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Veteran Artist Scot Eaton Joins Joshua Dysart to Fight “BROKEN ANGELS” in IMPERIUM #5 – An All-New Story Arc Beginning in June!

IMPERIUM_005_COVER-A_KANOValiant is proud to announce that veteran artist Scot Eaton (X-Men: Legacy, Battle Scars) will join New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER, Unknown Soldier) for a riveting story arc beginning in IMPERIUM #5 – the FIRST ISSUE of BROKEN ANGELS, coming in June! The next shocking volume of the latest hit series from VALIANT NEXT, BROKEN ANGELS will introduce the latest superpower to Toyo Harada’s growing legion of monsters and malcontents…one they must capture from a technologically advanced enemy stronghold secreted deep beneath the Indian Ocean.

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 Project Rising Spirit 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!

IMPERIUM is a daring breakaway from anything you can find elsewhere in comics today, even at Valiant,” said Valiant Editor Alejandro Arbona. “We’re extremely proud of Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite’s first arc, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome the talented Scot Eaton into the fold for BROKEN ANGELS. Scot is the perfect choice to follow Doug’s masterful turn on this title, and he’s already hitting his stride with a new series of covers for BROKEN ANGELS. IMPERIUM was already one of a kind, but it’s about to evolve and get even bigger.”

This summer, red-hot creators Joshua Dysart and Scot Eaton join forces to realize Toyo Harada’s vision of a better world by any means necessary in BROKEN ANGELS, an all-new jumping-on point beginning in IMPERIUM #5! Featuring covers by Kano (THE DELINQUENTS, Gotham Central), Scot Eaton (Black Panther), CAFU (UNITY), Robert Gill (ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER), and Sina Grace (Burn the Orphanage), start reading here this June to find out why IMPERIUM is one of the year’s most acclaimed new series:

“A fascinating examination of the effects super powers might have on the real world… It’s worth paying attention.” – Wired

“✮✮✮✮✮…Smart and entertaining, gorgeous yet gruesome, and character-driven yet large in scope…[IMPERIUM] is more than worthy of your $3.99, people.” – Comic Vine

“✮✮✮✮½…Writer Joshua Dysart really has cooked up something special here to behold… An enthralling ride…” – Bloody Disgusting

“✮✮✮✮½…A fantastic kick-off… Perfect for long time fans as well as those who are new and just want to check out a quality comics.” – Graphic Policy

“✮✮✮✮…Valiant Entertainment once again delivers an incredibly strong first issue of a new series, as it almost always does… New readers will find themselves wanting to stick around.” – Comic Book Resources

“✮✮✮✮…Dysart and Braithwaite are exploring fascinating ideas in IMPERIUM… Another accessible, interesting, and unique entry point into the ever expanding Valiant Universe.” – ComicBook.com

“✮✮✮✮…Eye-popping and energetic… There’s a sense of mystery to IMPERIUM that’s admirable and gutsy…” – Newsarama

“✮✮✮✮…Twists and turns are coming our way, so if you haven’t picked up [IMPERIUM], now’s the time to get on board…” – Major Spoilers

“”✮✮✮✮…Masterful… IMPERIUM, easily, is another win for Valiant and comic fans everywhere.” – All-Comic

Plus: don’t miss the VALIANT NEXT initiative continues throughout the spring as Valiant’s biggest most demanded heroes leap into action alongside all-new, never-before-seen characters for a brand new wave of must-read releases:

IMPERIUM #3 by Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite on April 8th
BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 by Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan on April 15th
NINJAK #2 by Matt Kindt, Clay Mann and Butch Guice on April 22nd
DIVINITY #3 (of 4) by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine on April 22nd
IVAR, TIMEWALKER #4 by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry on April 29th

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

IMPERIUM #5 (NEW ARC! “BROKEN ANGELS” – PART 1)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by SCOT EATON
Cover A by KANO
Cover B by SCOT EATON
Cover C by CAFU
Variant Cover by ROBERT GILL
Variant Cover by SINA GRACE
$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | ON SALE IN JUNE!

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Valiant Unveils X-O Manowar/Bloodshot MiniMates Two-Packs – Debuting in Toys”R”Us This Month!

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This winter, two of the greatest heroes of the Valiant Universe are stepping into three dimensions for the first Valiant MiniMates two-pack – a Toy”R”Us-exclusive debut now on sale in stores nationwide and at ToysRUs.comThe alien-armored Visigoth hero X-O Manowar and indestructible commando Bloodshot make their MiniMate debut in a specially designed two-pack that comes complete with both heroes’ signature accessories, alternate parts, and an exclusive, never-before-seen Valiant comic book insert! Each Valiant MiniMates two-pack also includes a free comic book digital download offer, powered by comiXology.

