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In the tradition of BOOK OF DEATH, ARMOR HUNTERS, and HARBINGER WARS, Valiant's most ambitious crossover event yet starts here! At the dawn of the 41st century, the future of Earth will be decided in the stars. This May...the rebellion begins in 4001 A.D.! One hundred years from today, Father - the benevolent artifi cial intelligence that governs the island nation of Japan - will gain sentience. To defend its borders, Father will take drastic action by launching Japan into space...where its people will thrive in isolation, away from the overpopulated and resource-deprived planet below. Over the centuries, as New Japan orbits our increasingly unstable world, it will become a model society - one built on peace, prosperity... and Father's control. A thousand years from today, Father will create the first Rai, founding a lineage of technologically enhanced heroes engineered to defend New Japan and sworn to protect it from all enemies. For hundreds of years into the future, the Rai will single-handedly enforce New Japan's justice well...and serve Father without question. Now, at the dawn of 4001 A.D., the latest Rai is about to inherit the dark truth behind the origin of his kind...and discover the sinister secret at the heart of Father's existence. For New Japan to live, Earth must die...and as Rai challenges his former master for the first time in more than a millennium, the lone guardian of New Japan will be cast out of his own Father's kingdom... Exiled from the only realm he's ever known, Rai now walks the ravaged world of 4001 A.D. in search of forgotten heroes like himself... on a mission to collect the last surviving legends of a broken planet...and to forge a rebellion with the power to bring the most advanced civilization in history crashing back down to Earth.
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The most ambitious comics event of 2016 brings war to the 41st century - with Rai leading the charge! Rai is smashing headfirst into New Japan with his team of hardened rebels - including the Eternal Warrior and a giant X-O Manowar mecha-armor that's been dormant for centuries! But when Father transforms New Japan into a impenetrable space dragon as a defense of last resort, what hopes will the united heroes of 4001 A.D. have of freeing the citizens of New Japan from Father's brutal reign? Will Rai have to destroy New Japan...to save it? New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY II) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (X-Force) bring their starling vision of the year 4001 A.D. to new heights...with the fate of New Japan floating in the balance!
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Reunion! The war against Father turns in favor of the 41st century's revolutionary heroes as Rai finds his long-lost friends aboard the monstrosity that has become New Japan. But even together, can Rai and his allies stand against Father's defenses? And can they rescue what remains of New Japan before it crashes down to Earth and destroys everything... and everyone? New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (RAI) continue the summer's blockbuster event in the year 4001 A.D.!
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The fall of the 41st century! The ultimate battle is here as Rai and Father clash among the stars for the final fate of the future...and Earth along with it! As New Japan's despotic ruler and its former protector enter their final showdown, will the orbiting satellite nation fi nally fall back to Earth? As the war for 4001 A.D. claims lives on both sides, who will live to greet the brave new world that lies ahead? And what will become of Rai, of Father, and civilization itself? The Valiant Universe of 4001 A.D. is forever changed right here as forces new and old prepare to rise from the ashes of New Japan! New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY II) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (RAI) present the white-hot finale to Valiant's biggest event yet!
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The most ambitious comics event of 2016 brings war to the 41st century - with Rai leading the charge! Rocketing out of the pages of 4001 A.D...the present and future of Valiant's greatest heroes come together in four essential standalone chapters at the heart of the blockbuster comics event of the year! Blast two thousand years into the future as the never-before-told history of New Japan's dominion over Earth and the future fates of X-O Manowar, Bloodshot and Shadowman stand revealed. Then, witness the battle- scarred debut of the boldest new hero of this century or the next when War Mother makes her history-shattering debut! The future starts now as all-star writers Robert Venditti, Jeff Lemire, Jody Houser, Rafer Roberts, and Fred Van Lente join visionary artists Clayton Henry, Doug Braithwaite, Robert Gill, and Tomas Giorello to bring the Valiant Universe barreling into the 41st century! New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY II) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (X-Force) bring their startling vision of the year 4001 A.D. to new heights...with the fate of New Japan floating in the balance! Collecting 4001 A.D.: X-O MANOWAR #1, 4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1, 4001 A.D.: SHADOWMAN #1, 4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER #1.
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Once upon a time...in the year 4001 A.D... Centuries ago, Bloodshot was the man called Ray Garrison...but, in the year 4001 A.D., Ray Garrison is no more. But the nanites that once thrived inside him endure still. With their master long since gone, the microscopic machines that once drove Bloodshot through every firefight, healed every wound, and calculated every outcome have one final directive left to execute...but what could they possibly want? And how will the forces of the future react when the infamous machine-man called Bloodshot returns to fight another day? The future starts now as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS) bring Bloodshot barreling into the 41st century of the Valiant Universe with an all-new, standalone tale at the epicenter of 4001 A.D.!
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A blood sacrifice is made, a war looms, and the Deadside... rises! In the synapse-shattering world of the future, witness the dawn of the dead's greatest hero and the fate of a young girl who may be humanity's only hope! As Rai leads a revolutionary insurrection against the forces of New Japan, the legendary hero called Shadowman returns to fight another day in the year 4001 A.D.! Valiant rising stars Jody Houser (FAITH), Rafer Roberts (A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH) reveal the dark side behind the 41st century's coming conflict...and bring you the future of the Deadside today!
