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Grandpa Grimm

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Reverend Meteor

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Subj: Re: The Valiant Universe
Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 at 09:52:17 am EDT (Viewed 730 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Reading mostly Independents?
Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 at 11:51:00 am EDT (Viewed 703 times)

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    I did a couple years ago. No regrets. I follow 2 titles from Marvel. A few from DC. The majority of my reading is indie work. Valiant gets most of my attention. I also get books from Image, Dynamite, IDW and a couple more. It runs the gamut of superheroes to crime noir. One new publisher I'm excited about is Lion Forge and their Catalyst Prime Universe. Creating a new line of superhero books with titles like Accell, Noble and Superb. All of these are original, diverse characters without being knock offs of originals. Reminds me of what the Valiant publisher started a few years back so its exciting to be in with both these publishers from the start.
    I'm guessing the book Noble that you are following comes from Lion Forge, too? Really enjoying that one! He's a really sympathetic and dangerous individual that makes you root for him, but wonder if the government agents trying to track him down might be in the right (Just a little bit) just because of how imposingly powerful he is. There's just something fresh about this character and the others Lion Forge is creating while still keeping it superhero themed.

What would you say are the good Valiant titles?

Valiant's an interesting line whereas they have a group of core heroes with monthly sustainability. When they have a story to tell with some of the satellite characters of their universe they publish those. Sometimes co starring their more popular characters like Ninjak or Bloodshot. They do not overextend their creative line or characters and try to keep it quality over quantity. Usually, they succeed.
Books I am following now are:
Ninjak. If you took ingredients of Batman, James Bond, an army of ninjas and a samurai and mixed them all together you get Ninjak. Espionage and superhero action combined with fine character development. Ninjak #0 is ourt right now which gives a great reintro to the character and its next series run Ninja-K.
Faith and the Future Force-Faith is a non traditional character with gravity control powers. Twentysomething young lady trying to make it in Hollywood as a superheroine and writer for a publishing magazine. She's not a typical heroine where she's never going to be considered a hard body supermodel which is refreshing. I'm sure she's a hit with the younger readers and not a character I normally identify with these days in my mid 50's but the title is well written and well drawn, usually its refreshingly optimistic and some one you root for. The book was originally just titled Faith but at the moment she is involved with the Renegades. A team book of young psiot powered characters I am also reading that has just suffered a major loss to their ranks after a devastating confrontation with a paranormal hunting government agency.
Here's a link to the Vailant website which will give you a great rundown of their books and characters.

Other characters and books I really enjoy are Bloodshot series, Eternal Warrior series, XO Man-O-War, the Divinity series (Start with the first trade if you ever decide to pick up) and very excited for the return of Quantum and Woody.
One series I've been following, too is Secret Weapons. I like it but it has not been as good as its press in my opinion. Rapture is a limited series that just ended and I felt was excellent. Starring Ninjak, Punk Mambo, the ShadowMan, Tama, the GeoMancer (a key character throughout the Valiant U's history) and a new character called Rex the Razor vs an Elder God named Babel.
As you can tell, I really like Valiant.

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