrive in stores alongside the issue’s first, sold-out edition just in time for the title’s January 27th on-sale date.

“Even before the first issue has hit stores, FAITH #1 has managed to over-perform on nearly every level,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “From story to accessibility on down, this is a perfect, new-reader-friendly first issue that wonderfully illustrates why Valiant’s brand of storytelling continues to accrue praise from all corners of the industry. To that end, we want to ensure that retailers nationwide are ready to accommodate readers looking for Valiant’s latest hit #1 title on January 27th, and this unique second printing overship is designed to do just that.”

Retailers will receive their bonus copies of the FAITH #1 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING in 50% proportion to their orders of the FAITH #1 (of 4) – Cover A by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic. Further copies of the FAITH #1 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING have also been made available through Diamond code: DEC158001.

Written by rising star Jody Houser (Orphan Black) with artwork by explosive artists Francis Portela (Green Lantern) and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells), FAITH #1 (of 4) is the first-ever solo series for Faith “Zephyr” Herbert – the high-flying heart and soul of Valiant’s acclaimed HARBINGER series. Since her first appearance in 1992, Faith has stood the test of time as one of the most unique characters anywhere in comics – a starry-eyed superhero cut from the same comic-loving cloth as her fans around the world. Now, on January 27th, Faith is charging to the forefront of the Valiant Universe for blockbuster-scale adventure packed with spectacular superhero action, alien intrigue, and global stakes!

Orphaned at a young age, Faith Herbert – a psionically gifted “psiot” discovered by the Harbinger Foundation – has always aspired to greatness. But now this once-ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws her into harm’s way! Well, at least she thought it would… When she’s not typing up listicles about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr!

But flying solo is going to be tougher than she ever thought when Zephyr uncovers a deep-rooted alien conspiracy. Two-bit burglars and car thieves are one thing, but when the world needs a hero to stave off a full-blown extraterrestrial invasion, will Faith find herself in over her head…or ready for her biggest challenge yet?

Faith is flying high! On January 27th, Jody Houser, Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage lift off for one of 2016’s most anticipated new series, only in FAITH #1 (of 4) – arriving in stores alongside FAITH #1 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING!

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

FAITH #1 (of 4)
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA and MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (NOV151702)
Cover B by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (NOV151703)
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by CLAYTON HENRY (NOV151704)
Variant Cover by KANO (NOV151706)
Variant Cover by COLLEEN COOVER (NOV151707)
Blank Cover also available (NOV151705)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JANUARY 27

FAITH #1 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA and MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (DEC158001)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JANUARY 27

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Matt Kindt and Diego Bernard Storm “THE SIEGE OF KING’S CASTLE”– A Four-Part Assault Beginning in NINJAK #14!

NINJAK_014_COVER-A_DJURDJEVICHis home. His fortune. His identity. Ninjak is about to lose everything that once defined him…as Roku, a ruthless assassin with a mysterious connection to his own classified training, re-emerges to engineer a mind-shattering gauntlet of revenge. “THE SIEGE OF KING’S CASTLE” is coming!

Valiant is proud to announce “THE SIEGE OF KING’S CASTLE” – a ruthless new story arc and all-new jumping-on point beginning this April in NINJAK #14! Jump on board the acclaimed adventures of MI-6’s most elite super-spy here as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (4001 A.D., Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artist Diego Bernard (X-O MANOWAR) open a brand new chapter for Colin King…by destroying the life he once knew one brick at a time. Stripped of the wealth, technology, and resources that enabled his career as an international intelligence operative, Ninjak will be forced to rely on his fists and cunning alone…even as Roku’s mission of revenge and retribution unearths stunning new revelations about his origin and true purpose…

“Colin is really going to lose everything. Which is part of the fun of this arc. We’re stripping Ninjak down to the basics – to see what makes him tick now. We saw his origins and how he got to where he is now. ‘THE SIEGE OF KING’S CASTLE’ is a kind of reversal of that,” writer Matt Kindt told Newsarama. “Stripping all of his modern trappings away to see how he’s changed since he became Ninjak. The nature of his work in espionage and hero work has the potential to really skew a personality – and I think Colin has really lost himself. He’s lost who he was and who he aspired to be. This is the arc where he’ll (hopefully) realize this. Plus fighting. Lots of ninja fighting.”