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Witness the battle-scarred debut of Valiant's top-secret new hero! As the war or 4001 A.D. rages, the coming of War Mother starts now in an all-new standalone adventure torn from the pages of the summer's biggest comics event! In the 41st century, much of the planet has been reduced to a barren wasteland. New Japan orbits the Earth as a floating oasis that towers over the ashes of the old world. The survivors of this desolate new age, robbed of the planet's once-lush natural resources, must endure great hardships to survive. Amidst the devastation, one outpost of scientific knowledge has thrived by adhering to a strict code of isolation. But even the denizens of this walled city must venture out into the wasteland to gather supplies from the remnants of what was. This task is designated to one and one alone: War Mother. But all is not peaceful, even in New Japan. When the space-faring empire begins jettisoning city-sized sectors to Earth during the onset of a civil war, War Mother is called upon with a new mission: mega-salvage! Armed with a newly born sentient sniper rifle, War Mother is a one-woman army bent on sacking the crash-landed sector's technology-laden debris for anything of value to her tribe. But, as calm turns to chaos, Sector 8146 will reveal a telling secret about Earth's true order that will collide War Mother against her community, her code, and her calling...and bring destruction down upon one of humanity's last surviving outposts of order. Out of the ashes of the summer's most ambitious crossover event, New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (GENERATION ZERO) and spectacular rising star Tomas Giorello (Conan) introduce the Valiant Universe to the boldest new hero of this century or the next when War Mother makes her history-shattering debut!
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GET SMASHED...OR BE SMASHED! Valiant's (somewhat) dynamic duo are going "IN THE BAG" for AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES from rising star Rafer Roberts and comic book superstar David Lafuente! Meet Armstrong: Since the ancient city of Ur, this immortal adventurer has spent the last 7,000 years drinking and carousing his way through history alongside some of the greatest merrymakers the world has ever known. Meet Archer: A sheltered teenage martial arts master and expert marksman that was raised for a single purpose - to kill the devil incarnate. Little did he know that this undying evil was actually Armstrong (he's actually a pretty good guy...once you get to know him) and, since hitting the road together, the two have become great friends and even better partners. Now: Archer is about to set off on his most dangerous mission yet - a quest into the mystic reaches of Armstrong's bottomless satchel to liberate his friend and comrade from the clutches of the mad god Bacchus! (Okay, so, Armstrong went into the satchel himself to get a bottle of whiskey that he kinda misplaced and got stuck. It's like the Amazon warehouse of arcane treasures in there...and he doesn't exactly have a maid service.) Imprisoned in Armstrong's satchel for centuries, Bacchus now commands a legion of monsters, goblins and golems bent on escaping back into the world of man and enacting revenge on their captor... Can Archer single-handedly combat the godly embodiment of intoxication himself - and rescue his best buddy - without becoming lost amongst Armstrong's endless repository of bizarre artifacts and historical oddities in the process?
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Reunited...and it doesn't feel so good! After following Armstrong into the depths of his infinite satchel in a search for booze, Archer and his partner, history's most inebriated immortal, have found themselves prisoners of ...uh...what's this villain's name again? Armstrong may not be able to remember what their captor, Bacchus, is all about, but he sure is upset by the memories tied to a rare bottle of wine. What secret is about to come roaring out of the past to haunt him? And is Archer doomed to the repeat Armstrong's tragic mistakes? Plus: It's a day in the life of Valiant's new breakout character of 2016 - hey kids, get ready for DAVEY THE MACKEREL! Valiant's latest blockbuster ongoing series goes even farther down the rabbit hole when "IN THE BAG" continues right here from rising star Rafer Roberts and comic book superstar David Lafuente!
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Archer and Armstrong and Mary-Maria versus Bacchus - a dude who thinks he's the god of wine! At last...Bacchus' diabolical plan stands revealed: get Archer and Armstrong drunk! Too bad one is an immortal with a liver of steel and the other is a bit of a lightweight. That can only mean one thing: Mary-Maria to the rescue! But can she and Armstrong put aside their differences in time to hold Archer's hair back? Or is he about to ruin the expensive interior of Armstrong's bottomless satchel?!
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We're gonna need a bigger bag! Archer and Armstrong - with the help of Mary-Maria and the Sisters of Perpetual Darkness - must stop Bacchus' cavalcade of terror! Will our heroes be able to defeat this 40-foot foe before the party stops forever? Will Armstrong ever find that bottle of Lagavulin? Will we ever find out who or what Davey the Mackerel is?! The answers to two of these questions might possibly be found in this issue! Be here as red-hot creators Rafer Roberts (Shutter) and David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man) bring "IN THE BAG" to a close with a bang! Or a snap. However Armstrong's satchel closes.
