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Valiant Debuts World's First Talking Comic Book Cover

Get ready to hear your comic book talk to you.

Valiant Comics are making a come back and X-O Manowar's first issue will feature something a little different.

Valiant announced today the world's first QR code-augmented talking comic book cover. Beginning this Wednesday, February 29th, you'll get a glimpse of what you can expect. The only place to experience this milestone is in local comic shops nationwide.

Valiant Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasini said the following:

We want fans worldwide to know that something special is happening in their local comic shop during the build-up to May 2nd and the launch of the new Valiant Universe. Valiant's QR Voice Variant is not only a new innovation in comics and a true incentive for retailers, but an enhanced and immersive experience for fans as well. By merging elements of print and digital, we've hopefully created something that fans will just have to see in person!

Valiant will ship out thousands of interactive, retailer-exclusive posters previewing the innovation. The cover is illustrated by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic and scripted by Robert Venditti. The issue is by Venditti with art by Cary Nord and will be on sale May 2.

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Cover by ESAD RIBIC (MAR121221)

Pullbox Exclusive Variant by CARY NORD (MAR121222)

Variant Cover by DAVID AJA (MAR121223)


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Posted by KidSupreme

I am super excited about this, I been following this for about a year now when it was still just an idea!

Posted by Kal'smahboi

That's kinda neat. I think I'd rather limit the amount of bar codes on my comic covers though.

Posted by Ganthetsward20

Its great some of these new ideas they are trying in the world of comics, I enjoyed the Deadpool musical, we have all seen that comics have digital codes now to use to get that version for our Ipads and such. Im really happy that stuff like this is going on

Posted by zombietag


Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I might just get this comic book for the cover

Posted by feargalr

@Ganthetsward20: Agreed. Love it or hate it, be happy that comic book publishers are at least trying to innovate.

Posted by SpidermanWins

well then...

Posted by AlKusanagi

Oh man, like that video Tony did a while back about all the wonderful/horrible gimmick covers of the early 90s, it would be so awesome if they became a terrible reality again!

Posted by eregecardoso

90's Gimmicks ... Stupid Crap

Edited by The Mighty Monarch

Eh. It's not really that innovative, it's pretty much just the easiest way to jump aboard to QR code bandwagon. There's no sense of design of subtlety to it, it's just; "Look! It's a QR code! Make him talk!"


Posted by Mediumflyer7

I'm exited!!! Can't wait till May!

Posted by Decept-O

If they do one with the cover saying, "I am...Ninjak!" then I am sold. :)

Whoa, didn't think I'd see Valiant return, pretty interesting.

Posted by KRYPTON

The future as we know it

Posted by Grey56

What I'm really eager to see is how Valiant will fare in this go 'round. Here's hoping they enrich the market with their titles.

Posted by thanosrules

Do I smell an excuse for a $4.99 + book? At least throw in a cool 90s foil cover! ;)

Posted by ryu_talkative_batman


Posted by Negative_Flash

I want an I-Phone.

Posted by The Impersonator

@KRYPTON said:

The future as we know it

Edited by BlackArmor

Oh mah gawd were livin in tha future...

Posted by BatClaw89
This is garbage....

but if Batman was on the cover with Kevin Conroy doing the voice that would be awesome

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

@BatClaw89: CALL DC. NOW.

Posted by J1ml33

Innovative . ^_^

Edited by puinno

This might be a stupid question but if it does not come out till May, why are they mentioning this Wednesday? Are they having posters or something at the comic shops?

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

That's great! I really do want to try this for that even if I don't have a smart phone. Very creative and innovative, which is just what the industry needs. And nice, from what the panels show it looks like Aric is close to getting the "good skin."

Posted by Money_is_God

This guy what brand of toothpaste to brush your teeth.......

Posted by WarMachineMarkV

- The 21st century version of the chromium cover

Posted by Meteorite

A bit gimmicky, yes?

Posted by Spydey

I don't..have an iPhone.

Posted by db8coach

I'm excited for the Valiant relaunch. I love "non-top 2" universes. I hope this extends beyond just one comic.

Posted by LordRequiem

Wow, that voice was terrible.

Posted by Queso6p4

@KRYPTON : That, given what I've seen here, creeps me out just a little.

Posted by ColonelRunAway

Let's ignore the stupid gimmick for a sec... X-O MANOWAR'S COMING BACK!!!

Posted by BlackArmor

@BatClaw89 said:

This is garbage....

but if Batman was on the cover with Kevin Conroy doing the voice that would be awesome

Posted by jaredbright

I always find it amusing we have to buy a box to get something else out of it. It's way beyond the old days of VCRs and Video Game Platforms. I imagine it will go as far as I.D.s and currency in the next few years.

They should do one for Hulk. I would be him crying about his dead wives/girlfriends.

Posted by jaredbright

90s gimmick covers were fun. Sue me. I got that famous chrome Silver Surfer cover and it's AWESOME!

You don't have to download anything to enjoy it, too.