VALIANT Returns on Free Comic Book Day

There are those of you who remember Valiant, and there are those who don’t. If you do remember, then the titles X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, and Harbinger will stir up some memories of different times. Well, they’re back, and before new #1 issues hit the stands, they’ll be giving out the Valiant Comics FCBD 2012 Edition, with a taste of all the stories coming up.

While there’s no word of the creative talent on interiors, Executive Editor Warren Simons, formerly of Marvel Comics, said, “We’ve lined up some colossally talented colleagues – both new and old friends alike – and if you have a love for great comics and innovative stories, we’ve got some great stuff in store for you.”

The cover is by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, and the whole thing will give you an idea of what to expect with the publisher’s relaunch.


  1. YEEEEES! Very glad to see Valiant return.
    This far more exciting than the whole “never been done before” Avengers vs. X-men event on the horizon for 2012.

  2. Interesting. Too bad that X-O cover is rather dull and boring.

  3. My n00b sense is tingling considering this kind of goes over my head, but it looks like something I’d really enjoy. SOLD.

    • Should get you up to speed as to why some comics veterans may be interested. Valiant was a big deal back then. DC and Marvel weren’t doing so hot, while Image and Valiant were tearing it up. After leaving Valiant, Jim Shooter tried a few more companies that didn’t really pan out. If you want to get to know some of the characters, Dark Horse did a few series featuring Solar, X-O Manowar, and Turok.

  4. Loved Harbinger and Rai in the 90s. X-O was also pretty interesting but the line got too bloated too quickly.

  5. Why the hell not, right? That X-O cover is awful, but I may just give it a whirl.

    @Limitless Back in the early to mid 90’s, Valiant Comics basically had a money printing machine. Aftermarket prices for their books was insane. Harbinger #1 was like having $100 in your pocket. Then Deathmate happened, which was the first appearance of Gen13. People said lol. Then Unity happened. People rofl’ed and Valiant went bankrupt shortly thereafter. There’s a convoluted ownership history after that.

  6. Man, did I love Bloodshot, Ninjak, H.A.R.D. Corps, and the Armorines! Can’t wait!

  7. Ah, my youth returns in strange and wonderful ways. Two words: Eternal Warrior.

  8. give me Archer & Armstrong and Eternal Warrior, i will be very happy:)

  9. Awesome sauce! That sword is sweet. The original Valiant came along at a time when the big two were getting dull for me. We may be at that point again. In 2012, make mine Valiant!

  10. I loved Valient but the collectors boom made the pre-Unity back issues waaaay too expensive. The wheels really came off when Jim Shooter left. Now there’s a polarizing (and kind of tragic) figure

  11. This may not be relevant but didn’t Dark Horse acquire all the Gold Key characters? If so, that means no Magnus, Solar or Turok…

  12. Who should write a new Quantum and Woody?

    • …Ah, Quantum & Woody.
      One of the all time best/funniest superhero series ever. Literate, well drawn and never talked down to you. If there were ONLY a place on the stands for a book like that again…

  13. X-O Manowar? Never heard of ’em!

  14. I LOVED X-O as a concept in that first run. Some issues lived up to potential, most did not. If they’re going the barbarian in sentient armor route, I’m in. If they do the same sort of thing they did in the second run, no thanks!

    Glad they’re going back to the sinewy look!