Like DC Comics’ “New 52”, Valiant Comics begins its own reboot with the return of primary superhero X-O Manowar in May with Robert Venditti penning its first issue after a decade-long hiatus.
“Valiant has always been known as a publisher that features strong characters and solid, thought-provoking stories” the writer stated last Tuesday in his interview with Comic Book Resources. “There’s always an audience for that kind of material. Like Warren [Simons, Valiant’s executive editor] says, it isn’t a question of ‘Why now?’ so much as ‘Why hasn’t it already been brought back yet?'”
Selling over eight million copies, X-O Manowar has been following the adventures of Aric of Dacia, a Visigoth warrior born during the Roman era who was kidnapped by aliens. During his captivity, he puts on an advanced armor, which led to his escape and his return to Earth … in the 20th century.
“What the original Valiant did so well and we’re working hard to do again is embrace the super-hero aspects of our universe, but we also push our characters to be more than just men and women in capes and tights” Valiant chief creative officer Dinesh Shamdasani said. “We aim to give the reader an adrenaline-fueled super-hero comic book the likes of which they can’t get anywhere else.”
More on X-O Manowar can be found on the official Valiant Entertainment site at www.valiantentertainment.com