[BREAKING] io9 Reveals the Dark Secret of Valiant’s BOOK OF DEATH #3 (of 4) – Coming in September!

BOD_003_COVER-A_NORDAt last, the force behind BOOK OF DEATH can be revealed…

Today at io9, Valiant announced a major revelation at the heart of the upcoming BOOK OF DEATH event – coming this summer from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti with art by Robert Gill and Doug Braithwaite – and revealed the return of one of Valiant’s most iconic villains, Master Darque, in the pages of September’s BOOK OF DEATH #3 (of 4)!

Beginning in BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4) on July 15th, Valiant’s cataclysmic, four-issue event collides the next thousand years of history with the most powerful heroes of today! 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.

Now, for the very first time, the force behind the terrible future chronicled in the Book of the Geomancer will reveal itself as an unexpected and untold player…Master Darque…emerges to make his bid for control of the Earth’s newest Geomancer! But does the reappearance of history’s most powerful necromancer mean an apocalyptic future has been avoided…or guaranteed? As the heroes of the Valiant Universe fall and nature itself turns on humanity, all that stands between the devastated planet and ultimate evil is the Earth’s Fist and Steel himself…Gilad Anni-Padda, the Eternal Warrior!

“I can tell you that Darque has been waiting a very long time for this opportunity,” writer Robert Venditti told io9. “He has found a way to access the power of the Geomancer, though only in a limited way, which is absolutely something that he’d like to change. Enter the Eternal Warrior and the new Geomancer, Tama – both of whom have committed themselves to the fight, even if they don’t quite know who exactly they’re fighting against.”

Master Darque is the Valiant Universe’s most powerful necromancer – a sorcerer with an absolute and bitterly destructive agenda against life itself. Born Nicodemo Darque on a Louisana plantation in 1812 alongside his twin sister Sandria, Darque spent the subsequent decades seeking magical knowledge in realms beyond our own in a perverse attempt to both indefinitely extend his own life and master the dark arts. Frequently opposed by the hero known as Shadowman throughout the ages, Darque was last seen trapped in the spirit realm known as Deadside…but will return to the world of mortal men on July 15th in BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4) as he turns nature against humanity and challenges the Eternal Warrior for control of the Geomancer!

“Master Darque is one of Valiant’s most iconic characters, let alone villains, and this is the first time that we will see him unleashed in full on the heroes of the Valiant Universe,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Tama comes from a future where Darque has already succeeded and she knows the darkness that awaits humanity firsthand. But the revelation of Darque as the inciting force behind BOOK OF DEATH is only the first of many secrets that have yet to be revealed in this series… The first appearances of major new characters, defining moments for some of our most prominent heroes, and glimpses of the future that’s coming… This is a series that readers will be returning to for years to come.”

This September, the fall of the Valiant Universe continues…and Master Darque makes his bid for victory, only in BOOK OF DEATH #3 (of 4) – featuring covers by Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR), Clayton Crain (RAI), Stephen Segovia (Convergence), Pere Perez (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG), and Paolo Rivera (THE VALIANT)!

Don’t miss a moment of the summer’s can’t-miss event as all-star creators Robert Venditti, Robert Gill and Doug Braithwaite forge the next thousand years of the Valiant Universe…and rain fire, blood, and war on the heroes of today, beginning on July 15th in BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)!

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BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by ROBERT GILL and DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by ROBERT GILL (MAY151586)
Cover B by CARY NORD (MAY151587)
Cover C by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAY151588)
Cover D by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (MAY151589)
Character Design Variant by PAOLO RIVERA (MAY151591)
Valiant Icons Variant by PERE PEREZ (MAY151592)
Artist Variant by PAOLO RIVERA (MAY151593)
Blank Cover also available (MAY151590)
$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 (MAY151595)
Cover B by JEFTE PALO (MAY151596)
Variant Cover by DAVID YARDIN (MAY151597)
Variant Cover by TOM FOWLER (MAY151598)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 22 (FOC – 6/29/15)

