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Similar to the DC’s New 52, Valiant is going through a relaunch of all their core characters, to great success I’ve been told. The Valiant is part of Valiant Next, a 6 part story stretching across The Valiant, Ivar, Timewalker, Divinity, Imperium, Ninjak, and Bloodshot: Reborn respectfully. This an epic crossover!
Personally, I am not a Valiant aficionado. I was Marvel mutant/Image kid growing up, and there just wasn’t room on the pull list budget, ya’ know. But as I grow older and the grey hair appears, I find myself digging for meatier characters, heavier stories. Maybe Valiant can fill that void? Not sure yet, but after reading The Valiant, I can report the void isn’t as deep as it once was.
Make sure to pick this book up, it’s bold and exciting.
“The Valiant” starts with the Eternal Warrior battling The Immortal Enemy. The warrior’s charge in life is to be the protector of the Geomancers, a super powerful being, with multiple powers, and the only reason the Immortal Enemy exists is to devour the Geomancers ( you can see the conflict, right).
As valiant as the Eternal Warrior is, (see how I wove the title in there), he has failed in every century to protect the geomancer…
Which brings us today, Kay McHenry, the world’s sole salvation and Geomancer. She has just discovered her powers and is all together unsure of them. But she’s going to have to learn fast!
The issue is divided into several story lines; there is a parallel Bloodshot adventure, he’s on a mission to recapture a lost artifact, and Man-o-War pops in. Armstrong also tries to give some advice to Kay.
It’s a really strong start, with great art, and tight narrative.
From Valiant Comics:
A battle ten millennia in the making is about to begin…with an all-new, prestige format epic from New York Times best-selling writers Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Animal Man) & Matt Kindt (RAI,Mind MGMT) and Eisner Award-winning artist Paolo Rivera (Daredevil)!
The Eternal Warrior has protected the Earth for more than 10,000 years. A master of countless weapons and long forgotten martial arts, he is guided by the Geomancers – those who speak for the Earth. During his long watch, the Eternal Warrior has failed three times. Each time, the Geomancer was killed…and a new dark age for humanity began. Each time, he was unable to stop The Immortal Enemy – a monstrous force of nature. A civilization killer. A horror that appears differently each time it arrives…and whose seemingly only purpose is to bring disorder and darkness to the world. Now, the time has come for The Immortal Enemy to return once more. But, this time, the Eternal Warrior will be ready. This time, he has a force greater than any single warrior. This time, he has…THE VALIANT.
An entirely self-contained, new reader friendly comics event spotlighting Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Geomancer, and a cast of heroes and villains from across the Valiant Universe, THE VALIANT is a visionary new adventure from three of the greatest creative talents in comics today.