“Valiant’s fans around the world have continuously requested figurines of their favorite characters,” said Russell A. Brown, President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales for Valiant Entertainment. “We are thrilled to bring two of Valiant’s classic heroes to Toys”R”Us for the first time with Valiant MiniMates, giving fans old and new an opportunity to get to know our exciting line of characters with value added offerings. And we are delighted to join the ranks of the top intellectual property characters to be represented in MiniMates form.”

“The Valiant Universe is one of the premier comic book universes, with a history of great storytelling, great character design and great artwork,” said Chuck Terceira, President of Diamond Select Toys. “The fact that it has not had more merchandise has always been a mystery to me, and when the opportunity arose for DST to create some of Valiant’s first collectible toys, we were all excited to be on board.”

Born into battle, Aric of Dacia, the fifth century Visigoth now called X-O Manowar, has never known peace. Abducted and enslaved by the savage alien empire known as The Vine, Aric finally escaped his captors after stealing their ultra-powerful X-O Manowar armor and then returned to Earth…only to find that more than a thousand years had passed in his absence. Stranded in the modern day, the most primitive man on Earth now wields the most powerful weapon in existence as X-O Manowar!

Brought back from the dead and infused with cutting-edge nanotechnology, Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit – a private contractor trafficking in violence – very well. But after defying his programming and escaping his captors, Bloodshot now fights to rediscover to the secret of his true identity – but remains haunted by the past that nearly destroyed him.

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.

Plus: coming to comic book stores this April, don’t miss the X-O Manowar and Bloodshot MiniMates Battle-Damaged two-pack – a Previews-exclusive offering featuring combat-hardened alternative looks for two of most formidable heroes from the best-selling story arcs Harbinger Wars and Planet Death!

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 2012 Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. Visit them 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. In 2007, Diamond Select Toys acquired select assets of the New York based Art Asylum, creators of the global MiniMates brand. MiniMates have been recognized as the #1 selling block figure in the world and were the first toys ever to be inducted into the ToyFare Hall of Fame in 2007. For more information, visit www.diamondselecttoys.com and www.artasylum.com.

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DIVINITY #1 – Valiant’s Sold-Out Sci-Fi Epic – Returns to Press with New Printing in March!

DIVINITY_001_COVER_SECOND-PRINTINGValiant is proud to announce that DIVINITY #1 (of 4) – the acclaimed debut issue of the new prestige format VALIANT NEXT limited series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (THE VALIANT, RAI) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis) – has sold out at the distributor level and will return to store shelves on March 18th alongside DIVINITY #2 (of 4) with the DIVINITY #1 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING!

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. Now the rest of the world’s powers must decide for themselves – will the enigmatic DIVINITY offer his hand in friendship or will Earth’s heroes find themselves helpless against the wrath of the divine?

The next must-read series to be released in the “Valiant Prestige” format, each issue of DIVINITY comes complete with deluxe matte-laminate card stock covers, custom-designed end sheets, and exclusive back matter featuring never-before-seen notes and artwork by Matt Kindt – all with no advertisements and a standard $3.99 cover price!

On March 18th, discover the visionary opening chapters of Valiant’s most important new character debut of 2015 in the DIVINITY #1 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING and DIVINITY #2 (of 4)! Start reading here to find out why critics are hailing Matt Kindt and Trevor Harisine’s sci-fi epic as a landmark moment for the Valiant Universe:

“Matt Kindt’s new creation is a giant leap forward for Valiant…[with] a debut that marks a creative high point for the publisher.” – The Onion/AV Club

“DIVINITY #1 pushes the scope of Valiant ever further… A beautifully designed introduction and one that plays to all of Kindt’s strengths as a writer.” – ComicBook.com

“Valiant has been providing fans with some great new books and this is one of them…[DIVINITY #1] is a real success.” – Comic Vine

“A true and worthwhile expansion of Valiant’s footprint, both in the publishing world and the fictional world contained within it.” – Comic Book Resources

“DIVINITY #1 is a keeper…and keeps reminding comic book fans why they need to dive in to the Valiant Universe.” – Unleash the Fanboy

“Yet another fantastic jumping-on point… If you haven’t dived aboard [Valiant] already, you’re really running out of excuses.” – Big Comic Page

