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PopCultHQ’s Mega-Extensive Look at DIVINITY III – The Next Big Event from Valiant

This January, Russia rules the New Year
as the Valiant Universe continues its transformation
into a Soviet-ruled super-state…

One where the world’s most powerful heroes now serve and protect the Motherland from all threats to the USSR’s global Iron Empire!

Back on December 21st, we witnessed a disturbing new vision of the world as it now stands! One where the Cold War was won long ago and a global Soviet empire now rules the world… Where the Iron Curtain extends across oceans and continents, subsuming freedom and liberty in its wake… And where the Russian communist super-state rules the world not only with an iron fist, but with ultimate power far beyond the comprehension of mortal men.

Featuring DIVINITY’s Abram Adams alongside the first appearances of darkly reimagined versions of X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, HARBINGER RENEGADE’s Peter Stanchek, Ninjak, Shadowman, and several surprise guests, the definitive Valiant epic of 2016 starts here!

 

Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC

DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by TOM MULLER
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
Variant Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM
Blank Cover Also Available
Valiant Cat Cosplay Variant Also Available

At the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union were racing to the stars. But, while America was aiming for the moon, Russia had its eyes on the cosmos. In secret, they launched a three-man mission into the far reaches of space. In the depths, they discovered something Unknown. Something that…changed them. Imbued with god-like powers, the long-lost cosmonauts returned home…only to discover that their old ideology, communism, lost the war to western capitalism in the decades since their journey first began. But now they have the power to change it all…

Earth has a new god. The world you know is gone. Welcome to the Stalinverse, comrade.

VARIANT COVERS

Divinity’s place in the Valiant Universe is about to fundamentally reshape the world as we thought we knew it, and the ramifications of this series will play out for months and years after the final page,” said Valiant CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Not only is the story fully in continuity, it will leave several major new, key elements and characters in place that will be essential to Valiant’s plans going forward. We’re incredibly excited for readers to finally see all the twists, turns and surprises that DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE has in store!

PREVIEW PAGES

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 21

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Valiant super-team Jeff Lemire and Clayton Crain joins Valiant’s event-level epic with DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1 – the first of four essential one-shots revealing the sordid life and times of the Stalinverse’s super-powered elite! If you though our world’s Bloodshot was a calculating killing machine, just wait until the global Soviet super-state gets its tentacles into him! Plus: also in the this issue, Matt Kindt and Juan Jose Ryp reveal the origin of the Red Legend, the first of four brand-new heroes introduced in the pages of DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE that will have major ramifications on the Valiant Universe in the weeks and months to come!

Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN

DIVINITY III: KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT #1

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover B by RYAN BODENHEIM
Cover C by GREG SMALLWOOD
Character Design Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Variant Cover by KANO

He’s put down protests, led the purge of political undesirables, and executed dozens of traitors to the Soviet super-state. His name is KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT…and his existence is a hushed whisper among the terrified populace of the 21st century’s global Soviet Union. But just who is this unrelenting enforcer of state superiority… and what is the shocking truth about his power, his allegiances, and his true identity?

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Out of the pages of DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE…New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Death of X) and comics superstar Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.) present the first of four essential specials chronicling the history of the Stalinverse’s worldwide superhuman regime!

The Stalinverse isn’t an alternate reality – this is the Valiant Universe as we now know it, and, going forward, what happens in DIVINITY III will have an immense impact on the shape of all things Valiant over the coming year. The Red Legend, in particular, will be a central piece of those plans,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “This is a milestone first appearance in every sense, one that I would compare to the introduction of Valiant’s ’Wonder Woman’ or ‘Thor.’ The insanely brilliant Matt Kindt has done a masterful job crafting the creation of a new hero chiseled from the rich and untapped mythology of traditional folklore.”

For more information on The Red Legend, read writer Matt Kindt’s complete interview at The Hollywood Reporter. And look for the other three members of the Red Brigade to be revealed in the coming weeks and months!

Valiant’s first reality-shattering event explodes outward as Jeff Lemire & Clayton Crain lead KOMANDAR BLOODSHOT from DIVINITY III…and into a gut-wrenching tale of power, sacrifice, and authority that will take Valiant’s blood-stained icon to his most punishing depths yet!

PREVIEW PAGES

$3.99 US | 40 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale DECEMBER 28

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Valiant is proud to announce that DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s shocking, event-level blockbuster from the best-selling creative team of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (4001 A.D.), blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis), Harvey Award-nominated inker Ryan Winn (X-O Manowar) and master colorist David Baron (Bloodshot Reborn, Planetary), has sold out at the distributor level and will return to store shelves with the DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE SECOND PRINTING on FEBRUARY 1st!

DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 SECOND PRINTING – Cover by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic

DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1 (SECOND PRINTING)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC

At the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union were racing to the stars. But, while America was aiming for the moon, Russia had its eyes on the cosmos. In secret, they launched a three-man mission into the far reaches of space. In the depths, they discovered something Unknown. Something that…changed them. Imbued with god-like powers, the long-lost cosmonauts returned home…only to discover that their old ideology, communism, lost the war to western capitalism in the decades since their journey first began. But now they have the power to change it all…

Earth has a new god. The world you know is gone. Welcome to the Stalinverse, comrade.

PREVIEW PAGES

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On sale FEBRUARY 1st

It’s the ultimate “what-if” scenario,” series writer Matt Kindt told Entertainment Weekly. “And I think casting these heroes in the red light of a Soviet-controlled Earth doesn’t change the characters so much as it allows us to really see what makes the characters tick. What’s at their core? What is their purpose?

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Then, the event-level blockbuster of the season continues in
DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #2 (of 4) and DIVINITY III: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION #1!

On January 18th, X-O Manowar becomes the guardian of the CCCP in ARIC: SON OF THE REVOLUTION #1 – the next essential standalone epic torn straight from the heart of the Stalinverse! Acclaimed writer Joe Harris (Snowfall) and powerhouse artist CAFU (Ninjak) present a star-shattering tale of sins, secrets, and tragedy for the worldwide hero of the communist state: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION!

DIVINITY III: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION #1 – Cover A by Clayton Crain

DIVINITY III: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION #1

Written by JOE HARRIS
Art by CAFU
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover B by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover C by CAFU
Character Design Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Variant Cover by KANO

From bustling urban centers to the collective farms of the countryside, men, women, and children alike all idolize the same hero of the global Soviet republic: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION! Returned to Earth from the stars with the ultimate nuclear deterrent – the indestructible X-O Manowar armor – the champion of socialism has singlehandedly consolidated the state’s military and political superiority at home and abroad. But when a surprise attack from the Deadside shines an untoward light on the modern-day Soviet Union’s darkest secret, will Aric pursue his mission…or uphold justice for the quiet dead of an empire’s oppression?

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On January 18th, X-O Manowar explodes out of the pages of DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE and into his own armor-annihilating adventure through Valiant’s brutal new status quo! 

A star-shattering tale of sins, secrets, and tragedy await the global hero of the worldwide Communist state as Joe Harris and CAFU seize the Stalinverse,
only in DIVINTIY III: ARIC, SON OF THE REVOLUTION #1 –

featuring covers by Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.), Diego Bernard (X-O Manowar), CAFU (Imperium), Trevor Hairsine (Divinity II), and Kano (Daredevil)!

PREVIEW PAGES

$3.99 US | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale JANUARY 18

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Then, on January 25th, the Valiant Universe as we know it rages on in DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #2 (of 4)! Bear witness to the Valiant Universe’s sadistic new status quo as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (4001 A.D.) and superstar artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis) plunge Valiant’s new world order into a blood-red rebellion!

DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #2 (of 4) – Cover A by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic

DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #2 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by TOM MULLER
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
Variant Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM

Welcome to the year 2017…where the Soviet Union has spent decades as the world’s reigning superpower and the Iron Curtain now encircles a planet riddled with war, strife, and oppression. Freedom is a thing of the past in the Stalinverse… So why can’t Russian intelligence officer Colin King shake the feeling that something has gone terribly wrong? He’ll put his freedom and life on the line to uncover the truth… Even if that means finding out whatever happened to the long-missing cosmonaut Abram Adams – the one man who just might hold the key to unraveling the dystopian world of today…

VARIANT COVERS

On January 25th, be there as Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine
plunge Valiant’s new world order into a blood-red rebellion!

Conspiracy, chaos, and collateral damage await Valiant’s shocking new status quo,
only in DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #2 (of 4) –

featuring covers by Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic (Thor), Tom Muller (Wolf), Jeffrey Veregge (Red Wolf), Greg Smallwood (Moon Knight), and Adam Gorham(The Violent)!

PREVIEW PAGES

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale JANUARY 25

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Plus, a new kind of hero will rise when rising star Scott Bryan Wilson (Batman Annual) and blockbuster artist Robert Gill (Book of Death) summon the Deadside with Shadowman in DIVINITY III: SHADOWMAN & THE BATTLE OF NEW STALINGRAD #1 on February 8th!

DIVINITY III: SHADOWMAN & THE BATTLE OF NEW STALINGRAD #1 – Cover A by Clayton Crain

DIVINITY III: SHADOWMAN & THE BATTLE OF NEW STALINGRAD #1

Written by SCOTT BRYAN WILSON
Art by ROBERT GILL
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover B by MARCO RUDY
Cover C by DIEGO BERNARD
Character Design Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Variant Cover by KANO

The year is 2017…and, in the Communist-occupied streets of New York City, oppression and violence lurk in every shadow. But when the global Soviet Union targets the Statue of Liberty for destruction, there will be Hell to pay…and Jack Boniface has come to collect. As Shadowman, Jack will resurrect the sacred power of his people…and raise an army of the dead to meet the Russians where they stand. But even Shadowman’s revenant freedom force will find something to fear when the brutal Komandar Bloodshot and unstoppable Aric, Son of the Revolution arrive to crush liberty’s last sparks of life…and put down the dead forever!

