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‘X-O Manowar’ Comes To A Thundering End With A 64-Page Final Issue [Preview]

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For the past five years, XO Manowar has been Valiant's flagship title, but now the story of Aric of Dacia, a barbarian plucked from the fringes of the Roman empire and returned to Earth with an alien battle-suit that might be the single most powerful weapon in the galaxy, is coming to a close. And given that high concept, you can probably guess that it's not going to be a quiet ending.

When the final issue hits shelves next week, it's coming with 64 pages of story and a truly overwhelming number of variant covers --- including a Ninjak story from Jody Houser and Javier Pulido that looks fantastic. Check it out with a preview below!

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The Bad Guys Take Arms Against Valiant’s Favorite Ninja In ‘Ninjak’ #19 [Preview]

Ninjak #19, Valiant Entertainment

At this point, I'm pretty sure everyone who reads ComicsAlliance is familiar with my deep and abiding affection for Ninjak, but for real. I can't help loving him when he keeps doing the most amazing things I've ever read about. I mean, you'd think it would be enough that he once broke into MI6 headquarters to stop the alien invaders who had infiltrated British intelligence, or that time he went on a mission to the literal magical land of the dead. But y'all. Y'all.

In the next issue, which continues "Fist & The Steel" crossover with Wrath of the Eternal Warrior, Ninjak --- Ninjak of the future! --- fights a dude who has like twelve arms. I can't even hand-le how great this is.

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Take A Trip To The Future In ‘Ninjak: The Fist And The Steel’ [Preview]

Ninjak #18, Valiant Entertainment

Ninjak has been having a pretty rough year. Not only did he travel to a horrifying realm of supernatural terror in "Operation: Deadside," but once he got home to his castle to rest up, the whole thing came crashing down around his head as part of a plot by the villainous Roku that left him with absolutely nothing. But cheer up, Ninjak! Even if things are going bad now, maybe they'll get better in the future!

Wait, no, hang on. I'm looking at the future now, courtesy of Matt Kindt and Andres Guinaldo's Ninjak #18, and it looks like it's just way more fighting and murder. But hey, at least he has a best friend in Gilad, the Eternal Warrior! That's gotta count for something, right? Check out a preview!

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Matt Kindt And David Rubin Bring ‘Ether’ To Dark Horse

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Matt Kindt is somewhat of Dark Horse's secret weapon these days; leading the charge with hit creator-owned books such as Mind MGMT and Dept. H. In an industry packed with franchise superheroics and licensed properties, Kindt is one of the creators leading the charge with unique concepts and innovative storytelling.

That trend is set to continue later this year with the announcement of Ether, a new creator-owned title from Dark Horse which sees Matt Kindt team with artist David Rubin which sees two worlds of science and magic collide for one intrepid explorer.

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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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Ninjak And The Eternal Warrior Pit Fist Against Steel In A Very Appropriately Named Crossover

Ninjak #18, Valiant Entertainment

When Ninjak #18 hits shelves in August, it's kicking off the time-bending The Fist & The Steel crossover, in which the Eternal Warrior teams up with Ninjak for futuristic immortal ninja action.

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If You Loved ‘Captain America: Civil War’, Read These Comics Next

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Captain America: Civil War is in cinemas now, and everyone’s raving about its impressive set-pieces, complex themes and snappy banter. Marvel Studios and the Russo Brothers not only managed to make possibly the best Captain America film (and the best Avengers film) so far, but they told an awesome, tightly-plotted story that never felt bloated despite the number of characters demanding the spotlight.

The Captain America franchise has always skewed somewhat more toward espionage thrillers than your average superhero series, similar in tone to the Jason Bourne series or the modern day James Bond films. If you loved Civil War and want to try some comics in a similar vein --- but you’ve already read Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Captain America run --- we’ve compiled a list of five of the best independent comics to try next.

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The Delinquents: A Beginner’s Guide To ‘Divinity’ And ‘Unity’

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Valiant Comics‘ shared superhero universe is smaller and less familiar than those of its major rivals, but even a small shared universe can offer a lot to learn about. To help those readers looking to take the plunge into the Valiant Universe, we’ve assembled our own team of delinquents to break things down. Steve Morris knows Valiant inside out; J.A. Micheline is new to the universe. Micheline has the questions, and Morris has the answers.

In March, JAM and Steve delved into the handsome hunk brothers Ivar, Timewalker and Eternal Warrior, heading to the past and then the future and back to the past and, well, you get the idea. This month the pair have returned to discuss JAM’s latest assignment: the “monthly event” series Unity, which is wholly entwined within the ongoing stories of the Valiant Universe… as well as the almost completely disconnected events of Divinity.

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Ninjak’s House Is About To E X P L O D E In ‘Ninjak’ #14

Cover by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic
Cover by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic

It's been a while since we've talked about Ninjak --- unquestionably the single greatest character in the entire Valiant roster, which you can tell because he's basically Batman plus Snake Eyes and his name is Ninjak --- but if you haven't been keeping up, Colin King has been having a pretty rough go of it. Not only has he been dealing with the kind of standard hassles that you get when you're MI-6's go-to ninja, but in his last adventure, he had to journey through the supernatural dimension called Deadside, with the kind of horrifying consequences that you'd expect from that sort of adventure.

Now, though, when Ninjak #14 hits shelves next week, it's time for Ninjak to head back to the literal castle he calls home for some rest, relaxation, and an explosion that blows up his house on page four. It's the start of the next arc, "The Siege of King's Castle," and you can check out a preview below!

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Matt and Sharlene Kindt Go Below the Surface of ‘Dept H’ at Dark Horse [Interview]

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Following the end of his widely acclaimed Dark Horse series Mind MGMT, creator Matt Kindt decided to try something completely different for his next project --- a claustrophobic thriller set in 'real time'. Each issue of the upcoming Dept H is set during a 24-hour period in an underwater science lab that is slowly flooding. As the series moves on, time quickly runs out for the people inside as they try to work out who sabotaged the base --- and try to stay alive.

A spy series that starts as a murder mystery and quickly tightens into a tense race against time, the series sees Matt Kindt joined by his wife, watercolor artist Sharlene Kindt, on colors. Having worked on sections of MIND MGMT, this new series marks her first ongoing comics work for a major publisher. To explore the depths of Dept H further, ComicsAlliance spoke to both Matt and Sharlene Kindt about their work. We also have an exclusive reveal of their cover for issue #3.

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