On The Shelf: #Valiant Comics Solicitations for January 2015



Written by Jeff Lemire, art by Lewis Larosa, covers by Lewis LaRosa, Ryan Sook, Dave Johnson, Jeffrey Vergge, Tula Lotay, David Lafuente, Lewis LaRosa, Jeff Lemire.

“The Analog Man,” part one. Many years from now, Los Angeles has become a post-apocalyptic wasteland and the once unstoppable killing machine known as Bloodshot has become The Analog Man. Hopelessly outdated, Bloodshot’s taken on a new role as the protector of a small town, eking out a subsistence existence with the great love of his life — Magic — and protecting a group of stragglers who’ve weathered the storm. But when a gang of marauders arrives, the settlement’s survival is threatened, and Bloodshot is forced to bring justice to the distorted and disjointed badlands of the Valiant Universe!

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on Jan. 27.


Written by Robert Venditti, art by Raul Allen, covers by David Lafuente, Raul Allen, Marcos Martin, Tom Fowler, Adam Pollina.

Torn from the world he once knew, Gilad’s bone-breaking journey back to Earth and the people he was sworn to protect takes a brutal turn! Putting all he holds dear on the line to save our world’s future, the Eternal Warrior prepares to confront the most nefarious adversary of all — but the cost of victory may be too steep.

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on Jan. 20.


Written by Matt Kindt, art by Doug Braithwaite and Juan Jose Ryp, covers by Kano, Cary Nord, Clayton Henry, Trevor Hairsine, Dave Johnson

“Operation: Deadside” — Part 2! The Return of Shadowman! Stranded in a parallel dimension with no hope of rescue, MI-6’s own Ninjak and Punk Mambo are about to make a startling discovery…the truth about the broken hero called Shadowman! What happened to Shadowman, the fallen hero of the Valiant Universe? and is he responsible for the strategic attacks that have laid siege to Ninjak’s homeland?

40 pages, $3.99, in stores on Jan. 13.


Written by Robert Venditti, art by Rafa Sandoval, covers by Phil Jimenez, Stephen Mooney, Das Pastoras, Mike Choi.

New arc! “The Kill List,” part 1. With two kingdoms now under his command, Aric of Dacia has pledged loyalty to his adopted nation — the United States of America — and now…America has given him a new mission: destroy the Vine’s network of humanoid alien agents once and for all. To do it, he’ll have to turn to the one man among us he can trust…his own former enemy, the deadly MI-6 operative called Ninjak!

Meanwhile, the Vine’s most militant warrior, Commander Trill, is readying a counterattack…and what happens next will shake the Valiant Universe to its core. Can X-O Manowar and Ninjak cut their way to the source of this stealth attack before all is lost?

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on Jan. 6.


Written by Jen Van Meter, art by Roberto De La Torre, covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Kevin Wada, Roberto De La Torre, Emi Lenox.

A lethal menace has been loosed on the world and everyone — alive or dead –is in harm’s way! Shan Fong-Mirage is married to a ghost — the late Hwen Mirage, who she herself pulled back from the brink of eternal imprisonment in the underworld. But this team of paranormal investigators has discovered that even the unliving like Hwen can be killed…and that their own research has unwittingly freed a malevolent spirit from a centuries-old enchantment. Now innocent victims — both among the living and dearly departed — are being massacred. To set this right, the Mirages need to unlock another copy of the ancient spell…and only one other paranormal collector has it. and so now the good doctors must pay a house call to an old enemy…

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on Jan. 13.


Written by Joshua Dysart, art by Cafu, covers by Cafu, Howard Chaykin, Jefte Palo.

“The Vine Imperative” — finale! Spy vs. superhuman! Toyo Harada’s utopian ambition has been shaken to the depths by a decades-old enemy. Since the day Harada began accruing power, the undercover agents of the Vine’s alien empire have watched…and waited. Years later, as Harada strives to reshape the global economy, establish governments friendly to his goals, and gift the ability of space travel to all humankind, the Vine want him put in check — permanently. Now, with saboteurs riddling his organization and the alien assassin called LV-99 slavering to snap his master’s neck…are the Vine about to succeed?

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on Jan. 20.


Written by Jody Houser, art by Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage, covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Marguerite Sauvage, Clayton Henry, Kano, Colleen Coover.

Orphaned at a young age, Faith Herbert — a psionically gifted “psiot” discovered by the Harbinger Foundation — has always aspired to greatness. But now this once ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be — complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws into her harms way! Well, at least she thought it would… When she’s not typing up listicles about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero — the sky-soaring Zephyr!

But flying solo is going to be tougher than she ever thought when Zephyr uncovers a deep-rooted alien conspiracy. Two-bit burglars and car thieves are one thing, but when the world needs a hero to stave off a full-blown extraterrestrial invasion, will Faith find herself in over her head…or ready for her biggest challenge yet?

32 pages, $3.99, in stores on Jan. 27.


Written by Matt Kindt, art by Clay Mann and Butch Guice, cover by Lewis Larosa.

Re-presenting Ninjak #1 (2015)

32 pages, $1, in stores on Jan. 6.


Written by Matt Kindt, art and cover by Clayton Crain.

Re-presenting Rai #1 (2014).

32 pages, $1, in stores on Jan. 6.


Written by Robert Venditti, art by Robert Gill and Doug Braithwaite, cover by Robert Gill

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?

Collecting: Book of Dath #1-4.

160 pages, $14.99, in stores on Jan. 20.


Written by Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Joshua Dysart and Robert Venditti, art by Doug Braithwaite, Trevor Hairsine, Kano and Clayton Henry, cover by Cary Nord

So let it be written, so let it be done…

The dawn of the new Dark Age foretold in Book of Death continues right here with a glimpse into the future of the Valiant Universe in four visionary tales of present and future ripped directly from the pages of the Book of the Geomancer! An all-star cast of creators comes aboard the year’s monumental comics event to chronicle the ultimate fate of Valiant’s most indelible heroes. From the modern day to the far future, the destinies of Bloodshot, Ninjak, the Harbinger Renegades, X-O Manowar, and more will stand revealed in these four essential, standalone chapters at the epicenter of the blockbuster Valiant event of the year.

Collecting: Book of Death: The Fall of Bloodshot #1, Book of Death: The Fall of Ninjak #1, Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger #1, and Book of Death: The Fall of X-O Manowar #1.

112 pages, $14.99, in stores on Jan. 27.


Written by Robert Venditti, Amy Chu, Rafer Roberts, and Andy Runton, art by Rafa Sandoval With Clayton Henry, Rafer Roberts, and Andy Runton, cover by Rafa Sandoval.

Two people. One world. Can a man of war broker peace between earth and alien nation?

Aric of Dacia is X-O Manowar, hero to humanity, leader of the remaining Visigoths, and a husband about to start a new family. He is also the bearer of Shanhara, and tantamount to a God in the eyes of the alien race known as The Vine. Now, in the aftermath of Dead Hand, The Vine need a new home and have chosen Earth — tearing Aric between two races that worship him, but each despise one another.

Collecting X-O Manowar #38-42.

160 pages, $14.99, in stores on Jan. 13.

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