DC Comics has the New 52, Marvel has Marvel NOW!, and Valiant Comics has “Must Read Valiant”. This is the best time for any publisher to take the opportunity in rise of new comic readers to make their titles and characters more approachable. It’s good for business and it’s good for fans of the character who might not have had an idea of how to get into the story without feeling lost. Gives you a fresh new take on characters, opens them up for new directions, and gives new creative teams the opportunity to have freedom to explore the characters in ways they see more fitting.
That is what Valiant is doing here, starting with Shadowman #13. The “Must Read Valiant” initiative is a new series of self-contained stories and easy jumping-on points across the Valiant publishing line from some of the brightest talents in comics today.
As Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce said:
“As a publishing company, our number one priority is always accessibility. With that in mind, we’ve built MUST READ VALIANT to showcase a handful of new, exciting entry points across all of Valiant’s monthly series. Valiant is among the most talked-about publishers in comics today, and we are constantly being approached by new readers looking for clean introductions to our characters and our universe. Start reading in UNITY #1 this November – then explore the rest of what we have to offer when MUST READ VALIANT kicks off with Shadowman #13.”
This is just another reason why if you have not been reading Valiant Comics up to now, do yourself a favor and see what they have to offer. See what all the buzz has been about between Shadowman, Quantum and Woody, Bloodshot, Harbinger, X-O Manowar, and the upcoming Unity. All these books are already must read, and if you catch yourself wondering what the appeal is and want to dive into this universe? Save up your anticipation and jump in when the Must Read Valiant initiative begins.