Valiant Entertainment Teases ‘Icons’ Initiative For Later This Year
Since its resurrection earlier this decade, Valiant Entertainment has rebuilt its roster of heroes into powerhouse franchises, and this year seems set to take advantage of that well-earned iconography. The publisher has teased a new initiative for 2017 titled Icons which seems to be a celebrating of the most, well, iconic characters under the Valiant banner.
Originally announced on Friday at the annual ComicsPRO summit, Icons is described as a "seismic return to the forefront of the Valiant Universe" for its most well-known characters, starting with Matt Kindt and Tomas Giorello's X-O Manowar #1 next month which celebrates the character's 25th anniversary.
Namechecked among the Icons to be featured are X-O Manowar, Faith, Bloodshot, Shadowman and Toyo Harada in the pages of Harbinger Wars 2. From the description, it seems like "Icons" is less an event on the scale of a Harbinger Wars or The Valiant and more a unifying banner celebrating the heroes of the Valiant universe.
While likely entirely coincidental, the structure of Icons as a focus on the most beloved and recognizable characters is similar to a general theme that seems to be sweeping superhero comics at the moment. DC Comics' Rebirth initiative has been a big success for the publisher by going back-to-basics with its roster of characters, and speculation abounds that Marvel may see a return to its more well-known mantle-bearers at some point this years, possibly as part of the recently teased Generations.
Icons begins with X-O Manowar #1 on March 22, and continues throughout the year in various Valiant Entertainment titles.