VALIANT Debuts ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 Cover

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

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

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

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

 

 


Watch VALIANT LIVE Right Here!

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

See you here tonight!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

X-O MANOWAR #1 – ON SALE NOW!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by ESAD RIBIC (MAR121221)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CARY NORD (MAR121222)
Variant Cover by DAVID AJA (MAR121223)
QR Voice Variant by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (MAR121224)
$3.99/Rated T+/40 pgs.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

X-O MANOWAR #1 – ON SALE NOW!
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by ESAD RIBIC (MAR121221)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CARY NORD (MAR121222)
Variant Cover by DAVID AJA (MAR121223)
QR Voice Variant by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (MAR121224)
$3.99/Rated T+/40 pgs.

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


VALIANT and COMIXOLOGY Announce Exclusive Digital Distribution Agreement

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

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

Classic Valiant Titles Also Available Today!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT Unveils New Logo

 

To officiate its return to monthly publishing this May, Valiant Entertainment is proud to unveil a new interpretation of the iconic Valiant compass logo by award-winning graphic designer Rian Hughes. The newly redesigned logo — along with Valiant’s new distinctive trade dress, also designed by Hughes — will first see print on May 2nd with the release of X-O Manowar #1 by New York Times best-selling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan).

“It is always a challenging and interesting project to design the visual identity of a publisher from the ground up in every detail — logo, trade dress, title logos — and to cohesively pull all these elements together so one strong visual identity emerges. Rebooting the Valiant line’s design has been one such great project. The Valiant characters have a strong fanbase and heritage, and so the new logos are fresh and modern as befits a forward-looking publisher while still paying tribute to the originals, just as has been done with the characters themselves,” said Hughes, whose previously published work includes logos and design pieces for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, MTV Networks, Virgin Airlines, Penguin Books, Archaia Entertainment, and the BBC, among many others.

Originally founded in 1989, Valiant Comics is one of the most successful comic publishers of all time and has featured work by many of the industry’s top creative talents, including Jim Shooter, Bob Layton, Barry Windsor-Smith, Joe Quesada, David Lapham, Bryan Hitch, Steve Ditko and many more. Reincorporated as Valiant Entertainment in 2007 by CEO Jason Kothari and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, the company is set to return to monthly comics publishing this summer with four new monthly titles featuring its most popular characters — X-O Manowar #1 in May, Harbinger #1 in June, Bloodshot #1 in July, and Archer & Armstrong #1 in August.

“Rian and our Executive Editor Warren Simons put an incredible amount of energy into making sure that the new logo and the look of the books themselves accurately reflect our perspective on what the Valiant Universe was and can be,” said Shamdasani.

“The day that Valiant titles return to the shelves of comics shops worldwide is one that fans have been eagerly awaiting for some time,” said Kothari. “This powerful, yet versatile new logo is the perfect way to signify a new era for Valiant both as a company and a premier creative brand.”

This is the just the latest in a series of creative endeavors Valiant has announced to coincide with its “Summer of Valiant” relaunch. Most recently, the publisher announced that it would be the first to produce animated, QR code-augmented covers for X-O Manowar #1 and Harbinger #1, as well as a series of “Pullbox Exclusive Variant” covers available only to comic shop customers who subscribe to Valiant’s new #1 issues.

 


Sneak Preview: HARBINGER #1

Valiant is proud to present a six-page lettered preview of Harbinger #1 — the first issue of a super-hero legend reborn from New York Times best-selling author Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier, BPRD) and Harvey Award-nominated artist Khari Evans (Carbon Grey)!

Teenager Peter Stanchek is on a dangerous path, but wields an even more dangerous power. Skipping across the country in a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities, Pete is quickly realizing that he’s a psionically-powered “harbinger” with the potential to control minds, manipulate matter, and forever alter the course of human history. But behind the scenes and half a world away, Pete’s plight has not gone unnoticed by respected philanthropist and fellow harbinger, Toyo Harada. Will Harada offer Pete the chance at the things for which he’s longed — family, inner peace, control? Or will this unlikely hero find himself inducted into a secret network of conspiracy and subversion?

Read minds. Bend steel. Break all the rules. This June, the foundations of the Valiant Universe will shake as Peter Stanchek learns the true price of power, only in Harbinger #1 – on sale June 6th!

 

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


VALIANT Solicitations for JULY 2012

BLOODSHOT #1
Written by Duane Swierczynski
Art by Manuel Garcia & Arturo Lozzi
Cover by Arturo Lozzi
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by Mico Suayan
Variant Covers by David Aja & Esad Ribic

The Summer of Valiant continues!

It’s the start of a new mission for one of comics’ all-time best-selling superheroes in Bloodshot #1 — the first issue of a new ongoing series from acclaimed writer Duane Swierczynski (Immortal Iron Fist, Birds of Prey) and the lethal artistic tag team of Manuel Garcia (Checkmate) and Arturo Lozzi (Immortal Weapons)!

Your name is Angelo Mortalli. Your brother is trapped behind enemy lines and on the verge of — no. That’s not right. Your name is Raymond Garrison. You’ve retired from the dangers of the field, but a desperate plea from your oldest friend plunges you into a vicious firefight that — no. That’s not right, either. You are Bloodshot. You are the shade of gray that freedom requires. The perfect confluence of military necessity and cutting-edge technology. A walking WikiLeaks that is a reservoir of dirty secrets that could set the world on fire. And you’ve just been captured.

On sale July 11 • $3.99

 

HARBINGER #2
Written by Joshua Dysart
Art by Khari Evans & Lewis LaRosa
Cover by Arturo Lozzi
Variant Cover by Doug Braithwaite

Outside the law. Inside your head. Welcome to the Harbinger Foundation.

The hunt for Peter Stanchek intensifies after an epic battle with Pittsburgh S.W.A.T forces him to use his powers out in the open. Now he faces the most difficult decision of his life. Continue to put his friends in harm’s way…or abandon them for the safety of Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation?

On sale July 11• $3.99

X-O MANOWAR #3
Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Cary Nord
Cover by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic
Variant Cover by Mico Suayan

The smash hit series of the summer continues!

With the X-O Manowar armor now in his possession, all that stands between Aric and freedom is a legion of alien soldiers. When he at last comes face to face with Commander Trill — the alien responsible for his capture — the enormous power of the Manowar armor reveals its potential in a new and electrifying way. Can Aric lead his band of fellow prisoners off the Vine colony ship and back to Earth, or will their revolt be put down? Who will live and who will die?

On sale July 18 • $3.99


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