Valiant has a small stable of incredibly strong superhero books – among them sits Rai – the ongoing series with Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and Clayton Crain (Ghost Rider). Ever since the opening chapter of Rai, the series has been building to the culmination of a substantial plot line that Valiant is now turning into a crossover event, entitled Valiant: 4001 A.D.. The publisher is releasing the prologue as a Free Comic Book Day issue, and the event mini-series will be created by Kindt and Crain. While the prologue will kick off the event on May 7th, 2016, the mini-series will be published next summer.
“The year 4001 has always been a vital component of the Valiant Universe but, now, for the first time, we’ll finally be pulling back to reveal the true scale of this world and the wildly diverse cast of heroes that inhabit it,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain have pushed themselves to design a story that is positively brimming with crazy-mad energy, continent-sized ideas and unthinkable potential. From cosmic beings and sentient cities to post-apocalyptic warrior kings and cybernetic samurai, 4001 A.D. will see the Valiant heroes pushed beyond the threshold and into territory far beyond anything we have ever attempted before.”
In a press release, Valiant compares this event to previous installments in the publishing line like Book of Death, Armor Hunters and Harbinger Wars. However, this series has been building to the culmination of more plot threads than any of those events. Comparable to Jonathan Hickman’s massive Secret Wars event, I’m hoping that 4001 A.D. will contain a similar unbridled level of awesome.
“Over the past two years, Matt and Clayton have defied all expectations with their epic and acclaimed work on RAI. Now, they’re expanding that vision to include not just one hero, but dozens for a James Cameron-meets-Jack Kirby vision of Valiant’s future and RAI’s incredibly important place at its epicenter,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “As always, everyone at Valiant – from our writers to our artists to our editorial team – is challenging themselves to ensure that 4001 A.D. lives up to Valiant’s growing reputation for creating the highest-quality and most accessible event comics anywhere in the industry today.”