Valiant Debuts First Post-Revival Crossover: HARBINGER WARS
cover.The revived Valiant Entertainment has been progressing steadily since the release of X-O Manowar #1 this past May — gradually adding more titles and creators to their publishing slate, as they re-introduce many of their long-dormant properties.
You can probably guess what comes next: A crossover, specifically one between Harbinger and Bloodshot, titled Harbinger Wars.Teased late last week, Harbinger Wars starts in April 2013 and includes an eponymous four-issue miniseries co-written by Bloodshot's Duane Swierczynski & Harbinger writer Joshua Dysart, with art from Clayton Henry, recently of Archer & Armstrong. The story will also encompass four issues of Bloodshot (drawn by Barry Kitson) and Harbinger (drawn by Khari Evans) each, with 12 parts in total.
"It's the natural extension of what we've been doing in the books for about a year," Valiant executive editor Warren Simons told Newsarama. "When Bloodshot first launched, I told everyone at the time that the first couple of pages were going to have massive repercussions across the rest of the Valiant Universe. This is really a natural evolution of where Bloodshot and Harbinger both have gone, and where the stories have taken us."
"Ultimately what the repercussions are, and where we leave the book, certainly will have ramifications with the Valiant Universe," Simons said, while stressing that each of the crossover's three sections can be read individually, and that the publisher values "accessibility" within their line.
cover.Though Henry spent several years working at Marvel, this is his first time illustrating a major crossover story. Simons sees it consistent with what he dubs a Moneyball-type approach at Valiant.
"Going after incredibly talented guys who may be undiscovered, or haven't played as big a role at companies as we thought they were capable of," Simons said, describing the company's philosophy towards creators. "Our goal up here is to really just find the best talent available, to bring new talent up, to continue to elevate talent that we feel other people may not have recognized, but we feel think the world of."
Specifically, Simons views Henry as a stylistically appropriate choice due to the nature of the story.
"A lot of Harbinger Wars will be about these children and young adults who have these extraordinary powers," Simons said. "I think Clayton's an exceptional artist at drawing that type of stuff. He has an incredible control and command of his characters, and how they act. I think he's a natural fit for this."
"Part of the strength of the Valiant Universe is that it is a shared universe," Simons said. "What happens at Harada Global Conglomerate in Harbinger might effect what happens at Project Rising Spirit in Bloodshot. We do have a shared universe, and we feel like it's a really great thing to leverage the characters off of each other."Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!