Monday, April 13, 2015

Valiant Introduces Book of Death


If someone told you that 2015 would feature the death of Ninjak, the final fate of Bloodshot, the redemption of Toyo Harada, the next bearer of the X-O Manowar armor revealed and the rise of new heroes and villains in the Valiant universe, you might be a little suspect. After all, that's a slew of crazy happenings planned for the Valiant Universe in general, let alone in one summer. Turns out though, that summer 2015 will see all that and a bit more, as Valiant launches Book of Death #1 starting in July. Featuring the talents of Robert Gill and Doug Braithwaite, Book of Death #1 will be joined by four standalone one-shots as a new Geomancer emerges to build a bridge to the future of the Valiant Universe.

"In the tradition of Valiant's original RAI #0, BOOK OF DEATH is going to reveal glimpses of the future of the Valiant Universe and, with it, many of the monumental events and occurrences that our heroes will face," said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. "Major characters will die, while others will be introduced for the very first time. The loves, the losses, and the betrayals that await our biggest characters…it all starts here. For the Geomancer, this future has already happened and, in each issue, we will see more of the events that shaped her life revealed. BOOK OF DEATH will have an immediate impact on not only the stories that follow it in 2015, but on the next decade of the Valiant Universe as well."

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?

"In just a short time, I think Valiant has built a reputation for creating some of the most well-received comic book events in the industry today. HARBINGER WARS… UNITY… ARMOR HUNTERS… THE VALIANT… These are all stories have been huge hits with fans, retailers and critics alike, but BOOK OF DEATH might just be the biggest, most game-changing event we've attempted to date," said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. "Much of the conversation at the Valiant creative retreats helped formalize the ideas behind BOOK OF DEATH and hammer out the colossal impact that the Eternal Warrior and new Geomancer will soon have on the landscape of the Valiant Universe. BOOK OF DEATH will be the ultimate peek at the future of the Valiant Universe and it's only fitting that we bring as many major Valiant creators into the mix as possible."

Full press release below.
BOOK OF DEATH #1 – Venditti, Gill and Braithwaite Reveal Valiant's Future in the Blockbuster Event of 2015!

So let it be written… 

So let it be done… 

This summer, witness the death of Ninjak…learn the final fate of Bloodshot…see the redemption of Toyo Harada…meet the next bearer of the X-O Manowar armor…herald the next generation of Valiant heroes…and witness the rise of villainous forces not yet known… We know it will be…because the Book of Geomancer tells us so!

Valiant is proud to announce BOOK OF DEATH – the epic new Valiant event of 2015! Beginning with in July with BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4) from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (X-O MANOWAR, Green Lantern), superstar-in-the-making Robert Gill (ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER, Batgirl) and visionary artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS, Justice), BOOK OF DEATH continues throughout the summer with four standalone one-shots from an all-star cast of Valiant's top talents! Colliding the next two thousand years of history against the most powerful heroes of today, the summer's must-read comics event starts here in July as a new Geomancer emerges to build a bridge to the future of the Valiant Universe!

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?

"In the tradition of Valiant's original RAI #0, BOOK OF DEATH is going to reveal glimpses of the future of the Valiant Universe and, with it, many of the monumental events and occurrences that our heroes will face," said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. "Major characters will die, while others will be introduced for the very first time. The loves, the losses, and the betrayals that await our biggest characters…it all starts here. For the Geomancer, this future has already happened and, in each issue, we will see more of the events that shaped her life revealed. BOOK OF DEATH will have an immediate impact on not only the stories that follow it in 2015, but on the next decade of the Valiant Universe as well."

Also coming in July, the future of the Valiant Universe continues with four visionary tales of present and future torn directly from the pages of the Book of the Geomancer! Each month, join an all-star cast of creators – Jeff Lemire (THE VALIANT, BLOODSHOT REBORN) & Doug Braithwaite (UNITY, IMPERIUM), Matt Kindt (NINJAK, RAI) & Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY), Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER, IMPERIUM) & Kano (THE DELINQUENTS), and Robert Venditti (X-O MANOWAR, ARMOR HUNTERS) & Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS, IVAR, TIMEWALKER) – as they come aboard the summer's monumental comics event to chronicle the ultimate fate of Valiant's biggest 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 four essential, standalone chapters at the epicenter of BOOK OF DEATH:

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF BLOODSHOT #1
Written by Jeff Lemire; Art by Doug Braithwaite
ON SALE IN JULY

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF NINJAK #1
Written by Matt Kindt; Art by Trevor Hairsine
ON SALE IN AUGUST

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF HARBINGER #1
Written by Joshua Dysart; Art by Kano
ON SALE IN SEPTEMBER

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF X-O MANOWAR #1
Written by Robert Venditti; Art by Clayton Henry
ON SALE IN OCTOBER

"In just a short time, I think Valiant has built a reputation for creating some of the most well-received comic book events in the industry today. HARBINGER WARS… UNITY… ARMOR HUNTERS… THE VALIANT… These are all stories have been huge hits with fans, retailers and critics alike, but BOOK OF DEATH might just be the biggest, most game-changing event we've attempted to date," said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. "Much of the conversation at the Valiant creative retreats helped formalize the ideas behind BOOK OF DEATH and hammer out the colossal impact that the Eternal Warrior and new Geomancer will soon have on the landscape of the Valiant Universe. BOOK OF DEATH will be the ultimate peek at the future of the Valiant Universe and it's only fitting that we bring as many major Valiant creators into the mix as possible."

"BOOK OF DEATH is a story that's been in the works for a long time, and I'm looking forward to showing readers what we have in store for them," said writer Robert Venditti. "Last summer's ARMOR HUNTERS event was so much fun to write, and, while this story will have a much different focus and tone, our goal is to deliver the same level of action, character, and universe building. The Eternal Warrior and the Geomancer are such great high concepts to work with. We're going to reveal exactly what it means to be the Fist and Steel of Earth and provide an epic showcase for not only the Eternal Warrior, but all of Valiant's heroes present and future."

The blockbuster Valiant event of 2015 begins in BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4) – featuring covers by Robert Gill (ETERNAL WARRIOR), Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR, Conan), Clayton Crain (RAI, X-Force), Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (Thor), Pere Perez (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG), and Paolo Rivera (THE VALIANT, Daredevil)! This July, join Valiant superstars Robert Venditti, Robert Gill, and Doug Braithwaite as they begin a thousand-year journey into the future of the Valiant Universe…and rain, fire, blood and war on the heroes of today, only in BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)!

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BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by ROBERT GILL & DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by ROBERT GILL
Cover B by CARY NORD
Cover C by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover D by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Character Design Variant by PAOLO RIVERA
Valiant Icons Variant by PERE PEREZ
Artist Variant by PAOLO RIVERA
Blank Cover also available
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | COMING IN JULY!

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF BLOODSHOT #1 (ONE-SHOT)
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover B by JEFTE PALO
Variant Cover by DAVID YARDIN
Variant Cover by TOM FOWLER
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | COMING IN JULY!

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF NINJAK #1 (ONE-SHOT)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by KANO
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | COMING IN AUGUST!

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF HARBINGER #1 (ONE-SHOT)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KANO
Cover by RAUL ALLEN
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | COMING IN SEPTEMBER!

BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF X-O MANOWAR #1 (ONE-SHOT)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by CARY NORD

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | COMING IN OCTOBER!









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