BOOK OF DEATH #2 (of 4)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by ROBERT GILL and DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by CARY NORD (JUN151591)
Cover B by CLAYTON CRAIN (JUN151592)
Cover C by KANO (JUN151593)
Valiant Icons Variant by PERE PEREZ (JUN151594)
Artist Variant by PAOLO RIVERA (JUN151595)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 19 (FOC – 7/27/15)

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF NINJAK #1 (ONE-SHOT)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by KANO (JUN151597)
Cover B by CLAY MANN (JUN151598)
Variant Cover by ROBERT GILL (JUN151599)
Variant Cover by DAS PASTORAS (JUN151600)
$3.99 US | 32 pages | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 26 (FOC – 8/3/15)

BOOK OF DEATH #3 (of 4)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by ROBERT GILL and DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by CARY NORD
Cover B by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover C by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Valiant Icons Variant by PERE PEREZ
Artist Variant by PAOLO RIVERA
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | ON SALE IN SEPTEMBER!

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Valiant Previews: X-O MANOWAR: VALIANT 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 | UNITY #19 (NEW ARC! “THE WAR MONGER” – PART 1) – On Sale June 10th!

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Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CAFU
Cover by CARY NORD (APR151771)
Variant Cover by CAFU (APR151772)

New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (ARMOR HUNTERS, Green Lantern) and red-hot artist CAFU (UNITY) celebrate 25 years of Valiant with an all-new introduction to Valiant’s number one hero — the unstoppable X-O Manowar!

The sentient X-O Manowar armor is the most powerful weapon in the universe. But long before the armor fell into the hands of Aric of Dacia, it had a history of its own. Now, for the first time, join us as we uncover the secrets behind one of the most unique artifacts in the history of comics…and dive deeper into the X-O Manowar mythology in an all-new special standalone story!

$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale JUNE 10

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Written by MATT KINDT
Art by JOSÉ LUISwith JEFTE PALO
Cover A by DIEGO BERNARD (APR151776)
Cover B by KANO (APR151777)
Variant Cover by SINA GRACE (APR151778)

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW VILLAIN! X-O MANOWAR RETURNS…AND THE WAR MONGER RISES!

Unity has faced every evil that’s come at them and lived…but can they survive humankind’s darkest menace? When a mysterious new threat rears its head, the Eternal Warrior remembers encountering it in World War II…and barely making it out alive! Now he must marshal X-O Manowar, Livewire, and Ninjak if Unity has any hope of defeating…THE WAR-MONGER!

$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On sale JUNE 10

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First Look: Robert Venditti & Rafa Sandoval Officiate “The Wedding of X-O Manowar” in X-O MANOWAR #38 – A 48-Page Spectacular Coming in July!

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Save the date…because, on July 1st, you’re invited to…the wedding of X-O Manowar!

Valiant is proud to present the first look inside X-O MANOWAR #38 – an oversized, 48-page wedding spectacular from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH, Green Lantern), red-hot artist Rafa Sandoval (Ultimate Hawkeye) and an all-star cast of special guests from across the Valiant Universe! On July 1st, witness the summer’s most joyous celebration as Aric of Dacia – aka the unstoppable X-O Manowar – and his bride-to-be, Saana of Loam, begin a joyous new chapter for Valiant’s alien-armored powerhouse!

Aric of Dacia nearly died in battle against the Armor Hunters, and watched a world end at the hands of the 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!

The essential wedding celebration of the summer kicks off with a full-length lead tale from Robert Venditti and Rafa Sandoval as Valiant’s alien armored Visigoth takes the next epic step in his evolution as a king and hero! Then, red-hot artist CAFU (UNITY) joins Robert Venditti for a tale of love, warfare, and cosmic fate on the outskirts of the Roman Empire as young Aric of Dacia prepares to cross the threshold into adulthood! Plus: Valiant newcomer Amy Chu (Vertigo CMYK) and Harvey Award-nominated artist Clayton Henry (IVAR, TIMEWALKER) reveal the the future queen of the Visigoth nation in the very first solo tale of Saana of Loam, while acclaimed writer and artist Rafer Roberts (X-O MANOWAR #25) dares attend…the bachelor party of X-O Manowar! And, last but not least, Eisner Award nominee and fan favorite cartoonist Andy Runton (Owly) returns to Valiant for an all-new Owly adventure, guest-starring the X-O Manowar armor!

