I was thinking of what old comic to review next and arrived here at Magnus Robot Fighter. I'm not sure exactly how I got here, but somehow I was thinking of something neat that Valiant did with the future world of Magnus. Magnus is a Gold Key character that Valiant got the rights to, including Solar, Man of the Atom and Turok, Son of Stone. They then proceeded to build a universe around them, adding original characters that have become the cornerstone of the current Valiant Universe.I picked this issue because of the crossover of two of those characters, Magnus and Solar. What I didn't realize is that this is part of the multi-issue story where we learn the secret to future Japan. Future Japan is a giant metal dragon.
Here is some comic book news you might have missed as reported by Hollywood Reporter, DMG Entertainment, the company that brought us movies such as Looper and Chappaquiddick, has acquired Valiant Entertainment, the comic publisher that boasts the third-largest universe of superhero characters (over 2000!).
Valiant's new mini-series starring Faith "Zephyr" Herbert starts off with a priceless moment that shows how open a comic fan would be to a Doctor Who moment. Valiant has made public a five-page preview of the first issue of Faith and the Future Force, a mini-series that puts the biggest fangirl in the Valiant universe into a leadership role to save history.
This weekend has a truly wonderful festival happening in San Francisco. Presented by Chris Hardwick , the ID10T Music Festival and Comic Conival has music, comedy and comics celebrated all together. Valiant Comics has sent us a press release announcing their involvement, but we should also mention that BOOM! Studios, Oni Press, Top Shelf, Insight Comics, Skybound and Aftershock are participating as well. Valiant got us the press release first, so they get the headline.
I've been giving Valiant Comics more of a read lately. Even so, I would not have given this series a second look, as Bloodshot has never been a favorite of mine, as he is a symbol of everything that was bad about the 90s. The combination name, the healing factor, the many, many guns, and the propensity to kill opponents. However, I read The Valiant #4 and was instantly intrigued with this interpretation of the character.
We don't get to review many Valiant comics, but after talking to them on Saturday, I felt that the time was right to review one, and since this issue came out this week, it's elected. I've been wanting to get engrossed in all of the intertwined Valiant titles after reading the guidebook I picked up at last year's Free Comic Book Day, and so I opted with this one, featuring several of the Valiant characters. I wasn't prepared for what I discovered while reading it.
I've been reading comics for a long time, so I remember when comics were something you waited for and every week you were surprised. I remember when you trekked to the convenience store, or drug store, or grocery store, where ever you bought comics because there was no store that conveniently pulled your comics for you every week. I remember the one time a year you went to the closest comic book convention to you to get the issues that you missed because the other kids in town got there before you.