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Blood Shot’s Day Off #1

Writer: Eliot Rahal
Artist: Khari Evans
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Publisher: Valiant

Two soldiers out of time, kept alive as part of a secret project that turned them into weapons of mass destruction, have finally earned a day off after decades of service.

There are two major problems I have with Valiant as a whole. It’s very confusing and unwelcoming to newcomers, and attempts to explain backstory come off as poorly written exposition dumps. It’s also all very silly, which in theory is fine, but it’s all played straight and there’s usually nothing to anchor it and for the most part, the silliness all gets to be too much. Blood Shot’s Day Off is needlessly confusing, and incredibly silly, but it does manage to find an emotional anchor that makes those two issues easier to deal wit...

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Secret Weapons #1

Writer: Eric Heisserer
Artist: Raul Allen and Patricia Martin
Publisher: Valiant

This is like jumping into a random episode of a TV show several seasons in. And for a #1, that’s really not a good thing. I’m not 100% sure of what happened, since Secret Weapons was very stingy with explanations or introductions, but it seems a powerful super powered being is hunting down teenagers with powers of their own across Oklahoma City.

About the only thing you get from Secret Weapons are the powers characters have, and occasionally their names. It’s assumed you know why they have powers, who they are, what’s going on, their relationships to each other, their past… But I knew none of that, and at the end of issue #1, I still don’t. I just vaguely know some of their powers.

To be fair, the...

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Rai: The History of the Valiant Universe #1

Writer: Rafer Roberts
Artist: Francis Portela
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Publisher: Valiant

In the distant future, after the world is destroyed by war, humanity is kept alive by an AI called Father that controls them completely on the country of New Japan, orbiting above the planet’s surface. After Rai, a geomancer named Karana, and a knowledgeable old man defeat Father, they return to Earth to find the Book of the Geomancer, and discover the history of the world.

Truth be told, the story doesn’t exactly matter. It’s set dressing for what this comic really is, a walk through the history of the Valiant Universe, as the title might suggest. And getting this out of the way, as someone who knows nothing about the Valiant Universe, I got nothing out of this...

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Faith (2016 Ongoing) #11+12

Faith no more!One by one, Faith has outsmarted and defeated every member of her brand-new rogues gallery. But when all four of Los Angeles’ most sinister minds attack their sworn enemy at once, their combined power may prove to be too powerful to handle! But will evil finally triumph over the high-flying psiot…or collapse under its own collective weight? The most pivotal moment in Faith’s solo career starts here with a rumble that won’t just seal the fate of Los Angeles, but the entire nation!

For every superhero, no matter how powerful, they’re going to have one challenge they struggle through. It’s often a defining moment, something overwhelming they hopefully come out on top of...

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Rapture #1

Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Cafu
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Publisher: Valiant

In the Deadside, a dimension of great magical power that serves as the afterlife for many, an ancient power is gathering strength, ready to pierce a hole in the heavens and unleash catastrophe on Earth. The Geomancer Tama has discovered the plans of Babel, and recruits MI-6 Agents Ninjak, Punk Mambo, and Shadowman to come to the Deadside and do battle against the armies of Babel to prevent the rapture.

Rapture #1 by writer Matt Kindt and artist Cafu throws readers headfirst into a unique magical world of demons and magic that sets up a cast of characters and apocalyptic stakes in just a few short pages...

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