Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt And Paolo Rivera Join Forces For Prestige-Format Mini-Series ‘The Valiant’
Never let it be said that Valiant Comics doesn't try new things with its characters.
The publisher's latest experiment is something you don't see a lot of in comics any more: An "entirely self-contained" prestige-format miniseries titled The Valiant. It's certainly a project loaded with talent. It's co-written by Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), and features art by Paolo Rivera (Daredevil).
Here's the premise, according to a Valiant press release:
The Eternal Warrior has protected the Earth for more than 10,000 years. A master of countless weapons and long forgotten martial arts, he is guided by the Geomancers – those who speak for the Earth. During his long watch, the Eternal Warrior has failed three times. Each time, the Geomancer was killed…and a new dark age for humanity began. Each time, he was unable to stop The Immortal Enemy – a monstrous force of nature. A civilization killer. A horror that appears differently each time it arrives…and whose seemingly only purpose is to bring disorder and darkness to the world. Now, the time has come for The Immortal Enemy to return once more. But, this time, the Eternal Warrior will be ready. This time, he has a force greater than any single warrior. This time, he has…THE VALIANT.
Bloodshot will also appear in the series (he's actually the most prominent character on the first-issue cover), and it looks like at least one half of the Archer and Armstrong team will play a role (the Armstrong half).
Rivera said the book's "epic scale" is what brought him to the project, while Kindt said he and Lemire had been looking for a project to collaborate on since doing a few issues of Sweet Tooth together:
Collaborating on writing isn't something I normally get excited about, but Jeff and I just got coffee after a con one night and started brainstorming different things we could do and, by the end of the night, the waitress got a big tip and we'd written an outline for this epic story. It was like being transported to your best friend's kitchen table when you're 11 and cooking up fantastic comic book ideas.
The Valiant's first issue will be available in December.