Each year, Valiant seems to make a big show out stuffing surprises into their Free Comic Book Day releases. Well, 2015 is no different and, fresh off the news of their Bloodshot/Harbinger/Harbinger Wars five picture plan at Sony, the publisher is releasing the Valiant 25th Anniversary Special into stores tomorrow…
…and, surprise surprise, it’s packed with some pretty good indicators of what we’ll be seeing from them in the months to come…
First up, we have the “Death of the Valiant Universe,” giving us a good sense what we can expect from the upcoming Book of Death crossover event… They wouldn’t though…would they?
Then, a new one – the return of the Eternal Warrior in November with an image by Valiant favorite Cary Nord. And is that possibly the new Geomancer featured at the end of the Valiant mini-series earlier this spring? Could this be a possible follow-up to Book of Death?
Another new one – Archer & Armstrong are back! Soon! So…a new series for Valiant’s drunken immortal and naive kung-fu assassin parner/sidekick? No details on a creative team just yet…but with another Valiant film in the works for these two, we suppose it was only a matter of time.
And finally, playing directly into Valiant’s upcoming film plans at Sony, it looks like there is a new Harbinger series on the horizon…
But that’s not all. Not content with teasers alone, Jeff Lemire and Butch Guice have gotten in on the fun as well with their new Bloodshot Reborn prelude story…one that features some rather ominous hints of what’s to come for Lemire’s first Valiant ongoing series… He is 25 issues ahead after all…
So…Bloodshot turns ax murderer? A new Shadowman perhaps? Bloodshot goes toe-to-toe with X-O Manowar? Too soon to tell, but it’s possible some of these these teases could still be playing themselves out next Free Comic Book Day…
The Valiant 25th Anniversary Special is in stores tomorrow.
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