I actually had to look to see if I had already reviewed this issue of Archer & Armstrong. Of all of the original Valiant comics, this one is probably my favorite. It doesn't hurt that it was written and drawn by Barry Windsor-Smith. Early Valiant comics by him are the best of the bunch. I got this because I was diligently following Archer & Armstrong. Eternal Warrior held no interest for me. I felt that he wasn't an interesting character. It seemed like Jim Shooter really had an interest in Gilad, because so much important stuff in Valiant seemed to come from his world. It seems like after Shooter left, the comics went a little more wherever the fans were flocking. Yes, I know its pandering. I'd like to think that the solution isn't just to write what the fans want, but to make a comic better and more interesting along the way. Barry Windsor-Smith made a great comic with Archer & Armstrong, a comic that tied very closely to Eternal Warrior. It tied to it so closely that for the eighth issue, they went double sized to tell a story that involved all of the immortal brothers and counted as an eighth issue for Eternal Warrior as well. On top of it all, it worked in one of the greatest adventure stories in the history of western literature, The Man In The Iron Mask.
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.
In the early 1990s, the speculation boom brought lots of new customers into comic shops. Some professionals in the industry though it might be a good time to create new universes to draw these new readers in, and some used purchased licenses to build those universes around. Valiant was one of those companies. Structured around purchased Silver Age Gold Key characters Solar, Man of the Atom and Magnus, Robot Fighter, Jim Shooter directed the construction of a universe complete with new characters, brought in creators like Barry Windsor-Smith and Dave Lapham, and engage readers on a level not seen in years. Valiant seemed like it might survive the eventual bursting of the speculation bubble, but alas, it was not to be.