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COVER SHOOT: Top Five Comic Book Covers for 7/17/13

Cover Shoot

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

 

This weekly feature will take a look at the most visually compelling covers on the market today. Whether they be variant editions or standard ones, these are the top 5 covers that stand out amongst the bevy of books that are released each week. They say, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” these covers are worth more than that! No matter the storylines found behind them, these covers draw you to at least check them out, which can be worth exponentially more than just words to the companies that publish them! Enjoy!

 
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1.  Fables #131 (Vertigo/DC):  Joao Ruas continually creates some of the best artistic pieces seen in comics today. This piece in particular, grabs the reader with a myriad of techniques that tantalize the eye. From the bold use of color on the “Round Table,” to the simplistic sketches that decorate the background, this one has it all. But, it is the gaunt and burdened faces of King Arthur and his men that truly grab the reader and make them want to learn more.
 
 
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2.  Superior Carnage #1 (Marvel): Artist extrordinaire, Clayton Crain, makes a stunning rendition of Marvel’s most ravenous psycho — Carnage! No one has made Carnage look more maniacal than Crain! Utilizing the background as dead space makes the crimson spilling forth that much more eerie and the layers upon layers he used to accentuate the sinew and movement of the symbiote, — perfect!
 
 
 
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3.  Batman ’66 #1 — SDCC Variant Edition — (DC): Okay, this one is going to be hard to find but that doesn’t make it any less cool! Done by Mattel, this cover pays homage to the camp and innocence of the “60’s television show while making it a unique collectable that fans will be clamoring for! You may not be able to find it at your local shop, or be able to get it cheap, but it’s worth a try to have such a “swingin” book in your collection!
 
 
 
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4.  Harbinger Wars #4 — Variant Edition — (Valiant):  Juan Doe has been doing his stylized “propaganda” covers for awhile now, but this one will surely stand out above everything else this week. Stark, bold, black and white lines help to off set the violent oranges and reds of the background formulating in a dizzying array of complex shapes and figures. The figurehead of Toyo Harada prominently displayed above all else gives the cover a central, powerful image that commands notice. This one is outstanding!
 
 
 
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5.  Thor: God of Thunder #10 (Marvel):  Esad Ribic is one of the most soft spoken and underrated artists in comics today. For a man that is so quiet, his covers explode off of the racks! This complex image of Thor battling the God Butcher is exquisite in scope and execution. The painted image conveys so much raw emotion and power that you can practically hear the rage bellowing from Thor’s lips. With stark color contrasts and a dynamic visage, this cover hammers the competition!
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Review: Harbinger #12

Before you read this review you need to ask yourself,” Why do I read comics?” “Is it for the heroes in intense situations?” “Is it for the exceptional writing that makes these situations come to life before your eyes?” “Is it for the depth of character the writer builds upon so that these heroes resonate with us?” “Is it the amazing art that visually draws us into the world the writer has created?”

If you answered,”Yes,” to any of these questions, I have one more for you. “Have you been reading Harbinger?” If you said, “Yes,” then you know how great a book this has been. If you said, “No,” let me change your mind!

Harbinger #12 continues the Harbinger Wars crossover that has been waging through Harbinger, Harbinger Wars and Bloodshot for the last few months. We see Peter Stancheck’s Renegades finally come face to face with the psiots that have escaped from Project Rising Spirit, as well as how these young powerhouses have been dealing with their new found freedom. A clash between these groups is inevitable, children with power to shake the earth are not always welcoming to strangers, but it is the soul, the emotion of this book, not the action, that will truly grip you.

Joshua Dysart writes some of the most compelling characters on the market today. Teamed with the exceptional artistry of Khari Evans, Dysart has not only built visually intriguing characters, but ones that fans can empathize with. These characters have a humanity deeply rooted within their bones, something most super heroes tend to lack. They have fears, hopes and dreams as well as wield godlike powers! They are the everyman living in a scary world with the ability to change it for better or worse.