On July 1st, alien warriors, Visigoth valor, love and war collide as Valiant superstars Robert Venditti (Green Lantern) and Rafa Sandoval (Ultimate Hawkeye) officiate the biggest turning point yet for Valiant’s number one hero with a can’t-miss matrimonial melee nearly two millennia in the making! Don’t miss the wedding of the one and only X-O Manowar, right here in the oversized X-O MANOWAR #38 spectacular – featuring five fabulous covers by Rafa Sandoval (HARBINGER), Cary Nord (Conan), CAFU (UNITY), Valiant newcomer Jay Fabares, and Tom Fowler (QUANTUM AND WOODY)!

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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 (MAY151599)
Cover B by CARY NORD (MAY151600)
Cover C by CAFU (MAY151601)
Variant Cover by TOM FOWLER (MAY151603)
Variant Cover by JAY FABARES (MAY151604)
Blank Invitation Cover Also Available (MAY151602)
$4.99 | 48 pages | T+ | On sale JULY 1 (FOC – 6/8/15)

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First Look: Jeff Lemire and Doug Braithwaite Chronicle BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF BLOODSHOT #1 – Coming in July!

BOD-BLOODSHOT_001_COVER-A_SANDOVALValiant is proud to present the first look inside BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF BLOODSHOT #1! On July 22nd, New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Descender) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (IMPERIUM, Justice) join the summer’s monumental comics event to chronicle Bloodshot’s ultimate fate in a visionary tale of present and future torn directly from the pages of BOOK OF DEATH!

The lovers he’s known, the allies he’s trusted… All will eventually return to dust… But will the nanites that transformed Bloodshot – body, mind and soul – ever let him truly rest? For the very first time, read an essential chapter of the Book of the Geomancer as Project Rising Spirit’s ultimate walking weapon soldiers on from the modern day into the far future of the Valiant Universe…and reveals the truth behind what could be the very last Bloodshot story that will ever come to pass…

Don’t miss the never-before-revealed story of Bloodshot’s final adventures as BOOK OF DEATH foretells the devastating fate of Valiant’s unrelenting soldier from now to a thousand years hence on July 22nd, only in BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF BLOODSHOT #1 – featuring covers by Rafa Sandoval (X-O MANOWAR), Jefte Palo (Thunderbolts), David Yardin (X-Factor), and Tom Fowler (QUANTUM AND WOODY)!

Plus: don’t miss the essential first chapter of the blockbuster Valiant event of 2015 in BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)! Start reading here as all-star creators Robert Venditti, Robert Gill, and Doug Braithwaite begin a thousand-year journey into the future of the Valiant Universe…and rain, fire, blood and war on the heroes of today right here on July 15th!

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?

Find out on July 15th in BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)…and then watch as Jeff Lemire and Doug Braithwaite forge the future of the Valiant Universe in BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF BLOODSHOT #1 on July 22nd! Each month, in between issues of BOOK OF DEATH, Valiant’s cataclysmic summer event continues with a new standalone chapter from an all-star cast of Valiant superstars:

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF BLOODSHOT #1
Written by Jeff Lemire; Art by Doug Braithwaite
Cover by Rafa Sandoval
ONE-SHOT | On sale in July

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF NINJAK #1
Written by Matt Kindt; Art by Trevor Hairsine
Cover by Kano
ONE-SHOT | On sale in August

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF HARBINGER #1
Written by Joshua Dysart; Art by Kano
Cover by Raul Allen
ONE-SHOT | On sale in September