Plus: don’t miss each essential new series from VALIANT NEXT! In the aftermath of THE VALIANT, VALIANT NEXT continues with five blockbuster new series, starring Valiant’s biggest, most-demanded heroes alongside all-new, never-before-seen characters, throughout 2015:

IVAR, TIMEWALKER #1 by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry in January
DIVINITY #1 (of 4) by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine in February
IMPERIUM #1 by Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite in February
NINJAK #1 by Matt Kindt, Clay Mann and Butch Guice in March
BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 by Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan in April

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

DIVINITY #1 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (DEC148668)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale MARCH 18 (FOC – 2/23/15)

DIVINITY #2 (of 4) [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (JAN151649)
Cover B by TOM MULLER (JAN151650)
Variant Cover by RAFA SANDOVAL (JAN151651)
Variant Cover by DIEGO BERNARD (JAN151652)
Variant Cover by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN151653)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale MARCH 18 (FOC – 2/23/15)

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Valiant Entertainment Sends NINJAK #1 to London Super Comic Convention with Limited Edition Exclusive Cover by Emanuela Lupacchino in March! Plus: Panels, Portfolio Reviews, and More for Valiant’s First Ever UK Presence!

VALIANT_LSCC_PROGRAM-COVER_ANDRASOFZSKYThis March, Valiant is crossing the Atlantic for the very first time to bring its award-winning publishing line to the London Super Comic Convention (LSCC) – the United Kingdom’s largest comic book convention – for a weekend packed with Valiant programming, special guests, and exclusive convention-only releases!

From Saturday, March 14th through Sunday, March 15th, Valiant’s first-ever UK convention presence begins at London’s Excel Centre where attendees will be greeted by the official LSCC program guide, featuring an all-new cover by fan favorite Kalman Andrasofszky! Featuring Bloodshot, Ninjak, London’s own Punk Mambo and more, look for this collectible program guide spotlighting Valiant’s greatest heroes in action!

Plus: don’t miss the NINJAK #1 LSCC Exclusive Variant, featuring a stunning cover by superstar artist Emanuela Lupacchino! Kicking off the highly anticipated ongoing series for Britain’s master super-spy by all-star creators Matt Kindt, Clay Mann, and Butch Guice, pick up the red-hot first issue of Ninjak’s debut solo series at LSCC’s merchandise booth – then get it signed in Artist’s Alley by LSCC attendees Clay Mann and Emanuela Lupacchino!

On Saturday, March 14th at 11 AM, join Valiant in Panel Room 2 for the VALIANT 101: THE STORY STARTS HERE panel presentation, featuring, an in-depth introduction to heroes and creators that made Valiant one of the most acclaimed publishers in comics today. Get caught up on the origins and essential adventures of X-O Manowar, Ninjak, Bloodshot, Divinity, and more right here, as an all-star cast of Valiant staff and creators present a step-by-step examination of Valiant’s top heroes and villains. Each panel attendee will also receive a complimentary Valiant graphic novel.

Valiant is also offering one-on-one portfolio reviews for aspiring artists throughout LSCC. Visit the LSCC signing area on Saturday, March 14th at 12:45 PM and 4:30 PM, and Sunday, March 15th at 3:30 PM for personal feedback and creative insight from Hunter Gorinson, Valiant Entertainment’s Director of Marketing, Communications & Digital Media.

For tickets, directions, and more, visit LondonSuperComicConevention.com.

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

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Fred Van Lente and Francis Portela Begin “BREAKING HISTORY” in IVAR, TIMEWALKER #5 – An All-New Story Arc Coming in May!

IVAR_005_COVER-A_LIEBERA little confused by time travel? Don’t worry, these guys don’t really understand it either. So they’re BREAKING HISTORY!

Valiant is proud to announce IVAR, TIMEWALKER #5 – the FIRST ISSUE of BREAKING HISTORY, an all-new story arc for the smash-hit VALIANT NEXT ongoing series by New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and new series artist Francis Portela (Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps)! Join the series that io9 calls “impressively shocking” here on May 27th as Ivar recruits a team of the time stream’s greatest hellraisers for an eons-colliding jailbreak from the end of existence itself!

Dr. Neela Sethi, the inventor of time travel has been captured by her evil future-self (because…time travel) and imprisoned at the end of the time! As the Big Crunch rapidly unmakes the universe around her, Neela faces a choice that may give her her life’s dreams…at the cost of the very universe itself. But to save her from the threat of her own future self, all hope now lies in the hands of IVAR, TIMEWALKER! But even he can’t save us alone…

What happens when history’s most jaded time traveler puts together the best team he can find to save time itself? A combination of his estranged family, including his immortal brothers ARMSTRONG and THE ETERNAL WARRIOR; his inter-dimensional enemies like history’s most re-tweeted prankster THE LURKER; and a BLOODSHOT NANITE with one heck of an attitude problem! And that’s just the start of history’s most unexpected saviors.

