Hey gang so here we are with the final grouping of July Comic Book solicitations and now its Valiant Entertainment’s turn at the helm. Their latest initiative is called the “Book Of Death” and its sure to leave their universe torn asunder. Eventually that is. Let’s check out the provided press copy and some cover art and then I will come back later with some opinions.
Book Of Death #1: “A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once.”
The Valiant heroes. X-O Manowar. Bloodshot. Ninjak. The Harbinger Renegades. Unity. This is how they lived. This is how they died.
Now we know. The Book of the Geomancer has recorded it all. But only a young girl – the last in a line of the enigmatic mystics who protect the Earth known as Geomancers – has seen this future come to pass, from the coming cataclysm to the dawn of the 41st century. Alone with her sworn protector, the Eternal Warrior – a soldier battle-forged across five thousand years of combat – the duo must defy their allies to stop the Dark Age that now threatens to eclipse our world. Together, they are the number one target of every hero and villain on Earth. Either the Eternal Warrior hands her over…or they take him down. But can even he single-handedly protect one child when the entire Valiant Universe wages war against him?
The blockbuster Valiant event of 2015 starts here as New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (X-O MANOWAR) joins superstar-in-the-making Robert Gill (ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER) and visionary artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS) to begin a thousand-year journey into the future of the Valiant Universe…and rain, fire, blood and war on the heroes of today.
Writer: Robert Venditti; Penciler: Robert Gill and Doug Braithwaite; Cover Artist: Robert Gill, Cary Nord, Clayton Crain, Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Pere Perez, Paolo Rivera
Book Of Death: Legends Of The Geomancer #1: A special BOOK OF DEATH retailer incentive! The true history and lineage of the Geomancers – revealed here in an all-new series of never-before-seen stories from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (IVAR, TIMEWALKER) and artist Juan Jose Ryp (Ghosted) that won’t be collected for the trade paperback!
Out of the pages of BOOK OF DEATH, the genesis of the very first Geomancer and the sacred pact that swore them to the service of the Earth can finally be told…but, with it too, the source of the divine mysteries that have haunted their line for centuries. Has their mission redeemed or corrupted the world that followed in their wake…and will the ultimate secrets of the Geomancers’ book doom us all in the end?
Writer: Fred Van Lente; Penciler: Juan Jose Ryp; Cover Artist: Marguerite Sauvage
Book Of Death: The Fall Of Bloodshot #1: Superstar creators Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN) and Doug Braithwaite (IMPERIUM) chronicle Bloodshot’s ultimate fate in a visionary tale of present and future torn from the pages of BOOK OF DEATH!
The lovers he’s known, the allies he’s trusted… All will eventually return to dust… But will the nanites that transformed Bloodshot – body, mind and soul – ever let him truly rest? For the very first time, read an essential chapter of the Book of the Geomancer as Project Rising Spirit’s ultimate walking weapon soldiers on from the modern day into the far future of the Valiant Universe…and reveals the truth behind the very last Bloodshot story that will ever come to pass… Don’t miss the never-before-revealed story of Bloodshot’s final adventures as BOOK OF DEATH foretells the devastating fate of Valiant’s unrelenting soldier…from now to a thousand years hence…
Writer: Jeff Lemire; Penciler: Doug Braithwaite; Cover Artist: Rafa Sandoval, Jefte Palo, David Yardin, Tom Fowler
Imperium VOL. 1: “Collecting Monsters” TPB
A psychic dictator, an inhuman robot, a mad scientist, a murderous alien, and a superpowered terrorist are about to try and take over the world…and you’re going to be rooting for them every step of the way! 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! Start reading here as New York Times best-selling creator Joshua Dysart – writer of the Harvey Award-nominated series HARBINGER – and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (UNITY, Justice) begin the daring new superhero saga of the year.
Collecting IMPERIUM #1–4.c
Writer: Joshua Dysart; Penciler: Doug Braithwaite; Cover Artist: Raul Allen
PiercingMetal Thoughts: It seems like all of the major publishers are offering up some kind of tale that rips their universes to the core. We first saw this in 2015 with the “Convergence” that DC Comics was doing and now Marvel Comics is in the beginning stages of their new “Secret Wars” tales. Now it only makes sense that Valiant is going through this. One has to wonder when and if the folks at Image Comics or even Dark Horse will be doing something like this and rebuilding their collective mythologies from the ground up. This “Book Of Death” does sound interesting to me but with the hectic summer months taking hold of my cash and available comic book time I am probably going to wait for a comprehensive trade paperback collection in order to see how this pans out. What do you readers think? Are you following the Valiant Universe at all and does this storyline interest you? Let’s discuss in the comments which have been left open for you to do so.
Official Website: http://www.valiantentertainment.com