I think we can all agree that the biggest problem with modern life is that there's just aren't enough violent barbarians severing heads for our amusement and enjoyment. It's a problem, but fortunately, the fine people over at Valiant are stepping up to the plate to help out.

This November, Valiant is launching Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel a new three-issue miniseries by the team of Peter Milligan and Cary Nord, focusing on Gilad, one of a trio of immortal brothers, and a mysterious mission that he undertook in the tenth century that will presumably result in severed heads. Alot of severed heads.

 

 

Here's what Valiant's press release has to say about the new series:

For more than 10,000 years, the Eternal Warrior has stood on guard, protecting the Earth from all who would seek to do it harm. A master of countless weapons and long forgotten martial arts, he is guided by the Geomancers – those who speak for the Earth. Confident in his role, the Eternal Warrior believed he had seen and survived it all…until a mysterious quest in the tenth century led him to question the very foundation of his existence. After completing another brutal mission at the behest of the Geomancers, the Earth’s undying guardian is approached with a cryptic task: to find and save a newborn child – in whose hands might rest the fate of an entire people. But when a thousand conquering Magyar invaders join the quest for the child, can history’s most expert killer be trusted to keep one precious life alive?

Milligan and Nord represent a pretty interesting team. Nord's been a fixture at Valiant since they relaunched a few years ago, providing art for X-O Manowar alongside Robert Venditti. That was a pretty good fit, considering that the high concept of X-O has always been "what if Conan was wearing a suit of Iron Man armor," and at the risk of pigeonholing him, his work on Conan with Kurt Busiek definitely showed that he can draw the heck out of dudes killing each other with swords.

As for Milligan, he's a newcomer to Valiant, but definitely an interesting choice. Everything that he does, whether it's Hellblazer, Shade: The Changing Man, X-Statix or that one Batman story where the Riddler was possessed by the Devil because Thomas Jefferson was into human sacrifice, tends to go in a direction that I never really expect. That team alone makes this something I want to see.

After Days of Steel, the Eternal Warrior will be showing up in Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt and Paolo Rivera's upcoming team book, The Valiant.

 

 

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Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel is out this December.