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF X-O MANOWAR #1
Written by Robert Venditti; Art by Clayton Henry
Cover by Cary Nord
ONE-SHOT | On sale in October

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For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by ROBERT GILL & DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by ROBERT GILL (MAY151586)
Cover B by CARY NORD (MAY151587)
Cover C by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAY151588)
Cover D by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (MAY151589)
Character Design Variant by PAOLO RIVERA (MAY151591)
Valiant Icons Variant by PERE PEREZ (MAY151592)
Artist Variant by PAOLO RIVERA (MAY151593)
Blank Cover also available (MAY151590)
$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 (MAY151595)
Cover B by JEFTE PALO (MAY151596)
Variant Cover by DAVID YARDIN (MAY151597)
Variant Cover by TOM FOWLER (MAY151598)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 22 (FOC – 6/29/15)

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Valiant’s BOOK OF DEATH Descends on Special Edition: NYC 2015 – This Weekend at New York’s Pier 94!

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This weekend, Valiant’s must-read summer comics event, BOOK OF DEATH, is taking over Special Edition: NYC 2015 – a pure celebration of comic book culture created specifically for die-hard comic book fans, creators and publishers!

On Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th, join Valiant Entertainment at New York City’s Pier 94 for a weekend packed with BOOK OF DEATH giveaways and programming – plus special guests, creator signings, convention-only exclusives, new merchandise, and more from the best that the Valiant Universe has to offer.

It all starts at Booth #915, where fans can begin the march toward Valiant’s blockbuster summer event with free BOOK OF DEATH posters, bookmarks, and pre-order coupons, right here at Special Edition: NYC 2015!

Then, before BOOK OF DEATH lays siege to the Valiant Universe, catch up on Valiant’s sold-out new series with BLOODSHOT REBORNIMPERIUMNINJAK, and more – still available at the Valiant booth! And browse a limited supply of convention-only exclusives from this spring’s Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour – featuring limited edition copies of NINJAK #1BLOODSHOT REBORN #1DEAD DROP #1, and more – alongside the latest Valiant t-shirt designs, featuring Bloodshot, Divinity, the Harbinger Renegades, Ninjak, X-O Manowar, and many more!

Plus: the festivities continue all weekend with signings from an all-star cast of Valiant creators, including special guests Clay Mann (NINJAK), Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR, ETERNAL WARRIOR: DAYS OF STEEL), and Fred Van Lente (IVAR, TIMEWALKER), and more!

Then, join an all-star roster of Valiant staff and creators on Sunday, June 7th at 1:30 pm and jump into summer’s most anticipated comic book event with the Valiant 25th Anniversary Celebrationpanel presentation! Everything you need to know about the unstoppable event series BOOK OF DEATHand what’s coming next for the Valiant Universe’s greatest heroes starts right here with an all-star panel presentation featuring writers Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and Amy Chu (X-O MANOWAR #38), Valiant Editor-In-Chief Warren Simons and Valiant Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

So let it be written… So let it be done… This summer, the next two thousand years of Valiant history collides with the most powerful heroes of today in BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4) – the 40-PAGE FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s cataclysmic event from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (ARMOR HUNTERS, Green Lantern) and earth-shaking artists Robert Gill (ETERNAL WARRIOR) and Doug Braithwaite (UNITY)!

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?

Find out on July 15th in BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4) – and get your first clues of what’s to come this weekend at Special Edition: NYC 2015! We’ll see you in New York!

For tickets and directions, visit SpecialEditionNYC.com.

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Valiant Previews: IMPERIUM #5 (NEW ARC! “BROKEN ANGELS” – PART 1) | DEAD DROP #2 (of 4) – On Sale June 3rd!

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Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by SCOT EATON
Cover A by KANO (APR151761)
Cover B by SCOT EATON (APR151762)
Cover C by CAFU (APR151763)
Variant Cover by ROBERT GILL (APR151764)
Variant Cover by SINA GRACE (APR151765)

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “BROKEN ANGELS” – PART ONE!