In this issue we see how manipulation, torture and a life of solitude can change a person. It is unnerving, to see Harada’s early attempts at activating psiots but, it is even worse when Peter meets Chronos and we know the same thing has been done on children! The duality of Chronos and Peter is what drives this tale. Even though Peter did not have an ideal childhood, being institutionalized and left by his mother, he eventually got to live in the outside world, while Chronos did not. Similar to a point, you can see what Peter could have become where it not for his chance for freedom and friendship. Chronos, on the other hand, had no escape until now and the world will pay for the sins committed against him. He is a fascinating character and a true image that Dysart can make every new character as rich and emotionally stirring as the rest!

So, if my little review hasn’t swayed you about Harbinger, I have another idea. For a single dollar you can get yourself the Valiant One Dollar Debut Edition of Harbinger #1. One dollar can open up your eyes to a whole new world of comic greatness. Don’t you think you can spare a dollar to broaden your horizons? I do! 

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Advanced Review: Harbinger Wars #2

Fans were blown away with, not only the all out action of the first issue of this crossover, but with the overall ease with which the casual reader can immerse themselves into the storyline. In a market plagued with mediocre crossovers that strive more on gaining your hard earned cash instead of delivering a quality product, Valiant stands as the shinning example of how to please it’s fans! If you were enthralled with the first issue, the second in the series will utterly take your breath away!

Written by Joshua Dysart, with story conceptualization done by both Dysart and Duane Swierczynski, Harbinger Wars #2 is a tidal wave of all-out action that is stunning on all aspects. The reader is given the chance to delve deeper into the seediness of Project Rising Spirit and witness the re-birth of another long forgotten Valiant concept bound to thrill readers all over again! Though I won’t spoil any part of this outstanding tale, I will say that you will see some horrific deeds take place and the true heart of Toyo Harada will forever darken the corners of the Valiant Universe!

Masterfully crafted by Joshua Dysart and crew, Harbinger Wars is bound to become one of the most comprehensive, overtly exciting and reader friendly crossovers ever written. It is steeped in emotional duress, shockingly horrific circumstances and riddled with action sequences that will blow your mind! It is the blueprint as to what ALL crossovers should be like no matter what company employees you!

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Advanced Review: Bloodshot #10

As the Harbinger Wars runs rampant through the Valiant Universe, one man must find himself in order to preserve the lives of the most powerful children in the world. Through massive amounts of blood, bullets and rendered flesh, this man will become more than just a killing machine, he will become — a father!

Duane Swierczynski (X,Punisher,Godzilla) is a master crime novelist and an extraordinaire when it comes to dark, bloody tales revolving around hatred and vengeance. In Bloodshot #10, you will receive more than your fair share of all those things but it is the further development of the Bloodshot character and his supporting cast that will truly grip you.

Though briefly touched upon in other issues, Bloodshot’s quest for his own humanity is what drives this book. When faced with protecting some of the most dangerous and powerful children ever born, this engineered weapon of mass destruction delves inward in order to dredge up every ounce of humanity in order to guide him. Though he is beaten, berated and almost mentally manipulated, he only focuses on the safety of the children. It is this surge of “fatherhood” that shatters his visage of a one dimensional character, creating instead a hero that fans will not only root for but clamor over!

With an amazing cover by fan favorite Mico Sauyan and beautifully vicious interiors by Barry Kitson, this book will become an instant “must have” for not only Valiant fans, but comic fans in general! Plus, the final page will be enough to drive fans ravenous until the next installment of Harbinger Wars hits the stands next week!

Be bold, be determined, be — Valiant!

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Review: Harbinger Wars #1

The spring’s biggest crossover has finally been released and Valiant does nothing more than completely blow you away!

The writers of the fantastic series of books, Harbinger and Bloodshot, have converged to bring you a tale of the past, present and future of the Valiant Universe. This is an in depth look at all the little secrets that have been kept from prying eyes for so long, the revelation of what Toyo Harada and Project Rising Spirit have been creating long before Peter Stancheck even knew he had powers! These revelations will lead to an uneasy alliance between Peter Stancheck’s Renegades and the assassin Bloodshot’s prepubescent gang of human weapons. Though the world of Valiant will soon become a scarier, more dangerous place, there will be a definitive winner in all the chaos — the readers!

