July 11, 2014 12:32pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Jeff Lemire, Paolo Rivera, Matt Kindt Team For 'The Valiant'
The mythology of Valiant Entertainment’s fictional universe expands millennia into the past and, as issues of the Eternal Warrior series demonstrated, into the future as well. Come December, a newly-announced four-part series titled, simply, The Valiant will explore that expanse.
Created by Matt Kindt—who currently writes both Rai and Unity for the publisher—in conjunction with DC veteran Jeff Lemire and Paolo Rivera, best known for his work on Marvel’s Daredevil, The Valiant brings together characters from multiple Valiant series to confront what the publisher describes as “a monstrous force of nature [and] civilization killer.”
“It's a huge thrill for me to now step into the Valiant Universe in a big way with the upcoming four-issue series,” Lemire said in a statement accompanying the announcement of the series. The Valiant, he said, would “not only serve as a great entry point for brand new readers to Valiant, but also enrich the existing universe and shake it up dramatically moving forward.”
“One of the major things that brought me to this project was the epic scale,” added Rivera. “Most of the stories I've worked on, even when action-packed, have been on the level of individuals. While our main characters are still the heart, this story spans epochs and realms, with consequences that, quite literally, affect the entire Earth.”
The series has been compared to DC’s Kingdom Come in terms of prestige, suggesting that it is being created as an essentially standalone work that could be used as a gateway into the larger Valiant line; while the relaunched Valiant line has been receiving many critical plaudits since its 2012 debut, it has maintained a tight continuity across the entire line that could possibly make it seem less inviting to new readers.
The Valiant will be available in comic book stores and digitally this December.