To save the devastated and oppressed island of New York, Jack Boniface might just have to annihilate it first – by leading an army of Deadside-spawned monstrosities onto the streets to fight the Soviets’ super-powered shock troops wherever they stand. But freedom fighters like the one they call Shadowman seldom get the happy ending they deserve…

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This is the story of New York City actively resisting the Soviets… In the opening pages of the issue, the Soviets make a huge symbolic gesture that Shadowman and the rest of the population of New York don’t take too kindly to, which is what kicks the story off,” writer Scott Bryan Wilson told Multiversity Comics.It’s here where we explore some of Shadowman’s backstory in the Stalinverse, including what got him out of New Orleans and what got him in New York.”

On February 8th, darkness falls over America’s last bastion of freedom! Out of the shadows, a new kind of hero will rise as Scott Bryan Wilson and Robert Gill summon the Deadside in DIVINITY III: SHADOWMAN & THE BATTLE OF NEW STALINGRAD #1 – featuring covers from Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.), Marco Rudy (Uncanny X-Men), Diego Bernard (NINJAK), Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY II) and Kano (Daredevil)!

Look for more top-secret DIVINITY III one-shots detailing the redacted history of the Soviet Union’s most notorious patriots, agitators, and outcasts as the Stalinverse rewrites the Valiant Universe all winter long!

$3.99 | 32 pgs | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On Sale FEBRUARY 8

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Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC

DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #3 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by TOM MULLER
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
Variant Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM

Red rebellion!

Across continents, the world bows to the oppressive and ruthless might of the global Russian regime. Former Russian intelligence officer Colin King, however, knows that this reality is not his own. With the truth on his side, Colin King is about to mount a resistance with aid of the world’s most feared undesirables…and release the classified asset known as Abram Adams from a prison guarded by the CCCP’s greatest super powers. But when Myshka — the divinely powered enforcer of the Soviet Union — comes to crush their uprising, will the man once known as Ninjak live long enough to discover the sinister reason that the Stalinverse came to be?

VARIANT COVERS

The truth behind Valiant’s shocking new reality will finally be revealed as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (NINJAK) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY II) pull back the iron curtain and reveal the insidious mastermind who will stop at nothing to preserve this twisted world order!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 22

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Next, prepare to serve time with the Stalinverse’s newest enemies of the state in DIVINITY III: ESCAPE FROM GULAG 396 #1!  On March 15th, join rising star Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks, The Doorman) and acclaimed artist Francis Portela (Faith) as they sentence religious zealot Obadiah Archer and the unkillable libertine called Armstrong to a fate worse than death: A lifetime sentence in Gulag 396, the deadliest prison known to man. But in letting these two subversive criminal offenders into its walls, has this oppressive Gulag condemned Archer and Armstrong…or itself?

DIVINITY III: ESCAPE FROM GULAG 396 #1 – Cover A by Adam Gorham

DIVINITY III: ESCAPE FROM GULAG 396 #1

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A by ADAM GORHAM
Cover B by KHARI EVANS
Cover C by ANDRÉS GUINALDO
Character Design Variant by RYAN LEE
Variant Cover by KANO

In the Soviet-controlled world of the Stalinverse, there is a place where liberty is sentenced to die…and it’s Gulag 396. A maximum-security prison where the only escape is through death, the gulag is the final stop for all enemies and detractors of the world’s oppressive authority. But when public enemy Obadiah Archer is admitted as the latest inmate, could his gospel of goodwill and optimism be the spark that ignites a new faith in the prison’s population…including the immortal undesirable known as Aram Addi-Padda?

VARIANT COVERS

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On Sale MARCH 15

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Cover A by MONIKA PALOSZ

DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #4 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by MONIKA PALOSZ
Cover B by TOM MULLER
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
Variant Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM

The Stalinverse endures!

The world has gone red, and now the epic final confrontation begins as Divinity, Ninjak, Shadowman, Komandar Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, and the Red Brigade all choose their side on the lines of the coming battle… Wait, you think we’ll tell you how this one ends? Nyet, comrade! The universe as we know it hinges on this, so make sure you read this one first, Valianteers!

VARIANT COVERS

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On Sale MARCH 29


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Jason Bennett
Jason Bennett is PopCultHQ's senior editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. He is a big lover of coffee, cats, cooking and comics (plus all things Green Lantern). He is a strong supporter of indie comics, creators, and publishers and Chris Hardwick is his spirit animal (we don't know how to respond to that). Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TahoeJBennett

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