Nice art: The Valiant #1 by Lemire, Kindt and Rivera

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The dynamic duo of Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt seems to have set up shop for some of their non-creator owned work at Valiant Comics, and new they’re joined by Paolo Rivera for The Valiant, a new four issue prestige mini-series. An they’ve got Franceso Francavilla doing variant covers as well—along with Kindt and Lemire—so it’s a nice art-a-palooza. It’s nice to see Valiant stepping out with new titles, and especially great to see Rivera back on interior art—he’s best known for his impressive MArvel covers but since stepping back from that we haven’t seen nearly enough of his stylish art around.

SDCC ’14: Dysart, Kindt, Simons, and Venditti on Valiant’s Current Direction

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By Alexander Jones Valiant is an incredibly dynamic and interesting superhero publisher that isn’t afraid to take risk after risk with their properties. Comics Beat had the opportunity to sit down with some of the brightest minds working at the comics company including Joshua Dysart (Harbinger: Armor Hunters & Harbinger: Omegas), Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar […]

Uniting and Dividing The Valiant Universe with Matt Kindt [Interview]

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Valiant’s relaunch has been an incredible success, but what’s been most interesting is that the company have been able to balance commercial success with creative success. If you look at reviews for any of their titles, you’ll find that the reaction to every single one has been positive. And that goes for their newest launch, […]

Looking at the New Marvel Knights

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by Jeffrey O. Gustafson The on-again off-again imprint Marvel Knights played a very important role in the current Marvel Entertainment empire. Started in the late 1990s as an outlet for telling edgier, more creator-focused stories within the larger Marvel Universe, the line proved to be the high-water mark of innovation and creativity in an otherwise […]

Valiant’s Unity #1 debuts with a 68,500 print run, #2 & #3 are returnable

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UNITY Is Valiant’s big BIG book of the year and they’ve just announced the first issue will have a 68,500 copy print run. The first issue—which feature a line wide crossover written by the man of the moment Matt Kindt with art by Doug Braithwaite—is returnable, and they’ve just announced that issues 2 and 3 […]

Reviewed! Every Issue of Villains Month – the final issues

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There are no new issues of Villain’s Month left from DC, and business goes back to business this week. But there were six issues which slipped through my new previously, and I’ve now gone back to review them all. It’s over! Villains Month has been conquered! Here are the final reviews, which include facial mutilation, […]

Reviewed! Every Issue of Villains Month, Week Four

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Week four wraps up the review copies, with another slightly-uninspiring collection of comics. The first two weeks definitely felt a little stronger, or perhaps that’s just a side-effect from me reading fifty-odd issues of murder and horror in a row. It’s a little desensitising! There’s more set-up for the Arkham War crossover this week, as […]

Marvel Announce Pixie-Featuring Miniseries “Inhumanity: The Awakening”

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Marvel have announced a new miniseries from writer Matt Kindt and artist Paul Davidson for December, called ‘Inhumanity: The Awakening’. Obviously tying in to Matt Fraction and Joe Mad’s new Inhuman series, this miniseries has Pixie on the cover, so what are we even doing wasting time sitting here on The Beat when we could […]

Valiant: Unity Unveiled, Returnability Revealed, and Further Alliteration

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Valiant have sent round a few press releases this week, each clarifying more detail about their upcoming Unity storyline. Formerly thought to be a major crossover event, then a miniseries, and now revealed as a new ongoing team-up book; the company have also announced a number of variant covers and that the book will be […]

Valiant Announce Unity’s Creative Team; Two More Valiant-Exclusive Creators

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Valiant have announced the creative team – and some further details – for Unity, their first crossover event of the new launch. Starting in November, the book will be written by Matt Kindt, drawn by Doug Braithwaite, and coloured by Brian Reber.

Matt Kindt and Steven Sanders Team Up for Marvel Miniseries

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Thrillingly, two of the best minds in comics will be teaming up this September for a new four-issue Marvel miniseries, called Infinity: The Hunt. Announced on CBR, this appears to be a contest comic similar to Avengers Arena, only without all that Tumblr-scarring murder.

On the Scene: Valiant Reveals Game Plan at Heroes Con 2013

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Valiant gathered their ranks and hoisted their banners at Heroes Con to lay out the game plan well into their “Summer of Valiant” and beyond for fans. In a panel hosting a wide array of writers, artists, and guiding forces in the company, they previewed and discussed their titles and hinted at things on the […]

On the Scene: Denver Comic Con 2013, Pioneering Souls in Artists Valley

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The floorspace for Artists Valley at Denver Comic Con was expansive, and positioned between the vendor and publisher areas in the front and the celebrity signing booths and food court at the back. It was almost arranged like a centrepiece, and to judge from the ethos of the con, that was intentional. A wide range […]

Is Dark Horse Entering a Golden Age?

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Dark Horse appears to be increasing their list of titles at a gradual but steady pace, with some laudable caution but what seems to be a specific agenda to build on their successes rather than simply allowing those successes to maintain their reputation over time. Many readers have been following the publisher’s works since their […]

MEGA-INTERVIEW with Matt Kindt: ‘find the territory that nobody has staked out yet’

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Interviewing Matt Kindt at WonderCon brought with it some unusual circumstances. Just prior to speaking to Kindt, I had the opportunity to hear him talk about his career history in a mammoth 90 minute panel interview, which I later covered for The Beat. This posed a serious question: what could I possibly ask him about […]

On the Scene: WonderCon 2013, Matt Kindt on MIND MGMT and Being Happy

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You’d be forgiven if you think of Matt Kindt as a breakaway success, since the “slow and steady” approach that’s defined his career so far looks like a sprint to the finish line with the explosive success of MIND MGMT from Dark Horse. Educator and author Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology) sat down with Kindt […]