This looks promising...where is a good starting point for valiant? Should I pick up "The Valiant"?
You'd need to read Harbinger, Bloodshot & X-O Manowar to know the key players in the Valiant Universe.
You don't "need" to read any of them to know what;s happening in The Valiant.
I didn't say he did. He ask for a good starting point for Valiant. The Valiant isn't.
The Valiant is a great starting point, it's pretty much why it exists.
Here's a quick summary of all the current series. Valiant usually has 9 different books in production (longest running to most recently started, ongoings in bold):
- X-O Manowar -- X-O a mixture of Iron-Man, Thor, and alien featuring the most bad ass suit ever.
- Unity -- the Justice League of Valiant, currently featuring Livewire, Ninjak, and the Eternal Warrior.
- Rai (ongoing/bi-monthly) -- neo-samurai in and guardian of 41st century Japan; it's epic!
- Q2: The Return of Quantum & Woody (mini) -- fun title; also a homage to the mid-1990s series. To be replaced with Ninjak.
- The Valiant (mini) -- entirely self-contained; featuring the Eternal Warrior, Bloodshot, Armstrong, Geomancer. To be replaced with BS: Reborn.
- Ivar, Timewalker -- If you want to make and see history follow Ivar on his journey through time and space.
- Quantum & Woody Must Die! (mini) -- "Quantum & Woody" is a buddy comic... the anti-dynamic duo. To be replaced with Dead Drop.
- Imperium -- the "Battle for Utopia" according to Toyo Harada, the world's most powerful psiot aka omega aka mind-controlling super freak.
- Divinity (mini) -- totally self-contained with no connection to the rest of the Valiant Universe which --besides Matt Kindt's style of melting time, space, reality, and memories-- makes it so special really.
- Ninjak (March) -- Imagine James Bond as a ninja.
- Bloodshot: Reborn (April) -- Jeff Lemire's version of Bloodshot, the ultimate killing machine. -- See the character wiki - just read the deck!
- Dead Drop (mini, May) -- four-issue mini-series and one-shots by Ales Kot. Like Divinity, and The Valiant, this can be read without any prior knowledge of the Valiant Universe and its characters.
Enjoy the Valiant experience!