Colin King, the elite MI-6 intelligence operative codenamed Ninjak, has confronted his past. He’s survived the gauntlet of the Shadow Seven. He’s walked into the Deadside and returned a changed man. Now his greatest trial yet will come to pass as the ruthless assassin called Roku returns to lay siege to Ninjak’s present and future by destroying his life from the inside out – and only the death of Colin King will stop her.

“Not only is ‘THE SIEGE OF KING’S CASTLE’ going to be a decisive turning point in Ninjak’s history, it’s also probably one of the single most gut-wrenching Valiant stories that we’ve told to date,” said Editor Tom Brennan. “This is Ninjak’s ‘Skyfall’ or ‘Born Again’ moment –stripped-down, high-stakes storytelling that is going to shatter notions of who and what we thought Ninjak truly was…and leave plenty of wreckage along the way. Roku is about to put Colin King through the meat grinder and when we see him on the other side, Ninjak’s status in the Valiant Universe is going to change forever.”

This April, the most dangerous trial yet of Colin King’s deadly career starts in “THE SIEGE OF KING’S CASTLE” – an all-new jumping-on point beginning in NINJAK #14! Featuring covers by Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic (Thor), Mike Choi (X-Force), Jeffrey Veregge (Red Wolf), Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS), Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark), and Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT), espionage, intrigue, and action collide this April when Matt Kindt and Diego Bernard lead off a four-issue blockbuster that will leave no one unscathed – only in NINJAK #14!

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

NINJAK #14 (NEW ARC! “THE SIEGE OF KING’S CASTLE” – PART 1)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by MIKE CHOI
Cover C by JEFFREY VEREGGE
Valiant x CGC Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant Cover by ANDRES GUINALDO
Variant Cover by MATT KINDT
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ON SALE IN APRIL!

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First Look: The Silver Lake Slasher Stalks Valiant’s BLOODSHOT REBORN ANNUAL 2016 #1 – A 64-Page Bloodbath Coming in March!

BSRB_ANNUAL_2016_COVER-A_KANOJust in time for Spring Break, Project Rising Spirit’s indestructible soldier is headed to Camp Silver Lake for Valiant’s first-ever annual-sized extravaganza…and he’s bringing 64 pages of unlimited ammunition and special guests along for the ride!

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside the BLOODSHOT REBORN ANNUAL 2016 #1! From his classified past and heroic present to the post-apocalyptic future of “THE ANALOG MAN,” come on board one of the most acclaimed ongoing series in comics today right here as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Extraordinary X-Men, Descender) and acclaimed artist Kano (Gotham Central) lead off a blistering tour of Bloodshot’s place at the center of the Valiant Universe’s past, present, and future – beginning with an extra-sized tale of vengeance too big for a single issue!

First: terror doesn’t wait for Friday at Camp Silver Lake! A masked menace has stalked this camp for years, but what happens when one unstoppable killing machine comes up against another? Bloodshot is about to bring his bloody brand of justice to the quiet shores of Silver Lake to take on America’s most notorious slasher!

Then: Jeff Lemire presents a very special Bloodsquirt solo adventure, alongside all-new stories and standalone tales from a colossal cast of talents, including Ray Fawkes (Batman Eternal), Michel Fiffe (Copra) & Benjamin Marra (Terror Assaulter), Paul Maybury (Sovereign), and more!

Featuring covers by Kano, Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), Robert Wilson IV (Bitch Planet), and Keron Grant (Fantastic Four), get all this, plus your first look at the next major Bloodshot milestones coming to the Valiant Universe in 2016 and beyond, when the BLOODSHOT REBORN ANNUAL 2016 #1 unloads a 64-page clip of action in stores everywhere on March 23rd!