Told as a part flashback part present story, Dysart and Swierczynski’s tale perfectly combines the current storylines of both the Harbinger and Bloodshot books while imbuing it with a completely new tale revolving around a captive group of psiots at the mercy of Project Rising Spirit. It is this fresh tale expertly rendered by fan favorite, Clayton Crain (X-Force), that is the most intriguing and carries the weight of the overall story. Through the eyes of these “new” characters, the reader can connect with the pain and degradation they endure and we can empathize with, not only them, but ALL the characters being hunted without even having to read the primary books to do so. It is this attention to not alienate the curious reader, whom may or may not know the outlining parts of this epic story, that makes it the perfect stepping stone for anyone while not disengaging from the loyal fans that wouldn’t want a “rehash” comic in their hands. A truly fantastic effort by some of the most talented creators in the industry!

It is easy to get enveloped into this magnificent world created by so many talented individuals, but I’m warning you, once you step into the Valiant Universe –you’ll never want to leave!

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The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for 4/3/2013

 

The Top of the Pile

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

 

This is a “quick pick” look at the Top 5 comics that EVERYONE should be reading this week! Whether it’s rife with characterization, filled with emotional strife, has a bevy of high octane battle sequences or is just a plain ol’ great read — these books belong at the “Top Of The Pile!” (In no particular order!)

 

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1.  Harbinger Wars #1 (Valiant): For the past few months, everything in the Bloodshot and Harbinger books has been leading up to this! Fan fave, Clayton Crain (X-Force) has graced Valiant fans with some interior art work for this massive crossover but that’s just icing on the cake! This tale will see Bloodshot and his group of psiot children merge with Peter Stancheck’s “Renegades” in order to take down the Valiant Universe’s biggest threat — Toyo Harada. But, Harada hasn’t come alone. He has called upon his own team of psiots to destroy all those who oppose him with only one winner becoming triumphant — the reader!

 

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2.  Polarity #1 (Boom Studios): From the mind of Max Bemis, frontman for the band SAY ANYTHING, comes this engrossing tale of Timothy Woods trying to deal with his bipolar disorder. That may seem hard enough but when his medication runs low, Timothy finds that it didn’t just keep his mind in check, it also repressed his super powers! A trip-tastic look into the world of sex, drugs and super powers that will blow your mind! Plus, each issue comes with a free download of an original song from Max Bemis!

 

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3. Swamp Thing #19 (DC):  Scott Snyder may have decided to leave this amazing book in order to pursue the Man of Steel, but that doesn’t mean all is lost. In fact, Charles Soule does an amazing job ushering in a new perspective to Swamp Thing and brings some heavy hitting “guest stars” to make Alec Holland’s world miserable. First up is the Scarecrow in all his twisted demeanor, the second?…Superman! I guess Snyder didn’t have to leave in order to write Supes after all!

 

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4.  Abe Sapien:Dark and Terrible #1(of 3) (Dark Horse): Mike Mignola and Scott Allie put there heads together for Abe’s first “in continuity” solo mission. Abe has been sidelined for quite sometime, you know, since his death and all! But, nothing can keep this B.P.R.D. agent down for long, especially since his physical transformation. Can Abe still be trusted to uphold the best interests of mankind in the coming wake of destruction? Considering one of his own already tried to kill him once, I’m betting no!

 

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5.  Earth 2 #11 (DC):  James Robinson’s vision for new takes on the classic JSA characters continues to excite readers every month! This week is know different with not only the introduction of Dr. Fate to the New 52 Universe, but Mister Miracle and Big Barda as well! Robinson knows how to tell fantastic stories that will leave you with a sense of wonderment!

 

 

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Review: Harbinger #10

Peter Stancheck and his rag tag band of psiots have been compromised, beaten and imprisoned by Project Rising Spirit, but everything will be alright as long as you have Faith!

