February 22, 2017 – New York, NY – Today, Valiant Entertainment and comiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comic shopping & reading platform, debut Valiant High #1, the first issue of a four-part, monthly miniseries by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert writer Daniel Kibblesmith, artist Derek Charm(Jughead) and David Baron (Bloodshot Reborn). Featuring eye-catching covers by artist David Lafuente (Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man), the highly anticipated comiXology Originals series takes Valiant’s biggest and most beloved superheroes out of battle and into the greatest challenge of all: high school!
Unveiled last October, comiXology Originals is a new program featuring exclusive comic content available only on comiXology and Kindle. Valiant High #1 is available today for $3.99 on comiXology and Kindle or free to comiXology Unlimited subscribers and as part of the comiXology Unlimited 30-day free trial. Valiant High is the first comic book miniseries in the comiXology Originals program.
A unique entry-point that’s perfect for new fans and longtime readers alike, Valiant High presents a hilarious reimagining of Valiant’s award-winning superhero universe – one where the next world-ending cataclysm will have to wait until after prom night! Before they became legends, the world’s most formidable heroes were roaming the halls at Valiant High – a super-powered preparatory academy where Aric “X-O Manowar” Dacia is a record-setting running back, Colin “Ninjak” King is a debonair foreign exchange student, and Coach Bloodshot is way, way too into dodgeball. Now, Amanda “Livewire” McKee and her best friend, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, are taking it all in for the first time at the one high school where power trumps popularity!
Taking place outside of Valiant’s standard continuity, Valiant High is packed with never-before-seen incarnations of the greatest icons from the largest independent superhero universe in comics – including Archer & Armstrong, the Death-Defying Dr. Mirage, the Eternal Warrior, Toyo Harada, Kris Hathaway, Peter Stanchek, Quantum and Woody, and many more. You’ve never seen the heroes of the Valiant Universe quite like this before!
“Valiant has one of the deepest and most diverse libraries of characters in the history of comics. From action-adventure to historical fiction and even comedy, our heroes lend themselves to an incredible array of settings and genres, and we’re always looking to challenge the notion of what kind of stories we can tell,” said Valiant Chief Operating Officer Gavin Cuneo. “Now, in tandem with comiXology Originals, we’re proud to break new ground yet again with Valiant High and reinvent the Valiant Universe from the ground up in a hilarious new world that’s a perfect introduction to all of our most renowned superhero icons… From Archer & Armstrong to Faith to X-O Manowar and everyone in between.”
“With Valiant High, readers everywhere will have fun seeing established Valiant characters like Faith, Ninjak, and X-O Manowar face the trials and tribulations of high school,” said Chip Mosher, comiXology’s Head of Content & Senior Director of Communications, “The creative team of Kibblesmith, Charm and Baron deliver a hilarious story that new readers will love, while also giving core Valiant fans a fresh way to enjoy their favorite characters.”
In addition to this exciting launch, comiXology is having a 50% off sale on all Valiant Entertainment collections released prior to 1/1/2017. Beginning today, readers new and old can stock up, save and discover the heroes behind Valiant High with first appearances and seminal storylines from series including Bloodshot Reborn, Divinity, Faith, Rai, Unity, The Valiant, Wrath of the Eternal Warrior, and many more. Exclusively through comiXology and Kindle, Valiant High issues #2 – #4 will be available for pre-order today!
Bringing exclusive comic content to comiXology and Kindle, the comiXology Originals lineup not only includes this release from Valiant Entertainment, but also BOOM! Studios and the upcoming Marley’s Ghost by the legendary Harvey Kurtzman, which is available for pre-order. ComiXology Originals are digital only and exclusively available for comiXology and Kindle customers.
ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is a revolutionary, cloud-based digital comics platform. With content from over 125 publishers as well as thousands of independent creators from around the world, comiXology provides an unrivaled library of comic books, graphic novels, manga and bandes dessinées. The company’s first-in-class innovations include the exclusive Guided View technology which provides an immersive and cinematic reading experience and a new monthly subscription service. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Seattle, Los Angeles and Paris. For more information visit comixology.com and follow the company on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.
About Valiant Entertainment:
Valiant Entertainment is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns and controls 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. In 2015, Valiant announced a multi-picture deal to bring Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as feature films. For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and ValiantUniverse.com. For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.