“Changing history is an oxymoron, because if it’s history then it’s already happened…[but] Neela has discovered a way around that, and ways to actually change history,” writer Fred Van Lente told ComicBook.com. “So, if Neela can perfect this method changing history, she will very much break history. That’s why Ivar and his brothers…are doing this impossible break-in. They’re going to ‘break into’ time to keep her from doing this.”

The plot to save history begins here, so don’t worry! Well, maybe you should worry a little…because existence itself hangs in the balance when red-hot creators Fred Van Lente and Francis Portela present a century-shattering jumping-on point in IVAR, TIMEWALKER #5! Featuring covers by Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man), Raul Allen (Hawkeye), Clayton Henry (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG), and Robert Gill (ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER), BREAKING HISTORY starts here on May 27th!

Plus: don’t miss the IVAR, TIMEWALKER VOL. 1: MAKING HISTORY trade paperback collection, in stores the same day as IVAR, TIMEWALKER #5! Collecting the first four issues of Ivar Anni-Padda and Neela Sethi’s adventures through time and space for just $9.99, jump on board here the very same day that the next can’t-miss story arc, BREAKING HISTORY, begins in a comic shop near you!

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

IVAR, TIMEWALKER #5 (NEW ARC! “BREAKING HSTORY” – PART 1)
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A by STEVE LIEBER
Cover B by RAUL ALLEN
Character Design Variant by CLAYTON HENRY
Golden Age Variant by ROBERT GILL
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MAY 27

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The Valiant 25th Anniversary Celebration Begins in May with Monumental New Releases for Free Comic Book Day and Beyond!

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Valiant’s 25th year is going to be the biggest one yet! The silver anniversary celebration begins this May on Free Comic Book Day 2015, and continues all summer long with monumental new releases honoring Valiant’s historic place in comics history – and laying the groundwork for another 25 years to come!

VALIANT_FCBD2015_COVER_Art by Rafa SandovalIn 1990, the first Valiant comics hit the shelves and, then, the impossible happened – an upstart, independent company created a new, cohesive universe that managed to go toe-to-toe with the industry’s biggest publishers, forever changing the comics landscape in the process. Some of comics’ greatest talents – Jim Shooter, Bob Layton, Barry Windsor-Smith, and more – joined the ranks with a who’s who of up-and-comers – including David Lapham, Joe Quesada, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Sean Chen – to build one of the first true legends of the modern age of comics.

Quickly becoming one of the most recognized comic book companies in the world with more than 80 million comics sold, Valiant became the first publisher to ever approach Marvel or DC in scope and sales. In turn, Valiant’s now-classic characters – X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, HARBINGER, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, RAI, and dozens more – became a pivotal force in comics fandom, reshaping the industry with a character-first approach to comics storytelling and creating what would eventually grow to become the largest independent universe anywhere in comics.

VALIANT_FCBD2015_001Now, two and half decades on from those monumental origins, Valiant is proud to announce the Valiant 25th Anniversary celebration – a months-long commemoration of the indelible heroes, volatile villains, and world-class creators that shaped Valiant into one of the most celebrated publishers in comics history. Spanning an all-star cast of Valiant’s talents past and present, this summer’s celebration of 25 years of Valiant begins on Free Comic Book Day with the Valiant 25th Anniversary Special, and will continue with all-new new releases across Valiant’s monthly publishing line in print and digital, hardcover and trade paperback catalog, and roster of licensed merchandise.
“Valiant has always been about creating stories that will stand the test of time 25 years from now, not reflecting on the successes of 25 years ago,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “As a member of the Valiant team across more than two decades, I can say that our 25th anniversary is an incredibly exciting turning point for us as one of the premier storytelling companies in comics. All summer long, we’ll be revealing glimpses of where Valiant is headed next with special initiatives in print, digital, and licensing for one of our largest and most coordinated efforts to date.”

VALIANT_FCBD2015_002“Even after two decades, many of the innovations Valiant brought to the industry shortly after its arrival in 1990 continue to be felt today,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “For the 25th anniversary, we’re celebrating that spirit of creative freedom that made Valiant such an influential force in the first place, and honoring those that made it possible for us to continue the mission of making the best superhero comics in the industry.