A blitzkrieg of action awaits you in this weeks Harbinger #10, the precursor to Harbinger Wars (on sale 4/3) that is going to set the Valiant Universe ablaze in it’s first crossover! The battle lines have been drawn and Peter’s crew are up against insurmountable odds, it will take everything they have in order to survive the battle and one of them will rise to the challenge in order to save them all!

Joshua Dysart is a master of melding characterization heavy stories with a bevy of action sequences in order to make one of the best comics every month! It is superbly done, rich in the development of not just the main character -Peter Stancheck- but every character brought into the book. From Flamingo, Faith, Torque, Kris Hathaway and even the pathetically manipulated Mr.Tull, Dysart breathes life into every nuance of them making the entire read a true glimpse into their destructive world. He weaves in fragility into the very essence of these powerful creations, giving them a subtlety and believability rarely seen in comics today. They are massive and weak, beautiful yet scarred, outgoing and cripplingly shy, influential and covertly influenced and broken yet godlike.

These characters resonate with readers because we can empathize with them, we are them on a base level and we want them to dominate their world. That’s exactly what this issue is about. Overcoming those things that have been holding you down, breaking free of the restraints both literally and metaphorically in order to truly live. Plus, it is such a thrill ride of bombastic action that you can’t help but get amped up for what’s next!

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Cool Shadowman T-Shirt & More Available From Valiant At ECCC 2013

Press Release

 

VALIANT Heads to EMERALD CITY COMICON 2013!

 
 

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Valiant is proud to announce its debut appearance at Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) onMarch 1-3, 2013 in Seattle, WA – and we’re bringing along a boatload of free swag, show exclusive products, and special guests to celebrate! 
 
Visit Valiant at Booth #2008 all weekend long to get a sneak peek at the future of the Valiant Universe inside the pages of the Harbinger Wars Sketchbook – a FREE first look inside the biggest Valiant event of the summer! 
 
Plus, for the first time ever, Valiant will also be debuting new Shadowman logo t-shirts for sale, alongside a complete selection of Valiant comics, trade paperbacks, hardcovers, and blank convention-only flip books!
 
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5776:]]And, to find out everything you need to know about the Valiant Universe in 2013, join us on Sunday, March 3rd at 12 noon in Room 3AB for the Valiant 2013: Harbinger Wars and Beyond panel!

With the opening shot of Harbinger Wars only weeks away, get ready to discover the secrets that will put Harbinger and Bloodshot on an inescapable collision course – directly from a panel of Valiant insiders, including incoming Bloodshot penciller Barry Kitson, X-O Manowar artist/inker Stefano Gaudiano, Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce, and Valiant Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani!

 
We’ll see you at ECCC!
 
For more information, visit Valiant on Twitter, on Facebook, or at ValiantUniverse.com.
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Review: Harbinger #0

Before the Harbinger Wars erupts this April, you need to know what started it all!

In the days following the bombing of Hiroshima, a young boy walks the streets in search of his father. What he encounters is a broken, diseased and depraved new world that has enveloped this once simple town. It is the actions of man, prior to and after the bombing, that will forever change the life of Toyo Harada. This once innocent boy has had everything burned away, the being left standing in it’s wake — will become a harbinger of change for the entire Valiant Universe!

I have stated before how fantastic a storyteller Joshua Dysart is, with Harbinger #0, he has surpassed all previous praise. The origin story of Toyo Harada is one of the most harrowing tales I have read in recent years. It is an in depth look at how the actions of man can forever change the world, in the blink of an eye everything can be gone and something new created. Man, god and monster can become grouped into a single entity and all it takes is an action. Dysart encases his tale of the birth of a monster with an overwhelming sense of empathy. Toyo Harada is a product of the comportment of others, he never asked to become what he has, but he will never let it happen again.

