By Todd Allen
That teaser from Tuesday was indeed Shadowman. Looks like Valiant is doing a launch, not a spin-off as November will see Shadowman #1. Writing is by Justin Jordan. Art is by Patrick Zircher.
This is the second recent announcement for Jordan. He’s probably best known for The Strange Talent of Luther Strode over at Image. He’s turned that into a sequel (The Legend of Luther Strode) Image, the upcoming Team 7 at DC and now Shadowman at Valiant, so it looks like his dance card is starting to fill up a bit.
Patrick Zircher has done a little bit of everything at Marvel. Recently, he’s done some work on Captain America, Secret Avengers and the under-appreciated Mystery Men. His longest runs were probably on Thunderbolts and Cable & Deadpool. Solid artist and another Marvel defection to Valiant. Scroll down and you’ll see what he’s whipped up for this.
I’m not seeing clear indications that music will still be part of the title, but the New Orleans setting is definitely intact.
VALIANT’s SHADOWMAN Envelops PATRICK ZIRCHER & JUSTIN JORDAN
The next epic expansion of the Valiant Universe starts this November in Shadowman #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new ongoing series from comics superstar Patrick Zircher (Captain America, Thor: Ages of Thunder) and Harvey Award-nominee Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Team 7)!
There’s a million dreams in the Big Easy. But now its worst nightmare is about to come true. As the forces of darkness prepare to claim New Orleans as their own, Jack Boniface must embrace the legacy he was born to uphold. As Shadowman, Jack is about to become to only thing that stands between his city and an army of unspeakable monstrosities from beyond the night. But is the mantle of Shadowman a blessing or a curse? And what is the true cost of his otherworldly power?
“Shadowman is one of the most popular characters in the Valiant Universe and the fans have been asking me since day one when he’s going to return,” said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. “Justin and Patrick have put together an action-packed debut that also adds an incredibly important new dimension to the Valiant Universe. And as Patrick’s pages clearly demonstrate, he’s one of the finest artists working in the medium today. We’ve got an amazing team at the helm of our fifth ongoing launch and I can’t wait for the first issue to hit the stands.”
On sale this November, Shadowman #1 features a standard cover by Patrick Zircher with incentive variants by Eisner Award-winning industry icons Dave Johnson and Bill Sienkiewicz. Additionally, Valiant is continuing its wildly successful Pullbox Exclusive Variant program with a “blackout” cover by Patrick Zircher – available only to those comic shop patrons who pre-order Shadowman #1 with their local retailer.
X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, and Archer & Armstrong have captivated a new generation of fans and critics. Now prepare for the rebirth of the next Valiant icon. Fear no evil when Shadowman #1 strikes this November!
SHADOWMAN #1 – ON SALE THIS NOVEMBER!
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN & PATRICK ZIRCHER
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER
“Blackout” Pullbox Exclusive Variant by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Variant Covers by DAVE JOHNSON & BILL SIENKIEWICZ
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.