“Each year, we always make it known to fans and retailers that they can expect something big from Valiant on Free Comic Book Day,” he added. “Rarely are there occasions bigger than the 25th anniversary of one of the most iconic publishers in comics history. Kicking off with our Free Comic Book Day release, and continuing throughout the summer, we’re going to make Valiant’s 25th year its most exciting to date. Titles like BLOODSHOT REBORN, NINJAK, IMPERIUM, and DIVINITY are only the beginning. All summer long, we’ll be revealing a slew of surprises spinning out of our silver anniversary plans.”

The year’s can’t-miss celebration officially kicks off on May 2nd in the FCBD 2015: VALIANT 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL – featuring two all-new stories and a myriad of never-before-seen special features chronicling Valiant’s storied place in comics history! First, New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and blockbuster artist Butch Guice chronicle the devastating fallout of THE VALIANT as Bloodshot rises from the ashes to unleash a never-before-seen prelude to BLOODSHOT REBORN! Then, Valiant superstars Robert Venditti and Rafa Sandoval throw down the gauntlet for an action-packed introduction to the world of X-O MANOWAR and an all-new tale of DEAD HAND! Plus: NINJAK; IMPERIUM; DIVINITY; IVAR, TIMEWALKER; RAI; special guests from throughout Valiant’s decades-long history; and a cavalacade of special surprises!

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The Valiant 25th Anniversary celebration continues throughout the summer with a host of new offerings in May and beyond, beginning with two very special places for fans to discover Valiant’s biggest heroes! First up, don’t miss the all-new VALIANT UNIVERSE HANDBOOK: 2015 EDITION, spotlighting everything you need to know about Valiant’s heroes – who they are, what makes them tick, and where they’re headed next! Featuring highly detailed and thoroughly updated entries on all of Valiant’s most important players, discover everything you need to know about Valiant’s award-winning publishing line here — just as the 25th Anniversary celebration begins in full force!

Then, get up close and personal with the legendary origins behind Valiant’s most indelible icons in the VALIANT: ZEROES & ORIGINS trade paperback collection, re-presenting each of Valiant’s greatest zero issue introductions to X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, HARBINGER, SHADOWMAN, and more from a world-class cast of creators including Joshua Dysart, Matt Kindt, Lewis LaRosa, Clay Mann, Peter Milligan, Mico Suayan, Robert Venditti, and many more!

Plus: don’t miss a very special new series of Valiant 25th Anniversary variant covers by red-hot artist Rafa Sandoval showcasing a diverse cast of heroes and villains from across 25 years of Valiant history beginning in May! A special series of alternate shelf covers featuring Valiant’s ever-growing line-up of heroes new and old, look for these Valiant 25th Anniversary variant covers on your favorite Valiant titles all summer long.

May 2015 is only just the beginning… Stay tuned for even more exciting Valiant 25th Anniversary news and releases in the weeks and months to come!

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

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

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Official Valiant Entertainment Tumblr Launches with the Complete Artwork of BLOODSHOT REBORN #1!

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Valiant is proud to announce the launch of the all-new Valiant Entertainment Tumblr (valiantentertainment.tumblr.com), beginning today with a day-long showcase of the complete artwork from BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 by New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (THE VALIANT, Green Arrow) and superstar-in-the-making Mico Suayan (HARBINGER, Moon Knight)!

From 12 noon ET onward, the official Valiant Entertainment Tumblr will serialize all 25 pages of inked interior artwork from April’s BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 – the highly anticipated first issue of the latest series from the VALIANT NEXT initiative. Months in the making, Mico Suayan’s exquisite interior artwork features a level of detail rarely seen in the comics medium. Renowned for his covers for HARBINGER, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, ARMOR HUNTERS, and more, Suayan now brings his star talent to the interior page for his first ongoing series at Valiant.

In the days ahead, the official Valiant Entertainment Tumblr will feature daily updates and behind-the-scenes looks inside Valiant’s award-winning line of titles, including X-O MANOWAR, IMPERIUM, DIVINITY, IVAR TIMEWALKER, UNITY, RAI, and more…plus special advance glimpses of projects yet to come.

“Social media is a great way to spotlight the characters and creators that have made Valiant one of the most talked-about publishers in comics today,” said Valiant Digital Sales & Special Projects Manager Josh Johns. “We’ve ramped up our efforts on Twitter and Facebook, building awareness and fostering a meaningful relationship with fans new and old. The Valiant Entertainment Tumblr is the next step, offering fans a daily look inside the creative process that they can’t find anywhere else.”