Dysart convinces the reader that Harada’s actions have a plausible justice to them, creating a morality play of ones conscience. Are the horrific actions of a man justified if they are done to others that have blood on their hands? But what if he hurts innocents in his actions? Are his atrocities still justified because his own innocence was torn asunder? The grey area of what justice truly means is a hard one to discern and Harbinger #0 will leave you pondering it for a very long time.

Dysart has created a tale that far surpasses the conventional approach to the comics genre, a true case of how magnificent and personal the world of comics can be! So, be sure to add Harbinger to your MUST have list each month, you will be astounded by how thought provoking a book can be!

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Review: Bloodshot #7

With the shocking ending to issue #6 foreshadowing events to come, Duane Swierczynsski turns back the hands of time in issue #7 and reveals to us just why Bloodshot is known in some circles as “The Bogeyman!”

Not an origin, more like a blood soaked waltz down implanted memory lane, this issue reveals to us even more of the horrific manipulation Bloodshot has been subjected to. This tale breaks the consciousness of a multi-faceted man into a singularly driven weapon, one that can be pointed anywhere with startling results! As long as he is being told that his daughter is held captive with other children, “Ray” will allow himself to be deployed into the most heinous areas of battle in order to ensure their survival. Unfortunately, him “saving” them is not always what the children want!

Swierczynski and Clark churn out one of the most action packed books month after month and this one is more of the gory same. Intense action, dramatic characterization and shocking intrigue, Bloodshot is a book that will satiate every action junkie’s need while giving enough emotional duress to keep us vested in the characters. And there are plenty of “new” characters in this issue to intrigue us all!

This issue is the one that will pave the way for the biggest crossover the new Valiant Universe has ever seen! Harbinger Wars is on the lips of comics fans everywhere, and this is where the trigger event is that will start it all!

Cast aside all those other crossovers that promise “big” things that never deliver, Harbinger Wars is coming and nothing remains unscathed!

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Valiant Announces Harbinger Wars Interlocking Covers

Press Release

 

HARBINGER WARS Unites HARBINGER and BLOODSHOT with Interlocking PULLBOX COVERS!

 

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This April, Valiant’s first family crossover, Harbinger Wars, kicks off with three all-new jumping-on points in Harbinger Wars #1 (of 4)Harbinger #11 and Bloodshot #10! To herald the brutal first collision of Harbinger and Bloodshot, each of these three entry points into the Valiant Universe will feature an interlocking Pullbox Exclusive Variant cover by Harbinger Wars artist and New York Times best-selling creator Clayton Henry!

“Valiant’s Pullbox cover program is designed to give our dedicated fans something special for supporting our ongoing series. Now, with Harbinger Wars gearing up to launch not only a standalone mini-series, but new story arcs in Harbinger and Bloodshot too, the time was right to try another first for Valiant – three interlocking Pullbox covers showcasing the true scope of the first crossover event for the new Valiant Universe,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce.

On April 3rd, pick up the first interlocking Harbinger Wars Pullbox Exclusive Variant as Harbinger Wars #1 (of 4) by Joshua Dysart, Duane Swierczysnki, & Clayton Henry slams into stores! Two dozen highly volatile, untested and untrained teenage “harbingers” are breaking out of Project Rising Spirt and into the world. Now, with no guidance and no place to turn, these super-powered children have decided to forge their own future – and they’ll take it by any means necessary. But when they terrorize a major American metropolis, the children of GENERATION ZERO will find themselves in the middle of three-way firefight for the fate of the Valiant Universe. Bloodshot wants to train them. Toyo Harada wants to use them. And Peter Stanchek wants to set them free. Who will reach them first? And can anyone survive the all-out fury of the Harbinger Wars?

Then, follow the fallout with new standalone story arcs on April 10th in Harbinger #11 by Joshua Dysart & Khari Evans, and on April 17th in Bloodshot #10 by Duane Swierczynski & Barry Kitson. Contact your local retailer to reserve your Pullbox Exclusive Variants for each of these milestone issues today!

Fans and retailers take note – Valiant’s printings of Pullbox Exclusive Variant covers are strictly limited, so please remember to submit your pre-orders by the Final Order Cut-Off Date.

