Prepare to enter the Valiant universe. ComicBook.com can exclusively reveal threeNinjak vs. The Valiant Universe photo variant covers for upcoming Valiant Comics releases that offer the first look at the live-action versions of X-0 Manowar, Archer, and Livewire. Each cover can be seen below.
X-O Manowar, played by Derek Theler (Baby Daddy), can be seen on the cover of Rapture #2 alongside Michael Rowe (Arrow) as Ninjak and Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) as Bloodshot.
Alex Meglei debuts as Archer alongside his partner, Kevin Porter (Seeds of Arkham, Dodgeball) as Armstrong, on the cover of the one-shot Rai: The History of the Valiant Universe. Finally, Ciera Foster is the psiot Livewire on the cover of Divinity #0.
The Rapture #2 and Rai: The History of the Valiant Universe covers will be available in June. Divinity #0 follows in August.
"Valiant is very different. It's character-centered. It's grounded. It's subversive. It's left of center. It's quirky," Dinesh Shamdasani, CEO and CCO at Valiant Entertainment, told ComicBook.com during a visit to the set of Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe. "We wanted to include the characters that showcased to a new audience how different and exciting Valiant is and why it's something equal to Marvel and DC and so these are the characters, our biggest characters and our most exciting characters to showcase the Valiant tonality.
Announced at New York Comic Con, Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe is the first project from Valiant Digital, a new division of Valiant Entertainment. In the series, Colin King is Ninjak, MI-6's deadliest intelligence operative and weapons expert. When the ruthless assassin Roku exploits his greatest weakness, Ninjak will be forced to betray his closest allies. Now, on the run, he must face off against the most powerful heroes known to man for a high-octane, take-no-prisoners trial by fire more perilous and more unpredictable than any he's faced before.
Look for Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe later in 2017.
Rapture #2 (of 4)
RAPTURE #2 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (APR172119)
Cover B by J.G. JONES (APR172120)
Character Design Variant by KANO (APR172122)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (APR172123)
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN (APR172124)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (APR172121)
Might meets magic!
As Babel's dark forces in the Deadside rise, the afterlife's last chance at survival rests in the living's greatest champions. But to save heaven itself, MI-6 agent Colin King – aka Ninjak– must confront his greatest fears…and place his trusted steel against the fantastic and unknown powers of sorcery. With Punk Mambo, Tama the Geomancer, and the fallen hero Shadowman at his side, Ninjak will lead the supernatural's greatest champions into a suicide mission against beasts and barbarians…and the very gods themselves!
Valiant's epic standalone event enters is next spellbinding chapter as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar) and powerhouse artist CAFU (Rai) strike at the veil between life and death!
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JUNE 21st (FOC – 5/29/17)prevnext
Rai: The History Of The Valiant Universe #1
RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (APR172125)
Cover B by CLAYTON HENRY (APR172126)
Variant Cover by ROBERT GILL (APR172128)
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE (APR172129)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (APR172127)
It is the year 4002 A.D…
Rai, the spirit guardian of Earth, has uncovered an ancient tome filled with history's greatest tales and civilizations darkest moments. Charting the dawning days of ancient Mesopotamia, all the way to the rise of New Japan, the history of the Valiant Universe is laid bare in shocking and revelatory detail. From X-O Manowar to Bloodshot to Faith to Divinity…history will reveal untold revelations for Valiant's greatest heroes and antagonists!
In the tradition of the original RAI #0, Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Harbinger Renegade) and acclaimed artist Francis Portela (Faith) unleash a celebration of Rai's 25th anniversary with the third of four standalone specials honoring the most famed Valiant stories ever told!
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On Sale JUNE 14th (FOC – 5/22/17)prevnext
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (JUN172060)
Cover B by IBRAHIM MOUSTAFA (JUN172061)
Cover C (Wraparound) by CLAYTON HENRY (JUN172062)
Variant Cover by PETER BAGGE (JUN172064)
Variant Cover by KANO (JUN172065)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (JUN172063)
AN EPIC JUMPING-ON POINT LEADING DIVINITY THROUGH THE WHOLE OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE!
New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and explosive artist Renato Guedes (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Wolverine) present an awe-inspiring introduction to the largest independent superhero universe in comics – as told through the eyes of Valiant's most powerful cosmic force!
DIVINITY, a lost Russian cosmonaut newly returned to Earth with god-like powers, has successfully restored the world to order after the reality-altering event known as the Stalinverse. But how can a man – even one with near-divine abilities – know for certain that the planet has been truly restored in full? To make sure, Divinity must bear witness to the world as it now stands – heroes, villains, gods, and all – to ensure the rightful order of the Valiant Universe!
From BLOODSHOT to FAITH to NINJAK and dozens of surprise guest stars, traverse the world of Valiant's most enduring icons as DIVINITY guides a standalone entry point into the most acclaimed publishing line in comics today!
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 16th (FOC – 7/24/17)prevnext
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