Smith, a mob informer hiding out with the Witness Protection Program, decides to make a break for it and hide out in the Arizona desert. The Feds catch up with him and rescue him just before a group of hitmen can manage to silence him for good. In the course of getting Smith away from the mafia thugs, the pair of agents assigned to protect him turn onto an abandoned stretch of highway nicknamed ‘Route 666′ after the mysterious death of a prison chain gang. As the three continue on their way, they soon discover just what happened to the chain gang, and how the highway earned its name.
In Shadowman #0, Master Darque , the classic Valiant villain, finally gets a chance to steal the spotlight with an origin tale. Master Darque is one of the most infamous villains in the Valiant universe, and when dealing with a character of this magnitude it’s very easy for things to go awry, but writer Justin Jordan simply knocked this one out of the park. Shadowman #0 is one of the best issues to come out of the newly re-launched Valiant, and it is one of the best things you’ll read this month. READ MORE
I get a lot of press releases every day, but this one takes the cake. Valiant just sent out a preview along with a promo video of a “talking goat” for their new series “Quantum & Woody”. Apparently they have plans for talking variant covers, free Goat posters, and other promo material.
The series itself follows the strange superhero adventures of Eric and Woody Henderson. Look for issue #1 in shops this July. READ MORE
The initial story arc from Valiant’s re-launch of Shadowman breathed new life into this classic ’90s character, and writer Justin Jordan and artist Patrick Zircher did a great job of establishing a new mythos that they could build the character on. They also developed a stellar supporting cast for Jack Boniface to play off of, which offered readers another reason to care about what happens inside the pages of this book. With issue #6, writer Justin Jordan is really starting to find his rhythm on this book as he heads into the second story arc. READ MORE
We’ve been very vocal about professing our love for Valiant’s reboot of Harbinger. Writer Joshua Dysart has turned this band of misfits with latent abilities into the best damn team book on store shelves. Now after months of building the storyline to a slow boil, Dysart is ready to make this book explode in this “Harbinger Wars” story arc. This massive crossover event will see “Harbinger” and “Bloodshot” cross paths in their monthly books, as well as duel it out in this new four issue mini-series. READ MORE
DC Comics’ June 2013 solicitations made the rounds recently and Shadowman co-writer and artist Patrick Zircher is listed as the new artist for “Suicide Squad” starting with issue #21. CBR reports that Zircher has decided to depart from “Shadowman.” Valiant announces Justin Jordan as the writer with art from Neil Edwards. READ MORE
Valiant continues to pull out the big guns with issue #5 of Shadowman, which will see the return of Dr. Mirage. The doctor will be reclaiming her role as the lead supernatural investigator in the Valiant Universe. The team from Valiant has some big stories planned for the coming year, and you’d do best to jump on board now. READ MORE
Valiant announced yesterday that artist Clayton Crain would be joining the Harbinger Wars team alongside Joshua Dysart and Duane Swierczynski. This is Valiant’s first big crossover, and from the looks of it, the Big 2 could take some advice. Check out some of Crain’s artwork for issue #1 below along with a load of details. READ MORE
Bloodshot is a series that has been building some momentum over the past couple of issues and issue #8 delivers the kill shot. Overall “Bloodshot” has been good, but it’s been missing that one element that transforms it into a great book that immediately jumps to the top of everyone’s read pile. With this issue they’ve found the missing puzzle piece as the creative team comes together and fires on all cylinders. READ MORE
Valiant announces a brand new line of One Dollar Debuts, re-presenting the sold-out #1 issues that relaunched the Valiant Universe. These will land in shops just in time for Free Comic Book Day and the one-year anniversary of Valiant’s rebirth.
