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It’s C2E2 and we’re liveblogging the Valiant panel. Get ready to hit refresh.

(And we’ve got plenty of art at the bottom for you to looks at.)

Our cast: Atom Freeman, Robert Venditti, Clayton Henry, Fred Pierce, Hunter Gorinson and The CEO.

Planet Death will be resolving several initial storylines in the next couple of issues.

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Above is a battle scene from X-O #13.

In July there’s a new X-O Manowar arc.  The Eternal Warrior appears and he has some history with Aric.  Gilad did have an appearance in #1.  But they can’t say _ precisely_ what the scenario is.

There will now have a ring of spaceship fragments (like Saturn) from destroying the Vine fleet a few issues back.

Next topic: Harbinger Wars

Henry: “Harbinger Wars is hell to draw.”  It’s a big a cast.

Harbinger Wars #2 will reveal the “Harada Protocol” — Bloodshot has some programming about Harada he isn’t aware of.  “suicide nanobots” are mentioned.

#3 will introduce the HARD Corps.

Archer and Armstrong #0 – The Epic of Gilgamesh as told by Armstrong.

Archer, Armstrong and Timewalker journey to the faraway and get their powers.

#10 has Archer and Armstrong returning to the faraway.

Pere Perez will be drawing #10.

Shadowman #0 will be the origin of Master Darque.

It’s a non-superhero book.  It all takes place in an 18th century plantation in New Orleans.

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Quantum and Woody comes out in July.

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“Two complete idiots get super powers.”

Quantum and Woody will have a QR talking cover.  It’s the above goat and… oh, my.  You just sorta have to see it for yourself.  (If you were in a fraternity, you may have an initiation flashback.)

Harbinger

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Harbinger is set up to reveal the backstory/60s origins of Harbinger Wars.

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Bloodshot #11 – Bloodshot’s POV on Harbinger Wars #2; Barry Kitson art

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Bloodshot 13 cover

Harbinger Wars Battle for Las Vegas, iOS/Android game coming out next week.  Roughly 7 hours of playing time and it’s free.  There will be paid add-on upper levels.

All the Valiant #1’s will be re-released as $1 books next Wednesday.  There’s a $4.95 shrink wrapped bundle.

The FCBD issue will introduce Unity.

Q&A:

Q: Any new characters or original ideas?

A: Harbinger Wars is a spin-off with new characters.  If the next best title is something new, they’ll go with that.  If the next best title is a Valiant IP character, they’ll go with that.  It’s still a staged rollout.  By the end of year two, there will be titles that the original Valiant didn’t publish.

Q: New licensed products?

A:Energy shots; Quarantine Studio will do an X-O Manowar statue.  More that isn’t ready to be announced.

Q: He wants Bad Eggs.

A: Bob Layton’s favorite Valiant title was Bad Eggs.  It’s on the list.

Q:Will there be interactions with the various power structures?

A: In terms of the secret societies?  Yes.  The Vine have shown up in the Vatican archives in Archer & Armstrong, already.  The Quantum and Woody villains will factor into this.

Q: 8-bit shirts?

A: That’s not a bad idea.

Q: Response on the Acclaim creators’ contract disputes?

A: These conversations don’t happen in public.  They’re happy to work with anyone, and they’re working to accommodate people.  They need to do it in private, though.

Q: He misses Solar.  Is that a dead issue?

A: Those were licensed from Classic Media in the first version of Valiant.  Pierce didn’t want those characters involved and thought the Valiant characters were stronger.

Q: Any plans, though?

A: They’re in the process of coming back, “just not from us.”
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