For more information on Harbinger Wars or to follow the next great happenings in the Valiant Universe, visit Valiant on Twitter, on Facebook, or at ValiantUniverse.com.

 

HARBINGER WARS #1 (OF 4)

Written by JOSHUA DYSART & DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

Art by CLAYTON HENRY

Cover by LEWIS LAROSA

Pullbox Exclusive Cover by CLAYTON HENRY

Variant Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

Variant Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER

$3.99/T+/32pgs.

ON SALE APRIL 3rd (FOC – 3/11/13)

 

HARBINGER #11 (HARBINGER WARS)

Written by JOSHUA DYSART

Art & Cover by CLAYTON HENRY

Pullbox Exclusive Cover by CLAYTON HENRY

Variant Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER

$3.99/T+/32pgs.

ON SALE APRIL 10th (FOC – 3/18/13)

 

BLOODSHOT #10 (HARBINGER WARS)

Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

Art by BARRY KITSON

Cover by MICO SUAYAN

Pullbox Exclusive Cover by CLAYTON HENRY

Wraparound Variant by LEWIS LAROSA

$3.99/T+/32pgs.

ON SALE APRIL 17th (FOC – 3/25/13)

 

VALIANT 2013: HARBINGER WARS FCBD SPECIAL

Written by JOSHUA DYSART, JUSTIN JORDAN, DUANE SWIERCZYSNKI, FRED VAN LENTE, ROBERT VENDITTI, and PATRICK ZIRCHER

Art by KHARI EVANS, TREVOR HAIRSINE, CLAYTON HENRY, CARY NORD, PATRICK ZIRCHER, and MORE
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (JAN130049)

Free/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE MAY 4th (FOC – 2/18/13)

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Valiant Comics Announces FCBD Harbinger Wars & Valiant Masters

Press Release

 

VALIANT Joins FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2013 with HARBINGER WARS and VALIANT MASTERS

 

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Valiant’s greatest heroes of past and present will be turning out in force on Saturday, May 4th for Free Comic Book Day 2013! Valiant is proud to announce not one, but TWO special releases for next year’s Free Comic Book Day, featuring some of comics’ brightest talents and two generations of fan favorite superheroes. 

First up, the critically acclaimed, best-selling comics launch of the decade throws it into high gear with the VALIANT 2013: HARBINGER WARS FCBD SPECIAL! Test your mettle with an exclusive look inside HARBINGER WARS – the blistering conflict between BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER that will crack the Valiant Universe in half. Plus – who will stand to oppose X-O MANOWAR on PLANET DEATH? What adventure lies beyond the horizon for ARCHER & ARMSTRONG? Who is the true heir to the legacy of the SHADOWMAN? And what top-secret projects could possibly be coming next? Featuring the art of Patrick Zircher, Cary Nord, Trevor Hairsine, Clayton Crain, Marko Djurdjevic and more, everything you need to know about the Valiant Universe in 2013 happens right here this Free Comic Book Day! 

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Then, pe deep into the greatest stories of the original Valiant Universe – remastered and collected together for the first time anywhere – with the VALIANT MASTERS: 2013 SHOWCASE EDITION! Relive the best-selling adventures of Valiant’s definitive heroes – NINJAK, SHADOWMAN, ETERNAL WARRIOR and more – in this special FCBD release previewing the next year’s worth of Valiant Masters hardcover collections. Featuring all-time classic work by some of comics’ most celebrated creators, including Jim Shooter, Joe Quesada, Barry Windsor-Smith, David Lapham, Bob Layton and more, this is the perfect opportunity to discover how the Valiant Universe created a new generation of comics fans and became the stuff of legend.

The best of the Valiant Universe, yesterday and tomorrow – coming this Free Comic Book Day to a retailer near you!

For more information, visit FreeComicBookDay.com and ValiantUniverse.com.

