Revealed today at Billboard in advance of Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA, Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce SHADOWMAN/RAE SREMMURD #1 – a standalone comics crossover event bringing the multi-platinum hip-hop superstars behind the #1 hit “Black Beatles” into the Valiant Universe for an unforgettable showdown at the crossroads of life and death!
Written by rising star Eliot Rahal (BLOODSHOT’S DAY OFF) with fully painted artwork by renowned artist Renato Guedes (Wolverine), Valiant’s supernatural superhero icon collides with two of the most influential artists in hip-hop today as Shadowman and Rae Sremmurd come face-to-face to forge a new legend of fame, fortune, and magic…
“Comic books are a form of entertainment. I get to make all the sounds and effects in my head. It’s just like you use your imagination – you go through the pictures and the pictures are always awesome. It’s like an escape from reality,” said Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi. “Valiant – they have really good storylines. The art is always on point. I never know what to expect. X-O Manowar is one of my favorites. The Delinquents is cool. Bloodshot is fucking awesome. I love Valiant.
“Shadowman is crazy,” he added. “It has a lot of twists and turns. It keeps me involved and interested. I can’t even take my eyes off of Shadowman when I read it. I have to finish the book.”
Before they were dominating the music charts and selling out stages worldwide, Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee were just a pair of talented, but otherwise ordinary, brothers…until a twist of fate delivered them fame and wealth beyond their wildest imaginations. Now, years later as hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, the brothers are bound for New Orleans…and an otherworldly encounter with the supernatural guardian called Shadowman, the lone line of defense between our world and the Deadside that lies beyond…
“Valiant has a long history of massive, real-world guest stars. Shadowman’s classic appearance alongside Aerosmith, for instance, was a defining moment in the history of Valiant, and we’ve been waiting to find the right partnership to bring that legacy into the modern day,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Rae Sremmurd are huge comic books fans, and everyone here at Valiant is a huge fan of their music. The combination of their talents, along with those of Eliot Rahal and Renato Guedes – two creators that we’re very excited about – feels like a project that will take fans and readers by surprise. And we owe a huge thanks to Vinny Kumar and Empire for helping put this together.”
Since the debut of their first hit single “No Flex Zone” in 2014, Mississippi-based duo Rae Sremmurd – comprised of brothers Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee – have emerged as one of the most successful and influential hip-hop groups of their generation. Their full-length debut, 2015’s SremmLife, was certified platinum and produced collaborations with Nicki Minaj and Young Thug alongside multiple hit singles. The subsequent follow-up, 2016’s SremmLife 2, was an even greater success and became an international, multiplatinum sensation with the hit single “Black Beatles” – produced by Mike WiLL Made-It and featuring Gucci Mane – earning the group their first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition to massive radio play and more than 500 million views for the song’s music video on YouTube, “Black Beatles” also became the soundtrack for the viral phenomenon known as the “Mannequin Challenge” and endures as one of the decade’s most successful crossover hits from a new artist. To date, Rae Sremmurd has been awarded or nominated for some of the most prestigious awards in hip-hop and is currently in the midst of a worldwide tour that will culminate at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL this August.
From his first appearance in 1992 onward, Shadowman has stood at the forefront of Valiant’s shared superhero universe as one of the publisher’s most perpetually popular and demanded characters. With sales of more than 5.5 million in comics and graphic novels, Shadowman was also the basis of a blockbuster video game franchise from Acclaim Entertainment and, most recently, it was announced that Oscar nominee Reginald Hudlin (Marshall) would direct the upcoming Shadowman feature film from a script by screenwriters Adam Simon (Salem) and J. Michael Straczynski (Thor, World War Z). In the wake of his appearance in SHADOWMAN/RAE SREMMURD #1, Shadowman will return to the Valiant Universe on an ongoing basis with a new monthly series that is set to debut on March 28th, 2018.
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SHADOWMAN/RAE SREMMURD #1
Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by RENATO GUEDES
Cover B (Interlocking) by LEIF JONES
Cover C (Interlocking) by LEIF JONES
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSE RYP
Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale OCTOBER 4th (FOC – 9/11/17)
About Valiant Entertainment
Valiant Entertainment is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns the largest independent superhero universe in comics. With more than 80 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. Valiant also recently announced a multi-picture deal to bring Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as feature films. Visit them online at ValiantEntertainment.com.