These offer the perfect chance to jump aboard all five of Valiant’s best-selling series. Each One Dollar Debut edition contains the first epic chapter of a new hero’s introduction to the Valiant Universe. READ MORE
X-O Manowar has consistently been at the top of my reading pile each and every month by maintaining a high level of quality. This issue marks the start of the “Planet Death” storyline that writer Robert Venditti has been building up to since issue #1, which is the showdown between Aric and The Vine. READ MORE
Valiant starts off the new year with a few big internal promotions. Announced this morning, Valiant has named co-founder, Dinesh Shamdasani as CEO and Jason Kothari as Vice Chairman. You can read all about it below. READ MORE
2012 was another great year for comics and we saw the trend of strong storytelling continue. I picked my top 5 books for the year (not all horror), my favorite graphic novel, and some honorable mentions that stood out in my mind. 2012 was a real solid year for indie publishers, as my Best of 2012 List shows. READ MORE
Trying to find new ways to rave about Valiant’s books is becoming increasingly difficult each month. The company’s entire line of books are stellar and consistently leading the pack is X-O Manowar. Writer Robert Venditti has taken “X-O Manowar”, and turned it into the crown jewel of the company’s relaunch. “X-O Manowar” combines all the best elements of “300″, “Conan”, and “Iron Man” into one melting pot that is enhanced by spellbinding action, intriguing characters, and some remarkably poignant storytelling. READ MORE
The debut issue of the Shadowman re-launch from Valiant was quite impressive. The creative team of Justin Jordan and Patrick Zircher delivered a quality first issue and did a great job of incorporating the Shadowman mythos, building a strong supporting cast and delivering some fantastic action sequences. “Shadowman” #2 keeps up the quality and consistency from issue #1, which will tighten the hold that this series has on its readers. READ MORE
One of the crown jewels of the Valiant re-launch has been Harbinger. Writer Joshua Dysart and artist Khari Evans have done an exceptional job of making this title stand out amongst the crowd.
Bloody-Disgusting caught up with Joshua Dysart to discuss his reboot of “Harbinger” and the impending epic showdown between Peter Stanchek (aka Sting) and Toyo Harada. Dysart also gave Bloody-Disgusting the inside scoop on where the series is headed with the upcoming “Renegades” story-arc, as well as the return of Zephyr, Flamingo, and Torque from the original series. READ MORE
We’ve got a sweet contest for you fans of the newly restored Valiant Comics. Valiant is releasing their new incarnation of Shadowman on November 7th, written by Justin Jordan with art from Patrick Zircher. The series follows Jack Boniface who mus accept his legacy as Shadowman in order to protect New Orleans from unstoppable forces of darkness.
The photo to be captioned below is also a first look at the gruesome “Shadowman” villain, Mr Twist. Check contest details below! (NOTE: this is separate from the film caption contest that is currently running) READ MORE
We’ve been very vocal about our love of Jeff Lemiere’s work. His run on “Animal man” is one of the best things to come out of the DC New 52, he’s killing it on “Justice League Dark”, and his new OGN, “The Underwater Welder”, will be remembered as one of the most critically acclaimed graphic novels of the year.
The folks over at Valiant Comics have been putting out loads of new books since their re-launch earlier this year. Leading the pack is writer Joshua Dysart and artist Khari Evans with their work on “Harbinger”. Every month the creative team have been knocking this book out of the park.
How are these two topics related? It’s really just a match made in heaven, as Valiant recruited Jeff Lemiere to create a variant cover for “Harbinger” #8. Check it below. READ MORE
One of the crown jewels of the Valiant re-launch has been Harbinger. Writer Joshua Dysart and artist Khari Evans have done a great job of capturing the core elements of the original series and modernizing them so the book doesn’t feel dated. Every month this book gets better and better with a focus on building a strong cast of characters that slowly reveal themselves to the reader. “Harbinger” is everything that the X-Men could be if Marvel weren’t concerned with bottom lines and killing characters every quarter for quick sales bumps. READ MORE
This summer’s most interesting event in comics isn’t “Avengers Vs X-Men” or the “Court of Owls” crossover in the Batman books, it’s the return of the Valiant universe. The extensive cast of Valiant characters have been held in legal purgatory for years, but have now been triumphantly resurrected with the release of “X-O Manowar” #1 last month.
One of the most exciting titles to make its return to stores is Harbinger, which was previously one of the company’s flagship books. “Harbinger” is the story of Peter Stanchek, a teenager that is born with very powerful psionic powers that allow him to control minds and move just about any object. On the run from police, Stanchek is trying to walk a dangerous tight-rope that has drawn the attention of authorities and philanthropist and fellow harbinger, Toyo Harada, who seeks to harness Pete’s abilities. READ MORE