VALIANT 2013: HARBINGER WARS FCBD SPECIAL 

Written by JOSHUA DYSART, JUSTIN JORDAN, DUANE SWIERCZYSNKI, FRED VAN LENTE, ROBERT VENDITTI, and PATRICK ZIRCHER

Art by KHARI EVANS, TREVOR HAIRSINE, CLAYTON HENRY, CARY NORD, PATRICK ZIRCHER, and MORE

Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

T+/32 pgs.

 

VALIANT MASTERS: 2013 SHOWCASE EDITION

Written by MARK MORETTI, JIM SHOOTER, BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH, and MORE

Art by DAVID LAPHAM, BOB LAYTON, JOE QUESADA, BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH, and MORE

Cover by BARRY WINDSOR SMITH

T+/32 pgs.

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Valiant Announces Harbinger Wars

Press Release

 

HARBINGER WARS #1 – BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER Go Head-to-Head in VALIANT’s First Family Crossover!

 

This April, the children are our future. HARBINGER WARS is coming!

 

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Valiant is proud to announce HARBINGER WARS #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of a four-issue limited series that will set off the first-ever family crossover for the all-new Valiant Universe! Then, the Harbinger Wars saga continues with new jumping-on points in BLOODSHOT #10and HARBINGER #11 – the beginning of brand new, standalone story arcs that will cover the collateral damage of the Valiant Universe’s first full-scale conflict.

For decades, Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation and the government’s own Project Rising Spirit have been waging a secret war over the rarest resource known to man – the unwieldy superhuman telekinetics known as harbingers. Over the years, they’ve each collected a small army of these empowered children to inflict their agendas on the world. But now the reformed harbinger hunter known as Bloodshot needs to atone for his crimes – and he’s going to start by releasing two dozen of the most volatile harbingers from their PRS prison and into the world. 

Bloodshot wants to lead them. Toyo Harada wants to control them. And, Peter Stanchek, a teenage renegade with immense powers of his own, wants to give them free rein. But the runaway children of PRS have their own ideas for the future…and, as the body count rises, the Valiant Universe will realize that power this immense cannot be contained. It must be exercised. Who will survive the Harbinger Wars? 

“HARBINGER WARS #1 will mark a pivotal moment for the Valiant Universe as three of our heaviest hitters go guns-blazing into a conflict unlike any they’ve ever faced before,” said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. “Joshua and Duane have crafted a character-driven story that will make the Valiant Universe a very dangerous place for a hero in 2013.”

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“The Harbinger and Bloodshot ongoing series will push full steam ahead, documenting the massive repercussions of the very first clash between Bloodshot and the Harbinger renegades,” added Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “We’re designing each component to stand on its own, and we couldn’t be prouder of the three creative teams that will be making Harbinger Wars a crossover unlike anything else on the stands.”

Beginning in HARBINGER WARS #1 (of 4) by Joshua Dysart (Harbinger), Duane Swiercyznski (Bloodshot) and Clayton Henry (Archer & Armstrong), Harbinger Wars will encompass 12 issues of all-out action by some of comics’ premier talents:

•HARBINGER WARS #1-4 by Joshua Dysart, Duane Swierczynski & Clayton Henry

•BLOODSHOT #10-13 by Duane Swierczynski & Barry Kitson

•HARBINGER #11-14 by Joshua Dysart & Khari Evans

This April, the entwined destinies of Bloodshot, Peter Stanchek and Toyo Harada will finally collide…and the most powerful forces in Valiant Universe will be drawn into a battle without sides, without rules and without mercy. Do not miss the first shot fired in HARBINGER WARS #1 (of 4) – coming this April from Valiant!

 

HARBINGER WARS #1 (of 4) – ON SALE IN APRIL!

Written by JOSHUA DYSART & DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

Art by CLAYTON HENRY

Cover by LEWIS LAROSA

Variant Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

 

BLOODSHOT #10 – ON SALE IN APRIL!

Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

Art by BARRY KITSON

Cover by MICO SUAYAN

 

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
 

HARBINGER #11 – ON SALE IN APRIL!

Written by JOSHUA DYSART 

Art & Cover by KHARI EVANS

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

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