Retailer Advisory: CGC to Offer Limited-Time Signature Series Grading for SECRET WEAPONS #1 VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES EDITION – In Stores June 28th!

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Valiant is proud to announce that the Certified Guarantee Company (CGC) will now accept and certify all copies of the SECRET WEAPONS #1 VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES (VVSS) edition with the official CGC Signature Series label if they are received within 90 days of the issue’s June 28th, 2017 on-sale date!

Featuring virgin cover art by series artist Raul Allen, a hand-written signature in gold ink from Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer, and an official VVSS embossed seal, all copies of the SECRET WEAPONS #1 VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES edition must be received by CGC by September 27th, 2017 in order to qualify for official CGC Signature Series certification. Collectors and fans, please note: the signed Valiant Certificate of Authenticity included with each copy will not be encased with the graded comic and can remain with its owner. Copies received after September 27th, 2017 are ineligible for a CGC Signature Series label and will be graded at CGC’s discretion. This follows a precedent set by CGC for the Walking Dead #100 Retailer Appreciation Lucille Variant Cover signed by Robert Kirkman.

The SECRET WEAPONS #1 VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES edition will be strictly limited to the number of qualifying retailer orders. Contact your local retailer today to reserve your copy.

Established in 1993 with the release of RAI AND THE FUTURE FORCE #9, the VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES is a high-end, special treatment given to limited-edition copies of some of Valiant’s most prominent releases – issued and authenticated by Valiant itself and signed by members of each series’ respective creative team. The VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES was a hallmark of the original Valiant Universe and would go on to adorn some of the publisher’s most renowned releases with signatures from legendary industry talents, including Sean Chen, Dick Giordano, Bob Layton, John Ostrander, Don Perlin, Bart Sears, and more.

Launching into comic shops worldwide on June 28th, SECRET WEAPONS #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of THE MUST-READ NEW SERIES from Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer (screenwriter of the international smash-hit ARRIVAL and the upcoming BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER feature films from Sony Pictures) and visionary artist Raul Allen (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) with Patricia Martin (BLOODSHOT REBORN)! Be there as Valiant’s most important new series of the summer joins THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 – the publisher’s seismic 2018 crossover event – as Livewire steps into the fore to lead an extraordinary new team of Harbinger Foundation escapees…and reveals a hidden, high-stakes corner of the Valiant Universe never before explored…

The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rex-O seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…

This summer, find out for yourself why critics are heralding Eric Heisserer and Raul Allen’s spectacular vision of power and purpose at the epicenter of the Valiant Universe as one of 2017’s essential new series from any major comics publisher:

✮✮✮✮✮… [SECRET WEAPONS] succeeds on every major level… A dream collaboration.” – Comic Bastards

[SECRET WEAPONS] could shake up comics… [Livewire] is the ideal character for [Heisserer] to focus on after his Academy Award-nominated ARRIVAL screenplay.” – The Hollywood Reporter

✮✮✮✮½… Explosive [and] action-packed… [SECRET WEAPONS] is pretty impressive.” – Outright Geekery

[SECRET WEAPONS] looks amazing.” – Entertainment Weekly

✮✮✮✮½… Stunning… Truly an exciting start to this book…” – Two Guys One Review

Some of [Heisserer’s] most ambitious work.” – MTV

“✮✮✮✮… Put this one on your pull list, you won’t be disappointed.” – Bleeding Cool

[Heisserer] is set to make a splash in the comic book world.” – Blastr

On June 28th, the secret is out as Eric Heisserer – the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of ARRIVAL – and Raul Allen and Patricia Martin – the Harvey Award-nominated art team behind WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR – send Livewire and Valiant’s newest team of upstarts charging into a tooth-and-nail fight for survival in SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4) ­– featuring covers by Raul Allen (NINJAK), Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (Thor), Roberto De La Torre (Daredevil), and Bryan Hitch (The Authority)!

And don’t miss your chance to qualify for limited-time CGC Signature Series certification for the SECRET WEAPONS #1 VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE (VVSS) edition – only available until September 27th, 2017!

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Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN (APR172108)
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (APR172112)
Variant Cover by BRYAN HITCH (APR172113)
Valiant Validated Signature Series Edition by RAÚL ALLÉN (Individually Signed by ERIC HEISSERER) (FEB178016)
Blank Cover Also Available (APR172111)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale JUNE 28th (FOC – 6/5/17)

Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN (MAY171963)
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (MAY171965)
Variant Cover by BEN TEMPLESMITH (MAY171966)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On Sale JULY 19th (FOC – 6/26/17)

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