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.
Star Wars is more popular than ever after the release of last years' seventh installment The Force Awakens rekindled everyone's love for stories set a long time ago in a galaxy far away, and the trailer for this year's Rogue One has that excitement rolling right along.
Comics and sci-fi have a long history together going way back to serialised comic strips of the '30s such as Flash Gordon, and they've only grown in size and scope since then. Star Wars itself has experienced a comics renaissance at Marvel Comics thanks to the likes of Jason Aaron, John Cassaday, Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca, but once you've caught up on those, we've assembled a list of some of the best contemporary independent sci-fi comics on the stands.
Moon Knight is a character that has gone through a lot at Marvel, and he's one of those characters that's so adaptable that everyone wants to do something different with him, to the point where it's eventually hard to square all the many versions into one coherent character. However, Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire managed to craft possibly the definitive Moon Knight take with six issues of their 2014 run, to the point that everything that comes after it is going to be compared to that yardstick.
This week sees the release of a new Moon Knight volume, by Jeff Lemire, Greg Smallwood and Jordie Bellaire, which seemed to be going in an opposite direction from the previous run by returning Marc Spector’s dissociative identity disorder and placing him in what the book calls an “insane asylum.” It’s a take on the character that seemed fairly archaic and in poor taste, but on the page the creative team has turned in a first issue on par with the previous run, while doing something completely new.
So here's the thing about being a genetically engineered super-soldier with nanite-infused blood that can heal you from even the most devastating injuries. The same thing that makes you great at getting your job done at all costs, surviving mission after mission to fight again? It also makes you great for training an even better super-soldier, because they can just keep on hunting you as you adapt and learn to become an even tougher opponent. It is, by all reasoning, the perfect way to make a killing machine.
And that, unfortunately, is what Bloodshot's about to find out firsthand when Valiant releases Jeff Lemire, Mico Suayan and David Baron's Bloodshot Reborn #14, which kicks off "Bloodshot Island," a story that introduces us to Deathmate and shows us just how she got so good at killing. Check out a preview, but be warned: There's a Bloodshot Dog in this (which is great), but there's some bad stuff that's happening to him.
Since its revitalization at the hands of Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire, Moon Knight has been one of Marvel’s standout characters and his book has become a playground for writers to tell a different kind of superhero story within the Marvel Universe. This April, Jeff Lemire joins previous Moon Knight artist Greg Smallwood for a brand new volume, and we’ve got a first look at pages from Moon Knight #1.
Recently, Valiant Entertainment put out a teaser image proclaiming "DEATHMATE IS COMING," leaving everyone to speculate what Deathmate means and what it might have to do with the 1993 Valiant/Image crossover of the same name. It looks now like the new Deathmate has nothing to do with that crossover, because she's not an event, she's a character. I suppose it's possible she's the daughter of Doctor Solar and Void, who loved up on each other in that story, but given who currently owns what, that seems highly unlikely.
In fact, Deathmate seems far less human than even those far-out characters. She appears to be a some sort of incredibly cybernetic (or just robotic) killing machine. She'll make her debut as an antagonist in the upcoming Bloodshot Reborn story "Bloodshot Island," which begins in issue #14, written by Jeff Lemire with art by Mico Suayan. The book goes on sale in June.
Dark Horse unveiled a slate of new titles for the coming year in a presentation at the retaiiler event Comics PRO in Portland on Thursday, as part of its planned 30th anniversary celebrations. In addition to the previously announced free 40-page 30th Anniversary Dark Horse Day Sampler, showcasing classic Dark Horse titles, the publisher will debut new series by fan-favourite creators including Jeff Lemire, Gail Simone and Cullen Bunn.
Marvel launching an event story to tie into an upcoming movie is the least surprising thing, even when the movie is from Fox. So with that in mind, Apocalypse Wars is soon to be upon us, running through the main three X-books. The first chapter happens in Extraordinary X-Men #8, by Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos, which comes out March 16th.
The preview pages don't feature Apocalypse or the promised trip to the future; they mostly focus on Storm and Old Man Logan being friendly, in a way that makes me really hope they're not re-igniting the Storm/Wolverine romance but with an older grosser Logan. You won me over to that one, Marvel, but this would be pushing it.
Bloodshot is a man who has problems. A lot of problems. In the past, those problems have involved the usual thing where his body is constantly being subjected to ridiculously over-the-top trauma and the nanites in his blood that rebuild him every time, and the fact that he occasionally hallucinates a cartoon child version of himself called Bloodsquirt.
But in the upcoming Bloodshot Reborn Annual, there's a far more literal and pressing concern: A gigantic, indestructible slasher named "Jacob," who has been terrorizing a camp and needs to be taken down before he machetes any more unsuspecting teens. And yes: that's Jacob, and not... any other name you might be thinking of. Wink wink.
I'm not really sure I understand why Old Man Logan is a thing. The original series by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven is one of the most miserable and misanthropic comics you'll ever be unfortunate enough to read, and injecting that streak of vinegar into the Marvel Universe doesn't feel like much of a win. Besides, the character's main distinction from the usual Wolverine is that his hair is grey. Logan was already a grumpy old dude.
Oh, and this Logan is alive. That's a pretty good distinction. This refugee from another timeline in the newly rebooted Marvel Universe allows Marvel to keep telling new Wolverine tales without hurriedly backtracking the death of the previous Wolverine, who got turned into a hood ornament not so very long ago. It's a deft bit of shuffling to create the illusion of permanent change, but if the result is that Laura Kinney gets to be Wolverine for a little bit, I'm in favor of it. Plus, this new Old Man Logan series comes from Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino, and that's a solid creative team. Maybe they can make something great from this wet wodge of unhappiness?
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