Toyo Harada will create Utopia…he just needs the right weapons first! The most powerful man in the world has collected an assembly of monsters, killers, and super-villains…and now he’s set his sights on the last asset his team needs: the renegade scientist called Broken Angel. The only thing standing in his way — an army of enhanced soldiers…guarding a top-secret, highly fortified facility… deep underwater! The impossible heist begins here!

$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On sale JUNE 3

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Cover A by RAUL ALLEN (APR151773)
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The all-new conspiracy thriller from red-hot creators Ales Kot (Secret Avengers) and Adam Gorham (Zero) continues!

The biotechnology that is threatening to end us all is out on the streets of New York and Archer is the only one who can stop it — with his bow and arrows, without pants.

The group responsible for stealing the virus continues to play the city against the team. But who are they?

$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On sale JUNE 3

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BiblioBoard® Expands Comic Books Collection to Include Popular Content from Valiant Entertainment

619797d7-b26c-4f9f-b2a4-dc7f4e69928eBiblioBoard today announced a new partnership with Valiant Entertainment to bring the publisher’s award-winning library to BiblioBoard’s Comics and Graphic Novels catalog for digital consumption in libraries nationwide. Spanning nearly one thousand titles, from Bloodshot to Divinity to Quantum and Woody and X-O Manowar, Valiant’s beloved universe of superhero characters are now available at the click of a button on BiblioBoard Library with no multi-user limitations or turnaways. This means no checkouts, returns or waitlists.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, Valiant is one of the most successful comic book publishing companies in the history of the medium with more than 81 million comics sold and a library of more than 2,000 distinct characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more. Established by a brain trust of legendary comics creators – including former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter; seminal Iron Man writer and artist, Bob Layton; and the visionary writer and illustrator of Wolverine: Weapon X, Barry Windsor-Smith – Valiant’s heroes and villains inhabit the largest independently owned superhero universe anywhere in comics.

In recent years the company has returned to great commercial and critical success, winning a Diamond Gem Award for Publisher of the Year and numerous industry awards and accolades. Valiant’s titles consistently rate among the best reviewed in comics.

“Libraries are critical centers for community, youth and the arts. At Valiant, we’re highly committed to working with libraries and librarians to reach the next great generation of fans and readers,” said Valiant Chief Operating Officer & CFO Gavin Cuneo. “Libraries are rapidly expanding in the digital space and BiblioBoard is uniquely positioned to help us achieve our mission.”

BiblioBoard’s Comics and Graphic Novels catalog now contains over 3,500 titles with nearly one thousand titles from Valiant. Valiant Entertainment’s content is being sold as a ReadersFirst, subscription-pricing model with pricing tiered per library size, putting the collection within the budget of any library.

“From strong female roles to intriguing character backstories, the Valiant Universe of characters are relatable to library patrons. The comic book space is changing and Valiant is committed to providing libraries content in a sustainable manner to expose their characters to new fans,” says Jonah Canter, Director of Publisher Relations The new content is available in BiblioBoard’s Comics and Graphic Novels catalog accessible on both the web and through award-winning native apps on Apple and Android tablet devices.

About BiblioBoard
BiblioBoard is the PatronsFirst™ mobile library. The folks behind BiblioBoard are a powerful team based in Charleston, S.C. They aim to transform access to information by providing a world-class user experience that thrills library patrons and is profitable for publishers. BiblioBoard is moving library content delivery into the future in a sustainable way. BiblioBoard, used by nearly 2,700 libraries and in three statewide eBook projects, reaches 30 million patrons. BiblioBoard has won numerous design and product awards including the 2014 Modern Library Award.

About Valiant Entertainment
Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman, Eternal Warrior, and many more. Established in 1989, Valiant has sold over 80 million comic books, and today its characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Since its summer 2012 relaunch, Valiant has returned to the fore as one of the most highly regarded publishers in comics, winning a Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. Visit them online at ValiantUniverse.com.