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ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! A VALIANT TALE FOR THE AGES! This ain't no ordinary team-up... It's Archer & Faith's first date! A&A's whirlwind ongoing series is hitting the town with the one and only FAITH! With Armstrong on the road, Archer is taking some much-needed personal time...and bringing his long-distance romance with Los Angeles's number-one superhero off of FaceTime and into the real world! As these friends take their relationship to the next level, will romance conquer all? Or will they still find the time to brawl with some loan sharks? When a teenaged martial arts expert and high-flying psiot get together, anything goes! Come on board here with the swooning standalone adventure of the summer as paramour extraordinaire Rafer Roberts and Eisner Award-winning artist Mike Norton bring you THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & FAITH! More crossbows than Sleepless in Seattle! More fist fights than The Notebook!
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Archer and Armstrong and Davey the Mackerel are joining the circus for "NEXT STOP CLOWNTOWN"! Archer and Armstrong are on the hunt for Armstrong's long-lost wife, and the clues have put them on the trail of America's craziest traveling circus! But it's not just clowns, carnies, and strongmen lurking under the big top... When the world's premier adventure duo discover dozens of mutated Armstrong doppelgangers secretly running the show, all heck is bound to break loose! And it's only going to get worse when Davey the Mackerel returns with a shocking new set of secrets about Armstrong's bottomless satchel...and what else might be soon plotting its escape! Mad science meets the midway when red-hot writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and Eisner Award-winning artist Mike Norton (Revival) toss Archer & Armstrong into the wildest show on Earth with a perfect new jumping-on point in "NEXT STOP CLOWNTOWN"!
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No more clowning around! The hunt for Armstrong's estranged wife is taking a strange turn through America's most bizarre traveling circus...and it's no laughing matter! Besieged by a deranged troupe of malformed Armstrong clones, the world's hardest-traveling adventurers may have finally met a match more dysfunctional than they are! And if that wasn't enough absurdity for one day, a Russian science bear is about to come barreling through the big top with grave news for Archer & Armstrong! NEXT STOP CLOWNTOWN continues its precarious trip trough the fetid underbelly of Americana here...and rising star Rafer Roberts (HARBINGER RENEGADES) and Eisner Award winner Mike Norton (Revival) are coming along for the ride!
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Archer & Armstrong. Fearless adventurers. Best friends. Better partners. But that was before this traveling circus made them prisoners of a sideshow so freakish, it makes Davey the Mackerel look like the girl next door! Now captives beneath the world's maddest midway, our fearless(ish) heroes are just steps from the final clue to locating Armstrong's long-lost wife... Too bad there's a literally "small" army of deranged and dangerous Armstrong clones protecting it with all of their miniature might! Meanwhile: Mary-Maria must confront the one force capable of putting her in her place - the Council of Elders! And whatever happened to Davey, anyway? Come for the popcorn and stay for the mad science gone awry as rising star Rafer Roberts (HARBINGER RENEGADES) and Eisner Award-winning artist Mike Norton (Revival) bring "NEXT STOP CLOWNTOWN" roaring into a city near you!
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ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! "ANDROMEDA ESTRANGED" Starts Here! At long last, Valiant's gallant adventurers have finally located Armstrong's long-missing wife...in that dreaded land that dare not speak its name: Florida! But after centuries of thinking that his near-immortal bride, Andromeda, was just a booze-induced hallucination, how will Armstrong make up for years of lies, losses, and infidelities? And, as if that wasn't enough, a nefarious new force is about to release an army of bathsalt-using "Florida Men" to finish off Archer & Armstrong once and for all! It's a true story (not really) ripped from today's headlines (pretty much)! Pack your Crocs and don't skimp on the lotion because the Sunshine State is about to hit Archer & Armstrong like a bad seafood buffet...and we only have Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (HARBINGER RENEGADES) and Eisner Award-winning artist Mike Norton (Revival) to blame!
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Beatdown in the bayou! Armstrong's surreal reunion with Andromeda, his long-lost wife, gets even weirder (if that's possible) as a legion of bath salt "empowered" Florida Men unleash total mayhem! But that's not the only trouble awaiting Valiant's fearless-ish adventurers... Enemies from across the globe are descending on the Sunshine State to destroy Archer & Armstrong once and for all! But neverfear, dear reader, in the darkest of hours a new hero will rise - and, by Gub Gub, he's bringing prophetic visions of the future with him!
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Freaky fracas! Obadiah Archer: Skilled marksmen, trained fi ghter, and...deranged circus freak?! Through the unfathomable forces of nature, Archer and Gub Gub - the pint-sized and deranged clone of Armstrong - have swapped minds! When Gub Gub's body is kidnapped by nefarious forces, Armstrong and his long-lost wife, Andromeda, must race to save their friend and undo the horrendous merger of minds before the damage becomes permanent!
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The final smackdown! Archer and Armstrong's cross-country travels through the weird, the wild, and the downright wrong have all come down to this: One final showdown with their greatest enemies! As Ivan the Soviet scientist bear and his army of Florida Men unite with the One Percent to unleash the ultimate death trap, the Valiant Universe's premier adventure duo are gonna need all the help they can get! Who will live? Who will die? Will Gub Gub ever find true love? These answers and more will stand revealed as multiple Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (HARBINGER RENEGADE) and Eisner Award-winning artist Mike Norton (Revival) bring Valiant's critically acclaimed series to a whirlwind finale that will leave no man - or mackerel - behind!
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