As this things happen, an early look at SECRET WEAPONS: OWEN’S STORY #0 has fallen into our hands. This special doesn’t so much show the origin of conjurer Owen Cho, so much as it shows the origins of some of the objects he’s conjured. It’s set against the backdrop of a garage sale, because what else do you do with random objects you’ve conjured?
Official PR follows:
Valiant is proud to present your first look inside SECRET WEAPONS: OWEN’S STORY #0 – the next MUST-READ STANDALONE SPECIAL examining the origins and private lives of Livewire’s misunderstood squadron of superhuman talents! On March 14th, in the wake of January’s acclaimed SECRET WEAPONS #0, the complete creative team behind SECRET WEAPONS’ sold-out run – including Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and Harvey Award-nominated artists Raúl Allén (BLOODSHOT REBORN) and Patricia Martín (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) – returns to chronicle a day in the all-too complicated life of Secret Weapons recruit Owen Cho…in a groundbreaking storytelling style that pushes the boundaries of the comics medium!Owen Cho is a conjurer, which can be a great deal more frustrating than it sounds. You see, Owen’s “psiot” ability – unlocked at great expense and even greater danger by Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation – allows him to materialize objects out of thin air, but he can’t control what to summon or when it might arrive. Worse yet, his gift has landed him in a heap of trouble over the years… Namely, it got him locked away in The Willows – an off-the-grid facility for abstruse superhumans like himself – before Livewire and her team of like-minded “secret weapons” gave him a path with purpose…
But what do you do with a heap of undesirable objects summoned from parts unknown, anyway? Have a garage sale, of course! From the minds of SECRET WEAPONS’ all-star creative team, discover the significance behind the otherwise ordinary trinkets, toys, and gadgets conjured by Owen’s otherworldly ability across a series of lavishly illustrated double-page spreads and short stories specific to each object that weave together to form one cohesive narrative…and one of the year’s most innovative single issues.
Enter the world of comics’ most stunning new series right here on March 14th, as Owen Cho takes his turn in the spotlight alongside Livewire, Nikki Finch, and Avi Malakar for Valiant’s next self-contained entry point in the tradition of SECRET WEAPONS #0:“✮✮✮✮✮… Eric Heisserer continues to impress… Honestly, a prequel one-shot like this shouldn’t be this good, and yet SECRET WEAPONS #0 comes out flawlessly. Bravo.” – Newsarama
“✮✮✮✮✮… Brand new and completely original… With titles like SECRET WEAPONS in its arsenal, Valiant Comics is making a yet another strong case as to why one needs to diversify their pull list.” – Outright Geekery
“✮✮✮✮✮… SECRET WEAPONS #0 does a great job of catching up new readers on the latest in the Valiant Universe… It all just leaves you wanting more.” – The GWW
“✮✮✮✮½… SECRET WEAPONS #0 is a character piece that no comic book fan should miss, [and] it’s a great jumping-on point into the world of Valiant.” – IGN
“✮✮✮✮½… Remarkable… This is a gorgeous book. Secret Weapons had a look and feel all its own…” – All-Comic
“✮✮✮✮½… Original, fresh and dynamic… If only all books could be like this. Amazing.” – Weird Science
Before the Secret Weapons take center stage in HARBINGER WARS 2 later this year, witness one of the year’s most unlikely and unorthodox origin stories as Heisserer, Allén, and Martín come together again to recount a life lived one item at a time in SECRET WEAPONS: OWEN’S STORY #0 – featuring covers by Raúl Allén (NINJAK), rising star Sibylline Meynet, Sija Hong (NINJAK), and Leif Jones (GENERATION ZERO)!
Then: On May 2nd, two of the most powerful creative minds in comics today – New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, DIVINITY) and Academy Award nominee Eric Heisserer (SECRET WEAPONS) – join the powerhouse artistic team of Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR, NINJA-K) and Raúl Allén (SECRET WEAPONS) for the FIRST ISSUE of the summer’s biggest comics event in HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4)!
Utilizing an expansive, new and never-before-attempted comics format, each issue of the HARBINGER WARS 2 event will come fully loaded with 48 pages of content and two complete, full-length 22-page stories chronicling dueling fronts in the nationwide battle that will soon consume the Valiant Universe’s most powerful forces. The first, by writer Matt Kindt and artist Tomás Giorello – the blockbuster creative team that launched X-O MANOWAR, the most successful independent series of 2017 – will feature the head-on collision of the Harbinger Renegades and the newly returned X-O Manowar. The second, by writer Eric Heisserer and artist Raúl Allén with Patricia Martín – reuniting the all-star creators behind SECRET WEAPONS, 2017’s most successful independent limited series – will thrust Livewire and her new team of recruits into the center of a power struggle with the potential to tear America apart…
This summer, the blockbuster comics event of the New Year erupts in full force as X-O Manowar, Livewire, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, the Secret Weapons, Ninjak, and a cast of thousands draw their battle lines in HARBINGER WAR 2 #1 (of 4)!
SECRET WEAPONS #0
Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN (NOV172021)
Cover B by VERONICA FISH (NOV172022)
Cover C by SIBYLLINE MEYNET (NOV172023)
Variant Cover by SIJA HONG (NOV172024)
Variant Cover by ADAM POLLINA (NOV172025)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale Now!
SECRET WEAPONS: OWEN’S STORY #0
Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTÍN
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN (JAN182016)
Cover B by SIBYLLINE MEYNET (JAN182017)
Variant Cover by SIJA HONG (JAN182018)
Variant Cover by LEIF JONES (JAN182019)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale MARCH 14th (FOC – 2/19/18)
HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT & ERIC HEISSERER
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO & RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover by J.G. JONES
$3.99 | 48 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 2nd (FOC – 4/9/18)
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