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First Look: BOOK OF DEATH #1 – Read the First Lettered Preview of Valiant’s Unstoppable Summer Event!

BOD_001_COVER-A_GILLValiant is proud to present the first lettered preview of BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4) – the 40-PAGE FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s cataclysmic event from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (ARMOR HUNTERS, Green Lantern) and blockbuster artists Robert Gill (ETERNAL WARRIOR) and Doug Braithwaite (UNITY, Justice)! So let it be written… So let it be done… On July 15th, the next two thousand years of history collide with the most powerful heroes of today right here in the must-read event of the summer!

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?

“[The Valiant heroes have] all fought together in the past, but now circumstances have lead them to oppose each other,” writer Robert Venditti told USA Today. “Friendship is one thing, but when the fate of the world hangs in the balance, every hero has to adhere to their own code.”

On July 15th, Valiant’s most powerful heroes are all that stand between the present day and the Dark Age that is to come in BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4) – featuring covers by Robert Gill (ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER), Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR, Conan), Clayton Crain (RAI, X-Force), Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (Thor), Pere Perez (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG), and Paolo Rivera (THE VALIANT, Daredevil)! Featuring the last stands of Valiant icons, the first appearances of all-new heroes, and tantalizing clues of future events, BOOK OF DEATH is the gateway to the next decade of the Valiant Universe that will have fans returning to each issue for years to come!

Discover the forces behind the most acclaimed superhero universe in comics as all-star creators Robert Venditti, Robert Gill, and Doug Braithwaite forge the future of the Valiant Universe …and rain, fire, blood and war on the heroes of today, only in BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)!

Plus: BOOK OF DEATH continues all summer with four visionary tales of present and future ripped directly from the pages of the Book of the Geomancer! Each month, join an all-star cast of creators as they come aboard the year’s monumental comics event to chronicle the ultimate fate of Valiant’s most indelible heroes. From the modern day to the far future, the destinies of Bloodshot, Ninjak, the Harbinger Renegades, X-O Manowar, and more will stand revealed in four essential, standalone chapters at the epicenter of BOOK OF DEATH:

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF BLOODSHOT #1
Written by Jeff Lemire; Art by Doug Braithwaite
Cover by Rafa Sandoval
ONE-SHOT | On sale in July

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF NINJAK #1
Written by Matt Kindt; Art by Trevor Hairsine
Cover by Kano
ONE-SHOT | On sale in August

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF HARBINGER #1
Written by Joshua Dysart; Art by Kano
Cover by Raul Allen
ONE-SHOT | On sale in September

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF X-O MANOWAR #1
Written by Robert Venditti; Art by Clayton Henry
Cover by Cary Nord
ONE-SHOT | On sale in October

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by ROBERT GILL & DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by ROBERT GILL (MAY151586)
Cover B by CARY NORD (MAY151587)
Cover C by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAY151588)
Cover D by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (MAY151589)
Character Design Variant by PAOLO RIVERA (MAY151591)
Valiant Icons Variant by PERE PEREZ (MAY151592)
Artist Variant by PAOLO RIVERA (MAY151593)
Blank Cover also available (MAY151590)
$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 (MAY151595)
Cover B by JEFTE PALO (MAY151596)
Variant Cover by DAVID YARDIN (MAY151597)
Variant Cover by TOM FOWLER (MAY151598)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 22 (FOC – 6/29/15)

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DIVINITY II – Matt Kindt & Trevor Hairsine’s Sold-Out Sci-Fi Saga Returns in 2016!

DIVINITY-II_001_TEASER-2016DIVINITY concludes in stores today…but the sold-out sci-fi saga of the year is only just beginning!

Valiant is proud to announce DIVINITY II – a new prestige format limited series continuing the critically acclaimed, much demanded debut of Valiant’s first all-new, headlining character from the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine! Set for release in April 2016, DIVINITY II will reunite Kindt and Hairsine with inker Ryan Winn, colorist David Baron, and cover artists Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic and Tom Muller as Valiant’s all-star creative team reconvenes to deliver a breathtaking new vision of humanity’s next epic encounter with the being called DIVINITY!

