Well now this is different (not to mention pretty awesome). Valiant let artist Jeff Lemire go off the cuff and create an entire cover with only a ballpoint pen and a sheet of notebook paper.
Going a little bit outside the box, and that might be putting it mildly, creator/artist Jeff Lemire has crafted the variant cover for this January’s Harbinger #8 entirely with his pen and a notebook.
The issue kicks off the ‘Renegades’ storyarch for the book and takes Valiant’s superhero team down a dark path as they take the fight to the heart of evil Harbinger corporation. Putting the story to page will be writer Joshua Dysart and rising star artist Phil Briones. Lemire (who’s providing that neat-o cover art) is more than excited to be a part of things.
“Josh Dysart is one of my favorite people and favorite writers in comics. We’ve wanted to work together for a long time now, but things never seem to line up with both of our busy schedules. When I heard Josh would be a part of the incredible Valiant relaunch with Harbinger, I immediately asked editor Jody LeHeup if I could do a variant. It may not be a full comic, but at least Josh and I have finally done something together,” said Lemire.“I’m really excited about the high quality books Valiant has been putting out and it’s great to be a part of it in even this small way. I was so thrilled that Jody and the Valiant guys let me go nuts with my lo-fi ballpoint pen idea,” he added. “I had a blast!”
“Lo-fi ballpoint pen idea”- I like that.
Harbinger #8 will be on store shelves this January the 23rd for $3.99 USD. It might be a little difficult to snag one of Lemire’s variant editions, so if you see one- grab it. It’ll be the book that looks like you drew it during fifth period math class back in High School… only this one’ll actually look good.