“Valiant prides itself on its close relationship with fans around the world, and this is a terrific place for us to add a whole new depth to that experience,” said Hunter Gorinson, Valiant’s Director of Marketing Communications & Digital Media. “Every day, we’ll be showcasing something special from the walls of Valiant HQ – advance artwork, covers, webcomics, interviews, and more – beginning with each and every page of artwork from the biggest Valiant release of 2015 thus far: BLOODSHOT REBORN #1.”

On April 15th, the VALIANT NEXT initiative presents BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 – the first issue of the all-new ongoing series from all-star creators Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan! Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit – a private contractor trafficking in violence – very well. Now, Bloodshot is a shadow of his former self. He lives in self-imposed exile, reeling from the consequences of his past life and the recent events that nearly drove him mad. But when a rash of shootings by gunmen who appear to look just like Bloodshot begin, his guilt will send him on a mission to stop the killers, even if it means diving headlong into the violence that nearly destroyed him.

Beginning today, get an exclusive look at rising star Mico Suayan‘s complete artwork for the most anticipated Valiant release of 2015 – BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 – by following the official Valiant Entertainment Tumblr!

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Valiant Presents DEAD DROP #1 – A Riveting New Superhero Conspiracy Thriller from Ales Kot and Adam Gorham!

DEAD-DROP_001_COVER-A_ALLENFour issues. Four stories. One ticking clock. The countdown to DEAD DROP begins this May!

Valiant is proud to announce DEAD DROP #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new four-issue limited series from red-hot writer Ales Kot (Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier, Secret Avengers) and rising star Adam Gorham (Zero)! Beginning this May, an unlikely cast of superhuman operators – X-O Manowar, Archer, MI-6 spymaster Neville Alcott, outdated android Beta-Max, and Quantum and Woody’s inside woman on the DCPD, Detective Alejandra Cejudo – fall in deep for an undercover conspiracy action thriller in the darkest corners of the Valiant Universe…

There is a secret black market in New York. It is hidden in plain sight – in our streets, trains, restaurants. Those who know how to navigate it exchange secrets of extraordinary nature. But when the secret in circulation is a biological weapon derived from Vine technology, the gloves are off – and the most extraordinary agents are released to stop the disaster before it occurs.

Otherwise, in less than thirty minutes, there will be no world to come back to.

X-O Manowar, Archer, Neville Alcott, Detective Cejudo and Beta-Max are ready to save the world.

DEAD DROP is a series of self-contained issues, each with a slightly different theme and atmosphere, but they all connect,” writer Ales Kot told Comic Book Resources. “The first one is very much a human tank x parkour runner chase through Manhattan, the second one is…well, a chase as well, but without pants (it’s Archer, after all) and with a ‘man chases a car through Brooklyn’ vibe, the third one is spy game weirdness, and the fourth one is a whodunit.”

“With DEAD DROP, Ales Kot and Adam Gorham have drilled deep into the insane brain of the Valiant Universe, creating a helluva story featuring four characters that don’t normally hang out together, including the Visigoth warrior X-O Manowar and the outdated cyborg known as Beta-Max,” added Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “Each story’s unique tone is based on the issue’s key character, which makes the series a combination of action, subversiveness, humor, and mystery. Across these four issues, you’ll see four characters with four very different viewpoints deal with an unprecedented threat in a manner that only Ales could cook up.”

X-O Manowar

Heir to the throne of the Visigoth people, the fifth-century warrior named Aric of Dacia was abducted and enslaved by an alien race called The Vine before escaping with the aid of their most powerful weapon – the X-O Manowar armor. Returning to Earth, Aric found himself stranded in the modern day where he now defends the planet from threats both internal and extraterrestrial as the alien-armored hero called X-O Manowar.

Archer

Adopted and raised by an evil organization called The Sect, Obadiah Archer’s uncanny ability to mimic any skill made him an invaluable asset to his parents’ mission: kill the drunken immortal called Armstrong. Archer eventually turned on his parents and formed an unlikely partnership with his former quarry as they travelled globe to root out and destroy The Sect’s conspiratorial plots.

Neville Alcott

Little is known about the MI-6 liaison who pulls the strings of the most powerful beings on Earth – Neville Alcott. But as the designated handler of superteam UNITY, his reach and influence are seemingly limitless.

Beta-Max

Beta-Max is a genius who pioneered cyborg technology using himself as a test subject. Unfortunately, his transformation was completed in the 1980s…and any modern day upgrades would be lethal. He can send a mean fax though!

