As announced at Comic Book Resources, Jeff Lemire is coming to Valiant for his first written work, co-written with Matt Kindt and illustrated by Paolo Rivera. Entitled “The Valiant,” the book is a four-issue prestige style series that brings together the Eternal Warrior, Bloodshot and the new Geomancer Kay McHenry as they go up against a universe-threatening villain named The Immortal Enemy. Fans of the Eternal Warrior will no doubt remember the Immortal Enemy, a villain who could reincarnate throughout different ages always with the same nefarious plans of domination and destruction, though there was always someone there to defeat him — and that’s where Lemire comes in.
The book will span most the entirety of the Valiant Universe and its history as it stands today, back to the “dawn of the universe, to the very seeds of it centuries ago all the way up to the modern day.” It sounds like a primer of the Valiant Universe mixed in with an epic battle of good and evil, and while it mainly features Bloodshot, Geomancer and the Eternal Warrior, fans should expect many of Valiant’s characters to appear (such as Armstrong, who is on the cover above). Lemire also notes that this will also tie into what Kindt is doing with “Unity,” as the Eternal Warrior is a part of that team so you can expect to see them pop up.
It’s noted that while this is somewhat of an event, it’s not an event in the traditional modern terms — there will be no tie-ins, no ancillary issues, and everything is contained to the four issue series. Lemire also promises that this will be a big status quo challenger in the way that all company-wide events offer shake-ups. However, given the smaller stature and more controlled publishing line at Valiant, you could expect those words to hold a bit more gravitas than your average event-given platitudes.
“The Valiant” begins in December.