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BLOODSHOT REBORN ANNUAL 2016 #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE with RAY FAWKES, MICHEL FIFFE & BENJAMIN MARRA, and PAUL MAYBURY
Art by KANO with RAY FAWKES, BENJAMIN MARRA, and PAUL MAYBURY
Cover A by KANO (JAN161750)
Cover B by RYAN BODENHEIM (JAN161751)
Variant Cover by ROBERT WILSON IV (JAN161752
Variant Cover by KERON GRANT (JAN161753)
$5.99 | 64 pgs. | T+| On sale MARCH 23rd (FOC 2/29/16)

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Valiant Previews: WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #3 | IMPERIUM #12 – On Sale January 20th!

WRATH_003_COVER-A_LAFUENTEWRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #3
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by RAUL ALLEN
Cover A by DAVID LAFUENTE (NOV151696)
Cover B by RAUL ALLEN (NOV151697)
Cover C by MARCOS MARTIN (NOV151698)
Variant Cover by TOM FOWLER (NOV151699)
Variant Cover by ADAM POLLINA (NOV151700)
B&W Sketch Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE (NOV151701)

Torn from the world he once knew, Gilad’s bone-breaking journey back to Earth and the people he was sworn to protect takes a brutal turn!

Putting all he holds dear on the line to save our world’s future, the Eternal Warrior prepares to confront the most nefarious adversary of all – but the cost of victory may be too steep.

Valiant superstars Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH) and Raul Allen (Hawkeye) continue the Eternal Warrior’s perilous quest into the unknown reaches of the Valiant Universe!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JANUARY 20

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Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CAFU and JUAN JOSE RYP
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Cover B by HOWARD CHAYKIN (NOV151722)
Variant Cover by JEFTE PALO (NOV151723)

“THE VINE IMPERATIVE” – FINALE! Spy vs. superhuman!

Toyo Harada’s utopian ambition has been shaken to the depths by a decades-old enemy. Since the day Harada began accruing power, the undercover agents of the Vine’s alien empire have watched…and waited. Years later, as Harada strives to reshape the global economy, establish governments friendly to his goals, and gift the ability of space travel to all humankind, the Vine want him put in check – permanently. Now, with saboteurs riddling his organization and the alien assassin called LV-99 slavering to snap his master’s neck…are the Vine about to succeed?

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JANUARY 20

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First Look: 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) – Matt Kindt & Clayton Crain Ignite Valiant’s 2016 Crossover Event in May!

4001_001_COVER-A_CRAINIn the tradition of BOOK OF DEATH, ARMOR HUNTERS, and HARBINGER WARS, Valiant’s most ambitious crossover event yet starts here! At the dawn of the 41st century, the future of Earth will be decided in the stars. This May…the rebellion begins in 4001 A.D.!

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of the summer’s blockbuster event series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, NINJAK) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (RAI, X-Force)! Be here this May as the fallen guardian of New Japan – Rai – drafts the 41st century’s most powerful heroes into a star-spanning battle for the ultimate fate of the Valiant Universe!

“[4001 A.D.] is really just a big story that needed a lot of space and was always intended to be this sort of epic blow-out/up kind of story. It’s also going to really connect the 4001 Universe with the present-day Valiant Universe in a crazy way, which is something we haven’t really done yet,” series writer Matt Kindt told IGN.

“Having been cast to Earth and kicked out of Japan, Rai has been forced to come into his own. He’s been put into these adult roles as father and husband, but in reality he was too young – a teenager trying to grow up and out of the shadow that his Father casts. And this event is really about him growing up. Becoming his own man. And finally taking responsibility for his actions and his fate.”

