Welcome my friends to the comic book stuff for our Media Month of May and it is super exciting for me this time around because not only are a lot of cool comics coming out but there are plenty of films to keep us entertained along with our Metal adventures. I’m starting off with the Valiant Entertainment stuff this time around so check out the covers and the provided premise and then I will return at the close. Here we go.
4001 A.D. #1: In the tradition of BOOK OF DEATH, ARMOR HUNTERS, and HARBINGER WARS, Valiant’s most ambitious crossover event yet starts here! At the dawn of the 41st century, the future of Earth will be decided in the stars. This May…the rebellion begins in 4001 A.D.!
One hundred years from today, Father – the benevolent artificial intelligence that governs the island nation of Japan – will gain sentience. To defend its borders, Father will take drastic action by launching Japan into space…where its people will thrive in isolation, away from the overpopulated and resource-deprived planet below. Over the centuries, as New Japan orbits our increasingly unstable world, it will become a model society – one built on peace, prosperity… and Father’s control.
A thousand years from today, Father will create the first Rai, founding a lineage of technologically enhanced heroes engineered to defend New Japan and sworn to protect it from all enemies. For hundreds of years into the future, the Rai will single-handedly enforce New Japan’s justice well…and serve Father without question.
Now, at the dawn of 4001 A.D., the latest Rai is about to inherit the dark truth behind the origin of his kind…and discover the sinister secret at the heart of Father’s existence. For New Japan to live, Earth must die…and as Rai challenges his former master for the first time in more than a millennium, the lone guardian of New Japan will be cast out of his own Father’s kingdom…
Exiled from the only realm he’s ever known, Rai now walks the ravaged world of 4001 A.D. in search of forgotten heroes like himself… on a mission to collect the last surviving legends of a broken planet…and to forge a rebellion with the power to bring the most advanced civilization in history crashing back down to Earth.
Writer: Matt Kindt; Penciler: Clayton Crain; Cover Artist: Clayton Crain, Tula Lotay, Ryan Bodenheim, Clayton Henry, Ryan Lee, Ryan Sook
Rai (Deluxe Edition HC) #1: From New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, THE VALIANT) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (Carnage), discover the world of 41st century Japan with an all-new vision of the future unlike anything you’ve seen before – now in deluxe, oversized hardcover!
The year is 4001 A.D. – led by the artificial intelligence called “Father,” the island nation of Japan has expanded out of the Pacific and into geosynchronous orbit with the ravaged Earth below. With billions to feed and protect, it has fallen to one solitary guardian to enforce the law of Father’s empire – the mysterious folk hero known as Rai. They say he can appear out of nowhere.
They say he is a spirit…the ghost of Japan. But when the first murder in a thousand years threatens to topple Father’s benevolent reign, Rai will be forced to confront the true face of a nation transformed…and his own long-lost humanity…
Collecting RAI #1–12, along with material from RAI #1 PLUS EDITION and RAI #5 PLUS EDITION, this prestige-sized hardcover comes packed with more than 20 pages of rarely seen art and extras direct from the Valiant vaults.
Writer: Matt Kindt, Shawn Kittelsen, Sean Ryan; Penciler: Clayton Crain, Raul Allen, Vicente Cifuentes, Rian Hughes, Matt Kindt, Ryan Lee, Dylan Todd; Cover Artist: Clayton Crain
4001 A.D.: X-O Manowar #1: ROCKETING OUT OF THE PAGES OF 4001 A.D…the present and future of Valiant’s #1 hero come together for an essential standalone chapter at the heart of the summer’s blockbuster comics event!
How did the rise of Earth’s most powerful hero lead to humanity’s ultimate destruction? Just what was the War of the X-O Manowars…and how did its catastrophic fallout bring ruination and despair to a besieged planet? And why is the sacred extraterrestrial armor called Shanhara the one weapon Father fears more than any other?
The answers to the pivotal questions behind Valiant’s planet-shaking summer event arrive here as New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH) and acclaimed artist Clayton Henry (IVAR, TIMEWALKER) blast two thousand years into the future of the Valiant Universe to reveal the never-before-told history of New Japan’s dominion over Earth…and the doomed role that the X-O Manowar armor was forever fated to play in the coming war for liberation!
Writer: Robert Venditti; Penciler: Clayton Henry; Cover Artist: CAFU, Phil Jimenez, Matt Kindt, Ryan Lee
X-O Manowar Annual #1: Join the adventures of Valiant’s flagship hero here with 64-pages of armor-busting action on the front lines of the Valiant Universe in X-O Manowar’s first-ever annual!
2016 is primed and ready to be X-O Manowar’s most pivotal year yet! But before Aric of Dacia can confront the biggest threat Earth has ever faced, he must first reflect on the past…and the outcome of a bloodstained battle on the frontier of the Roman Empire that continues to be felt to this day! Then: X-O Manowar’s sworn enemy, Commander Trill, readies for the war that is to come…by undergoing a life-threatening trial-by-fire that will test every ounce of his intellect and fury. Plus: Col. Jamie Capshaw must singlehandedly defend G.A.T.E from a menace nobody expected… and the Armorines begin an all-new mission at the heart of X-O Manowar’s world!
The life and times of the unstoppable X-O Manowar loom large as series mastermind Robert Venditti leads an all-star cast of Valiant’s greatest talents – including Amy Chu (Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death), Adam Gorham (DEAD DROP), Jody Houser (FAITH), Mike McKone (Teen Titans), Pere Perez (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG), and more – into a 64-page epic too gargantuan for a single issue!
Writer: Robert Venditti, Amy Chu, Jody Houser; Penciler: Pere Perez, CAFU, Adam Gorham, Mike McKone; Cover Artist: Phil Jimenez, Carmen Carnero, Brian Level, Jeff Dekal
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I don’t know about you readers but I am absolutely dying for a live-action X-o Manowar film at this point. Such a great character and it would give the other players a little more keep on their game notice. The 4001 A.D. event sounds interesting to me but I think I might be picking it up as a trade paperback edition since May is a particularly busy month for my finances. What do you readers think about this batch of titles? Remember that there are concurrently running series in addition to these pointed out first go rounds. Let me know in the comments section.
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