Is it just me or did January go by really quickly? You don’t think so? Hmmm, I disagree with you folks on that one but yeah here we are in February and as I have been serving up on the website for several months now, its time for the quick preview of the first issue offerings from some of the great providers of the printed page. I’ll start this months presentation of them with the new #1’s coming care of Valiant Entertainment. The title premises come care of the provided official press along with the covers but don’t worry I shall be offering up my own thoughts before we close up shop on this one. Here we go.
IMPERIUM: A daring new superhero saga from New York Times best-selling creator Joshua Dysart – writer of of the Harvey-Award nominated series HARBINGER – and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (UNITY, Justice)! Toyo Harada is the most dangerous human being on the planet. Imbued with incredible powers of the mind, he has spent his life guiding humanity from the shadows. But today he is a wanted man. His powers are public knowledge, his allies have turned to enemies, and he is hunted by every government on the planet. Instead of surrendering, Harada has one last unthinkable gambit to play: to achieve more, faster, and with less, he will build a coalition of the powerful, the unscrupulous and the insane. No longer content to demand a better future, he will recruit a violent legion from the darkest corners of the Earth to fight for it. The battle for utopia begins now.
Writer: Joshua Dysart
Penciler: Doug Braithwaite
Cover Artist: Raul Allen, Trevor Hairsine & Tom Muller, Doug Braithwaite
DIVINITY: From New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (THE VALIANT, Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis) comes a shocking new vision of science fiction in an all-new prestige format limited series. At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent a man farther into the cosmos than anyone has gone before or since. Lost in the stars, he encountered something unknown. Something that…changed him. Long thought lost and erased from the history books, he has suddenly returned, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity – one who turned the scorched desert into a lush oasis. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. Earth is about to meet a new god. And he’s a communist.
How long can it be before the first confrontation between mankind and DIVINITY begins?
Writer: Matt Kindt
Penciler: Trevor Hairsine
Cover Artist: Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Tom Muller, Butch Guice & Tom Muller, Lewis LaRosa
HARBINGER: Peter Stanchek and his band of teenage runaways are harbingers of a new age, born with the power to change the world… or break it. Plagued by emerging psionic powers he hardly understands, Peter turns to Toyo Harada and his Harbinger Foundation, an organization dedicated teaching young people like Peter. But when Peter learns to what lengths Harada will go to further his secret agenda, he turns on his mentor, gathering a group of like-minded rebels. On the road and always just one step ahead of Harada and his hit-squad of super powered Eggbreakers, these renegade harbingers will have to learn how to use their powers to change the world for the better along the way.
This deluxe hardcover collects the critically acclaimed masterpiece that kicked off a whole new age of superheroes from legendary creators Jim Shooter (Secret Wars) and David Lapham (Stray Bullets). Collecting HARBINGER (1992) #0–7 in a deluxe hardcover format, complete with process art, sketches, and more rarely seen back-up material from the Valiant vault.
Writer: Jim Shooter
Penciler: David Lapham
Cover Artist: David Lapham
PiercingMetal Thoughts: These three offerings from Valiant Comics seem rather interesting and lets start with “Imperium”. Since Toyo Harada is an absolute pain in the patoot for this universe, one can only imagine how a team of super powered insane players might work out. I sense tie-ins with other characters in this one for sure. Looking forward to leafing through it. “Divinity” should prove interesting based on its Interstellar premise. A national hero returning to his home with a dramatic change could be a gripping storyline and since he is a Communist there can be some real political intrigue in here to boot. Closing up we have the “Harbinger” deluxe edition and since this was one of the most sought after titles in the Valiant Universe from many moons ago I can say that readers in the today should really investigate this one. I still have my collected Trade Paperback from a few dozen years ago but this appears to be a more comprehensive tome and its priced accordingly. What do you readers think about any of these? Are you digging into the Valiant offerings at this time? Let me know in the comments.
Official Website: http://valiantentertainment.com/