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Valiant announces full creative teams for summer launch

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm •  Published: March 9, 2012

Valiant Comics has announced the full creative teams for their summer relaunch.   New creators announced today are writer Duane Swierczynski  and artists Manuel Garcia and Arturo Lozzi for “Bloodshot” and writer Fred Van Lente and artist Clayton Henry for “Archer & Armstrong.”   Valiant’s launch titles will consist of X-O Manowar, starting in May; Harbinger, starting in June; Bloodshot, starting in July; and Archer and Armstrong, starting in August.  Valiant will also be previewing upcoming titles in its Free Comic Book Day issue on May 5.   Click past the cut for the full news release.

- Matt Price

Official Press Release

Valiant is proud to announce four new series for the summer of 2012 — X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, and Archer & Armstrong — featuring brand new beginnings for some of comics’ most iconic characters! Kicking off with X-O Manowar in May and Harbinger in June, the Summer of Valiant continues this July in Bloodshot #1, from acclaimed writer Duane Swierczynski (Immortal Iron Fist, Birds of Prey) and artists Manuel Garcia (Checkmate, Spider Man: Breakout) & Arturo Lozzi (Immortal Weapons)! Then, in August, the Valiant Universe’s greatest duo begins an all-new epic journey in Archer & Armstrong #1 by the New York Times bestselling creative team of Fred Van Lente (Amazing Spider-Man, Hulk: Season One) and Clayton Henry (Uncanny X-Men)! Four months. Four titles. Infinite possibilities. The Summer of Valiant is coming!

May: X-O Manowar #1

The Valiant Universe kicks off in this landmark, oversized first issue from New York Times-bestselling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates, The Homeland Directive) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan)! Born into battle, Aric of Dacia – heir to the throne of the Visigoth people – has never known peace. After a brutal encounter with a mysterious enemy known as The Vine leaves him a prisoner on an alien world, the only hope Aric has of returning to his family and saving them from slavery is to seize a weapon of incalculable destruction and become X-O Manowar!

June: Harbinger #1

From New York Times bestselling author Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier, BPRD) and Harvey Award nominee Khari Evans (Carbon Grey)! Read minds. Bend steel. Break all the rules! Teenager Pete Stanchek is out of work, on the skids, and – unbeknownst to him – a psionically-powered “harbinger” with the potential to reshape the course of human history. Toyo Harada is a wealthy business magnate, a respected philanthropist and the most powerful harbinger of all – or so he thought. As they forge an uneasy alliance, will Harada offer Pete a chance for redemption ­- or attempt to induct him into a secret network of conspiracy, subversion and control? When this super-hero comes of age, the entire Valiant Universe will have to learn the price of power.

July: Bloodshot #1

From writer Duane Swierczynski (Immortal Iron Fist, Birds of Prey) and fan favorite artists Manuel Garcia (Checkmate, Spider-Man: Breakout) & Arturo Lozzi (Immortal Weapons)! Your name is Angelo Mortalli. Your brother is trapped behind enemy lines and on the verge of — no. That’s not right. Your name is Raymond Garrison. You’ve retired from the dangers of the field, but a desperate plea from your oldest friend plunges you into a vicious firefight that — no. That’s not right, either. You are Bloodshot. You are the shade of gray that freedom requires. The perfect confluence of military necessity and cutting-edge technology. A walking WikiLeaks that is a reservoir of dirty secrets that could set the world on fire. And you’ve just been captured.

August: Archer & Armstrong #1

From the New York Times bestselling creative team of Fred Van Lente (Amazing Spider-Man, Hulk: Season One) and Clayton Henry (Uncanny X-Men)! Born and raised to be the perfect assassin, 18-year-old Obadiah Archer has been chosen by The Sect — a cult of fanatical extremists — to destroy evil incarnate. But when Archer finally lays eyes on his target –a surly, hard-drinking immortal named Armstrong– he finds himself pulled into an unlikely partnership that will take him on globe-trotting quest to stay one step ahead of The Sect’s next nefarious plot!

A decade in the making, the all-new Valiant Universe is on the rise. X-O Manowar in May. Harbinger in June. Bloodshot in July. Archer & Armstrong in August. This summer, the story starts here!

 

X-O MANOWAR #1 — ON SALE MAY 2nd!

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI

 

Art by CARY NORD

Cover by ESAD RIBIC (MAR121221)

Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CARY NORD (MAR121222)

Variant Cover by DAVID AJA (MAR121223)

QR Voice Variant by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (MAR121224)

 

HARBINGER #1 – ON SALE JUNE 6th!

Written by JOSHUA DYSART

 

Art by KHARI EVANS

Cover by ARTURO LOZZI

Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MICO SUAYAN

Variant Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE

QR Voice Variant by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC

 

BLOODSHOT #1 — ON SALE JULY 18th!

Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

Art by MANUEL GARCIA & ARTURO LOZZI

Cover by ARTURO LOZZI

Pullbox Exclusive Variant by MICO SUAYAN

Variant Covers by DAVID AJA and ESAD RIBIC

 

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 — ON SALE IN AUGUST!

Written by FRED VAN LENTE

Art by CLAYTON HENRY

Cover by DAVID AJA

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by Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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