Detective Cejudo

A genetic copy of the Crone, leader of an evil secret science society, Detective Alejandra Cejudo broke free from her creator thanks to the bumbling efforts of Quantum and Woody. She now serves as their top liaison inside the Washington D.C. metro police department.

A virus on the loose… A king after him… Things are not what they seem… This May, acclaimed creators Ales Kot and Adam Gorham bring the far corners of the Valiant Universe crashing down on New York City for a four-issue race against the clock in DEAD DROP #1 (of 4) – featuring covers by Raul Allen (IMPERIUM), Adam Gorham (Zero), Juan Jose Ryp (Ghosted), and Brian Level (Lazarus)!

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DEAD DROP #1 (of 4)
Written by ALES KOT
Art by ADAM GORHAM
Cover A by RAUL ALLEN
Cover B by ADAM GORHAM
Cover C by JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover D by BRIAN LEVEL
$3.99 US | T+ | 32 pgs. | On sale MAY 2015

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Valiant’s Sold-Out Epic Returns with New Printings of THE VALIANT #1 and THE VALIANT #2 in March! Plus: Your First Look Inside THE VALIANT #3 by Lemire, Kindt, and Rivera!

THE-VALIANT_001_COVER_THIRD-PRINTINGValiant is proud to announce THE VALIANT #1 (of 4) and THE VALIANT #2 (of 4) – the first two chapters of the critically acclaimed four-issue epic from superstar creators Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera – have once again sold out at the distributor level and will return to stores shelves with THE VALIANT #1 (of 4) THIRD PRINTING and THE VALIANT #2 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING on March 4th!

“Since day one, we knew that THE VALIANT was going to be a special book with the potential to win over not only long-time Valiant fans, but new readers as well. We’re committed to publishing the best comics anywhere in the business today, and THE VALIANT epitomizes that to a tee,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “The fantastic work of Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera continues to amaze with each new issue. Whether this is your first Valiant comic or your hundredth, we dare you to try THE VALIANT and not come back for more.”

Jump on board the year’s most astonishing new adventure here as Bloodshot is drafted into the eons-old war against mankind’s oldest, darkest enemy! The Immortal Enemy has crawled out from the black depths of history to destroy this generation’s Geomancer and send Earth back to the Dark Ages! Now…the Eternal Warrior, Ninjak, and Kay McHenry must overcome their worst nightmares before the unlikeliest of white knights rides in to save the day. Will he be enough to battle back the unyielding evil that threatens to plunge the Valiant Universe into the darkness?

The first series to be released in the VALIANT PRESTIGE format, both of THE VALIANT‘s latest sold-out chapters come complete with deluxe matte-laminate card stock covers, custom-designed end sheets, and exclusive back matter curated by Matt Kindt and Paolo Rivera – all with no advertisements and a standard $3.99 cover price!

Go back to the beginning and discover a battle ten millennia in the making right here March 4th in THE VALIANT #1 (of 4) THIRD PRINTING and THE VALIANT #2 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING! Start reading here to find out why fans and critics are heralding THE VALIANT by New York Times best-selling writers Jeff Lemire & Matt Kindt and Eisner Award-winning artist Paolo Rivera as the perfect entry point into the award-winning world of Valiant’s greatest heroes:

“A riveting first issue with a huge sense of scale… [THE VALIANT] has the potential to become a true superhero epic.” – The Onion/A.V. Club

“An event book with a beating heart… A near-perfect introduction to an ascending cosmos, and more importantly, a damn fine comic.” – Paste Magazine

“An all-star lineup of Valiant Entertainment’s time-spanning heroes as told by an all-star lineup of creative talent…” – Comic Book Resources

“If you’re looking for a gateway into Valiant’s growing comic book universe, you’ll be hard-pressed to do better than THE VALIANT… [It's] one of the most visually stunning comics on the stands.” – IGN

“Kindt, Lemire, and Rivera are creating a must read comic together… [THE VALIANT] is a striking introduction filled with action, humor, and some of the best storytelling in superhero comics. If you’re not reading Valiant comics, this is the place to start.“– ComicBook.com

“A very exciting start. Curious about Valiant? Go pick this up and see why so many of us have fallen in love with this universe.” – Comic Vine

Plus: don’t miss the third shocking installment of the series IGN calls a “fantastic debut” on February 18th in THE VALIANT #3 (of 4) as X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, H.A.R.D. Corps, Dr. Mirage, and more of Valiant’s most formidable heroes join the millennia-old battle to save civilization from the darkness of the Immortal Enemy!

