Here’s a round-up of the past week in indie comics news and announcements!
A New Era Has Begun At Valiant Entertainment
Valiant have stated that big things are happening within the company, announcing that their new slate of comics “will fully embrace the potential that its shared universe of compelling characters has to offer” and that Rob Levin has joined Valiant as Executive Editor to help move this vision forward.
While Valiant only currently have two series (Shadowman and Ninjak) they will be adding The Harbinger at the end of October. The press release goes on to talk about how the publisher will be concentrating on reminding comic book fans about what sets the Valiant Universe apart from other shared universes.
Rob Levin definitely sounds like he’s got the right intentions, as he’s quoted in the press release saying “There’s so much to explore within the Valiant Universe, from the wealth of characters to the many genres it spans, and my goal is to emphasize the ‘shared’ in shared universe. Whether you’re reading one title or everything we release, we’re going to make sure each book stands on its own and has a voice and a point of view, and it’s also going to play a part in the larger tapestry that is the Valiant Universe.”
However the most curious part of the press release comes in this statement:
“Valiant’s comics in 2022 will see epic new stories from fan-favorite and critically-acclaimed creators, all working together to move the universe forward with stories that make an impact and have lasting repercussions. Next year will see the release of a thrilling event that brings Valiant’s iconic characters together and will pave the way for new launches and the creation of a whole new team”.
“While I can’t reveal any specifics just yet, readers will start seeing more of those connections over the coming months, all building to a crescendo in a book that will pay dividends for longtime fans and also deliver an amazing entry point into the Valiant Universe. The excitement internally feels a lot like the original Summer of Valiant did back in 2012 as a reader, and I truly cannot wait to get our upcoming stories into the hands of readers.”
As a long standing Valiant fan this sounds very positive, though not dissimilar to the kind of thing that was being said prior to Harbinger Wars 2, an event that made big promises about shaking up the universe but ultimately failed to do so, with a great deal of characters featured both in the build up to the event and the event not making an appearance since. I’m hoping 2022’s event is a more positive experience for fans of the Valiant universe.
The All-Nighter coming from ComiXology Originals
Chip Zdarsky, Jason Loo, Paris Alleyne and Aditya Bidikar – the team behind ComiXology Original’s Eisner Award Winning series Afterlift – are reuniting for The All-Nighter
To be released both digitally through ComiXology Originals and in print from Dark Horse, The All-Nighter is a story about Vampires moonlighting as superheroes.
Here’s the full blurb from the press release:
Welcome to The All-Nighter, the only diner in town where you can get coffee and a meal from sunset to sunrise! The staff are friendly (kind of) and happy to serve you (sometimes), and it would never cross their minds to drink their customers’ blood. . . .
Alex is bored—flipping burgers for strangers all night is no way for a vampire to live. But he and his fellow vampires Joy, Cynthia, and Ian have agreed to blend into human society. Inspired by superhero movies, one of the few passions in his un-life, Alex decides to don a cape and start fighting bad guys. But his decision will have bigger consequences than he realizes—for himself and for everyone he wants to protect.
Free First Volume’s From Kodansha!
Kodansha are giving away some first volumes over at ComiXology! That’s erm, that’s the whole news entry…go grab yourself some free manga here!