Thursday, January 22, 2015

SWEET AS: The Top 4 From Valiant's April 2015 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Valiant's April 2015 solicits, these four make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH:  BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 An all-new ongoing series for Valiant’s most unrelenting hero!

Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served Project Rising Spirit – a private contractor trafficking in violence – very well.

Now, Bloodshot is a shadow of his former self. He lives in self-imposed exile, reeling from the consequences of his past life and the recent events that nearly drove him mad. But when a rash of shootings by gunmen who appear to look just like Bloodshot begin, his guilt will send him on a mission to stop the killers, even if it means diving headlong into the violence that nearly destroyed him. 40 pgs (A) Mico Suayan and Jeff Lemire (W) Jeff Lemire


DIVINITY #3 (of 4) The sci-fi saga of 2015 continues. A being with the power of a god roams free in the Australian Outback, bringing life to the barren wasteland and making him a hero to natives who live there and the visitors that have sought him out. 

But can the global superpowers of Earth rely on this long lost cosmonaut not to abuse his seemingly limitless power? 'Divinity' will put that to the test when he discovers what became of the life he left behind…and the family he once knew. (W) Matt Kindt (A) Trevor Hairsine

X-O MANOWAR #35 Dead Hand Pt2 In the far reaches of space, the ultimate fail-safe of an extinct alien race has finally counted down to zero…and the robot army called Dead Hand has been activated. Soulless and brutal, this billion strong legion is the phantom army of a dead world…and it will cleanse the universe by any means necessary.

Soon, Aric of Dacia will be forced to confront the secrets that have pushed him to the terrible turning point that is DEAD HAND…and battle a single-minded killing machine unlike any he has seen before! Outmatched and vastly outnumbered, how can Aric stop something so unstoppable? (W) Robert Venditti (A) Diego Bernard

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME:  NINJAK #2 Hunted by the Shadow Seven! International financier Colin King hasn’t just come to Tokyo to take the club scene by storm. As the covert MI-6 operative codenamed Ninjak, he’s also tracking down the men who trained him to be a lethal weapon…men who have now aligned with the cybernetic crime cartel Webnet! But how do you detect undetectable killers? It’s all-out ninja-versus-ninja warfare as the deadliest men and women of five continents converge on Tokyo for a blood-spattered blowout!

Don’t miss the second 40-page issue of Ninjak’s shocking ongoing series, also featuring an all-new instalment of Ninjak’s never-before-revealed origin! 40 pgs (W) Matt Kindt (A) Clay Mann and Butch Guice.

 What do you think?  For the full list of Valiant's April 2015 solicitations, click the jump.


  1. That Divinity one sounds very intrgiuing. Hell the cover alone is beautifully drawn.

    The Dead Hand Army though? I hate to be one of "those guys", but it sounds like a recycled Green Lantern idea to me. Actually the whole concept sounds a lot like the Manhunters from GL lore. Again, not trying to be shitty, just seems already been there, done that to me.
    The rest looks solid though, especially Bloodshot.
    I no longer have the benefits of a LCS, so it's off to out of town for me if I want my comics fix, especilly checking these out.

    1. Welcome to my world senior Dale - I have to go out of town for comics too. Luckilly my LCS offers postage services or I'd be sunk!

      It must be hard creating something in comics without people going 'that sounds like...' - remember how it was in the early Image days? I did it myself with the Dead Hand thing too, except I thought given the timing of the books and the words 'soulless and brutal' opposition to all life was pretty close to Ultron, soon to be a household name thanks to a movie theatre near you.

      All I can say though is X-O Manowar is incredible right now and it twists everything. Right now they are re-introducing the Armorines, and while I kinda wanted to rush past this story to get to something more exciting, they have done it so well, the issue has left me with a sense of 'holy sh!t' when I shut the page.

      The goddamn Armorines for Pete's sake!

  2. I have this dream that all comic books are written by Matt Kindt, BKV, and Fraction. But then I wake up and cry.

    1. Yeah I sometimes have that dream about my favourite creators too Random, then I wake up and I've drawn Mike Deodato's Wonder Woman all over my wall, slugging it out with JRJr's Daredevil and scribbled in between are cosmic one-liners like Grant Morrison throws in.

    2. I'm afraid I'll need photos as proof.