Shadowman is getting tapped as Valiant’s big ongoing series launch of 2018. Andy Diggle will be writing the series in three issue arcs and has a grand scheme for the first two years. Stephen Segovia will be the artist. The premise of the opening act, “Fear of the Dark,” has Jack Boniface (the reluctant inheritor of the Shadowman mantle) returning from a self-imposed exile in the Deadside, where he’s been trying to come to grips with his Shadowman abilities and the… urges that come with them.
Official PR follows and then some art:
Valiant is proud to announce the all-new SHADOWMAN #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of A POWERFUL NEW ONGOING SERIES from superstar writer Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One, Daredevil) and powerhouse artist Stephen Segovia (Action Comics)!
In the epic tradition of X-O MANOWAR and BLOODSHOT REBORN, a staggering new beginning for Valiant’s supernatural icon starts here on March 28th with PART ONE of “FEAR OF THE DARK” – a tense and gripping three-issue introduction pushing Jack Boniface to the farthest edge of fear itself…and into a startling, adrenaline-fueled fight for survival as Shadowman takes command of the birthright he was born to uphold!
“It’s a story about stepping out of the shadows and embracing the light. Trying to move on from your own mistakes and be a better man. Of course, it’s not easy,” said writer Andy Diggle. “As Shadowman, Jack will never fully be able to escape his own demons. It’s about learning to live with them. And as he comes to a better understanding of himself and his family’s legacy, he’ll discover whole new worlds and new powers he never even imagined he had.”
Don’t fear your demons… Fight them! Orphaned at birth and raised on the margins of society, Jack Boniface never knew his place in the world. Until he discovered it waiting for him…in a darkness far older than the reign of men…
Unbeknownst to him, Jack was fated to become the next in a long lineage of Shadowmen – mortals bound to violent voodoo spirits of immense power – that could safeguard our world against incursions from realms beyond. For years, he struggled to control the loa’s murderous urges – a battle he eventually lost.
But now, after years of self-imposed exile, the man once known as Shadowman is returning home to sharpen the weapon within…and unleash a reckoning on the evils of our world that will soon send shockwaves through heaven and hell alike…
“Andy Diggle is a phenomenal new addition to Valiant, and he brings an incredible amount of vision and precision to his long-term plans for one of Valiant’s most seminal characters,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “Together with the exceptional Stephen Segovia – who is delivering page after page of stunning, career-defining work on this series – this team is gearing up to unleash what will be one of Valiant’s most important series and a central new pillar for our publishing line.”
In the wake of “FEAR OF THE DARK”’s blockbuster-level gauntlet of action and intrigue across issues #1-3, SHADOWMAN will then continue in 2018 and beyond as Andy Diggle forges ahead with a riveting, two-year roadmap that will redefine the boundaries of Valiant’s paranormal underworld…and that together will encompass the most ambitious and fearsome Shadowman tale ever told.
“Make no mistake: SHADOWMAN #1 will be Valiant’s single most important monthly series launch of 2018,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Over the past year, we’ve dedicated a vast amount of time and resources to cementing tentpole series for our most beloved and demanded characters, and Shadowman has long been at the top of that list. This is one of the most vital, but as-yet unexplored, mythologies in the whole of the Valiant library. Together, Andy Diggle and Stephen Segovia are going to be leading off a massive slate of surprises – wait until you see the second arc! – that are going to make Shadowman an integral component of Valiant’s bold plans for the future.”
On March 28th, Shadowman storms to the forefront of the Valiant Universe…more powerful, more terrifying, and more relentless than ever before…in the all-new SHADOWMAN #1 – featuring covers by a stunning cast of artists, including Eisner Award nominee Tonci Zonjic (Who is Jake Ellis?), Renato Guedes (BLOODSHOT SALVATION, Wolverine), Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA), and Travel Foreman (Animal Man, The Ultimates)!
SHADOWMAN (2018) #1 – Cover Art by Tonci Zonjic, Renato Guedes, Juan José Ryp & Travel Foreman
PLUS: Valiant is rewarding fans who reserve the first arc of Valiant’s next essential ongoing series with specially expanded, limited editions of each issue in the SHADOWMAN #1-3 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – available only as a pre-order set! Released monthly from March through May 2018, each Valiant PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues – plus an exclusive cover by visionary artist Raúl Allén (SECRET WEAPONS) that can’t be found anywhere else!
The only way to obtain the SHADOWMAN #1-3 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE is to reserve this limited item with your local comic shop by the initial order date (IOD) of January 24th, 2018! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!
SHADOWMAN (2018) #1-3 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – Cover Art by Raul Allen
THEN: In honor of the all-new SHADOWMAN #1’s long-awaited debut, Valiant can also reveal that the series’ must-read first issue will also feature the publisher’s first fully GLOW-IN-THE-DARK variant cover! Available to retailers who place qualifying orders for SHADOWMAN #1, this ultra-limited edition of Valiant’s most anticipated ongoing series debut of 2018 will recast the cover artwork of Tonci Zonjic (Lobster Johnson) in hauntingly luminescent glow-in-the-dark ink!
Attention retailers: One copy of the SHADOWMAN (2018) #1 Glow-in-the-Dark Variant may be ordered by retailers who place a qualifying order of 250 copies or more. The SHADOWMAN (2018) #1 Glow-in-the-Dark Variant is strictly limited to one copy per qualifying store. For instructions on how to qualify for the SHADOWMAN (2018) #1 Glow-in-the-Dark Variant, please refer to the Diamond Retailer Site.
SHADOWMAN (2018) #1
Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC (JAN182001)
Cover B by RENATO GUEDES (JAN182002)
Interlocking Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (JAN182003)
Shadowman Icon Variant by TRAVEL FOREMAN (JAN182004)
Glow-in-the-Dark Variant by TONCI ZONJIC (JAN182005)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MARCH 28th (FOC – 3/5/18)
SHADOWMAN (2018) #1-3 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Covers by RAUL ALLEN (JAN182006)
$3.99 [3 issues] | 40 pgs. each | T+ | Issue #1 On Sale MARCH 28th (IOD – 1/25/18)
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