3:50pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Valiant Entertainment Unveils Two New Comic Book Series
Ahead of next week's San Diego Comic-Con, Valiant Entertainment held its own #ValiantSummit at the San Francisco headquarters of Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, announcing two new series to launch later this year.
Broadcast via Twitter's Periscope live stream, the first #ValiantSummit featured creators Robert Venditti and Jen Van Meter, editor-in-chief Warren Simons and company CEO Dinesh Shamdasani discussing the history of the publisher — which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a five-picture deal with Sony Pictures — before revealing the first issue of Valiant's summer event Book of Death is officially the highest-selling book in the company's history, with 70,000 orders to date. (A new trailer was also debuted for the series, which can be seen at the end of the post.)
Both Venditti and Van Meter were present at the event to talk about new projects. Van Meter will be writing a new mini-series called The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives, a December-launching follow-up to her critically-acclaimed The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage mini from earlier this year. Describing it as a "lighter" series than its predecessor, it sees Van Meter and artist Robert De La Torre tell the next chapter in the life of the eponymous supernatural adventurer and her ghostly husband, recently returned from the afterlife.
Venditti's new series similarly follows up on earlier material, with Wrath of the Eternal Warrior focusing on Gilad, an immortal character who has appeared in The Valiant, Unity and the upcoming Book of Death, as events in the latter series push him away from Earth and into an unfamiliar alien landscape. This ongoing series will launch in November.
#ValiantSummit is the first of two pre-Comic-Con events this week; Image Comics' sixth Image Expo takes place, also in San Francisco, on Thursday.