Valiant Comics...They Are Still a Thing, Folk.

So yeah as some of you may know Valiant is relaunching their more popular properties. X-O Man of War was the first book announced. Well today it was announced that Joshua Dysart (of Unknown Soldier, BPRD, Swamp Thing fame) will be responsible for relaunching Harbinger and his partner in crime will be Khari Evans (of Carbon Grey, Immortal Iron Fist). I don't have any concrete memories of the Valiant books as a kid aside from seeing them on the shelves but I've looked into the concepts/characters and gotta say they really had some interesting stuff going on over their. I've heard form other readers that the books were actually quite, quite good. If anything I've heard that the concepts were so big that the original writers never got the chances to fully explore them before the line folded. The fact that they are putting talent like Dysart on these books makes me feel very optimistic about their reemergence. I look forward to seeing what the new blood brings to these cult favorites. I mean just look at what's been done by the writers on Image's Extreme titles and those book didn't have as nearly solid a foundation as this to start with.

Edit: here's a recent Ifanboy interview with Dysart about his take on the cult classic.

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12 Comments
Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Valiant truly is one of the best publishers of all time. Seriously gonna think of getting titles once they start rolling out. Loves my X-O.

Posted by JonesDeini

@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

Valiant truly is one of the best publishers of all time. Seriously gonna think of getting titles once they start rolling out. Loves my X-O.

The Conan meets Iron Man concept of X-O really appeals to me. I really want to see an Archer book relaunched. The whole abused child becomes Batman to render justice to his sadistic, criminal parents is a concept that can really be fleshed out by the write scribe.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

I'm hoping to see Rai, the H.A.R.D. Corps and the Armorines return myself.

Posted by JonesDeini

@RedheadedAtrocitus:

You've got my gears turning now. Shadowman with dare I say...Jaime Delano/JOCK?! I really wish that they could get the rights to Solar back and have Alan Moore give him a go. That book would be right up his alley.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Turok and Magnus too...man, Im reverting back to the 90s...

Posted by JonesDeini

@RedheadedAtrocitus:

Turok's the one book I have active memories of because of playing the games and checking out a random issue or two. My roommate has an issue of it and he read it aloud in the "Epic movie guy voice" one day. Good times.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

And Magnus totally makes me think of the stark similarities to Mega Man. Damn man we are going down memory lane together with this.

Posted by JonesDeini

@RedheadedAtrocitus: Indeed man, indeed. Good times. People rag on the 90's because it truly is easy if A)You for some reason read only the Image/Image wanna be titles from the Big Two B) Didn't read the amazing & creative stuff coming out C)Continued reading the books in column A because you're some sort of weirdo who gets off on bad literature/self punishment.

Posted by JonesDeini

The more I hear about these new books the more amped I get! Word on the nets is Archer & Armstrong is coming back and will be written by Fred Van Lente

Posted by cracker_jack

Never heard of them. Time to do some research.

Posted by I'maDC/ImageGuy!

I hope they reprint some of their old stuff. Harbinger was the shiznit.

Posted by JonesDeini

@I'maDC/ImageGuy! said:

I hope they reprint some of their old stuff. Harbinger was the shiznit.

I would love to get my hand on the old Solar, Man of the Atom issues.