The Summer of Valiant!
I was excited when I heard Valiant Comics was returning but not even I could have predicted how wonderful these books would be. Sure, they were known for quality art and writing and often heralded as the best of the 90's but, there was that time, not so long ago when Aklaim took a stab at bringing the Valiant titles back and left most of us, if not all of us, disillusioned. So there was some skepticism. I'm very happy to say, it was unneeded. What the guys and gals over at Valiant Comics have done is nothing short of a miracle!
In a period where so many comic companies are struggling to stay alive and thus are constantly re-inventing themselves and characters in one fashion or another (and failing miserably) Valiant has not only managed to successfully re-invent themselves and their characters but also put incredible teams on their comics!
The art is amazing and superior to many other comics, it also tells the story without the words, the way sequential art should! But on top of great art is equally great writing! From the moment you open the #1 issue of any Valiant book you are trapped; mesmerized; encapsulated by the epic tales they are telling! Unlike other companies who have for the past decade or so relied on grand universe spanning "Events" Valiant has chosen to focus on characters rather than events! Not that there isn't an event coming, or so promises the many blurbs out there about what to expect.
They have thus chosen to unite their universe of characters without alienating the reader by making the Valiant world cohesive enough for a day dreaming couch potato as well as detailed and interesting enough for the keenest of geeks!
I can't say enough about how wonderful it is to be engaged in monthly comics again. As a writer of comics myself, the level of quality coming out of Valiant is the mark of excellence I want to meet. The bar has been set. Ladies and gentlemen, let the games begin!
Long Live Valiant!