September 18, 2013 9:12am PT by Graeme McMillan
Valiant Releases 'Fully-Animated' Cover for 'Unity' #1 (Exclusive Video)
Since the company's re-emergence into the comic book marketplace last year, Valiant Entertainment has enjoyed success with variant covers that play with the idea of what a cover can be. Take, for example, the talking comic book covers that relaunched the line, using QR technology to let the cover "speak" to you -- or November's Unity #1, which will offer a fully animated 8-bit cover.
The cover has been created by the team CineFix's 8-Bit Cinema, and actually exists in two very different incarnations: The first is a traditional 2D printed cover featuring the characters from Unity watching television -- but any smartphone with a QR reader can use that image to unlock a second, animated version of the cover that tells the origin of the book's concept in under three minutes (You can see the video for yourself below).
Unity is the first time characters from Valiant's other series have teamed up on an ongoing basis, Avengers-style. Written by Matt Kindt with art by Doug Braithwaite, the series features Toyo Harada -- the villain of the regular Harbinger series -- gathering together a team of supporting characters from Archer & Armstrong and other titles to go up against X-O Manowar as the result of current events in the monthly X-O Manowar comic.
This isn't, however, the first time Valiant has played with the 8-bit aesthetic. In April, the publisher celebrated the launch of an 8-bit game based on its Harbinger Wars series with 8-bit styled covers, with a second wave to be published next month. In many ways, Unity's cover is the culmination of this months-long path -- well, until we get a full-length 8-bit animated series based on the comic, of course.
Unity debuts on November 13th, in comic stores and digitally.