“DIVINITY has been a bellwether moment in the history of the Valiant Universe,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “DIVINITY’s debut was always part of a much larger plan, but, after five sold-out printings of the first issue, repeated allocations due to fan and retailer demand, and widespread praise from critics in all corners, there is no denying that DIVINITY has exceeded all expectations. This series has established DIVINITY as one of the next great heroes in the Valiant Universe, and DIVINITY II will go even further in building that foundation.”

“Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine have created an extraordinary story with DIVINITY, one that has resonated with fans around the world,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “Combined with Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic and Tom Muller’s breathtaking covers, Lewis LaRosa’s wonderful costume design, and the incomparable work of Ryan Winn and David Baron, it’s sci-fi at its best – an innovative, compelling, visually arresting story. DIVINITY was always intended to be a major player in the future and, in the lead-up to his second series, those threads will begin to reveal themselves. This summer alone, the character’s presence will be felt in IMPERIUM and BOOK OF DEATH…but the story that Matt and Trevor have in store for DIVINITY II will be well worth the wait in 2016.”

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 a man farther into the cosmos than anyone has gone before or since. Lost in the stars, he encountered something unknown. Something that…changed him.

Long thought lost and erased from the history books, he has suddenly returned, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity – one who turned the scorched desert into a lush oasis. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. Earth is about to meet a new god. And he’s a communist. How long can it be before the first confrontation between mankind and DIVINITY begins?

“DIVINITY is different than any character I’ve ever written before. I thought it would be fun to purposely create a character that is so overpowered – so amazing – that he’s practically a god. The fascinating thing is then creating a scenario and a challenge for him. What can stand against a character like that?” said series writer Matt Kindt. “I’ve been blown away by the response that I’ve gotten online and in-person at conventions – I’m always working to create a story that I think would be fun for me to read, so seeing the enthusiasm that DIVINITY has created has been amazing.

“Now the fun is launching this insane cosmic being into the existing Valiant Universe and seeing what trouble he can cause (or solve) in other books,” he added. “And best of all? We’ve been green lit to do a full-on sequel! I’m super-excited to be joining up with Trevor, Ryan, David, and Jelena for the next chapter — we have an even bigger story in store for next year. DIVINITY is a character that started out as a small idea and blossomed into a character that I have years of ideas for. I’ll be returning for as long as they’ll let me.”

In 2016, the Valiant Universe continues its first encounter with a god-like being held back by the humanity of a man, only in DIVINITY II – an all-new prestige format limited series from master storytellers Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine!

Plus: in the wake of DIVINITY #4 (of 4) – in stores today alongside the DIVINITY #1 FOURTH PRINTING and DIVINITY #2 SECOND PRINTING – Abram Adams’ journey through time and space continues on August 5th in IMPERIUM #7 by New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER, HARBINGER WARS) and fan favorite artist Scot Eaton (Black Panther)! Toyo Harada has collected the monsters that will make his vision of world peace a reality. Now he pursues the most difficult and desirable asset of all – the spaceman with all the powers of a god – the outcast who can rewrite reality with a thought – the man who is no longer a man – the all-powerful being who is simply called DIVINITY!

And catch up on the entirety of Abram Adams’ first appearance and origin with the DIVINITY TPB collection – in stores July 15th! For just $9.99, this intro-priced volume re-presents all four issues of DIVINITY’s sold-out limited series, just in time for DIVINITY II‘s 2016 debut! With upcoming appearances in IMPERIUM, DIVINITY II, and beyond, start at the beginning to discover the seminal arrival of Valiant’s major new force as he reshapes the landscape of the Valiant Universe in comics and beyond in the months and years to come.

