12:00pm PT by Graeme McMillan
New 'Faith' Comic Book Leads 'The Future of Valiant' (Exclusive Artwork)
Valiant Entertainment's 2016 started with the critically acclaimed Faith miniseries bringing in a whole new audience for the upstart publisher — and the character's upcoming ongoing series leads the way for a new raft of titles pointing towards The Future of Valiant.
Announced during Tuesday's #ValiantSummer2016 event, live-streamed from New York City's UCB Theatre, the new Faith series — which The Hollywood Reporter has exclusive art from, below — is the first of seven new launches across the second half of the year, including the return of one of the company's core series, the next chapter in the Divinity storyline, a brand-new event and some all-new concepts, all under The Future of Valiant banner.
"In just a short time, Valiant has established itself as the industry's best reviewed publisher and a creative force to be reckoned with," company CEO and chief creative officer Dinesh Shamdasani said in a statement. "Now, with The Future of Valiant, we're taking the mission of creating the best comics possible even further, and expanding with astonishing new concepts, a bold lineup of new characters and one of the most talented rosters of creative talent working anywhere today."
The seven new series that make up the promotion include:
Faith by Jody Houser, Pere Perez and Marguerite Sauvage: Following the successful miniseries, Houser and Sauvage return for the new ongoing series with Perez joining the team, as Faith continues to try to live her superhero dream in Los Angeles. (Ongoing, July) THR has the exclusive opening pages of the issue:
Generation Zero by Fred Van Lente and Francis Portela: Teenagers raised to be living weapons as part of a military program find a new purpose after escaping from their captors — protecting kids from a world that doesn't understand them. And in one Michigan town, that could turn out to be harder than it seems. (Ongoing, August)
Britannia by Peter Milligan and Juan Jose Ryp: In 65 A.D., Antonius Axia — Rome's finest investigator — arrives at the outpost that will one day become the United Kingdom to investigate mysterious goings-on that will test his very definitions of reality and limits of his sanity. (Four-issue miniseries, September)
Bloodshot U.S.A. by Jeff Lemire and Doug Braithwaite: New York City has to deal with a new threat — an airborne virus that turns everyone who comes into contact with it into an unstoppable killing machine. Only one man can prevent the Big Apple from being eaten from the inside: Bloodshot, the original test subject for the virus. (Four-issue miniseries, October)
Harbinger: Renegades by Rafer Roberts and Darick Robertson: Valiant's original super-team reunites as America tries to come to terms with attempts to activate new "psiots" (super-powered beings whose abilities need a jumpstart from an outside source), creating an increased atmosphere of fear and paranoia. (Ongoing, November)
Savage by B. Clay Moore, Clayton Henry and Lewis LaRosa: Despite what the world believes, the disappearance of a jet carrying the world's most famous soccer star and his supermodel wife wasn't because they died — they're just stranded on an island no one knows about, filled with dinosaurs and forced to embrace their inner savages. (Four-issue miniseries, November)
Divinity III: Stalinverse by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine: Details about this series are scarce as to not spoil the currently ongoing Divinity II, but the tagline for series is, "Earth has a new god. The world you know is gone. Welcome to the Stalinverse, comrade." (Four-issue miniseries, December)