One hundred years from today, Father – the benevolent artificial intelligence that governs the island nation of Japan – will gain sentience. To defend its borders, Father will take drastic action by launching Japan into space…where its people can thrive in isolation, away from the overpopulated and resource-deprived planet below. Over the centuries, as New Japan orbits our increasingly unstable world, it will become a model society – one built on peace, prosperity…and Father’s control.

A thousand years from today, Father will create the first Rai, founding a lineage of technologically enhanced heroes engineered to defend New Japan and sworn to protect it from all enemies. For hundreds of years into the future, the Rai will single-handedly enforce New Japan’s justice well…and serve Father without question.

Now, at the dawn of 4001 A.D., the latest Rai is about to inherit the dark truth behind the origin of his kind…and discover the sinister secret at the heart of Father’s existence. For New Japan to live, Earth must die…and as Rai challenges his former master for the first time in more than a millennium, the lone guardian of New Japan will be cast out of his own Father’s kingdom…

Exiled from the only realm he’s ever known, Rai now walks the ravaged world of 4001 A.D. in search of forgotten heroes like himself…on a mission to collect the last surviving legends of a broken planet…and to forge a rebellion with the power to bring the most advanced civilization in history crashing back down to Earth.

Earth must rise. Father must fall. Rai! Eternal Warrior! X-O Manowar! Bloodshot! Geomancer! Armstrong! And more! The war for the ultimate fate of humanity begins in 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) – coming in May from visionary creators Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain! Then, the war on New Japan will spread with the return of RAI’s own titular ongoing series and glimpses of the other heroes of 4001 A.D. in a new series of one-shots throughout the summer. Look for more details on more 4001 A.D. releases to be announced shortly.

Plus: On Free Comic Book Day 2016, don’t miss a never-before-seen prelude to the blockbuster comics event of the year in the VALIANT: 4001 A.D. FCBD SPECIAL as Rai’s crusade to save the future from itself starts here with an all-new story! Then, the biggest Free Comic Book Day release of the year continues with exclusive looks inside Valiant’s next can’t-miss milestones, including A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 by rising star Rafer Roberts and comic book superstar David Lafuente, and DIVINITY II #1 (of 4) by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine!

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

VALIANT: 4001 A.D. FCBD SPECIAL
Written by MATT KINDT, RAFER ROBERTS, and MORE!
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN, TREVOR HAIRSINE, DAVID LAFUENTE, and MORE!
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
FREE | 32 pgs. | COMING IN MAY!

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Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
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$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | COMING IN MAY!

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Hastings and Valiant Present “Comics College” – A Weekly Instructional Workshop Beginning January 30th!

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Plus: Don’t Miss Your Chance to Illustrate Valiant’s Free Comic Book Day 2016 Hastings-Exclusive Cover with the Official “Comics College” Submission Contest!

JANUARY 12th, 2016 – This winter, Hastings stores across the nation are joining forces with award-winning comics publisher Valiant Entertainment for “Comics College” – a fun-filled, educational workshop exploring every corner of the comic book industry! Following in the footsteps of last year’s “The Craft of Comics” series, Hastings is taking fans even deeper into the world of comics with brand-new video seminars that detail all the tricks of the trade – as revealed by one of Valiant’s leading writers or illustrators each week! The month-long “Comics College” in-store event begins on Saturday, January 30th at 2pm ET at a Hastings location near you and continues with new episodes every Saturday through February 20th.

Broadcasting into more than 140 Hastings locations nationwide, each installment of “Comics College” offers an inside look at the process of creating comics from start to finish. Featuring a new conversation with a different Valiant creator each week, join us here as some of the brightest talents in comics today examine the most important aspects of working in the comics industry today – from getting your first big break and writing your first script to the finer points of portfolio reviews for artists and editors alike…and much more!

Plus: Valiant is giving each Hastings viewer their shot at their chance to win the prize of a lifetime – their first professional published comics debut – with the official “Comics College” contest! Over the course of the “Comics College” event, aspiring artists nationwide are encouraged to illustrate and submit their favorite Valiant comics character in a captivating scene of their own choosing. From there, the winning piece will then be published as the official art for Hastings’ exclusive variant cover for the VALIANT: 4001 A.D. FCBD SPECIAL – hitting Hastings stores everywhere for Free Comic Book Day 2016!

