Hello and welcome to December. Can you believe that we are here already? I know that I am having trouble with that little bit of information but its indeed the truth. Let’s start off the month by getting to the comic book solicitations and I’ll start off with the first issues and a couple of other interesting items coming from our friends at Valiant Entertainment (Valiant Comics). The artwork and description come from their press resources and then I’ll return with some thoughts. Here we go.
The Death Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives #1: In time, even the dead may die…and, now, after multiple 2015 Harvey Award nominations, the most sought-after couple in comics returns with an all-new adventure from Eisner Award-nominated writer Jen Van Meter (Hopeless Savages) and acclaimed artist Roberto de la Torre (Daredevil)! Occult investigators Shan and Hwen Mirage lived their lives in the thrall of an epic love that few will ever have…until Hwen died tragically before his time. Now, after a perilous trip through the underworld, Shan and Hwen are reunited…but Hwen is still an intangible spirit of the dead – incapable of opening a spellbook or even touching his wife. Their options exhausted, the death-defying Doctors Mirage are about to enact a dangerous spell to restore Hwen’s solid form…and grant his ghost a second life. But, in the wrong hands, their ancient rite will become a tool of terror – and unleash a force of pure, homicidal evil that lusts for the murder of the living and the dead alike… a torturous death that obliterates not just everything a person ever had in this world, but everything their ghost will be in the next!
Writer: Jen Van Meter; Penciler: Roberto de la Torre; Cover Artist: Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Kevin Wada, Roberto de la Torre, Khari Evans, Katie Skelly, Colleen Coover
X-O Manowar Presents: Commander Trill #1: ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! THE ORIGIN OF X-O MANOWAR’S UNRELENTING ARCH-ENEMY…TOLD FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME! From Aric of Dacia’s escape with the X-O Manowar armor to the destruction of his own home world, pain and consequence have haunted the life of the alien general called Commander Trill. Now, on the eve of the most devastating assault yet, find out why with an essential, standalone zero issue detailing the battle-scarred life and origin of the Vine’s mightiest military leader…and an all-new prelude to X-O Manowar’s most terrifying clash of the year! Be here as Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH) and rising star Francis Portela (IVAR, TIMEWALKER) chronicle the beginning of Trill’s shattered destiny with an all-new one-shot introduction to the many worlds – and many foes – of Valiant’s most formidable hero
Writer: Robert Venditti; Penciler: Francis Portela; Cover Artist: Phil Jimenez, Cary Nord, David Lafuente; Editor: Tom Brennan
One Dollar Debut: Bloodshot Reborn #1: Re-presenting BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 (2015)
Writer: Jeff Lemire; Penciler: Mico Suayan with Jeff Lemire; Cover Artist: Mico Suayan
One Dollar Debut: Harbinger #1: Re-presenting HARBINGER #1 (2012)
Writer: Joshua Dysart; Penciler: Khari Evans; Cover Artist: Arturo Lozzi
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m pretty behind in my Valiant Comics reading and its largely based on Marvel titles keeping me financially seeking extra hours at the Metal Command HQ but that is why I love their “One Dollar Debut” editions. They’ve been assisting me with the selection of titles and guiding me to the collected editions when such ones become available for the characters that I like the most. There have been a few of these making their appearances on the shelves of your local comic book store and I hope you are also snagging them because at that price you really should be taking a chance. As a matter of fact, since the holidays are coming for many of us, it would be a great idea to purchase extra copies so you can give them away to younger family members as gifts. Reading is fundamental after all and getting new fans into the hobby is never a bad thing. The two new titles I will likely wait for the collected editions which I mentioned earlier and that of course doesn’t include all the currently running titles that deserve your perusal. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.
Official Website: http://www.valiantentertainment.com