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.
Last time, Steve introduced JAM to the four main story types in the Valiant Universe: political (books like Harbinger and Bloodshot), sci-fi (X-O Manowar), comedy (Quantum & Woody, Archer & Armstrong), and supernatural (Shadowman, The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage). He set JAM the task of reading the first sixteen issues of Shadowman and The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage --- and now they're back to talk about it!
This week marks the premiere of Gotham, the new Fox television show focusing on Jim Gordon's first year as a cop in Batman's hometown, and the origins of young Bruce Wayne and the people who will one day become the greatest enemies of his war on crime. That the show exists at all is a testament to how strong Jim Gordon and the rest of the Gotham city Police Department are as heroes in their own rights.
So if Gotham has you in the mood to read about Gordon, Harvey Bullock and the rest of the GCPD -- or if you just want to dive into some solid Batman comics where the spotlight isn't entirely on the Dark Knight -- then I've got some suggestions for great comics about Gotham's top cops!
This week, Chris and Matt are talking at length about Futures End #1 by Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Jeff Lemire and Patrick Zircher, which continues the killing trend set off by the Free Comic Book Day #0 issue. Then they talk about Rat Queens #6 by Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch and Moon Knight #3 by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire!
In stores tomorrow is Harbinger #11, the first issue of a new arc running throughout the duration of Valiant's Harbinger Wars. Written by Joshua Dysart and with art from Khari Evans and Trevor Hairsine, Harbinger has been the flagship title of Valiant's 2012 relaunch, and has been met with much critical praise...
Last week Valiant Comics announced the impending return of yet another of the characters from its sizable stable of heroes created in the early 1990s: New Orleans' very own Shadowman. Originally a jazz saxophonist who gained the power to see demons in criminals after a near-death experience, other versions of the character have fought zombies and monsters from hell...
Want to know how to really piss off a Hulk? Kill one of his friends. This fall General Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Ross will lose one of his closest allies, setting the Red Hulk on the warpath. Seeking vengeance, Rulk will travel to the Middle East against the wishes of the US government...
On sale this week is the first issue of a curious new Marvel Comics miniseries that's so elusive and mysterious that it very nearly escaped our notice. Appropriately, it's called Mystery Men, and it reveals the heretofore unknown history of the Marvel Universe as it was in the 1930s...
Over the last six years, the Marvel MAX imprint has changed the way people see mature readers comics-and things are about to get even more exciting! With the 50th issue of the critically acclaimed Punisher and gripping new series such as Terror Inc and Foolkiller arriving this fall, not to mention collections of recent high profile projects such as Wisdom, MAX boldly goes where other comics dare not tread
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