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

DIVINITY TPB
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (FEB158003)
$9.99 | 112 pages | T+ | On sale JULY 15 (FOC – 6/22/15)
ISBN: 978-1-939346-76-6

IMPERIUM #7
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by SCOT EATON
Cover A by KANO (JUN151620)
Cover B by PERE PEREZ (JUN151621)
Variant Cover by PHILIP TAN (JUN151622)
$3.99 US | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 5 (FOC – 7/13/2015)

DIVINITY II #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HARISINE
Covers by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC & TOM MULLER
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | Coming APRIL 2016

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Retailer Advisory: Sold-Out NINJAK #3 Strikes Again with Second Printing in June!

NINJAK_003_COVER_SECOND-PRINTINGIn the wake of repeated sell-outs for NINJAK #1 and NINJAK #2, Valiant is proud to report that the hit series’s latest installment has sold out at the distributor level just days after its in-store debut and will soon return to comic book shops with the NINJAK #3 SECOND PRINTING on June 24th!

Arriving in stores alongside NINJAK #4 on June 24th, jump into the thrilling solo adventures of MI-6′s most elite super-spy here with another oversized, pulse-pounding chapter from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and all-star artists Clay Mann (X-Men) and Butch Guice (Winter Soldier)!

Ninjak went to Tokyo to destroy the Weaponeer crime cartel from the inside out…by claiming a seat on their secret council of shinobi masters, the Shadow Seven, for himself! Now, as he continues his quest to conquer the world’s most dangerous weapons dealer one member at time, Ninjak is going to require each precise tool in his arsenal…and every deadly skill he’s ever learned. Colin King is about to enter the fight he’s been training for his entire life.

Clocking in at 40 pages monthly, each issue of NINJAK begins with a full-length lead tale by Matt Kindt & Clay Mann, followed by a new chapter of NINJAK: THE LOST FILES – an essential second feature chronicling Ninjak’s never-before-told origin – by Matt Kindt & Butch Guice!

Don’t miss your chance to find out why NINJAK #3 is just the latest sense-shattering chapter of the hit series that has fans and critics clamoring for more:

“The creative team seems to be on a mission to make each issue better than the last… One heck of an entertaining comic book.” – Geeks of Doom

“Clay Mann’s artwork is as gorgeous as ever, and Kindt’s slow reveal of Colin King’s difficult childhood is becoming more intriguing with each new issue… A blockbuster-style spy comic…” – Newsarama

“[NINJAK] has really blossomed into that nonstop action series that stands out… Impressive action scenes, stunning colors, character structure and more, you don’t find many this appealing to the eyes.” – Geeked Out Nation

“From the short peeks into his childhood to the calm, detached way in which he narrates his crazier adventures, Kindt is building this character into someone very interesting… This is another very good Valiant comic.” – Inside Pulse

On June 24th, the world’s deadliest intelligence operative takes one step closer to dismantling a global network of ruthless new nemeses – and revealing the secrets of his own top-secret training – in the NINJAK #3 SECOND PRINTING!

Plus: don’t miss the NINJAK #1 THIRD PRINTING and NINJAK #2 SECOND PRINTING –on sale June 3rd! Contact your local retailer to reserve your copies today!

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

NINJAK #1 THIRD PRINTING
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAY MANN with BUTCH GUICE
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (MAR158383)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 3 (FOC – 5/11/15)

NINJAK #2 SECOND PRINTING
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAY MANN with BUTCH GUICE
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (MAR158382)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 3 (FOC – 5/11/15)

NINJAK #3 SECOND PRINTING
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAY MANN with BUTCH GUICE
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (APR158285)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 24 (FOC – 6/1/15)

NINJAK #4
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by JUAN JOSE RYP with BUTCH GUICE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (APR151766)
Cover B by DAVE JOHNSON (APR151767)
25th Anniversary Variant by RAFA SANDOVAL (APR151768)
Variant Cover by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (APR151769)
Variant Cover by RAUL ALLEN (APR151770)
$3.99 | 40 pages | T+ | On sale JUNE 24 (FOC – 6/1/15)

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