The Valiant Ex­pand­ing Hori­zons

Ma­jor event se­ries launches next month

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Just as the House of Ideas did with Marvels, The Valiant is a state­ment of in­tent. Co- writ­ten by Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt and drawn by Paolo Rivera, the four- parter is Valiant En­ter­tain­ment’s most am­bi­tious re­lease to date.

“We re­ally wanted to do a story that was a clean and easy en­try point,” says Lemire. “It’s a big event story that fea­tures the whole uni­verse, but in­volves no tie- ins or crossovers. It’s to­tally self- con­tained so you need no prior Valiant knowl­edge to un­der­stand it.”

After work­ing ex­clu­sively for DC for sev­eral years, Lemire is en­joy­ing ex­plor­ing other su­per­hero sta­bles. “To me, th­ese char­ac­ters are still so young,” he says. “There’s a lot of un­tapped po­ten­tial and I’m be­ing given the cre­ative free­dom to make them my own.”

The Valiant will ini­tially fo­cus on Blood­shot and Eter­nal War­rior. “We wanted some­thing small and per­sonal, to con­trast all the big­ger events and world- ru­in­ing stuff that hap­pens,” says Kindt. “Ini­tially we were just go­ing to tell this quiet, heart­felt story. But as we got into it, we started get­ting some big­ger and cra­zier ideas. So our small story blew up!”

The Valiant is pub­lished in De­cem­ber.

Blood­shot and the gang are ready for their close- up.

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