Creators scheduled to stream during the workshop include:

WEEK ONE – HOW TO WRITE COMICS
Fred Van Lente (Writer, Archer & Armstrong; Ivar, Timewalker)
January 30th at 2pm ET (1pm CT, 12pm MT, 11am PT)

WEEK TWO – HOW COMICS ARE MADE
Robert Venditti (Writer, X-O Manowar; Wrath of the Eternal Warrior)
February 6th at 2pm ET (1pm CT, 12pm MT, 11am PT)

WEEK THREE – HOW TO BREAK INTO COMICS
Jody Houser (Writer, Faith)
February 13th at 2pm ET (1pm CT, 12pm MT, 11am PT)

WEEK FOUR – PORTFOLIO REVIEW
David Baron (Colorist, Bloodshot Reborn)
February 20th at 2pm ET (1pm CT, 12pm MT, 11am PT)

Contact your local Hastings location or visit GoHastings.com/ComicsCollege for more details and complete contest guidelines. Beginning on January 30th, prepare yourself for a crash course in making comics like a pro with a priceless treasure trove of behind-the-scenes insights…coming soon to a Hastings location near you!

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About Hastings
Hastings is a leading multimedia entertainment retailer that combines the sale of new and used books, videos, video games and CDs, as well as trends and consumer electronics merchandise, in a superstore format.

About Valiant Entertainment
Valiant Entertainment is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns the largest independent superhero universe in comics. With more than 81 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. Today, the company’s characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Valiant consistently produces some of the most critically acclaimed comics in the industry and has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including a Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. In 2015, Valiant announced a multi-picture deal to bring Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as feature films. Visit Valiant online at ValiantUniverse.com.

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Valiant and Diamond Select Toys Unveil Ninjak/Shadowman Minimates Two-Pack – Coming Spring 2016


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and Diamond Select Toys are proud to announce the all-new Ninjak/Shadowman Minimates Two-Pack – arriving in comic book stores and Toys”R”Us in spring 2016! Joining X-O Manowar and Bloodshot on Valiant’s growing roster of action-packed Minimates releases, the elite MI-6 operative Ninjak and supernatural hero Shadowman will be making their Minimates debut in this specially designed two-pack as part of Diamond Select Toys’ Comic Book Heroes Minimates Series 1!

Stepping out of the pages of Valiant’s best-selling “OPERATION: DEADSIDE” storyline – featuring Ninjak’s first-ever confrontation with Shadowman and the uncanny parallel dimension called Deadside – each Ninjak/Shadowman Minimates Two-Pack also comes complete with each heroes’ signature accessories and astounding alternate parts.

“The reaction from Valiant’s legion of fans around the world to our partnership with Diamond Select Toys has been absolutely ecstatic,” said Russell A. Brown, Valiant’s President of Consumer Products, Promotions & Ad Sales. “Ever since the first set of Valiant Minimates hit shelves in 2015, we’ve received a near-constant stream of demands for more. Now, at long last, we’re proud to debut the brand-new Ninjak/Shadowman Minimates Two-Pack, just in time for the New Year.”

“The Valiant Universe is full of great characters, not to mention great costume designs,” said Diamond Select Toys President Chuck Terceira. “We’re excited to be able to interpret these characters and costumes in the Minimates format, and we look forward to expanding on our Valiant offerings in our new Comic Book Heroes line.”