And don’t miss each essential new series from VALIANT NEXT! In the aftermath of THE VALIANT, VALIANT NEXT continues with five blockbuster new series, starring Valiant’s biggest, most-demanded heroes alongside all-new, never-before-seen characters, throughout 2015:

IVAR, TIMEWALKER #1 by Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry in January
DIVINITY #1 (of 4) by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine in February
IMPERIUM #1 by Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite in February
NINJAK #1 by Matt Kindt, Clay Mann and Butch Guice in March
BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 by Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan in April

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THE VALIANT #1 THIRD PRINTING [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
$3.99 | 32 pages. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale MARCH 4 (FOC – 2/9/15)

THE VALIANT #2 SECOND PRINTING [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
$3.99 | 32 pages. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale MARCH 4 (FOC – 2/9/15)

THE VALIANT #3 (of 4) [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by PAOLO RIVERA (DEC141712)
Variant Cover by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT (DEC141713)
Variant Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (DEC141714)
$3.99 | 32 pages. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale FEBRUARY 18 (FOC – 1/26/15)

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Valiant Bolsters Sales Team with Retail Veterans Andy Liegl and Matthew Klein

Pictured: Valiant Sales Managers Andy Liegl (left) and Matthew Klein (right)

Pictured: Valiant Sales Managers Andy Liegl (left) and Matthew Klein (right)

Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce the appointment of former comics retailers Andy Liegl and Matthew Klein as Sales Managers. Both Liegl and Klein will join fellow Sales Manager Atom! Freeman, Publishing & Operations Manager Peter Stern, Director of Marketing, Communications & Digital Media Hunter Gorinson, and Publisher Fred Pierce as key members of Valiant’s integrated sales and marketing team, and will be tasked with oversight of Valiant’s retailer relations and live events around the world.

Andy Liegl comes to Valiant from Boom! Studios, where he oversaw the publisher’s convention presence and convention sales strategy as Event Coordinator until 2014. Prior to that, Liegl spent five years as Manager of Collector’s Paradise – Pasadena, a leading comics retailer in Southern California, where he rediscovered Valiant via the publisher’s 2012 “Summer of Valiant” relaunch and personally bolstered in-store sales of the titles in his store to great success. Liegl is also a former comics journalist, having co-founded ComicAttack.net in 2009 and served as an Assistant Editor of Eisner Award-winning website Comic Book Resources from 2012 to 2013.

“I’m absolutely psyched for the opportunity to work with a publisher who puts such a high priority on product quality and the positive impact that can have with our retail partners,” said Liegl. “Everyone at the Valiant office is insanely dedicated to their work and their energy is powerfully motivating. I’m champing at the bit to be boots on the ground at comic shops, working closely with the people who have dedicated their lives to keeping the direct market thriving for consumers.”

A lifelong comic book fan, Matthew Klein worked as a Retail Associate for Forbidden Planet NYC from 2011 to 2014 – one of the largest sellers of comic books, graphic novels, science fiction, toys, and associated collectibles in the world. During his time with FPNYC, he also worked in the the Artistic Department for the Off-Broadway company, The New Group (Avenue Q, Hurly Burly, The Jacksonian). Klein is also a producer and lead script developer for Six Part Productions and has been a company member since 2013.

“I’m incredibly excited to be a part of the Valiant team,” said Klein. “Nobody in comics is creating an intricate yet accessible universe like Valiant’s and populating it with as diverse a cast of characters. I can’t wait to learn from the insanely experienced team and find ways to contribute to our goal of getting a Valiant comic in the hands of every reader.”

Together, Freeman, Liegl, and Klein will lead the front line of communication between Valiant and the comics retail community worldwide, just as Valiant readies a major wave of titles to be released under the auspices of the VALIANT NEXT initiative with new series including IVAR, TIMEWALKER by New York Times best-selling creators Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry; IMPERIUM by New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart and artist Doug Braithwaite; NINJAK by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and artists Clay Mann and Butch Guice; and BLOODSHOT REBORN by New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mico Suayan.

“Valiant’s growth over the past three years has been tremendous, and we’re not done yet” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “As always, however, one of our top priorities remains the strengthening of relationships with fans and retailers. We’ve made a concerted effort since day one to get involved with each and every comic book shop, convention and consumer. Now, as we begin 2015 in full force, we’re looking forward to taking that mission even further with Andy and Matthew on board as valuable new additions to our dedicated and hard-working team.”

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