Alright let’s get down to our overview of the first issues coming out from Valiant Entertainment and the Valiant Comics line. Only a couple of new launches this month along with a healthy crop of concurrently running titles. As always the premise and art come from the provided press and then I’ll be back with some closing thoughts.
GENERATION ZERO #1 (“FUTURE OF VALIANT”): Because you demanded it! Exploding out of the pages of HARBINGER WARS comes AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES starring GENERATION ZERO from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (IVAR, TIMEWALKER) and blockbuster artist Francis Portela (FAITH)!
If you have a problem… If your parents won’t help… And if your cause is worthy… Log onto network #ZERO…because Generation Zero is listening.
Years ago, the children of the experimental strike team known as Generation Zero were taken from their families by Project Rising Spirit, a private weapons contractor, and raised to be psychic soldiers. After years of taking orders, they have fought for and won their freedom. Now, the world’s most wanted teenagers have pledged to protect each other tooth and claw, while using their extraordinary abilities to right wrongs for a generation without a future… To fight for kids, just like them.
One of those kids is Keisha Sherman, whose boyfriend just turned up dead after a suspicious car crash in Rook, Michigan – a newly booming tech town that sprang from rags to super-riches seemingly overnight. When Keisha makes a desperate plea into her webcam, the local high school suddenly finds itself with several unusual new students… But as word of Generation Zero’s presence spreads rapidly through the halls, this volatile band of teenage upstarts is about to discover that they’re far from the most extraordinary thing lurking behind Rook’s stainless-steel facade…
Writer: Fred Van Lente; Penciler: Francis Portela; Cover Artist: Stephen Mooney, Tom Muller, Pere Perez, Andres Guinaldo, Kano, Clayton Henry
4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER #1: Witness the battle-scarred debut of Valiant’s top-secret new hero! As the war for 4001 A.D. rages, the coming of War Mother starts now in all-new standalone adventure torn from the pages of the summer’s biggest comics event!
In the 41st century, much of the planet has been reduced to a barren wasteland. New Japan orbits the Earth as a floating oasis that towers over the ashes of the old world. The survivors of this desolate new age, robbed of the planet’s once-lush natural resources, must endure great hardships to survive. Amidst the devastation, one outpost of scientific knowledge has thrived by adhering to a strict code of isolation. But even the denizens of this walled city must venture out into the wasteland to gather supplies from the remnants of what was. This task is designated to one and one alone: War Mother.
But all is not peaceful, even in New Japan. When the space-faring empire begins jettisoning city-sized sectors to Earth during the onset of a civil war, War Mother is called upon with a new mission: mega-salvage! Armed with a newly born sentient sniper rifle, War Mother is a one-woman army bent on sacking the crash-landed sector’s technology-laden debris for anything of value to her tribe. But, as calm turns to chaos, Sector 8146 will reveal a telling secret about Earth’s true order that will collide War Mother against her community, her code, and her calling…and bring destruction down upon one of humanity’s last surviving outposts of order.
Out of the ashes of the summer’s most ambitious crossover event, New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (GENERATION ZERO) and spectacular rising star Tomas Giorello (Conan) introduce the Valiant Universe to the boldest new hero of this century or the next when War Mother makes her history-shattering debut!
Writer: Fred Van Lente; Penciler: Tomas Giorello; Cover Artist: David Mack, Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Cary Nord, Andres Guinaldo, Ryan Lee
PiercingMetal Thoughts: It sure sounds like some interesting developments in the Valiant Universe for sure but as far as I go I am now a “waiting for the collected edition” guy because the “DC Universe: Rebirth” has been keeping my wallet very, very busy. This is not a slight at all, but something I actually have preferred doing with a number of offerings. Back in the day I was only ever the casual Valiant Comics reader and I love to keep up with a number of their heroes in today’s scenario. What about you comic book fans, do either of these new titles appeal to your interest and will be on your pull list for the month? Let me know in the comments section below.
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