Years ago, inexperienced MI-6 recruit Colin King set out on his first field mission, learning the basics of spycraft and developing a volatile relationship with his first handler…to tragic results. Now, Colin King is Ninjak – the world’s foremost intelligence operative, weapons expert, and master assassin. And he’s hunting the Shadow Seven – a secret cabal of shinobi masters with mysterious ties to his training and the first failed mission that changed everything…

There are a million dreams in the Big Easy. But now its worst nightmare is about to come true. As the forces of darkness prepare to claim New Orleans as their own, Jack Boniface must embrace the legacy he was born to uphold. As Shadowman, Jack is about to become the only thing that stands between his city and an army of unspeakable monstrosities from beyond the night. But is the mantle of Shadowman a blessing or a curse? And what is the true cost of his otherworldly power?

Most recently, Ninjak and Shadowman’s paths have converged for “OPERATION: DEADSIDE” – a brand-new storyline beginning in NINJAK #10 by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite. Featuring the long-awaited first showdown between Colin King and Jack Boniface as they wage war in the mysterious paranormal realm called Deadside, now fans everywhere can recreate the “OPERATION: DEADSIDE” action that brought these two titans of the Valiant Universe together with the Ninjak/Shadowman Minimates Two-Pack –featuring a removable mask, mask-less hairpiece, and dual swords for Ninjak, and an unmasked head and short and long staffs for Shadowman!

Minimates, owned by Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles, are two inches tall, with 14 points of articulation, and feature multiple interchangeable parts and accessories. They were first released in 2002, and have grown into the largest and most diverse line of block figures in the world.

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About Valiant Entertainment:
Valiant Entertainment is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns the largest independent superhero universe in comics. With more than 81 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. Today, the company’s characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Valiant consistently produces some of the most critically acclaimed comics in the industry and has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including a Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. In 2015, Valiant announced a multi-picture deal to bring Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as feature films. Visit Valiant online at ValiantUniverse.com.

About Diamond Select Toys:
Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles, LLC, was founded in 1999 by sister company Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. Created to design unique and exciting collectibles for children and adults alike, the company has licensed a wide variety of pop culture properties to be turned into merchandise. With partners such as Marvel Enterprises, Universal Studios, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon and Sony Pictures, Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles produces a diverse range of products, and is headquartered in Hunt Valley, MD. For more information, visit www.diamondselecttoys.com and www.minimates.com.

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Valiant Previews: NINJAK #11 (“OPERATION: DEADSIDE”) | THE DEATH-DEFYING DOCTOR MIRAGE: SECOND LIVES #2 (of 4) – On Sale January 13th!

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Written by MATT KINDT
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE with JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover A by KANO (NOV151712)
Cover B by CARY NORD (NOV151713)
Cover C by CLAYTON HENRY (NOV151714)
Character Design Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE (NOV151715)
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON (NOV151716)

“OPERATION: DEADSIDE” – PART 2! THE RETURN OF SHADOWMAN!

Stranded in a parallel dimension with no hope of rescue, MI-6’s own Ninjak and Punk Mambo are about to make a startling discovery…the truth about the broken hero called Shadowman!

What happened to Shadowman, the fallen hero of the Valiant Universe? And is he responsible for the strategic attacks that have laid siege to Ninjak’s homeland?

The can’t-miss Valiant milestone of 2016 continues here as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS) fall further into the depths of Deadside…and recover the long-lost secret of Valiant’s most mysterious hero!

$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale JANUARY 13

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Written by JEN VAN METER
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (NOV151717)
Cover B by KEVIN WADA (NOV151718)
Cover C by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (NOV151719)
Variant Cover by EMI LENOX (NOV151720)

A lethal menace has been loosed on the world and everyone – alive or dead – is in harm’s way!

Shan Fong-Mirage is married to a ghost – the late Hwen Mirage, who she herself pulled back from the brink of eternal imprisonment in the underworld. But this team of paranormal investigators has discovered that even the unliving like Hwen can be killed…and that their own research has unwittingly freed a malevolent spirit from a centuries-old enchantment. Now innocent victims – both among the living and dearly departed – are being massacred. To set this right, the Mirages need to unlock another copy of the ancient spell…and only one other paranormal collector has it. And so now the good doctors must pay a house call to an old enemy…

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JANUARY 13

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