Van Lente, Swierczynski Join Valiant Relaunch This Summer

Fri, March 9th, 2012 at 8:30am PST | Updated: March 9th, 2012 at 8:38am

Comic Books
Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

After a full week of teasers for its "Summer of Valiant," Valiant Entertainment has revealed the full creative teams and solicitation information for its launch titles including the previously revealed "X-O Manowar" by Robert Venditti with art by Cary Nord hitting stores in May and "Harbinger" by Joshua Dysart with art by Khari Evans on shelves in June. Newly announced Valiant creative teams include writer Duane Swierczynski alongside artist Manuel Garcia on "Bloodshot" and writer Fred Van Lente joins artist Clayton Henry for "Archer & Armstrong."

"We've chosen these titles and these creators very carefully and each book represents a whole new corner of the Valiant Universe for fans to discover each month," Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons told CBR News. "I've got some artists and writers who are thrilled to be launching the new adventures of these iconic characters, and the teams are absolutely knocking it out of the park. Four new books. Four #1 issues. Four new reasons for fans to head to your local comics shop. We're putting our hearts into this."

The full relaunch lineup follows a number of recent announcements from Valiant including its Pullbox Variant program, the first-ever "talking" comic book cover and Sony Pictures' acquisition of the rights to a "Bloodshot" film.

Check out the full "Summer of Valiant" images and press release below.

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! 

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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

TAGS:  valiant entertainment, summer of valiant, xo manowar, harbinger, bloodshot, archer and armstrong, fred van lente, clayton henry, duane swierczynski

 
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