Valiant have been trying a lot of new tricks this last year, with crossovers now a tried and true part of their comics universe. And now it’s been announced that 2014 will see another crossover kick off, as Bloodshot and The H.A.R.D. Corps will enter the world of Archer and Armstrong for a four-issue storyline.
In March, the two series – issue #20 of Harbinger and issue #18 of Archer & Armstrong – will crossover for four issues, overseen by Christos Gage, Joshua Dysart and Tom Ranye in Bloodshot and by Fred Van Lente and Pere Perez for A&A. The storyline will centre on a new mission handed to Bloodshot and his team – eliminate Obadiah Archer.
And THAT, if you’ve been reading the two books, may prove to be a wee bit tricky for them, seeing as how Archer hangs around with an immortal alcoholic all the time and is himself a highly trained assassin. Hence the ‘Improbable’ nature of their mission, I imagine! The first two covers, by Lewis Larosa, can be seen in this article. There will also be variant covers from Jorge Molina.
Valiant’s first four titles – X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Archer & Armstrong and Bloodshot – were all allowed to have a period of time to tell their own stories, before becoming available for crossovers and tie-ins with one another. Shadowman, Eternal Warrior and Quantum & Woody are still in that opening grace period, it seems, although I can only imagine it’s a matter of time before Quantum, Archer, Woody and Armstrong all say hi to each other. Right?