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The Online Revolution Begins In ‘Generation Zero’ #1 [Preview]

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I'm pretty excited about virtually any new comics project from Fred Van Lente, but I'll admit that I've been having a little trouble getting an idea of what Generation Zero, the new book from Valiant by Van Lente and Francis Portela, is all about. Really, the only thing I knew was that it was going to feature someone spraypainting a school bus, and really, that could be anything from wacky high school hijinx to something that happens during the Purge.

Now that I've read a preview and gotten a look at the solicitation, though, I think I get the high concept: It's The A-Team for #millennial #teens. Check out a preview!

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‘Generation Zero’, ‘Harbingers Renegade’, ‘Britannia’ and More Revealed At Valiant Summit

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The second annual Valiant Summit just wrapped at the UCB Theatre in New York City, the Belle of the East Coast. Broadcast on livestream, the summit saw several writers and artists take to the stage to talk about a string of new books from the publisher that will fall under the banner “The Future of Valiant”, including Rafer Roberts, Jody Houser, and Matt Kindt.

The event was Valiant's answer to Image Expo, with five new titles announced, including the long-rumbled Britannia, plus the previously announced Faith ongoing. Here's the full rundown.

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Houser, Portela, and Sauvage Keep the Mysteries Coming in ‘Faith’ #2 [Preview]

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Faith #2, the second installment of the critically acclaimed and much-discussed superhero comic by writer Jody Houser and artists Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage, arrives February 24th from Valiant Comics.

This issue finds Faith blaming herself for an explosion caused by a mysterious adversary who appears to be hunting down psiots (which I think is basically just the Valiant version of mutants?). She then gets call from an ally named @x, who must have been on Twitter really early to snag that handle. The official synopsis promises an appearance by Torque, Faith's ex-boyfriend and former teammate, but we don't get to see him in the preview pages.

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Daydreams as Stories: Jody Houser on Valiant’s New ‘Faith’ Series [Interview]

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There are few superheroes like Faith Herbert, a.k.a. Zephyr.

Aside from the obvious --- she's a superheroine whose body type is uncommon among comics superheroines --- Faith also has an attitude and outlook few others share. She's a fan, and as a result, she sees the world in a way unique among superpowered heroes.

Until now, both in the previous and current Valiant Universes, Faith has brought the perspective mostly to team books, with only a 2014 solo one-shot to her name --- and that was more or less a Unity tie-in. January 27th sees the release of her first true solo series. ComicsAlliance talked to writer Jody Houser about what we'll see through Faith's eyes with the help of artists Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage.

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Valiant Gives Zephyr A Solo Shot With Four-Issue ‘Faith’ Miniseries

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After more than 20 years as a member of the Harbinger team, fan-turned-superhero Faith Herbert, better known as Zephyr, is finally taking a starring role in the form of a four-issue mini-series from writer Jody Houser and the art team of Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage, and it's pretty exciting news.

It's always fun to see a genre-savvy character taking on a role as a superhero, but kicking off a new series with a focus on building up Faith's civilian life --- which, according to the solicitation, seems to be heading in the direction of a job writing about cats for a Buzzfeedesque website --- has a whole lot of potential to add a new dimension to Valiant's growing world of superheroics.

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Best Art Ever (This Week): Captain Marvel, Carrie Kelly, Sailor Moon, Hellboy, Star Trek TNG and More

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.

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DC Comics Announces New Teen Titles; Tim Drake Sighted

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Tim Drake fans can rest easy as DC just announced the covers and creative teams for their September-shipping 'teen' titles, with extra interview information courtesy of io9. Today, we've got Teen Titans, Hawk & Dove, Legion of Super-Heroes and Legion Lost, and the long-awaited new Static Shock series.

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M.O.D.O.K Has His Eye On The Prize!

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This summer, the biggest, most exciting criminal heist is happening right here in the pages of Marvel Comics' Super-Villain Team-Up/M.O.D.O.K's 11 #1. As the "head" of Marvel's most unusual and most-wanted group of villains ever assembled, M

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The New Fantastic Four Vs The Marvel Zombies!

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The New Fantastic Four-Black Panther, Storm, Human Torch & The Thing-have faced Galactus and the Silver Surfer, but now they face an even larger threat in Black Panther #28-The Marvel Zombies! Im

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