PopCultHQ’s First Look – 4001 A.D.: X-O Manowar #1 (5/11/16) & 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1 (6/8/16) from Valiant

Cover B by CAFU

Last weekend, the 14th Annual Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) was held in Seattle and it was filled with exhibitors, guests, attendees and was a whole mess of fun. Among the comic book publishers in attendance was Valiant Entertainment, who has just been on fire so far this year!

4001-XO_001_COVER-B_JIMENEZDuring the con, Valiant presented those in attendance the first look inside 4001 A.D.: X-O MANOWAR #1 and 4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1. These two explosive, self-contained one-shots blasting directly out of the summer’s most ambitious comics event 4001 A.D., are part of the new era being ushered in by the publisher. As what Valiant is declaring “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” prepares to wage war across the future of the Valiant Universe, X-O Manowar and Bloodshot are the leading the charge with the first of four all-star one-shots!

Here is the official release from Valiant at ECCC 2016:


ECCC 2016: First Look: Valiant’s Summer Event Explodes with
4001 AD: X-O MANOWAR #1 and 4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1 – Coming This Summer!

New Series of Standalone One-Shots by Venditti, Lemire, Henry, Braithwaite, and More Introduces Valiant’s Biggest Heroes to Summer’s Blockbuster Comics Event

Beginning this May, the future of the Valiant Universe’s biggest icons stands revealed as a stunning cast of creative talents joins Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain’s stunning vision of the 41st century…and launches X-O Manowar and Bloodshot into Rai’s insurrection against Father and the tyrannical reign of New Japan!

4001-XO_001_005After 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) arrives May 4th, Earth’s most powerful hero joins the fray one week later on May 11th in 4001 A.D.: X-O MANOWAR #1 – a one-shot epic from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH) and Valiant-exclusive superstar Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS)! How did the rise of Earth’s most powerful hero lead to humanity’s ultimate destruction? Just what was the War of the X-O Manowars…and how did its catastrophic fallout bring ruination and despair to a besieged planet? And why is the sacred extraterrestrial armor called Shanhara the one weapon Father fears more than any other?

Jump on board here to find out as the present and future of Valiant’s flagship hero come together for an essential standalone chapter at the heart of the summer’s blockbuster comics event on May 11th, only in 4001 A.D.: X–O MANOWAR #1 – featuring covers by CAFU (RAI), Phil Jimenez (Infinite Crisis), Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT), and Ryan Lee (Inhuman)!

4001-BLOOD_001_005Then, the fight for control of the 41st century continues on June 8th in 4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1 – a high-octane one-shot blockbuster from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN) and Valiant-exclusive superstar Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS)! Centuries ago, Bloodshot was the man called Ray Garrison. Now, in the year 4001 A.D., Ray Garrison is no more…but the nanites that once thrived inside him endure still. With their master long since gone, the microscopic machines that once drove Bloodshot through every firefight, healed every wound, and calculated every outcome have one final directive left to execute…but what could it possibly be? And how will the forces of the future react when the infamous man-turned-machine called Bloodshot returns to fight another day?

Discover how Bloodshot’s troubled legacy extends across the ages – and directly into the crosshairs of 4001 A.D.’s crusade against New Japan – on June 8th, right here in 4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1 – featuring covers by Ryan Lee and CAFU (UNITY)!

Plus: don’t miss two more indispensable one-shots – featuring Shadowman and a top-secret, all-new character vital to Valiant’s future – in July and August as “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” erupts into full force!

Encompassing the core 4001 A.D. event series by Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain, the return of one of Valiant’s most acclaimed ongoing series with an all-new arc in RAI #13 by Matt Kindt and CAFU, and four standalone one-shots revealing the future incarnations of the Valiant Universe’s biggest heroes, “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” is the biggest and most visionary Valiant event to date – and a perfect introduction to the largest independent superhero universe in comics today.

Each chapter of “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” is designed for maximum accessibility and can be read in concert with the core 4001 A.D. series or stand on its own for a centuries-spanning vision of the future.

As 4001 A.D. looms for the Valiant Universe, don’t miss a single chapter of 2016’s hottest blockbuster event! Beginning with 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) by Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain, and David Mack on May 4th and continuing all summer long, get ready for a scorching vision of the future from the top talents in comics today as “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” rages on!

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4001-XO_001_COVER-A_CAFU4001 A.D.: X-O MANOWAR #1
Cover A by CAFU (MAR161805)
Cover B by PHIL JIMENEZ (MAR161806)
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT (MAR161807)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (MAR161808)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale MAY 11 (FOC – 4/18/16)


Cover A by RYAN LEE

4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Cover A by RYAN LEE (APR162056)
Cover B by CAFU (APR162057)
Character Design Variant by RYAN LEE (APR162058)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (APR162059)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 8 (FOC 5/16/16)


Panels from 4001 A.D.: X-O Manowar #1

Panels from 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1

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