This year Valiant Entertainment is celebrating its 25th anniversary and they’re pulling out all the stops this May. Starting with Free Comic Book Day they are giving out the Valiant 25th Anniversary Special and will continue the celebration for months to come with all-new new releases across Valiant’s monthly properties in print and digital, hardcover and trade paperback catalog, and roster of licensed merchandise.
“Valiant has always been about creating stories that will stand the test of time 25 years from now, not reflecting on the successes of 25 years ago,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “As a member of the Valiant team across more than two decades, I can say that our 25th anniversary is an incredibly exciting turning point for us as one of the premier storytelling companies in comics. All summer long, we’ll be revealing glimpses of where Valiant is headed next with special initiatives in print, digital, and licensing for one of our largest and most coordinated efforts to date.”“Even after two decades, many of the innovations Valiant brought to the industry shortly after its arrival in 1990 continue to be felt today,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “For the 25th anniversary, we’re celebrating that spirit of creative freedom that made Valiant such an influential force in the first place, and honoring those that made it possible for us to continue the mission of making the best superhero comics in the industry.“Each year, we always make it known to fans and retailers that they can expect something big from Valiant on Free Comic Book Day,” he added. “Rarely are there occasions bigger than the 25th anniversary of one of the most iconic publishers in comics history. Kicking off with our Free Comic Book Day release, and continuing throughout the summer, we’re going to make Valiant’s 25th year its most exciting to date. Titles like BLOODSHOT REBORN, NINJAK, IMPERIUM, and DIVINITY are only the beginning. All summer long, we’ll be revealing a slew of surprises spinning out of our silver anniversary plans.”
The Valiant 25th Anniversary Special will feature two all-new stories packed with plenty of special features. The first, story comes from Jeff Lemire and artist Butch Guice chronicling the devastating fallout of The Valiant which serves as an all new prelude for Bloodshot Reborn. The second story comes from Robert Venditti and artist Rafa Sandoval following X-O Manowar with an all new tale from the latest story arc, Dead Hand.
After Free Comic Book Day, their first big release for their celebration plans is the Valiant Universe Handbook: 2015 Edition spotlighting everything you need to know about Valiant’s universe and the heroes that make it up.
Next, Valiant Zeroes & Origins will collect all of Valiant’s zero issues such as X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, and more.
Finally Rafa Sandoval will be creating Valiant 25th Anniversary variant covers showcasing a variety of heroes and villains from across Valiant’s 25 years. These variant covers will be featured on Valiant’s hottest titles throughout the summer.
Check out preview art for the Valiant 25th Anniversary celebration below!