12:20pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Valiant Announces New 'Zero Issues' for 2014
After a successful launch in 2012 and expansion in 2013, Valiant Entertainment looks set to continue to grow in 2014 with the announcement of four new "zero issue" spinoffs of existing series set for February and March.
The four special issues spin out of the monthly Archer & Armstrong, Bloodshoot and H.A.R.D. Corps, Harbinger and Quantum and Woody series, with each one revealing the background of a major character therein, courtesy of the writers of each series.
In February, Archer & Armstrong: Archer #0 focuses on the "mind-numbingly horrible childhood" of one half of the series' titular duo, courtesy of Fred Van Lente and Pere Perez, while Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps: H.A.R.D. Corps #0 lets Christos Gage, Joshua Dysart and ChrisCross follow an early mission for the operatives of Project Rising Spirit from more than a decade before the start of the current series.
If February's issues spotlight the histories of characters who already have their own series, March's two zero issues are a little bit more unusual. Quantum and Woody: The Goat #0 gives Vincent Van Goat -- yes, a genuine example of capra aegagrus hircus -- his chance to shine thanks to series writer James Asmus and Tom Fowler, who co-writes and illustrates the one-off.
That same month, Harbinger: Bleeding Monk #0 unravels some more of the mythology behind the publisher's flagship title, as the whereabouts of the mysterious advisor to the series' antagonist, Toyo Harada, are revealed (amongst other things) by Dysart and Khari Evans.
Valiant describes the two-month promotion as "essential jumping-on points" into the Valiant line that give readers a chance to "jump into the ongoing adventures of Valiant's next breakout heroes."