Two classic Valiant Comics characters, Rai and Doctor Mirage, are set to make a splash in the new Valiant universe later this year, with the publisher introducing a slew of new titles in its Valiant First initiative all the while. There's a new team-up, a major crossover event, and a few spinoffs in the mix.
Valiant is planning to release seven new #1 issues between May and September. Creators include Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain, Robert Venditti, Doug Braithwaite, Jen Van Meter, Kano, Fred Van Lente, James Asmus, Trevor Hairsine, Joe Harris and more. Check out the full list of new titles and some exclusive art after the jump!
As previously announced by Valiant, running in the back of each of their titles in July will be a six page short story titled Who Will Lead the H.A.R.D. Corps. Written by Jim Zub with art by Edwin Huang -- the acclaimed team behind Skullkickers -- and featuring color by Dave McCaig, the short promotes the upcoming Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #14 with an inside look at the interview process other Valiant characters went through with Project Rising Spirit, in the hopes of being hired to lead the Corps. Valiant has provided ComicsAlliance with the complete six page story -- featuring a desperate Quantum, a drunk Armstrong and dejected Master Darque -- which you can check out in full after the cut.
2012 may have seen the rebuilding of the Valiant Universe as the revived comic publisher relaunched books like X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong and Shadowman, but 2013 could be the year it all falls apart with the first crossover of the new era hits: Are you ready for Harbinger Wars?
The new storyline brings together plot threads from the Harbinger and Bloodshot series, as Bloodshot decides to attempt to make up for his previous missions by unleashing the super powered prisoners of Project Rising Spirit into the world - unaware that they'll become involved in the ongoing battle between Toyo Harada and Peter Stanchek for the future of the harbinger population of the planet. Executive editor Warren Simons said that the story will "mark a pivotal moment
This week has seen the relaunch of the Valiant universe with the release of the first issue of X-O Manowar by writer Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and artist Cary Nord (Conan the Barbarian). Coming in the months ahead are new incarnations of other Valiant properti
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