Having never read a Valiant comic, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this new series to the franchise. I have to say I was not disappointed.
An entirely self-contained, new reader friendly comics event spotlighting Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Geomancer, and a cast of heroes and villains from across the Valiant Universe, THE VALIANT is a visionary new adventure from three of the greatest creative talents in comics today.
The comic begins with a great introduction to the story of the Geomancers (which are basically defenders of the Earth itself) and their protector, Gilad The Eternal Warrior. Throughout time, a great evil beast comes to Earth to defeat the Geomancer, and Gilad tries and fails to defeat the evil every time. He is marked and scarred by the beast again and again as well.
After this very graphic and intriguing intro, we are introduced to a newest Geomancer, apparently from the modern day, the great grand-daughter of a famous Geomancer. She is talking to the reader, explaining how she feels with the situation she is in. The story then skips to a new location and introduces Bloodshot, an apparent rogue assassin turned good guy, helping retrieve a large crate in the middle of the pacific rim. Flash back to the female Geomancer we just met, and she is beginning to find her power.
Being only a short comic, the cliff hanger ending really pulls you in. The mini-series (4 issues long) continues the rebirth of the company that started in the late 80’s. A lot of fans are really happy about the new comics, and I see why as the new stories seem pretty great if The Valiant is anything to go by. Hopefully the next issue will be just as gripping.
The story is exceptionally written, it really pulls you in from the get go, the art work is fantastic.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this comic, it was a new thing for me, but I have become an instant fan. I especially like the fact there are tie ins with other characters in the Valiant universe, as it combines with other comic-stars stories that all make one big narrative. Well worth reading for new fans and old alike.