[Preview] Valiant’s SECRET WEAPONS #1 & RAPTURE #1 Second Printings Coming in August, Preview SECRET WEAPONS #2 & RAPTURE #3

Valiant’s Sold-Out SECRET WEAPONS #1 Ranks as 2017’s Best-Selling Independent Limited Series,
Returns with Second Printing on July 19th

Plus: Sold-Out RAPTURE #1 Also Set to Return with Second Printing on August 9th

Valiant is proud to announce that SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of THE MUST-READ NEW SERIES from Academy Award nominee Eric Heisserer (screenwriter of ARRIVAL) and visionary artist Raul Allen (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) with Patricia Martin (BLOODSHOT REBORN) – has sold out of its 36,000 copy print run at the distributor level, cementing the hotly anticipated new title’s status as the year’s best-selling limited series from any independent publisher. SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4) is the second major Valiant title to reach record-setting status this year and joins Matt Kindt and Tomas Giorello‘s X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 – which secured the title of the best-selling independent debut with more than 90,000 copies sold upon its initial release in March – as one of the most successful non-Big Two series of 2017.

Now, the sold-out debut of the series launching Livewire and her extraordinary team of new recruits to the forefront of the Valiant Universe is slated to return on July 19th with the SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING – available for immediate order from comic shop retailers everywhere!


Art & Cover by RAUL ALLEN (MAY178057)

The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rex-O seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…


After months of anticipation, jump on board here to find out why SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4) has rocketed to the top of the charts to present a stunning introduction to the most critically acclaimed line of superhero and science fiction titles in comics today:

Accessible [and] grounded… An endearing, visually thoughtful debut.” – Paste Magazine

✮✮✮✮✮… [SECRET WEAPONS] succeeds on every major level…coming out of nowhere and dominating from the start with a creative team that you never knew was a dream collaboration.” – Comic Bastards

[SECRET WEAPONS] could shake up comics… [Livewire] is the ideal character for [Heisserer] to focus on after his Academy Award-nominated ARRIVAL screenplay.” – The Hollywood Reporter

✮✮✮✮… Deft and heartfelt… A fascinating and emotional start.” – Multiversity Comics

[SECRET WEAPONS] looks amazing.” – Entertainment Weekly

✮✮✮✮½… Thrilling [and] often hilarious… A charming, heartfelt debut that also just happens to be a blast to read.” – Newsarama

Some of [Heisserer’s] most ambitious work.” – MTV

✮✮✮✮… [An] engrossing visual tale… Genuinely engaging.” – IGN

[Heisserer] is set to make a splash in the comic book world.” – SyFy Wire

Discover the comic book tour de force that has captured the imagination of fans and critics worldwide on July 19th as the best-selling independent limited series of 2017 returns to store shelves everywhere, only in the SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4) SECOND PRINTING!

THEN: Also, in stores on July 19th, the year’s most spectacular journey continues on in SECRET WEAPONS #2 (of 4) – the next astonishing chapter of Valiant’s sold-out smash hit! Determined to succeed where the Harbinger Foundation failed, Livewire has brought together a new band of psiots defined by their arcane and at-times cryptic abilities…and, together, they’ll show the world just how powerful a secret weapon can be!

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PLUS: Valiant’s spellbinding standalone event also returns to shelves everywhere on August 9th for the RAPTURE #1 SECOND PRINTING! New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and explosive artist CAFU (RAI) unite MI-6’s master assassin Ninjak and the fallen hero known as Shadowman for a harrowing journey into the Deadside…where the very fate of the Valiant Universe lies at the mercy of an ancient evil with an unspeakable connection to the origin of the Shadowman loa itself!


Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover by MICO SUAYAN (MAY178909)

On a scarred landscape, two otherworldly armies prepare to battle one last time, vying for control of a massive tower named from an ancient language no longer permitted to be spoken. One army is led by a primeval force named Babel, whose goal is singular: to breach “Heaven” no matter the cost. The only thing standing in his way is a gray-haired barbaric warrior, filled with rage and regret, a man who sees this battle as his last chance for redemption. But he knows his depleted forces have little chance of victory unless aid comes. Enter Tama: A 12-year old girl on the crest of a hill overlooking the battle, who has just become humanity’s only hope. The last in an ancient line of mystics who protect the Earth, she has foreseen this battle and knows millions will perish if she’s unable to stop it. Now Tama and her ragtag team of malcontents – Ninjak, Shadowman and Punk Mambo – must somehow defeat an elder god hell bent on piercing the heavens.

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 9th (FOC – 7/17/17)

Shadowman’s dark and lonely road back to the forefront of the Valiant Universe starts right here in the pages of Valiant’s first fantasy-fueled standalone event, only in the RAPTURE #1 SECOND PRINTING – on sale August 9th!


Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN (MAY171963)
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (MAY171965)
Variant Cover by BEN TEMPLESMITH (MAY171966)

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer, writer of the international sensation Arrival, joins forces with Harvey Award-nominated artist Raúl Allén (Wrath of the Eternal Warrior) for the next electrifying chapter in Valiant’s latest prestige format epic!



SECRET WEAPONS #2 (of 4) – Interior Artwork by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On Sale JULY 19th (FOC – 6/26/17)


Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN (JUN172080)
Cover B by AFUA RICHARDSON (JUN172081)
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (JUN172082)
Variant Cover by DAVID MACK (JUN172083)

Team Spirits! Class is in session, and Amanda Mckee-the superpowered technopath known as Livewire-is here to show her unconventional class of recruits what it really takes to be a hero! And Lesson #1 is… teamwork! But as these once-abandoned psiots put their pain behind them and become a fully functioning unit, an even deadlier set of challenges rises to meet them! And when Livewire gets one step closer to the answers behind Rex-O, she’ll that the truth costs more than she bargained for! Take notes, because Academy Award nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and Harvey Award nominated artist Raúl Allén (Wrath of the Eternal Warrior) show the true meaning of heroism right here as Valiant’s astonishing Prestige Format adventure charges into its penultimate lesson!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 16th (FOC – 7/24/17)

RAPTURE #3 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (MAY171976)
Cover B by J.G. JONES (MAY171977)
Character Design Variant by RYAN LEE (MAY171979)
Variant Cover by FELIPE MASSAFERA (MAY171980)
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN (MAY171981)
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available (MAY171978)

Beware the lords of the Deadside!

Ninjak and Shadowman have launched an all-out assault against Babel – the ancient being determined to breach heaven – on the dark and decaying battlefields of the Deadside. But are the combined might of sword and shadow enough to stop this biblical force of nature…or will they need the help of an ancient and weary warrior whose power transcends their understanding? And as oblivion inches ever closer to Earth, Tama the Geomancer and Punk Mambo must step out of the darkness and halt Babel’s forces from infiltrating the land of the living as Valiant’s Shadowman-driven standalone event fight on!


RAPTURE #3 (of 4) – Interior Artwork by CAFU with Andrew Dalhouse

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 19th (FOC 6/26/17)

Publisher – Valiant Entertainment






*** info courtesy of Valiant Entertainment

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