Adam Pollina. Now there’s a name I haven’t heard in awhile. Pollina’s probably not drawn a full issue of anything for close to 10 years. That’s changing as Pollina is set to draw Secret Weapons #0 in January. Written by Valiant’s Oscar nominee, Eric Heisserer, the issue will be a prequel of sort to the mini-series and feature the origins of Nikki Finch, the misfit psiot (think mutant) who talks to birds. Since it’s been awhile since anyone’s seen Pollina interiors, Valiant has passed on 7 pages of pencil art, so scroll down.
Official PR follows and then a lot of art:
Valiant is proud to announce SECRET WEAPONS #0 – an all-new, standalone prelude to the year’s best-selling independent limited series from Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and legendary artist Adam Pollina (X-Force)! Before the fall of the Harbinger Foundation… Before the opening pages of SECRET WEAPONS #1… An essential new chapter in the Harbinger mythos will soon be revealed as Nikki Finch – a future founding member of Livewire’s squadron of misfit telekinetics – relives the never-before-told saga of her recruitment and activation at the hands of Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation in a must-read standalone special from two of Valiant’s most accomplished storytellers!Meet high school senior Nikki Finch… She’s a gifted athlete with an unusual set of medical ailments and high-aptitude test scores that have drawn the attention of an obscure and little-known NGO calling itself the Harbinger Foundation. With seemingly limitless resources at its disposal, the Harbinger Foundation has just offered Nikki a place in their newest class of recruits for a prestigious, but secretive, mission: to unlock her hidden potential via the invasive, dangerous and often deadly process known as “psiot activation.”If they succeed, Nikki could become an extraordinary example of Toyo Harada’s vision for the future of post-human biological superiority. If they fail, she’ll likely die on the operating table…or be locked away for future study in the mysterious research facility only known as The Willows…Told in an poetic storytelling style chronicling the most formative year of Nikki’s life one week – and one panel – at a time, the New Year’s most surprising and poignant superhero origin starts here on January 3rd with an all-new introduction to the world of SECRET WEAPONS, the breakout series that has earned acclaim and accolades from all corners of the globe:
“✮✮✮✮✮… SECRET WEAPONS [is] like nothing else on the stands right now… A tremendous highlight for Valiant, and should not be missed.” – Newsarama
“✮✮✮✮✮… A multi-layered story that will stand among the best of the year… It’s absolutely fantastic.” – Graphic Policy
“✮✮✮✮✮… Dazzling and unique… This is in the running for the best book that Valiant has ever published – no small feat for a publisher that consistently puts out some of the best-reviewed comics in the industry.” – Comics The Gathering
“✮✮✮✮✮… Downright genius at times… This is high-quality comics, with art and story coming together beautifully.” – AiPT!
“✮✮✮✮✮… A charming and exciting superhero comic… SECRET WEAPONS doesn’t sacrifice character development for great action.” – Spartantown
On January 3rd, superstar artist Adam Pollina makes makes his long-awaited return to full-length interiors to join Oscar-Nominated sci-fi visionary Eric Heisserer to kick off 2018 with a star-studded, page-turning special torn from the world of comics’ most captivating new series, only in SECRET WEAPONS #0 – featuring covers by Raul Allen (SECRET WEAPONS), Veronica Fish (Archie), rising star Sibylline Meynet, Sija Jong (NINJAK), and Adam Pollina (X-Men: Rise of Apocalypse)!
PLUS: In advance of HARBINGER WARS 2 – the seismic crossover event of 2018 – discover Livewire and her new trainees’ epic impact on the landscape of Valiant Universe with the SECRET WEAPONS TPB collection, in stores December 13th! Collecting all four issues of the sold-out series from all-star creators Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and Raul Allen (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR), one of 2017’s most pivotal and widely acclaimed debuts returns in an intro-priced, $9.99 trade paperback that is the ultimate introduction to the Valiant Universe’s newest band of heroes! A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rex-O seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…
SECRET WEAPONS #0
Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Cover A by RAUL ALLEN
Cover B by VERONICA FISH
Cover C by SIBYLLINE MEYNET
Variant Cover by SIJA HONG
Variant Cover by ADAM POLLINA
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JANUARY 3rd
SECRET WEAPONS TPB
Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLEN
Cover by RAÚL ALLEN (SEP172047)
$9.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 13th
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-229-4
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.